Tag Archives: Faber & Faber

Guest Post – Why Is London Such A Rich Source Of Inspiration To Writers? by Natasha Farrant


51HZva3sYfL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

I am super excited to have the wonderful Natasha Farrant on Tales today to mark and celebrate the release of Time For Jas, the fourth book in The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby series which was released on the 4th August 2016 published by Faber Childrens.

A huge thank you to Hannah at Faber for sending me a copy of the book and for organising this fab guest post today!

So today Natasha Farrant tells Why London is such a rich source of inspiration to writers….

This guest post is completely facinating….


51HZva3sYfL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

Bluebell and her siblings are beginning a new school year. Suddenly everyone is freaking out. Twig has taken up violent team sports, poor Jas is being bullied by the ghastly Cupcake Crew and Blue has a big decision to make.

There are fights and crying fits. Halloween parades gone wrong and secret graffiti artists. Confusing friendships and life-changing choices. But there is also laughter and above all, there is love – and that’s what being a family is all about.


Why Is London Such A Rich Source Of Inspiration To Writers?

My mother was nineteen years old and newly married when she arrived in London from France.  She grew up in La Rochelle, on the Atlantic coast.  Tales of her childhood include stories of camping out on the deserted beaches of the now fashionable, then undiscovered île de Ré.  Alone in a foreign city in the days before Easyjet made going home a short hop, with a husband at work all day, she was horribly homesick, and more than anything she missed the sea.

“So I used to come here,” she told me once as we walked through Hyde Park. “And I swam in the Serpentine, and pretended I was at the beach.”

Literally the only thing the Serpentine shares with the Atlantic Ocean is the fact that they are both wet. One is a glorified pond in a London park. The other is – well, it’s the Atlantic Ocean.

“It helped,” Mum insisted.

London, I often think is not so much a place as a state of mind.

One evening, in the week before the Referendum, I stood outside my local Tube station for three hours, handing out leaflets.  I came away feeling exhilarated, almost dizzy, by the diversity of people I had seen. People of every faith and colour, speaking every language, people able-bodied and in wheelchairs, sighted and blind, people young and old and every age in between.  I saw a man in a sharp-dressed suit go into a shop to buy a sandwich for a homeless teenager.  I saw the woman who made my wedding-dress twenty years ago, who told me she’s studying for a Masters in Fine Art. I saw an ambulance crew rush in to resuscitate a man who had fainted.

                I saw them because I was standing still.  I don’t think anyone else noticed.

Earlier this summer, with time to spare before a meeting, I stepped over a barrier along the edge of the Victoria Embankment and wandered out onto one of the old stone jetties to photograph the river. Londoners do love the Thames, and it was looking particularly beautiful that morning. I took out my phone and photographed east and west, and it was only as I turned to go that I realised the heap of cloth on the ground was a man in a sleeping-bag.  I walked away, thought better of it, came back, tried to give him money.  He refused it, polite but angry, and I left feeling shaken – angry with myself for not noticing, upset that I had angered him – but also curious.

What was his story? Why was he there?

Get onto any bus, and if you could hear all the stories being told your head would spin.  The old Kensington lady who remembers the Blitz, sitting beside the elderly gentleman heading to the mosque who came here to escape a different war. The Eastern-European au-pair, as homesick as my mother was, determined to learn English at any cost; the bewildered couple visiting from out of town on their way to a theatre, the gobby school-kids jostling for position, the exhausted office worker with her bag of grocery shopping heading home to – what? Kids? An elderly parent? More work after a solitary supper?

For an environmentalist friend, London is a treasure trove of ancient orchards he is trying to revive. For a lawyer friend, it is late-night taxis. For the Romanian labourers working next door it is sweat and dust and a long commute back to an overcrowded room.  And did you know that at the Hampstead Ladies Pond, old ladies wander about topless? That the stag-beetle is globally endangered but going strong in South London?  That, for reasons I have never enquired about, there is a pigeon-hole in my local Post Office collecting office labelled The Dracula Society?

“I soon learned,” my mother told me, “that in London you can be whoever you want to be, and nobody cares.”

Nobody cares.  The mixed blessing that makes London what it is.  Nobody cares, so you can be free. Nobody cares, so you can be lonely. A place of dizzying wealth and abject poverty, a world player and a network of villages, a city steeped in history where almost everybody is hustling for a better future.  No two people you speak to will have the same opinion of what it means to be a Londoner, and that is what makes it such a rich setting for a story.

In a city where you can look at the Serpentine and imagine it’s the Atlantic Ocean, anything is possible.

51HZva3sYfL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

You can buy a a copy of Natasha’s lastest book Time For Jas here

Also check out a previous Q&A with Natasha Farrant here


About Natasha Farrant

Norfolk-beach

I am one of those rarities, a Londoner born and bred.  And like most true Londoners, I’m not completely English, but three-quarters French with a little bit Dutch thrown in.  I can’t imagine living anywhere else, though I would like a horse, a big old house with a secret passage or two, a fig tree, a walnut tree, lots of dogs and a vista of rolling hills on one side and the sea on the other.  All of which are sadly incompatible with both life in the city and my income.

 I write partly because in my stories I can live the lives I’m not…

 I have two teenage daughters, Justine and Lily, who provide endless inspiration for my books.  I am pleased to say inspiration works both ways. One of them has dyed her hair pink, and the other has taken to hanging out on the roof in the middle of the night.

 The “person” I talk to most is my tortoiseshell cat, Amber.  This is because as a writer you spend a lot of time alone, which makes you go slightly mad.  Amber repays me for my conversation by trashing my house.  Soon we are goig to buy a dachshund puppy called Blue, and presumably he will be equally destructive.

 I get very grumpy if I don’t have a good book to read, if I’m not writing, if I’m hungry, tired or don’t get enough exercise.  Otherwise I am a generally cheerful person.

You can find out more about Natasha on her website here

Or why not follow Natasha on twitter using @NatashaFarrant1


A huge thank you to Natasha for an absolutely a brilliant guest post and to the lovely Hannah at Faber for asking me to feature it.

Have you read Time For Jas or any of the Bluebell Gadbsy books?  What did you think?  Has London ever inspired you in any way?  Do let me know!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy Reading

sig2

Guest Post – Guest Review By Perdita Cargill – Strange Star by Emma Carroll


51E2lk2wpJL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

It’s no secret that I am a huge Emma Carroll fan girl!  Not only is she a lovely person her books are always wonderful!

You can find out more about Emma’s books in these previous guest posts on Tales….

Extract From Strange Star

Do You Believe In Fairies?

National Transplant Week

#WinterCarrollReadAlong

Strange Star is the breathtaking new book from Emma Carroll, the critically-acclaimed author of Frost Hollow Hall, The Girl Who Walked On Air, In Darkling Wood and The Snow Sister, is a deliciously creepy story inspired by the creation of Frankenstein, and is brought to life by a leading talent in children’s literature.

So when the lovely Perdita Cargill, co author of Waiting For Callback asked if I would feature a guest review of Strange Star I jumped at the chance!


51E2lk2wpJL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

They were coming tonight to tell ghost stories. ‘A tale to freeze the blood,’ was the only rule.

Switzerland, 1816. On a stormy summer night, Lord Byron and his guests are gathered round the fire. Felix, their serving boy, can’t wait to hear their creepy tales. Yet real life is about to take a chilling turn- more chilling than any tale. Frantic pounding at the front door reveals a stranger, a girl covered in the most unusual scars. She claims to be looking for her sister, supposedly snatched from England by a woman called Mary Shelley. Someone else has followed her here too, she says. And the girl is terrified.


Review Of Strange Star By Perdita Cargill

**Please note this review is as spoiler free as possible**

I’m a huge fan of Emma Carroll’s writing and her latest novel Strange Star recently published by Faber & Faber is my favourite so far.  Powerful and moving, it’s electric with intelligence and humanity.

 The writing is of course absolutely assured, beautiful and sensory (‘Change was coming. You could smell it in the air, all sharp and peppery like radishes.’), never slowing down the fast drive of Carroll’s big, complex story about death and life and prejudice and bravery. This is a middle grade novel that has huge respect for its young readers and their ability to rise to serious issues and clever ideas and to be thrilled and scared along the way.

 Inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as well as the true story of that book’s stormy genesis, there are roles for Lord Byron, for Claire Clairmont, Polidori and the Shelleys, ‘As individuals they were interesting enough, but together their sparks became flames’. Mary Shelley especially is key to Carroll’s story, the scene where she relives the failed efforts or missed chance to resuscitate her premature baby is heartbreaking and sets up one of the big themes of the book ‘”there would always be those that couldn’t be saved.’ But the ‘ghost’ that knocks at the door on the night of the storm is not a figment of any of the stellar imaginations in the Villa Diodati but is Lizzie Appelby ‘There’d been no need for tales to freeze the blood. Not when real life had brought death to the front doors.’ and this clever framing makes the story that Lizzie tells the ‘true’ story. Lizzie has travelled to Switzerland from her home in Somersetshire and what’s been going on at Eden Manor has been so shivers-down-the-spine dark that it would be no surprise were Lizzie running away but no, she’s running to the rescue. I have to be careful here to give nothing away, I didn’t know what was coming and had all the thrill of turning pages and gasping. All I will say is that the monsters in this book are subtle monsters. A clever woman who’s made monstrous by ambition, and an animal whose raw, brute threat is abused by adults. And Carroll gives a powerful message about prejudice and the ignorant, fearful and misguided response to that which is perceived as different. This is strong stuff, readers who’ve come to love and respect Lizzie and Felix will be outraged that they be judged on their skin and appearance. But dark and thrilling though this book is, the message running through its pages is one of hope, Lizzie has learned the myth of the Phoenix from her mother, ‘In the story they rise up from the flames, just to prove that even when everything’s destroyed, life can begin again,’ and Carroll hopes for her readers a better less prejudiced, braver future where ambition doesn’t need to destroy kindness and goodness.

I loved this book.

51E2lk2wpJL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

You can buy a copy of Strange Star here


About Emma Carroll

emma202020colour1-225x300

When I’m not writing books, I’m reading them.  For many years I was an English teacher in a secondary school in Devon. Nowadays, I write full time. It’s my absolute dream-come-true job!

As a child, I wrote stories about ponies and pop stars, though not together. Nowadays it’s called fan-fiction; back then it was just weird.

After school, I worked as a reporter on a local newspaper. From there I went to university to study English Literature. After backpacking around the Middle East, South America, Australia, I did a PGCE in English and became a teacher.

Many years later, I bought myself a lovely big notebook and some new pens. I enrolled on the MA Writing For Young People at Bath Spa University, and got writing again. ‘Frost Hollow Hall’ was started on the MA course. It is my first novel, and took two years and many cups of tea to write.
I live in the Somerset hills with my husband and two Jack Russell terriers.

You can find out more about Emma Carroll on her website  – www.emmacarrollauthor.wordpress.com

Or why not follow her on twitter using @emmac2603


About Perdita Cargill

perdita-and-honor-cargill

Perdita Cargill is co-author of Waiting For Call back with Honor Cargill and are a mother and daughter writing team living in North London. Perdita used to be a barrister; Honor is studying for her A levels. Once they’d discovered the secret of mother/daughter collaboration (separate rooms and cake) writing Waiting for Callback together was enormous fun. Honor’s (limited) experience as a child actor gave them lots of funny material for their novels.

51+12EjHNVL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_

When Elektra is discovered by an acting agent, she imagines Oscar glory can’t be far away, but instead lurches from one cringe-worthy moment to the next! Just how many times can you be rejected for the part of ‘Dead Girl Number Three’ without losing hope? And who knew that actors were actually supposed to be multi-lingual, play seven instruments and be trained in a variety of circus skills?
   Off-stage things aren’t going well either – she’s fallen out with her best friend, remains firmly in the friend-zone with her crush and her parents are driving her crazy. One way or another, Elektra’s life is now spent waiting for the phone to ring – waiting for callback.
   Can an average girl-next-door like Elektra really make it in the world of luvvies and starlets?

You can buy a copy of Waiting For Callback here


A huge thank you to Perdita for a fab guest post review and for asking me to feature it!

Have you read Strange Star?  What did you think?  Have you read any of Emma Carroll’s other books?  Do you have a favourite?  Have you read Waiting For Callback?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!

sig2

Tales Post – Extract from Strange Star by Emma Carroll


9780571317653

I was super excited to be asked by Hannah at Faber & Faber to feature an exclusive extract from the new Emma Carroll book, Strange Star!

Strange Star was released on 7th July 2016 published by Faber & Faber and is set to be a fab MG read!

Strange Star is high up on my most anticipated list for 2016 after hearing about it at the Faber Blogger Day early this year ( you can find all about that day here )

So sit back and relax and be swept away by Emma’s beautiful writing!


9780571317653

They were coming tonight to tell ghost stories. ‘A tale to freeze the blood,’ was the only rule.

Switzerland, 1816. On a stormy summer night, Lord Byron and his guests are gathered round the fire. Felix, their serving boy, can’t wait to hear their creepy tales. Yet real life is about to take a chilling turn- more chilling than any tale. Frantic pounding at the front door reveals a stranger, a girl covered in the most unusual scars. She claims to be looking for her sister, supposedly snatched from England by a woman called Mary Shelley. Someone else has followed her here too, she says. And the girl is terrified.

This breathtaking new book from Emma Carroll, the critically-acclaimed author of Frost Hollow Hall, The Girl Who Walked On Air, In Darkling Wood and The Snow Sister, is a deliciously creepy story inspired by the creation of Frankenstein, and is brought to life by a leading talent in children’s literature.


Extract

ss1

ss2

ss3

ss4

ss5

ss6

ss7

ss8

ss9

ss10

ss11

ss12

ss13

ss14

ss15

ss16

ss17

ss18

9780571317653

You can buy a copy of Strange Star here or from your local bookshop

Or read a guest review of Strange Star by Perdita Cargill here


About Emma Carroll

emma202020colour1

When I’m not writing books, I’m reading them.  For many years I was an English teacher in a secondary school in Devon. Nowadays, I write full time. It’s my absolute dream-come-true job!

As a child, I wrote stories about ponies and pop stars, though not together. Nowadays it’s called fan-fiction; back then it was just weird.

After school, I worked as a reporter on a local newspaper. From there I went to university to study English Literature. After backpacking around the Middle East, South America, Australia, I did a PGCE in English and became a teacher.

Many years later, I bought myself a lovely big notebook and some new pens. I enrolled on the MA Writing For Young People at Bath Spa University, and got writing again. ‘Frost Hollow Hall’ was started on the MA course. It is my first novel, and took two years and many cups of tea to write.
I live in the Somerset hills with my husband and two Jack Russell terriers.

You can find out more about Emma Carroll on her website  – www.emmacarrollauthor.wordpress.com

Or why not follow her on twitter using @emmac2603

51kmhfooRdL__SX315_BO1,204,203,200_51VUa9swc9L__SX310_BO1,204,203,200_

51z5XRUnnlL__SX325_BO1,204,203,200_untitled

9780571317653


You can see previous posts by Emma on Tales below –

National Transplant Week

#WinterCarrollReadAlong

Do You Believe In Fairies?

Guest Review of Strange Star by Perdita Cargill

Also a huge shout out to the cover designer of these books Julian De Narvaez!  Beautiful stunning covers indeed!

Check out Andrews blog later this week for a fab Q&A with Emma!

Have you read Strange Star?  What did you think?  Have you read any of Emma Carroll’s other books?  Do you have a favourite?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!

sig2

Cover Reveal – The Graces by Laure Eve


feed01_99de868c7da446ddbe250a7ab4d4495b

I am delighted to be able to bring you all a fab UK cover reveal for the highly anticipated and super exciting The Graces by Laure Eve which is publishing in September 2016 with Faber and Faber!

I have recently been lucky enough to hear a little more about The Graces at the recent Faber Blogger Brunch (find out more here) from the lady herself, Laure Eve, and it left me SO excited for the book!

I simply cannot wait!


So what’s it all about?

Everyone said the Graces were witches.
They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.
They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.
All I had to do was show them that person was me.

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

This beautifully-written thriller will grip you from its very first page.


About Laure Eve

feed01_99de868c7da446ddbe250a7ab4d4495bLaure Eve is a French-British hybrid who grew up in Cornwall, a place saturated with myth and fantasy.

Being a child of two cultures taught her everything she needed to know about trying to fit in at the same time as trying to stand out.

She speaks English and French, and can hold a vague conversation, usually about food, in Greek.

Past career highlights include bookselling, waitressing and, for one memorable summer, dressing up as a costumed bear for children’s parties. It was exactly as awesome as it sounds*.

*not very.

Find out more at www.laureeve.co.uk

Or why not follow Laure on twitter using @laureeve


Cover Reveal!

And now the moment you have all been waiting for…….

Check out this fab, beautiful cover for The Graces!!!

Graces_gif_promo

And here it is in more detail……….

Graces_Final_Front

Isn’t it beautiful!

And here’s the front, back and spine which I am told is going to have beautiful gold foil!

Graces_Final_vis

And there’s more!

Check out the gorgeous spine which is going to look super awesome!

Where it says ‘everybody said’ and ‘were witches.’ That’s spot UV, or the shiny bits’ lamination you see on covers. This means that it’s not actually printed on the cover at all, so you’ll only see it if you walk past a bookshelf at the right angle and it catches the light.

Graces_Final_spine

*squeals in excitement*

Graces_Final_Front

Huge shout out to the design team at Faber and Faber for a stunning cover and brilliant cover and gif!

I literally cannot wait for September 2016!

Join in the conversation using the hashtag #TheGraces on twitter 🙂

What do you think of the cover for The Graces?  Are you excited?!  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this post or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

Happy staring at this cover because it is so pretty!

sig2

Tales Events – Faber & Faber February 2016


faber signOn the 20th February 2016 I excitedly jumped out of bed at 4:30am!  I know right!  How could this be possible at 4:30pm?!

Well I had a train to catch to London for a very exciting blogger event at Faber & Faber!  A chance to hear about all of their up coming releases and hopefully chat and eat cake….and oh yes there was cake!

Nom!

So before attending Faber and despite the rain it was wonderful to meet up with these lovelies for a good book chat, coffee and laughs…..

faber1

It was then time to head over to Faber & Faber located not far from the British Museum it was like walking down the street belonging to Upstairs, Downstairs.  I passed beautiful white buildings and houses with big wide front doors until I eventually arrived at Faber.

faber signWe were welcomed by the lovely Hannah Love who explained that they were going to be talking about all the books and we had two special author guests, Alwyn Hamilton author of Rebel Of The Sands and Laure Eve author of Fearsome Dreamer, The Illusionists and the upcoming The Graces which she was going to talk to us a little about.

faber 2faber 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were even encouraged to eat sweets and cake!

Faber Cake*drools*

Anyway onto the books….

We heard about so many fab books from the Faber Team and each description was enthused with such enthusiasm and love  it was really touching to see.  You could really tell how much the Faber team love their books and authors.

61gbGcxDesL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_

“Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand.”

Dustwalk is Amani’s home. The desert sand is in her bones. But she wants to escape. More than a want. A need.

Then a foreigner with no name turns up to save her life, and with him the chance to run. But to where? The desert plains are full of danger. Sand and blood are swirling, and the Sultan’s enemies are on the rise.

First up we were lucky enough to have the lovely author of Rebel Of The Sands, Alwyn Hamilton tell us more about this wonderful book in person.

faber45It was so interesting to hear about the factual research that Alwyn carried out whilst writing Rebel Of The Sands and the fables and stories that she read as research.  Rebel Of The Sands took Alwyn roughly two years to write and like many of us she suffered with writers block and well as times to work out plot points.  Alwyn revealed that one of the hardest scenes she wrote was the moving train scene only because it forced the issue of figuring out some plot points to make it work and when it all did it clicked into place nicely.

I got to meet the lovely Alywn at the end of the event and get my personalised book proof signed and she was so lovely 🙂

alw 2alw 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

alw 151k3n8Y5PCL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_

Alaska, 1970: growing up here is like nowhere else.

Ruth wants to be remembered by her grieving mother.
Dora wishes she was invisible to her abusive father.
Alyce is staying at home to please her parents.
Hank is running away for the sake of his brothers.

Four very different lives are about to become entangled. Because if we don’t save each other, how can we begin to save ourselves?

tsooph1tsooph2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have heard such good things and high praise for this book prior to this event and Faber sold it to be even more.  We were informed that this book tells the story of four teenagers with different stories and that the book is heart-warming, diverse and uplifting.  We were fore warned that chapter 13 may make us cry!  So excited for this book!

hib

**Please Note – the above is not the final cover**

jcw

Sixteen year old Solomon has agoraphobia. He hasn’t left his house in three years, which is fine by him. At home, he is the master of his own kingdom–even if his kingdom doesn’t extend outside of the house.

Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to go to a top tier psychiatry program. She’ll do anything to get in.

When Lisa finds out about Solomon’s solitary existence, she comes up with a plan sure to net her a scholarship: Befriend Solomon. Treat his condition. And write a paper on her findings. To earn Solomon’s trust, Lisa begins letting him into her life, introducing him to her boyfriend Clark, and telling him her secrets. Soon, Solomon begins to open up and expand his universe. But all three teens have grown uncomfortably close, and when their facades fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse, as well.

I have to say I had not heard of this book before the event, but I am completely in love with it before even reading it.  We were played the most wonderful video message from the author John Corey Whaley and it made me smile and also brought a tear to my eye.  The video introduced us to the book and the reasoning behind writing the book.  John Corey Whaley wanted to find a way to deal with his anxiety and he did this by working through his issues by writing this book.  He wanted to show that someone can still be happy even if you are in a situation like the main character Solomon finds himself in.  John read from the first chapter of the book and I was mesmerised.

We were all given a copy of this book in our goodie bags and there are 4 different colours with different quotes on the back.  I got the blue one as you can see above.

I think this will be a book to watch!

41Yx-8EJJ6L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

The truth is that jail is a place where you can still hold on to hope – hope you’ll be bailed out, hope you’ll be found innocent, hope you’ll get a second chance.

Four teenagers, never destined to be friends – one rebel, one bully, one geek and one pariah, find themselves on the run from corrupt police officers in a stolen police car. How can you prove your innocence when the people who are supposed to protect you are the ones out to get you?

A beautiful, thrilling story of rebellion, and of friendship triumphing against all odds.

el1el2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up I was so excited to hear about the new Erin Lange book!  This book is meant to be quite different from Dead Ends and Butter and is meant to be a thrilling books with the whole book taking place over one night!  I can’t wait!

51mKqFK-MGL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_51QQ3ibShML._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_

Next up we had a lovely video from Kate A Boorman who spoke about the next book in this fab series, Heartfire.  The cover is not pictured above, but you can get a sneaky peak down below 🙂

heartfire1heartfire2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This series sounds fascinating!

eve1Next up we were honoured to have the lovely Laure Eve giving us a reading and chatting about her upcoming new book The Graces!

There’s no cover yet – but here’s a bit about the book….

Everyone said the Graces were witches.
They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.
They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.
All I had to do was show them that person was me.

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

This beautifully-written thriller will grip you from its very first page.

eve2eve 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was amazing listening to both Faber and Laure talking about The Graces…a gripping read that will draw you into it’s world and blow your mind!  Count me in!

I also enjoyed hearing about how Laure was obsessed with the reality of fantasy and desire and how these can take over your world.

The Graces will be a duology and is partially inspired by the film The Craft…the idea that magic can be something, used for good and evil.

Laure was asked about the name The Graces and she told us that she loved the name instantly and it describes exactly how the characters are.  Laure also said there’s a lot of things about names in the book.  It was also awesome to hear Laure read from chapter one.

Check out the cover reveal for The Graces here

Another book to look out for when it’s released!

51Q5vH+9qiL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

When 11-year-old Caitlin discovers a shrimp-like alien creature on the shores of her island home, she takes responsibility for teaching it about the world. Mostly, this just involved stopping little Perijee from eating everything! Caitlin becomes increasingly close to her alien friend, treating him like a brother.

There’s only one problem – Perijee won’t stop growing.

Then the authorities try to hunt him down and through his fear, Perijee disappears and starts causing trouble. Caitlin must leave home and travel across the country to try and convince Perijee to stop destroying everything before it’s too late.

prej1prej2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been waiting so long to get my hands on this book!  A middle grade read about friendship and loneliness!  I already know I’m going to love this!

monchi1monchi2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up we heard about the new book from Francesca Simon, The Monstrous Child, which sounded very different from Horrid Henry.  You can see a sneaky peak of the cover on the above pictures, but here’s what the story is about…

IMG_0419

A stunning, operatic, epic drama, like no other. Meet Hel, an ordinary teenager – and goddess of the Underworld. Why is life so unfair? Hel tries to make the best of it, creating gleaming halls in her dark kingdom and welcoming the dead who she is forced to host for eternity. Until eternity itself is threatened.

Sound’s wonderful right?

ecss1Next up was a book that I am hugely excited about!  The new Emma Carroll book, Strange Star!

They were coming tonight to tell ghost stories. ‘A tale to freeze the blood,’ was the only rule.

It’s a stormy night in 1816 when there’s a knock at the door of Villa Diodati. Lying in the rain is a dead girl, and with her, lots of questions. Like, why did she come? What was she looking for? And who was she running from?

The breathtaking new book from Emma Carroll, critically-acclaimed author of Frost Hollow Hall, The Girl Who Walked On Air, In Darkling Wood and The Snow Sister. Strange Star is a deliciously creepy story inspired by Mary Shelly and Frankenstein, brought to life by a leading talent in children’s literature.

It was such a huge treat to hear about Emma’s new book.  You can see a sneak peak of the cover above and I think the blurb sums it up a lot more than me going I can’t wait!

You can check out an extract from Strange Star here or a Guest Review of Strange Star by Perdita Cargill

nfnew

We then heard about the new Natasha Farrant Time For Jas which is part of the Diaries Of Bluebell Gadsby series and again had a sneak peak of the cover!

IMG_0417

Bluebell and her siblings are beginning a new school year. Suddenly everyone is freaking out. Twig has taken up violent team sports, poor Jas is being bullied by the ghastly Cupcake Crew and Blue has a big decision to make.

There are fights and crying fits. Halloween parades gone wrong and secret graffiti artists. Confusing friendships and life-changing choices. But there is also laughter and above all, there is love – and that’s what being a family is all about.

I can’t wait to read this one!

Check out a previous Q&A with Natasha Farrant here or a Guest Post – Why Is London Such A Rich Source Of Inspiration To Writers?

podkinAnd last but by no means least we heard about a new book which is being released in hardback called Podkin One-Ear about a travelling rabbit and was described as wrapping yourself up in a blanket.

A thick white blanket covers the wide slopes of the band of hills some call the Razorback Downs…

Podkin One-Ear is a legend: a fearsome warrior rabbit whose reputation for cunning and triumph in battle has travelled the ages. But how did he become such a mighty fighter? The answer may surprise you… When a travelling bard arrives at Thornwood Warren on Midwinter night, he is warmly welcomed. In return for food and lodging, he settles down to tell of how Podkin One-Ear – and soon the rabbits are enthralled to hear the story of how one lost little rabbit overcame the cruellest enemy imaginable, and became the greatest warrior their land has ever know.

My ears pricked up lots when someone mentioned Watership Down only a little more action packed.  I’m intrigued!

It was then time to mingle …. and mingle we did!

I even got to meet the lovely Gracie Actually!

friend2friend1

friend3friend4friend5We then were lucky enough to take home an awesome goodie bag!

goodiebagfaberbooksfaber1A huge huge thank you to everyone at Faber for making me feel so welcome and for a fab afternoon full of books, cake and love!

Do any of the books above peak your interest?  Which ones?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !

sig2

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...