Blogoversary Celebration Wrap Up & FOUR MEGA GIVEAWAYS

28 February 2013


And that's a wrap.
It's been great but now's the time to say goodbye.
I've done it for a year.
But that's it now...
......
JOKES!
Thank you all for being so amazing with your lovely comments and e-mails.
I hope you enjoyed reading all my posts and entering the awesome giveaways the amazing authors and publishers allowed me to hold.
So, if you've missed any of the posts so far.
Here they are:




Now, before I give you my four, last, amazing giveaways,
here's a few ''firsts''

First Follower: Leah @ Amour La Fille
First Physical Book to Review: Wonder by R.J Palacio
First Physical ARC: Wonder by R.J Palacio
First Signed Book: Black Heart Blue by Louisa Reid

and now...
the books.
there are three prize packs and one single book
one lucky reader wins:
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Bloodlines, Bloodlines #1, by Richelle Mead
(UK ONLY)

another lucky winner wins,
The Declaration by Gemma Malley
Velvet by Mary Hooper
Breathe, Breathe #1, by Sarah Crossan
Blink Once by Cylin Busby
(UK AND IRELAND ONLY)

and then there are two copies of
The Hit by Melvin Burgess 
to win.
Apparently these are like gold dust and there are hardly any copies left...
by now there are probably none left...so...
you are very lucky guys! ;)
(UK AND IRELAND ONLY)
(( click here for a little background to the book. ))
and finally,

Revived by Cat Patrick
UK ONLY


First, here's the rules/terms & conditions:

- Fill in the Rafflecopter below - please don't leave personal details in the comments section (for your own safety)
- This first giveaway is UK ONLY, the second is UK AND IRELAND ONLY and the third is UK AND IRELAND ONLY. (there will be two winners for this giveaway.) and the fourth is UK ONLY.
- You must be 13 or older to enter.
- Nor, I, or the publishers are responsible for books lost or damaged in the post 
- Aside from the mandatory entries  all others are optional but completing them could give you a better chance of winning :)
- Both giveaways end on 1st April 2013 at 12am.
- I will email the winners who must reply within 48 hours, otherwise the prize will go to someone else :(




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Blogoversary Celebration: Interview with Zoe from Bookhi + TWO GIVEAWAYS

27 February 2013



Here is the third of five interviews ( with giveaways ) of my best blogging buddies. I hope you enjoy!
Here, you can get to know Zoe from Bookhi

Hi Zoe!! *dive-bombs at you to give you a hug* how are you?  Would you like to introduce yourself and your awesome blog to those people who *cough* don’t know who you are *cough*?
Hi! *hugs back* I'm great, thank you! Well, to start off with, I'm Zoe and I run the YA book blog, Bookhi. I am 15 years old and am a huge book geek, an aspiring writer, TV addict and lover of all things weird and wonderful.

Why did you start blogging?
I blogged because it looked fun. Back then, I had NO idea that it would end up where I am today. When I started it up, I didn't know anything about memes, HTML gadgets, YA fiction and the fact that book reviewers actually get sent books for review. I had only read a couple of book blogs before but they looked so much fun to run so I thought I would give it a go. I am so glad I did because now blogging is a huge part of my life, I don't know what I would do without it!

If you could have a fictional best friend, who would it be and why?
Hermione Granger! I love Harry Potter and Hermione is one of my favourite characters. I can relate to her in a lot of different ways but the main reason is that she is friends with Harry and Ron... I could meet them too ;)

If you were stranded on a desert island with only the basic food and water, but you were allowed to take 5 books, what would they be?
ONLY 5? AHHH the torture of deciding :'( I would probably take 5 books from my TBR pile so I wouldn't get bored of reading the same ones over and over again. The top 5 on my TBR pile that I am most looking forward to read are: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare, Heart Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne and Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver.

I know you are in the middle of exams at the moment. How do you juggle that while reading and reviewing books for your blog?
With difficulty.
Yup. Next question.
(haha ok...) 
Well, at the moment, I am not posting very much as I  have tons of revision to do. I am planning to get back into the swing of it soon because I am very behind in reviews. *sigh* However, I usually just get my homework out the way with no distractions and THEN blog. When I get home from school I have my tea, do my homework without turning on my laptop/phone/etc, and then blog. Sometimes I don't have time which is very frustrating, but most days I am able to do it.
(sounds like my method too!)

We are both self confessed The Fault in Our Stars addicts. But if you could meet Augustus and Hazel now, what would you say to them?
YEAH WE ARE! TFiOS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER :D *calms down* If I could meet Augustus and Hazel, I don't think I would be able to talk at all. I would probably stand there in awe and freak them out....
(that's one way of talking....;p)

If you had the chance to be a fictional character for the day, who would it be and why?
Ooh, interesting question! I think that I'd love to be Katniss. She is such a brave, kick-butt heroine and she has Peeta. Of course, I wouldn't like to be her for more than a day... I like being able to live :3

I think it’s a crime, but have you ever seen the film before reading the book? Although I know you have done that with The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and you STILL haven’t read it! *wields axe threateningly.*
I know, I know... I'm a monster :'( Nowadays, I try to read the book before the film (I have read all 3 Hunger Games, Divergent, and I am determined to read Beautiful Creatures before I watch the film) but I have had times in the past where I haven't For example, the first 4 Harry Potter books I read after seeing the film, but I was only a child so give me a break ;)
(*sighs* oh alright then!!)

Love triangles...yes or no?
Yes, to a certain extent. I can understand why people aren't very keen on them but some people hate them and I don't really get that. They aren't that bad, in my opinion! The ones I do like are in Clockwork Angel, Matched and The Hunger Games. However, I think the trend is getting a bit old now and I would like more original YA romance plots.
Some books work better without love triangles too. I think The Fault in Our Stars and Divergent wouldn't be as good if they involved other guys. Gus and Four will not be replaced!

Of all the books you’ve read, which setting has been your favourite?
HOGWARTS! No doubt. I would love to dive into Harry's world and perform magic and meet the rest of the clan. *happy sigh*

What is one of your pet peeves when it comes to books?
I don't have that many pet peeves but one thing I don't really like is insta-love. Insta-love is when two characters meet for the first time and immediately fall in love. I find this too unrealistic - who can fall in love at first sight? They don't even know the person!


What one book would you recommend to someone who doesn’t read?
An easy and gripping book which is quite fast paced. I think the main reason a person might not reason is because they find books boring, so a fast paced book will make them captivated by the book more than they normally would. I think I would recommend Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman or Divergent by Veronica Roth.
(DIVERGENT!!!)

Have you ever met any authors before?
Not many, sadly. One came to my school when I was in Year 7, but his books were for children a lot younger than I was so I didn't really love his books. However, a couple of weeks ago, I went to a John Green event which was INCREDIBLE!!! I didn't meet him personally but I saw him on stage :) You can read a post on it here.
(not many?! I've met NONE.)

Share some of your favourite blogs with us?
I have millions of favourite blogs. Probably not literally but I still have tons that I follow! Here is a list of some of my favorites: Queen of Contemporary, Alex's Bookish Blog, Booktastic Reviews, Never Judge a Book, Blog of a Bookaholic, Bookster Reviews, The Mile Long Bookshelf, Booked Up!, ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***, Fluttering Butterflies, Realm of Fiction, Chicklish, A Reading Daydreamer, Rebecca-Books, Page-turner, The Teen Book Guru, The Beaucoup Review, The Book Parade, The Reflections of a Bookworm, A Day Dreamers World and, of course, yours! Wow... I think I am addicted to awesome book blogs.

Most stunning book cover you’ve ever seen?
This:
and this:

Quick Questions:
Cats or Dogs? Dogs.. but I love cats too!
Bad Boys or Good? (fictional of course!) Hmmm... can I have both? I love geeky guys and but bad ones like Will Herondale are very swoonworthy ;)
E-books or Physical copies? Physical.
Inside or Outside? Inside.
British or American fictional boys? British, probably, since I don't know many American ones! Haha!
And...
Delirium or Divergent? *drum roll* What kind of impossible question is this!? *hyperventilates* With a LOT of though... I would have to say Divergent :3
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Thank you Zoe!
Now....Both Zoe and I have read and absolutely loved Wonder by R.J Palacio.
((read my review here))
So you can win a copy here...
and also...
Maybe this is the time when Zoe might finally read The Boy In The Striped Pajamas?...
((click here to go to the goodreads page))
Here's a copy to give away inspired by her!
and it's international!


First, here's the rules/terms & conditions:

- Fill in the Rafflecopter below - please don't leave personal details in the comments section (for your own safety)
- The Wonder giveaway is UK ONLY but The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.
- You must be 13 or older to enter.
- Nor, I, or the publishers are responsible for books lost or damaged in the post 
- Aside from the mandatory entries  all others are optional but completing them could give you a better chance of winning :)
- Giveaway ends on 28th March 2013 at 12am.
- I will email the winner who must reply within 48 hours, otherwise the prize will go to someone else :(


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Blogoversary Celebration: Interview with Kyra from Blog of a Bookaholic

26 February 2013



Here is the fourth of five interviews ( with giveaways ) of my best blogging buddies. I hope you enjoy!
Here, you can get to know Kyra from Blog of a Bookaholic


Hi Kyra! *shoves plate of books at you* oh sorry that’s my dinner *hands over plate of cookies...* how are you? Would you like to introduce yourself and your awesome blog?
Hi! Why thank you for the biscuits, but I'd like to have some of the books instead! :p
*Takes biscuits and munches on them, while picking up a book to read*
My name is Kyra and I am a teenage book blogger. My blog, Blog of a Bookaholic, is where I write reviews on the books I have read as well as other bookish posts. My favourite colour is pink (you can probably tell by looking at my blog :P), and I mostly read young adult and middle-grade fiction. When I am older I hope to be a scientist or a journalist! :D I love reading, writing, blogging, playing piano, playing guitar, drawing, painting, dancing and singing! :D
(I think we have pretty much the same hobbies...:))

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I love reading. I love talking about books. Going book-shopping. Going to the library. Anything to do with books. But unfortunately I didn't have anyone to talk to about my latest bookish endeavors  therefore I created Blog of a Bookaholic to express my thoughts on the books I've read, as well as talk about all things bookish to other book-lovers like myself! :)

If you could have a fictional best friend, who would it be and why?
This is a hard one...there are so many fantastic characters out there that I'd love to be friends with...
If I had to choose though, I would choose Lennie from The Sky is Everywhere. She loves books, she considers herself a nerd (so I'm sure we'd have awesome conversations) and she is such a sweet person, I think we'd be great friends! :D
(oh I haven't read that book yet! *scurries to my room and  jots the name down*)

If you were stranded on a desert island with only the basic food and water, but you were allowed tot take 5 books, what would they be?
Does my Kindle count?
NO: No? Alrighty then...
I would take my Bible with, Life as We Knew It (I could read that book over and over and over again), The Sky is Everywhere (I could also read that book over again), Divergent, Insurgent and an island survival guide :D

If you could meet anybody (dead or alive, fictional or real), whom would you meet and what would you say to them?
This is a tricky one, there's so many people I would like to meet...
But probably Veronica Roth or Jandy Nelson. I'd like to tell them I think they're two of the best authors in the world and they write emotional, intense and riveting books. And I'd ask them to sign my copies of their books. :D

Love triangles...yes or no?
NO. I can not handle love triangles! It can be so tiresome reading about the main character not knowing which guy she should choose etc. However, if the love triangle is written properly, I quite enjoy it. Such as the love triangles in Clockwork Angel, The Sky is Everywhere and The Summer trilogy by Jenny Han!
(what about the Iron Fey series?!!)

Who is your favourite author and why?
My favourite author would have to be:
Cathy Cassidy - I have been a fan of her books since I was around 10 years old and I think I will always love reading her fantastic stories and beautiful writing.
Veronica Roth - I love the way she writes and she just writes the most intense novels ever!
(VERONICA ROTH FTW!)
Jandy Nelson - She has only written one book (as far as I'm aware of) and I desperately want her to write another book as she writes stunningly!

Have you ever met any authors before?
Yes! I have! :D When I lived in England, I met Cathy Cassidy! It was so much fun going to her book signing and I'll never forget it! :D
Also Roy Apps once came to my school and we met him, and this other time I went with my school to hear David Almond talk about his books, so I suppose that counts? :D

Share some of your favourite blogs with us?
Well, there's too many to name all of them :p So I'll have to say:
• Yours!
• ***Singing and Reading In the Rain***
• Bookhi
• Booked Up!
• Queen of Contemporary
• Amaterasu Reads
• Never Judge a Book by Its Cover
• LC's Adventures in Wonderland
• Xpresso Reads
• Bookish

That's all I'll name! :D

Most stunning book cover you’ve ever seen?
This is a hard one, there are a lot of stunning book covers out there...I'd have to choose:
1. The Archived. - Victoria Schwab
2. What's Left of Me - Kat Zhang
3. Splintered - A.G. Howard
4. The Selection - Kiera Cass
5. The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight - Jennifer E. Smith
6. Enchanted - Alethea Kontis
7. Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
8. Wake - Amanda Hocking
9. Switched - Amanda Hocking
10. The Look - Sophia Bennett

...

I think I should probably stop there...
(wow! good choices!)

Quick Questions:

Cats or Dogs?
Dogggiiiiiieeeessss! I love dogs and I've always grown up with one which has always been awesome! I think cats are pretty cute too but you can't really cuddle them as much as dogs :p
Bad Boys or Good? (fictional of course!)
I like the good boys haha! Sometimes the Bad Boys seem a bit too rough for my liking! :3
(haha same here...sometimes.;))
E-books or Physical copies?
Physical copies! I LOVE ebooks and my kindle, but there's just something special about a physical book!
Inside or Outside?
It depends! Inside in the winter and outside in the summer! :p
British or American fictional boys?
I'll have to go for British! :D They can be such gentlemen :p
(really? the boys I know aren't....;p )
And...
Delirium or Divergent? 
Divergent! I haven't read Delirium yet, but I'm sure if I had, it would still be Divergent as its one of my all-time favourite!
(lol i've read it 10 times and counting...and Insurgent 3 times!)

Kyra and I have both read Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine but have you?
Here you can try and win a copy...
and that goes for everyone because the lovely Kathryn has let this giveaway be..
INTERNATIONAL!


((click here to go to the goodreads page))


First, here's the rules/terms & conditions:

- Fill in the Rafflecopter below - please don't leave personal details in the comments section (for your own safety)
- This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL
- You must be 13 or older to enter.
- Nor, I, or the publishers are responsible for books lost or damaged in the post 
- Aside from the mandatory entries  all others are optional but completing them could give you a better chance of winning :)
- Giveaway ends on 27th March 2013 at 12am.
- I will email the winner who must reply within 48 hours, otherwise the prize will go to someone else :(


Blogoversary Celebration: Interview with Jessica from Booked Up! + Giveaway

25 February 2013



Here is the third of five interviews ( with giveaways ) of my best blogging buddies. I hope you enjoy!
Here, you can get to know Jessica from Booked Up!

Hi Jessica! *offers a scone* how are you? Would you like to introduce yourself and your awesome blog?

Hi, thank you for having me here today! *checks scone first for revolting blueberries and scoffs!*

I'm Jessica, the teenage girl behind the YA Book Review Blog, Booked Up! I have been running Booked Up! since the 7th January 2012, and have loved every minute! I mainly blog about new YA books, and post a lot of reviews, author interviews + guest posts, and discussion posts. In my spare time, I am reading (obviously!) or trying (and failing) to catch up with home assignments for school! I also try to meet up with friends and go to town and catch a movie on the weekend. 

Why did you start blogging?
None of my friends like reading. Not one little bit. So every time I finished an amazing novel, I would have nobody to fan-girl over it with! I could talk and talk about it with my friends for as long as they would put up with my raving, but none of them would be really interested. I needed a way to express my love for reading in a community that could actually understand and ramble on and on about books with me! So when I stumbled across the blogosphere, it was like my version of heaven! Before I knew it, I had a blog, a bunch of new book-loving friends, and started getting a load of book recommendations.
(o.O none of your friends like reading?!)
 If you could have a fictional best friend, who would it be and why?
Maybe Katniss Everdeen. Mainly because I know that if anybody ever got on my bad side, I could just ask Katniss to kick some butt for me. Plus if I ever ended up lost in the forest with her, she could teach me some cool survival tricks and I would be okay. And I'd love to learn more about archery and poisonous berries!
(I'd love to learn archery too!)
 If you were stranded on a desert island with only the basic food and water, but you were allowed to take 5 books, what would they be?
Hmm...The Iron King, The Iron Daughter, The Iron Queen and The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa. Yikes, that's 4 of my books gone already! For the last one I'd have to say one of the The Morganville Vampires novels by Rachel Caine (preferably one filled with scenes with my book boyfriend, Shane!). And perhaps I would sneak Undone by Cat Clarke under my jacket, too? ;)
(good choices!..and maybe..depending how tight the security was. ;))
 If you could meet anybody (dead or alive, fictional or real), whom would you meet and what would you say to them?
Wow, I have had to sit and think about this one for ages! But I've finally come to an answer. Meg Cabot! Meg Cabot is an outstanding, hugely popular YA author who has created some of the most hilarious, unique novels I have ever read. If you want a good example, go and read the Airhead trilogy! Meg Cabot also has a lovely, bubbly personality and I have a feeling we would have a great laugh chatting together, and the conversation would never get dull!
 Love triangles...yes or no?
Tricky question. Meghan, Ash and Puck from The Iron Fey series were an incredibly difficult love triangle. So were Celaena, Dorian and Chaol from Throne of Glass. Both of these were unbelievably tiring, and I was forever swapping sides. However, I love shouting into the book "No! Choose him! Not him!" and so my answer to this question is yes. Although I can only deal with Love Triangles one book a month!
(I totally agree! the Meghan - Ash - Puck one was especially painful for me as I was constantly switching sides!)
 Who is your favourite author and why?
 Just one? Wow, tough question... My favourite author from childhood would be Jacqueline Wilson. The only books I ever read until I was about 11 were Wilson books. To be honest, I owe my love of reading to Jacqueline Wilson! However, now I'm more into YA novels, my favourite author would probably be Julie Kagawa. Or, as of today, Cat Clarke! I finished Undone recently and it blew my mind! So yes, I'm afraid it's a tie between Kagawa & Clarke!  
 Have you ever met any authors before?
Jacqueline Wilson came to my middle school many years ago, which is pretty phenomenal! I also met (if you can count her as an author) Katie Price. I can't actually stand her and only went to the book signing as it was the first book event to come to my town in a really long time. To be honest, I had more fun waiting in the line chatting to other book-lovers than actually meeting Katie Price. 
(lol!!)
 Share some of your favourite blogs with us?
Oh wow, have you got an hour? Here we go.....
Ebony Black Lines (of course!), Bookhi, Realm of Fiction, Booktastic Reviews, The Beaucoup Review, Never Judge a Book by its Cover, The Readers Den, Blog of a Bookaholic, Chicklish, Bookster Reviews, Singing and Reading in the Rain, The Teen Book Guru and many, many more! Most of the bloggers behind the mentioned blogs are teenage girls like me, juggling reading and blogging along with exams and school. I love how I can chat about things other than books with most of those girls, and we have lots in common!
 Most stunning book cover you’ve ever seen?
The front cover for Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black took my breath away! Seriously, I can't get over the pure gorgeous-ness of that front cover. I'm just hoping that the book is as good as the cover!
(you haven't read it yet? I agree....the cover is GORGEOUS!)
Quick Questions:
           Cats or Dogs? Normally, I would say dogs, seeing as I have 2 who are incredibly loveable and extremely loyal. Dogs make such great companions, and I love mine to pieces. However, my cat is sitting on my lap as I type this, and she's looking at me with very cute eyes, so cats!
 Bad Boys or Good? (fictional of course!): Without a doubt, bad boys! A badass attitude, dark good-looks and a mysterious personality never fail to capture my heart!
 E-books or Physical copies? Physical copies, every time. Ebooks just don't work for me. But who knows, maybe they will grow on me someday?
 Inside or Outside? Outside! Stepping out into the fresh air is always so refreshing. (You may shoot me for being so corny!) ok! *virtually shoots arrow then realizes she really needs to take an archery lesson with Katniss someday.*
 British or American fictional boys? AMERICAN BOYS AMERICAN BOYS AMERICAN BOYS! I may be British, but I'll pick American boys 'till the day I die (both fictional and real). It's my life-long dream to move to America, mainly for ogling the boys. (ahhha ok...)
 And...Delirium or Divergent? Divergent! Seriously, how could I not be Divergent when it gave me the wonderful, swoon-worthy Four?! 
Thanks!
No problem! Thank YOU so, so much for having me on the lovely Ebony Black Lines! Congratulations x 10000 on your 1st Blogoversary!

*******
Now both Jess and I are both about to start The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
so...
here..you can win a copy for yourself!

((click here to go to the goodreads page))

First, here's the rules/terms & conditions:

- Fill in the Rafflecopter below - please don't leave personal details in the comments section (for your own safety)
- This giveaway is UK only. 
- You must be 13 or older to enter.
- Nor, I, or the publishers are responsible for books lost or damaged in the post 
- Aside from the mandatory entries  all others are optional but completing them could give you a better chance of winning :)
- Giveaway ends on 26th March 2013 at 12am.
- I will email the winner who must reply within 48 hours, otherwise the prize will go to someone else :(





Blogoversary Celebrations: Interview with Lucy from Queen of Contemporary + Giveaway

24 February 2013




Here is the second of five interviews ( with giveaways ) of my best blogging buddies. I hope you enjoy!
Here, you can get to know Lucy from Queen of Contemporary


Hi Lucy! *stuffs biscuit in mouth then remembers it's rude and quickly offers you one* how are you? Would you like to introduce yourself and your awesome blog?
Hi! Thank you for having me! *takes a biscuit and politely nibbles on it* My name is Lucy (obviously!) and I run the blog Queen of Contemporary. I'm thirteen years old and from England. I love writing and reading and so blogging is perfect for me, really. 
Why did you start blogging?
Blogging means that I can write freely on a daily basis. I can express my opinions on certain books and topics and people will read what I have to say. I am a very opinionated person and most of my friends get fed up with my rants so I can just go ahead and write what I think on my blog without anyone hitting me (not that they would. I hope not, anyway!).
Why did you change your name from Read, Write, Eat, Sleep to Queen of Contemporary ( I ADORE THE NAME BY THE WAY!)
Thank you! Although I loved Read, Write, Sleep, Eat, I wanted something that was shorter and easier to remember; the old name was so long and a bit of a mouthful. There are also a lot of names that begin with the word 'read' and I wanted something original. You have to remember that Read, Write, Sleep, Eat was a name that I quickly created when making my blog and so there wasn't really any thought put in to it. I like to think that Queen of Contemporary is a lot more memorable and it also suits me a lot better.
If you could have a fictional best friend, who would it be and why?
This is a really hard question! There are so many fictional characters that I would like to meet. There are some that I know I wouldn't get along with. I think that Hazel Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars would be nice as a best friend. She's mature and has a good outlook on the world. She's selfless, which is a good trait to have. I love my best friend in real life, though, and I'm not sure what she'd do or say if I turned up to school one day with someone else in tow.
If you were stranded on a desert island with only the basic food and water, but you were allowed tot take 5 books, what would they be?
Can I take my Kindle..? That's cheating, I know. Narrowing it down to five will be hard, because there are so many books that I love to re-read. 
I would have to take The Fault in Our Stars by John Green along with me because it is a book that I pay a lot of attention to. I believe that it is a book full of inspiration. 
My second book? I'm going to have to say Magus of Stonewylde by Kit Berry because it isn't just a book to me. A lot of it is very real and the book has shaped my own views and beliefs in life. 
Number three would be Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. It's a book that I've only recently read but one that I really enjoyed. As I'd be on a desert island at the time of reading, it would remind me that, no matter what, there are people that have it harder and that we should make the most of what we have (even though the book is completely fictional and is set in a dystopian world).
For number four, I'm going to have to pick a book that is pun-induced. I shall have to pick Divergent by Veronica Roth because it contains one of my favourite male characters, Four. Do you see what I did..?
Number five is a bit of a stupid one, but seeing as though I'm on a desert island, I think I should pick 'A Guide to Living on a Desert Island'. I don't know if it's actually a book but it would certainly be handy!
If you could meet anybody (dead or alive, fictional or real), whom would you meet and what would you say to them?
I would love to be able to meet John Green because his book, The Fault in Our Stars, resonated in my heart. It meant a great deal to me and helped me come to terms with things that have happened in my life previous to reading the book. 
It would also be nice to meet a lot of older authors such as Charles Dickens, because writing has developed a lot since the 1800s.
Love triangles...yes or no?
I'm probably going to be virtually bashed for this, but I actually don't mind love triangles. I can't believe I actually just admitted that! There are some love triangles that I really don't like, especially when you know right from the start who the female protagonist will choose *cough* Twilight *cough*
Most love triangles that I read, I enjoy. For example, the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike has one of the best love triangles ever. And I read a lot of love triangles, so that's saying something. I also love The Selection by Kiera Cass and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.
(haha no you won't. :) I actually don't mind them either as long as they are written well. :))
Who is your favourite author and why?
Favourite? I really don't want to upset anyone! Authors are some of the nicest people and choosing one would be very hard. 
I love John Green because his books mean something to me and his writing is just pure magic.  I also love Kit Berry, who I have met twice now. Both authors have written my favourite novels, so it's not really a surprise. 
Have you ever met any authors before?
I've been fortunate enough to meet Kit Berry- who writes the Stonewylde series- twice now and it was really special. Before going I was very nervous, as I'm just a naturally shy person, but she was so lovely and kind and it's something that I'll remember for the rest of my life.
Share some of your favourite blogs with us?
So many! Here are just a few:
Fluttering Butterflies, Rebecca-Books, **Singing and Reading in the Rain**ChicklishSo Many Books, So Little Time and SisterSpooky. Ebony Black Lines is also one of my favorites  I'm really sorry if I missed anyone out; if I wrote every single blog down then it would take me a rather long time!
Most stunning book cover you’ve ever seen?
I love the cover on The Selection by Kiera Cass. It's so pretty and I think every girl wishes to own a dress like that. I'm also very fond of the covers belonging to The Fault in Our Stars, What's Left of Me and Breathe.
(good choices!)
Quick Questions:
Cats or Dogs? Dogs!
Bad Boys or Good? (fictional of course!) Urm...I just love all boys!
E-books or Physical copies? Definitely physical copies.
Inside or Outside? Argh! Hard one! Inside when it's raining, outside in the summer!
British or American fictional boys? Arrrgghhh! Another hard one! Most of the books I read have American boys, so I'll have to go with that. But my literary husband, Yul, from the Stonewylde series, is English.
And...
Delirium or Divergent? *drum roll* Divergent. I didn't enjoy Delirium very much. 
Thank you so much for interviewing me! *waves*
Thank you! *gives a virtual hug*
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So, seeing as we both love The Fault in our Stars,
here's a chance for all of you lovely readers to win a copy,
and even if you've already read it, you can always give it to a friend who hasn't!

((click here to read my review of it))

First, here's the rules/terms & conditions:

- Fill in the Rafflecopter below - please don't leave personal details in the comments section (for your own safety)
- This giveaway is UK and IRELAND only. 
- You must be 13 or older to enter.
- Nor, I, or the publishers are responsible for books lost or damaged in the post 
- Aside from the mandatory entries  all others are optional but completing them could give you a better chance of winning :)
- Giveaway ends on 25th March 2013 at 12am.
- I will email the winner who must reply within 48 hours, otherwise the prize will go to someone else :(

Blogoversary Celebrations: Interview with Rachel from Booktastic Reviews + Giveaway

23 February 2013


As I said yesterday, here is the first of five interviews ( with giveaways ) of my best blogging buddies. I hope you enjoy!
Here, you can get to know Rachel from Booktastic Reviews

Hi Rachel! *passes a cupcake* how are you? Would you like to introduce yourself and your awesome blog?
*squeals with delight while accepting cupcake* Hey there! I'm Rachel, the blogger behind Booktastic Reviews - a YA book blog which I started back in early October of 2010. On my blog you will find book reviews, author interviews, author guest posts, giveaways... and everything else in between! :D

Why did you start blogging?
Oh my gosh, I started blogging years ago! Before Booktastic Reviews, I had been the owner of many daily blogs (all at different times of course) and I think I would have been round about 10 years old when I had my first blog. It was all down to my friend, Cat - who you might know from Through A Cat's Eyes. We were in my house, we got bored, she showed me her own blog at that time then helped me set up one of my own. She recommended calling it The Mouse Hole... and so I didNow that I think about it, I really shouldn't have listened to her, haha. ;) 

(haha cool name and yes I know her! I didn't realize you were friends. :) )

If you could have a fictional best friend, who would it be and why?
Probably Tris from Divergent. She has such an intriguing and admirable personality. She's brave, stubborn, head-strong... a little like me to be honest, so I think we could get along quite well... though we'd probably clash every now and then both of us being stubborn and all. ;) She could probably teach me a thing or two as well. Not to mention, she could introduce me to Four! ;D

(awesome choice. I think I would have picked her too!)

If you were stranded on a desert island with only the basic food and water, but you were allowed to take 5 books, what would they be?
Hmmm... if we were talking about any books, I'd probably take a mixture of already published and not-already-published books. Those would be: Divergent by Veronica Roth (it's like one of my favourite ever books so no way would I be leaving it behind!), Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (not quite published yet but I'd try to sweet talk the publishers into giving me an early copy), Shades of Earth by Beth Revis (still to read this but it sounds EPIC!), one of the Harry Potter books (as long as I had Harry, Ron and Hermione by my side, everything would be alright!) and Fractured by Terri Terry (the first book was AMAZING so I would, yet again, have to sweet talk the publishers for the sequel)! ;)

(good idea!..And errm..yes..I think I've read Divergent about 10 times already!)

If you could meet anybody (dead or alive, fictional or real), whom would you meet and what would you say to them?
Oh, uhm, ehhhh, ahhhh, I don't know! I really don't know! :3 Maybe... Hermione from Harry Potter. The fictional Hermione anyway. I just loved her character growing up so I know I would just combust with excitement if she were to ever come to life! I'd probably be too much in shock to say anything worthwhile to her but if I could calm myself down enough I'd probably just have a normal conversation with her to see what she was really like. :)

(*squeals* Hermione!!!)

Love triangles...yes or no?
I'll have to be awkward here and say yes and no. If a love triangle is well developed then I'm all for it but if it isn't then I get really frustrated. I'm more yay than nay though and won't ever pass a book up due to a love triangle being involved! :D
Who is your favourite author and why?
I have so many! I might have to cheat since I can only narrow it down to five. Cassandra Clare, Terri Terry, Veronica Roth, Beth Revis and Ally Carter simply because I love their style of writing and the books they write! :)
Have you ever met any authors before?
Not really. My primary school did have one or two authors in at one point or another but I can't even remember who they were let alone what type of books they wrote. I do hope to go to a book signing one of these days though!
Share some of your favourite blogs with us?
Sure! There's Bookhi, Bookster Reviews, Booked Up!, Page-turner, Vivaciously Vivian, The Book Parade, A Reading Daydreamer and of course your blog, Ebony Black Lines! xD
Most stunning book cover you’ve ever seen?
Oh my! This is a hard question! There are just so many gorgeous covers out there... I think I'll have to go with The Selection by Kiera Cass. That cover is just breath-taking! :)

(I agree! I also love the cover of Black Heart Blue. The one with the girl and the umbrella.)

Quick Questions:

Cats or Dogs? Dogs!
Bad Boys or Good? (fictional of course!) Definitely bad boys! ;)
E-books or Physical copies? Physical copies!
Inside or Outside? Both!
British or American fictional boys? Oh no! Just 'cause Will Herondale's from London, I'll have to go British! ;D
And...
Delirium or Divergent? *drum roll* DIVERGENT! :D

Thank you Rachel!
And as you love Ally Carter like I do. Here's a chance to win..
*drum roll*

Heist Society 1 and 2.


 (( click here and here for links to goodreads. ))


First, here's the rules/terms & conditions:

- Fill in the Rafflecopter below - please don't leave personal details in the comments section (for your own safety)
- This giveaway is UK and IRELAND only. 
- You must be 13 or older to enter.
- Nor, I, or the publishers are responsible for books lost or damaged in the post 
- Aside from the mandatory entries  all others are optional but completing them could give you a better chance of winning :)
- Giveaway ends on 24rd March 2013 at 12am.
- I will email the winner who must reply within 48 hours, otherwise the prize will go to someone else :(



Blogoversary Celebrations: Blogger Love + Giveaway

22 February 2013



So today I wanted today I wanted to talk about some awesome blogger buddies I have made over the time I have had Ebony Black Lines. 
I'm sorry that I can't thank all of you adorable people, if I could I would, but I think that'd be too many posts for my poor fingers to type up!

My Lovely Buddies
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Zoe @ Bookhi. Regular e-mailing companion. The Fault In Our Stars gusher. Hermione Lover. Librarian Nagger (o.O) and too cool for her own good.
This girl right here is made of awesome. And constantly puts up with me even when I have that caps lock, exclamation mark disease that is constantly taking over my fingers. xD
GO FOLLOW HER PEEPS.

Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic. That book addicted girl all the way over in Africa who talks about books, books, and nothing but books which is just my cup of tea. She was my first ever proper 'blogging friend' so thanks for the boost of confidence actually 'knowing' someone in the blogging community gave me. :)


Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary and Catherine @ The Book Parade. Lucy girl writes the most awesomest reviews ever and is super friendly so I'm really glad I stumbled upon your blog because what would I do without our lovely chats?!And Catherine. OMG I'M SO SORRY FOR NOT COMMENTING ON YOUR BLOG IN AGES. I'm seriously sorry! :(( Don't be like me though. Catherine writes amazing reviews too and is really friendly and sweet so go check out her blog and COMMENT..so she knows yo appreciate.  :)

Jessica @ Booked Up. Firstly, Jess; why don't you have a blog button?..Or do I need to get my eyes checked?....Secondly.....Here's another awesome blogger for you all to make friends with...she always has the coolest giveaways, and the best reviews and blog tour stops so if you don't follow her; you're missing out. Seriously.

Rachel @ Booktastic Reviews. Her blog name says it all. She has booktastic reviews, and guest posts. I'm so glad I made friends with her. I remember when I had about 10 followers and she had a few hundred and I thought she would never even register the comment I left on her blog but no, she commented back and now we exchange e-mails and I simply adore her. It just goes to show; no matter how high up a blogger is...they're always suuuperr coool. :)

So I'm afraid that's it for now. But don't forget to check back tomorrow for the first of my interviews with my lovely blogger friends talked about above, and make sure not to miss out on all my giveaways either. If you've not been around, then two giveaways have already passed you by but don't worry, enter the giveaway below then go check out those!

First, here's the rules/terms & conditions:

- Fill in the Rafflecopter below - please don't leave personal details in the comments section (for your own safety)
- This giveaway is UK and IRELAND only. 
- You must be 13 or older to enter.
- Nor, I, or the publishers are responsible for books lost or damaged in the post 
- Aside from the mandatory entries  all others are optional but completing them could give you a better chance of winning :)
- Giveaway ends on 23rd March 2013 at 12am.
- I will email the winner who must reply within 48 hours, otherwise the prize will go to someone else :(

 

(( click here to read about the book. ))


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