September 2015Weaving Pages: September 2015

Saturday, 26 September 2015

5 Cities I'd Like to Visit


1. New York City, USA

IMAGE BY FRANCISCO DIEZ VIA WIKIMEDIA

Truth is, New York is just one of those cities I know one day in my life I'll need to go there. Even though it's not uncommon to see the famous skyline appear on your screen or in the background of your favourite movie, it doesn't take away the magic of imagining what it would be like to see it for yourself. Yellow taxi cabs, streets filled with sky high buildings and the lights illuminating Broadway; call me naive, but that's exactly what I picture. A girl can dream, right?
2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
IMAGE BY ARTYOMIC VIA WIKIMEDIA

I'm lucky enough to have been to Brazil before, but I only got the chance to see Belo Horizonte. Of course, Brazil is a great big beautiful country, and though Belo Horizonte is brilliant, Rio would be a treat to visit. It's hard to describe, but I think being in Rio surrounded by the vastness of it all would feel phenomenal.

3. Bangkok, Thailand

IMAGE BY NIK CYCLIST VIA FOTOR. CC BY

I've always wanted to go to Thailand: crystal water, blue skies and beaches filled with rocks and greenery to explore. It's just my kind of thing, but then I also love Bangkok. All the lights and colours in this picture reflect what I'd hope to find there. From new flavours, to a whole new culture to learn from, Bangkok would be perfect to visit.
4. Amsterdam
IMAGE BY PATRICK CLENET VIA WIKIMEDIA

I must visit Amsterdam one day, and its only in part because of The Fault in Our Stars. The idea of sailing down the canal in a boat is amazing, and I love the style of the houses. All the different colours make me want to smile and not stop!

5. Salzburg

IMAGE BY JIUGUANG WANG VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Salzburg is just beautiful. I love how it looks, with the white buildings and lights glowing all around- it's kind of ethereal. If that doesn't convince me to want to go, I know the fact you can go on a Sound of Music tour of Salzburg will. Sign me up now!


Thursday, 24 September 2015

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Hello Everyone!!

I received this book from the lovely people at Indigo, so thank you SO MUCH for the early copy! Six of Crows is one of the best books I've read this year, and I will be recommending it to anyone and everyone!


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Author: Leigh Bardugo
Series: Six of Crows #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Indigo
Published: September 29th 2015
No. of Pages: 528


The Grisha Trilogy introduced readers to the irresistible fantasy world of the Grisha - and now Leigh Bardugo brings us a new sweeping epic.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy, Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

A convict with a thirst for revenge.
A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
A runaway with a privileged past.
A spy known as the Wraith.
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction - if they don't kill each other first. -(Goodreads)

 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts



Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Hello Everyone!!

I received this book from the lovely people at Bloomsbury, so thank you to them for running the awesome competition! Queen of Shadows has a prize place on my bookshelf.


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Author: Sarah J Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
Published: September 1st 2015
No. of Pages: 645


Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world. -(Goodreads)
 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.



Saturday, 19 September 2015

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Hi Lovelies!

I was given this book for review from the lovely people at HarperTeen, so thank you to them for allowing me to review this brilliant sequel!

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Title: Ice Like Fire
Author: Sara Raasch
Series: Snow Like Ashes #2
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 13th 2015
No. of Pages: 479


It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.-(Goodreads)

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



Thursday, 17 September 2015

An Interview with Linda Forsell: 'Children Having Children.'

Linda Forsell is a photojournalist who for the past four years has spent her time bringing the everyday hardships and horrors women around the world face come to life. Her most recent project is know as 'Children Having Children' and shows the real lives of Guatemalan girls who have been forced into having children at ages where most of us are worrying about our next exam at school. These girls are abused, betrayed and castigated; by those they trust, those that turn their heads and by us. When we refuse to acknowledge the sexism that exists, when we deny that something is wrong with the attitudes of those who allow this, we fail each and everyone of them. Please, do your part and look at Linda's photographs, read her words, and tell yourself you will help change this. It is 2015, and we can not let this keep happening. We look back on our ancestors and ask how they could allow such atrocities to happen. Do not let your descendants do the same.


To see the rest of Linda's work and find out more about her projects, www.lindaforsell.com.
1. As a photojournalist, you visually represent a story. What story have you come across that has impacted you the most?
For me, the impact has always come in relation to the bigger picture. I specifically recall meeting a Zimbabwean woman in South Africa who had been raped nine times, twice in gang rapes, and who conceived a daughter as a result of the rape. She fled Zimbabwe because of the first gang rape and due to her ordeals she began to use heroin. This woman was physically unable to look anyone in their eyes, and even less into a camera, but she was completely determined to tell her story. 
I remember walking out of that room thinking that had I experienced the same thing, I would have taken my own life. But still, the real blow and weight on my heart came when I put that in relation to the fact that in South Africa, almost 45% of all women experience rape in their lifetime. The systematic rate at which humans (both men and women) are abusing women is revolting. The situation for girls in Guatemala is of the same systematic character.
To this day, in 2015, there is no place in the world where women are the equals of men. This is one of the greatest crimes committed by humanity, as popularly cited, women are half the population. 
2. I admire that you focus extensively on woman's issues, because sexism fills the world and yet people deny it. When did you know that discrimination was something you had to take a stand against through your photography?
Gender issues have interested me ever since I started out as a photographer in 2005. For various reasons the interest grew - I experienced discrimination myself and I was in an psychologically abusive relationship at one point - so when the chance arrived to work full time on violence against women in 2010, I was eager to deepen my engagement. 
I then worked for two years on the project Cause of Death: Woman where I traveled to ten different countries documenting violence against women. During that time I learnt about the situation in Guatemala which interested me for various reasons. 
First of all it is heartbreaking. Also, at the time I had been feeling a bit frustrated about how to visualise the issue of violence against women in a compelling way. It is most often an invisible problem, even physical violence is most of the time impossible to conceptualise. The situation in Guatemala offered an opportunity to depict the root of violence against women and girls, at the same time as highlighting the specific situation in the country itself. To see a girl, age 13, with a baby, is simply wrong, and it touches the hearts of most people. It is also hard to argue against the atrocity of the situation and almost impossible to find excuses to the violence or to blame the girls for it. By getting past these obstacles that often arise when talking about violence against women you can touch directly at the root, which is that women and especially girls are valued lower than men. 
3. With your project, Children Having Children, what was it like being with these young girls and seeing their lives?
It is inspiring, interesting and frustrating at the same time. I have loved getting to know them, trying to find common interests, learning from them about their toils and hopefully teaching them something. Simultaneously it is frustrating because as an outsider it can be easy to see what they ought to do to find a way forward, but the obstacles can be almost insurmountable. There are cultural obstacle for them to return to school, financial of course, and psychological hurdles since most of them are more or less broken and need help. For example one girl who was raped on two occasions by a 53 year old man, has locked her pain up to the extent that I doubt that she would go to therapy even if she was offered the help. 
4. I know society is certainly not set up to be supportive of these girls, so what kind of atrocities do they have to face every day?

They are stigmatised and blamed for what happened to them, they are expected to abandon all the hopes and dreams to take care of their child and they are expected to see their child as a blessing. This is the mantra of most churches, all children are blessings and you should thank God for them. As a result, they are robbed of their right to grief and sorrow for what has happened to them. 


5. Personally, I find it so hard to understand how people can kick these girls out of school for being bad examples, but they also don't let them have any alternatives to the pregnancy either. For you, what was the hardest thing to try to understand?
This is of course one of the most difficult aspects, and it can only be understood by looking at the root of the problem, that girls and women are deemed less valuable than men, by themselves and others. As a result, what happened to them is considered their fault. All of this happens subconsciously of course, it is not something that anyone would admit to your face, but it is the base of gender inequality. 
6. What impact do you want your photographs to have on the people that see them?
There is no one way that a problem like this can be solved. It is always the confluence and resonance of many different forces and steps. 
I believe that people in and outside of Guatemala are on different levels to being able to grasp the issue and I think this is one of the strengths of the project, that it can reach out to you in different ways. Let’s say you never heard of the problem before and you see the show or read about the show, then it may open up a new door, make you think and be aware of your own behaviour, maybe you start talking to your nearest about what your learnt. On the other hand if you’re well-versed on women’s issues, the collaborations with organisations in the project may give you an idea or opportunity to start acting to help others outside your community. 
In general it is about raising awareness, and make people start thinking, talking and then acting. 
7. How can people help raise awareness and end the problems you document?
There are different ways. A number of local organisations are doing an amazing job trying to improve their situation, preventing the continuance of the situation by education and assisting in emergencies. These movement need all the support they can get in terms of people who can help them out but also money for health care, cars, educational events. 
But the very first thing to do is to start with yourself and treat all women and girls as equals. Speaking of the subject of these girls specifically and equality in general is also important. An entire system and foundation has to change for this to be prevented in the future. 


Thank you, Linda, for doing this interview with me and for the work you do- it's extremely important to every woman out there. I hope everyone who reads this comes away with more knowledge, and an even greater will to do something about it. No woman is less than a man, no girl should be pregnant at 11 and out of school, and no person should ever suffer because of their sex. That's the truth: we are all people above all else, and yet we are not always treated like it.


Thursday, 10 September 2015

Sunkissed by Jenny McLachlan

Hello Everyone!

I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley, so thank you to them for allowing me to review it! Of course, it does not affect my opinion of the book in anyway- that's all down to the hilarious story!



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Title: Sunkissed
Author: Jenny McLachlan
Series: The Ladybirds #1
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: August 13th 2015
No. of Pages: 302


Kat can't believe her family are sending her to Sweden for the summer. But without her friends, or even a phone signal, can Kat make it on her own?

In a land of saunas, nudity and summer sun, Kat soon realises she has nowhere to hide. It's time to embrace who she really is, underneath what she's been thinking people want her to be. Especially if she's going to win the heart of mega fit Swede Leo! Can Kat find her inner strength and prove she's got what it takes?
Kat soon finds that when you're surrounded by phosphorescence and wonder it's easy to sparkle. Or maybe that's what happens when you fall in love . Or maybe you only shine when you're true to yourself. -(Goodreads)
3.5 stars: Page thinks this book was good, but didn't
make him fly.


Saturday, 5 September 2015

This Is One Moment by Mila Gray

Hello Everyone!

I received this book for review via Netgalley from the lovely Pan Macmillan, so thank you to them for allowing me to review this!


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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. -(Goodreads)
4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable



Thursday, 3 September 2015

The Almost King by Lucy Saxon

Hello Everyone!

I received this book from the publisher via Netgalley, so thank you to the lovely people at Bloomsbury for letting me review this, as I've been waiting for this book for a long long time!


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Title: The Almost King
Author: Lucy Saxon
Series: Take Back the Skies #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: June 4th 2015
No. of Pages: 416
Aleks Vasin is the youngest of four brothers, each with his path mapped out. But Aleks doesn't want to work in his father's shop and live with his family in a village in the westernmost corner of Siberene. And when he hears his parents fretting about money, he decides to save them the cost of his keep and leave.

First he heads south - though everyone tells him not to - to Rudavin, headquarters of the kingsguard, and he signs up for the army, little knowing what brutality it entails. After only a few weeks, Aleks realizes that this garrison is full of liars and thieves; he's signed away four years of his life to a commander who steals his money and a captain who's already hurt Aleks's beloved horse. This is not a noble destiny.

After a brutal beating, Aleks escapes, hoping to find safety and a new life somewhere in the north. And there, this deserter finds love, adventure, and a skyship in which he might just prove himself a hero after all - if he can evade the soldiers who seek to capture him.(-Goodreads)
3 stars: Page tweets once, he didn't have strong
feelings for this book. It was just ok.



Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Summer of '15


Hi. I'm back, having finally been dragged away unwillingly from the ocean and the arms of family. But that's life, and I have work to do, exams to revise for, and it can't just be Summer all year long. But more on that in a later post.

Summer of 2015 is basically over. Finite. Done. Finished, no matter how much I want to hold on to the dregs left behind. Even my tan will fade eventually. All I really have are the things I brought back with me: gifts, photos and -most importantly- memories. That last one is what led to the Eureka moment I had whilst I brushed my teeth, and it's why I'm writing this instead of getting some much needed sleep. Something needs to change with this blog, and I feel like I might finally have got it.

It's not a change of design, or a change of font or writing style or theme. There is not much changing actually, even though it requires a whole post. Yet what I want to do is no longer think of Weaving Pages as a sole space for books, because it's more than that. Weaving Pages is a place for stories, because that's what our entire world is: One big story, and finally I realise that's what I want to write about.

This year won't be easy, and a stockpile of work is staring me in the face, which sadly also means blogging time will be cut short. Yet I'm not going to let that get in the way. Sure, the reviews may not be churned out as often, and I might not update as regularly, but I'll share my stories along the way. Whether it's a lesson I learned or something I feel I need to say, hopefully I'll be able to share it on here. In time, everyone else will be able to share their stories too- that's my aim. So look out for a few adventurous steps, and we'll see what the stories bring.

Pretty soon you'll see a change: Weaving Pages will no longer be 'books in screaming colour' but 'stories in screaming colour' because I've come to find that stories matter to me dearly, and they need to be shared.


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