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3 Year Blogoversary!

3 Year Blogoversary!

Happy blogoversary to Winged Reviews! I can’t believe it’s been three years since I first started this crazy thing called blogging. I’ve been so fortunate to read some amazing books, meet some wonderful authors and make some incredible friends.

I know it’s been quiet as of late here, but I am very much still invested in the blog. I hope to have a couple of co-bloggers fully on board soon and slowly working on a new layout. I just wanted to say thank you all for supporting the blog, even in the quiet times. Each comment, retweet or kind word means so much to me.

To thank everyone for the 3 years of support, I wanted to host a little giveaway on the blog. All the books are signed and there will be 4 different prizes to giveaway! The giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY until Friday, 21 November.

I’ll also be giving something away simultaneously on my Instagram (it might be Rainbow Rowell related…), since it’s probably my new favourite social media site.

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Thanks everyone again for reading!

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Bookish Firsts: Ryan Graudin

Bookish Firsts: Ryan Graudin

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Please welcome to the blog Ryan Graudin, author of the gritty new YA book The Walled City, to talk about her bookish firsts. Her writing brought out the grimy atmosphere of the lawless city of Hak Nam perfectly. The story was entertaining and if you’re a fan of light contemporary action thrillers then this is the book for you!

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Bookish Firsts

With author Ryan Graudin

What is the first book you ever wrote?
My seven-year-old debut was a riveting tale, handwritten in one of my dad’s old tax ledgers. It was called “White Wolf’s Evechers” and was actually a collection of tales, all featuring the main character White Wolf as she found her true love (a canine by the name of Gray Wolf), started a family (her children were Brown Wolf, Pink Wolf and Black Wolf) and battled the evil Dr. Vgosten who “has many powers. His powers have the secret power. Which can do anything.” The collection comes complete with hand drawn illustrations and quite a lot of misspellings. There are seven short stories in all. Each more unintentionally hilarious than the last.

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Who is the first author you ever met?
I was an avid reader and fangirl when I was younger, but most authors didn’t make tour stops in Charleston, South Carolina, where I lived. You can imagine my joy then, when Brian Jacques, whose Redwall series I adored to no end, stopped here on tour when I was a young teenager. I remember sitting in the crowd, listening to him read a passage from Marlfox and hanging on his every word. He actually chose me out of the crowd for a Q&A example, and listened very graciously when I told him what characters I thought he should put in his books next. It was such an encouraging encounter, and I’m really glad I got the chance to meet him.

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What is the first book you recommend to anyone you meet?
A lot of friends and family like to ask me for young adult book recommendations. The first title I always suggest to them is “The Scorpio Races” by Maggie Stiefvater. It’s a beautiful, atmospheric novel about man-eating horses that rise out of the ocean every November and the islanders who race them. Stiefvater writes gorgeous, haunting stories with literary merit. “The Scorpio Races” is, in my opinion, some of her best work.

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About The Walled City

Disguised as a boy, Jin Ling searches for her missing sister, Mei Yee, who was sold into the brothels of the Walled City. She relies on her speed and cunning but how long will her luck hold?

When a mysterious boy, Dai, requests her help with a dangerous mission Jin Ling’s inclined to say no – this is a world where no one can be trusted – but the mission offers her a vital chance to see inside the brothel where her sister may be being held.

Jin Ling and Dai join forces, but will either of them survive the mission? Is Mei Yee still alive? And how will any of them ever escape the stifling city walls?
 
 

About Ryan Graudin

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Ryan Graudin was born in Charleston, South Carolina with a severe case of wanderlust. When she’s not travelling, she’s busy photographing weddings, writing and spending time with her husband and wolf-dog.

Ryan can be found on social media: Twitter @ryangraudin, Tumblr, Pinterest, and via her website.

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Blog Tour: The Heart of Two Worlds by Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf

Blog Tour: The Heart of Two Worlds by Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf

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Welcome to today’s stop on The Forest of Lost Souls blog tour, volume 2 in the immensely popular French YA series Oksa Pollock. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the authors, Anne Plichota when she was last in London and got to film my interview with her! Enjoy!
 

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Visiting Stonehenge and Edinburgh Book Festival

The day before leaving for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, I went to Stonehenge. I have wanted to see Stonehenge for years. The stone circle is located on a gently rolling plain a few minutes by road from Salisbury. There are no houses anywhere to be seen, just fields of sheep, woods, and especially tumuli, those prehistoric tombs in which great lords and their families were ceremoniously buried. You can see them even before arriving at Stonehenge, they are all over the plain.

In short, this site is a wonder of engineering for its time, since the majority of the constructions, including those in stone, date back to a period when tools were not yet made of metal and when the wheel had not been invented.

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Then, I set course for Edinburgh and its unique, spellbinding, medieval atmosphere. I found it very pleasant to meander aimlessly through its streets on foot. A few minutes from the popular Princes Street, the panorama from Carlton Hill is spectacular: in front of you are the city and the castle, the sea extends to the horizon, and it’s all framed by green hills. I immediately felt and understood how much this setting must have inspired authors.

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The book festival was incredible! The writers were welcomed in a huge yurt tent, it was like being in a Harry Potter film. The tent seemed very small from the outside, but gigantic when you got inside it. There were wood-burning stoves, tartan sofas, and even Scottish stew for anyone feeling peckish. There were quite a few people at my talk, children and adolescents in particular. It was great to discuss the book with everyone and to answer all their questions. It’s important for writers to come face to face with their readers. We write for them, not for ourselves!

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The day after, I visited a school in Edinburgh (Holy Rood Secondary School). I spent an excellent day talking about Oksa Pollock with the pupils, who were very thoughtful and inquisitive. It was a special experience. One thing’s for sure: next year, I’ll be going back there.

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About The Heart of Two Worlds

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Release: 9 October 2014
Publisher: Pushkin Childrens’ Books

Pollockmania in the UK is set to skyrocket with the much-anticipated arrival of the compelling third instalment in this epic series, THE HEART OF TWO WORLDS. Oksa and her family’s lives are about to change forever…

The earth is in turmoil. Fleeing a flooded London, Oksa and her family, along with the Runaways, head off in search of the entrance portal of Edefia, their magical home. It is the only chance for them to resolve the chaos on earth and the mounting troubles in their homeland.

To get there, Oksa is forced to ally herself with the treacherous felons, mortal enemies who could betray her at any moment. Luckily for Oksa she has the support of her family and friends who also posses some invaluable strengths: Pavel her shape-shifting father; Gus and Tudgual, the two love rivals who care for Oksa deeply; and of course her formidable grandmother, Dragomira, and her menagerie of Edefian creatures.

But little does Oksa know that she has to endure some terrifying dangers in order to reach the portal and will have to pay a terrible price to enter the hidden world… And what will await her on the other side?

About Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf

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Anne Plichota studied Chinese language and culture. She spent several years living and working in China and Korea. She has had a varied career: as a Chinese teacher, a nurse, a public letter writer and, most recently, a librarian. She lives in Strasbourg with her teenage daughter.

Cendrine Wolf studied sports, specialising in judo and rock climbing, and worked with violent teenagers in deprived neighbourhoods, eventually going on to teach herself illustration, an interest she discovered late in life. She lives in Strasbourg.

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Cover Reveal: Captive by A.J. Grainger

Cover Reveal: Captive by A.J. Grainger

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I am absolutely ecstatic to be part of the cover reveal for A.J. Grainger! A.J. is an extremely lovely and talented person I’ve had the pleasure of knowing as an editor, and I for one can’t wait to read her thrilling debut novel!

And now without further ado, the cover reveal!

Captive by A.J. Grainger

About Captive

Publication Date: 29 January 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Childrens

I open my eyes. The cell is flooded with sunlight; the window is a splice of pale blue. Dust particles dance in the sparkling light, pirouetting in a golden line from the window to the opposite wall of the cell, where they seem to converge into shapes. It is like looking into a kaleidoscope.\

Dad isn’t here. No one is, but me.

Robyn Knollys-Green is an A-list celebrity, famous for being the daughter of one of the world’s most powerful men. But not even the paparazzi can find her now.

Robyn begins to realise that she is trapped in a complicated web of global corruption and deceit – and that the strange, melancholy boy who has been tasked with guarding her might not be an enemy after all . . .

A thrilling, well-crafted, ever-relevant story from a talented new voice in YA fiction.

About A.J. Grainger

A.J. Grainger lives in London, where she works as a children’s books editor. She loves writing and editing because it means she gets to talk about books all day. Find out more about A.J. and her writing on Twitter (@_AJGrainger) or by visiting her website, www.ajgrainger.com

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Book Blogger UKYA Awards: Winners!

Book Blogger UKYA Awards: Winners!

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Yay, please to be able to announce the the winners of the Book Blogger UKYA Awards!
BIG thanks to every single person who nominated and voted, and also thanks to all the bloggers that have helped out!

Faye @ A Daydreamer’s Thoughts
Jim @ Ya Yeah Yeah
Caroline @ Big Book Little Book
Daphne @ Winged Reviews
Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary
Debbie @ Snuggling on the Sofa
Luna @ Luna’s Little Library
Sarah @ Feeling Fictional
Cicely @ Cicely Loves Books
Charli @ To Another World
Fi @ Bookish Outsider
Raimy @ Readaraptor
Michelle @ Much Loved Books
Shaila @ Hush Hush Revealings
Andrew @ The Pewter Wolf
Sam @ The Little Munchkin Reader
Julianne @ This Fleeting Dream
Laura @ Bookish Treasures
Samina @ Escapism From Reality
Catriona @ Fabulous Book Fiend

But now onto what you’re all really here for…

The Winners!

Funniest Book3 Best First Sentence1
Best Ending1 Most Heart-Breaking3
best contemporary1 best historical1
Best Crime-Mystery1 Best LGBT1
Best Horror1 Best Paranormal1
Best Sci-Fi-Fantasy1 Best Adventure1
Best Protagonist1 Best Friendship1
Best Couple1 Best Villain1
Best Self Published3 Most Social Author Online3
Most Social Author Offine Author Whose Mind You Wish Was Yours2

Congratulations everyone and thanks! This has been lots of fun x

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