Monday, 27 December 2010

Priscilla the Great by Sybil Nelson

Title: Priscilla the Great
Author: Sybil Nelson
Published by: Little Prince Publishing
Publication date: 15th April 2011
Pages: 314
Genres: Children's/Young Adult
Format: Manuscript
Source: Review copy from the author.
Buy the book (it's free!)
Did you ever want a blowtorch for a finger?

Meet Priscilla Sumner, an ordinary seventh grader with extraordinary gifts.

As if middle school isn't hard enough, not only does Priscilla have to fight pimples and bullies, but genetically enhanced assassins trying to kill her and her family.
Armed with wit, strength, and a genius best friend, Priscilla must defeat the Selliwood Institute, a mysterious organization with a mission of turning children into killing machines.

Middle school just got a lot hotter!

At first, I wasn't sure if this would be my kind of book. If you've read some of my reviews before, you'll probably know what kind of books I tend to go for. But there's a first for everything! This book was SO amazing. It has quite a unique storyline, and a really surprising twist. Usually in books you can guess what's going to happen straight away, but this had you thinking the whole time.

The main character is called Priscilla Sumner. She's just an ordinary twelve year old girl. She likes makeup, clothes and boys....she's normal. Or so she thinks. Until one day she finds herself with a super power.

Suddenly she can shoot fire out of her fingers! She's frightened, until she kinda gets used to the idea. Because she doesn't just get to use her powers to i.e warm up her bath when the water's gone cold. She can use them to save the world too! With the help of her mum and her best friend Tai, they manage to help lots of people. But it's harder than it sounds.

The story gets better and better as you get through the book. I read it all in one go because it was just so brilliant. I couldn't stop reading it!

I recommend this to everyone. The story is a mixture of every genre I know of, which is really rare in a book, so everyone will enjoy it! It's probably best for 11+. Brilliant book!

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Top 5 For Christmas

First of all....sorry I haven't posted for a while. :/ You know how it is at this time of year! Plus we're not getting any post at the moment so whatever I've been sent is delayed, including review books etc. Secondly, merry Christmas! Here's my Top 5 Books, Authors and Characters.

Top 5 Books of 2010:
  • Swapped By a Kiss by Luisa Plaja (29th April 2010)
  • Breathing Underwater by Julia Green (7th June 2010)
  • Star Makers Club: Polly Plays Her Part by Anne-Marie Conway (29th October 2010)
  • Boys Don't Cry by Malorie Blackman (28th October 2010)
  • Cherry Crush by Cathy Cassidy (2nd September 2010)
Top 5 Authors: 
  • Malorie Blackman
  • Keris Stainton
  • Kay Woodward
  • Michael Morpurgo
  • Cat Clarke
Top 5 Characters:
  • David from Split By a Kiss and Swapped By a Kiss by Luisa Plaja
  • Phoebe from the Star Makers Club series by Anne-Marie Conway
  • Maddi from Della Says: OMG by Keris Stainton
  • Skye from Cherry Crush by Cathy Cassidy
  • Grace from Entangled by Cat Clarke
It was fun! If you haven't read any of the books listed above, you really should.

Have a great Christmas everyone!! :o)

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Cat Clarke Blog Tour

Today, Cat Clarke is stopping off at The Mile Long Bookshelf for part of her blog tour :) We have a  video, an extract of her book Entangled and even an interview with her! Hmmm. I think I'll start with the awesome trailer...

I love the song that goes with it too - somehow it manages to sum up the whole book without using words. :) If you want to know more detail about the book though, here's the extract!

The same questions whirl round and round in my head:
What does he want from me?
How could I have let this happen?

17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with table, pens and paper - and no clue how she got there.

As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she's tried to forget. There's falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there's something missing. As hard as she's trying to remember, is there something she just can't see?

It is a must-read, seriously!  A.M.A.Z.I.N.G And so is the author, Cat Clarke! She's really nice, as you can tell from her interview.

What actually inspired you to write Entangled, and how did you come up with the title?

I got the idea for Entangled in an English Language A-level exam, but I didn’t get around to writing the book for YEARS. The book’s turned out very different from that initial idea though – you wouldn’t even recognize it! As for the title, my lovely editor came up with it. I take no credit whatsoever.

What do you think the best song would be to accompany Entangled?

My number one Entangled song is Thnks fr th mmrs by Fall Out Boy. The lyrics don’t have anything to do with the book, but the atmosphere is perfect. Whenever I listen to it I get a real sense of impending doom, which is exactly the feeling I get from the story. The video for the song is all wrong though. It has monkeys in it.

What music do you like to listen to while writing?

I HAVE to listen to music while I write – often the same album on repeat for days and days (my poor neighbours!). My favourites for Entangled were The All-American Rejects, Fall Out Boy, Jack’s Mannequin, Elliot Minor and Cute is What We Aim For.

Random question - if you could have a famous grandma, who would it be? Dead or alive. :)

That IS a random question. I think I’d go for Maya Angelou. She would have some great stories to tell in front of a roaring fire.

Tell us one random fact about you.

I’m completely obsessed with sharks.

What is the best book you have ever read? (Except your own.)

Now that’s a tough one. Can I have two? To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) and A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving). The second one is a recent read for me, but I’ve never felt such awe whilst reading a book.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be.

New York City! My favourite place in the world. I think it must be a great place to be a writer – all those coffee shops, interesting people, culture... and I could eat Korean food to my heart’s content. And Mexican food. And mac and cheese.

Did anyone in particular inspire you to start writing?

Christopher Pike. I started reading his books when I was about 12 – I LOVED them. I decided I wanted to write Christopher Pike books, but then I realized this wouldn’t be possible since I wasn’t actually, y’know, Christopher Pike.

How old were you when you discovered you wanted to be an author?

When I was about 13 – after I’d read a fair few Christopher Pike books. I realized I wanted to write, but I couldn’t be bothered to write anything. It was a couple of years before I put pen to paper and wrote a couple of pages of terrible faux Pike fiction.

Have you got any tips for aspiring writers?

I’d recommend writing. That always helps. It’s much easier talking about it than actually doing it. And I’d recommend you write as often as you can – which is something I’m still working on. Also, you should read lots and lots of books. You’ll learn just as much from the bad ones as you will from the good ones.

Fruit or Vegetables:
Vegetables (especially aubergine).

Tea or Coffee:
Tea – and lots of it.

Reading or Writing:
WHAT?! Impossible. They go hand in hand, like Posh and Becks.

Facebook or Twitter:
Twitter. Words cannot express how much I love Twitter.

Pink or Yellow:
Thanks for having me on your blog, Amber!

Read my review of  Entangled HERE, or buy a copy (you should) HERE.

Entangled will be published on the 6th January which is 4 weeks exactly today!