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Blog Tour Review: Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt

Posted July 12, 2018 by chooseyabooks in blogtour, reviews / 0 Comments

Blog Tour Review: Theatrical by Maggie HarcourtTitle: Theatrical
Author: Maggie Harcourt
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Publication Date: June 28, 2018
Pages: 442
five-stars

Hope dreams of working backstage in a theatre, and she’s determined to make it without the help of her famous costume designer mum. So when she lands an internship on a major production, she tells no one. But with a stroppy Hollywood star and his hot young understudy upstaging Hope’s focus, she’s soon struggling to keep her cool… and her secret.

Gorgeously fresh, funny and commercial YA romance from the author of Unconventional, and The Last Summer of Us.

Review: Today I’m pleased to be reviewing Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt as part of its blog tour. I really enjoyed Harcourt’s Unconventional last year and I think her books keep getting better.

Theatrical tells the story of Hope, her mum was an opera singer and Hope grew up around the theatre. She doesn’t want to be on the stage herself, she wants to be the person running everything backstage. Hope gains an internship at a local theatre hosting a prestigious new play with celebrity Tommy Knight in the lead role.

I loved this book; I’d been in a bit of a reading rut but this book was just what I needed in order to bring myself back. It was sweet and really pulled me in which hadn’t happened for a while. Hope was a character I was rooting for the whole time and all of the characters felt three-dimensional and had something about them. George, the costume intern was particularly fun and a bit of a scene stealer. I also thought Tommy Knight was a perfect enigmatic, infuriating moody yet complex celebrity actor. The romance with Luke was genuinely sweet.

The dynamic Hope had with her family was interesting and I understood her need to stand and be seen on her own terms and not in the spotlight of her mum. It was also a little frustrating because I wanted Hope to be able to be more open about it, that said I did completely understand why she kept things quiet and I felt that was realistic.

Harcourt made the theatre a leading role in this novel  rather than a mere setting and this is right. Theatres do have character, they have life in them and they breathe in their own way. This book really showed a love and respect for theatre and made this an inspirational place to be. I also loved seeing a focus on stage management rather than acting. People can forget about the staff backstage making the show a success and it was great to see them front and centre with the respect and focus they also deserve.

Theatre is an important art form and for many teenagers a great way to explore a passion for drama, art and find likeminded people. A great show is inspiring and takes the audience away. I was lucky enough to see Hamilton in London this year – that’s another post but it was amazing. As I left the theatre I felt more creative and inspired than I had in weeks. That’s theatre! So what I’m saying is theatre is a great setting for YA.

Theatrical was the perfect read to pick me up; it had a sweet romance, a great leading character who felt alive, humour and drama. Most importantly, it really conveyed and made its love of theatre infectious. Fans of contemporary YA will find so much to enjoy in this book; I highly recommend it. Thank you Stevie at Usborne for sending me a copy for review and also inviting me onto the blog tour!

five-stars

Blog Tour: Delete by Kim Curran

Blog Tour: Delete by Kim Curran

Today I am delighted to share with you a guest post from the lovely Kim Curran for the Delete blog tour. Thanks to Faye for organising the tour and Kim for the great post!  About Delete: The country is at war. Beset by enemies within and without. And all because of the decisions changed by one boy, Scott Tyler. In this ravaged alternative reality, Scott hardly recognises himself. He’s a war hero, a leader of a unit of Shifters and maybe the only one who can prevent the country’s frail defences from crumbling. But all Scott wants to do is find a way back to the world he knew, without losing the girl he loves. With every Shift he makes, Scott edges closer towards oblivion. With no one to trust – not even himself – how much is he willing […]

Posted April 1, 2015 by chooseyabooks in blogtour / 0 Comments
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Blog Tour: Review – Code Red Lipstick by Sarah Sky

Blog Tour: Review – Code Red Lipstick by Sarah Sky

Note: This review is part of the blog tour for Jessica Cole: Fashion Assassin. It was meant to go live yesterday (Saturday) but due to unforeseen circumstances I was unable to post this until today. Review: I heard a lot about the Model Spy series through twitter and the UKYA community so when Faye (A Daydreamer’s Thoughts) asked me if I’d like to review the first book for Sarah Sky’s upcoming blog tour I leapt at the chance. I really enjoyed Code Red Lipstick and read it at just the right time, when I needed something fun and funny to read. While the concept isn’t entirely new, Jessica’s realistic and relatable voice carried this book really well and Sky raised several themes and ideas that made it stand out in the crowd, plus the gadgets and Bond-like feel worked well. The balance between modelling […]

Posted February 15, 2015 by chooseyabooks in blogtour, reviews / 1 Comment
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Blog Tour: 3 Days To Go Until The Maze Runner [Review and Signed Book Giveaway]

Blog Tour: 3 Days To Go Until The Maze Runner [Review and Signed Book Giveaway]

Today I am posting as part of the blog tour for the run-up to The Maze Runner’s movie release in 3 days (10th October 2014). I’m really excited for the Maze Runner movie as the lead actor, Dylan O’Brien, plays one of my favourite characters on Teen Wolf. I have a review of the book and a giveaway for a copy of edition of the Maze Runner signed by the author James Dashner. Title: The Maze Runner Author: James Dashner Publisher: Chicken House Books Publication Date: August 4th 2011. Series/Standalone: 1st in a series. Format: Paperback Source: Publicist/Publisher Also by this author: The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, The Kill Order, Eye of Minds. Goodreads Description: When the doors of the lift crank open, the only thing Thomas remembers is his first name. But he’s not alone. He’s surrounded by boys who welcome him […]

Posted October 7, 2014 by chooseyabooks in blogtour / 9 Comments
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Blog Tour: Glaze by Kim Curran

Blog Tour: Glaze by Kim Curran

Today I am sharing a guest post from the lovely Kim Curran as part of the blog tour for her recent release, Glaze. I’ve read Glaze and it’s great; smart, compelling and thought-provoking and I’ll be reviewing it shortly. Petri Quinn is counting down the days till she turns 16 and can get on GLAZE – the ultimate social network that is bringing the whole world together into one global family. But when a peaceful government protest turns into a full-blown riot with Petri shouldering the blame, she’s handed a ban. Her life is over before it’s even started. Desperate to be a part of the hooked-up society, Petri finds an underground hacker group and gets a black market chip fitted. But this chip has a problem: it has no filter and no off switch. Petri can see everything happening […]

Posted May 19, 2014 by chooseyabooks in blogtour / 1 Comment
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Countdown to June 5th: Interview with Helen Grant

Countdown to June 5th: Interview with Helen Grant

Firstly, sorry to Jim and Helen as this should have been up earlier today but due to technical issues on my part and work, I could only just put it up now. Jim, the lovely blogger at YAContemporary among other blogs and on twitter as YAyeahyeah has organised a fabulous blogging event CountdownYA to celebrate UKYA books published on June 5th this year. I was thrilled to invited to take part and am thrilled to introduce the brilliant Helen Grant, her novel  Demons of Ghent (Book 2 in Forbidden Spaces trilogy) will be out on June 5th. People are falling from the rooftops of Ghent. But did they throw themselves off – or did somebody push them? Veerle has seen enough death to last a lifetime.  But death isn’t finished with Veerle just yet.  When people start to die in her […]

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Blog Tour: Now You See Me by Emma Haughton

Blog Tour: Now You See Me by Emma Haughton

Today I am joined by the lovely Emma Haughton as part of the blog tour for her debut novel Now You See Me which is out tomorrow. Thank you Emma for answering my questions and Megan at Usborne for arranging the tour! Goodreads Description: Three years ago, thirteen-year-old Danny Geller vanished without trace.His family and friends are still hanging on to every last shred of hope. Not knowing if he’s alive or dead, their world is shrouded in shadows, secrets and suspicions.This is the story of what happens when hope comes back to haunt you. When your desperation is used against you. When you search for the truth – but are too scared to accept the reality staring you in the face…A mesmerizing psychological thriller with the most incredible twist you’ll read all year. 1. Now You See Me is your […]

Posted April 30, 2014 by chooseyabooks in blogtour / 2 Comments
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Blog Tour: Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais

Blog Tour: Breaking Butterflies by M. Anjelais

Today I am delighted to be taking part in the Breaking Butterflies blog tour where the lovely M. Anjelais has answered a few questions for me about her writing process, her journey to publication and the books that have inspired her. The closest he will ever come to happiness is when he’s hurting her. Will she let him? A beautiful and twisted story of first love and innocence lost–written when the author was just eighteen.  Sphinxie and Cadence. Promised to each other in childhood. Drawn together again as teens. Sphinxie is sweet, compassionate, and plain. Cadence is brilliant, charismatic. Damaged. And diseased. When they were kids, he scarred her with a knife. Now, as his illness progresses, he becomes increasingly demanding. She wants to be loyal–but fears for her life. Only the ultimate sacrifice will give this love an ending. […]

Posted April 10, 2014 by chooseyabooks in blogtour, yadebut / 0 Comments
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UKYA Blog Tour: Interview with Rachel Ward

UKYA Blog Tour: Interview with Rachel Ward

I’m really excited today to share an interview with Rachel Ward as part of the blog tour, Lucy at Queen of Contemporary and Project UKYA has organised this month for UKYA. I was supposed to have this post up yesterday but there was a technical issue that prevented me from this so please accept my sincere apologies for the delay. Numbers is a fascinating concept. What do you think you would do if you were in the same situation as Jem and could see people’s numbers? I’d like to say that I’d use it for some good purpose, but the reality is that I’d hide away in a cave, so I didn’t have to see people’s numbers. I think it’s much more of a curse than a blessing. Both the Numbers series and The Drowning have strands of serious issues, […]

Posted November 16, 2013 by chooseyabooks in blogtour / 2 Comments
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Blog Tour: Tinder by Sally Gardner

Blog Tour: Tinder by Sally Gardner

Interview: Sally Gardner on Fairy tales and Retellings I was so excited when the lovely people at Indigo offered me the chance to interview Sally about her latest novel, Tinder, and her approach to retellings and fairytales. It was the first phone interview I have conducted so I was quite nervous, by which I mean very, nervous however Sally was absolutely lovely and I could have talked to her all day! Here is the interview, as transcribed by my notes and memory so hopefully I’ve not missed or misrepresented anything pertinent, however it is important to note that Sally’s answers are not word for word as she answered but paraphrased and recalled from my memory and notes.   After thanking Sally for holding the interview and introducing myself, my first question was about how she approached retelling The Tinderbox fairytale by […]

Posted November 11, 2013 by chooseyabooks in blogtour, britishbookschallenge / 2 Comments
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