Friday, 3 July 2015

Today on Nayu's Crochet Dreams #2 Dishcloth Mission!

If you want to know how my dishcloth design has changed the one above (which you can buy on my Etsy shop, although not the sink) to something more practical, simply hop on over to Nayu's Crochet Dreams!

Nayu's News #189 A few medium sized blog changes

Time to let you know about a few blog changes which are kind of important but won't affect the blog content very much. 

Firstly I finished my day job on Tuesday so I'm now 100% working from home as a writer and crochet artist. Whoohoo! This means I have a bit more time to spend on blogging. A bit in so far as for every future book reviewed on NRC I will post reviews on Amazon UK, Amazon US, GoodReads and Foyles. Over time I'll add older reviews to these sites too.

I may end up putting reviews on other sites too, which is related to the change I've mentioned in the past. I'm starting up with an affiliate program initially with just Foyles but hopefully other sites too (really want to be an Audible affiliate but will wait and see). All it means is at the end of reviews there will be a link to purchase the book which currently includes a notice saying it's an affiliation. Hopefully over time when I come to understand more about being an affiliate (there's so much to do it's a tad overwhelming) there may be more promotions, but for now it's simple and unintrusive. I hope.

Until August I'm finding my feet with Nayu's Crochet Dreams regarding promotion and uploading items - it's my way of having a holiday while still doing some work ^o^ It's fun work, and I know I'm going to learn a lot as well as get writing and crochet done, so please bear with me as the various changes take place. 

Nearly time for some gaming - this is something I've promised to do every day! 

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Nest by Esther Ehrlich (Young Adult, 10/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

Teensy bit freaky cover if I look at it too long
 2nd July 2015, Rock the Boat, 336 pages, Paperback, Review copy 

Content: illness, grief, MS, tissues needed

Summary from Amazon (Rock the Boat website isn't up yet & I don't gain anything by mentioning Amazon)
Eleven-year-old Naomi ‘Chirp’ Orenstein and her family live an idyllic life on Cape Cod on the east coast of America. Surrounded by sandy beaches, fresh air and wildlife, Chirp is free to roam as she pleases. But when Chirp’s mum is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, her happy little world begins to collapse around her.

Chirp finds solace in her beloved birdwatching, and her friendship with mysterious outsider Joey. Chirp and Joey take on the world together, dreaming up a host of daring adventures. They explore the woods and the salt marshes – they want to see everything they can. But Chirp cannot keep running forever.
Nayu's thoughts    
In a nutshell this is a tissue needing tale about a girl with a sick mother and who adores birds. Liking birds myself I understood Chirp's fascination with them. They helped keep her sane while her life got turned upside down, something that sadly happened more than once. I liked seeing how she related to Joey, who didn't have a stable family life, and, something which is rare, their relationship stayed as friends, it didn't zoom in on the romantic side. Yay!

Chirp has to deal with her mother being physically ill, and also mentally ill, which is tough on any adult let alone a child. The reaction of her older sister to it all was understandable and resulted in tissues being needed by me. Adults struggle under similar circumstances, so Chirp did pretty well considering she didn't have years of life experience and a strong network of friends to support her. Every time I see a bird I now look at them differently thanks to Chirp. 

Find out more on Esther's website.

Buy this book on Foyles, a NRC affiliate. 

Monday, 29 June 2015

Minus Me by Ingelin Rossland (Young Adult 10E/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

I now want to bawl my eyes out when I see/hear the title - you'll know why when you find the title in the book! 
2nd July 2015, Rock the Boat, 288 pages, Paperback, Review copy

Summary from Amazon (Rock the Boat website isn't up and running yet & I don't gain anything by mentioning Amazon)
It’s not always easy to become the person you want to be.

When Linda discovers that she has a life-threatening heart condition, she refuses to be wrapped in cotton wool. Determined to experience everything a thirteen-year-old girl should, she starts to work her way through a list of all the things she and her best friend wish to do: have a first kiss, go to a pop concert, travel without her parents... But when a strange and mysterious boy called Zak appears, Linda’s life takes an unexpected turn – suddenly she is experiencing things she never dreamed possible, and every moment is precious.

Nayu's thoughts   
It didn't take long for me to realise tissues were a must with this heartgripping read about living life to the full. I knew from the summary it would be a bittersweet read, more so as certain plot twists unravel along the way that Linda ticks off items on her bucket list. Some are normal but the way they happen is crazy, others are just crazy but life is for living, not for being sensible. 

The adult in me could see that sometimes Linda could have gone about completing that list in a different way which wouldn't make her family worry so much – I mean running away isn't a good idea even if kind people are involved – but her determination and inner strength shines through the emotional journey both Linda and I as a reader go through. 

The ending was out of the blue yet made total sense and has me wanting to reread the book soon (which probably won't happen as I have many more to read, but I will reread it somewhen, just like you should! 

Buy this book on Foyles, a NRC affiliate

Friday, 26 June 2015

Competition from Atom as part of the celebrations for CJ Daugherty's new series!

Atom are offering readers the chance to win a year’s supply of books in anticipation of CJ Daugherty’s amazing new series, The Secret Fire

That’s right, CJ Daugherty – the internationally bestselling novelist of the Night School series [Nayu: the series includes Fracture reviewed here on Nayu's Reading Corner]– will be publishing her next YA series this September! The Secret Fire is about a boy in Paris and a girl England who meet as pen pals. Unbeknown to them, they are connected by an ancient curse which dictates that our Parisian hero, Sacha Winters, will die on his eighteenth birthday and an ancient prophecy will be fulfilled. Unless Taylor Montclair can save him . . .

Atom want to know what you would like to do MOST before you turn eighteen. As well as what kind of books you love reading. Take their survey and have a chance at winning that life time supply of books! Nayu: Although there isn't an exact closing date just yet you have until mid July to enter!

Co-written with French author Carina Rozenfeld, The Secret Fire is the first cross-channel YA novel ever and promises to be the most anticipated book this year! 

You can also find out more on CJ Daugherty's website

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Travels of an Extraordinary Hamster by Astrid Desbordes and Pauline Martin (Children's, 7 years +, 10/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

1st June 2015, Gecko Press, 128 pages, Paperback, Review copy 

Content: selfishness, humour 

Summary from Gecko Press
 Hamster is determined to visit his cousins on the moon. He knows they must be eager to meet him. But his friends decide to go to the North Pole instead.

Nayu's thoughts
It's hard to find words to explain why this self-centred furball is diabolical. Selfish is an understatement! Everything is about him, even when it isn't. He is the one that comes up with the good ideas, right after warning against doing the particular action. I'm amazed his friends put up with his egotistical ways, but glad they do because what he comes out with after they say things had me laughing away. I think that older readers will find his exploits extra amusing, as a lot more can be read into each situation than is written, thanks to the expressive illustrations. I gave this to a friend for a 'pick me up' and she loves it! Read and share this furball's selfish life. 

Buy this book on Foyles a NRC affiliate 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Winner of Saving London by Taylor Dawn

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It's time to see who won the ebook copy of this ace read, Saving London by Taylor Dawn! Give me a minute to let Rafflecopter pick the winner who is...

Mary Preston!

Many congratulations! I've passed your details on and it will be winging its way to you soon. Thank you for all who entered, keep popping back to see what else you can win here on Nayu's Reading Corner!