Friday, 22 May 2015

Mirrored Snow

Today I am posting something entirely new on Wattpad!

Mirrored Snow is a gender-reversed retelling of Snow White, where Snow has become 'Snowdon' and is told from the perspective of a girl the evil queen has trapped in her mirror. 

It's going to be a short story, rather than a full novel, and although I have of course been influenced and inspired by the Disney film and other modern retellings, I'm trying to go back to the Grimm original for my plot. 

Here is the description:

Everyone know the story of Snow White: blood red lips, ebony hair and skin the colour of freshly fallen snow. Her vain step-mother, desperate to be the 'fairest of them all' attempts four times to have her killed, until Prince Charming comes to save the day. 

But what if Snow wasn't a princess, but a prince. 
And the queen's antique silver mirror contained not just her reflection, but a girl. 

Mirror can no longer remember her name - or life - before the queen imprisoned her. All day, every day, she finds herself at the queen's beck and call; a life of endless servitude and isolation. 

Snowdon is approaching his 18th birthday and is an increasing threat to the queen's right to rule. And his looks are putting him in the running for her 'fairest' title too. So the queen decides the quickest way to solve all her problems is to get rid of Snowdon. Permanently. But the girl watching their every move has other ideas.

And the cover:


Are you interested yet? You can check it out here!

Saturday, 16 May 2015

My Wattpad Recomendations

So I wrote on Wednesday that I have been reading a lot of stories on Wattpad recently and I really wanted to share some of my favourites with you, so here they are!

  

 

First, let's just take a moment to appreciate how amazing those covers are - the talent on this site extends far beyond the writing.

Rimwick by FionaChai
Sometimes on Wattpad, a story will be so good I will forget that I'm not reading something that has been published. Rimwick was definitely one of those stories. A fantastic, supernatural fantasy book with great characterisation and plot twists.

RUNES by Authorednah
This is the first book in a published series, but it looks like most of them are also available on Wattpad to read for free. The author has created a complex, intriguing fantasy world and there has already been lots of action.

5:48 by cityscape
Quite a different sort of book to what I normally read. It's about a group of teens, each with their own troubles and complex back story, who run a coffee shop together. Touching, emotional and complex.

Magnificent by Corlaya
Only a few chapters of this book have been posted so far, but I am really enjoying it. The main character has a really intriguing secret and I'm desperate to find out what it is!

The Roommate Rulebook by Lilohorse
This is another one i haven't finished yet but I am enjoying it so far. It's a bit like A Beautiful Disaster


Do you like reading books on Wattpad? If so, do you have any recommendations? Or do you post writing of your own? Please leave me some links in the comments and I will try to check them out. Don't forget you can read Fire in full and check out my new story, Amber&Ice, on my account.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

March and April Reading Catch-Up

It's been a while since I've done one of these posts! I have been hard at work writing though, which is one of the best reasons for not getting time to blog. I also haven't read as many books over the past few months. My daughter is on the move now, so looking after her is non stop and I've also been reading a lot more stories on my phone, via Wattpad. I'm going to write another post soon on my favourite Wattpad reads, but here are the traditional books I have enjoyed recently:

  

  

The Red Queen: Definitely worth the hype. This book wasn't what I expected, but I really enjoyed it. It has the expected, dystopian world class segregation, with some X-Men-style powers thrown in. 

Bring Up Bebe: A must-read if you are a new parents. Part memoir, part parenting handbook, completely hilarious, honest and helpful. 

Fangirl: A really fun read. I love read fanfiction, even though I've never really tried to write any, and I felt like I could really relate to the characters in this book. It reminded me so much of waiting for Harry Potter books to come out.  

Red Rising: A sci-fi Hunger Games is the best way I can think of to describe this one. Great world building and I really cared about the characters. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series soon. 

Only Ever Yours: Everyone should read this book. It is so, so important as a statement about our culture and obsession with image and celebrity. A fantastic feminist book, but I think really important for boys to read too. When I go back to work next month, this is the book I will be championing and putting on all my reading lists. 

The Winner's Crime: This is a brilliant sequel. If you haven't checked this series out yet, I really recommend you do. It's set in a world a little like Ancient Rome and deals with politics, love and lies. Just watch out for the HUGE cliff hanger at the end of this book!

May has been a much-anticipated book month for me, with the release of The Heir and A Court of Thorns and Roses. I am very jealous of everyone who got to read and review them in advance as I can't wait to get started on them myself. 

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Amber&Ice



The complete first draft of my sci-fi/dystopian novel, Amber&Ice is available now on Wattpad. It's quite rough around the edges and needs a lot of redrafting, but I am very happy with where it's going. Here is the synopsis:

Athena believes her world is perfect. Direct democracy means that everyone votes, on everything: from how their healthcare is funded to the colour of the clothes they wear.
When an explosive encounter with the mysterious Dyo throws Athena's beliefs into turmoil, Athena is soon drawn into a society on the outskirts, where she discovers a darker side to the world she lives in. But there is danger in the truth and this new knowledge comes at a heavy price. Can Athena turn her back on everything she has ever believed in? And what will happen to her if she does? 

If you get the chance to check it out, please let me know what you think - particularly where there is any room for improvement. I have a growing list of issues for redrafting! 

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Royal Reading List

Britain has gone royal baby mad! So keeping with the royal theme, I have put together a reading list of regal books. 

  

  

  

From historical fiction to fantasy, YA novels are full of royalty. So if you want to spend a day imagining what it would be like to be a princess, check one of these books out. 

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

People rocking Arcan hair (even if they don't realise it!)

So this post from Sugarscape came up on my Twitter feed on Sunday morning and made me realised that Arcan protectors' hair is definitely a trend at the moment (even if it is in no way connected to the series anywhere other than in my head). I thought it would be fun to take a moment to celebrate how awesome this is and share some pictures of some would-be Arcans. If I let my imagination really run away with me I can pretend it's because someone is turning the series into a film...

A photo posted by Jourdan Dunn (@officialjdunn) on


A photo posted by Kylizzle (@kyliejenner) on
  
{photos from glamourmagazine.co.uk}

  

Sunday, 12 April 2015

UKYA Day

Today I am sort of wishing I was back at work (almost) as I know I could have put together a great reading list and display in the library for UKYA. In case you have somehow managed to miss all of the amazing stuff happening on Twitter, UKYA day has been organised by Lucy at Queen of Contemporary. There have been some great Twitter Q&As and live author chats and I have really enjoyed checking it all out. Since I can't organise anything at work, I'm going to have to settle for a virtual reading list on here. Below is a list of some of my favourite UKYA books.

  

Half Bad by Sally Green
I loved this book! It's sort of a fantasy take on racial segregation, with lots of magic and action thrown in. I still haven't bought Half Wild and I meant to pick up one of the signed copies Waterstones had, but I think I've left it too late now, which is a shame. 

Harry Potter by JK Rowling
I don't think I need to say any more. Although I do want to add that I am very excited about the illustrated version coming out this autumn!

She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgewick
I read this one in the library last year and thought it was brilliant. A thriller/mystery told from the perspective of a blind teenager.


  


Guitar Girl and the Diary of a Crush series by Sarra Manning
I read these books while I was at school and really enjoyed them. I think Diary of a Crush remains the only series my best friend has ever read, and she finished them all within the space of a week. I think one of the best things about UKYA is that it's so good to read about teenagers in British schools, doing very British things like going festivals or on school trips to France. I find UK contemporary YA is often easier to relate to than books from elsewhere.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Another book where I really need to get hold of the sequel soon. It took me a little while to get into The Bone Season, but once I did I was hooked. It was mostly read in the early hours of the morning while up with my daughter.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
I guess this series wasn't originally written as YA, but it fits the category well. I love the world(s!) of His Dark Materials and have always wished I had a daemon.

I'm going to cut this post short now as my daughter is having an 'I don't want to be put down' day, but other UKYA authors I love are Celia Rees, Adele Geras (Troy is the reason I love Classical mythology so much, it is AMAZING and everyone should read it), Annabel Pitcher, Anthony Horowitz and Patrick Ness. Hopefully at some point soon I'll be able to go back to this post and write a proper summary for each of these authors!

There. That would have looked so nice displayed on the library book shelf...