Thursday, 29 January 2015

Sisterhood Tag & My Birthday Bash Giveaway!

Hey guys! This is going to be a long post, so feel free to skip to the parts you want to!

Today is my sixteenth birthday and I am all ready to celebrate! My 15th year was a pretty amazing one for me. I was able to go to many amazing countries, like Cyprus, England, China and Portugal. I have made some great new blogger friends and Olivia's Catastrophe has grown so much! I'm loving basketball, won Nanowrimo 2014, managing at school and generally, I feel a lot happier than I did the year before. I hope this maintains through to my sixteenth year as well. To celebrate we have a giveaway! But first here comes a tag :D

The Tag:

  • Thank the blogger (s) who nominated you and link back to their site
  • Post the award's logo on your blog
  • Answer the 10 questions you've been asked
  • Nominate 10 bloggers
  • Ask them 10 new questions 
  •   This is the second time I am doing this tag, whereas my first is here. But I will be doing a two in one because I was tagged by both My Addiction: Books and also A French Girl on the Road. Check them both out because they have awesome blogs! I chose the best questions from each lot.

    What is your favourite genre and why?
    If I had to choose one, it would probably be YA or science fiction. I like fantasy a lot too. YA can encompass so much underneath it as well!

    Are you introvert or extrovert? Introvert! I even wrote a discussion about it here.

    What is the book at the top of your TBR list?
    Cinder by Melissa Meyer! It’s the oldest book on my TBR and everyone loves it, so I really want it! (And I have it now!)

    Do you own a pet or do you wish you owned one?
    I was scared of every single kind of animal (except humans, of course xD) up until a year or two ago? So now I really want a black Labrador dog, but my mum says no. Rightly so, because when she asked if I wanted one a while back I said no.

    What's your dream job?
    Ultimately I would love to be a full time author and blogger. It would be a running your own work kind of thing and I know I would love it. But it’s hard to sustain yourself that way sometimes, so my plan B is to be a magazine editor or anything social media related.

     
    In your opinion, which is the hottest male celebrity?
    Oh noooo don’t make me choose. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is my ultimate male celebrity. But you know, Henry Cavill is worth a mention, Tom Hardy as well xD





    Which movie are you looking forward to see?
    I know this one is already released but I have yet to see Mockingjay! It was a book I didn't like, but so far both movies have been amazing, and I want to try it!

    What book are you most excited for to release?
    It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane. Releasing April 29th 2015 I cannot wait! I loved her book You Had Me At Hello and it was surprisingly not what I expected. I have a review copy and cannot wait to get started. I am trying to restrain myself so the review doesn’t pop up far too many months early.

     
    Who is your favorite main character and why?
    This is a mean question. How about book boyfriend instead? Because then that is easily Edilio from Gone. No one compares!

     

    What author would you most like to meet?
    Michael Grant! I love all his books and I want to meet him and then I would fangirl and maybe cry and yes please I would love to meet him.
    And Malorie Blackman! I think it would be awesome to discuss her books with her.
     
    If you could only keep one of your books, what would you pick?
    Meaaaan question. I refuse to have favouritism amongst my books, I love them all so much.

    Favorite movie/TV show based on a book?
    I really liked Catching Fire, even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the series. So yes, this one definitely trumps over all others. And 12 Years a Slave was done wonderfully. It was worth every award it received.

     
    Favorite book cover (even if you didn't like the book itself)?
    A book cover I love would be A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray.
     
    My Questions: 1) What is one of your favourite authors?
    2) Ebooks, Paperback or Hardcover?
    3) What is your favourite genre and why?
    4) Why/when did you start your blog?
    5) Why/when did you start to love reading?
    6) If you could enter a fictional world for a day, which would it be?
    7) Who would be your fictional boyfriend?
    8) What is your opinion about love triangles?
    9) If you could only read series or standalone books for the rest of your life, which would it be?
    10) What is your favourite book blog to follow (Not your own, guys xD) and why?
     
    I tag:
    Andreea @ Catsfika
    Giveaway Time!
    So, I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all the authors and publishers that came together to make this possible. It was a lot of work underway, and it is really appreciated. You readers may be able to win one of 16 prizes because I am turning 16! Open internationally so everyone can enter. It will be open until the 26th of February. Click the word 'giveaway' below to enter.

    GIVEAWAY


    Check out the authors books here below!

    Shut Up by Anne Tibbets: Mary’s older sister, Gwen, has screwed up everything. Not only is Gwen pregnant at seventeen, but she’s also decided to marry the Creep who knocked her up. Now Mary is powerless to stop her family from imploding. Her parents are freaking out, and to top it off, the Creep has a gross fascination with Mary while Gwen enjoys teasing her to tears for sport. Despite her brother’s advice to shut up, Mary can’t keep her trap closed and manages to piss off Mom so much that it comes to blows. Mary doesn’t know what to do, and all her attempts to get help are rejected. When she finally plans her escape, she fails to consider how it could destroy them all.

    Family Secrets by Kat Nichols: An orphan by the age of sixteen, Sophia Morganthal now lives with her best friend and struggles in a world with no relatives. Midway through her Senior year, Sophia finds herself flying across the country to live with a family she never knew existed. She ends up with more questions than answers when she discovers that not only does she come from a long line of witches but that she must be initiated within the year to prevent a battle for coven leadership. 

    Feeling more alone than ever, Sophia finds her solace in books. The journals of past initiates provide her with more than she ever wanted to know and make her question the path she’s on. Amidst all of the upheaval in her life, Sophia also finds one source of happiness – Connor. The last thing she needs is more complications, but Connor is the only person who makes her feel wanted for herself and not for what she stands for. 

    As Sophia learns more about herself, and what being initiated into Blackthorne coven really means, she must answer the ultimate question – would she give up everything for her family?


    An Uncommon Blue by R. C. Hancock: In a society where the color of a person's palm determines their social class, Bruno goes from favored to fugitive when he kills a Royal Guard to save a boy's life. If he wants to survive, Bruno has to learn to accept the lower colors. A thrilling blend of fantasy and adventure perfect for readers everywhere.

    Irony of Time by M. L. Crum: When irony falls upon Miriam… she slams head on into the face of destiny. 

    Miriam Duvall is followed by a shadow cast over her by irony itself. Feeling reborn and falling in love—all within blissful amnesia—this feisty woman accidentally transcends the rules of time, regaining her memory right at the precipice of the most tragic event in her past. Seizing this opportunity, she looks destiny square in the eye and declares this time around, she’s the one in charge. She proceeds to manipulate the events leading to that fatal accident before it deteriorates the family she dearly loves and hurls her down a guilt-ridden path of self-destruction again. 


    Her opportunity for redemption knocks in the form of a handsome but mysterious physicist named Dr. Ian Stone. Shrouded in secrets, this man’s whole existence revolves around preventing the moment evil claimed his soul, robbing him of a life worth living. He has spent centuries calculating how to harness an exorbitant amount of energy, wherein making time travel a reality. However, one variable was never factored into his equations: falling in love. His obsession fuels a deep denial, deflecting his true feelings until his heart wins out at the exact moment he loses Miriam back in time. 

    Their contrasting worlds cohesively collide and repel during a series of climatic events spiraling around a man harboring a dark secret as he travels back in time to fight for a second chance at love, ironically placing this exceptional woman in a position where she must choose between a past life she desperately wants or a future with the man she undeniably loves. 

    Her slap-the-face-of-destiny decisions could deliver her into 
    heartbreaking sadness or possibly set her on a journey of forgiveness that will reset her soul.

    Rise by Davina Okonkwo: A TRUTH THAT CONQUERS ALL LIES? 

    The extraordinary story of how a facially scarred and reclusive sculptress breaks free upon discovering the true source of self-esteem. 

    Riana “Ria” Ofor is a gifted sculptress whose beautiful creations could draw crowds. But due to the childhood accident that left her facially scarred, she avoids selling her work publicly, instead scraping a living through online sales. However, when a home repossession notice arrives, both her love of sculpting, as well as her home, suddenly come under threat. Now she is forced to step out of her comfort zone and enter the very public world of gallery showings. When she does land a gallery contract, she then finds herself the target of a rival artist after the very same contract. Using malicious lies about Ria, he intends to make her regret taking what should have been his. Now, Ria must look to find a truth that conquers all lies. 



    Broken Dreams by Nancy Pennick: Two friends... 
    Blood sisters till the end... 
    Until they’re not. 
    One cold night in a boarding school dorm, two fourteen-year-old girls make a blood sister pact. Friends forever. As young schoolgirls, they’re determined to find true love, learning the hits and misses along the way. As graduation nears, the girls have different outlooks for the future. Lucinda longs for adventure. Anna chooses city life and marriage. Finding their way back together, the girls head west for an experience of a lifetime until a handsome cowboy bursts into their lives, changing the course of their friendship forever. 

    Florence by Ciye Cho: Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally.
    Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean. 

    Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand--and find out where she belongs--Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart... and her very soul.

    Fair Game by R.C. Matthews: Leah Anderson has one dating rule…absolutely no men in the medical field! She learned a long time ago from her biological father that men in the medical field care about one thing–themselves. Leah reluctantly agrees to spend one evening dirty dancing with her best friend’s brother, Jared, despite the fact that he is a medical student and real jerk to boot. Anything to help out her best friend! 

    Jared Billette has secretly crushed on Leah for years and acts like a real jerk to her to keep his attraction in check. Some things in life are simply taboo, and dating your sibling’s best friend is one of them. That is until his sister Jordan breaks all the rules by dating Jared’s best friend JT. Now pursuing Leah is suddenly fair game. If only he can help Leah see that her own stupid rules are meant to be broken. 

    Sedich by R. Ann Humphries (Check out my review for it!): Rilan Crendu is a slave. Laboring alongside the rest of his conquered race, he lives his life at the whims of his Regiment overlords. But when a secret society captures him and leads him to touch the Sedich – a centuries-old stone imbued with the power of the Creator – Rilan becomes not only a rebel, but the rebel leader.

    Able to control fire with his hands, Rilan attracts the attention of the Sovereign - the bloodthirsty leader of the Regiment - whose sole focus is bringing Rilan down. Joined by soldiers, civilians, and slaves from across Lusiartha, Rilan must learn how to command and lead those he once had to obey, and he must do so quickly. For if the Sovereign succeeds and Rilan falls, Lusiartha’s last chance for freedom falls with him.

    The Doorman by Zack Love: Alex seems to have it all: a great penthouse apartment, a lovely girlfriend, and a prestigious Wall Street job. But below the surface he is sure of nothing but his angst-ridden doubts. And when he realizes that his doorman may be God, or sent by God, he will question things like never before. 

    This novelette is a story of New York doormen, tormented love, empty office life, and the theological questions that arise in response to the horrors of evil.


    Missing Nora by Pam B: When Sara’s best friend moves away, she is lonely and sad. She goes with her mom to a pet-sitting job and finds a surprisingly wise helper. Who says dogs can’t understand and help? And who says they can’t talk? This story, the first in a series, is about friends and feelings. Sometimes children's best friends are animals and sometimes they will share with an animal what is difficult to share with a person. Sara finds that to be true when she spends time with a dog named Angel.

    Olivia’s Question: When is your birthday?



    Olivia-Savannah x

    68 comments:

    1. Happy Birthday!

      Cinder is AWESOME! You should definitely read it soon.

      I was a bit wary of seeing Mockingjay too because the book was really hard and depressing to read, but they've done a really good job with it! It's actually my favourite Hunger Games movie so far.

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      1. Thank you! And yes, I cannot wait to read it. I've only heard positive things :3 I am glad you were able to like the movie... I wonder if it will replace Catching Fire as my favourite HG movie as well.

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    2. Happy Sweet Sixteen, Olivia!! Hope you have a great day :)

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    3. Happy Birthday, Olivia! Sixteen is going to outshine fifteen, for sure. You're starting off with a bang.

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    4. Happy birthday!!! I remember sixteen. It's such an exciting time. You can't wait to be a grown-up, but so many exciting things are happening. Enjoy every minute of it!

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      1. Thank you, Stephanie! I am glad you enjoyed your sixteen years, and I hope I do as well ^.^

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    5. Happy birthday, Olivia! :)

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    6. Hi Olivia - I'm actually part of a book tour for Broken Dreams by Nancy Pennick. I'll just be posting a promo for the book. It looks really good. :)

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      1. Small world, Diane! Hello! I am so happy you'll be part of my promo. Broken Dreams was released today.

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      2. Ooh, I hope to be reviewing that one pretty soon! Glad to know you were caught up with it as well. A small world indeed.

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    7. Happy Birthday, Olivia! A surprise is on the way. I haven't forgotten. :)

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      1. Thank you, Nancy! And I look forward to reading it a lot ^.^ Congratulations on the release day!

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    8. Happy birthday!!!!! Hope you have a good one!

      I agree with you on Mockingjay. I didn't like the book either, but I'm really excited to see the movie since I loved the first two movies.

      Great post!

      ~Cari @ myaddictionbooks.blogspot.com

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      1. Thanks so much Carina! I hope the movie is good for the both of us!

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    9. Happy Birthday, Olivia! When I first met you I assumed you were older and I am more than surprised you are just turning 16. What a mature young lady you are. To run such a nice blog at your age, I can only imagine what you will have accomplished in a few more years. Again, happy birthday! May you have many more.

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      1. Thank you Mary! It really is a blessing to know you, and thank you for the faith in me that I can achieve more things <3

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    10. Happy birthday, Olivia! Your 15th year sounds awesome and I am glad I discovered your blog! (Also, thank you for the tag!).

      I love how there are genres that encompass so much like Ya or even Classics - because there is sci-fi (Frankenstein, Brave New World) and so much more under one label. Although it feels like cheating, my favourite genre is SFF, which means Science-Fiction & Fantasy. I just can't pick between them!

      I can't wait to hear your review on It's Not Me, It's You!

      Andreea Catsfika

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      1. No problem! It is hard to pick a favourite genre! So many good books in so many different ones :) I am glad to have met you and found your blog as well ^.^

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    11. HAPPY 16th, Olivia!!! Guess what?! You can drive now!!!! To all the bookstores!!

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      1. Haha thanks so much Faith! Yes, to all the bookstores... there is no stopping me now :P

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    12. What a fun way to celebrate your birthday! Congrats on the milestone and keep reading.

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    13. Happy Birthday Olivia! Being able to work full time as a blogger would be kind of great to be honest. And I need to pick up Cinder as well, so many great things are said about that series. And answering your question, my bday is the 27th of July ^^

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      1. I think it would be an awesome job! We could even read that one together ;) I shall try to remember!

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    14. Happy 16th birthday! It sounds like 15 was excellent and I hope 16 is as well!

      I just started to read Mockingjay. I recently saw Catching Fire and it inspired me to read the last book in the series (I had started it a long time ago, but never finished it).

      I hope you like Cinder- it has been on my list for ages, but I still don't own it!

      Thanks for the amazing giveaway. Lucky us!

      My birthday is February 27th! It is coming up soon.
      ~Jess

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      1. Thank you! Mockingjay wasn't an amazing book but it is good you are completing the series. Can't wait to see the movie version! I hope you get round to Cinder soon as well. Ooh, I will look out for it :)

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    15. Gefeliciteerd!!
      Ik hoop dat je een hele fijne verjaardag hebt gehad :)

      Groetjes!
      Myra @ I'm Loving Books

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      1. Dank je wel Myra! Het was een goede dagje :)

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    16. Happy belated birthday, Olivia! I hope this year goes just as well as the previous year. :D

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    17. Good to know you through this. And happy birthday!

      Joseph Gordon-Levitt got married last year. Aw, sad for many.

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    18. Happy (late) birthday, Olivia! Your 15th year sounded absolutely amazing, so I hope you get to continue that trend this year :) oh, and... I totally get the love for Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He is CUTE. I've had my eye on in ever since 10 Things I Hate About You (also Heath Ledger). Have you seen the video where he lipsyncs to Super Bass?

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      1. Thanks Inge! I had a really good year and I can't wait to see what this one might be able to bring me as well ^.^ I haven't seen that movie yet (I definitely need to) but I have seen the Super Bass!

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    19. Oh no. I missed your birthday?! Happy late birthday Olivia! I hope you had a great one.

      Gordon-Levitt is such a cool actor <3 I'm yet to watch Mockingjay too (everyone keeps talking how great it is). I wasn't really fond of the last book, maybe the movie will be better.

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      1. Thanks Manisha! I hope we both like this last movie.

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    20. Happy belated! I hope you had a wonderful birthday.
      Being a full-time author would indeed be amazing. So far I'm just sticking with my plan b though!

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      1. Thank you, Bregje! And yes, it was a good day. Being a full time author is my dream ^^

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      2. A little late but I hope you have spent a great birthday !! thanks for the giveaway, I participate! Kisses

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    21. Happy birthday! It sounds like your 15th year was a great year indeed, I hope your 16th year will be even better!
      Cinder is also on my to-read list, everyone seems to love it!

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      1. Thank you so much Lola! I am looking forward to it. The hype has been so high!

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    22. Happy birthday! :D I'm happy that you had a great time last year! Can't wait to see what happens for you this year! :)

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    23. Thank you, Talina! I am looking forward to whatever might come my way ;)

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      1. I think I'm like you - I have yet to read Cinder as well, great post though. I liked reading your answers. I'm so sorry but happy belated birthday xx *hides*

        Benish | Feminist Reflections

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      2. I know! I should really get around to it. And thank you Benish <3 Never too late ^.^

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    25. Happy Birthday Olivia.... Hope you have a great fun filled book year! :D

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    26. My birthday is March 13 - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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    27. I missed your birthday, sorry. I hope it was great! I love all of these books. I am an avid book reader.

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      1. It was a very good birthday, so I am still happy :) I hope you are in for something then! I read a lot too :)

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