January 2015Weaving Pages: January 2015

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Twitter: The Tips & Tricks Part 1


Hello Everyone!

Despite the common knowledge that quite a lot of us LOVE the little bird known as Twitter, I have decided to give people a few tips. When asked about how to get started in the blogging world I always, always, always say Twitter. And I will continue doing so. Not including other bits and pieces, twitter was how I really got into the blogging community. I joined in with one twitter chat once I made an account, and I just remember meeting SO MANY new people! I think most of my bloggy friends were made on Twitter, if I'm honest- and they're all brilliant!!

Of course, your experience on Twitter is subjective to how you use it; it's all up to you, really. That's why I asked some people to give me their advice along with that which I'll be sharing today. This is a post aimed at those who are perhaps not so comfortable with social media, but if you are, I'd love to hear your advice in the comments! All contributions are welcome!


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The Memory Keepers by Natasha Ngan


Hello Everyone!

I received this book for review from the lovely people at Hot Key Books! Thank you to them for letting me review such an exciting story!

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Title: The Memory Keepers
Author: Natasha Ngan
Series: N/A 
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Published: September 4th 2014
No. of Pages: 410

"No one can take your memories from you... can they?"

Seven is a thief with a difference - he steals downloadable memories from banks and memoriums to sell onto London's black market, trading secrets and hidden pasts for a chance at a future of his own. He makes sure he keeps some special stuff back to 'surf' himself though - it's the only real form of entertainment he can afford. But one night, as Seven is breaking into a private memorium in a wealthy part of London, he is caught in the act by one of its residents; Alba, the teenage daughter of London's most famous criminal prosecutor. Instead of giving him away, Alba promises to keep Seven's secret - as long as he allows her to go memory-surfing herself. In doing so, they discover a hidden memory about Seven's past, revealing a shocking secret about Seven's childhood, the government and a mysterious experiment known as The Memory Keepers...

Now Seven and Alba will have to race against time to unlock the maze of The Memory Keepers - but can they keep themselves out of harm's way before the London Guard - and Alba's father - catches up with them? 
-(Goodreads)

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



Thursday, 22 January 2015

Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child

Hello Everyone!

Today, my review is going to be *slightly* different, because I have a wonderful friend to help me write it... *Drum roll* The wonderful Ines- aka my sister!! YAYYY!!

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Title: Look Into My Eyes
Author: Lauren Child
Series: Ruby Redfort #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Published: September 1st 2011
No. of Pages: 390


Ruby Redfort is a genius code-cracker, a daring detective, and a gadget-laden special agent who just happens to be a 13-year-old girl. She and her slick side-kick butler, Hitch, foil crimes and get into loads of scrapes with evil villains, but they're always ice-cool in a crisis. -(Goodreads)
 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.


Monday, 19 January 2015

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY! The Hunt For the Big Bad Wolf Excerpt

Thank you for joining us in The Hunt for the Big Bad Wolf, by EM Tippetts, hosted by Wordsmith Publicity. Visit the tour homepage for reviews and more!


Title: The Hunt for the Big Bad Wolf 
Series: Someone Else's Fairytale #3
Author: E.M. Tippetts
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 1/13/15


Chloe knew she was giving up the quiet life when she married Hollywood A-lister, Jason Vanderholt. She expected harassment from paparazzi but not from the writers of Blood Ritual, a television crime drama that brought national attention to a tough case she is trying to solve as a forensic scientist. While she and the rest of the Albuquerque Police Department once collaborated with the show, now relations have gone sour, and details that the police are trying to keep secret in the investigation are cropping up in episodes of a show watched by millions.

If that weren’t enough, everyone in Chloe’s life seems to be going through a rough patch, from her best friend, Lori, who is trying to plan a wedding, to her niece Kyra who is upset about Jason’s choice of television roles, to Jason himself who is inexplicably moody and withdrawn. None of this drama is the type of thing Chloe knows how to resolve.

She is trained to do one thing: hunt down the big bad wolves of the world, but with her connections to fame compromising her work, she may not even be allowed to stay on the case. The clock is ticking as law enforcement agencies across the country try to find a serial killer before he strikes again. Chloe is faced with a choice, to help catch one of the most evil criminals in history, or provide support to the friends and family who have always been there for her. Either way, she knows she might make the mistake of a lifetime.

Purchase The Hunt for the Big Bad Wolf


 As promised, here is a excerpt from this lovely book! Enjoy it!


Saturday, 17 January 2015

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: The Hunt For the Big Bad Wolf by E.M.Tippetts



Hello Everyone!!

Today as part of the blog tour for The Hunt for the Big Bad Wolf I am sharing with you my review of the wonderful book! Enjoy!

Title: The Hunt For the Big Bad Wolf
Author: E.M.Tippetts
Series: Someone Else's Fairytale #3
Source: Wordsmith Publicity
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: January 12th 2015
No. of Pages: N/A
Chloe knew she was giving up the quiet life when she married Hollywood A-lister, Jason Vanderholt. She expected harassment from paparazzi but not from the writers of Blood Ritual, a television crime drama that brought national attention to a tough case she is trying to solve as a forensic scientist. While she and the rest of the Albuquerque Police Department once collaborated with the show, now relations have gone sour, and details that the police are trying to keep secret in the investigation are cropping up in episodes watched by millions. 

If that weren’t enough, everyone in Chloe’s life seems to be going through a rough patch, from her best friend, Lori, who is trying to plan a wedding, to her niece Kyra who is upset about Jason’s choice of television roles, to Jason himself who is inexplicably moody and withdrawn. None of this drama is the type of thing Chloe knows how to resolve. 

She is trained to do one thing: hunt down the big bad wolves of the world. But with her connections to fame compromising her work, she may not even be allowed to stay on the case. The clock is ticking as law enforcement agencies across the country try to find a serial killer before he strikes again. Chloe is faced with a choice, to help catch one of the most evil criminals in history, or provide support to the friends and family who have always been there for her. Either way, she feels she might make the mistake of a lifetime.
-(Goodreads)
4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
however, it was not catapulted into amazing.



Thursday, 15 January 2015

Guest Post: Georgia @ The Books Bandit shares her Crown of Midnight fanfiction!

The Books Bandit

Hello Everyone!

The lovely Georgia has come on the blog today to share with you some Crown of Midnight, Celaena and Chaol fanfiction! That means if you haven't read the Throne of Glass series... proceed at your own risk... hehehe! Those of you that have, enjoy!

"Celaena," Chaol begins to say, I keep my back to him- my arms folded. I hear him come closer towards me, the floorboards creaking as he makes his way over to the bed. Chaol sighs as he sits down but I still refuse to make any movement of reply towards him. "Please hear me out." I feel a hand rest gently on my shoulder and I move to shake it off. "I know that she died and I know that you blame me. I wasn't involed in Nehemia's death, I liked her-"



Tuesday, 13 January 2015

It's A Wide Bookish World: Lieke @ My Media Basement


Hello Everyone!

As you're probably aware, bloggers come from all over the world. I'm pretty sure we're tucked into every single corner of the globe and people don't even realise. *high five* It's like we're a secret organisation. Since people live in so many different places, it's pretty common to get a serious case of Wanderlust, so this is a little feature where bloggers can share a little bit about the place where they live, or their home country, etc. 

Today, Lieke from My Media Basement is sharing her bookish corner. You can too- just sign-up here. I would love to have you on the blog!

The second I mention my name, people will already know I’m from ‘elsewhere’. Although my English is pretty good (I believe so at least), I’ll never fully be able to pretend to be an US citizen. As a child, this thought made me sad. I dreamed of having been born in the United States. I always wanted to be in the centre of the media industry, as I believed that to be the centre of the universe. Now, I am content where I am. I love my country. So here it is: my name is Lieke and I am from the Netherlands. It’s a country that is most commonly known for the main city: Amsterdam. That is where I’ve been living for the past two years, as I go to university there. But I’m also quite often at my parents’ house. They live in a much smaller town close to the German border (so close that you can be in Germany within five minutes).
Image  When you say you’re from Amsterdam to a foreigner, especially when you say it to an American, they’ll always mention either the red light district or drugs, or both. Mostly both. For me, that’s not what the city is about. Sure, those things are there, but the people you see walking stoned on the streets are tourists most of the time.  
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The Netherlands is about much more. It’s about freedom, I think. To be who you want to be. I believe it to be a tolerant country. John Green said it very wisely in The Fault In Our Stars: “Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin. 

What I like most about the Netherlands, is the education we receive. I was lucky enough to be able to learn four different languages in high school: Dutch (my mother tongue), English, German and French. I think languages are one of the most important things in this world, for they connect all sorts of people from all over the world together. I wouldn’t even be able to tell you this if it weren’t for language.  When I was a kid, I used to wonder how it worked when you moved to a different country. My younger sister had a friend in school who was a refugee from Afghanistan. She learned to speak Dutch within months and that has always fascinated me. I wondered in what language her thoughts were, or her dreams. Did she think in Dutch now that she lived in the Netherlands? Or did she carefully translate every word in her mind before speaking?  Growing up, I learned that our brain is able to think in multiple languages. I didn’t know that when I was younger. Right now, as I’m typing this, I’m thinking in English. Wonderful, isn’t it, how our minds are able to switch languages? My vocabulary in English is much smaller than my Dutch vocabulary, yet when thinking in English I never have to search for words. Thinking in a different language has become an automatic process.   Part of what has helped me to be able to think and speak in English, is reading. Books open up a whole new world of possibilities. They’ve taught me about languages, but also about cultures and different kinds of people. Finally, and most importantly, they’ve taught me a great deal about myself.   Languages have become part of who I am. English has become a part of my identity. Sometimes, when I can’t express myself in Dutch, I find my freedom in English. When I want to express strong emotions, I find my safe place in French. When I want to feel confident, I obtain German and speak as fast as I can in that language.  I know people that are better at languages than I am, and I know people that are worse, but in the end, that doesn’t really matter. That is not what is important. What is important is that we try. We must always reach out to the world around us, in however way we can. The country we live and/or are born in is important, but the world is so much bigger.

Images from Wikipedia.

I absolutely adore this post, Lieke! It's a beautiful description of how amazing languages really are, and I love how you talk about Amsterdam- it's a city I would really love to visit!



Sunday, 11 January 2015

2014's Favourite Book Boyfriends!


Hello Everyone!

To celebrate a great year of book boyfriends, I decided to ask everyone on twitter who was their favourite book boyfriend of 2014. Thank you to all of those who participate for their wonderful replies! Here's to a great year of book boyfriends in 2015: ;)



I think we can now state that 2014 was a good year for book boyfriends. I'm hoping 2015 will be even better!


Friday, 9 January 2015

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

Hello Everyone!

MY FEELS HAVE COME RUSHING BACK IN A TIDAL WAVE HELP. My sister bought me this for Christmas (THANK YOU, INES!) now I am back to rolling in my love for all things Shadowhunter. Okay, yes, I do have a book hangover.

16303287Title: The Bane Chronicles
Author: Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson
Series: The Bane Chronicles #1-#11
Source: Bought
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: November 11th 2014
No. of Pages: 528

Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material. -(Goodreads)
4.5 stars: Page agrees this book was wonderful, almost
amazing.




Wednesday, 7 January 2015

I Guess It's Time I Told You... I find Readathons Hard


Okay, Okay, I'm not sure if I find them hard or I just have bad luck but... I always do badly in them. Always.

I've done a few readathons in my blogging career and I have always managed to fail them. Like really fail them. Some people read ten books and consider 2 or 3 not doing very well. You know my record? ONE BOOK. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE. I am obviously not blessed with readathon skills.

One possible cause for this, I guess, could be that I always end up being seriously busy. In the moment I sign-up, it tends to look like I might have a relatively stress free week. Then it gets to readathon time and all those exams, huge pieces of homework and general work hit me in the face like BAM! And how much time to read do I get? NONE. NONE. *Weeps*

I also have the luck of choosing the one book I'm not going to like on the first day of a readathon. This is what happened last time. I tried really hard to read it but. I. couldn't. make. it. through. it. Annnndddd... when I finally decided I was going to DNF? It was the end of the readathon.

So as you can see- I'm just not good at readathons. I have to read in my own time, in my own way otherwise EVERYTHING turns against me. Fun, fun, fun! 

Do you ever have that problem by any chance, or is it just me?!



Monday, 5 January 2015

GIVEAWAY!: Feel the Fear by Lauren Child

Hello Everyone!

Today I have a giveaway for you: it's a good way to kickstart the new year, yes? Unfortunately, this is only UK only- I'm sending it - but I promise this year I will try my best to have one international giveaway!! :)

This giveaway is for Feel the Fear by Lauren Child- the fourth book in the Ruby Redfort series. My little sister is currently reading the first book in the series, and she is LOVING it! I think she might even join me in reviewing it. Here's the description:

Ruby Redfort: supercool secret agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius. In her fourth adventure, Ruby must pit her wits against a seemingly invisible foe. How do you set your sights on catching a light-fingered villain if you can't even see him.?

Seems very mysterious, yes..? My sister informs me that she finds it hard to put down this series, which is a very good sign! Look out for our review of the first book. :) -(Goodreads)

Time for the giveaway! Just fill out the rafflecopter form below, and you'll have a chance of winning! Good luck, and may the odds me ever in your favour.


T&C: If you are the winner, I will contact you by email asking for you name and address, so that I may send you your prize. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me before I pick a different winner. I am posting this book, so the publisher is not responsible for any problems. 
This giveaway is ONLY for residents of the UK. 
May the odds be ever in your favour! ;)



Saturday, 3 January 2015

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Hello Everyone!

Thank you to Carolyn over at Penguin books for sending this to me for review! It's not everyday that I read a book that hits this hard, and I'm very glad I got to read it.


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Title: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Series: N/A 
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Knopf
Published: January 6th 2014
No. of Pages: 384


The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this compelling, exhilarating, and beautiful story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister's recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven
.-(Goodreads.) 
4.5 stars: Page agrees this book was wonderful, almost
amazing.



Thursday, 1 January 2015

My Aims for 2015


Hello Everyone!

Last year, my aims were to be better at commenting, read at least one classic, and write a book. I've kind of manage two of these, I think, which is quite good! I did get better at commenting- I've been going through my bloglovin' feed each weekend and trying to comment as much as possible. I've also been trying to comment back whenever someone comments on this blog. I've started writing a story, and though it's currently in progress, I have lots of ideas and I'm enjoying writing it so far! The read a classic aim? That failed. I did try a few times, but alas, it was to no avail. *sigh*

But what are my aims for next year? Where do I want to go with this blog? Well, I've come up with the following:
What Will Come With This New Bloggy Year?

I'm hoping many opportunities will arise next year and with that will come loads more fun, books and general fangirly-ness!! This year there were definitely some things that happened that I did not expect, so who knows what 2015 will bring? I hope that it'll be just as great for as for you. :)

What do I Want to Happen?

Well, I guess I'd really love to really get this blog out there, and spread the love of YA and reading. I'd love to be able to start sharing all this bookishness not just with those of us who already love reading, but maybe with those who don't. I'd like to really impress on people that reading is a gateway to worlds of opportunities and that YA shouldn't be overlooked like it often is. It's what the future generation is reading after all, but that doesn't mean it can't be for anyone of any age or skill.

What Content do I Want to See?

This year, I've been trying to make sure my content is much wider than just reviews. I know that fun, unique, personal posts are the ones I like to read best so I've tried to incorporate that into this blog a bit more. I want to think outside of the box with my posts, and as a result I'm trying to share my opinions more and make things different. I'm always thinking up new ideas too, but they don't always make it to post stage! Another thing I've been trying is to link books with other things. I did this with my Xmas Files posts where I brought in fashion and decorations. I'm not sure if I will continue doing that, but if you want to, I started lifestyle blog where you can have a peek at all those sort of posts! Anyone spot the Harry Potter reference in the title?

I guess all of that is my aim for 2015- it's going to be an adventure, but I'm excited! Make sure you join me with all the new bookish love :D




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