Monday, January 23, 2017


Hi Everyone, and welcome to DAY 1 of Waiting For Callback: Take Two Blog Tour. 
I reviewed this books only days ago and it's the highlight of my month so far, just scroll down a little further and your will find a glowing and fangirling review. I would recommend it as it's just makes you smile and love so much. 😍 Not only is their sequel is even more amazing than the first, but Perdita and Honor are the loveliest of people too. The tour is themed by incorporating the stages of movie/book production and as I'm first up and it's all about PRE-PRODUCTION - What we learned from book one and there is also a SIGNED Copy of Waiting for Callback: Take Two up for grabs at the bottom so make sure you enter! But before my post, here is a little bit more about the book. 

Elektra has finally landed a part in a film. It's the dream. Well ...until she works out that Straker is a movie so dystopian that within weeks most of the cast and all of the crew wish that the world had actually ended (preferably in scene one). And while it's obviously great news that she's moved from the friend-zone with Archie to become his almost-girlfriend, it would be better if he hadn't immediately relocated to Transylvania to play a vampire hunter surrounded by 'maidens of peerless beauty'.
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It’s Day One of our Take Two Blog tour and Hon & I are chatting all things Pre-Production. – how we got here and are we older and wiser now we’ve got a second book coming out?

The short answer is that we’re definitely older (debut year is like being aged in the mystical flames…) but the ‘wiser’ bit needs a bit of interrogation.

Amazing things we learned  

H : Seeing a real actual book you’ve written on a real actual shelf is unreal. And signing is extremely satisfying. I possibly got a bit over-excited, there were occasions when the sharpie had to be prised from my hand. If left alone in Waterstones I’d probably have started signing everyone else’s books too.

P : Hearing from kids that like your book is an amazing feeling.

H : Let’s not lie, hearing from anyone that liked our book is an amazing feeling. People have been lovely to us and I bet they have no idea how much it means when you get positive feedback. That probably sounds super needy but, yes, it’s so nice! Also authors are less intimidating than I thought they would be (maybe that’s a children’s author thing?). There was a whole ‘come on in, the water is warm’ vibe.

P: And ‘if it gets stormy we’ll try and stop you drowning’. There was that vibe too…

The hardest things we learned

P : For me definitely the hardest thing was stress.

H : The stress of waiting for reviews?

P : Not only that - just about everything. You know me; I worry. *Hon shakes head despairingly. When you’ve got a book coming out you want it to do well and you don’t really know what that means. You don’t want to let anyone down. Also you feel quite exposed. It’s like standing naked on stage. OK, how I imagine that might feel…

H : I wish you’d come up with a different simile. It’s a lot of work. It should be a lot of work. I’m OK with that and I’ve learned a lot, not least how to juggle the writing with exams and now Uni stuff. But I’ve made big sacrifices - Binky is having a baby and I don’t even know who the baby daddy is. This is serious.

The wiser bit - what we will do differently with Take Two

H & P: Be more chill. That’s it. That’s all we’ve learned. But it’s a good lesson. More of an aspiration than anything else but we’ll try!

And breathe…

Thank you so much to Emma for hosting us! Tomorrow we’ll be talking about ‘Scouting’ (all the fun we had researching Take Two over on Book Lover Jo. Come and join us!

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About Perdita and Honor Cargill
Perdita Cargill: I used to be the least numerate tax barrister ever to practise in the English Courts. Frankly it was a relief all round when I hung up my gown & wig and turned (after a bit) to writing. I'm a bit of a wimp. On the upside I do like teenagers. Actually I like quite a lot of people.

Honor Cargill: I'm in my first year at Oxford University studying Classical Archaeology and Ancient History (niche...). I've done loads of acting mostly just school plays but a tiny bit of professional too and although I'm nothing like Elektra I feel her pain because her most humiliating moments are strangely similar to mine. Actually she has it easy not only was my first kiss on stage but it was in front of my parents and my headteacher. So naturally I decided to write about it so all you guys can mercilessly take the piss out of me too. Enjoy.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Waiting for Callback: Take Two (Waiting for Callback #2)
by Perdita & Honor Cargill
Publisher - Simon and Schuster UK
Release Date: 26th January 2017
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Elektra has finally landed a part in a film. It's the dream. Well ...until she works out that Straker is a movie so dystopian that within weeks most of the cast and all of the crew wish that the world had actually ended (preferably in scene one). And while it's obviously great news that she's moved from the friend-zone with Archie to become his almost-girlfriend, it would be better if he hadn't immediately relocated to Transylvania to play a vampire hunter surrounded by 'maidens of peerless beauty'.

My Review
"I'd never been called am 'Artist' before, mostly because I was poor at art, but I liked it."- Elektra

I literally am on a happy book high right now. This being my most anticipated book of 2017 it certainly has a set a high standard for the year. For the entire year I've had to wait since finishing Waiting for Callback at the end of 2015. The smile and excitement when this came through my door was just sheer joy to have it in my hands. I think the bright cover and the wonderful signing my book too made my day or my weekend really. So it was no wonder that from the first to the last page I couldn't stop the smiling, the giddiness and the laughter that came from every page. 

Without going into too many spoilers, Take Two continues on from Elektra's moment of fame, being cast as the main lead of Straker, (still a working title) dystopian action-packed, apocalyptic movie that is going to be the best movie of the year...apparently. Whilst she is beyond excited and her love life is officially on the cards, life as a celebrity isn't as it sounds. Glam - nope, nadda, love-scenes - *cringe*, πŸ™ˆ dressing room - amaze-balls, being a heroine - hard and exhausting. Oh and Archie is on a film set with sexy vampire maidens in Transylvania, nothing to worry about of course. Life as a actress isn't as it's cracked up to be. What I loved was that Take Two didn't distinguish from the reality of being a teenage actress, and teenager with real-life and love life problems. That's the beauty of these books - you just get so involved and carried away with the storyline that you yourself can't help but believe in them. With the additional touch of the actor quotes at the start of each chapter it really does give you a feel, a perspective of the actressing world.

The star of the show Elektra James, is nothing but a character to love. She's smart, funny, warm and just has the biggest heart much like her creators. This novel is meant to test her, to grow up and she does, living in the spotlight, you have too - but what I love is that she still keeps that innocence about her as a 16 year old girl. That's what we lack in these time, teenagers grow up far too quickly whether they have to or it, life will be waiting for you in a couple of years time.

The best part for me is the relationships in the book, between Elektra and her mum, immediately as you start the book she has already fallen in a bush from being excited at Elektra's news and that's on Archie's first meeting with her. She comes across as your ditsy, down to earth character, again similar traits to Eualie. Oh Archie and Elektra, there were so right for each other, that it's awkward both for me and for them, but being an 'artist' they really don't catch a break with each other. But their relationship is just totally adorable, cute and heart-warming it's hard not to get lost in it.

The mother-daughter duo that is Perdita and Honor, they are the most wonderful of authors as they are people. I haven't met them (but I hope that will change) but the messages and tweets we share are just so lovely. They really are your down to earth authors and that you can really see from the every word in their book. I think Take Two is their best, I think that their first was amazing but I see such growth and fluidity in their writing but also in each of the character's development, take for example Eulalie, she is absolutely the most eccentric, loud and sensational woman and possibly a bit bonkers too, but you need that in family don't you. I just loved when she came into the story, she just makes you laugh so much, it almost makes you take a step back and see a different perspective in life. She is also got quite the infectious personality too.

Waiting for Callback: Take Two fills you with so much love and laughter, it will brighten your day. It's completely catching in this book, there was so many laugh out loud, cringe worthy moment's your heart just beats that bit faster out of pure joy and happiness for this book. 

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Monday, January 16, 2017

REVIEW - HARRY POTTER and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K Rowling

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter #1)
by J.K. Rowling 
Publisher - Bloomsbury Children's
Release Date (this edition) - September 1st 2014
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When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he's the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord's curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts, a wizarding school brimming with ghosts and enchantments, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers which could be valuable, dangerous - or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

My Review

I read this when I was 7, that was a long time ago and it took me a year to read a book. I don't think I had fully come into reading or the type and genre of books I enjoyed. I guess I was still very new to the magical world of reading. I certainly started in a magical world with Harry Potter. But then I only read the first two and I don't think I fully appreciated the brilliance that is Hogwarts, and magic. I was in effect a Ruggle - Reading Muggle. Hehe. That's very bad but it's what came to mind.

Now Twenty *cough* something, I think I've truly enjoyed Harry Potter for what it is, a masterpiece of Children's Literature. You don't really need me to tell you what it's all about as you all know by now, whether you've read it or seen it. But there is so much more and here is just a couple of things I noticed: (Spoilers if you haven't read nor watched it!!!!)

πŸŽ†In the Forbidden Forest, Hagrid takes 4 students for their detention. In the book it was Harry, Hermione, Malfoy and Neville. In the film it was Harry, Hermione, Ron and Malfoy.

πŸŽ†In the trap door, theres a series of traps for Harry to try and get to the Stone first. In the book there's, Devil's Snare, The Old Keys, Wizards Chess, and Poison or not Potions. In the film it was just the first three.

πŸŽ†Oh and there's a librarian called Madam Irma Pince which I never knew nor saw in the film either. Should would've been a brilliant character to have more in the films as the library is featured in it so much.

I admit that I did obviously see the films a lot more than reading the books, but then I don't regret reading them now when I find little things that makes it all the more magical. I know a film can't possible include every single detail of the book either, it just lends more imagination and perspective of the book.

So are you a Ruggle, do you need to read the books again or read them for the first time (I highly doubt that!) I'll be interested to know.

Rating - 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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