Dec
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2012

News, reviews & features

News

26 November 2012:  A modest 3 stars from ‘So Many Books, So Little Time’‘I think I can honestly say I have never read anything like this before.’

12 September 2012:  ‘The Bookworm’ aka Naida liked Hoodie so much I got asked back for an interview.  Read it here.

20 August 2012:  Great!  A new 4 star review from a book blogger in the United States who describes herself as ‘a mom, a bookworm, who crochets, enjoys historical fiction, science fiction, horror, romance and the classics’.  I certainly wasn’t expecting that!  Thanks Naida.

22 June 2012:  Blkosiner’s Book Blog holds a Hoodie Giveaway and hosts an interview with me.

24 April 2012:  Paperlessreading‘s Ken Wong from Hong Kong (he can’t be wrong!) gives Hoodie a praiseworthy 4 stars, describing it as a ‘frighteningly realistic updated version of “Kes” or “A Kestrel for a Knave'”.

26 March 2012:  Woo-hoo!  4 stars from France to start the week from Freak-YA-tastic‘One thing is for sure, your heart will go crazy at some point and you won’t just close the book and forget about it.’

23 March 2012:  Really happy and grateful to receive this thoughtful and in-depth 4 star review from Julie of readingbythebeach.  The chosen extract and inclusion of youtube links are a nice touch.  Feeling humble and proud…

8 March 2012:  A ‘wonderful’ review from Valentina at Carabosse’s Library which describes Hoodie as ‘definitely a book I’d recommend to all teens.  A must read.’  It receives 4 stars on Amazon.

4 March 2012:  It’s Read an Ebook week over atSmashwords (ends 10 March).  So I’ve made Hoodie free until 10 March.  Just enter RE100 at checkout.

10 February 2012:  Received a review on Belgium’s boeklover blog.  It’s not as ‘wow-tastic’ as previous reviews (Hoodie’s never gonna float everyone’s boat) but, hey, it’s still ‘a well written, definitely recommended read’ and – best of all – it keeps it real!

9 February 2012:  Has written a Guest Post for Vy’s Blog.

27 January 2012:  I was a bit nervous waiting for this review of Hoodie on Fiction Books Blog as I knew the owner of the blog had some strong views about youth culture and the state of our society. I needn’t have worried though – it’s received a great write up! What a great end to the week!  Also featured on Amazon.

12 January 2012:  A 4 star review on Amazon“a true rising author”!  I now feel flattered and compelled to press ahead with a second book in equal measure.

2 January 2012:  A 5 star review on Amazon to see the New Year in.

31 December 2011:  Great news!  Hoodie’s just appeared in iTunes‘ homepage’s ‘new and notable’ category. Not a bad way to see the year out.

8 December 2011:  Hoodie feedback with a twist: “I have recently read your book ‘Hoodie’ with great pleasure. What a great book, with a breathtaking ending! I am from Denmark and we have got this huge exam, where we have to write a 20 pages long assignment. My subject is Youth Crime in the UK and I’ve chosen to write about Hoodie to make an analysis and comprehension of it 🙂 …”

6 December 2011:  Phew, made it!  “Congratulations! There were no AutoVetter errors and Hoodie is now published online at Smashwords and ready for immediate sampling and purchase!”

November 2010: Good news! Amazon has recently moved its Kindle books onto their UK store. Which means ‘Hoodie’ is now on sale at the recession-proof price of only 99p (+ VAT)!

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February 2010 : Hoodie news release (opens as a PDF document)

 

Reviews & Features

Self Publishing Magazine reviewExtract: “Wow! What a read! This is a superb book with everything thrown in the melting pot! Romance, drugs, crime, teenage angst and social commentary are cleverly interwoven to produce a superb book. I found it very difficult to put down.”

Making A Debut - Self publishing Magazine featureExtract: “It’s hard for debut novelists without connections to get published. i’d almost consigned my (blood, sweat and tear stained) manuscript of Hoodie to the loft, when I read in a small article in a Sunday newspaper, championing the concept of self publishing.

‘Brendon Lancaster’s first novel was inspired by his own personal struggles growing up in London and the difficulties surrounding the youth today, his simple yet authentic portrayal of the main character of his novel has a wide appeal. His careful skills of observation with a hint of imagination helped him to create many of the characters.

Having read his novel it definitely has a flare of teenage realism mixed with slang, palpable dialogue and interesting characters. While this is not my typical choice for reading, the story was written well for its genre and rang genuine and I found myself feeling for the characters. Everyone will be able to relate to some aspect of the flawed personalities. But it must be noted that my favorite part to this novel was the last chapter –Can You See Me, where the author incorporates a personal poem. I found it poignantly emotional and authentic as well as an original concept to arrange an entire chapter that way as well as provide a clear and perfect ending to the story.

I give this novel four out of five HOTS: HOT HOT HOT HOT’.

Five Star review on Amazon, March 2011:  “I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and could feel what must be the hearfelt sadness of a lot of teenage boys and girls.  The loneliness of more than one character, although different personalities and different moral standards, gives not only teenagers someone to identify with, but a lot of broken adults.

This is a book that I would happily give to my grandchildren to read and would hope that it would be used in schools giving students something educationally stimulating yet gripping that they and hopefully the tutors will associate with and maybe learn from.

This does have some anger, bad language, drugs, drink and even some reference to sex. Kids hear and see all of this and more, at home, at school and on the street, they are either the perpetrators or they suffer or see others suffer and it means they are afraid, insecure and very unhappy leaving them with a feeling of negativity and a lack of understanding of their peers, yet another generation of bullies and the bullied..Sooo let your teenage and pre-teenage children read this book before they have to face any of these traits either in themselves or within others and maybe they will learn to understand themselves and others.

I would rate this book in the same category as The Outsiders, which I gave my own sons to read and they are perfectly good guys and good citizens. 

Well done Brendon, another good guy and citizen.

Jean Hassan”

What others are saying:
‘…clockwork orange with a twist…would make a good film…’ JF
‘…a compelling dialogue and impressive depth of character development…a slightly surreal
rites-of-passage…I particularly enjoyed the boys’ relationships with the girls, which felt
suitably confused and hormonal.’ H. Davis, Freelance Script Reader
‘…a great read and I loved working out all the local geography references. Oh, and I even
started squinting my eyes at one point to check out my own aura! It kind of looks white, blue
and yellowish…’ Skam One, Foundationz Cru

What others are saying:

‘…clockwork orange with a twist…would make a good film…’ JF

‘…a compelling dialogue and impressive depth of character development…a slightly surreal rites-of-passage…I particularly enjoyed the boys’ relationships with the girls, which felt suitably confused and hormonal.’ H. Davis, Freelance Script Reader

‘…a great read and I loved working out all the local geography references. Oh, and I even started squinting my eyes at one point to check out my own aura! It kind of looks white, blue and yellowish…’ Skam One, Foundationz Cru

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