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YA Halloween Recipes (Wunderkids Blog Tour)

Welcome to the That Fiction Life stop on the Wunderkids Blog Tour! Jacky Silvester had the most unique idea to stray from the usual Blog Tour format by choosing 25 blogs for 25 days to each focus on a particular question or theme. For my post, the theme is Halloween, which I refer to as the time where my soul comes to life. For evidence, I’d like to refer you to my vamped-up Autumn blog layout.
Wunderkids is the perfect book for anyone that loves boarding school settings with a dark twist. It follows Nikka who gets a surprise acceptance to Wildwood Academy, a hidden boarding school in the Californian mountains. She's offered a full scholarship and it all is sounding too good to be true and we begin to uncover twisted secrets that could cost Nikka everything.
I am so pleased to be collaborating with Jacky for this post as we both love all the books we based our recipes on. First up, we have Jacky with her drinks creations, from the Selection series, Harry Potter and Wunderkids!
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Halloween Bookmark Giveaway!

The time has finally come. I have designed my very own That Fiction Life bookmarks with a limited-edition Halloween logo! It also has a back where you can make notes as you read your book, it's covered in plastic so it's reusable, as long as you use a dry erase pen. 
As well as this, my whole website has been redesigned in orange and black to resemble dungeons and my soul, which has finally come alive now that's it's October. (If you're viewing this in email, make sure to click the title of the post to see the new redesign!)
Halloween is hands down my favourite time of year; my room is ready and covered in skulls and bats and so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to give back for the all the great support I have gotten from my readers. 
There are two chances to win, one on here and another on Twitter (you can enter on both). There will be more than one winner, depending on the number of entries.
To enter on Twitter Retweet the below tweetFollow Halloween Bookmar…

YA releases to look forward to

This week I am eager to share my list of anticipated releases. Make sure to comment below what books you're looking forward to publishing in the next few months!The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

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This is a new companion series to the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, which remains one of my favourites. The original series follows Mara Dyer, who is high key going insane and as a reader we get a glimpse into her incredibly vivid hallucinations. It is decidedly the most haunting series I have read. It had me questioning my own mental capacity the whole time, always a good sign of an epic book of course. When it was announced that we are getting another series, based this time on Noah Shaw (the male protagonist in the original trilogy) I squealed. Out loud. He is a brilliantly sassy character and I am so ready for this book. Michelle Hodkin floored me with the plot twists in the Mara Dyer series and I am so ready for her to throw some more bombshel…

Meeting Cassandra Clare, Holly Black and Victoria Aveyard

August was a month I had been anticipating since June. Cassandra Clare and Holly Black announced their UK tour and the amount of panic that went through me, as I was buying my ticket, was off the charts. I KNEW this event would be popular so I rushed to the checkout while losing my nerve immensely.

I had previously met both the authors twice, at YALC and their first Iron Trial tour, all the way back in 2014. At this point, therefore I couldn’t believe my luck that they were both coming to London AGAIN. At the panel, they both gave a great insight into their collaborative work as well as solo projects, and since I am a nosy reader gaining extra details about author’s writing styles and processes gives me life. Holly Black humorously mentioned that the hardest part of co-writing is finding time around Cassandra Clare’s busy schedule.

I surprisingly got a good chance to speak to the authors properly, this is rare as usually we are rushed as soon as our book is signed to get through the que…

Fire Lines by Cara Thurlbourn Review - BLOG TOUR

Émi’s father used to weave beautiful tales of life beyond the wall, but she never knew if they were true. Now, her father is gone and Émi has been banished to the Red Quarter, where she toils to support herself and her mother – obeying the rules, hiding secrets and suffering the cruelties of the council’s ruthless Cadets.

But when Émi turns seventeen, sparks fly – literally. Her blood line surges into life and she realises she has a talent for magick… a talent that could get her killed.





Genre: Fantasy  Ideal for Fans of:The Hunger Games, The Raven Boys Themes:Magic, Power, Family, Betrayal
Fire Lines has one of the most engaging beginnings I have come across. There are no prolonged explanations of the setting, on the contrary we are given a quite chilling scene of Emi in considerable danger while there is a raid going on in her area. Emi as a protagonist is a very strong character from the get-go, reminding me very much of Katniss Everdeen (hence this book being perfect for Hunger Games fan…

YALC, Beauty and the Beast, Benedict Cumberbatch and Bookish Pamper Day!

First on the month's menu was a Blogger Afternoon tea, celebrating the release of the Beauty and the Beast DVD. I am so inevitably in love with that movie, that I couldn't turn down the chance to watch Luke Evans be Gaston on a cinema screen once again. Watching it a second time, was just as great a the first, you can watch my review of the movie here, if you'd like my thoughts!


The screening was followed by a gorgeous tea, with hot scones, the most minuscule cakes (they were adorable I simply can't) and Prosecco at noon, we were very rebellious. We were also asked to bring a book for a bookswap and I brought home Sweetfreak by Sophie McKenzie. The best part of the day was of course meeting other bloggers and to no ones surprise I started a brawl on my unpopular opinions about Dumbledore.



It was a brilliant event, largely due to meeting Zoe from NoSaferPlace for the first time, one of my closest online friends, we bonded strongly over the fact that we couldn't find C…

Back to School Readathon

Hello everybody, exciting announcement today...I'm hosting a Back To School Readathon starting on the 28th August and ending on the 3rd September! 
It will be a very casual readathon, with no rules about specific books that need to be read. Sometimes I find that readathons are too restrictive so I have decided to create one where you can read ANYTHING. Since the theme is 'Back to School' there is an optional rule to read a book set in school and I'm seriously ecstatic about picking one from my tbr (to be read)! 
Mostly this is a ploy for me to diminish the size of my ever growing tbr and with a new school term starting imminently for most students, it's the perfect chance to get as much reading done as possible. The reasoning behind making this one week prior to the end of August is also strongly associated with my never ending dream of receiving my Hogwarts letter and so in my eyes the 1st of September marks the start of a new school year. 
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I would love for …