Six for Sunday: 2017 Books I Didn’t Enjoy

Six for Sunday is a meme created by Steph over at A Little But A Lot and this week’s theme is six books I didn’t enjoy in 2017. I think this is such a great topic because I certainly don’t tend to talk about much about the books I dislike, and I almost never review them. This is something I want to get better about this year – I can’t always just post positive reviews just because I feel guilty about being critical of something someone has worked hard on – so hopefully this is the jumping off point I need.

1. T is for Tree – yes, I know I was on the blog tour for this. There is a reason my post was a Q&A instead of a review. It’s a terrible book, with terrible themes and concepts, and if I’d felt I could pull out of the tour, I would have done.

2. Seven Days of You – I can’t actually remember why I disliked this book so much, but I remember that I did. I think I hated the lead character, and the way she treated everyone around her.

3. Royce Rolls – I hated the writing style of this one and really struggled to get through it, which is a real shame because I loved the Beautiful Creatures series that Margaret Stohl co-wrote.

4. Dramarama – So. Boring. And unrealistic. Fortunately from the library so at least I didn’t spend any money on it!

5. Undercover Princess – also boring and not terribly well written. It felt like someone’s first draft to me, and again, it seemed so unrealistic. I also thought the characters were pretty one dimensional.

6. The Fandom – I know some of you are going to disagree vehemently on this one, but I just found it boring. I couldn’t understand why they loved the book/film they were fans of, because it sounded terrible, and I hated the way the group of friends behaved with each other. I gave up at about page 160 and gave my copy away.

Don’t forget to check out Steph’s post and let me know in the comments what you think of my list (be nice though!).

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Top Ten Favourite Books of 2017

We all know I’ve been atrocious about keeping up with my blog over the last few months, so I thought I’d take advantage of the year’s end to tell you about some of my favourite books from 2017. I’ll admit, this is mostly because I never got around to telling you all about my absolute favourite book of last year, which was…

*drumroll*

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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It’s probably not a huge surprise, because it showed up on all my most-anticipated lists, and I even did a guest post for Sarah at Sarah Withers Blogs talking about how much I was looking forward to it. Let me tell you, it lived up to ALL the expectations and I utterly adored it.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is the story of Monty, a young English lord, and his best friend Percy as they go on a grand tour of Europe, getting themselves (well, Monty does most of the trouble-making) into all sorts of trouble as they go. Monty is a terrible person in many ways, but he’s also incredibly sweet and loyal, and his love for Percy helps him see and own his mistakes. There’s also an incredible supporting cast, from Monty’s sister Felicity (who’s getting her own book this year!), to the pirates our gang falls in with, and I loved every second of reading it. In fact, I almost turned back to the beginning and started again after I finished it (and hugged it to myself a little bit). It’s funny, sweet, mostly historically accurate and has one of the best slow-burn romances I’ve ever read.

The rest of this list is in no particular order (because don’t make me choose, ok?).

Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath

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This is such a wonderful book! Based on Jason Porath’s very popular website of the same name, it tells the stories of different women throughout history who would never make it into an animated Disney film. It has beautiful artwork throughout and a diverse range of female historical (and occasional mythical) figures that most of us have never heard of. I loved it.

Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

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I heard about this book from a number of people on my twitter feed and there was not a negative thing to be seen about it. Then I saw the stunning hardback in the shops, and I knew I had to buy it! This was not a mistake. Nevermoor is a fantastic middle grade book about Morrigan Crow, a cursed girl who escapes the monsters after her and finds herself in a magical world. Morrigan’s mentor in this world is Jupiter North, and if I tell you that in my mind he looks like David Tennant in Tenth Doctor mode, then you know everything you need to about him as a character. He’s fab!

They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

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The Adam Silvera book everyone was talking about this year was History Is All You Left Me, which I sadly didn’t love (even though I appreciated it as a well written book – I reviewed it here if you want to see my thoughts). They Both Die At The End was a completely different experience for me – not least because I was sobbing my heart out by the end, unable to see the pages properly. It’s fantastic. We get to know the main characters, Mateo and Rufus, as they get to know each other with a terrible (and literal) deadline ahead of them. Beautifully written, heartbreaking to read, it left me with that wonderful feeling you get when you know you’ve read something excellent.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

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This year seemed to be the year feminsism fought back, and Moxie kind of epitomised that for me. It’s a proper feminist novel that takes a look at how everyday sexism pervades the world, even in (especially in?) high school, without being preachy. It’s funny and fabulous and should definitely be on your tbr if you haven’t read it.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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I imagine this is on a lot of people’s lists this year. I thought it was amazing. Heartbreaking, but amazing. The story of Starr, a 16 year old girl who straddles two worlds, she sees her unarmed friend get killed by a police officer and has to make a potentially life-changing decision. THUG is such an important book, everyone should read it. And if you need any further persuasion, it has one of THE best families in YA fiction in the Carters!

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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If you don’t know how I feel about this book, then you probably weren’t around when I was raving it about at the beginning of last year. But I loved it. It’s a beautifully written fantasy story, and you can read my full thoughts here.

After the Fire by Will Hill

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I’m really sad I didn’t get around to reviewing this when I read it, because it’s a stunning book. It tells the story of Moonbeam as she comes to terms with being one of the few survivors of a religious cult in Texas. Told from Moonbeam’s point of view as she talks to her assigned pyschologist and an FBI agent, we see the lead up to the fire juxtaposed with Moonbeam’s life as it is now, and it’s just so well done. I physically hurt while reading it, because it was that powerful, and I said once I’d finished it that it felt like Will Hill had torn my heart into tiny pieces and then very carefully stuck it back together again. And that is honestly the best way I have to describe how this book made me feel. Read it.

The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams

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I don’t read nearly enough adult fantasy at the moment, but I love Jen Williams’ writing, and The Ninth Rain is her best book yet. Vintage is one of my favourite characters EVER and the world-building is superb. It has archaeology, magic, elves (kind of), aliens and an amazing cast. I loved it!

Release by Patrick Ness

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I know that a lot of people didn’t actually get on with Release, but it was everything I wanted from a Patrick Ness book. I absolutely loved it and its themes of friendship and growing up and discovering yourself. You can read what I thought in a bit more detail here.

So there you have it! My ten favourite books of 2017 (but it was a close run thing for some of them, and I could have easily written a list of 20 or even 30!). I really did read some fantastic books last year, and I hope 2018 has as much good stuff in store.

What would be on your list? Let me know in the comments, or link me to your post if I haven’t seen it!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors Who Were New To Me in 2017

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday time again! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was devised and is currently hosted by The Broke and The Bookish (although this is the penultimate week before it moves to That Artsy Reader Girl on the 16th January), and this week’s theme is new-to-me authors I discovered in 2017.

1. Mackenzi Lee

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2. Adam Silvera

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3. Angie Thomas

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4. Will Hill

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5. Jessica Townsend

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6. Jeff Zentner

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7. Dave Rudden

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8. Katherine Arden

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8. Jennifer Mathieu

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9. Ed McDonald

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10. Sally Nicholls

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Well that was much harder than I expected to narrow down! There are a lot of other people who could have made the list and the only reason Katherine Webber and Maggie Harcourt aren’t on there is because I read their 2017 releases in 2016. I highly recommend all the people above!

Who would be on your list? Let me know in the comments!

The British Books Challenge 2018

So it’s that time of year again. I’m not quite sure how it’s New year’s Eve already, but there you go. Apologies for disappearing again – I promise to do better in 2018!

Anyway, I’m still looking at which challenges I want to do in 2018, but I know The British Books Challenge will be one of them. I didn’t do a great job of reviewing my eligible books in 2017, but I did, according to my goodreads shelf for the challenge, manage to read 77 books by British authors. Which is slightly above the target of 12. I’m well chuffed with that number to be honest. I knew I read a lot of British books, but it’s nice to have a number to look at! I’m not going to set an actual target this year, but I’m hoping to get somewhere near 77 again.

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The British Books Challenge has been going for a few years now, and this year is again being hosted by Chelley over at Tales of Yesterday. It consists of reading 12 or more books by British authors over the course of the year, reviewing them on my blog and linking them on the monthly link up page. Let’s see how this goes!

Click here for more details, or to sign up to the challenge yourself

Books by UK authors I would like to read in 2018

Even though I read 77 books by British authors in 2017, there were four books from my original challenge list that I didn’t manage to get to, so they’re back on this year’s list with a few extra.

I’m a little bit behind on what’s due out in the new year, which is why there’s a gap at the end, but 11 is a good start. Follow my progress below, where I will hopefully be updating every month, and don’t forget to sign up yourself!

October Wrap-up

Yes, it’s a teensy bit late into November to be doing October’s wrap-up but I’ve never let that stop me before, so why change things now? (I’m actually still hoping I’ll get wrap-ups done for July, August and September, but that might be wishful thinking!)

Anyway, this won’t be anything very exciting because as you know, October was a terrible month for me. Which means it was the worst possible time to go on a book buying ban. But I succeeded, so my book haul looks like this:

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How unlike me is that? All three were given to me (and it turned out I already have Aurabel, so that won’t be staying) and I didn’t buy. A. Single. Book. Obviously as soon as the calendar turned the page to November I was straight into Waterstones, but given I probably average about 20 books a month, I was quite impressed with myself!

Reading-wise, I only read seven books in October, which is almost as unlike me as only acquiring three books. They were:

  • Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
  • The Exact Opposite of Okay (which was amazing and highly recommended)
  • Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince (you may be noticing a theme)
  • Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
  • The Serial Garden
  • They Both Die At The End (also amazing. I utterly loved this.)

I only managed one review sadly (linked above), but it’s better than nothing.

So how was your October? I very much hope it was better than mine! Link me your posts in the comments if you like – I’d love to see what you’ve been up to.

Book Review: Michael’s Spear

So today I’m part of the blog tour for Michael’s Spear, the final book in the Hobbes End trilogy by Hilton Pashley. I didn’t want to clog up Hilton’s guest post by including a review there, so you get a second post today. (I know, nothing for weeks, then two at once!)

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The Universe is coming apart at the seams.

As Jonathan and his friends fight to save it, their every move is being watched from the shadows. Lilith, the last Archdemon, has plans of her own, and with the legendary Michael’s Spear under her control Jonathan has never faced a more lethal foe.

With the odds stacked against him, Jonathan will need all the help he can get if he is to fulfil his destiny.

It’s time for Gabriel’s grandson to finally spread his wings…

I’m so glad that Dome Press invited me to be a part of the blog tour, or I might not have come across this book. Even if I had, I suspect I would have been put off by it being the final part of a trilogy I haven’t read. If that’s ringing alarm bells for you as well, let me put your mind at rest – it doesn’t matter. Yes, there are references to what has gone before, and it’s true that we’re kind of thrown in at the deep end in terms of who everyone is, but I found myself getting to grips with everyone and everything quite quickly, and I think that’s testament to Hilton Pashley’s writing. There are enough explanations that everything makes sense, and it didn’t matter that I’d had two books less to get to know all the characters because I loved them anyway. I particularly loved Hobbes End as a setting. I don’t think it’s going too far to describe it as a character in its own right to be honest, because so much of what happens is because of Jonathan’s love for his home village.

Jonathan is a great character too. It’s easy to separate a children’s book hero from his parents for story reasons, but in Michael’s Spear Jonathan has masses of family and family-like friends around him, and they help him. It was really lovely to see that in a children’s book. And, in fact, all the supporting characters are well written and rounded people (and by people I generally mean angels, or fallen angels, or werewolves…), and I really did find myself caring about everyone.

What I really loved about Michael’s Spear though, was the way Pashley wove a ton of theology into it, without ever making it about religion. I know – I don’t know how he managed that either! But it is a story that is entirely without judgement, even with heaven and hell as literal settings and angels and demons as major characters. I mean, yes, the demons are generally the bad guys, but that’s mostly their choice. They don’t *have* to be. Jonathan’s mum is a demon and she supports her son in trying to save the universe, so to me it’s clear that there is a choice to be made. There are also some interesting points about the possibility of redemption – it’s clear Lucifer is searching for forgiveness, and he sees his caretaking of Hobbes End as a way to earn that, but it’s equally clear that the person who needs to forgive him is himself.

Michael’s Spear is a great middle-grade novel that works just as well as a standalone as I imagine it does as the end of a trilogy. There’s a definite sense of closure by the end, and while I’d love to see more stories set in Hobbes End, it seemed a good place to leave them. I’d highly recommend picking both this and the previous 2 books up, especially if you have middle-grade aged children, because I think they’d love it.

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Michael’s Spear was published on the 16th November by Dome Press. ARC received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Karen and Emily for organising the blog tour and sending me my copy!

Blog Tour -Michael’s Spear by Hilton Pashley

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Today on the blog, I am thrilled to share a guest post from Hilton Pashley, the author of the wonderful Michael’s Spear. I really enjoyed this book, and you can find my review in today’s other post. Suffice to say that I definitely recommend it to everyone who enjoys an adventurous middle grade novel, and it poses some interesting questons about redemption. After all, there’s not many books where you find Lucifer as one of the good guys!

Anyway, it’s over to Hilton, who’s written a fantastic post about the life of a writer – sometimes solitary, yes, but with its own unique rewards.

Lonely, but not alone.’

The life of a writer can be a tad lonely at times; after all, it’s just you, your keyboard, and the indescribable weight of a blank page in Microsoft Word. The beginning of a novel is often the worst part for me, I’m not very good at them; it feels an almost Sisyphean task to get that narrative boulder rolling up that hill, hoping that it doesn’t roll backwards and flatten you in the process.

Prior to starting a novel I tend to write lots of messy notes – most of which I later ignore – and try to build up a head of steam before sitting down and banging out a first draft over the space of a couple of months. I’ve tried planning things out, but for some reason that process doesn’t work for me. In fact, the most useful piece of advice I was ever given was to know how the story ends. At first I didn’t get it, but after painting myself into a series of narrative corners with my first novel, Gabriel’s Clock, I realised that as long as you know where you want to end up, it doesn’t matter what detours the story takes you on as you’ll still end up at the right place.

I’ve also learned that sharing too much of a concept early on can sometimes be a bad thing. It’s human nature to takes the opinions of others to heart, and this can end up with you doubting yourself and that boulder grinding to a halt. However, there are counters to the solitude of the scribbler. The characters one builds become imaginary friends, and while hunched over a steaming keyboard they blather on to you about their loves and hates, hopes and fears. It’s probably good that the public don’t get to see that bit, lest they call the emergency services.

Then, we have the professional contacts such as agent and editor, who in my case have become friends too. You build close bonds when working on creative projects, and the feeling on sending in a new manuscript is akin to handing in an essay at school and hoping you don’t get a “Must try harder” comment in the margin.

Then one also gets feedback from fans, which is possibly the most fulfilling thing of all. Your baby is out in the world, and children (and adults) are sending you messages from all corners of the globe about their favourite bits, which characters they like the most and why, and what they want to see more of. It makes the slog of hammering out the words worthwhile.

And finally, every now and then, you get a surreal experience that you can tell the grandkids. For me, my favourite is from my first public engagement just after Gabriel’s Clock – the first of the Hobbes End trilogy – was published. I was speaking at the Hostry Festival in Norwich, and sharing a platform with authors Rose Tremain, Andrew Cowan and Louis de Bernieres. I spent most of the time being star struck and trying not to be sick, but when we were signing books at the end, I had to double take when Louis asked if I would sign a copy of Gabriel’s Clock for his children. A simple thing, but lovely for a debut author at the time. It just goes to show, be you author or reader, you’re never alone with a book.

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a guest post for me Hilton – I think we’ve all felt that pressure of a blank word document at some point!

If you want to find out more about Hilton, or the other books in the Hobbes End trilogy, check out his website here.

Michael’s Spear, the final book in the Hobbes End trilogy (although you don’t need to read the others to enjoy this one – I hadn’t!), was released on the 16th November by Dome Press. It’s well worth your time!

Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour above!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Scary Books I’d Like To Read (But Probably Won’t)

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So it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme run by The Broke and The Bookish, and this week’s theme is a Halloween freebie. I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to scary books, so a list of the books I’d like to read but probably never will seemed a good idea! (No fancy pictures this week though- I’m typing on my phone while on the bus and just no.)

1. The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

2. IT by Stephen King

3. The Magic Cottage by James Herbert

4. Haunted by James Herbert

5. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

6. Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

7. Pet Sematary by Stephen King

8. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

9. The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson.

10. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty.

I own two of the books on that list and my parents own most of the rest, but I still don’t think I’ll ever read them! How about you? Have you read any of them or are you a wuss like me? Let me know in the comments!

Book Review: The Serial Garden

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This is a slightly unusual review in that The Serial Garden is not a book I’ve just read for the first time. In fact, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read it since it was released 9 years ago, because it’s one of my favourite collections of short stories. I have a terrible feeling most of you reading this are too young to have grown up with Joan Aiken books, so I shall explain further.

Joan Aiken is probably better known as the author of a number of novels for children, including The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Black Hearts in Battersea. I never really got on with her novels, but I adored her short stories, particularly those that featured the Armitage family. The Armitages were your typical 1950s middle class family. They lived in a big house with a cook and a maid, and Mr Armitage went off to work each day while his wife was a lady who lunched and the children, Mark and Harriet, went off to boarding school or amused themselves. Unless it was Monday (or the occasional Tuesday). On Mondays, very unusual things tend to happen to the Armitages. They might end the day with a new pet unicorn, or find themselves going for afternoon tea with a ghost, or having lessons in the middle of the night with a ghostly governess. The stories were exactly the sort of magical things that seemed like they *could* happen, even though I came from a very different sort of family.

The only problem with particularly loving the Armitage stories was that they were scattered throughout various collections, most of which are now out of print. And then 9 years ago came the glorious news – they were collecting all the Armitage stories into one book and naming it after my favourite story. Not only that, there were new stories I’d never read.

It will not surprise you at this point, if I tell you that I absolutely love this book. The stories, especially the later ones, don’t always hold up but a hefty dose of nostalgia papers over any cracks. And the title story, The Serial Garden, is still, in my opinion, Aiken’s masterpiece. It’s such a magical piece of writing, yet it still feels like it could happen, and it’s so sad and bittersweet. Before this book came out, The Serial Garden was the story that always stuck with me. Mark and Harriet are very sensible young people who take everything in their stride, and exactly the sort of person I hope I would be if faced with their extraordinary Mondays.

If you’ve never read a Joan Aiken short story, I highly recommend The Serial Garden as a place to start. I don’t know how well the stories stand up without the nostalgia influencing your opinion, but I encourage you to at least give it a try!

5/5

Blog Tour – It Came From The Deep by Maria Lewis

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I am so excited to be sharing a guest post from Maria Lewis with you today, as part of the blog tour for her latest book, It Came From The Deep, a sci-fi murder mystery, and her YA debut. I’ve been a huge fangirl of Mazz since I met her last year at Nine Worlds, so I was thrilled when she accepted me as one of the blog tour bloggers. Check out her fantastic post on the inspirations behind the amazing cover for It Came From The Deep, which she designed herself, and which you can see at the bottom of the post. Over to you Mazz!

GUSTAVE DORE

If you ever wanna have nightmares while you’re still awake, I highly recommend taking a dive into the work of Gustave Dore. The French artist was a devil for the details and I’ve always been fascinated by works where the more you look at them, the more you see. I have a collection of his artwork in book form that deals exclusively with dragons, demons and monsters, which he drew unlike anyone else, ever. Seriously, it’s hard to pour that much malice on to the page through your pen and through such fantastical creatures. Specifically his piece The Destruction Of Leviathan from an illustrated printing of the Bible was a huge influence and if you compare that and the It Came From The Deep cover side-by-side you’ll see that quite clearly.

Link: http://www.artpassions.net/cgi-bin/dore.pl?img=destruction_of_leviathan.jpg&artist=dore

BOSSLOGIC

I’m lucky enough to call BossLogic a pal after years of crossing paths on the pop culture circuit and a legion of similar interests. His art is pretty damn jaw-dropping across the board and he did some posters for a film that I was working on a few years ago that absolutely rocked. I mean, he has a huge following for a reason. Boss was one of the first people I spoke to about what It Came From The Deep could look like visually and he did an illustration of the merman featured in the book – which I’m going to be debuting in a few weeks – that physically took my breath away. I’d describe his art as cinematic and I definitely think of my stories in terms of visuals when I write them, so Boss was a huge inspiration.

Link: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/12/1f/72/121f722334eb6c258673924b3a118356.jpg

HEMLOCK GROVE

Probably better known as that werewolf show that ran on Netflix for three seasons, Hemlock Grove is based on the book by Brian McGreevy. It also happens to be one of my favourite covers of all time, with the colour scheme, illustration, concept and execution flawless in my opinion. When you talk great book covers, Hemlock Grove is always the one I immediately think of. Although its influence on the It Came From The Deep cover isn’t obvious at first glance, I brought up the cover and stared at it for a good chunk of time before physically beginning work on my own cover. Whenever I would get stuck or lose sight of what I was after, I’d return to look at the Hemlock Grove cover as an example of what can be done in terms of visually communicating an entire story in a way that’s faithful but also an interesting piece of art.

Link: https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/hemlockgrove/images/4/4f/Hemlock-Grove-Book.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20130519014731

RAMON VILLALOBOS

Ramooooooon! That’s the only way you can pronounce his name, with maximum Os, as his illustrations draw out that kind of response. I’ve been a fan of his unique style for years across his work in comic books but also his Tumblr (which is like a geek haven). His unconventional and bold use of colour was one of the big motivators for the palette of the It Came From The Deep cover. He uses a lot of neon shades when he can and it engages the eye in such a way that I wanted the book to do the same. I bounced around a few different looks, but ultimately the bright turquoise was the final choice for It Came From The Deep and a lot of that decision making stems from being a fan of Ramon Villalobos’s work and movie posters that make those same jarring choices (think Atomic Blonde recently, but also Drive, Attack The Block, Byzantium, Vampire Academy, Thor: Ragnarok and Baby Driver).

Link: http://78.media.tumblr.com/22824c512885f9a4825e5fb76dedea85/tumblr_nu6a0bKRsK1qhbhvxo1_500.jpg

ANCIENT SEA MAPS

Ancient sea maps and illustrations from naval explorers are fucking wacky to look back on now. Especially knowing the mythic sea creatures they drew into these maps were nothing more than manifestations of horny men who had been left out at sea too long. But that doesn’t take away from the fact they’re rather interesting. I wanted It Came From The Deep’s cover to feel somewhat like an ancient sea map on a subliminal level and although you can’t see it, there’s drawn layers-upon-layers that make up the final pattern. Among compass sketches and boats that gently fade into the background, I’ve also added specific sea creatures on top that are supposed to be clues as to what’s coming in the story. The novel is all about what’s down deep below and I use that literally in the artwork that represents it, with something deep down below every illustration on the cover.

Link: https://espliego.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/1500px-carta_marina.jpeg

DR JAZMINA CININAS

Look, I know this is a merpeople book but God damn it if I can’t slip a few werewolf references in there. I first came across Dr Jazmina Cininas’s work almost a decade ago now, when I had a very rough draft of Who’s Afraid? She did The Girlie Werewolf Project which was technically brilliant from an artist perspective, but also thematically brilliant as it looked at the persecution of women as werewolves, monsters and beasts. A feminist scholar, her way of communicating her thoughts through these intricate, twisted versions of fairytales was something that I drew heavily from when mocking up the first It Came From The Deep cover. She manages to make work that’s extremely modern in its thinking and references, but simultaneously looks old and historical. I tried to capture that with some of the images used juxtaposed alongside the font and colour scheme. Her work is plastered all over my office, so naturally it bleeds into a lot of what I do. I also had a chat with her for my podcast, Eff Yeah Film & Feminism, and it was fascinating to pick her brain: https://soundcloud.com/eff-yeah-film-feminism/eff-yeah-film-feminism-ep29-dr-jazmina-cininas

Link: http://www.jazminacininas.com

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Thanks so much for such a fascinating guest post Mazz! I love looking at this cover after reading the inspirations for it, and I hope you all do too. I also highly recommend you click on the links Maria has provided so you can see the parallels for yourselves!

It Came From The Deep is released in eBook worldwide on 31st October. I hope you’ve enjoyed this guest post from Maria Lewis – check out her twitter (@moviemazz) for more fabulousness, and to see the other stops on the tour!

Synopsis

An elderly professor is murdered, leaving a puzzling crime scene for police to unravel and a laboratory housing all kinds of marine life. But something is missing … something huge. 

Recent highschool graduate Kaia Craig has problems of her own, with her career as an ironwoman on the Gold Coast in jeopardy after a horrific accident. Yet someone wants to hold her accountable.  

After nearly drowning in Lake Pelutz and her attackers on the run, Kaia is left with more than just physical injuries. She’s convinced she saw something in the depths of the lake: something that choose to spare her. Uncertain whether she’s running towards the discovery of a friend or foe, Kaia begins digging into a mystery that may have bigger ramifications than she or any of her friends can fathom.

It Came From The Deep is a thrilling combination of young adult and science fiction from the author of the critically acclaimed Who’s Afraid? series, Maria Lewis.