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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Say no to Germ Gremlins! A Dettol Sponsered Post officially called 'How far will you go to avoid the doorknob'

I can still see some autumn coloured trees so this pic is valid!
Hi all! I'm sure like me you want to avoid germ gremlins, which as regular readers know are far from welcome in my house since I take longer to recover. 
Germ gremlins involve lots of resting in bed for me, which, as cute as this picture is, I don't enjoy doing.
For healthy people (without a pre-existing medical condition) and not so healthy people (with pre-existing conditions, like me) alike, the more we can do to say no to germ gremlins the better. 
Somehow I don't think germs will go away if I stare at them menacingly and wae a sword around - that's called wishful thinking!
That's why after watch the fun seasonal health video below from Dettol, I wanted to share it with you. 

Confession time...
 Ok, so I do get a few freebies in exchange for hosting this on my blog, only once I've posted it, but I've used Dettol products before and like them, as well as wholeheartedly wanting to show that it's easy to keep yourself healthier over the colder months filled with seeing friends & family. I'm quite sure there will be few posts for this video quite like mine including cute anime pics!!! 
Here's another pic for good measure - if you get ill this winter, you may be doing this for a day or two.
You can find out more on how to reduce the possibility of having a party with germ gremlins on Dettol's website.  Enjoy the video! It made me smile ^o^

Monday, 15 December 2014

What are YOU reading? #248

What are you reading on Monday? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys where you post books completed last week and plans for upcoming books. Jump over to her blog and see who else is participating.


Queen of the Fluffy Pens by Lory Olding
Children's, 7 years +
(A charming read about pens that come to life, not sure why they aren't on the front cover as there is a bee but the pens aren't bees!)

Mr Chicken Lands On London by Leigh Hobbs
Children's, Picture book
(A brilliant insight into London must sees and must dos...)

Milly, Molly and Jimmy's Seeds
Milly, Molly and Alf
Milly, Molly and One Lucky Turkey
by Gill Pittar and Cris Morrell
Children's, 7 years +
(Superb tales covering the death of a friend, mean people, and refugees...)

What's the Time, Wilfred Wolf? By Jessica Barrah and Steve Smallman
Children's, Picture book
(Telling the time proves tricky for Wilfred...)

Sparky! By Jenny Offill and Chris Appelhans
Children's, Picture book
(Sparky the sloth is adorable!)

KeeKee's Big Adventures in Athens, Greece by Shannon Jones and Casey Uhelski
Children's, Picture book
(Mega cute and informative with actual Greek phrases!)

A Whisper of Wolves by Kris Humphrey
Children's, 9 years +
(A book I've clicked with, despite the gloomy outlook, full of girl power!)


Medical drama, English version
(Can't remember what happened, but it was a good episode!)

Holby City
Medical drama, English version
(A cute baby was born, among other things...)

Castle:  Season 1
Crime drama, English version
(Hilarious as ever; a cheerful crime series, as much as one can be.)

Spice and Wolf
REWATCH! - Anime, Japanese version
(I love Holo more than ever! She is cute in her wolf form as well as her human one...)

A Little Princess
REWATCH! - Anime, French version
(Time to get round to finishing this classic tale...)

Winx:  Season 6
REWATCH! - Magical girl anime, English version
(Finally watched all of the dvd volume 1 - the girls are so awesome with Bloomix powers! Plus Daphne is corporeal ^o^)

Winx:  Season 2
REWATCH! - Magical girl anime, French version
(Layla has joined the girls, along with her ‘mini fee' [literal translation is mini fairy, English version calls them pixies]...)

REWATCH! - Music idol anime, Japanese version
(No subs on the latest episodes but I understand enough from the synopsis & oh boy, Lala is so going to get banned from PriPara soon - the anticipation is making it hard to wait for new episodes!)

REWATCH! - Music idol anime, Japanese version
(It's funny watching Ichigo get to know Seira all over again - especially since each other's friends think they are rivals, when they turn out to be best of friends & finally beat Mizuki!)

Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream
REWATCH! - Music idol anime, Japanese version
(For once I didn't mind the recap of events in episode 26, as it made me smile...)

Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live
REWATCH! - Music idol anime, Japanese version
(Rinne ponders on her meeting with June...)

Craft, Games and other things
Once again my main 3 games have been...Gameloft 10E/10E Ice Age Village, which as you can see I've had a reshuffle of creatures & games...

...My Little Pony I got Fluttershy (YEAH!), &....

...I’m slowly building up my pet collection in Littlest Pet Shop.

Craft wise I've managed to finish another blanket - the one for a boy. 

I’m now finishing off the 3rd blanket which was a lap blanket but might be bigger, depending how much I can do before I need to give it to the family member.  Now on to work for Nayu's Crochet Dreams! 

I’ve also done a little bit of sewing too! 

Friday, 12 December 2014

Blog tour: KeeKee's Big Adventures in Athens, Greece by Shannon Jones & Casey Uhelski, Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E, short 'n' sweet review, Competion USA only)

Isn't KeeKee adorable?
October 2014, Calithumpian Press,  40 pages, Hardback, Review copy

Content: super cute! 

Book summary from Calithumpian Press
This is the third book in the KeeKee’s Big Adventures Series!

KeeKee is the adventurous calico kitty who travels the world in her hot air balloon. She’s been to Paris and to Rome.

And now? Opa! It’s Athens, Greece!

Join KeeKee as she explores the sites, sounds and tastes of one of the oldest cities in the world with her guide, Evi the Owl. Children and adults will delight in discovering what makes Athens a must-visit destination, from it’s history and culture to food and hospitality.

Also included is a kid-friendly pronunciation guide and glossary, as well as a unique and charmingly illustrated map of Athens.

This new book in the award-winning KeeKee’s Big Adventures series will continue to spark curiosity and inspire appreciation for our great big wonderful world.

Nayu's thoughts
Awwww! is pretty much my thoughts as I read this book. Isn't KeeKee adorable? I've never heard of her before now, but I'm thrilled to have read her latest adventure. I love cats, and love animal tales (where animals are like people) so this is exactly the type of book I love to read and also recommend. I was proud to see a lot of bunnies, one of my favourite animals, feature in a lot of the scenes.

The story is clever, taking the reader through typically Greek places, food and activities, including learning about the rich history of Greece. My honours degree included Ancient Greece, and I wish I'd had something fun like KeeKee's adventures to learn from, as the cute factor helped me remember more details - who knew a kangeroo would play Aphrodite in an amphitheatre?

It's cool how not only are readers exposed to Greek phrases, there's an explanation at the back of the book so you know exactly how to pronounce the words, as well as a reminder of some other information. This is important because at first glance the words are not pronounced as they look. I got to see some typically Greek blue and white buildings which I've always liked looking at, and I learnt Greeks like coconut, something I hadn't known before now.

I can't stress enough how much fun this book is - I'll definitely be recommending it to all my friends! Want a copy? If you live in the USA you can win one in the competition below!

Competition time! USA entries only

To win both a book and a KeeKee kit simpy enter using the form below

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Cover reveal: Oksa Pollock The Heart of Two Worlds by Anna Plichota & Cendrine Wolf (Children's, 9 years +, 10E/10E)

Nayu here!
Are you ready to see the shiny cover of Oksa book 3 in advance of the paperback edition publishing 26th February 2015? Are you ready to pen in when you can dive into Oksa's latest adventure, all 352 pages, where heartache, heartbreak, and hope will make you set out lots of solid reading time just so you get uninterrupted reading? Yes? Good! 

I'm really dragging this out, but it's totally worth it. I'm going to be doing something special for the release too! Oksa, as some of you know, means the world to me, as well as to her friends, family, although not her enemies. The following quote of mine has even made it to the dedicated Oksa website: Oksa is my Harry Potter! Squee! It had seemed such a natural thing to say, she has her own magic and special abilities, alongside weirdly wonderful companions, and enemies who do seem to be everywhere. I mean every word, and I hope by exploring the site & reading my review of books 1 & 2 found here) you will love the brave girl who makes mistakes and has to make incredibly tough choices. 

Oksa's authors are interesting too - here's their bio: ANNE PLICHOTA was born in Dijon, France, and after studying Chinese language and culture spent several years living and working in Korea and China.
CENDRINE WOLF was born in the Alsace region of France. She studied sports, and went on to work with teenagers indeprived neighbourhoods. Cendrine and Anne have been friends for almost two decades and have always wanted to find a project to work on together (including plans to open an English delicatessen in eastern France!). They are glad they finally found one.
  (yes I'm really stringing out the cover reveal. Mwheeheehee (fangirl squee-ing is different from evil overlord laughing) 

Purely for recap purposes I will now show all 3 books' covers along with a synopsis of each: Be prepared to discover an admirable girl who captured my heart!

Oksa book 1: Oksa Pollock The Last Hope

Oksa Pollock is a normal thirteen-year-old girl, starting a new life in London. New lives, new friends, a new school and new adventures. But bizarre things start happening around Oksa she finds she can produce fire from her hands, move objects with her mind, and even fly.

Finally the truth emerges…her family fled Edefia, their magical, hidden homeland years ago. And more than that: Oksa is their queen… Oksa will be thrown into a wilder adventure than she could ever have imagined. She must triumph over her enemies. The whole of Edefia is counting on her!

Oksa book 2: Oksa Pollock The Forest of Lost Souls

Oksa Pollock has made some pretty incredible discoveries in the last few months, not least that she’s the queen of the lost magical land of Edefia. As if that wasn’t enough for any thirteen-year-old to be dealing with, her mother is still desperately ill after being attacked by Edefia’s unscrupulous enemies, and now her best friend in the whole world, Gus, has become trapped in the Forest of Lost Souls.

Entering that terrifying place is the rescue party: Oksa and a few fellow Runaways-including the moody, mysterious Tugdual. In the forest the group must all face their own personal demons, not to mention an assortment of horrific creatures, in a desperate attempt to bring Gus back alive.
But even if Oksa and her group make it through the wastelands and the monsters, there are greater threats to face: betrayal, grief, and the end of the world itself. And it’s only just beginning…

And finally....
Oksa book 3: Oksa Pollock The Heart of Two Worlds

Oksa's heart-stopping adventures continue, as she journeys to her enchanted homeland

Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, torrential rain... The Earth is in turmoil. Fleeing a flooded London, Oksa and the rest of the Pollock family set off in search of the Entrance Portal of Edefia, their magical home. It is their only chance of restoring the Earth's balance. To get there, Oksa is forced to ally herself with the terrible Felons, mortal enemies who could betray her at any moment. Luckily she also has some real friends at her side: Pavel, her shapeshifting father; Gus and Tugdual, the two rivals for her heart; and, of course, her formidable grandmother Dragomira, along with her menagerie of Edefian creatures. But little does Oksa know, not only will she have to brave countless dangers to reach the portal, she must also pay a terrible price to enter the hidden world... And what will await her on the other side?
Here's my review of the hardback version! I hope you've enjoyed this cover reveal. I'd love to know your thoughts on Oksa! Yes I did make the title & cover of the 3rd book larger - it's the feature of this post!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

News: Night School by CJ Daugherty is becoming a web series! Competition UK only

Nayu here! The Night School series by CJ Daugherty is rather cool. For some reason known only to blogging gremlins, my review of book 1, Night School,
Young Adult, 10E/10E (& one of several books which made me create a higher rater than 10/10)

& book 2, Night School: Legacy 
Young Adult, 6/10E - this rating will be changed upon the next reread, since I now understand why Allie acted the way she did.
have vanished. Drat. All that remains is their ratings, but book 3, Night School Fracture,

 can be found here. I have yet to read book 4.

You can enter a competition to win all 4 books right after this awesome news from the info I received by email not too long ago...

...CJ Daugherty’s bestselling Night School books are being made into an online TV series for You Tube! Not only that, but what’s really exciting is that it’s the first time that a YA book has been made into an online series in Britain! You probably know that web series based on popular YA books are already huge in America with web series such as  Private by Kate Brian and The Lizzie Bennett Diaries proving huge hits on You Tube.  You may also be interested to know that more than 50% of all TV is watch on You Tube, so CJ is bang on trend with her new You Tube series.

Night School the Web Series will be released on CJ Daugherty’s You Tube Channel on Friday 12th December and CJ has written all new material for each episode, so you get to find out what Allie and Carter really think about each other! Here is a sneak peak of what to expect: .

Official Trailer:    

Based on the international bestselling Young Adult books by CJ Daugherty

Night School the Web Series
Brand new British teen web series
Launches on You Tube Friday 12th December

Watch the official trailer:
The first time a British book series has been produced for an online audience

Britain is set to get its first ever web series based on a book, as Little Brown author CJ Daugherty prepares to release Night School the Web Series based on her bestselling YA novels.

Set to release on Friday 12th December and produced by Trailermade Films, Night School the Web Series tells the story of Allie Sheridan, a school girl at Cimmeria Academy, an exclusive British private school that hides a dark secret. At the heart of Cimmeria is Night School, a Bullingdon Club style secret society whose members are both destined to run the country and mentored by the world’s most powerful people. When Night School members become involved with a series of student murders, the secret society implodes and Cimmeria Academy becomes the scene of a civil war between teachers, students and Night School members. With no-one to trust and friends getting murdered all around her, Allie finds herself caught up in a love triangle between two of Night School’s most powerful members; Sylvan and Carter.

The brainchild of a husband-and-wife team: BAFTA-nominated Director Jack Jewers and author CJ Daugherty who penned the scripts, Night School the Web Series does not attempt to adapt the books on film, but instead presents six original stories set within the world of the books.  Night School the Web Series will be launched on the Night School YouTube channel which has already had 300,000 views and counting for its book trailers.

CJ Daugherty says Night School fans tell me the books feel REAL to them. I wanted to make the story even more alive. I am barraged with emails and messages every single day from fans asking for a TV series or film of Night School. This was a way to give them what they want and to be at the cutting edge of something brand new.

Jack Jewers Says YouTube now accounts for more than 50% of everything we watch. It’s the future and the present. This is the way we will all be watching television soon. America is already way ahead of us in transforming books into web series and I’m really excited that we get to be the first people to launch a web series based on a book in the UK.

Each webisode in Night School the Web Series is less than ten minutes long.  One webisode will be released each week, beginning 12 December and continuing through January. The webisodes use the same cast as the cult hit Night School book trailers and aim to unite action with the complex emotional and political issues inherent in the books.

About Jack Jewers
Jack Jewers is a BAFTA-nominated, Royal Television Society award-winning director.  His short film work has been screened nightly over a special season on BBC2; shown in and out of competition at film festivals around the world, including Cannes, Miami and Toronto; and released in UK cinemas by the BFI. One of his most recent films was Shalom Kabul, a comedy-drama about the last two Jews of Afghanistan. In 2012 Jack founded Trailermade Films, a production company specialising in high quality, low budget advertising, book trailers and other short form content for web and television. Since then it has grown to become one of the most successful agencies in the field of book trailers, with a fan following separate from the novels it has helped turn into international bestsellers

About CJ Daugherty
CJ Daugherty is the author of the Night School series, including Night School, Legacy, Fracture and Resistance, the fifth book in the series, Endgame will be published in 2015. Night School has been translated in 22 languages and is a bestseller in 5 countries, in the UK Night School was the no.5 bestselling YA debut when it was first published in 2012.  Before writing YA, CJ Daugherty worked as a crime reporter, a travel writer for Frommers and Time Out as well as time working for MI5 in the UK, which she’d like to tell you about but she’d have to kill you. All of her experiences from seeing her first body aged 22 to working with spies have informed the Night School series. 

Allie Sheridan (Jessica Sargent)
Carter West (Campbell Challis)
Nathaniel St John (Danny Carmel)
Jeremy Simpson (Damien Thomas)
Lucy Li (Kunjue Li)
Katie Gilmore (Grace Parry)
Jo Arringford (Jodie Hirst)
Gabe Porthus (Tom Blount)
Mark (Lewis Lilley)
Eleanor (Jessica Swallow)

Competition time! UK only

To celebrate the web series launch you can win a set of the 4 Night School books! Simply fill in the form below ^o^ 

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Nayu's News #158 Flubbub

Tick, Tock.
What? My mind is mush after working late so a sensible title is eluding me. I was going to write a review, but when I worked late I knew I wouldn't. Tonight I'm going to be doing some crochet & watching anime. Probably going to see if there's any new Aikatsu
I can only dream of having the dvd, for now online watching for me! Go Ichigo & Akari!
and new PriPara
Haven't seen the girls for a few days...
...then watch some Pretty Rhythm Rainbow Live 
A happy Naru (pictured) makes a happy Nayu!
 & maybe Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream too!
Go Aira!!!
Hope you're having some fun tonight!