The Chosen – Blog Tour

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Synopsis:
Introducing an epic new trilogy from Taran Matharu, author of the New York Times–bestselling Summoner series. 
Throughout history, people have vanished with no explanation. A group of teenagers are about to discover why.
Cade is settling into a new boarding school, contemplating his future, when he finds himself transported to another realm. He soon discovers their new world is populated with lost remnants from the past: prehistoric creatures, ancient relics, and stranger still — people. Overwhelmed by his new surroundings, Cade has little time to adjust, for soon he and his fellow classmates are forced to become contenders in a brutal game, controlled by mysterious overlords.
But who are these beings and why did they choose these teens? Cade must prepare for battle . . . because hiding is not an option.

Book Information
The Chosen (Contender #1)
by Taran Matharu
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: June 4th 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Book Links

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My Review

Dinosaurs. If anyone knows a way to make me happy, add dinosaurs, I will faithfully read and love your book on that premise alone. Thankfully Matharu had some other points I really enjoyed about his novel so it wasn’t just the dinosaurs. [But I mean, come on, dinosaurs.]

Cade is a great protagonist, he is a history ‘nerd’ and someone who has kinda tried to stay out of the limelight but this doesn’t seem to particularly work for him as he ends up thrust into focus constantly.  The boarding school scenes are short and quickly disappear as the current situation of being in a new place that is possibly not even Earth just grows more and more ‘real’ to the students who have been placed in this predicament. Cade isn’t the only one, but, that may not necessarily be a good thing as at least one boy seems to have decided Cade is his target for bullying and now in a high stress situation, Cade is having to watch some of his fellow students and the other threats in this new place. [Did I mention dinosaurs?]

I loved the other cast of characters as well, in fact I would say that Quints and Spex were my favorites along with Grace, purely because she seems like she could kick so much butt and that is so cool, so I hope we learn more about her in book 2.

As noted this is the first book in a new series and the ending will certainly leave you wanting to read book two to find out what happens.

Besides the obvious parts I favored, I also enjoyed the history tidbits and the mystery of it all, it had some elements that slightly reminded me of Maze Runner but to Matharu’s credit, this is unlike any other plot I’ve encountered before. And this book was so quick to read as I just kept pressing for one more chapter to find out what on earth was going on/going to happen next.

I will say that I wish some other things had happened sooner than later in the novel as a lot is crammed in a little time and with how the ending is, I really wish that all of the teenagers would have known the purpose of it all as I feel like they deserved that much, I’d like to say more, but, spoilers! I also felt like though everything felt so quick there was a little too much build up for the end and as I said I thought those events should have shifted sooner, but, this is a perfect ending to leave us on edge to find out what happens in book 2. Well played Matharu, well played.

Cade and the others have some tough challenges to face and they’ll have to work together if they want to have any hope of going home. But will it be enough?

How long until book 2?? UGH.

Thanks to The Fantastic Flying Book Club, the publisher, and Matharu for the copy of the book and being part of the tour!

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Mood Board from the Author!

My Playlist

 

About the Author

AUTHOR

Taran Matharu is the New York Times bestselling author of the Summoner series, which has been translated into 15 languages and has sold over a million copies. He was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for writing during early adolescence, beginning his first book at 9 years old.
Straight after graduating with a First Class degree in Business Administration, Taran was keen to explore a new avenue and get inside the publishing world, landing an internship in Digital Sales at Penguin Random House, from June to September 2013. 
Thereafter, while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write ‘Summoner’ in November 2013 at the age of 22, taking part in ‘Nanowrimo 2013’ and sharing his work on Wattpad.com. The shared sample of the story went viral, reaching over 3 million reads in less than six months. Taran went on to launch his professional writing career, and has never looked back.
His SUMMONER series is published by Hodder Children’s (Hachette) in the UK, Australia and Commonwealth, Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan) in the US and Canada, Hachette Jeunesse in France, Heyne in Germany, Planeta in Spain, Crown in Taiwan, Record in Brazil, EKSMO in Russia, Jaguar in Poland, Ecliptic in Bulgaria, Alpress in the Czech Republic, Ithaki in Turkey, Forlaget Forar in Denmark and Unieboek in the Netherlands.

Author Links

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Rest of the Tour Schedule

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TOUR BANNER

 

 

 

The BeeKeeper of Aleppo eARC Review


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GoodReads: 
In the midst of war, he found love
In the midst of darkness, he found courage
In the midst of tragedy, he found hope

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

What will you find from his story?

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo – until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees.

As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all – and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face – they must journey to find each other again.

Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling. 

This book is everything that a modern day work of literature should be. Lefteri has used a heartbreaking time in history to give us this amazing novel; today, the present. Nuri was a beekeeper in Aleppo, but the tragedy of Syria’s civil war has led him and his wife Afra to flee, there is nothing but heartache in Aleppo and Syria, but their journey is long and fraught with peril and the things that today’s society turns its eyes from, refugee camps and the situations of the countries that lead to those camps. Nuri and Afra’s tale is tragic and times and no less than that of our actual Syrian refugees but there is more to it, and who’s to say that the ending isn’t something to uplift your soul? (I’d say more but I’d hate to spoil it) If you’d like a book to reach your heart and soul and grip them tightly, I recommend reading this book which is sure to become a classic of modern literature.

I know I keep saying ‘literature’ but you read this and you think, this is the type of ‘modern’ classic that we need. There is such beauty in looking at the tragedies that through fiction reflect the lives of those living today. It’s so easy to scroll past the news of Syria, to forget about the bad things or focus on other things because there’s so much going on in the world [good and bad] but I just feel like this is a book that should be read, that should be given attention because I could think of nothing greater than to stir compassion through writing and basing it on factual turmoil and tragedy. I have read so many good books in the last couple of months and they’ve all be different, they all offer something that I didn’t know I needed until I read it and I get if this isn’t your sort of genre but if it is, and you find yourself intrigued in the slightest, please go look it up.

I can’t even put into words how this book moved me, everything seems pale and inadequate when I try to type it up. I am excited because I’ll be going to Edinburgh to listen to Christy Lefteri talk about The Beekeeper of Aleppo on May 6, and I’ll update you all about that.

The release date for this book is May 2, 2019

I received this book from Zaffre Books via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Behind the Blogger Tag

I was really pleased to be nominated to do this tag, thank you, Susan! [Click on the link to see her answers!]

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

 

1. Why did you start blogging & why have you kept blogging?

I started because I realized I was reading a lot more than I had been recently and thought it would be fun, not to mention maybe give me something a little more to do than music and chores during the school/work day. It’s only been four months, so I’ve kept doing it because I’m still enjoying it, I imagine if I stop enjoying it, well, that will be the time to hang up my hat. [And I’m sure I’ll be hitting a slump or two as I go, it’s only natural!]

 

2. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

As much as it’s fun to write reviews, and tags and memes are fun too, I think I really enjoy my posts where I get personal. Talking about reading and my marriage, or how I came to love reading, and I really really enjoyed doing the World Book Day post, talking about the charities, and I hope to do more of that as I go along.

 

3. What are your top 3 favorite blog posts?

Well this one is easy since I literally just answered this prematurely.

  1. World Book Day 2019
  2. Finding love for Reading
  3. Love and Reading

 

4. What are some of your favorite things to do to relax?

Read, write fanfics, music. Mostly music! I find it relaxing to work on cover songs or practice orchestra and the musical (this also keeps me from getting stressed when I get to rehearsal since I know what I’m doing bahaha).

5. What are 3 of your favorite things?

My Family
Music
Books

 

6. What are your proudest blogging moments?

Just starting out, getting started should be recognized for so much more than it is. It takes a lot to put yourself out there! Also, sorta proud that I’ve learned to mix up my posts some and that I’m really just taking pride in what I do, daily.

 

7. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

Music. I’ve said before I play a variety of instruments and I’m in the local Orchestra Society, the Amateur Operatic Society, I sometimes do a very awesome choir in Edinburgh, and I’ve recently helped out the local Fiddle Reel Society!

 

8. Describe your personality in 3 words:

Slytherin. Sarcasm. Snark.

9. What are your top 3 pet peeves?

Just three, huh? Okay. Hmm. Wait, I got it.

People who walk too slow because they’re not paying attention. It’s crowded, I want to get to my destination, people.

Having to deal with people who have no connection to you personally just because they’re technically family.

Those who just can’t let others enjoy things. Unless it’s harmful or wrong in any way, just, just let them read and watch what they like!

10. What’s something your followers don’t know about you?

I’m Batman.

Who do I tag?

Isabelle
Ruby
Sophia
Jayati
Sam
And anyone else that wants to do this!
If you don’t just ignore it lol

 

March Haul

Hey guys!

So I could do like a combined post of my March Wrap up and Haul but I’m going to split it, mostly to milk it this time around because I’m playing in a fiddle rally right now while you all are reading this.

I want to note something first, all these books because it is an overwhelming amount, only 5 were new that I paid for (Hint; The Famliars was one but I had to steal a pic off my own Instagram cause I forgot it in the gathering lol), 3 unpictured were also new but were gifts to my Husband, and 4 were bought used offline, 2 were free and given by the authors, and the rest? ALL CHARITY Shop and I paid less than like 14/15 quid for them. [that includes 9 other charity shop books that were either too far or were mini me’s so I didn’t include them lol]

This is NOT a normal amount of books for me nor will I ever go this crazy again. So please don’t think I always buy this much, I am shocked at my own lack of self control but I needed the retail therapy this month I guess.

Physical Books Haul:
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Warrior of the Wild                                               The Rubicon
Conspiracy of Stars                                               Frankie and Zoe
Want                                                                       War and Peace
Tinder                                                                     The Light and Dark
The Monstrous Child                                           The Forsyte Saga: In Chancery
The Lady Midnight                                               Moby Dick
Jade City                                                                The Mill on the Floss
The Hate U Give                                                  Picture of Dorian Gray
The Surface Breaks                                            The ABC Murders
Sky in the Deep                                                   Thunder on the Right
The Bear and the Nightingale                          James Stewart Biography
Artemis Fowl                                                     Ben-Hur
Ever After High                                                 Dead Man’s Blues
The Alienist                                                       Fiest: The Sun Also Rises
Sparkling Cyanide                                           Men without Women
And Then There Were None                         Gulliver’s Travels
Frankenstein                                                   20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes            The Secret Garden
Kidnapped                                                      The Good Women of China
A History of Scotland                                   Little Women
Twenty Years After                                      Mobster’s Lament (Paid for, hasn’t come in yet)
Priory of the Orange Tree (signed edition this time)

Physical Books from Authors/Publishers: Kaerou Time to go Home Anna Undreaming

EBooks Haul: [These were all free downloads off amazon]
Starswept
Trust and Treachery
I Bring the Fire
Archangel Down: Archangel Project
Shadow of the Raven
Pit of Vipers

And finally, the bookish things I’ve received in the mail this month
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Book of Dust things I bought, and of course Descendant of the Crane things were my preorder incentives!

Well! That’s me! No point adding what ARCs I got cause let’s face it, I can’t keep track. I’m an addict. Halp.