Thursday, May 12, 2016

Scarlet and Ivy: The Lost Twin Author Guest Post and Giveaway

Today I'm super excited for this post, I have a fantastic author here to share her six most influential author with you and a great giveaway as well.  I want to thank author Sophie Cleverly for sharring this post with us and for letting me be part of this tour.  So let's get to it.

Title: The Lost Twin
Series: Scarlet and Ivy
Author: Sophie Cleverly
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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Ivy, I pray that it’s you reading this. And if you are, well, I suppose you’re the new me…
When shy Ivy’s troublemaking twin Scarlet vanishes from Rookwood boarding school, Ivy is invited to “take her place.”  But when Ivy arrives, she discovers the school’s true intention; she has to pretend to be Scarlet. She must think like Scarlet, act like Scarlet, become Scarlet.  What on earth happened to the real Scarlet, and why is the school trying to keep it a secret?
Luckily for Ivy, Scarlet isn’t about to disappear without a fight. She’s left pieces of her journal carefully hidden all over the school for Ivy to find. Ivy’s going to figure out what happened to Scarlet. She’s got to.
But the staff of Rookwood is always watching, and they’ll do anything to keep their secrets buried…
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What are 6 most influential YA and/or children’s books that you have read. Why? 
This list might surprise my readers, as they’re quite different to my own stories, but for me the most influential books are ones that have driven me to create something that makes me feel the way these amazing books have.

1.       The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I love to read this book – in fact I’m re-reading it right now, and it’s like reuniting with an old friend. I’d always been fascinated by graveyards since I was a child, and the moment I discovered this I knew it was the book I’d always dreamt of. A stunningly beautiful, vivid and (quite literally) haunting story of a young boy raised by ghosts – this to me is the epitome of perfect writing.

2.       A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

All of Terry Pratchett’s books have been hugely influential to me, but his Tiffany Aching mini-series stand out as the ones that have touched my heart the most. They tell the story of a girl who becomes a witch, but she soon learns it is a heavy responsibility. A Hat Full of Sky is my favorite in the series – it manages to combine being life-affirming, tear-jerking and completely hilarious.

3.       Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

I can remember reading this book many years ago and just thinking “this is amazing – I want to be able to write like this!” Pullman has a really wonderful way with words. I love how he managed to create a fun fantasy adventure that also questions everything about life and the universe. The world of Lyra’s Oxford is so wonderfully realized.

4.       Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The stand-out message for me from Gaiman’s tale of a girl that discovers a nightmarish “other” version of the house she lives in is that bravery isn’t being unafraid – it’s being terrified but not giving up. This is something that really resonated with me, and that I wanted to show in my books as well. I love that this book is so dark and scary but you never feel unsafe while reading it, and I think that’s how the best children’s books should be.

5.       Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer’s writing is another masterclass in how to combine moving and funny. This series of books is about a 12-year-old criminal mastermind who kidnaps a kick-ass fairy named Holly Short, eventually befriending her and having a series of adventures. I loved that every book in this series was as good as the last.

6.       Moondial by Helen Cresswell

This was my favorite book as a kid, and one that has always stayed with me. It’s a timeslip novel about a girl who finds a sundial outside an old manor that transforms into a mystical “moondial” and shows her ghosts of the past. The atmosphere was just so perfectly spooky, and that’s something that I’ve tried to capture in my own books

Sophie Cleverly began writing Scarlet and Ivy in her second year at university, where she studied Creative Writing. She knew she had to finish telling the story, and when she heard that the university offered an MA in Writing For Young People she realized it was the perfect opportunity. She lives in Wiltshire, England. This is her debut. Visit
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I hope you all enjoyed reading this great guest post as much as I did.  I really enjoy getting to see who influences the authors themselves.  Thanks again author  Sophie Cleverly for being a guest on the blog today! 


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