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Wednesday’s Comp of the Day: Win a copy of ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin

July has been all about ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin here at Maximum Pop!. We can’t get enough of this thrilling book and with all the thunder and lightening battering England last week, we started to wonder if what we read was coming alive!

We’ve got 10 copies of this brilliantly gripping book to give away to you smelly lot. To be in with a chance of grabbing a copy and reading it whilst snuggled in bed all you have to do is RT the tweet below and follow @maximumpop. We couldn’t make it much easier than that, could we?! Good luck!

WIN! Thrilling new book ‘The Rain’ by @VeeBergin. Follow @maximumpop and RT to enter. Closes 30/7 9pm. Open worldwide pic.twitter.com/ibhVeamyAC

— Maximum Pop! (@maximumpop) July 23, 2014

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MP!er Jennifer shares her thoughts on cling-to-your-seat thriller ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin

YOU REVIEW: MP!er Jennifer shares her thoughts on ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin. The first in a series of cling to your seat sci-fi thrillers. 

the rain2Describe the plot of ‘The Rain’ in a tweet – less than 140 characters please!
Years ago an asteroid was heading for earth, a rocket was fired at it and it was smashed to smithereens. That was the beginning of the end for everyone on earth. A bacterium has been inside the asteroid and now it is in the rain and killing people that it touches. This is the story as told by Ruby Morris. (Bit longer than asked for, I got carried away!)

What genre would you class the book as?
Sci-Fi/ Thriller

What was the best bit?
My favourite bit was when Ruby went shopping along Oxford Street, suddenly she saw the most gorgeous person ever! In the end she managed to figure out it was a beautiful guy who gave her a stunning make over. It made me giggle how surreal this part of the book was with everything going on. The book makes you laugh as well as want to scream… in a good way.

Anything you didn’t like?
No! It was a well written book and told in a way that kept you wanting to read more. It makes you wonder what the world would be like if it happened, I kept looking out of the window at the dark sky filled with clouds and thinking what if?!

Would you recommend ‘The Rain’ to your friends?
Yes, in fact I’ve already recommended it to my friends and family.

Do you think it would appeal to girls or boys more? Or both?
I think it’s suitable for everyone, I read this book in 2 days and it’s not often that I can’t book a book down.

Anything else you’d like to tell us about the book?
I can’t wait to read the sequel ‘The Storm’ so I can find out what has happened to Ruby, I want to know if her dad and brother turn up at the house!

Follow our #BookClub for all things ‘The Rain’ in July. There’s free chapter giveaways, competitions and exclusive content, only on Maximum Pop!

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WATCH: The haunting trailer for July’s book club ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin

It might be summer but here at MP! we’re talking all things rain in this months #BookClub. The first in a thrilling new series by Virginia Bergin, prepare to look out the window anxiously, laugh and not be able to put this book down.

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July’s Free Chapter: ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin

The first in a new thrilling series, ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin will have you hanging off every word and clinging to the edge of your seat as you look out the window at the rain and wonder… what if?

Read the first chapter exclusively below:



You Review: We need 10 followers to review ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin

We’re one step closer to heaven baby, one step closer to youuu! We’re also already in the month of July, blimey. That means only one thing at MP! we’ve got a brand new book for all of you to get the all the goss, behind the scenes exclusives, interviews and more.

This month we’re talking about all things ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin in our #BookClub.

If you fancy giving it a read and having your review posted on Maximum Pop! for the whole world to see, then drop us a tweet @maximumpop


July’s MP! Book Club: The Rain by Virginia Bergin

The first in a new thrilling series, ‘The Rain’ by Virginia Bergin will have you hanging off every word and clinging to the edge of your seat as you look out the window at the rain and wonder… what if?

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One minute sixteen-year-old Ruby Morris is having her first proper snog with Caspar McCloud in a hot tub, and the next she’s being bundled inside the house, dripping wet, cold and in her underwear. Not cool.

As she and Caspar shiver in the kitchen, it starts to rain. They turn on the radio to hear panicked voices – ‘It’s in the rain . . . it’s in the rain . .’

That was two weeks ago, and now Ruby is totally alone. People weren’t prepared for the rain, got caught out in it, didn’t realize that you couldn’t drink water from the taps either. Even a drip of rain would infect your blood, and eat you from the inside out. Ruby knows she has to get to London to find her dad, but she just doesn’t know where to start . . .

After rescuing all the neighbourhood dogs, Ruby sets off on a journey that will take her the length of the country – surviving in the only way she knows how.

Keep an eye out for free chapter giveaways, author Twitter takeovers, competitions and exclusive content, only on Maximum Pop!


Mp!er Kathleen shares her thoughts on ‘Night School: Resistance’, which left her ‘hanging to every word and unable to put down without knowing what will happen next”

YOU REVIEW: MP!er Kathleeen shares her thoughts on “Night School:Resistance’ the fourth book in the International bestselling series by CJ Daugherty.

Resistance-high-resDescribe the plot of Night School: Resistance in a tweet – less than 140 characters please!
Allie returns, friendships are tested, the spy is found, Sylvain and Carter get caught in the middle and everyone risks everything to win.

Have you read the first books in the Night School series?
Yes, they are all just as amazing as Resistance.


What genre would you class the book as?

What was the best bit?
I feel the best bit is when Sylvain tells Allie “I love you, Allie. I always will. Even though I know…”   The reason I think it’s the best bit is because it sums up the feelings of himself Allie and Carter. Each love Allie and she loves them both too. Sylvain knows Allie loves Carter, as does Allie but she is just been confused and Carter also knows because he loves her too. [MP! Note: Ooer we're sensing a love triangle here]

Anything you didn’t like?
I don’t like how little is seen of Lucas lately, I love him! Why have they stopped trusting him?

Would you recommend the Night School series to your friends?
I would definitely recommend the books to friends.

Do you think it would appeal to girls or boys more? Or both?
I feel that the books appeal to both genders, however because of the love situation I think boys would be less inclined to read them than girls, but both would still really enjoy the books.

Anything else you’d like to tell us about the book?
I really like how the end is almost known before that part is even reached by the way things are said throughout the book that will only happen in the end like the parley. Yet it is still thrilling and full of twists you wouldn’t see or expect.


Mp!er Leanne shares her thoughts on the ‘mind-blowing and intricate’ ‘Night School: Resistance’

YOU REVIEW: MP!er Leanne shares her thoughts on “Night School:Resistance’ the fourth book in the International bestselling series by CJ Daugherty.
Resistance-high-resDescribe the plot of Night School: Resistance in a tweet – less than 140 characters please!
This gripping fourth book of the series tells of how Allie finally faces everything that has been building. The fighting, heartbreak, death and most importantly Nathaniel. But will she be able to survive?
Have you read the first books in the Night School series?
Yes. I am a massive fan of this series. However when I first began reading it, I didn’t think the first book was any good. But I gave the series a shot and let me just say I’m glad I did! These books have blown me away and have defied all expectations.
What genre is Night School: Resistance?
YA (Young Adult), Fiction.
What was the best bit?
Oh, this is a tough question. Resistance is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Night School is a series of books that captures you and doesn’t let you go. If I have to chose a best bit, it’s definitely Allie’s friendship with the people she’s surrounded by in Cimmeria. Even though at a point, she acts upon instinct and unknowingly puts them all in danger, they’re still her friends and have her back.
Was there anything you didn’t like?
With a book as mind-blowing and intricate as this it’s hard to find anything that isn’t amazing. But I do have to pick and the bit I didn’t like was the ending. Cliff hanger much? I threw the book across the room in frustration at how Daugherty left us hanging. All I want to do is binge-read the next book!
Would you recommend this book to your friends?
Would I? I already have! One of my friends is sick of me and how much I went on about this book. I’m not over exaggerating this; Night School: Resistance is a must read for anyone that likes a proper gripping story. A book that you’ll read in a day because you simply can’t put it down.
Word to the wise though, this book is unique in a way that Daugherty doesn’t use any element of the ‘paranormal world.’ This book is so normal you worry that it might actually be happening as we speak.
Would you recommend it to boys and girls?
I’ve always believed that books that fall into the YA category aren’t gender targeted. And this book is the perfect example of my belief. Resistance is a clever book that has the perfect balance of romance and violence -automatically attracting both genders. But mind you for the past four books I’ve wanted to hit Allie and tell her to become more decisive!
Anything else you want to add?
Right down to the main part. Do not read this book without reading the whole series. You will be confused and you won’t react as well as you would have with the three previous books under you belt. Daugherty is an amazing writer who badly needs to give me the next instalment of this unbelievable series.

And the winners are… Win ‘Night School’ books by CJ Daugherty

@JustMaddyBlog, @shell_shoez27, @Hannahhasaspork, @ConnorsEyes1, @1DWWATUpdates - You all win a copy of Night School book 1.

@Niall_getinme, @GaiaRomero, @DCFCNialler, @annaro15, @Saminzki - You all win a copy of Night School: Resistance, the 4th book in the series.

@TazzMcFly - You win the whole series of Night School – better get reading!

June has been all about the bestselling series ‘Night School’ by CJ Daugherty. If you don’t know what we’re on about, have a gander here. 

We’ve got a competition for all you book worms out there. Fancy getting your beady eyes on brand spanking new books? Well now you can. We’ve got 5 copies of book 1 in the ‘Night School’ series, 5 copies of ‘Resistance’ book 4 in the series. And one whole set of books to give away. 11 CHANCES TO WIN!

Follow @maximumpop and RT the tweet below to enter,


Night School Resistance: Pop playlist, which pop star would play your favourite characters?

This month we’ve been chatting about all things Night School, premiering the new book trailer, interviewing the author, dream casting the movie and loads more.

We’ve got our resident book worm to merge two things we love, books and pop! Which pop star do you think would play who in the ‘Night School’ series?



The first person who came to mind when we were thinking of a pop star to represent Allie was Katy Perry! They’re both feisty independent gals and here at MP! we love them both.

Carter West


This one was an easy one for us to cast, it had to be Austin Mahone. With his dark features he can also pull a moody look like Carter West. Pass me a napkin, I’m drooling oooof!



Brace yourselves for this, we think Michael Clifford from 5 Seconds of Summer is ideal for the part. He seems like an action packed, fun loving guy, also he can always change his hair colour as some girls thick Sylvain is blonde and others think his hair is dark. Hmmm no mention of green then?



For those of you who haven’t read the ‘Night School’ series, shame on you. Nathaniel is a bit of a bad boy, and we all know how much we like a bad boy. We’ve cast Louis Tomlinson from One Direction as our Nathaniel, another very good reason for us all to drool over him.

Rachel Patel


Rachel is a bit of a workaholic, always has her head in her books. We think Shereen from Neon Jungle would work well as this character, any other ideas MP!ers?



Zoe is like a little bird she’s nimble on her toes but as strong as an ox. We’re casting Ariana Grande for this role, she’s already proved she can act, she’s gorgeous and we think she fits the bill nicely.

What do you think? Who would you cast as the ‘Night School’ characters?