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Night of Infinites

3rd June 2015 | Books

Night of Infinites
Have you heard about Night of Infinities?

W!ZARD Radio Station is working with Penguin UK and Teenage Cancer Trust to get YOU, the fans of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, to raise money for charity this summer!

On Friday 26th June, with John Green's support, we're inviting YOU to organise fundraising sleepovers nationwide, inspired by the book.

For those who don't know (where have you been?) The Fault in Our Stars was the UK's biggest selling novel of 2014 with sales to date exceeding a million copies in the UK alone. The book tells the story of Hazel and Gus, two extraordinary teenagers, who first meet at a cancer support group and may-or-may-not fall deeply in love.

John Green (yes, THE JOHN GREEN) has said: "I worked as a student chaplain at a children's hospital about 15 years ago for five months. During that time I started wanting to write about the young people I had met there... It just took a long while for that book to become The Fault in Our Stars. From that experience, I understand the importance of charities such as Teenage Cancer Trust and the work they do in bringing young people together and helping them get the best possible care in the best possible environment. I would be delighted if fans of my book were able to translate that into tangible support for the charity.".

Charli XCX, whose song Boom Clap was released as the first single from the soundtrack album of The Fault in Our Stars film and achieved worldwide chart success, is also supporting this initiative: "It is incredible how passionately people have responded to the book and the film. I really hope that enthusiasm drives as many people as possible to organise a…

Review: Hidden by Emma Kavanagh

28th May 2015 | Books

Review: Hidden by Emma Kavanagh

‘Hidden’ is the latest book by former police psychologist Emma Kavanagh (‘Falling’). The story is told from two perspectives, Police Firearms Officer Aden McCarthy and psychologist Imogen and follows the journey to discover where a gunman is and who his next target will be. Where is he? He’s hidden in plain sight.

Written with knowledge and depth (considering Kavanagh’s background, you would expect that from a book with this plot), ‘Hidden’ starts off with a bang catching the readers attention instantly. Although the book starts at the end (with the gunman ‘randomly’ shooting in a hospital), Kavanagh does a good job to keep the readers guessing through-out the entire book. There are plenty of heart pounding moments drawing you straight into the story, it can easily be read in two days (although, you’ll be so gripped that not much else will happen during those days for you!)

There’s a strong plot, lots of twists and a surprise ending – the perfect mixture for a crime/investigation book of this type. It’s emotive, elegantly constructive and addictive. A must read.

(Written with the assistance of Sophie Tourick)

Review: All The Bright Places - Jennifer Niven

4th April 2015 | Books

Review: All The Bright Places - Jennifer Niven

Recently I had the pleasure to attend an interview with Jennifer Niven by W!ZARD Radio Station. It was so interesting to hear how Jennifer came about writing this book. In addition, I also got a signed copy of the book!

All The Bright Places is a book about two suicidal students – Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. They are both depressed, however Finch’s depression is possibly an illness which stemmed from his violent relationship with his father, and Violet’s is more of a side effect of the loss of her sister in a car accident. The catchphrase of the book is “the story of a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die”. I find this particularly interesting as many people have compared this book to things such a The Fault in our Stars and My Sister’s Keeper. However, I find that although there are similarities, this book unlike the others is #veryrealisticYA.

Niven manages to write about teenagers who are facing difficulties very well, and like a good book does, she helps us feel like we’ve known these characters for a long time.

Even the subplots within the book, which I won’t spoil, merge into the book really well, creating a very intricate story. As young adults, depression, suicide and other mental illnesses is very common, with 3 people in every classroom suffering from one. However, there is a stigma surrounding this.

We tend to label and victimise those, who through no fault of their own, have this illness and ultimately push them to the brink, especially as sometimes counsellors and parents may not help.

Jennifer Nivern is a very talented writer as this book would by the end have you crying as well as wishing you knew Theodore Finch.…