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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

MINI REVIEWS: City of Fae and Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke

Hello lovelies!

During my time spent staring at textbooks, I did still manage to end up with a bit of a collection of books to review. Today, I'm going to review exactly two of them; City of Fae by Pippa DaCosta and Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman.
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Lets start off with City of Fae which was sent to me by the lovely Bloomsbury, so thank you to them for letting me review it! Looking back, whilst I did enjoy this book, it isn't particularly memorable. It's the kind of book where I'm left thinking that yes, I liked it, but did it complete my life in a way that I would be lost with out it? To be blunt, no. Like always, I did enjoy the magical/fae aspect of the story, and there was always an aspect of mystery to it. In fact, several things were revealed that I wasn't expecting and this has to be commended because predictable books just aren't fun. What I think held this book back though was the characters. I didn't feel very connected to the characters or the relationships, and that prevents me from getting invested in the story. I need someone to root for, or even someone to hate with a burning passion! Yet none of that was provided and because of that I can't say I would recommend this, although you may like it better than be! 

I had more luck with Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, a sequel to a book I really loved. I was allowed to review this by HarperTeen (THANK YOU!) and it certainly did not disappoint. With a book taking place during Hitler's time in power, it's impossible to not feel disgusted by the occurrences throughout. This book does a good job of asserting the unfair and horrific tones of the time, and seeing how both Gretchen and Daniel are affected by the hatred and tyranny being spread creates a clear image of how damaging it was to live under such a rule. Furthermore, I love the inclusion of people who were a part of Hitler's life. They allow you to see on a deeper scale the emotional deterioration so much evil can cause, and at the end of the day, it's just a reminder of how a single person can ruin countless lives. Plot twists were rife throughout this story, I warn you, so be prepared to have your heart in your mouth a few too many times! Without doubt, I do recommend you read this if you're a fan of historical fiction- it's definitely one of my favourite books in the genre!


Friday, 26 June 2015

Today

Today I'm curled up in my bed, basking in the feel of the rose coloured duvet around me. My toe throbs from when I stood on myself in the midst of all the cabrioles in a character dance, and a tiny paper cut on my finger refuses to be quieted. Mostly, my eyes droop even as I write, falling victim to the exhaustion that seeps through my limbs.


But my fingers itch for more. It's been 5 weeks, and finally my mock exams are over. It's been an experience of sitting through six hours of school, getting home and coaxing myself into remembering all I need to. History, Maths, English, Spanish, Geography, Philosophy. It's all been crammed into my brain in the last weeks, filling up countless notebooks and using up one too many pens. I had to buy more today. You get used to it, the feeling of papers being littered around you. I can open up a book and find a post-it begging me to learn the quadratic formula or a page of writing detailing the Bosnian Crisis. It never ends, is what I've learned this year. It never gets easier, either; you just learn to deal with it. 

Most of me wishes they had been the real thing. I can make myself smile at the thought that this time next year, I'll have finally finished them all. No more hurried looks at the clock, or anxious hoping that they won't quiz you on that one question you still aren't sure about. Okay, so that's not entirely true. Like I said, it never ends, and there'll be exams the next year, and the next. Those will probably be worse. Yet, I dream of having gotten past that milestone in academia, because if there is one thing about me I know to be certain, it's that I hate to delay. I'd rather get it done, forget about it, and move on to the next thing. Just keep swimming. 


So now I sit here in a mild haze of sleepiness. I'm halfway between setting off towards the next big event that will either keep me on my way or throw me off completely, but I'm also stuck waiting for this 'final phase' to begin. I almost feel too calm, like I've forgotten how to function without staring at pages detailing what happens at plate boundaries. 


Yet this year has changed me so much. It's put me through my paces, but it's been valuable. Before, I wouldn't know how to deal with getting a science test every 3 weeks. Now, I know that I only have one choice; getting it done. It's made me more determined than ever, I think. I know that if I strive to get what I want, I can do it. Sometimes things only become impossible when you make them, and that's why I try to throw myself into everything I can. Because the unwillingness to ever regret is much greater than a fear of heights or whatever may strike me at that moment.


So yes, I've changed. The funny thing is, I see that not just in myself, but in the things I read too. I yearn for questions and answers, for the stories that will turn my head to make me think. I think it makes me pickier with what I'll read too, because I no longer feel satisfied with books that don't do that for me. I want eloquent plot lines that I'll never guess, words to make me reach for a dictionary and messages that will make me cry with fulfilment. It's a lot to ask for, but I'm willing to search relentlessly.


Of course, I'm still going to bury myself in my love for YA. Anyone who says that books in this genre don't do the above needs to come see me for a recommendation list- you just have to look in the right places, and sometimes read a book that won't teach you anything but WILL make you squeal with fun. Nevertheless, I want to venture into adult literature, along with classics and whatever else you have to throw at me. That's your reward for making it through such a long winded post- you get to shower me with book recommendations! For now, I'll be starting with To Kill a Mockingbird, Life After Life and Chronicle of a Death Foretold, but like always- I want more. :)




Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Letter From A Reader: Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Hello Everyone!

I received this for review from the amazing people over at HarperTeen, so thank you to them for allowing me to review it! I was warned, but the tears came soon enough whilst reading this! Don't worry, they were happy! Of course, I loved this so much I wrote a letter to Emmy and Oliver- the characters themselves. 

13132816Title: Emmy & Oliver
Author: Robin Benway
Series: N/A
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: June 23rd 2015
No. of Pages: 352


Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?
 -(Goodreads)
 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.



Saturday, 6 June 2015

The Heir by Kiera Cass

Hello Everyone!

THE SELECTION HAS ANOTHER BOOK AND EEEEEE IT WAS TOO GOOD. Thank you to the lovely people at HarperCollins UK for letting me read the 10 chapter extract (I bought the book to read the rest)! Also, if anyone wants to give me the dress they used for the cover, I will happily accept. I'll even pretend to be Eadlyn for a month. ;)

Title: The Heir
Author: Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #4 
Source: Publisher (Netgalley) / Bought
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Published: May 7th 2015
No. of Pages: 400
Eighteen years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story…but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.
A new generation of swoonworthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series! -(Goodreads)
4.5 stars: Page agrees this book was wonderful, almost
amazing.



Thursday, 4 June 2015

Found in Translation


It's not secret that I hold high value for both words and literature, as anyone would for something that can connect people through shared emotions and experiences. Literature is undoubtedly something to be valued by every single person. Everyone has a right to fall in love with words, to be given that opportunity to get wrapped up in a story. I guess that's the beauty of translation, and why companies such as Smartling offer translation services. Translation breaks yet another barrier that prevents people from experiencing the same stories and journeys. The 'language barrier' is no longer an excuse, and we are lucky that through stories, people all around the world can connect more and more.

Personally, the most important thing that could happen with a translation is that the story retains its original feeling. I know that sounds weird- surely making sure everything was accurate and well presented is best? However, I know that when I read a book I really love, I can feel it. Something in the story just makes you happy, makes you want to read on and consume even more of the plot. It's one of the best feelings in the world, finding a good book, and I think it's something to do with the style and passion the author writes with. When you see how much care and work has gone into the tiniest details, it's impossible to not have a whole world come to life. Everything just seems a little more breathtaking, and for me, that's what makes a difference between a book I enjoy, and a book that just won't get out of my head.

That means I can't bear the thought of that being lost in translation. Any reader, regardless of what language they speak, should be able to feel the same thing as they read, and that should make you really appreciate the painstaking work that goes into translating. I've never really thought about it before, but each word has to be translated precisely, so that nothing is lost. It must be a long process, but I would definitely say it's worth it.

Imagine if we couldn't translate books. All I can think of is the amount of people from different countries who I've been able to talk to and become friends with, just because of books. That wouldn't have happened if we didn't have books being translated all the time. Because of translation, we are allowed to discover things we would have never had the chance to before hand. This expands people's ideas for the future, and gives us more choices than ever. And it's all because we don't limit ourselves any more. For me that's what reading embodies; learning not to conform, but to be innovative. To explore, whether it's languages, countries, histories. Anything. Doesn't that seem pretty great? I think it does. It really is something to be found in translation, hence the title. ;)



Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Letter From A Reader: Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby

Hello Everyone!

This was sent to me via Edelweiss by the lovely people over at HarperTeen, so thank you to them for allowing me to review it! It obviously turned into a cry-fest pretty soon into the book, but I really recommend you read it!


17571215Title: Things We Know by Heart
Author: Jessi Kirby
Series: N/A
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: April 21st 2015
No. of Pages: 304
When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all. 

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn't want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they're connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake
. -(Goodreads)
 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.



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