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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Monthly Recap: November


Hello Everyone!

Soooo....It's been November... Guy Fawkes was kind of burnt all over again.. I think the 5th of November is kind of like Voodoo, don't you think..? Oh, and unless your familiar with the whole bonfire night tradition thingy in the UK, you won't know what I'm on about, so here's a Cat GIF. (YES I STILL HAVE THEM.)
 You are not cool, until you become this cat. That said, on with the recap!

Reviews:
Awesome/Important Stuff:
Around the Blogosphere:
   
As you may be able to guess from one of the above posts, I GOT TO MEET HOLY BLACK AND SARAH REES BRENNAN!!

I have to admire one of my bloggy friends, Sophie, so much. She has just ran a week-long feature on her blog dedicated to Anti-Bullying. I was going to take part, but my blogging has been all over the place due to school, so I couldn't take part. Anyway, I'm so impressed with the effort she went to just to be able to help at least one person when it come to bullying. Well done, Sophie and you should be EXTREMELY proud of yourself!! 

Favourite Book:
Take Away the Books:
  • I have read Allegiant, and I watched the Catching Fire Movie....In the same weekend. DO NOT DO THIS- Unless you are okay with wallowing in your feels for a week. I am staying away from things that will make me bawl for a while, otherwise I risk a serious feels overload.
  •  IT'S CHRISTMAS PEOPLE!! I have already treated Twitter to my lovely rendition of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
  • I have been listening to this song way too much due to Catching Fire.
  • I also have this song replaying in my head due to a jazz dance.
November, particularly towards the end, consisted of a load of feels, getting excited for Agents of SHIELD - which I'm very upset about because the next episode is only in two weeks time, and how am I meant to cope with my FitzSimmons feels!?- and a load of other stuff. How was your November?

Bye! xx
 



Thursday, 28 November 2013

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constatine

Hi Everyone!

I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss, so thank you to them for letting me review it! 

Title: The Promise of Amazing
Author: Robin Constantine
Series: N/A
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: December 31st 2013
No. of Pages: 384

 

 Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who's always done what she's supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love. -(Goodreads) 

3.5 stars: Page thinks this book was good, but didn't
make him fly.



Sunday, 24 November 2013

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Hi Everyone!

I received this book from the publisher, Indigo, so thank you to them for sending it to me! Now, I would never normally read a vampire book but I have to point out....THIS BOOK IS SO AWESOME... ASDFGHJKL 

Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Author: Holly Black
Series: N/A *cries*
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Indigo
Published: September 3rd 2013
No. of Pages: 419


Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. It's an eternal party, shown on TV 24 hours a day - gorgeous, glamorous, deadly! Because, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave...A wholly original story of rage and revenge, love and loathing from bestselling author, Holly Black. Fans of True Blood will love this dark and sexy tale.
- (Goodreads)
5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.



Friday, 22 November 2013

Unbreathable by Hafsah Laziaf

Hello Everyone!

The author, Hafsah Laziaf, sent me this book for review because I had honestly been looking forward to when it would be published! Thank you very much Hafsah, for sending me this for review!
 
Title: Unbreathable
Author: Hafsah Laziaf
Series: Unbreathable #1
Source: Author
Publisher: Hybrid Fiction
Published: October 29th 2013
No. of Pages: 379


 One hundred and fifty years ago, Earth was destroyed, and the remaining humans fled to the dusty red planet of Jutaire, where the only oxygen is manufactured, food is scarce, and death strikes often.

When Lissa's father discovers Earth still exists, she accidentally inhales the toxic air of Jutaire, and in one breath, discovers she isn't quite human.

Her father hangs for his discovery, and Lissa knows the Chancellors will come for her, for she saw the Earth that night too. With nothing to lose, she sets out to expose the truth. It isn't long before she meets Julian, a beautiful boy who can breathe the toxic air like she can - and shows her that the Jute, the original inhabitants of the planet, are more tangled in their lives than she knows... (rest of synopsis here.)


 3.5 stars: Page thinks this book was good, but didn't
make him fly.



Monday, 18 November 2013

My Holiday and Bookish Birthday

Hello Everyone!

So, this post is really late, since it's November, and his is about something that happened in August.. Hehe... You may remeber that I took a two week blogging hiatus at the end of August, so I thought that I would share with you the cause of this break.

For the duration of August, I was on holiday in my country, Portugal. As you have probably guessed, I am an UK blogger, but I was born in Portugal and lived there for three years- this also means that my whole family is over there. It can be quite hard, because whilst I have my parents and sister over here, I only get to see my Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins, once a year. Obviously, I miss them all a lot but we talk over the phone when possible. This is why I decided to take a hiatus at the end of my holiday; so I could spend more time with my family and not feel like I had to spend hours on the computer doing blog posts. This is basically an explanation of where I went, so I thought I would share some pictures and a look at all the things I did.

Since I'm basically going to highlight all the awesome things I did. I'll start with going to Lisbon:
 At the beginning of August, we went to Portugal by plane, as you can see from the lovely picture above, which is roughly a 2 and a half hour plane journey....I think... Anyway, I'm kind of used to it, since I've honestly been going on planes since I was little!

 Highlight 1: Going to Lisbon.

Going to Lisbon was probably one of the first things I did when I went to Portugal. I really love Lisbon, as it has so many different things scattered around! Just walking around, you'll find things like Water Volcanoes, and as you can see in the top left, there is even a bit where all the flags of the world are lined up together!! Lisbon, is quite big, so we got to go on Cable Cars and the view is amazing! It's also great when people in the cable cars going past wave at you!! I hadn't been to the Science Museum in AGES so I kind of just had to go! There was a dinosaur exhibit (YES!) and a flying bicycle!! I had a huge amount of fun!

 Highlight 2: The Beach

When we're in Portugal, we literally go to the beach almost every day! Yep, we're crazy! There was this amazing time, where it was really hot but it started raining whilst we were on the beach and it was one of the best things I've ever done! It was an incredible experience! For some reason though, I can't find some of the photos... *grumbles* Anyway, in the Top Right, those things are called Bolas de Berlim. They are basically a sort of fried dough with cream inside, and they are covered in sugar! They are quite sweet, but I absolutely adore them and so does my family! Praia da Galé is basically a beach we went to a lot. It's quite near to us, so we would just go whenever it was too hot, or we felt like it.

Highlight 3: Praia da Bordeira

Again, because we are awesome crazy people, we set off to the beach, but this time it was for the whole day and not that near to us...In a nutshell, it was five people squished into a small car without air conditioning. Anyway, this beach was pretty awesome and we had a load of fun there! There were a load of surfing schools there too, because the waves are good- I think -in that area. Anyway, do not let the gloominess fool you... I got a sunburnt because I thought I didn't need sun cream... We all did... EVERYTHING HURT. Afterwards, we went to Lagos and ate clams which were SO nice!


 Highlight 4: Silves Castle

Though my whole family is from Portugal, we decide to act like Tourists once in a while, and we went to go visit a castle in Silves, a town near to where we were staying. My Parents had already been there loads, but me and my sister had been deprived of this wonder- now we are not. Silves is really historic, so we got to see the ruins of the castle and I even allowed myself a little moment to channel my inner Katniss and try and shoot people through the archery gap things...

Highlight 5: My Birthday

YESSS! In August it was my birthday, and I got to go to Slide and Splash, which is a water park in The Algarve. I had so much fun it is indescribable! In the top photos it basically shows the park, and in the bottom left, that is me and my dad. Yeah.... we were on this slide that is so slippy, that you turn around as you're going down...My mum was laughing her head off when I chose to use this photo... The bottom right photo is of my birthday cake!! It's a book, if you can't tell, and it says Happy Birthday Rita in Portuguese! It was such a great birthday!!

Highlight 5: General Life

To be honest, I just love every single moment of my holidays, so I thought I would show you a few things.  In the top left, I found some pocket sized books!! There were loads of them, including some YA ones which I basically fangirled about! In the top right, I found, in the same store, some classics that had such pretty covers! I just wanted to sit there and storke the covers... The bottom photos are of my dogs who live in Portugal with my Grandma. On the left, there is Kika who is Patinhas' ( Paws in Portuguese) mother, and and she is quite mischievous but very sweet! Patinhas, on the right, is a bit of a scaredy-cat but I've taught him to Sit, Lie down, Give me his paw, and guess which hand the treat is in, which Kika does too. Patinhas is also very sweet too! I love the both sooo much!! 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post, and hopefully, I'll do one when I go on holiday again.

Bye! xx



Thursday, 14 November 2013

Let the GIFs Speak for Themselves: Raven's Gate by Anthony Horowitz

Hello Everyone!

This is a new sort of review I'm doing, where I use a whole load of GIFs to review a book! I hope you enjoy it!

Title: Raven's Gate
Author: Anthony Horowitz
Series: The Gatekeepers #1
Source: Borrowed
Publisher: Scholastic
Published: January 1st 2005
No. of Pages: 270


He always knew he was different.
First there were the dreams.
Then the deaths began.


When Matt Freeman gets into trouble with the police, he's sent to be fostered in Yorkshire. It's not long before he senses there's something wrong with his guardian: with the whole village.

Then Matt learns about the Old Ones and begins to understand just how he is different. But no one will believe him; no one can help.

There is no proof. There is no logic. There is just the Gate.
- Goodreads / Amazon

3 stars: Page tweets once, he didn't have strong
feelings for this book. It was just ok.



Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Top Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and The Bookish

Top Ten Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

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 1. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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 2. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
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3. Atom and Eve by Jeff Yager
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4. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordian
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5. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
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6. Model Spy by Sharon Greenland
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 7. A Spy in the House by Y.S.Lee
 
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8. Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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9. Raven's Gate by Anthony Horowitz

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10. City of A Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
What do you think of my choices? Tell me in the comments!  


Sunday, 10 November 2013

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Hello Everyone!!

I got this book from the publishers so thank you to Bloomsbury Children’s for sending it to me!! The blog is back on schedule now so I hope you enjoy it!! 

 Title: All Our Yesterdays
Author: Cristin Terrill
Series: All Our Yesterday's #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Published: August 1st 2013 
No. of Pages: 362


Em is locked in a bare, cold cell with no comforts. Finn is in the cell next door. The Doctor is keeping them there until they tell him what he wants to know. Trouble is, what he wants to know hasn't happened yet.

Em and Finn have a shared past, but no future unless they can find a way out. The present is torture - being kept apart, overhearing each other's anguish as the Doctor relentlessly seeks answers. There's no way back from here, to what they used to be, the world they used to know. Then Em finds a note in her cell which changes everything. It's from her future self and contains some simple but very clear instructions. Em must travel back in time to avert a tragedy that's about to unfold. Worse, she has to pursue and kill the boy she loves to change the future. - Goodreads
/Amazon
4.5 stars: Page agrees this book was wonderful, almost
amazing.



Friday, 8 November 2013

Meeting...Sarah Rees Brennan and Holly Black

Hello Everyone!!

Wednesday was just one of the best days ever. As you may know, US authors rarely come to the UK, so when I heard that Sarah Rees Brennan and Holly Black were going to do an event at Seven Stories, I knew I just HAD to go!! 
I'd read one of Holly's books before, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, which you will hear me fangirling about in my review, and one of Sarah's Books, Unspoken. You can read my review of that here. Anyway, I loved these books so much that off I went, my Dad in tow, to Seven Stories.

On the way to the event, there was lots more traffic than we expected, and though I set off an hour in advance, I still arrived there just as the event started... It was fine though because once I got there, I was basically greeted with the awesomeness of these two:

 *credit to Rebekah @ The Reflections of a Bookworm because I didn't get to take a photo! Thank You!! xx

 I just fangirled so much...I'm sure my cheeks had cramp by the end of the event from smiling so much.....yeah.... 
To start off, Holly read a bit from The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, her newest book and then told us about the book, and her love for Vampires. I honestly adored hearing all of this because this book gave me a hangover AND made me like Vampires, which is a HUGE achievement!
 Next, Sarah went on to read us an unedited Lynburn Legacies related excerpt that I'm pretty sure terrified every person in the room. My mouth was gaping open by the end of it... I don't want to say anything but.... BE SCARED. 
Sarah also talked to us about Gothic Fiction and also proceeded to act out Rebecca, which though I've never read, was extremely hilarious to watch. I recommend getting Sarah Rees Brennan to act out things..

Then we went onto questions the highlights of which were:
- Sarah recounting how she met Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. Which was extremely hilarious!
-Holly talking about Sarah always seeing the best in your book, even when it's extremely "broken."
- Hearing about Sarah and Holly's first books. I particularly love "Ruth and Ponies and Ninjas" that Sarah wrote when she was seven.
- Both authors talking about book bloggers and reviews. I was the one who asked this question and couldn't be happier with the answer! They both agreed that it is a lovely community because you have the chance to talk to people who love books as much as you, but they also said that sometimes bad reviews can hurt and make you cry, as Sarah said "Tears of Blood." 
- If I remember correctly, Holly said that she didn't read any reviews of her own books, even if they were good because it makes her feel like she can't write another book that will please people as much. 
- I was slightly scared at the look of joy on Sarah's face as she mentioned that she loves to make readers cry...

Afterwards, there was a signing and I got to talk to Holly and Sarah, and get my books signed!! I was a bit shy at first but I talked to Holly about how much I love Gavriel and we got into a conversation about slightly crazy characters, especially those in the works of Shakespeare!! Then, I got to talk Sarah who asked me if I liked spoilers, and of course, I said no!! Unlike me, Sarah loves spoilers so she wrote the following in my copy of Untold:


Both these authors are amazingly awesome!!  And GUESS WHAT? Rebekah @ The Reflections of a Bookworm, and Kayleigh @ K-Books were at the event too! Unfortunately, I didn't know so I didn't get to talk to them but they were sat RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!! How frustrating is that!?

Though I was the youngest at the event (HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?!) I still had SUCH an amazing time!! I absolutely can't wait to go to another event, and I hope you all enjoyed hearing about this one!

Bye! xx



Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Guest Post: June @ Sunshine Reviews Discusses Different Genres

Discussion Post:


In the reading and writing community, there are hundreds of genres out there. Starting from Contemporary, Romance, Action, Dystopia and many others. And I have different views and expectations about each and every one of them.
Let's start with Contemporary.

Contemporary (YA & NA)


With Contemporary, my expectations went WOAH up! I love reading Contemporary, and that is why I have such high expectations. Staring from girls or boys who are just too...cliche to girls and boys who are perfect. Now I know that no one is perfect, so I just want to clarify that by "perfect", I mean girls and boys who has problems/secrets but their intentions and emotions are true. And the story line, I don't normally care about the story line since they are basically all the same. And before, I never saw contemporary as anything but fun and romantic, but now it's starting to become a bit boring. 

The story line are all the same now, it's all about girl falling in love with a boy, and happily ever after. I want something new and unique but still stays in the Contemporary section. Something like Boy Meets Boy, The Fault In Our Stars, Ask The Passengers.

Dystopia/Post Apocalyptic (YA & NA)


In my opinion, Dystopia is mainly my favourite genre. I love the action, the plot twist and secrets behind Dystopia stories. There are many books out there in today's market that is in the Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic genre. Some books are absolutely AMAZING, but some are just...failures. I have really high expectations with Post Apocalyptic books. I need the plot, details and characters to pull me in straight away. I don't like it when the the plot and subject is just plain boring. I want something that is unique, something that will definitely pull me in and have me dreaming about every second of the day. 

I know that this genre is really tricky, but I still have high expectations for it. Some recommendations are: Clutch, Divergent, Enclave.

Sci-fi/Fantasy (NA)


The thing with Sci-fi is that I LOVE them. Sci-fi is a very hard genre to write, and I know that it sometimes get so confusing, your head just keeps twisting and twisting. I haven't read much Sci-fi throughout the year just yet, but for the books/series that I have read, they completely blew me away. With my expectations on Sci-fi, it's hanging in the middle. I don't have a very high expectation, and I don't have a low one either. For those authors who are comfortable writing Sci-fi, I'm sure their books will turn out great. All I need in Sci-fi is the plot twist, the characters, and how it gradually builds up throughout the book. 

So that's it.


Those are my opinions on some of the book genres out there in today's market. What's your opinion?
 
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 Thank you June!!! This is a great post and I hope you all love it as much as I do!! Again, due to Maths tests, etc. I'm not having the time to write posts, but hopefully, we'll be back on normal schedule soon!! Before you leave, go give June a big hug for doing this post!! 
 


Monday, 4 November 2013

Guest Post: Charli @ To Another World

Hi *waves*! My name is Charli and I blog at To Another World, a (yes, yet another) YA/teen book blog. Now, Rita needed a guest post (and quick!) so I, rather foolishly, decided to step in for her... It was one of those foolish "I'm going to be a gallant knight" situation. No, I love doing this. SO. I sat down and thought, what the heck am I going to write about?! And I so decided that I would talk about my oh-so-amazing bookish habits, because... I have a few... *sheepish grin*

OK, one is that I won't dogear, put the book upside down or even use bookmarks except paper-thin ones in my books. I mean, I'll use bookmarks in library books (dogearing is never acceptable and putting a book upside down on a surface can crack the spine) but my own books must be pristine. They get dirty anyway, somehow, so I don't know why this is what I do, but it is.

Another is that I always take the dustjacket off a book while I'm reading it. They just really annoy me and I can't stand them! I always get the edges all crumpled, anyway. I know this is the case with a lot of people, haha.

Book blogger wise, I like to use sticky notes with notes, complex or not, and then compile them. I've tried other methods but it's just what works best for me :) if you don't have a method, perhaps have a go at this?

So, I know this is kinda short, but I hope it's given you a little entertainment! What are YOUR bookish habits??

Make sure to check out my blog and you can follow and chat to me on Twitter @Charli_TAW :D

Charli x
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Thank you SO much Charli!! *HUGS* I'm ever so grateful, because I have a quite a lot of tests coming up so I had no time to blog, unfortunately!! There are going to be some more guest posts this week, so watch out!!

 


Sunday, 3 November 2013

United We Spy by Ally Carter

Hello Everyone!

It seems like all my favourite series are ending...I'm going to really miss all of these books, and this series is one of them! I'll have to set about staring at the authors' websites until they publish a new book...

Title: United We Spy
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #6
Source: Bought
Publisher: Orchard Books
Published: September 5th 2013 
No. of Pages: 303



Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever


 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.



Saturday, 2 November 2013

Saturday Sayings: November

Hello Everyone!

The theme this month for Saturday Sayings is Reality. So, when I was looking for quotes, I found this:

“Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.”
Jessamyn West
This quote really got me thinking. Is it only possible to become too caught up in fiction, or is it also possible to get too caught up in reality? Is there ever a point, where looking for the answer becomes to much? Where we get so caught up in fact that we refuse to let ourselves even think, for a tiny second, about fiction?
People, are often accused of daydreaming, as if it were a bad thing- something I do not believe. People are told to come back to reality, to focus on success, careers and achieving their dreams. But why do we speak of fulfilling that dream, when we do not even dare to dream? 
Let's say that one day, all our questions are answered. We know what happened to the Dinosaurs, how the world started, and even what happened to the Princes in the Tower (History Geeks will Understand.) What will we do then? Answering all our questions only means one thing: we have nothing left to imagine.
Maybe, some questions aren't meant to be answered. They are meant to allow every individual to believe their opinion and their imagination. Why should the world scorn those who want to believe in dragons, demons and dungeons? Or those that choose to believe that every story is true? We should not have limits- that is what Fiction gives us. With it, we have been to Hogwarts, won The Hunger Games, and chosen a Faction. Without it, we live with oppression, where every question has an answer that we are not allowed to question.
In the end, reality weighs us down, it is fiction that sets us free.

 


Friday, 1 November 2013

Monthly Recap: October


Hello Everyone!

Why is the year going so fast?! Pretty soon, it'll be November (CATCHING FIRE!!) and then December (CHRISTMASSSS!) - which has just reminded me...I should really do at least one seasonal post....Yeah....By the way, I'm going to warn you that I have a load of Cat GIFs that need to be used so....HERE'S ONE:

Just look at that awesome Cat-ness...

Reviews:
Awesome/Important Stuff:
Around the Blogosphere:
   
Me, Amy and Charli did a buddy read of The Soterion Mission but I ended up DNF-ing, unfortunately.

Lucy revealed her Project UKYA video!!

I'm going to go see Sarah Rees Brennan and Holly Black whilst they are on tour in the UK!! I'm SO excited!

Favourite Book:
Take Away the Books:
  • I'm currently swimming in revision and homework.
  • I have an obsession with the show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D which you should all watch. By the way, I ship Fitz and Simmons. You should too.
  • Wolfblood ended....WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS NOW?
  • I STILL need to read Allegiant...But I'm also SO SCARED to read it...
Yeah....October was good for me, how about you? What things did you do? Also, I want you to tell me if there is anything you'd like to see happen on my blog! Any new posts, memes and suggestions, and even posts that you think aren't working anymore! I really want to know!

Bye! xx
 



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