Blog Tour

Blog Tour: We Other by Sue Bentley

Here is the Second of my Blog Tours for today – We Other by Sue Bentley being run by Rachel’s Random Resources. I am honoured to be taking part on DAY ONE of the tour which goes until the 6th June which is publication day too!

Blurb:

Family secrets, changelings, and fairies you never want to meet on a dark night.

Jess Morgan’s life has always been chaotic.

When a startling new reality cannot be denied, it’s clear that everything she believed about herself is a lie. She is linked to a world where humans – ‘hot-bloods’ – are disposable entertainment. Life on a run-down estate – her single mum’s alcoholism and violent boyfriend – become the least of Jess’s worries.

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Author Bio:

Sue Bentley discovered a love of books at an early age. She worked for Northamptonshire Libraries for many years, while teaching herself the craft of writing. She is the author of the worldwide bestselling Magic Kitten, Magic Puppy, Magic Ponies, Magic Bunny series for age 5-9 years. She also writes for children and adults under various pen names. A lover of English Folklore, her books often contain elements of the otherworld and the darkness within the everyday. Her books have been translated into around 20 languages. We Other is her first book for Young Adults.

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Giveaway (International):

  • Win a signed copy of ‘We Other’ and a personal letter.
  • Worldwide entries welcome.
  • Please enter using Rafflecopter. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner.
  • Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will be passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

My Review:

OK so I umm-ed and errr-ed about signing up for this as fantasy is not usually something I go for but I decided that I needed to stretch my reading brain and I am REALLY glad I did! From the moment we meet jess, I was on her side – her sassiness in the face of what she is dealing with is admirable and her sense of humour is amazing too. But Jess is not the only character that Bentley has written perfectly!  Her new friend Lisa sounds like me when I was younger so I of course loved her immediately and then meeting Caleb and willing him with every bone in my body to ‘GET OUT’ made me realise that I was truly ensconced in the story!

I have to admit that the first couple of chapters jump a little between the real world and the other, and with the names and types of beings we are meeting, I did find myself slowing down for those chapters, certainly at the beginning. I suspect that is more due to my lack of fantasy experience than it being the books fault!

I love that she gets you trying to guess things right from the start – sometimes she does what you think she will do, but not always which is great and definitely keeps you reading!

One bit I loved was the scene with Crowle in Chapter 5;

“He Grimaced. ‘In the old days, we used to be partial to the odd slice of roasted mortal. My father kept a stable of them for the kitchens. I had the care of the newborns.'”

and then later .. “Infants don’t do a lot, besides supping, sleeping and shitting.’

Overall I think this is a great book and one you should definitely read, whether you think you like fantasy or not …!

4 Stars

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Sunday Roundup

The Sunday Roundup #2

Welcome to The Sunday Roundup where I roundup some of the fun bookish things I have come across in the last week. If there is something missing that you would like me to include, or you know of something that I might like and haven’t included, please do give me a shout!

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Incoming Books:

Outgoing Books:

None this week!

Finished Books:

Currently Reading (I REALLY need to finish up some of these):

Read-a-thons & Challenges:

Exciting Bookish News:

  • The Cover has been revealed for the new Harry Potter Companion Book, ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’.
  • Anne Franks Diary only comes out of storage every 10 years and this time around, they have discovered new pages; it’s amazing what they can do with modern technology!
  • This isn’t exciting at all but it is Bookish News .. I HOPE that they were trying to make a point and so didn’t show those that could do it but …. sigh. Watch this.

Books I have added to my Wish List this Week:

Upcoming Releases of Note:

I haven’t had the chance to look at this one – apologies!

Competitions I’ve Entered:

None this week (although I have done a few RT’s on Twitter it’s worth looking at!)

Sales & Good Deals I Know About:

My Loves of the Week:

  • The Charles Paris Dramatisations from the BBC. Bill Nighy is amazing in everything he does but he plays this part particularly well and is very funny!  The dramatisations are based on the books by Simon Brett.
  • I loved to see Harry and Meghan having a lovely time at their wedding – lots of smiles and giggles – BRILLIANT!

And finally.. a bookish quote of the week..