August 2015Weaving Pages: August 2015

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Hello Everyone!

I received this book for review via Edelweiss from the lovely HarperTeen, so thank you to them for allowing me to review this!
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Title: Crimson Bound
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Series: N/A
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: May 5th 2015
No. of Pages: 448
When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.
 -(Goodreads)
4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable



Sunday, 9 August 2015

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Hello!

I finally read this!! YYYAYYY! Yet all my mind can process is that a) I need an Etienne and b) why did I not read this sooner?!

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Author: Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss #1
Source: Bought
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Published: December 2nd 2010
No. of Pages: 400

Anna has everything figured out - she was about to start senior year with her best friend, she had a great weekend job, and her huge work crush looked as if it might finally be going somewhere... Until her dad decides to send her 4383 miles away to Paris. On her own.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna finds herself making new friends, including Etienne, the smart, beautiful boy from the floor above. But he’s taken – and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near-missed end with the French kiss she’s been waiting for?
-(Goodreads)
 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.



Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

Hello Everyone!

I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley, so thank you to the lovely people at Hodder & Stoughton for allowing me to review it!


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Title: Witch Hunter
Author: Virginia Boecker
Series: The Witch Hunter #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release Date: September 1st 2015
No. of Pages: 409

Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Grey doesn't look dangerous. A tiny, blonde, wisp of a girl shouldn't know how to poison a wizard and make it look like an accident. Or take out ten necromancers with a single sword and a bag of salt. Or kill a man using only her thumb. But things are not always as they appear. Elizabeth is one of the best witch hunters in Anglia and a member of the king's elite guard, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and bringing those who practice it to justice. And in Anglia, the price of justice is high: death by burning.

When Elizabeth is accused of being a witch herself, she's arrested and thrown in prison. The king declares her a traitor and her life is all but forfeit. With just hours before she's to die at the stake, Elizabeth gets a visitor - Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in Anglia. He offers her a deal: he will free her from prison and save her from execution if she will track down the wizard who laid a deadly curse on him.

As Elizabeth uncovers the horrifying facts about Nicholas's curse and the unwitting role she played in its creation, she is forced to redefine the differences between right and wrong, friends and enemies, love and hate... and life and death.
  (-Goodreads)
3 stars: Page tweets once, he didn't have strong
feelings for this book. It was just ok.


Monday, 3 August 2015

This is One Moment Blog Tour: Interview with Mila Gray (Sarah Alderson)


Hiya!

Today Sarah Alderson who you may know as Mila Gray is joining us on the blog to talk about her new book This is One Moment. Before we get onto the interview, you should probably take a moment to marvel at the gorgeous cover. Don't you love it? I also thought I'd say a quick thank you to Sarah and the team behind this for quoting me on the cover! I swear I almost fell over when I saw it ;)

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Title: This is One Moment
Author: Mila Gray
Series: Come Back to Me #2
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Published: 6th August 2015

Synopsis:
A forbidden romance. A wounded Marine who thinks he’s beyond saving. A girl who’s determined to prove him wrong. 
Didi Monroe’s waited her whole life for the type of romance you see in the movies, so when Hollywood heartthrob Zac Ridgemont sweeps her off her feet, Didi believes she might finally have met the one.
While Zac’s away filming for the summer, Didi begins her internship at a military hospital in California. There, she meets wounded Marine Noel Walker. Frustrated on the outside and broken on the inside, Walker’s a pain-in-the-ass patient who refuses all help. Yet Didi can’t help but be drawn to him, and though he’s strictly out of bounds it soon becomes impossible to ignore the sparks flying between them.
As the attraction simmers into dangerous territory, Didi finds herself falling hard for a man she knows is going to break her heart. Because Walker doesn’t believe in love or happy ever afters. So what possible future can there be? Then tragedy hits, shattering both their worlds, and Didi is forced to choose between fighting for love or merely falling for the illusion of it.
1. Hi Sarah! Thank you for coming on the blog again! I'm so excited for This is One Moment to be released (The cover is gorgeous too!) so can you tell me a little about it and what it was like writing it?
Thanks so much for having me. After I wrote Come Back To Me I knew I wanted to revisit that world and while I didn’t want to write a sequel I was excited to write a story from Didi’s point of view (she’s a minor character in Come Back To Me). In  This Is One Moment  Didi is working on her PhD at a military rehab hospital and it’s there that she falls for a moody, gruff wounded Marine called Walker. It’s quite a heartbreaking read and tackles some issues that I think should be talked about more - namely the sacrifice soldiers make and the issues that vets face.

I wrote it very fast (I had a very tight deadline) and so I went to India on my own for 8 days and wrote about 40,000 words in that time. 
2. Were you excited to revisit your characters from Come Back To Me in This is One Moment?
I was but it was tricky as I didn’t want to include any spoilers so I very purposely kept a lot of the characters out of this book and made references ambiguous. But Jessa does appear a few times and one of my favourite characters, Kit’s dad, the chaplain, is back dishing out his down to earth wisdom. 
3. Do you have a favourite part in this book?
I think my favourite character is Sanchez, who was in the unit that Walker was leading. He’s had major trauma and loss of limbs but he’s such a joy and so full of life that I often think of him as a real person. Him and his wife were some of my favourite characters ever to write.
4. I was instantly interested by the fact that Didi is working in a military hospital. Did you have to put a lot of research in bringing this to life, or was it an aspect of the story that just 'clicked’? 
I did do a lot of research actually. The centre is based on a real one and I did a lot of research into post traumatic stress, rehabilitation and psychology. In my past life working for a charity I set up a project that worked with ex-soldiers so I was already aware of a lot of the issues that face ex-servicemen in terms of depression and higher rates of alcoholism.
5. How was writing This is One Moment different from your experience with writing Come Back To Me?
They were fairly similar and for this book I felt like I already had my main character and the world mapped out. It’s a world I also know from my YA Hunting Lila series. Come Back To Me was my first non thriller adult novel after writing 8 YA thrillers so it was a real step change for me, but knowing I was capable and that Come Back To Me had been so popular definitely helped.
6. On a scale of 1-10, how excited should we be for any of your upcoming projects?!
Ahhhh I think 10. It depends if you read my YA books as well. The journey to making the movie of Hunting Lila has been so long, almost four years already and we’re so close. It could all fall apart obviously but we’re starting to cast and we have a great director and it is looking more and more hopeful. I’m keeping everything crossed.

Besides that another of my YA books, The Sound, about a British girl who nannies on the island of Nantucket for a summer, is in development with a major British broadcaster and I’m so excited about that. 

Thank you so much for the interview, Sarah! It's always a pleasure to have you on the blog! If you haven't read Come Back To Me yet, then what are you doing?! Take a peek at my other interview with Sarah or my review of the book here. You're in luck because there is also a giveaway for you to enter! All you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter form below- Good Luck!


Saturday, 1 August 2015

10 Things That Make Me Happy

1. Quotes
 Because Literature is beautiful and filled with perfectly composed sentences that make the world burst into colour.

2. Being Swarmed by Puppies/Kittens/Fluffy Things
Because they're little bundles of energy with endless amounts of love to give. They're also better creatures than we'll ever be- we should aspire to be a little more like puppies. ;)

3.  A Challenge
Because it's exhilarating to accept a challenge and get it done. Who cares if it's hard? The feeling that you did it is worth it. 

4. Dancing
Because you feel everything at once and just do what the music tells you to. It's incredible.

5. Breathtaking Scenes
Because thinking 'Wow, I'm actually looking at this' gives you a huge sense of accomplishment, and when things get you down it's nice to be reminded of the wonders of the world.

6. Imagining the Places I'll Go
Because we all like to dream a little and one day if you're standing there in Thailand or New York or wherever- you can say 'I made a dream come true.'

7. Laughing with Family
Because a) My family is wonderfully amazing and b) They always make me laugh without even trying.

8. Sunny Shores
Because who doesn't love 'Blue Skies and Sunshine' over an endless piece of blue silk.

9. Warm Rain
Because that one thing you usually hate is suddenly what I imagine little drops of sunshine would feel like.

10. Life
Because no matter how rubbish it can be, we can never forget the extraordinary creation life is.


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