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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Top Ten Characters I Constantly Want to Slap

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and The Bookish
Quick Note: I may have decided to cheat so this is last week's topic, but I just HAD to do this!

Top Ten Six Characters I Constantly Want To Slap

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1. Cinder's Stepmother and sister from Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Whilst one of Cinder's stepsisters was sosososo sweet, I absolutely hated the other one and Cinder's stepmother. They were such awful people and constantly mean to Cinder.. :(
2. Aidan from The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Aidan was a jerk. End of story. He did redeem himself slightly by the end of the book, but I hold *slight* grudges...hmph.
3. Clancy from The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Clancy is some sort of power hungry maniac who needs a reality check. Slap him. And his annoying charisma that tries to stop you from slapping him. SLAP HIS CHARISMA ESPECIALLY.

4. Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K.Rowling
I don't know one single person that doesn't hate Umbridge. If you don't hate Umbridge, then A) You haven't read Harry Potter, or...Nope. Can't think of another reason why you wouldn't want to slap Umbridge.

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5.Sebastian from City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Sebastian is one of the most evil teenagers ever. There are moments whilst reading The Mortal Instruments that he is so evil that you want to get a pan and smash it over his head in the hope that you might save your beloved characters.

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6. Cole from Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Why do I want to slap Cole? Because he is gorgeous and infuriating at the same time, and he still manages to be loveable.

  I tried to come up with characters that aren't very well know in books, but there were a few I had to throw in there!
Bye! xx


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Bring Out the Book Boyfriends: Carswell Thorne

Hello Everyone!

This book boyfriend has to be one of my favourite character, EVER. I have my own reasons for loving him, but I think the wonderful people in this post say it all for me! Thanks to Sophia and Mel for helping me out!

If you love Carswell Thorne as much as Sophia, Mel and I do, tell me in the comments!

Bye! xx



Monday, 21 April 2014

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Hello Everyone!

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

10798416Title: The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Series: N/A
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Poppy
Published: January 2nd 2012
No. of Pages: 236

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
 . -(Goodreads)
4.5 stars: Page agrees this book was wonderful, almost
amazing.



Sunday, 20 April 2014

The End of the World As We Know It by Iva-Marie Palmer

Hello Everyone!

I received this book for review from the lovely people over at Hot Key Books, so thank you to them for sending it to me! This book contains some serious Alien squishing. Which automatically makes it kind of awesome..!

19208187Title: The End of the World As We Know It
Author: Iva-Marie Palmer
Series: N/A
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Published: March 6th 2014
No. of Pages: 303

They wanted to party like it was their last night on earth. They just might get their wish….

Meet the four most unlikely heroes ever:

Teena McAuley: Queen Bee, first-class problem solver, resident heartbreaker.

Leo Starnick: UFO conspirator, pizza delivery boy, all-around slacker.
Evan Brighton: Baseball all-star, extreme virgin, Teena-worshipper.
Sarabeth Lewis: Straight-A student, weekend hermit, enemy of the color pink.

When Teena locks Leo, Evan, and Sarabeth in the basement during her biggest party of the year, she doesn’t plan on getting trapped in the Loser Dungeon herself. She can barely imagine a night with these dweebs—let alone a lifetime. But when an alien invasion destroys their entire Midwestern suburb, it looks like these unlikely friends are the last people on earth. Now, it’s up to them to save the world….. -(Goodreads)
4.5 stars: Page agrees this book was wonderful, almost
amazing.



Thursday, 17 April 2014

Letter From a Reader: If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Hello Everyone!!

I received this book from the lovely publishers, Indigo. Thank you to them for giving it to me for review! I am so, so, so happy that I got the chance to read it.
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Title: 
If You Find Me

Author: Emily Murdoch
Series: N/A 
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Indigo
Published: March 26th 2013
No. of Pages: 314
Carey is keeping a terrible secret. If she tells, it could destroy her future. If she doesn't, will she ever be free?

For almost as long as she can remember, Carey has lived in the heart of the woods with her drug-addicted mother and six-year-old sister, Jenessa.

Their mother routinely disappears for weeks at a time, leaving the girls to cope alone. Survival is Carey's only priority - until strangers arrive and everything changes...
. -(Goodreads)

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



Dear If You Find Me,

I have fallen in love with your words and your power. I have fallen in love with the way that you made me feel each and every emotion that I know it is possible to feel. And more. I felt love, the joy of relief and safety and a world of empathy. I also felt the more unfortunate feelings, such as hate and overwhelming anger.
The latter feelings weren't directed at you, If You Find Me. No. Those were reserved for my disgust and utter hatred at the things those girls had been through. At the fact that when they should have felt nothing but safety and love, they were experiencing nothing but lies and loneliness. I was so angry. After all, by your last page, If You Find Me, Carey and Jenessa were my sisters too.

If You Find Me, you showed me the effects of someones bad decisions on their friends, family and all those that they touch indirectly. You showed me that we should not only strive to be brave, kind and good people for ourselves, but we should strive to have those qualities for the sake of others too. We never realise just how many hearts we touch, do we? Carey and Jenessa's mother made some terrible mistakes. I don't know if I can find it in myself to forgive her, but to Carey and Jenessa, she will always be their mother and I feel as though deep, deep down, she did love them. It was just extremely sad that she never showed it.

My heart filled with love at Carey and Jenessa's relationship, If You Find Me. It was the light in those dark, dark woods- the light that set up home in my heart and eventually grew to fill it with my happiness for the girls. I'm so grateful to Carey for all that she did for Jenessa. I feel as though she saved her, and that now little Jenessa has a chance at filling her mind with new hopes and dreams instead of permanently living in an insufferable nightmare. As for Carey, I have faith that she too will be able to put the past behind her and will be able to look in the mirror and see the wonderful person that she already is. One of the things I value the most is the relationship between siblings, If You Find Me, and you painted the perfect picture of just how valuable it is.

I was so grateful for Carey and Jenessa's new found family, If You Find Me. I feel as though I need to thank them for being the family that Carey and Jenessa so badly needed. I need to thank Melissa for showing them what a mother should be like and at the same time understanding that to Carey and Jenessa, their mother wasn't some awful person like the world thought. She was all they had ever known. I am grateful to their father for never ever giving up on them. For showing them that no matter where they were, someone would always be thinking of them. I want to thank Delaney for eventually becoming another sister to Carey and Jenessa, and for showing that even if you are mean and awful at the start, it's your choice whether or not you change at the end.

Finally, If You Find Me, I want to say a few things to the girls themselves.
Jenessa: I want you to grow up to be the most amazing person ever. To fulfil your dreams and to speak, to sing, to dance and to be free. Also, keep rocking the pink!
Carey: Keep playing those notes, sweetheart. This time though, I want to only hear those happy and joyful notes. None of those sad ones.

Love,




Sunday, 13 April 2014

Weaving Words #3



Recently, I started keeping a notebook where I write down my favourite quotes from the book I'm reading, so I decided that I would share those with you. As I add more quotes, I'll do more of these posts, hopefully. Enjoy!



Friday, 11 April 2014

Awakening Foster Kelly by Cara Rosalie Olsen

Hello Everyone!

I received this book from the author for review, but as always, this doesn't affect my review! 
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 Title: Awakening Foster Kelly
Author: Cara Rosalie Olsen
Series: N/A 
Source: Author
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: 22nd June 2013
No. of Pages: 672


If only a pile of wayward curls and the inability to stay on her feet were seventeen year-old Foster Kelly’s most pressing concerns. Unfortunately, stubborn hair and clumsiness is just the tip of it. It was only a mistake, but when at the age of five Foster is told “You don’t belong here” the result is one broken heart. These four carelessly spoken words have shaped and shadowed Foster, and now—a senior at Shorecliffs High School—she seeks the wallflower’s existence, denying herself the most casual of friendships, much too afraid that someone will see what Foster believes is certain: she does not belong anywhere – or with anyone. This reality would continue to suit her just fine, however . . .

Love has a long-standing history of undoing broken hearts.

Like a comet, an unexpected arrival knocks Foster out of the crowded, starry sky, sending her directly into the limelight. Exposed and afraid, she will attempt to regain anonymity; but it isn’t so easy now that someone is watching. He pursues this shy enigma, confronting Foster’s deepest fears head-on, and in the process falls wholly and completely in love with her. But there is something he is not saying; a secret capable of certain ruin. There are two probable outcomes: either he will break her heart once and for all, or he will heal it.

4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
however, it was not catapulted into amazing.



As soon as I read the blurb of this book, I was super excited to read it! It just seemed like one of those cute, but at the same time, sort of inspirational romances. Now that I've finished it, I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read it!

The first thing that struck me from the minute I read the first page is how beautiful the writing is. I felt as though each word had been so carefully thought out in its meaning and placing so as to form such beautiful sentences. I have been keeping a 'Book of Quotes' lately, where I write all my favourite quotes down. This book has filled up at least one or two pages, because there are so many beautiful passages and quotes that I JUST COULDN'T CONTAIN MY LOVE. Seriously, I adored the writing SO. MUCH.

Almost as enjoyable as the writing was the romance. It was slow-burning and sweet, and I'm sure it is part of some conspiracy to kill me with suspense. I loved Dominic and Foster's relationship so much that I had my kindle with me at all times so that I could read what was happening. It was honestly addictive, and I loved it!

I loved, loved, LOVED the character development throughout the whole of the book. I felt that it was a huge part of the book and because of that, I ended up feeling like I was following the character's journey as I read the book- a feeling that is sometimes missing in some books. What I also loved about the character development was how it was caused or influenced by the other characters. I felt as though they all had a significant impact on each other, which led me to feel as though every single character was important to the story line- none of them served no purpose, in my opinion.

The only thing that let this book down for me was the ending. It had me so, so, so confused. I had no idea what on earth had just happened and it kind of just annoyed me a bit. I was kind of sad that I had enjoyed the book so much, and then I had gotten to the ending and thought: "What?" Though I ended up kind of getting the gist, I was still kind of confused...
Awakening Foster Kelly was a poetic, addictive tale of romance and finding yourself, but unfortunately, I was let down by a confusing ending. I would definitely recommend it despite it!

Bye! xx



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Bring Out the Book Boyfriends: Roar

Hello Everyone!

Bring Out the Book Boyfriends is BACK after my month long hiatus! WHOOOP. Anyway, to start things off, here is the lovely Roar from Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.

 Thank you to Lucy and @UnderTheNeverSkyPH for contributing to this week's BOTBB. 
Next Week's Book Boyfriend is...
Captain Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles
Tell me why you love him in the comments!
Bye! xx
  


Monday, 7 April 2014

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

 Hello Everyone!
I got this book from the publisher so thank you to Indigo for letting me review this!
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Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: The Grisha #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Indigo
Published: May 17th 2012
No. of Pages: 308

The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, crawling with monsters that feast on human flesh, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka. Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the lavish world of the kingdom's magical elite - the Grisha. Could she be the key to unravelling the dark fabric of the Shadow Fold and setting Ravka free? The Darkling, a creature of seductive charm and terrifying power, leader of the Grisha. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must discover how to unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him. But what of Mal, Alina's childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can't she ever quite forget him? - (Goodreads.)

4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
however, it was not catapulted into amazing.




Saturday, 5 April 2014

House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

Hello Everyone!

I received this book for review from the lovely people at HarperTeen via Edelweiss, so thank you to them for letting me review this! Unfortunately, it wasn't the book for me..

15728807 Title: House of Ivy & Sorrow
Author: Natalie Whipple
Series: N/A
Source: Publisher (via Edelweiss)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 15th 2014
No. of Pages: 352


Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place. The more truth Jo uncovers, the deeper she falls into witchcraft darker than she ever imagined. Trapped and running out of time, she begins to wonder if the very Curse that killed her mother is the only way to save everyone she loves. -(Goodreads) 

2 stars: Page shakes his head. He was unsatisfied
with this story.



Thursday, 3 April 2014

Sleep No More by Aprilynn Pike

Hi Everyone!

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

 Title: Sleep No More
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Series: N/A
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 29th 2014
No. of Pages: 352


Oracles see the future but are never supposed to interfere. Charlotte learned that the hard way. If she hadn't tried to change one of her childhood visions, her father would still be alive. Since the accident, Charlotte has suppressed her visions to avoid making the same mistake. But when she receives a premonition of a classmate's murder, she can no longer ignore her powerful gift.

Then Charlotte meets someone who not only knows her secret but who also has a way for her to stop the killer. He offers to teach her how to manipulate her visions to change the future. But doing so will put Charlotte in the path of the murderer.…

4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
however, it was not catapulted into amazing.



Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Bookish Events: The Divergent European Premiere

Hello Everyone!

If you follow me on Twitter, then you'll already know this, but last week I got offered tickets to go to the European premiere of Divergent. *silent squeal* Of course, I had to go because who could pass up that opportunity?! This post is all about my experience, but first I want to thank the people who gave me this opportunity in the first place: The Big Shot. THANK YOU SO.SO.MUCH. I was overjoyed to get this chance and I am honored that I was one of the people who got the chance to go. A special shout out to James, who sorted out all my ticket problems before the event- THANK YOUUU! 

When I got the the premiere, the first thing I did was go to the Fan Experience. This was only open for people with tickets on Sunday, but it was still really busy! However, I have one word to describe it: AMAZING. Seriously. Every single premiere should have something like this: You could do rock climbing, get a tattoo (Fake, of course!), do target practice, do the aptitude test, etc. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN AND I WANT TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN. Now for my experience: This was the entrance to the fan experience, with yours truly standing in front:
 Just from this picture you can see how much work went into transforming Leicester Square- I WAS IN AWE. The first thing I did was get in line for the aptitude test, so that I could find out what faction I would be in.
Here I am talking to the lovely Erudite man. After that, I had to lie down and do a quiz that was on an iPad. It had a series of questions, and once I had answered them, I got a result. I got.. *Drumroll* DIVERGENT. BECAUSE I'M AWESOME AND I WAS SO HAPPY. When I told the Erudite man, he started hushing me and telling me to got out of there, he then handed me over to this Dauntless guy who kept telling me it was a serious matter since I was laughing my head off at their reactions. In the end, I decided to hide in Dauntless- even though now the main problem going through my mind is: What faction would I hide in because I like to think Dauntless, but would I survive, and MY HEAD WON'T SHUT UP. Anyway, the Dauntless guy then challenged me at Rock climbing- to which I quickly agreed, even though he was twice my size.. This is what happened:


 

As you can see, the wall started tilting at the end, and I ended up falling off...but, I do like to think I just lost by an tinsy, tinsy bit...Haha! The Dauntless guy was awesome, so *high-five*! Also, if you look towards the top of the 2nd picture, you can see Shakespeare egging me on. Shakespeare was also awesome that day. After that, I actually got to meet Nina from Death, Books and Tea. She was super nice so, Nina: YOU ARE AWESOME! Whilst in the line to get a tattoo, I also got to meet Amber from Books of Amber who was also super sweet! *waves at Amber* Talking about the tattoos, you could get a Faction one. Of course, since I'm Divergent and everyone wants to kill me now, I got one of the designs they used for people that were divergent. 


 What do you think of my 'tattoo' then? It's still on actually since I got it on my back because the teachers would annoy me at school if I had it on my arm.. *grumbles* After getting this, I had another go on the rock climbing, but this time with Nina which was loads of fun!
After this, we had to go join the line to get into the Premiere, because it was already so, so long!! When I was in the line, I got to meet the lovely Natasha Ngan, the author of The Elites (AN AWESOME BOOK YOU SHOULD TOTALLY READ) and she was extremely sweet! It was great meeting you, Natasha!
Once we finally got onto the red carpet, we had to choose a faction so that we would sit with them and get a wrist band. I chose Dauntless, because why not? Plus, they're awesome when they aren't being ruthless... When I was walking down the red carpet (on the opposite side to the stars, of course XD), I got to take a photo with one of the Dauntless people, which was awesome!
 Then, we went in and sat down with our factions. On the seats were t-shirts with our faction colours and also bottles of flavoured water. Before the film started, the director, the main cast and the wonderful Veronica Roth came on stage, just to say a few words! It was fun to see and I really enjoyed it- especially since the atmosphere in the cinema was great!
Afterwards, the film started. I'm going to tell you one thing: I was blown away. I can honestly say that I wasn't expecting it to be that good, and that faithful to the book. I think that they only missed one big thing out, which was Edward, but to be honest: I didn't really realise until I thought about it- That's how good the film is. Also, Theo James is gorgeous, which does tend to take your mind off things.. Anyway, the score of the film was also perfect, as was the casting and EVERYTHING. I'm going to stop talking now, because the list of perfect things goes ON AND ON.

To sum it up, this was one of the best experiences I ever had, and I'm extremely happy that now I get to share how happy it made me with you!



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