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Sunday, 30 November 2014

A Monthly Recap: November

Hello Everyone!!

DECEMBER BEGINS TOMORROW!! IT'S SO EXCITING!! I'm very busy at the moment, but I'm counting down the days till the holidays come to pass and I get to lie in and properly enjoy the festive season!

What have you been getting up to in the lead up to Decemeber, and what will you be doing when it arrives tomorrow? I've been going all out with the Christmas spirt. Our tree is up, the leaves are on the ground and whenever I have some spare time I'm making decorations. I've made a string christmas tree and a garland as well as bought some things. Would you be interested in a post on decorations?
A photo posted by Rita (@weavingpages) on


A photo posted by Rita (@weavingpages) on

Reviews:
Awesome/Important Stuff:
Around the Blogosphere:
  • Georgia created an awesome graphic for her review of A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray.
  • The Book Shimmy Awards are in their final round! Make sure you go and vote. :)
  • Amber is having another Debutathon :D I had a load of fun joining in last year, even though I was so busy. I plan on taking part again this year, so watch out for my sign-up post!

Take Away the Books:
  • I WENT TO SEE MOCKINGJAY. IT WAS AMAZING AND IT KILLED MY FEELS AND OH MY GOSH IT IS PERFECTION.
  • The Jurassic World trailer is out! I'm SOOO excited! I'm a huge fan of Jurassic Park if you haven't realised yet, and I'm hoping this film will be awesome.
  • I went to see a musical called Blood Brothers, and that was also amazing. I highly recommend it, even though the story is extremely sad. Like TFiOS sad. YES, I CRIED THAT MUCH. I HAD A MELTDOWN. XD
Have fun counting down to Christmas, and remember to keep on smiling! :)




Saturday, 29 November 2014

Debutathon 2014

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Amber is having another debutathon this year, and I'm going to take part once more. If you want to take part, you can sign-up here!

I'm not sure how many books I'll be able to read- depends how busy I end up being. Last year, I only managed to read one! Hopefully I'll have more luck this year.


These books are some ideas I have for what I might read. They're all on my TBR pile, so hopefully it gives me a chance to get through it a bit quicker! What are your favourite Debuts from 2014?



Friday, 28 November 2014

Things I Learnt in YA #2 - Forests are a NO, NO!


Hello Everyone!

So after I talked about how rubbish my survival skills are, today it's time for my momentary realisation that forests aren't the best places to venture into if you find yourself in a YA novel. It's just... the results aren't going to be good... lets be honest. In case you think I'm completely wrong, here are some examples:

EXIBIT A - HARRY POTTER

Ah, our beloved Harry Potter. But also one example of how forests are best avoided. Take the Forbidden Forest. It's got FORBIDDEN in the name. Nuh huh. Not good. But despite that neon sign THE WHOLE OF HOGWARTS STILL GOES IN THAT FOREST. And what happens?? Unicorns have their blood sucked by an evil two face hooded person. UNICORNS. How could someone harm the goddesses of rainbows?! What I still haven't mentioned is the fact that as a reader, this forest has caused me a whole lot of pain. A LOT. Forest = No more unicorns. Or OTPs. Or fluff.

EXIBIT B - VIRALS

Trust me, there are a lot of forests in the Virals series by Kathy Reichs. And jungles and all of the foresty family stuff. And those Forests have a lot of stuff in them, and do you know what that stuff usually ends up doing? Putting all my characters stuck in the middle of some cave. THE FORESTS TAKE NO PRISONERS.

You see- examples. Proof. Forests will probably mean you find yourself stuck with a bunch of sparkly vampires and then BAM! You have no idea what's happening till the last movie flips out and runs away with the ending. It's inevitable, really. But not fun. Of course, you might also find a vampire who will actually drink your blood and... nope. That won't end well either.

What I'm getting at here is, the next time you find yourself in a YA book, don't go into that forest. It's literally like that red button that when your temptation wins and you press it, it explodes in your face. FUN! Good luck with all the YA adventure,


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Lone Wolf by Robert Muchamore

Hello Everyone!

I am back from reading another book in this lovely series, so thank you to the amazing people at Hodder Children's Books for sending this to me!

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Title: Lone Wolf
Author: Robert Muchamore
Series: Aramov #4 
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Published: August 1st 2014
No. of Pages: 352

Fay has spent eighteen months locked up in a Secure Training Centre. Drug deals and rip-offs are the only things this teenager knows. Now she's back on the street, looking to settle old scores.

CHERUB agents Ryan and Ning need Fay's knowledge to unearth a major drug importer. They're trained professionals with one essential advantage: even experienced criminals never suspect that children are spying on them.

But Fay's made a lot of enemies and she's running out of time ...

For official purposes, these children do not exist.
 -(Goodreads)
4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
however, it was not catapulted into amazing.



Monday, 24 November 2014

My Thoughts On: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One


Hi Everyone!!

So on Saturday, I went to see Mockingjay part one at the cinema, and it didn't disappoint. I LOVED IT. After seeing Catching Fire, I had high expectations for Francis Lawrence, and I can now confirm that he handled this film just as amazingly as the last.

So what was the tone of the film like?

The tone was perfect. It is much, much darker than the last two films, just like the books, and I instantly felt that difference. Catching Fire will always be my favourite book, but it isn't till Mockingjay that you really feel that pain caused by that situation, and the film did reflect that. I loved it. I loved it even though it made me cry.

What did I realise?

You know, I read the books at an age where I didn't really cry over characters. Things just kind of passed by me. I've re-read the series at least four times now, and the books have become quite close to me because I can remember how I just fell in love with them. While I was watching this, things really hit me hard. I suddenly started thinking about horrible it really is- that sometimes people sometimes have to sacrifice happiness so that others get a chance at it in the future. I think back to when I read the epilogue for the first time, and I was rather happy with it, I think. Now, all I can think is that the raw, realistic thing about The Hunger Games is that it never really is happy in the end. The characters get by, but they never really get a chance to be truly happy ever again. What a privilege happiness is...
I just love them for being so strong, even when the world is out to break them. I'm sure many of us agree that we don't know how we'd take it. Of course, I cried.

Where did I tear up?

Everytime. You know when I joke on twitter about how I'm going to sob throughout the whole film? I actually did this time. My eyes teared up at the music, at the unfairness of every situation, and at the sheer sacrifice on the part of so many. So many parts made me start crying. I couldn't even watch when (SPOILER!) Peeta attacked Katniss. It was horrific seeing him like that, and it made me so sad. 
The part where I cried the most, wasn't even the saddest necessarily. It was a part where Katniss was looking for someone and she was shouting, lights were flashing, music started playing, and BAM! Cue the tears. I had to stop myself from ugly-crying, because I would have had I not been in the cinema. But why did I cry? Because I realised all of the above in the 'What Did I Realise?' section, and it hurt to see my beloved characters in so much pain.

Should you go and see it?

Yes, yes, yes. YES. Promise me you'll watch it. It was perfect, and as long as you've watched the first two films and read the books beforehand, I will be dragging you towards that cinema. And if any non-bookish people wonder why tI want them to read the books first- it's because I'm giving you the awesome pleasure of being able to quote the film as you watch it. 

And what would I say after you've read it?

Have fun taking 10 times as long putting yourself back together. (Get it!?)



Saturday, 22 November 2014

Since You've Been Gone Playlists #1


Hello Everyone!

You may remember me declaring in my review of this wonderful book, Since You've Been Gone, just how much I loved the playlists featured in it. In fact, I loved them so much I decided I HAD to put them together on Youtube, and I'm now planning to share them with you guys. Today's playlist is the first one featured in the book: Run, Emily, Run! Enjoy!



So what do you think? I've fallen in love with some of the songs on here. I can't stop singing Galveston, and True North is simply beautiful- definitely my favourite! Even if you haven't read the book (Which I HIGHLY recommend you do) have a look and see if Emily's music taste convinces you to read it even more.

Also, here are some pictures I took with my phone whilst I was reading this:


I was just playing around and ended up with this. :)
I had also just painted my nails with black roses for Halloween- do you like them?




Thursday, 20 November 2014

Goddess by Laura Powell

Hello Everyone!

I received this book from the publisher, Bloomsbury Children's, so thank you to them for sending it to me fore review! 


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Title: Goddess
Author: Laura Powell
Series: N/A
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Published: April 10th 2014
No. of Pages: 304

Strikes. Starvation. Riots. Britain is at breaking-point and Aura is blind to it all. The Cult of Artemis is the only home she’s ever known. Enclosed in its luxury lifestyle, the unrest gripping the country seems to belong to a distant world. Her dream is to serve the Goddess and taking a vow of chastity and obedience seems a small price to pay. But days before Aura is due to be initiated as a Priestess, she meets Aiden, the rebellious son of a cult insider, whose radical ideas and unsettling charm force Aura to question everything – and everyone – she knows.  (-Goodreads)

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


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait to Get

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and The Bookish


Top Ten Sequels I Can't Wait To Get

1. I am highly anticipating this. I was left with so many feels after reading Cress, that as soon as I get my hands on Winter you will be able to hear me from across the globe. Sorry about that. :D

2. This is another series ender that I am ready to run miles for. One of my OTPs is in this series, and after getting no kiss in World After I AM DESPERATE to see some progress. I should really be worried in case everyone dies, but I'm more like: YAYY! OTPS FOR THE WIN!

3. Yet another one of my OTPs is in this book, and I am desperate to see more of Liam and Ruby!! I'm hoping to get this for Christmas and then I will be able to bury myself in a book with all the action. This is also another series ender, so I'm desperately hoping it'll be a good one!

4. I remember reading the first book around the time my blog was starting out, so I think I'm going to need a bit of a recap of what happened. There's been a lot of books between now and then! Still, I'm definitely excited to see what happens with this one. :)

5. I absolutely loved The Host. I really did, but I've been waiting for the sequel FOREVER. And it doesn't even have a release date so the anticipation is terrible! Ah well, as soon as it comes out I'll read it. :)

6. Love Bomb is the sequel to Flirty Dancing which was the most cutesy, lovable thing ever! I can't wait to see what other H.O.T book boyfriends Jenny McLachlan comes up with for this one, and I'm sure that it will be an amazing sequel!

7. After The Rain gave me an awesome heroine who's standards of survival I could actually achieve, I am definitely excited to continue with Ruby's adventures. I'm not sure how much death and destruction this sequel will bring, but hopefully it won't be all bad. ;D

8. I've got a review copy of this waiting for me on my kindle, and I can't wait to get round to reading it! This is probably one of my favourite dark, gothic series and I need to see what happens!

9. I still haven't got over the amount of betrayal that was revealed in the last book, and somehow, I still haven't read this one! I need to see if something has been done about that betrayal. I NEED it!

10. There are so many sequels that haven't been named yet, but I didn't want to include a bunch of series-name-#2 or series-name-#5 in the list. So instead, here is a big shout out to all the series I can't wait to read the sequels to: Throne of Glass, The Maze Runner, Geek Girl and LOTS more!




Sunday, 16 November 2014

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Hello Everyone!

I received this book from the lovely people at Hot Key Books, so a big thank you to them for sending this to me for review. As always, opinions are always my own. :)



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Title: The Testing
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Series: The Testing #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Templar Publishing
Release Date: August 1st 2013
No. of Pages: 384


A gripping futuristic thriller, perfect for fans of The Hunger Games.

DO YOU POSSESS A WINNING COMBINATION OF THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE, PRACTICAL SKLLS AND RAW INTELLIGENCE?
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO LEAD OTHERS? ARE YOU WILLING TO CRUSH THOSE WHO STAND IN YOUR WAY?

Every year, the United Commonwealth invites top graduates from each colony to participate in The Testing. Successful candidates will go on to the University and help the government work to rebuild our war-stricken world. This process is not optional.
Disclaimer: The United Commonwealth is not responsible for candidates' psychological or physical heath during The Testing. -(Goodreads)
3.5 stars: Page thinks this book was good, but didn't
make him fly.



Friday, 14 November 2014

It's Cold Outside and I'm Huddling Up With...


Hello Everyone!

So like the title says, it's cold right now. Cold, cold, cold. End of. And if you know me, you'll also know that me and the cold aren't exactly best pals. Sure, I love playing in the snow and the general prettiness of things, but what I don't like? When the snow melts and turns to slush. Then the slush freezes and turns to ice. And what does that mean? I fall on my butt about 50 times per week. That means that one of my favourite things about winter is huddling up in the warmth. Which is what I'm doing right now. 


I'm huddling up with all my books, and my TBR pile (The photo lies, it's bigger than that). Not to mention I can't seem to stop putting on my fluffy white robe and monkey pajamas.


 I can also often be found hidden amongst the cushions with all my stuffed animals. Cushions + Cuddly Toys = Lots and lots of warmth.

I've been wrapped up in all the blankets on my sofa, and using this hand cream plenty of times. For some reason, I get really dry hands just before I go to bed. It always happens, but at least this hand cream smells so nice I don't mind using it!


I've been having some fun making playlists that I plan to share with you guys! Any guesses as to what book this one might be from? I've also been trying desperately to find an app that will let me listen to music offline for free. No luck, whatsoever.


I've been drinking chocolate milk whenever I'm cold. I just love it so much, since I never drink coffee and only occasionally drink tea. Chocolate milk rocks, and with a pink straw it's even better.

Hope you enjoyed this little post! What's the weather where you're at? Cold? Are you ddling up like me?
 Bye! xx
 


Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Hello Everyone!

I've read it! I've finally read it!! I think I've heard so many bloggers talk about this I've lost count. But let me tell you something: this book is talked about for a reason. ;)
21551545Title: Since You've Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Series: N/A
Source: Bought
Publisher: Simon & Schuster's Children
Published: May 6th 2014
No. of Pages: 449


It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just...disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night?
Okay, easy enough.



Dance until dawn?
Sure. Why not?


Kiss a stranger?
Um...

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane's list. Who knows what she'll find?

Go skinny-dipping?
Wait...what?
 -(Goodreads)
 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.



Monday, 10 November 2014

101 Things I Love


Hello Everyone!

I got tagged to this by the lovely Amber and the idea is to share some of the thing I love with you. I hope you like it! :) x


  1. Sunsets after blue skies.
  2. Animals.
  3. My family.
  4. Writing and pouring words out on a page.
  5. Listening to music.
  6. Dancing.
  7. Agents of SHIELD.
  8. Swimming in the sea whilst in rains.
  9. Counting down till midnight.
  10. Outdoor escapes.
  11. Water slides and parks.
  12. Concerts.
  13. Putting up Christmas Trees and decorations.
  14. Playing around with make-up and nail art.
  15. Blogging.
  16. Taking pictures of everything around me.
  17. Dreaming.
  18. The number eighteen. Or eight.
  19. Reading all the books in the world.
  20. Dressing up on Halloween and being whoever you want.
  21. Fluffly things.
  22. Spending hours in bookshops.
  23. Going to the cinema.
  24. Getting unexpected invitations.
  25. Not having homework.
  26. When you go out and it randomly becomes the best day ever.
  27. Being spontaneous.
  28. Feeling inspired.
  29. When you're play around making graphics and everything just falls into place perfectly.
  30. Smiling.
  31. Piri Piri Chicken.
  32. When History is so interesting it just makes me want to learn more and not care about having to write 10 mark essays.
  33. The first day of school, after which I just wish it was the holidays again.
  34. Lazy days where I do nothing all day.
  35. Cinnamon rolls.
  36. Thinking of the day where I finally manage the splits.
  37. Pirouettes.... well.. when they go well!
  38. Travelling to places, and thinking of ones where I would like to go.
  39. Domino's pizza crusts... I usually never eat the crusts but it all changes when it's Dominos's.
  40. When any kind of amazing post arrives and makes your day.
  41. Thinking about names I like.
  42. Being Portuguese.
  43. Friday nights where you just sit on the sofa and ignore the amount of work you have to do.
  44. The feeling you get when you finish a long piece of work or essay.
  45. Having fun with my sister.
  46. Seeing people open the presents you gave them.
  47. Tiny interactions that just make your day and that you can just think back to and smile.
  48. Sharing laughter.
  49. Fandoms and their inside jokes. NEVER TRUST A DUCK.
  50. The piece of clothing that you buy and are desperate to wear.
  51. New shoes.
  52. Lipsticks.
  53. That one song that you can play on repeat.
  54. Polaroids.
  55. Random acts of kindness.
  56. Dylan O'Brien.
  57. Gorgeous actors in general.
  58. Writing your signature again and again until at least one try looks perfect.
  59. Inspiration lyrics and songs that make you feel like you can fly.
  60. When the google logo looks really cool.
  61. Referencing Mean Girls whenever possible.
  62. Not having to do homework, or revise for exams... basically being able to blog and be lazy.
  63. Making pictures with noticeboard pins.
  64. Not studying limestone. WHY ARE YOU SUCH A BORING ROCK?
  65. Making playlists from songs in books. And any extra things in books in general, like diaries and fan fiction. I LOVE IT ALL.
  66. The fact that I can still sing all the songs from High School Musical. All three films.
  67. Letting my sister takeover my twitter.
  68. Country music that makes me want to do AWESOME STUFF.
  69. Snowball fights and sledging and all that fun stuff BEFORE I start freezing and get hypothermia.
  70. When I play around with my make-up and hair, and it actually ends up looking good.
  71. Spontaneous singing of random songs that fit with what someone has just said.
  72. When my parents come back from shopping and there is ALL THE NICE FOOD.
  73. Drawing Reggae Shark on the whiteboard in my dad's office.
  74. Carving pumpkins and have them not break and die halfway through.
  75. FIREWORKKKSSS. SO PREETTYYY. When they're not to loud.
  76. Writing a review that just flows naturally and being like: YES, THE WORLD LOVES ME TO DAY.
  77. Going to Portugal in the summer and just being able to get in the car and go to the beach.
  78. Anything comedic that makes me laugh- like Youtube sketches that you can just watch over, and over again.
  79. Managing to be productive and feeling accomplished.
  80. REALLY warm scarves and hats and things that protect me from the cold.
  81. Hot weather.
  82. Allllllll the seasons.
  83. Not wearing shoes or socks.
  84. Finding a random song that you just really love and woah. 
  85. Glitter, sparkles, and fairy lights.
  86. Nearing the end of really long lists.
  87. Amazing breakfasts that just make your day.
  88. Travelling to anywhere- I just enjoy the feelings of a journey.
  89. Monopoly which I've never actually finished a game of in my life.
  90. Decorating for holidays like Christmas and Easter.
  91. SANTA CLAUS.
  92. Discovering interesting historical figures which you never knew about.
  93. Looking back at pictures from a while ago and realising just how perfect memories are.
  94. The fact that we're a book loving family.
  95. Those days when you're so not-busy that you can just go on the internet and waste 10 hours of your life.
  96. Staying in my pyjamas all day.
  97. Novelty items LIKE A GIRAFFE TOILET BRUSH.
  98. Attempting to play guitar and actually managing to do something.
  99. Those items that just seem to tell a story.
  100. Old photos, sometimes of people you don't even know.
  101. Realising that I'm lucky to have so many things to love.
This was SO fun to do! I really hope that Cat, Georgia and Arianne enjoy doing it too! YES I'M TAGGING YOU. ;D




Tuesday, 4 November 2014

7 Discussions To Make You Think

Hello Everyone!!

I thought that today, I'd give you a little round-up of some previous discussions I've done. You never know when they can apply, so have a look and see what you think. :)


You are reading correctly. I stated the obvious and there we have it: Jace is SO MUCH BETTER THAN ONE DIRECTION. AND OTHER BOY BANDS IN GENERAL.
Who needs One Direction anyway?
Inês: I tried to read some lines ... I'VE ANSWERED.

Rita: More specifically, YOU CHASED ME ROUND THE HOUSE TRYING TO READ LINES FROM THE END. I HAD TO HIDE. I WAS TRAUMATISED.

Inês: Ines is not here. Please leave a message after the beep. *beep*
Maybe hype and fandoms affect a book- sometimes for the best, and sometimes for the worst. I know for some people, hype makes them kind of scared to read a book, and for others they tend to try books that have lots of hype around them. 

Ines: People always start asking me how to say something in Portuguese, or ask me to teach them something in Portuguese.

Rita: It's the same for me. It's always really hard to know what to say because I find it hard to just think of something off the top of my head! You sometimes get people who constantly plague you with questions like that, and it can be a bit awkward.. Most people react well though, and asking me how to say something doesn't really annoy me. 


Thinking back to the times when I've DNF'd a book, I've either been in a reading slump or the book was making me feel bad. When I say the latter, I mean maybe the book was boring me, maybe it was making me think "What on earth is this!?" or maybe I just hated all the characters.


TERRIBLE. JUST SO TERRIBLE.

You know how many posts had built up the last time I went and looked? 160. ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY POSTS. WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF?


Seriously. I just don't get them. I mean, I get what they're for and what they mean, but I'm just clueless when it comes to telling people what genre a book is. C L U E L E S S. I'm just terrible because I think that a book is a certain genre, and then it's not and I realise why I was wrong, but I still continue to find genres about as hard eating a book. WHAT MONSTER WOULD DO THAT? 

So there you have it! A list of past discussions that you may enjoy taking a look at.
Bye! xx


Sunday, 2 November 2014

Letter From A Reader: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Hello Everyone!!

I received this book from the lovely people at Bloomsbury, so thank you SO MUCH to them because this is such a good book that has blown away my feels and I love it too much. Wayyy to much. ;)


20617636Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah J Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Published: September 11th 2014
No. of Pages: 562


Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can't bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back...

The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king - for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?
 -(Goodreads)
 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.



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