March 2015Weaving Pages: March 2015

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

GIVEAWAY! Billy's Monsters by Vincent Holland-Keen

Hiya!

Today I have another wonderful giveaway for you guys! This one is for Billy's Monsters by Vincent Holland-Keen. Here's a little description so you can learn a little more...

Grotesque shapes lurking in the dark, watching and listening for the faintest of thoughts that would allow them to pounce; these are the monsters Hester believes in.

Her big sister, Scarlett, knows better. She knows monsters reside only in human hearts. But she doesn't know how to escape Elderigh College, an exclusive private school harbouring dark secrets that might prove both sisters right.

As for Billy and his friends... well, they're just here to help.

If you want to learn a little more, here's a Q&A with the author you can take a peek at!

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Saturday, 21 March 2015

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Hello Everyone!

I received this book for review from the lovely people at Orchard Books so thank you to them for sending this too me for review! Unfortunately, it wasn't the book for me...
15850937Title: Frozen
Author: Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston 
Series: Heart of Dread #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release Date: April 15th 2014
No. of Pages: 365

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.
-(Goodreads) 

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


Thursday, 19 March 2015

Nailed It: The Selection Inspired Nails

HELLO!!

I am SO SO excited for you guys to see this post! You see, I absolutely adore painting my nails. And doing my make-up. And my hair. I just find it a lot of fun! I also really love reading, so... I've put the two together and made a tutorial on how to do these Selection inspired nails! 

When I read The Selection a while ago, I spent quite sometime weeping over the feels, but also weeping over the absolutely gorgeous dresses. Seriously. Someone get me in one of those dresses so that I can pretend to be a Princess for a day and just bask in all the jewels and glitter. I'm even feeling pretty serious about getting a fancy dress and taking some photos inspired by The Selection... then I can pretend I'm in that gorgeous world. Now I just need a ballroom- any offers? 

Lets step away from my wild imagination for now and on with the post. Here's the steps you need to follow to get this look for your nails - if you do recreate it, please share photos with me on Twitter or Instagram! You can find me @WeavingPages for both and I would be so happy to know you enjoyed this. I'll be doing more of these book inspired nails soon, so feel free to tell me what you'd like to see! Just ask, and I'll attempt. :) Lets get started!
To begin with you'll need the following things: 
  • A copy of The Selection by Kiera Cass to read whilst your nails dry.
  • Nail Polish remover
  • Nail Polish in White, Blue, Silver and a Base Coat + Top Coat
  • A Striper brush OR a nail polish that includes one. (If you're not sure what I mean, see Step 4!)
  • A bobby pin or dotting tool
  • Nail Glue (OPTIONAL)
  • Some 3D Bows and Rhinestones (OPTIONAL)
Step 1: Begin by using a base coat to protect your nails. If you don't have this, you can skip it but it is worth buying.


Step 2: Paint all your nails (except your ring finger) white. Your ring finger needs to be painted a sparkly silver like above!
Step 3: Take your blue nail polish and put a blob of it on a piece of paper. Then take your bobby pin and dip the round end in. Use this to paint the nail on your little finger and thumb with polka dots.


Step 4:  This is where you need a striper or at least a small brush. I bought these nail varnishes a while ago that had a striper built in and generally use those, however you can buy a separate brush to use! You can also use a thin paint brush you might have lying around or cut one to make it thinner- just experiment!
Step 5: Using the striper make a series of curved lines like above. The idea is for it to look like a rose, so you just have to put the lines in a formation that makes them look like petals. In the simplest terms, it should look like a circle made of lines!


Step 6: This is the best part, a tiara! Start off by using a blue polish and make a line in the middle of your nail. It should start halfway up the nail and end right at the tip. Repeat this step on both sides of the line. This time, the lines should get shorter towards the edge of the nail. 
Step 7: Using a silver polish, fill in the spaces between each blue lines- if this description is tricky, refer to the pictures above to get a clearer idea!
Step 8: No tiara is complete without some jewels! Take a rhinestone and, using some clear nail varnish, stick it at the very top of your tiara.


Step 9: Take one of you bows and stick it on your nail using some nail glue or clear nail varnish. If you don;t want to use a bow, just paint one on or leave your nail glittery!
Step: Use a top coat to protect your nail designs and make everything shiny! And now enjoy having royal nails- I somehow ended up going on a bike ride with them! :D


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Letters To A Law Student by Nicholas Mcbride

Hello Everyone!

I did tell you I'd have some reviews of law-related books, and I'm not here to disappoint! Enjoy! :)


2139878Title: Letters to a Law Student
Author: Nicholas McBride
Series: N/A
Source: Library
Publisher: Pearson Longman
Published: August 10th 2006
No. of Pages: 296


Letters to a Law Student relays all that a prospective law student needs to know before embarking on their studies. It provides a useful guide to those considering a law degree or conversion course and helps students prepare for what can be a daunting first year of study.-(Goodreads)
 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

UK ONLY GIVEAWAY! Mind Games by Teri Terry

Hello Lovelies!

I have yet another giveaway for you all, but this time it's for Mind Games by Teri Terry! Here are the details...


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Title: Mind Games
Author: Teri Terry
Series: N/A
Publisher: Orchard Books
Published: March 5th 2015
No. of Pages: 448


Luna is a no-hoper with a secret: in a world of illusion, she can see what is real. But can she see the truth before it is too late? 

Luna has always been able to exist in virtual and real worlds at the same time, a secret she is warned to keep. She hides her ability by being a Refuser: excluded by choice from the virtual spheres others inhabit. But when she is singled out for testing, she can’t hide any longer. 

The safest thing to do would be to fail, to go back to a dead-end life, no future. But Luna is starting to hope for something better, and hope is a dangerous thing...-(Goodreads.) 


Pretty cool, eh? And you can win a copy by filling out the rafflecopter form below! Good Luck! :)

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Monday, 9 March 2015

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Hello Everyone!

I got this book for review from the lovely people at Orchard Books via Netgalley- thank you so much for letting me review this! 



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Title: All Fall Down
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row #1 
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)
Publisher: Orchard Books
Published: February 5th 2015
No. of Pages: 320


Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she's come back to stay - in order to solve the mystery of her mother's death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved
.-(Goodreads.) 
4.5 stars: Page agrees this book was wonderful, almost
amazing.



Saturday, 7 March 2015

Graphics How-To: Top Ten Bookish Problems Graphics

Hiii!

Around two weeks ago, I did a post on my Top Ten Bookish Problems. It was really well received, and a few people asked me how I made my graphics for it. Since then, I had the idea to show you exactly what I did so you can make your own- it's very easy, don't worry!

1. To begin, I opened up this wonder of a site: Picmonkey. It's perfect for making graphics, and very easy to use- all you need is some imagination!


2. Then I went to the 'design' window.Here I selected the 'Square' canvas so that I could crop it down easily. As you can see, there is another whole range of options too!



3. I then cropped the canvas that opened. My blog fits the 'X-Large' image option on blogger, but you might have to use the Resize window which is further down to make it fit your blog. Just crop it to the shape you want, and then resize the width (keeping the proportion the same) to the width of your post.


4. I then selected 'Canvas Colour' and changed it to transparent, so that the background would fit with that of my post and blend in. Even if I choose white, it for some reason goes a weird grey colour that definitely does not blend in, so I would recommend transparent!



5.Once this was done, I went onto the Overlay section marked by the butterfly. In the Geometric shapes box, I selected the rectangle with rounded edges. Then, I dragged the corners till it was the size and shape I wanted it to be. I also changed the colour to a pastel pink- choose whatever you want!


6. The next stop was the Text section. Here I chose the font 'Tall Dark And Handsome' to make the title of my explanation. I just chose random 'Bookish Problems' for this tutorial, but here you should place the sub-heading of what you're going to say in the big box.


7. I chose my next font for the explanation. 'Mossy' was my choice, but there is a huge amount of fonts you can have. Then just type out everything you want to say!


8. When you've finished that, simply size the text to fill the box and click save. Voila! Here is your graphic ready to go. :)


I hope you enjoyed that little tutorial and that it helped you make your own graphics- if you have any questions, feel free to ask!



Thursday, 5 March 2015

Fire Storm by Lauren St John

Hello Everyone!I've been waiting to read his fabulous series-ender for a while, and finally I've got round to it! Thank you to the lovely people at Orion Children's Books for sending me this for review. :)
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Title: Fire Storm
Author: Lauren St John
Series: The One Dollar Horse #3
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Published: March 6th 2014
No. of Pages: 224 
Teenage eventing star Casey Blue has it all - fame, her champion horse Storm and a boyfriend who loves her.

Then Kyle West walks into her life. The country's hottest equestrian coach is also drop dead gorgeous and Casey knows right away that she's in trouble. But who is Kyle and why are there so many unanswered questions about his past? And what is his connection to Anna Sparks, Casey's old rival?

As the Burghley Horse Trials approaches, it becomes clear that what is at stake is not just the Grand Slam but Casey's life.
 -(Goodreads)
4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
however, it was not catapulted into amazing.




Tuesday, 3 March 2015

World Book Day: Literature, Blogging and Me


In all honesty, I didn't know why I loved books so much until I started blogging. I just saw myself as someone who liked reading- it was a fact. A irrefutable part of me. Now the question always comes up, and I find myself really thinking about it. Why? Why do I love to hungrily devour words on a daily basis? I think it's best to start at the very beginning...

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There are pictures scattered around photo albums of me as a baby. The scene of little bald me surrounded by magazines is one of my favourites, personally. It's just me; unable to keep a smile off my face and surrounded by words. Gosh, I've always loved words. I could listen to my father's stories of when he was a boy for hours. I would sing song after song as a child, doing actions galore and never ever going by without a grin or a spatter of clapping. Nor have I ever been able to shut up. I learned to talk and never stopped, and I never want to. I have too much to say, too many opinions to shout, too many debates to take part in. The thing is, I don't think I realised that till I read.

There are so many bookish milestones I can name off the top of my head. The Portuguese 'Camilla' books were my favourites as an infant. By Year Three I read all the Horrible Histories books and knew how Egypt had formed off the top of my head. I was always sad there wasn't a Rainbow Fairy called Rita. War Horse was the first novel that I read on my own to make me cry, because Pig in a Wig was that book that when my mum read I would bawl. I hated seeing the pig being laughed at. Like any other child, Harry Potter was also right there. It was the book that made me fall in love with fiction, that led me to The Hunger Games and stuck me right on the path to YA novels. In short, Harry Potter made me a complete and utter fangirl. But it doesn't end there.

I also went full-on fangirl for The Hunger Games. I read each book four times, fell in love with the characters and was so in love that I didn't want to begin a series that I could possibly like more than The Hunger Games. Nevertheless, that soon passed. I read YA novel after YA novel. I sobbed over pages and blurred words, laughed uncontrollably at the best quotes and fell in love with my long list of book boyfriends. 

Amongst that, there was so much discovery. I felt so strongly for my characters, so strongly for their struggles and strength and fights. They became mine too. Remember those opinions I told you I had? They started to come full force then. I read The Help. In turn, I gave a full speech as an answer in an Ethics and Philosophy lesson, not daring to hold back on the force of my sadness that such horrific discrimination could happen. 

That was only the start. I recognised myself as someone who wanted the equality of all, who wanted rights. Who couldn't think of a reason why something like gender or colour can make someone better than another. I know that whilst they are opinions that have always been with me, those stories of a boy with a scar or a girl with a braid have made me refuse to ever think of relinquishing my beliefs for a second. I have learned to never ever shut up when something is wrong. I have learned to take the thoughts of others into account and use them to help mold my own. I have learned that I can think, I can speak, I can act and I will make use of it. I will not quit.

So literature, for me, has made me want to explore every corner of the most obvious picture. But if it started with YA novels or Harry Potter or even the rainbow fairies? I don't think so. I remember loving a book my mum would read to me as a little girl. It was titled Princesses are Not Quitters, and was a story of three princesses who decided to be maids for a day in the castle. I'm a bit foggy on all the details of the story, but I do remember that they didn't quit. And my mum still to this day likes to tell me, if I'm tired, sad, frustrated or just about ready to give up: "Princesses are not quitters." And I have every thought in mind to be a Princess.; just a lot less reserved and a lot more opinionated. 

Oh, and why I started blogging? Because of the hope that this could happen to someone else too.
As part of the World Book Day campaign, I've been asked by My Voucher Codes to tell my story behind my love for literature and blogging. I hope I didn't disappoint!


Sunday, 1 March 2015

A Monthly Recap: February

Hello Everyone!!

It's February and I'm falling half.. asleepp... tired... You get the idea. I'm tired, but thankfully, I got one week off school to READ, READ, READ and basically lie about on the sofa because who cares about doing productive things? Pfffff... I have actually done a few blog posts though, so its okay. It's been a good month for books- I've been lucky! But on with the recap..:



Reviews:

Look out for reviews of Fire Storm by Lauren St John, All Fall Down by Ally Carter and Letters To A Law Student by Nick McBride


Awesome/Important Stuff:

I did a survey with the aim of encouraging more people to read!

The 2nd part of my Twitter Tips series which talks a bit about twitter etiquette.

I gave out some Bookish Valentine's help with what I would put in a 'man crate'.

I listed my top ten Bookish Problems, including the ever current 'Should I Fangirl...?'

I told you how life has been.

And ran a giveaway for you to win some Ally Carter prizes!

What about next month- what do you want to see?

Around the Blogosphere:
Favourite Book This Month:

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    Top Songs:
    • I sat down and listened to some more of Lorde's songs, because she is one badass singer, and I found that I especially LOVED this one: The Love Club.
    • Listening to the radio, I kept hearing this song so I dig some digging till I found out it was called Hold Back the River - James Bay. It's brilliant!
    • Fergie - L.A.LOVE is way too catchy. I can't stop singing it, and if I'm honest, it just makes me want to dance. Badly. But yeah, dance.
    • Last but definitely not least is Hozier's Take Me To Church. This is musical perfection, and I haven't stopped listening. ITS JUST SO SO GOOD.
    Take Away the Books:
    • I've been watching ALL the TV Shows, including Broadchurch, The Casual Vacancy, The 100, The Middle and The Good Wife. During my week off school I also packed in two episodes of Law & Order.
    • As stated above I had a week off!! YAY! That meant I basically read A LOT. I haven't had this much time to read in a while, and I am savoring it!
    • I also managed to sort out my bloglovin' feed! *high five* and get in some writing time! I'm on 18,000 words now. :D
    I am so ready for spring right now. I'm sick of wearing coats and I just want to break out all my pastel colours along with skirts and dresses.... Its time to move on out, Winter! 




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