June 2014Weaving Pages: June 2014

Friday, 27 June 2014

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Hello Everyone!

Thank you to the lovely people at Bloomsbury for sending this to me for review! As always, this does not affect my opinions.

Title: Fracture
Author: Megan Miranda
Series: Fracture #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: February 13th 2014
No. of Pages: 272

When Decker found Delaney kissing his best friend Carson, he told himself that it meant nothing. But then Carson calls to Delaney from across the vast frozen lake. Jealous, Decker insists they walk over the fragile ice. Halfway, he leaves her there ...Ten minutes without air, Delaney will be dead. Decker pulls her out of the icy waters after eleven. Delaney is alive, but now she is drawn to those who are dying ...and to stranger, Troy - someone Decker should see as a threat. (-Goodreads)
3 stars: Page tweets once, he didn't have strong
feelings for this book. It was just ok.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Blog Tour + Giveaway! Come Back To Me by Mila Gray

Hello Everyone!

Excellent news: Today I have yet another Q&A with the lovely author Sarah Alderson (She's writing this book under the pen name 'Mila Gray' if you're a bit confused!) You may remember the last Q&A I did with her, but this time I am taking part in the blog tour, meaning I also have an awesome giveaway for you! There is no review included in this post because I've already had the pleasure of reviewing it- you can have a look here

Hi Sarah! Welcome to the blog and thank you for answering all my questions. I think I've got about eight in total, so let's get started!

What got you to become an author and do you think it has influcenced your writing? (Question from @Books_Bandit)

I quit my job in London five years ago and needed some way to earn money - naively I thought writing a book would make me rich! Once I started writing though I discovered how much I loved it.

I love how writing is just something you decided to do- it shows that you can just sit down and do anything you want! What's your writing process like? Any tips & tricks? (Question from @Ariannebooklove)
Im really disciplined. My publisher gave me a 6 week deadline for Come Back To Me. I beat it. I sit down every day and write - usually around 6,000 words a day. And Im not a perfectionist so I dont beat myself up or sweat over every sentence. I just keep going.

Wow. I don't know if I could ever do that! It seems like a lot of hard work, but completely worth it, I'm sure. Come Back To Me is a different genre to the other books you've written. What was it like writing it?
It was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed NOT writing a thriller for once. I found it much easier when it came to plotting.

I have to say that this probably had me as much on the edge of my seat as some thrillers do, especially because of that prologue..! How did you find it writing dual POVs?
I write in dual POV quite often - the Fated series is dual POV and my next YA Conspiracy Girl is in dual POV. I really enjoy writing from a male POV. I think it spices things up. Also, with single POV it can be hard to tell all aspects of the story. 

Ahh! I'll be on the lookout for your next YA book! How did you get the idea for Come Back To Me? Did you have any inspirations?
Well, in truth it is inspired partly by Alex and Jack from Hunting Lila. It’s set in Oceanside and it’s about two best friends who are both in the Marines and Kit falls in love with Riley’s sister just before the two of them get re-deployed over to Afghanistan for a year. It’s about love and loss and friendship and heartbreak. 

Aww! I love Alex and Jack. It's nice to see how some of your characters can impact other books, too. How do you set about choosing the setting for your books?
I always locate my books in places I’ve lived or visited. I love California so a lot of my books are based there. I also love New York and think it makes a great setting for books so my last YA - Out of Control - is set there (gives me a great excuse to travel). I’m thinking of setting my next New Adult book on Bainbridge Island off the coast of Seattle so I’m going there this summer.

I would love to go to New York or California. One day..! What was your favourite part of coming up with the characters in Come Back To Me?
I liked seeing who Kit turned into when I started writing. As soon as I started typing from his POV his voice just leapt off the page and I knew exactly who he was. Same with Jessa.

I love Kit and Jessa. I have to ask you this because it was a small detail that made me SO happy: Is there a reason that you made Kit half Portuguese, or was it just a random choice? Regardless, thank you for including that detail!
I actually read a memoir of a man who’d been a Marine embassy guard and it was really helpful to me in understanding the mindset of someone who wants to leave the Marines and post traumatic stress disorder. He was half Portuguese and I wanted to honour that in some way so I made Kit half-Portuguese too. I like giving my characters a little exoticism and mixing it up. Most my characters are half something. Jay in Out of Control is half-Cuban. Alex in Hunting Lila is half-Swedish (did you know that? Not many people know that). 
Lila is half-English. I think it adds something to the character! 

I never expected that. I think it's very sweet of you to honour that- Thank you! I never actually realised all the different nationalities your characters had origins from- it's very interesting!

Thank you for answering all my questions!
Thanks so much for having me on the blog!

I really hope you enjoyed that Q&A! I found out some things I didn't know, and you never know- this little post may just prove to be inspiring for someone! I've got an amazing giveaway for you now. Just fill in the rafflecopter form below- you need to be quick though!
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I hope you enjoyed this! Bye! xx

Sunday, 22 June 2014

The Book Sacrifice Tag

Hello Everyone!

The lovely Zoe over at Bookhi tagged me, and I'M REALLY HAPPY! I watched this tag on booktube ages ago, but I had no idea it had made it's way over to the blogosphere yet! I think I managed to come up with a good set of answers, I hope, but I'd just like to give a small disclaimer that this tag is for fun and is not meant to offend anyone!

1. An Over-Hyped book: Let's start this off with a Zombie Apocalypse! Let's say you're in a book store, just browsing, when BAM! ZOMBIE ATTACK. An announcement comes over the PA System saying that the military has discovered that the zombies' only weakness is over-hyped books. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you really hated do you start chucking at the zombies knowing that it will count as an over-hyped book and successfully wipe them out?!

Yeah... well this is kind of awkward, right? I went into this book thinking: "Whoop!! Everyone seems to like this!" and "I'M READY TO HAVE A NEW FAVOURITE SERIES." Then I read it and was left to wallow in a sea of disappointment. After I read it, I saw lots of people getting really excited about the last book in the series, and I remember people being so happy about BEA because of Chapter Samplers or something. Me? I was just left confused at all the hype, unfortunately!

2. A Sequel: Let's say you've just left the salon with a SMASHING new haircut and BOOM: Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

300044 Knife Edge by Malorie Blackman. AH. This is literally a: WE DO NOT SPEAK OF THIS moment, but I shall make an exception for you lovely people. Basically, after that amazing first book with a HEART-SHREDDING ending, the only reason I read this was a storage combination of hope and sheer stubbornness. I did end up leaving the series after this.. Knife Edge is already drenched with my tears so I'm sure it won't mind the rain.. XD

3. A Classic: Let's say you're in a lecture and your English teacher is going on and on about how this classic changed the world, how it revolutionized literature and you get so sick of it that you chuck the classic right at his face because you know what? This classic is stupid and it's worth detention just to show everyone how you feel! What classic did you chuck?

Oh no.. people are going to hate me for this but.. Pride & Prejudice.. I'll be honest and admit that I should probably try and struggle through this again, but the last time I attempted that journey, I got to 47% on my Kindle before deciding that I did not care who on earth was going to marry who, or why Mr Darcy seemed to be so disagreeable. I apologise deeply for my thoughts.

172767524. Your least favourite book of life: Let's say that you're hanging out at the library when BAM global warming explodes and the world outside becomes a frozen wasteland. You're trapped and your only chance for survival is to burn a book. What is the book you first run to, your least favourite book of all life, what book do you not fully regret lighting?

Atom and Eve by Jeff Yager has to be my choice for this
 one. It was an e-galley that I thought sounded good for a particular reason and I ended up disliking it because of that particular reason. I literally did not see the point of the whole book, and I felt as though depending how you chose to look at it, the book could be seen as kind of sexist, in my opinion. My review explains it better.

5. (polandbananasBOOKS's added bonus question!) Bad Ending: You're about to go up on stage when you realise you're chewing gum. You have all your favourite series backstage to steady your nerves before your performance and you realise you have to rip out the last page of the last book in one of your favourite series to rid of your gum BECAUSE YOU CAN'T GO ON STAGE CHEWING GUM! What book do you choose to rip out the last page of?

This is probably the easiest choice: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill. This book isn't part of a series, or one of my favourites, but it is a good book- so I'm not technically cheating... Anyway, you'll get to the end of this book and you'l think that everything is all fine and dandy. AHAHAHA! YOU HAVEVNT READ THE LAST PAGE. IT IS PURE EVIL. EVIL, I TELL YOU.

I really hope you enjoyed this tag! I definitely had fun choosing the books for each category. I tag:
Georgia @ The Books Bandit
Holly @ A Daydreamer's Thoughts
Fi @ Books for Birds

Sorry if you've already done this!

Friday, 20 June 2014

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Hello Everyone!

Despite having high expectations, I was let down by this book. I really didn't expect this, though... 

15783083Title: The Diviners
Author: Libba Bray
Series: The Diviners #1
Source: Library
Publisher: ATOM
Release Date: September 18th 2012
No. of Pages: 592

It's 1920s New York City. It's flappers and Follies, jazz and gin. It's after the war but before the depression. And for certain group of bright young things it's the opportunity to party like never before.

For Evie O'Neill, it's escape. She's never fit in in small town Ohio and when she causes yet another scandal, she's shipped off to stay with an uncle in the big city. But far from being exile, this is exactly what she's always wanted: the chance to show how thoroughly modern and incredibly daring she can be.

But New York City isn't about just jazz babies and follies girls. It has a darker side. Young women are being murdered across the city. And these aren't crimes of passion. They're gruesome. They're planned. They bear a strange resemblance to an obscure group of tarot cards. And the New York City police can't solve them alone.

Evie wasn't just escaping the stifling life of Ohio, she was running from the knowledge of what she could do. She has a secret. A mysterious power that could help catch the killer - if he doesn't catch her first.

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

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Recent Stuff: A Little Tidying Up

Hello Everyone!!

In light of me missing yet another monthly recap, I decided just to tidy-up all the bloggy stuff and let you know what's been going on!

On the Blog:

I HAVE A NEW BLOG DESIGN! Yay! I'm really happy with it, and also proud because I made it all by myself- including the background which I just figured out how to do! XD. Do you like it? Tell me your thoughts!

I feel like I'm managing some order in terms of my blog schedule. Things have been a little crazy lately, as you'll know, but I had a lucky few days where I got a load of inspirations for posts that you've hopefully enjoyed?! My favourite is probably this rewritten version of Wrecking Ball, inspired by TFiOS and written by me and Zoe! I'm thinking of roping Zoe in to rewrite some more songs. What do you think- would you enjoy that?

I'm running a giveaway at the moment! Unfortunately, it's UK ONLY but if you live on that marvellous piece of land, then you can enter to win a copy of Picture Perfect by Holly Smale.


I had a load of rants on this blog, last month. Yes, they were all aimed at Michael Gove.

I also took part in my FIRST EVER Blog Tour! It was as part of the First Loves Blog Tour and it was such a great experience! I LOVED it!

Look out for another participation in a blog tour on the 23rd of June! It's a Q&A with the author- Can you guess who?

On the Land:

I'm in love with another couple of songs again. One is from the TFiOS soundtrack (Which I'm seeing soon, hopefully!), the other two are called Ghost and Clarity

I have managed to get my sister and I watching Once Upon A Time. It's AWESOME and I LOVE ALL OF THE CHARACTERS. Especially Red and Hook! Wait... should I ship these two just for weird shipping purposes?


I'm hoping to watch The Book Thief soon! I think this will be one sob filled month if I end up watching both TBT and TFiOS!


I hope you enjoyed this little post, and I'll see you soon with a better recap! KEEP REMINDING ME!
Bye! xx

Monday, 16 June 2014

Farewell From A Reader: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

Hello Everyone!

So here I am... Casually trying to get through this Book Hangover because MY FEELS ARE BIGGER THAN THIS BOOK. AND THIS BOOK IS SO BIG IT COULD CRUSH ME. (Credit to Zoe for coming up with that!) Luckily, my most highly anticipated book of the year was perfect. I would give it more than 5 stars. Here's my letter of farewell to such an amazing series:

Title: City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #6
Source: Bold 
Publisher: Walker Books
Published: May 28th 2014
No. of Pages: 733

Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last instalment of the internationally bestselling The Mortal Instruments series.

Erchomai, Sebastian had said. I am coming.
Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat him - must they journey to another world to find the chance? -(Goodreads)

 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

GIVEAWAY! Picture Perfect by Holly Smale (UK ONLY)

Hey Everyone!

18665259By mistake, I received two copies of Geek Girl: Picture Perfect for review. So after getting the go ahead from the wonderful publisher, I decided to do a giveaway for you all, since you are AMAZING readers! I haven't been able to get round to read this yet, but I can't wait till I pick it up because I know it's going to be HILARIOUS, so make sure you watch out for my review in the future! To be in with a chance to win the third book in the Geek Girl series, just enter the rafflecopter giveaway below:

Harriet Manners knows more facts that most. She knows that New York is the most populous city in the United States. She knows that its official motto is "Ever Upward". She knows that 28% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.

But she knows nothing about modelling in the Big Apple, and how her family will cope with life stateside. Or how to "become a brand", as the models in New York put it. And, even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures aren't coming from your boyfriend...
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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and The Bookish

Top Ten Books I've Read So Far This Year

1. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. I think it was my first 'Letter From A Reader' of the year- that's how much it touched me. I LOVE books like that. 

2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Lunar Chronicles now holds the title of one of my favourite series, EVER. ASDFGHJKL I have so many OTPs and characters because of it! I can't wait for Winter to come out.

3. Come Back To Me by Mila Gray
TEARSSS. The romance in this book is gorgeous. So many feelings are caused by it and I can promise you that there will be tears when you read it! Also, watch out for the Q&A I'll be doing with the author.

I sobbed for about ten minutes after I read this. I literally finished it, then put it down so that I could cry. I then wrote a review whilst sobbing. I also very felt very inspired by the two very brave protagonists, and they have a special place in my heart.

5. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

6. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
FEELINGS. Celaena is badass and EEKK Sarah is coming near me in August but I can't go meet her. :( Luckily, Kayleigh is awesome and has offered to get my books signed for me! :D

7. Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
This was the last book in my beloved series and ahhhh it was great! I was extremely happy with the ending, and we all love it when our favourite series end well, right?

Awww, this was such a cutesy book! I definitely shed a few tears, but most of all it was adorable and has to be my favourite of Jennifer E. Smith's books.

9. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
This was such a twist on the originally fairytale. I loved it, and the characters were probably one of my favourite elements- especially Ignifex!

10. The End of the World As We Know It by Iva-Marie Palmer
This book was hilarious, in such a cliche-but-still-awesome way. The alien-butt-kicking was badass and funny at the same time, and I enjoyed laughing along to the unexpected happenings!

  I haven't read many books this year.. Only 25 according to Goodreads. I have no idea why I haven't been very good at working through my TBR but hopefully I'll be better by the end of the year!

Bye! xx

Friday, 6 June 2014

Bookish Events: Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

Hello Everyone!

Sorry for the delay on my posts- I'm trying to get my act together when it comes to blogging, so I'm going to hopefully sit down one day soon and write like the apocalypse is coming... even though I have to learn French, Spanish and History for some upcoming tests.. >.<

All complaining aside, I GOT TO MEET CASSANDRA CLARE! IT WAS AMAZING AND I MET SARAH REES BRENNAN AGAIN, AND ASDFGHJKL... *starts singing* Lets start from the very beginning...

The day before Wednesday, I did my nails in preperation for the event, so here's a quick photo to see what you think: 

Soooo... On Wednesday I rushed to the train station after a restless day because EEEEKKKK I WAS GOING TO MEET CASSIE. CLARE. CASSIE CLARE. I was in fits of excitement all day. Whilst waiting for the train, these photos ensued: 

Once I got there, there was already a line outside!! Luckily, I was quite early and got a seat near the front! I was meeting Kayleigh from K-Books there, but more about her later (SHE'S AWESOME!) At 5 O'clock, we went in and sat down, then Cassie and Sarah came on stage- I was instantly buzzing with excitement like a bee on energy drinks. Sarah and Cassie read some voicemails a certain character had left on another character's phone, which caused a lot of 'Awwww!'s and laughs! Then they started taking questions. I few of my feels were hit because of previous books, but luckily there were no CoHf spoilers as I haven't yet finished it! (I DON'T WANT TO!) 

There was a extremely hilarious point where both Cassie and Sarah started acting out things with there water bottles, earning A LOAD of laughs from the audience! It was positively awesome madness!

 After that, the Q&A was over way too soon- to me it seemed like it was only 10 minutes, but it was loaaaddss more. Then it was time for the signing. With so many people, we couldn't get any posed photos, but we did get to have two books signed- one personalised. I chose Clockwork Princess and City of Heavenly Fire, and then I bought Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan so I could have the whole Lynburn Legacy series. I got to talk to Cassie quickly, where I managed to certify that Isabelle Lightwood has some Portuguese blood, as her great-grandfather married a Portuguese Shadowhunter! I have a theory that's probably where she gets her dark eyes from, so as you can imagine, it resulted in a very happy Rita!

Like I said, Sarah also signed my book, and along with it she gave me Jared's penny necklace! It's AWESOME and I have worn it loads already!

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, however this ended on a great note as I managed to talk to Kayleigh! She is so lovely and sweet, and I LOVED TALKING TO YOU, KAYLEIGH! I realised when we got home that I forgot to take a photo with her *Facepalm* but NEXT TIME!

I really hope you enjoyed this recap of events, and hopefully I'll get to meet Cassie again one day!

Bye! xx

Monday, 2 June 2014

Letter From A Reader: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Hello Everyone!!

After reading this, I want to simultaneously hit and hug the person or thing that first told me to read this. TEARS, OKAY?

Title: Code Name Verity
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Series: Code Name Verity #1
Source: Library
Publisher: Egmont UK
Published: February 6th 2012
No. of Pages: 447
Two young women become unlikely best friends during WWII, until one is captured by the Gestapo. Only in wartime could a stalwart lass from Manchester rub shoulders with a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a special operations executive. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted to each other.

But then a vital mission goes wrong, and one of the friends has to bail out of a faulty plane over France. She is captured by the Gestapo and becomes a prisoner of war. The story begins in “Verity’s” own words, as she writes her account for her captors. Truth or lies? Honour or betrayal? Everything they’ve ever believed in is put to the test…

 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.

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