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Your Reviews! MP! Book Club- The Elites by Natasha Ngan

As part of our latest MP! Book Club, we asked you lot to read the brand new novel from Natasha Ngan – ‘The Elites’!

6 lucky MP!ers are going to kick start the book club with their expert reviews – then don’t forget to leave your comments below to tell us what YOU thought of the characters, story and more!

Name: Georgia Berry
Age: 15
What did you like? I like the way they dealt with racism through the book, with Silver being taunted as she is a ‘dirty red’. I think it was nice that Butterfly was against this though and stood up for Silver in front of his own mother. I also very much liked the quote ‘She’d lied enough that day herself to recognise the lies in his words.’
What didn’t you like? I liked it at first with point of views for Silver and Butterfly at first but when they introduced other characters such as Akhezo, it became a little too much.
Recommend to a friend? Most of my friends prefer contemporary books so I would probably not recommend this however if they liked this genre, I would surely suggest it.

Name: Hattie Webb
Age: 16
What did you like? I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed this book; it was very different from what I expected and I really got stuck into the different characters. It was quite a gripping tale and I was eager to see how the plot would work out, and what lay in store for Silver. The setting of Neo-Babel did interest me greatly, and it was interesting to see how the characters reacted to the Outside, beyond the walls of what they were familiar with.
What didn’t you like? I did get a little confused when the point of view kept changing, between the chapters and sometimes I lost my way in the plot slightly. However, that’s just me being picky and overall this book was a pleasure to read.
Recommend to a friend? I am definitely planning to recommend this book to friends as it was an enticing read which kept me gripped to the very last page.

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Union J and Kimberley Walsh Release Books. POP BITS

As you’ll already know, we love books just as much as we love pop music here at MP!, so when our fave popstars pen their own life stories, we can sometimes get a little too excited. And yesterday, we went into popstar-turned-author overdrive as X Factor boyband Union J and Girls Aloud’s Kimberley Walsh released their autobiographies.

Union J’s inventively titled ‘Our Story’ has already received the MP! review treatment and tells of each individual boy’s early life and then how they felt at each moment during their X Factor auditions, live shows and tour as well as the recording of their debut album and the release of their first ever single ‘Carry You’. It’s still a tune, isn’t it?

Whereas Union J’s ‘Our Story’ is upbeat for the majority and stays optimistic for the future, Kimberley’s book tells the end of a massive chapter of her life and is released just six months after the split of Girls Aloud.

‘A Whole Lot Of History’ has received a lot of attention in the press as Kimba lets out some secrets about what it was REALLY like being part of Britain’s biggest girlband for over a decade. Some chapters include details of the band’s fall out with ex-manager Louis Walsh and Kimberley even says she wouldn’t be friends with Nadine and Sarah if it wasn’t for the band. Ouch!

Union J’s ‘Our Story’ is priced at £16.99 and Kimberley’s ‘A Whole Lot Of History’ is priced at £20. But if you go to WHSmith they have a 2 for £20 deal on so it’s basically buy one get one free. We love a good bargain!


CLOSED: Another chance to win Union J's new book 'Our Story'

Today’s winner of our Union J giveaway is @LisaaDanielle! If you didn’t win, don’t worry… we’ll have another book giveaway tomorrow! Stay tuned MPers!

To celebrate the release of Union J’s new book, ‘Our Story’ which is released on Thursday the 26th of September, we are giving away ANOTHER copy of the “next big boyband” bible!

‘Our Story’ follows Union J’s journey to super stardom from their childhoods, through to Triple J, through the X Factor and up until today. It’s packed full of fun stories and pictures and we think if you sniff really hard you can even smell the boys from the book. Check out our review of the pop page turner here!

To be in with a chance of winning a copy, of ‘Our Story’, just follow us on Twitter and tweet:

OMG! A chance to win @UnionJWorld’s #OurStory on @MaximumPop: http://bit.ly/19w5BB2 

Our competition closes at 9pm tonight (24th of September)! May the odds be ever in your favour (just call us J-Catniss Everdeen).

MP! Reviews: Union J- ‘Our Story’

When we heard the thud of Union J’s brand spanking new book coming through our letter box, we almost peed ourselves with excitement! What could be better than over 256 pages filled with stuff about Josh, Jaymi, George and JJ? But did ‘Our Story’ live up to our high expectactions?

What we loved most about ‘Our Story’ was that it was just the right balance of pictures and writing. Some books *cough cough* Cheryl ‘Through My Eyes’ *cough cough* has about 20 pictures for every word but with the Union J boys this wasn’t the case. Although the book is chocablock with swoon enducing visuals from the “next big boy band”, it’s also jam packed with stories and anedcotes from the boys’ lives.

‘Our Story’ tracks each Union Jers’ journey from the womb all the way through to today. We learn about the boys childhoods, teenage years (Jaymi dons a pink tux!), their boy band riddled pasts, the formation of Triple J, the X Factor journey that led to the birth of Union J and what they’ve been up to since.

We couldn’t put the book down as we stumbled upon pop gossip gem after pop gossip gem. This is a definite must have for any J-Cat or X Factor fan. The only issue that we wish the book had addressed, was how George feels being the only member of Union J who’s name doesn’t start with J!

‘Our Story’ hits bookshelves and online bookstores on the 26th of September and is a ruddy good read.

CLOSED: Win a copy of Union J's 'Our Story'

And the lucky JCat who won themselves a copy of the book is… @CassieMac_97! Congrats!

We’ve got the perfect pop comp to start the week. Who wants to win a copy of Union J’s shiny new book ‘Our Story’?

‘Our Story’ follows Union J’s journey to super stardom from their childhoods, through to Triple J, through the X Factor and up until today. It’s packed full of fun stories and pictures and we think if you sniff really hard you can even smell the boys from the book. The book is due to hit shelves on the 26th of September and to celebrate it’s release, we have a shiny new copy to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy, of ‘Our Story’, just follow us on Twitter and tweet:

I’m in with a chance of winning Union J’s #OurStory, thanks to @MaximumPop. Here’s how to enter: http://bit.ly/16t8CPk

Our competition closes at 9pm tonight (23rd of September) so get tweeting JCats!

You Review: The Elites- Book Club. Plus, read the first chapter free now!

One great new book every month reviewed by… YOU. Love it, hate it, couldn’t put it down. Read on to see how your opinion on The Elites, can be featured right here on Maximum Pop!

Fashion blogger, Natasha Ngan, has made the transition from web to print in the form a new thrilling fantasy novel The Elites, full to the brim with adventure and romance with a female lead that kicks some serious butt!

The story is set hundreds of years into the future, where wars, riots, resource crises and rising sea-levels have destroyed the old civilisations. Only one city has survived: Neo-Babel, a city full of cultures – and racial tension.

Fifteen-year-old Silver is an Elite, a citizen of Neo-Babel chosen to guard the city due to her superior DNA. She’d never dream of leaving – but then she fails to prevent the assassination of Neo Babel’s president, setting off a chain of events more shocking and devastating than she could ever have imagined. Forced to flee the city with her best friend Butterfly (a boy with genetically-enhanced wings), Silver will have to fight to find her family, uncover the truth about Neo-Babel and come to terms with her complicated feelings for Butterfly.

If this book sounds just as thrilling to you as it does to us, why not join our MP! Book Club this month. We are offering you the opportunity to review the book exclusively for MP! This means you get a free copy of the book, straight to your front door!

Why not try a taster of The Elites and read the first chapter here.

If you are interested in joining our Book Club this month, just complete the form below and you could be one of the chosen reviewers!

CLOSED: Win a copy of Conor Maynard's 'Take Off'

And the winner is… @endlesslove4con! Woo hoo!

Fancy another chance to win a copy of Conor Maynard’s new book, ‘Take Off’? Of course you do!

‘Take Off’ features hundreds of exclusive brand new and unseen photos (swoon) and Conor shares his own take on his rapid rise to the top of the charts, offering behind the scenes access allowing us to get closer to the ‘Turn Around’ star than ever before. The end pages of the book comprises photos sent in from fans of themselves with Conor- so who knows, you might be in there too?

To enter our ‘Take Off’ giveaway just follow these simple steps:

1Follow @MaximumPop on Twitter

2Tweet: I’m in with a chance of winning a copy of Conor Maynard’s #TakeOff, thanks to @MaximumPop. More info: http://bit.ly/1bsZ6DV

Our competition closes at 5pm on the 20th of September. Good luck MPers!

CLOSED: Win a copy of 'The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet' singed by Tom and Dougie from McFly!

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! *breath* Ahhhhhhh! This is an extremely exciting giveaway! We have not one… but TWO copies of ‘The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet’ signed by Tom and Dougie of McFly fame.

‘The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet’ is the follow-up to ‘The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas’ and all the original team are back on board. That’s right the crazy story has been plucked from the brains Tom & Dougie… and Gary Parsons is back to provide the beautiful illustrations. The story combines Dougie’s love of reptiles and Tom’s love of space to make a really entertaining read.

To be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of ‘The Dinosaur That Pooped A Planet’ just follow these simple steps:

1Follow @MaximumPop and @RHKidsUK on Twitter.

2Tweet: #Win a copy of #thedinosaurthatpoopedaplanet signed by @tommcfly & @dougiemcfly thanks to @maximumpop! More info here http://bit.ly/14pYYm8

3 That’s it… you’ve entered!

The competition is now closed and the winners will then be announced in our mailer so be sure to sign up here! 

Closed: Win 1 of 10 copies of All The Truth That's In Me

Which lucky MPers bagged themselves a copy of Julie Berry’s All The Truth That’s In Me? These ones did: Jade Davinson, Gillian Davies, Annette Stephens, Philippa Lee, Allan Smith, Sara Clarke, Ross Allmett, Lucy Cottrell, Irene Julian and Emma Lewis! 

We love a good page turner her at MP! Towers, almost as much as we love a good pop song. We have managed to get our hands on 10 copies of Julie Berry’s amazing new novel All The Truth That’s In Me.

In Julie Berry’s gripping story, we meet an instantly likeable heroine called Judith who lives in a remote rural community, Roswell Station. Judith has lost her voice during a traumatic incident that has resulted in the loss of her friend. Judith feels like an outside after losing her ability to speak and pours her feelings out to the love of her life and childhood friend, Lucas.

But when Roswell Station is attacked, dark secrets become unearthed and Judith is forced to make a decision: continue to live in silence or recover her voice, even if what she has to say might change her world and the lives around her, forever.

All The Truth That’s In Me is an unforgettable read and written in a voice like none that you have read before. It’ filled with gripping mysteries, shock revelations and romance and certainly is a must-read.

To bag yourself a copy of Julie Berry’s brand spanking new novel, just complete the form below. Our giveaway closes at 5pm on Monday the 9th of September.

CLOSED: Win 1 of 10 copies of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones book

This competition is now closed! The lucky MPers who will be reliving Clary’s journey from the beginning are Dillan Ghelani, Gemma Bulley, Leanne O’Reilly, Zoe Balmforth, Jade Turner, Emma Laurie, Laura Hall, Rachel Quinn, Eleanor Hyde and Sophie Martin. The book will be on it’s way to you shortly.

It’s time for another extra special MP! giveaway. This time we have 10 copies of the first book from the next big book-to-film franchise, The Mortal Instruments. Relive the Summer Blockbuster with Cassandra Clare’s page turner or brush up on your Shadowhunter knowledge before going to see the movie.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones sees Clary Fray join forces with the irresistible Jace Wayland and his fellow Shadowhunters in order to find her mother, only to discover along the way that she too is a Shadowhunter. It’s a thrilling ride, filled with romance and danger as the teens race through a demon filled New York to stop a vengeful enemy.

To get your hands on the first book in the series, Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, and start your journey through Cassandra Clare’s beautifully crafted world, all you have to do is fill out the form below. Our competition closes at 5pm on Friday the 6th of September.

Read our review of the movie here! The soundtrack ain’t too shabby either… more deets?