Monday, 26 October 2015

Blog Tour: MONSTER by C.J. Skuse

Hello all. Welcome to my stop in the MONSTER blog tour! 

I was kindly asked to participate in the tour, which I happily accepted (because hello? UKYA author!). I haven't yet read anything by C.J. Skuse before, despite hearing incredible things about her previous novels. But with Halloween just around the bend, I thought MONSTER would be the perfect read for my first C.J. Skuse novel!

So I decided to share my thoughts for my stop and post a review. (Spoiler: It was awesome.)

Note: I was sent an ARC from Mira INK for free, in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect the content of my review in any form.


Published by: Mira INK in October 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher


At sixteen Nash thought that the fight to become Head Girl of prestigious boarding school Bathory would be the biggest battle she’d face. Until her brother’s disappearance leads to Nash being trapped at the school over Christmas with Bathory’s assorted misfits. As a blizzard rages outside, strange things are afoot in the school’s hallways, and legends of the mysterious Beast of Bathory – a big cat rumoured to room the moors outside the school – run wild. Yet when the girls’ Matron goes missing it’s clear that something altogether darker is to blame – and that they’ll have to stick together if they hope to survive.

Okay. What did I just read? Please take note that I am currently writing this review at midnight whilst the madness is still fresh in my head, so please excuse any nonsensical comments I may make. The adrenaline is still going strong inside me, I could pretty much do with a reread. Right now.

That is something very rare, my friends.

So, I wasn't exactly sure what I was expecting to be honest with you. A horror/mystery/thriller set in an all-girl's boarding school? Sure, sounds good. Not sure what the twists will be, but hey, no big. Element of surprise and all. My jaw was pretty much on the floor by the end of it. I mean, wow. I can't even begin to describe what I'm feeling right now. Mind blown perhaps? A slight chill just ran down my spine just by thinking about this book, but I'd happily experience it all over again because it was that good.

So many fantastic characters, all so deftly crafted and unique! Maggie was definitely my favourite - her cynical personality and reckless behaviour were traits I loved. I don't think there was a single character I really disliked, because Skuse made it incredibly difficult to find faults in them. They were just so fleshed out, so real, it was brilliant. And Charlie. Oh, Charlie. I'm just blown away by C.J. Skuse's ability to create such memorable and believable characters, I truly envy that.

Writing wise - this was my first Skuse novel. And it definitely won't be the last. I assure you. Things started off really well, I was slowly getting into the groove of the writing style and the story. There was fluff, cutesy moments, build up about the monster. All of this really didn't help prepare me for that ending. I didn't even see it coming! It really threw me off balance, it had my heart racing, my theories crushed - I was blown away! I love it when horror/thrillers do this! When I'm kept on my toes, eagerly anticipating to see what is going to happen next, when it keeps me guessing. The twists! Absolutely phenomenal. I am simply speechless. 

A book set to fill you with dread, with false hope and make you feel endless adrenaline rushes - this is one book no one wants to miss. I absolutely loved it. Guaranteed to steal your breath away. And perhaps leave your brain and heart a little broken.

Gold Wreath

Really couldn't give it anything less than gold after that epic ending!


C.J. SKUSE is the author of the Young Adult novels PRETTY BAD THINGS, ROCKOHOLIC and DEAD ROMANTIC (Chicken House) and MONSTER (Mira Ink). She was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England. She has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels, works as a freelance children's fiction consultant and lectures in Writing for Children at Bath Spa University. C.J. is currently working on her second novel THE DEVIANTS for Mira Ink.

C.J. loves Masterchef, Gummy Bears and murder sites. She hates carnivals, hard-boiled eggs and coughing. The movies Titanic, My Best Friend's Wedding and Ruby Sparks were all probably based on her ideas; she just didn't get to write them down in time. Before she dies, she would like to go to Japan, try clay-pigeon shooting and have Ryan Gosling present her with the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

UKYAX - In the Spotlight with Helen Maslin!


It's my stop in the fantastic UKYAX Blog Tour, and I have a special guest joining me on the blog who will be joining in with the shenanigans planned for today!

I was lucky enough to attend the very first UKYA Extravaganza last year in 2014 - seriously, Emma and Kerry did a fantastic job! So when I heard that a second has been planned for 2015, I squealed with joy! It was so much fun to meet so many amazing bloggers, readers and authors in on
e place! There were delicious cakes and so many good books on sale! I was pretty much broke after that eventful day...


Here we are again!


I'm honored to host this special post with none other, than the Fabulous Helen Maslin! (That's the name written on her passport. I'm not joking.) She is the author of the epic YA debut novel Darkmere - which is now one of my favourite books. I was ecstatic when I discovered that we got paired together! We both decided to have a little fun and answer some silly questions - that includes answers from both me and Helen! It was a challenge, I'll admit, but tons of fun.

So without further ado, here we go.

(Note: My answers are in green, Helen's are in red.)

1. If you had to enter the Hunger Games with a crack team of 3 authors (bloggers for Helen) to help you survive, who would you choose?

Wow. This is hard. This is worse than me deciding on which ice cream flavour to pick when I visit a dessert shop – and believe me, I take ages. OK. I’m sure this will come as no surprise, but my first pick would be Melinda Salisbury. Her devious mind and tactics would come in handy, not to mention she is utterly ruthless. I think every team needs a Mel to survive.

For someone who owns over 3000 books, I think Liz de Jager would be perfect. That mind of hers must be filled with utter brilliance and knowledge that I could use. Plus, she’s a gamer. If anyone would know how to survive the Hunger Games, it would be her.

Hmm, the third position would have to go to... Helen Maslin herself! And I’m not just saying that because we’re answering these silly questions together. She could be the sacrifice if it came to the point where we needed one. Only joking. (or am I?) For real, she would help to keep us all sane. Someone with a cool head, because I know the rest of us would probably fight for dominance. We’d be like a pack of animals. We need a Helen.

My team are going to be the Careers – hope that’s okay with you. Your bunch can be the district 12 underdogs who have to run and hide while we share out all the best weapons. My first choice is – of course – the unstoppable Michelle Toy who specialises in attack hugs and has her own personal army of mutant emojis. If anyone can take down the Souleater, it’s Chelle.

My number two will be Jesse Owen, who I see as our stealth expert. We need a Rue figure – someone quiet and sneaky and wily enough to drop trackerjacker nests on people. He also has the musical ability necessary to communicate via mockingjays. (God, I’m putting way too much thought into this!)

In third position...hmm, don’t think I haven’t considered picking you too. I see a lot of Cato in you, Sally...but that ego of his was a bit of an Achille’s heel in the end, wasn’t it? So I’m going to choose Virginie B for sheer Capitol-style glamour. Seriously though – thank you for choosing me. I love the idea of sabotaging your team from the inside. May the odds be ever in my favour.

2. Boys in YA - whose team are you on and why?
1. Peeta or Gale?
2. Lief or Merek?
3. Luca or Nic?
4. Carter or Sylvain?
5. Sirius or Snape?

1 – PEETA. Always. Because Josh Hutcherson. No, really, it’s simply because he’s absolutely adorable. I love his kind and caring nature, his protectiveness over Katniss. He’s just so nice. Who wouldn’t be on Team Peeta?

1 – Aww, I totally love Peeta’s kind and caring nature too. But Gale is hotter. And he doesn’t need rescuing Every. Five. Frickin. Minutes. So Gale, for me, please.

2 – How cruel. I was pretty much a hardcore Team Lief fan... until those last few chapters. Then Melinda Salisbury totally messed with my feels and now I’m possibly Team Merek. That’s all I can say. Stuff happened. Read the book to find out what.

2 – Same. Lief does not deserve forgiveness. At least not as long as Merek’s around. Being an actual prince and that. So Merek for me too.

3 – This is a no brainer. TEAM LUCA FOREVER. I don’t even think this needs explaining. Luca just makes me laugh out loud, his personality draws me in like a moth to a flame and he’s darn cute. Don’t get me wrong. I adore Nic but my heart lies within Luca. Sorry Nic.

3 – I’m a bit torn on this one. Luca has a lot more sense, but can be kind of bossy. And I liked how smitten Nic can be. Smitten boys are adorable. I’ll take Nic, I think.

4 – No. This is one I refuse to answer every time I am asked. You simply cannot make me choose between Carter and Sylvain. No. Nope. Never. 

4 – Don’t worry, I’m happy to answer on your behalf! I’ll take Sylvain because he’s better looking and has a French accent. I don’t feel the need to dig any deeper. You’re left with Carter. You’re welcome.

5 – This one’s siriusly easy. Get it? I make myself laugh. Yeah. Sirius. I just can’t bring myself to feel sympathy for Snape, I just can’t. Sirius just continued to surprise me. There’s no way I would pick Snape over Sirius.

5 – I found this the easiest one too. Only I’m choosing Snape. ALWAYS. How can you resist all that simmering rage and suppressed yearning? Snape’s the one risking death and torture by Voldemort the whole time that Sirius is hiding in a cave and eating rats. Siriusly, you’re picking the one with rat-breath? Up to you, I suppose. 

3. What bookish picture or quote would you have turned into a tattoo? Or do you already have one?

And I thought Question One was hard. Probably ‘Keep Breathing’ which is from my favourite book of all time – Night School by C.J. Daugherty. There’s just so much meaning behind those two words and I love it. 

If you’ve read this series, you’d understand where I’m coming from. If not, then what are you doing with your life? GET READING.

Twitter has shown a few of my favourite authors getting inked to mark their first books – Melinda Salisbury showed off a beautiful globe and David Owen got a CND symbol. Liz de Jager seems to be covered in supercool tatts! (I’ll be giving her that squinty sideways look all through UKYAX in an effort to spot them all.) So by the time my book came out, I was as excited for my debut author tattoo as I was for the launch. Anyway, I got a tiny typewriter...

Helen's typewriter tattoo. (100% real)
(Sally: Seriously, how freaking cool is that?! I am seriously impressed.)

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Sally's Dark Mark tattoo. (100% fake)

     4. You could have any superpower you wanted, so which would it be? And would you use your powers for good, or to cause chaos?

Regeneration and adamantium claws seems like the winning choice. I wouldn’t mind that. No, for real, I’d love to be able to control time. Travel through time – past and future. I think that would be pretty awesome. A little terrifying maybe, but awesome. I’d use my powers to cause chaos. Naturally. Maybe if someone asked me nicely to help them, I might. Maybe.

I should probably go for something clever like you have, but to be honest, I just want to shoot lasers from my eyes.

It’s a choice that answers the second half of the question too, since I don’t think it would be possible to use my eye-lasers for good. Obviously I’d try to set myself boundaries. I’d start out only turning them on my arch-enemies, but by the end of the week, I’d probably be lasering people who don’t pick up after their dogs...and people who drive aggressively close to other drivers...and people who kick the back of my seat at the cinema... 

No – wait! I CAN use them for good. I’ll laser Donald Trump. How’s that? 

5. If you could choose one mythical creature to have as a pet, what would you pick?

I’m torn between a Dragon, a Phoenix and a Griffin. I’ll say Phoenix, only because it’s been my favourite mythical creature since I was a kid. It’ll be like having my own Fawkes.

Oh dear...I’m not all that much of a pet person. I don’t like the responsibility – it makes my neck and shoulders ache. And although I firmly believe other people should clear up after their animals, I wouldn’t be at all keen on doing it myself. In the case of mythical creatures, I’d need more than a little plastic bag – I’d need a shovel. Ugh – no – you can’t make me!

6. You’re given the opportunity to be someone from the opposite gender for a whole day. Who would you be and why? (Fictional characters count!)

Draco Malfoy. I think that would make for a very entertaining day. I sometimes picture what it would be like to be Draco. Is that weird? Probably. I’d be a Malfoy either way – Lucius or Draco. The incredible amount of power I’d have... think about it.

Ooh – there are loads of men I’d love to be. Narrowing it down is the tricky bit, but I’m going to choose Neil Gaiman. He’s one of my favourite authors – of books, graphic novels, comic books, film scripts, even Doctor Who episodes. Not only is he talented, he also seems to be an incredibly good person. I’ve sobbed my way through all the articles and films about the time he’s spent helping in refugee camps – unlike the recent clips of David Cameron’s flying visit to one, which made me want to vomit. Plus, he’s married to a rock star. Not David Cameron – oh, you know what I mean.

7. If you could rewrite one book, which one would you choose? What would you change about it?

Does Romeo & Juliet count? I’m just going to assume it does. Everything will be exactly the same except Mercutio would live. He was simply the best character in my opinion. His death affected me more than the star-crossed lover’s tragic ending. If anyone’s read Rachel Caine’s Prince of Shadows, Mercutio’s character in that book is absolutely incredible. 

You’re rewriting actual Shakespeare? Nothing I come up with can compete with that!

Especially since my imagination is still focussed on zapping people with the eye-lasers from question 4. So I’m not going to rewrite any of the classics, I’m just going to add more lasers. There are a few books that leave me feeling dissatisfied by the lack of bloody vengeance on the part of the heroines. Some heroines are so long-suffering and down-trodden, that they truly deserve the ability to fry everyone else in the book. So I would give them all eye-lasers. Franny Price – eye lasers. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – eye lasers. Emma O’Donovan – eye-lasers.

8. A good friend of yours has written a book (or started a new blog) and she is expecting you to give it a shining review. Trouble is, you can’t stand the book (or blog) and you know that your endorsement will prompt other people to read it. What are you going to say? How much will you lie?

Ack. What a tough question! You’re really testing me today, Helen. If I wasn’t a blogger, I’d probably have lied quite a bit. But since I am a blogger, I’ve discovered just how important it is to be honest. Maybe not brutally honest – which I admit, I can be sometimes – but give constructive criticism. I’d probably lie a teeny tiny bit, only because I have this devil thing called a conscience. I’d tell them areas I think could use some improvement. Hmm, this one’s pretty tough.

 I would lie a lot

I might’ve toyed with honesty before I was published myself, but now that I’ve had a few reviews of my own, I would happily lie my head off to make it sound awesome. I watched an Oprah Winfrey special with Stephenie Meyer once – in which Oprah talked about the impact of Twilight. She shouted ‘it’s a phenomenon!’ over and over again, but never once admitted to having read (or liked) the book. It was cleverly done, but to this day, I don’t believe Oprah’s ever read Twilight. I can’t help admiring those reviews with complimentary-sounding phrases, but which avoid actually saying the book is good:– ‘There is much to love about this book!’...‘Fans of this author will not be disappointed!’...‘This author has done it again!’...‘Incredible characters, unbelievable plot and astonishing dialogue. Buy it now!’etc.

9.  There have been so many tragic deaths in fiction – Sherlock Holmes, Sirius Black, Augustus Waters, Ned Stark, and that dog that everyone always mentions in the Patrick Ness book... Which death upset you the most?

First, an honourable mention to We Were Liars for the sheer scale of tragedy. Hard to say much without spoilers, but if you haven’t read it yet, don’t get too attached to anyone. Apart from that, I think the death that upset me most occurred in The Lies of Locke Lamora. It’s a book about a city of thieves – no one is honest and no one can be trusted. Until one of the youngest and bravest characters is killed and you realise honesty isn’t everything! I had to remind myself he was only a made-up character in the first place – whilst sobbing uncontrollably.

Oh, We Were Liars was absolutely brilliant, I have to agree! This is going to so spoilery, so if you don’t like spoilers, please skip ahead to the next question!!

It’s a tie. Between Finch from Niven’s All The Bright Places and Mercutio from Caine’s Prince of Shadows. Both left me completely devastated. Like crying-sobbing-howling kind of devastated. I was not emotionally ready and I was simply in denial the whole way through as I read both books. The inevitable was going to happen, but I refused to accept it. These two were the worst deaths I’ve ever read about that broke my little cold heart into tiny fragments. Something that is almost impossible to do.

10. So...UKYAX is only two days away now. What are you most looking forward to?

Meeting people off the internet! Bloggers and authors – and thanking them for all the friendliness and support. Last year, I mostly gazed at the authors in awe and thanked a few of the bloggers (very awkwardly). Since then, I’ve chatted more on ukyachat, exchanged emails or addresses and been to a few more events, so I’m looking forward to meeting up with people as actual friends

Writing and blogging can be quite solitary, so it’s brilliant that the UKYA community is one of the friendliest on (and off!) the internet. So many genuinely lovely people! 

I’m looking forward to the books too, of course. Last year, I came away with loads of fab new books and I was proud of how many of them were signed and dedicated. This year, I am beyond excited at the idea of signing some myself!

Plus, I’m told there will be cake. See you on Saturday, Sally xx

Meeting EVERYONE. Honestly, I get so excited about big blogger/author meet up events like this because it means I get to see my friends again, or meeting people I talk to on the internet for the first time OR just generally meeting new people there! For example, at YALC this year, I spoke to many new book lovers whilst queuing for book signings and everyone is just so nice. I love that. I love meeting new people, and this is something I thought I’d never say. 

I love interacting with familiar/new authors and chat about my favourite books, about writing, about everything. Also, events like UKYAX give me the opportunity to dig for information such as any future books an author would write – spoilers. Yes. I dig around a lot for those. 

Let’s not forget the truckload of books I will be buying. I’m not even going to deny the fact that I will be buying books – I have a serious problem. And all my bookish friends will be there to give me all their recommendations and basically make me bankrupt. Ah. Good times.

Can’t wait to see you again, Helen! And I look forward to seeing everyone else too! x

Voila! We have come to the end. I thoroughly enjoyed working on this post - thank you so much Helen! You were an absolute delight to work with and I loved your answers! (How dare you say Sirius has rat-breath? Start counting down your days.) 

Hope you guys enjoyed that as much as we did! Perhaps you got a few chuckles out of it. A huge thank you to Kerry Drewery and Emma Pass for organising this fab tour and inviting me to be a part of it!

For more information about UKYAX - visit the website here.

Until next time!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

YA Shot Blog Tour - Hypothetical Scenarios with Catherine Doyle

YA Shot Blog & Vlog Tour

Welcome, to my stop in the YA Shot Blog Tour!

Organised by the wonderful Alexia Casale, this tour has been created to promote reading as much as possible and also the big YA Shot festival taking place on Wednesday 28th October 2015! For more information about the event and YA Shot, click here

So I have teamed up with the incredibly talented Catherine Doyle - author of the amazing Vendetta (a YA retelling of Romeo & Juliet that everyone absolutely MUST read) - and we have conjured up a special blog post for the tour.You're in for a real treat you guys. We both had a lot of fun in creating this post and we chose to do something... a little different!

Hypothetical Scenarios - With the Cast of Vendetta!

That's right people. I decided to question a few characters from Vendetta, throwing them a few hypothetical scenarios to see their reactions and answers! Who are the lucky victims? Well, you'll be seeing answers from the leading stars SOPHIE and NIC. Of course, we simply had to interrogate LUCA too. (Team Luca. Always.) We also have our beloved VALENTINO, the infamous FELICE and the witty and charming MILLIE! Read on to find out what they said!

#1 - It's your lucky day! Your first day at Hogwarts and the sorting hat grants YOU the opportunity to decide which House you want to join. Which one do you pick?

Millie: Well, I’m not a nerd, so I’m definitely not going to the Ravenclaw snoozefest. I’m not evil so Slytherin is out. Hufflepuff seems like a good time. Where is Sophie going? Has she been sorted yet? I suppose she’d be a Gryffindor, wouldn’t she? Classic Gracewell. Wait, where did Neville Longbottom go, you know the one who got really hot all of a sudden? Yeah, I guess I’ll go to Gryffindor then. 

Sophie: Oh, this is tough. I guess I’ll go where the most action is. Maybe surround myself with a bunch of people who also like to walk into dangerous situations… I bet we’d get into a lot of trouble together. Gryffindor, I think! That’s the best one anyway, right? Where did Millie go? 

Nic: Gryffindor all the way. Less thinking, more doing. I’m not about to sit on the sidelines and watch other people have all the fun.

Luca: Where do the smart, charismatic people go? Sign me up, Ravenclaw.

Valentino: I’d go where Luca goes; we stick together.

Felice: I’m not familiar enough with Harry Potter to make this decision. In any case, I wouldn’t squeeze myself into someone else’s house, what an insult! I’d make my own, and it would be far superior to all the others. Felicius. It has a nice ring to it, I must say.

#2 - It's the zombie apocalypse! Your team consists of 5 people - including yourself but also someone you truly dislike. Think of all the people that you know, which one's would be your team members?

Millie: Oh, you must be joking, right? A Zombie apocalypse? I’d be dead, like, immediately. I would just jump right off a cliff and not put myself through the trauma. OK, OK, let me think. Five people, including me. So, I’d put Sophie on the team because I don’t really feel like surviving an entire apocalypse without someone fun to hang out with on the other side. Then my brother, Alex, I guess, because he’s tall and can reach stuff. He’s also pretty athletic so I reckon he’d be good but DON’T tell him I said that. I’d put my mum on it because she’s good at calming me down when I freak out. And she knows where EVERYTHING is at all times. Like, if I need a pen that I lost two years ago, she will be able to find it. It’s weird. OK, someone I hate? Dom Falcone – the bane of my existence. He can use a gun, and if that fails, he can just shake his head really hard and trip up all the zombies with all that surplus hair-gel. Idiot.

Sophie:  OK, let’s do this. I’d take Millie first because if I was battling creepy brain-eating corpses all day, I would need the comic relief. I once watched her take forty minutes to kill a Daddy Long Legs in her room, shrieking and cursing the whole time, and it was definitely the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. I’d pick my dad because then he’d be out of jail, wouldn’t he? And at least we know he can use a gun… but let’s not talk about that. Moving swiftly along… two more people, right? I’d pick Nic I think, because he’s brave and I know he wouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, to be honest. And someone I don’t like? OK, Luca’s still a giant pain in my ass, so I’d pick him. I think he’d be a good addition. Annoying, SO annoying, but smart, I think.

Nic: Me, Luca, Valentino, Dom and Gino. If I have to have someone I don’t really like, I’d swap Gino (he’s a loose cannon) with Felice. Felice wouldn’t get his hands dirty though.

Luca: I’d take Gino, Nic, Valentino and someone I dislike? Someone really annoying and sarcastic and contrary? Throw Gracewell on the team then. I suppose she’d keep it interesting. Though I know I’d probably end up regretting the decision to draft her in in the end when she’s charging unarmed into a crowd of blood-thirsty zombies just to rescue a squirrel or something.

Valentino: Luca, Dom, Paulie, and an enemy? A Marino brother, then. I don’t care which one.

Felice: What kind of question is this? Really? How juvenile. Can’t I just clone myself five times? Alright then, let me see. I’d have myself, and since we’re playing hypotheticals, I’d bring my brother Angelo back. My younger brother Paulie. I’d take Gino, because he has no fear and is always amusing in dangerous situations. Someone I dislike? I suppose Elena Genovese-Falcone. She proves to be the most potent irritant but she is certainly determined and undaunted by violence, so I suppose she would be an asset.

#3 - You are in a sealed room with your arch nemesis - both of you are infected with a deadly disease that is slowly killing you. On a table in the middle of the room lies a syringe containing the cure. There is enough medicine in the syringe that can save only one of you. What would happen? Who would get the syringe?

Millie: Well, this got dark fast. I’d want the syringe obviously, but I’m not sure I could kill to get it. I suppose I’d ask really really nicely…

Sophie: I’d distract them with conversation and then run for the syringe.

Nic: I’d kill him, and take the syringe.

Luca: I’d subdue the enemy and get the syringe. 

Valentino: I’d shoot my enemy and take the cure.

Felice: I’d pretend to be indecisive on the matter. Allow my enemy the illusion of discussing it and then when I got bored, I’d shoot him between the eyes and take the cure. Obviously. Who wouldn’t take the cure for themselves? An idiot, that’s who.

#4 - You are given the chance to travel to any fictional universe to live in for the rest of your life. Which fictional universe would you pick and why?

Millie: Hundred acre wood. Think of how stress-free that would be, just hanging out with Piglet and Tigger and stuffing my face with honey all day. Or maybe Narnia. I always thought the lion in the Narnia movies was oddly attractive. Is that weird? That’s weird isn’t it… 

Sophie: I’d be the pirate bride of Captain Jack Sparrow. 

Nic: The Marvel Superhero Universe.

Luca: Star Wars. I like astrology, OK? That does not make me a nerd.

Valentino: The Discworld universe. 

Felice: As a general rule, I would never wish to be anything other than who I am. If I was to cast my mind towards an alternate reality, I think I would like to live in Blandings Castle, created by my very favourite author, P.G. Wodehouse. I always thought I’d make a good British aristocrat.

#5 - You stumble upon an old lamp one day and discover there is a genie trapped inside. Like Aladdin, you will be granted 3 wishes. What would they be?

Millie: I would wish for a hundred million dollars, instant perfect teeth, and for Liam Hemsworth or Max Irons to fall madly in love with me. Either one is fine, I’m not fussy.

Sophie: I’d wish for my dad to come back, for financial security for my family, and I guess if the genie is anything like the one in Aladdin, I would have to use my third wish to set him free. It wouldn’t be right, otherwise.

Nic: The death of all Falcone enemies, infinite wealth, and forgiveness from the girl I love for the things I’ve done and the things I plan to do.

Luca: The happiness of my family, the ability to speak any language I want, and to live in a cleaner, kinder world. 

Valentino: The safety of the Falcone family, the wisdom to always make the right decisions, and the ability to love freely. 

Felice: The return of my wife and child, due and proper revenge against all those who have wronged my family, and of course, immortality. 

And there you have it! (Anyone else think Felice's answer to the #3 was totally awesome? It's something I would do.) A huge thank you to the cast for taking the time to answer the questions! What did you guys think?

I hope you guys enjoyed that! I certainly did. I want to say a big thank you to Cat for being so patient with me - you were wonderful to work with and I'm so glad we got paired together! Also, a very huge thank you to Alexia Casale for setting up YA Shot and this amazing blog tour and giving me the opportunity to take part!

But wait! The awesomeness doesn't stop there!


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The giveaway is open to residents living in the UK and EUROPE ONLY.

Winner's will be chosen at random and notified on the 19th October and will then have 48 hours to reply with their postal details. These will be handed to the publisher (Chicken House, who are kindly providing the copies!) who will then send out your prizes.

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Catherine Doyle

Catherine Doyle was born in the West of Ireland in 1990. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in English. As a child she was an annoying smarty-pants with an overactive imagination. She feels lucky to have now found a healthy outlet for her tendency to make up stories. Her debut YA novel, VENDETTA, is the first in a trilogy. The novel takes place in modern-day Chicago, where Catherine’s mother grew up.