May 2015Weaving Pages: May 2015

Saturday, 30 May 2015

The Bookish Identity Tag

I still get way too excited whenever I'm tagged to do something. Part of me is like EEEEEEE so thank you to Laura for being lovely and tagging me! I just really really like answering questions. Or talking. That last one makes more sense because now you get to hear a bunch of rambles from me! Since when I first read this tag, I absolutely loved it, I'm challenging anyone who feels the same to have a go- have fun :D

Which dystopian/fantastical world would you live in?

It has only dawned upon me now how amazingly hard this is going to be. Okay, so the default answer is The Wizarding World because who wouldn't want to go to Hogwarts!? How much fun would that be- you know, when Voldemort isn't chasing you and stuff... Still, I can think of so many worlds I love, but I'm definitely not choosing any dystopian worlds because tell me: when have you ever wished to be in The Hunger Games? Hmmm? Ruling all of that out, I do adore The Mortal Instruments world so maybe I'd just use a portal to get between the two? Then I'd be a shadowhunter-witch hybrid, which I think I could work with... ;)

Who would your partner be?

I'm not sure you want to go there. I have a list. Yes, it's a mental one, but it could possibly fill a blog of it's own with all the book boyfriends on it. I do however, have an undying love for Carswell Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles and Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses and anyone with the last name of Herondale. I could go on. I've not even made a dent in that list yet! But seriously- I love all my book boyfriends and I could NEVER choose! 

Who would be your Godly mother/father? (Percy Jackson)

I have read exactly one Percy Jackson book, so I stole Laura's idea and did a Demigod quiz. Out of three quizzes I took, I got Aphrodite for two and Apollo for one, so there you have it! I think 10 year old me back when I was studying Ancient Greece would be extremely pleased, because what 10 year old doesn't adore Aphrodite? So yes- I am very happy with this result, ahaha!

Would you be a Downworlder or a Nephilim? (The Moral Instruments)

Hands down a Nephilim. I'm sorry downworlders, but how could I turn down being a Shadowhunter? I think this is the one question where I haven't had to think because I'm already too caught up in my seraph blade-wielding day dreams. As per usual, you know. :)

Which house would you be in? (Harry Potter)

Oooh, ah this is where it gets complicated... You see, I've always thought of myself as a Gryffindor, but upon going on Pottermore and doing the house quiz, I became a Hufflepuff. Therefore, judgement is in the air about this one. Actually, this is a good chance to ask- what do you think is a better fit, Hufflepuff or Gryffindor? :D

Which faction would you be in? (Divergent)

Okay, you do not want to get me started on this one. I have given this much thought, but I also have extremely accurate results! Wooo! To start ruling things out, I could never be Erudite, because whilst I like reading and learning, I couldn't just live my life solely revolving around stuff like that. I would detest being Candor, because it's pretty messed up to make people tell their deepest secrets so that they never lie again... right!? Abnegation is probably the most well meaning faction ever, but I couldn't stand letting people walk all over me. The urge to give my opinions and debate about stuff would become to strong... I quite like Amity, because I consider myself to be a happy, enthusiastic person but they also have the trait of 'do anything to keep peace even if it's wrong' and I completely disagree with that. So I'd probably be eating A LOT of that bread to keep quiet... ;) Last but not least there is Dauntless, where I love the honourable, bad ass side of them but also question if I could ever jump off a moving train and a bridge and a whole lot of other things. BUT ALAS, I have an answer! At the Divergent premiere, I was sorted as being 'Divergent' so WHOOOP! And yes, you just read that paragraph for nothing...

What would your daemon be? (Northen Lights)

Please don't hate me when I say that I have never really got into the whole 'Northen Lights' story. So I did a quiz again and got a 'Dog' as according to the quiz I am "an all around friendly, agreeable person who makes a wonderful, trusting friend."

So there we have it! The Bookish Identity tag- hope you enjoyed it!

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Out of Control by Sarah Alderson

Hello Everyone!

Today I'm reviewing Out of Control, which turned out to be a really brilliant novel! It definitely didn't disappoint, so read on!

Title: Out of Control
Author: Sarah Alderson
Series: N/A 
Source: Giveaway
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: May 22nd 2014
No. of Pages: 320

When 17 year old Liva witnesses a brutal murder she’s taken into police custody for her own protection. But when the police station is attacked and bullets start flying it becomes clear that Liva is not just a witness, she’s a target.

Together with a car thief called Jay, Liva manages to escape the massacre but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit two killers who will stop at nothing to find them.

When you live on the edge, there’s a long way to fall.

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

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Bookish Events: Tom Gates with Liz Pichon

Last Saturday, Ines and I headed off to meet Liz Pichon, the author of some of Ines' favourite books: the Tom Gates series. Both of us agree that we had such a fun time, and hearing Liz talk about how she came up with many aspects of the book was very funny and interesting. Personally, I have to say that I was in love with the fact that she had drawn Tom Gates related doodles on her dress, shoes and belt. I wanted a some too! 

 As the event began, Ines was very excited about the fact that Tom's mum was called Rita, which I have to admit was kind of exciting because there are barely any cool characters called Rita out there. I blame Rita Skeeter. Liz explained a bit about her stories, her characters -including Delia, the moody teenage sister - and soon we got onto the caramel wafer game. Here, we had to guess which caramel wafer wrapper actually contained the wafer in it, and which one was empty. It was certainly fun, and I can't help but think of Tom Gates every time I see a caramel wafer.

Soon, we did a bit of a sing along. Ines had of course shown me the song Tom had invented about Delia- I had to be prepared, you know -so with my inability to resist a good song, I clapped along and enjoyed watching Liz play a whoopee cushion in time to the song! Ines says that she loved it that the song came to life!

A bit further on, we played consequences. Here Liz took suggestions from members of the audience to make our own monster. This resulted in some hilarious suggestions such a duck feet, dog legs, tentacles and lots of eyes and noses! Before long, it was also our turn to draw our names in the style of the Tom Gates book covers on the doodle pads we had been given at the beginning. This was so much fun, and Ines and I both drew our own little monsters in the corner!

Once the event was over, we went and met Liz to get our books signed. She was so nice and funny so it was amazing to meet her! Here's a photo of us all together:

Thank to Liz and Waterstones for organising the event- it was a bundle of fun! If you get a chance, I highly recommend you get yourself a copy of the Tom Gates books- you will have a huge laugh because Ines has good taste in funny books. ;)

Saturday, 23 May 2015

A Little Spring Reading

It can't just be me who loves the idea of seasonal reading. You know, having a gooey  Christmas novel by the fire, or sunbathing with an ice cream in your hand and a sun covered book in the other. It's kind of romanticised, to be honest, but I can't help but love thinking about those Pinterest-worthy pictures that grace our screens. So I picked a few books to help me out:

Hidden beneath that big pile in the blankets is I Am Malala, which I will recommend 100 times and 100 times after that. Spring brings change- isn't that why we all rush into clearing out the old and sweeping in the new -so if you want a book that signifies that, this is it. Listening for Lucca is also a good option. It counterbalances the chaos that worms it's way into spring, with the flurry of exams and last minute preparations, as it has such a simple but effective story. For when the line between Spring and Summer gets a bit blurry (though we're nowhere near there over here!) Wish You Were Italian is perfect, and one of the best light reads you could pick up. Even when you do want to sit down and rest your feet, it doesn't mean you shouldn't opt out of the somehow cute-but-kickass story you get with I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You. Promise- I've been reading this series since I was ten. Last but not least, Spring doesn't mean you won't have your ups and downs. To guarantee a bundle of laughs, I would pick up any book from The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey. If you don't mind bursting out laughing in public, take a copy anywhere, but if you rather avoid the stares just read it in your favourite reading spot. Happy Spring!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Exclamation Marks in Emails are my Downfall

Honestly? I don't regret it one single bit. I just sit down to reply to an extremely nice publisher, or even to just reply to teeniest email ever and my fingers just lose their mind. I swear, my mind screams "BE PROFESSIONAL!" but my hands see a keyboard and just itch to press that exclamation mark more times than is socially acceptable. So every sentence! Ends up! Like this!

Of course, I don't want my cheeriness to be intimidating because I realise that, to other human beings, being attacked with an onslaught of punctuation and prosodic features (AHA, TAKE THAT ENGLISH GCSE!) just isn't that pleasant. Especially, when it's raining and you're having to sort through a heap of paperwork on Monday morning. 

Unfortunately, I feel a need to get my tone across on the internet which consists of: BE MY BEST FRIEND! Without exclamation marks, I feel extremely dull. I often question, HOW are people meant to see that I honestly love people and want to be nice! What if I sound hostile? What if I sound ungrateful when I'm really thinking I'LL LOVE YOU FOREVER FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY? These are pressing matters. 

Then there are the opposite feelings: What if they hate me because I sound too happy? What if they can never stand to email me again because as soon as they see my name they think. Oh NO. It's exclamation mark girl again. What if they have an alarm in their office which just locks down upon receipt of my emails? Okay, so I'm exaggerating a bit here, but no amount of exclamation marks can make the WHAT! IFS! seem happy.

So then begins the long, tedious project of being selective of which sentence should receive the exclamation and then how many. As my Year 6 English teacher still likes to echo in my head 'NO MORE THAN TWO'. I think I may be afraid to press that button a third time. ;) 

Then some days, the inspiration strikes. The unicorns inside me refuse to back down and it results in the exclamation marks being set free to roam the internet. And you know what? I feel like it should be my mission to just sit on people's shoulders and convince them to use that third exclamation mark. You see!!! It's easy!!! I can even do four!!!! FEEL THE POWER.

So tell me- do you do this too or is it a process strictly reserved for me?! :)

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

7 Apps for Booklovers

Top 7 tremendous iPad and iPhone apps for booklovers

If you have a great passion for both reading and gadgets, then you should use your iPhone or iPad to its fullest ability to read e-books and news. Having a mobile gadget allows you using all the benefits of reading wherever you are: in a train, on a plane, standing in a line for a cup of coffee, or waiting for a client.

Now we give you the list of top 7 tremendous iPhone and iPad apps for all gadgets users who cannot imagine their lives without reading. All the applications are easy to install. They all are completely user-friendly as well.

This application allows you reading a totally free sample of a book in Apple’s iBookstore prior to buying it. The iBooks can synchronize all your notes, bookmarks and present page wirelessly among Apple devices. Please keep in mind that it is the only reader tool offering a built-in bookstore on Apple gadgets. According to numerous reviews, the iBooks application is easier to employ than any Kindle application for iPhone.

This application allows Amazon Kindle periodicals and books gain access. With this app you can as well share passages and quotes of your favorite books on both Twitter and Facebook in the process of reading. Without leaving the Kindle you can look up unknown words on Wikipedia, Yahoo or Google if you urgently need the right word definition.

The app allows reading PDF and ePub books from considerable part of booksellers. With Bluefire you can transfer your beloved books from the Apple device to your computer and vice versa. One of the prominent advantages of this application is that it allows reading even library books related to Adobe DRM. You can work with this application the way you usually would with swipes and taps. The Bluefire reading tool has numerous controls to adapt your reading experience.

Marvel Comics Reader
In this reading app every panel is displayed by itself. You can zoom in with a double click. A finger swipe moves on to the following board. The Marvel Comics Reader reveals more various options that will make your reading a real pleasure.

Among the most remarkable features of this supplication there are plot summaries and e-book search. The Leatherbound introduces the ability to distribute information viewed within the application by email. There is another amazing feature with the help of which a reader can find the cheapest place to purchase an electronic book.

This app allows checking out a particular magazine issue for absolutely free. You can also subscribe and install it to your smartphone. The Zinio adjusts all pages automatically for either landscape or picture view. The Zinio also knows where you stopped if you leave the application.

The NOOK gives access to various books and periodicals. There is a LendMe feature with the help of which a reader can lend some e-book titles to a friend for two weeks. There is also an integrated Merriam-Webster dictionary. NOOK has an additional feature that may be of the uppermost importance for both students and scholars – the pagination is just the same as in the original book.

By Alison James
Freelance writer and contributor
Thank you for this post, Alison! I've never been someone to dive too deeply into all the bookish apps, so I think this has given me an incentive to go and have a peek around the app store!

Saturday, 16 May 2015

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Hello Everyone!

I received this book for review from the lovely people at Indigo, so thank you to them for sending it to me as I adore Holly Black's books!

Title: The Darkest Part of the Forest
Author: Holly Black
Series: N/A 
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Indigo
Published: February 5th 2015
No. of Pages: 328

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?
4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
however, it was not catapulted into amazing.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

"In writing, you must kill all your darlings."

The famous quote is attributed to William Faulkner, and if you were to google it you would probably find many many explanations of this idea. To talk about it roughly, the basic idea is that you should strip your writing of the things that just don't work. Even if you really, really love that shiny paragraph you wrote, you still have to hit that delete button if it doesn't do anything for your story. It's a hard thing to do. Like when you write a word and your hand writing finally looks gorgeous but then you realise you wrote the wrong thing. Scratching that ickle, perfect word out it hard. SO PAINFUL.

I guess the point is: writing is painful. Tell me about it. It's painful in many ways and I've never even finished a draft of a book. It stabs your heart when you read over what you wrote and suddenly decide that you will never have any talent in life and anyone who says that is lying. It kills you when nothing. will. get. out. of. your. head and onto the page. And it's torture when everything seems to be going wrong and nothing will fit together and you're ready to just about pack your bags and go live in the desert.

I do my fair share of writing on this blog. A lot of work does go into it, even if sometimes I have to disappear into the sea of life that seems to be so far away from the blogging world. Those are the painful times. Where the inspiration is sucked out of you, the screen stays blank and you have to re write everything all over again. It's frustrating, hard and incredibly annoying. But that's what writing is.

What keeps me writing however, what keeps me always trying to find time to blog, is the opposite of that. It's the times when everything just pours out, and you've written pages and pages without even realising. It's for the days when a spark will appear and I can write a single sentence or simile or metaphorical phrase and feel really, really good because I actually wrote that. And I will always, always keep writing for the magic of words themselves. They keep us together, mend hearts, hold lives together in more ways than one person could ever imagine. 

So even when everything goes wrong and all you write sounds like you got a concussion and now can't press the right keys, just keep doing it. Just for the sake of keeping that flame of writing alive. It will always be worth it.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson


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

Title: Conspiracy Girl
Author: Sarah Alderson
Series: N/A 
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)
Simon & Schuster
Published: February 12th 2015
No. of Pages: 320
Everybody knows about the Cooper Killings – the Bel Air home invasion that rocked the nation.
There was only one survivor - a sixteen year-old girl.
And though the killers were caught they walked free.

Now eighteen, Nic Preston - the girl who survived - is trying hard to rebuild her life. She’s security conscious to the point of paranoia and her only friend is a French Mastiff bulldog, but she’s making progress. She’s started college in New York and has even begun dating.

But then one night her apartment is broken into and the life Nic’s worked so hard to create is shattered in an instant. 

Finn Carter - hacker, rule breaker, player – is the last person Nic ever wants to see again. He’s the reason her mother’s killers walked free from court. But as the people hunting her close in, Nic has to accept that her best and possibly only chance of staying alive is by keeping close to Finn and learning to trust the person she’s sworn to hate.

Fleeing across a snowbound New England, frantically trying to uncover the motive behind the murders, Nic and Finn come to realize the conspiracy is bigger than they could ever have suspected. But the closer they get to the truth and the closer they get to each other, the greater the danger becomes.

To survive she has to stay close to him.
To keep her safe he has to keep his distance.
4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable!

Sunday, 3 May 2015

When I Refuse to Read Sequels

Okay... so books make me sensitive. Correction: books ruin my feelings, light them on fire and stamp on the ashes. BUT I LOVE THEM. However, there is a point where I will actually refuse to continue a series even if I have adored the first books.

I get very attached to my characters. So much so, that when one of my very favourites gets killed off I get stuck under a mountain of tissues and endless sobbing. When it's a love interest or half of my OTP or my favourite book boyfriend ever, it just gets worse. AND I CAN'T CONTINUE. Even if it is the best book in the world!
Take Noughts & Crosses for example. I tried. I honestly tried. The first book is brilliant but the ending just ruined the whole series for me because I just get so attached! I even forced myself to read Knife Edge with the little hope that my beloved character might somehow still be alive. That hope died quickly. It was possibly very painful to read and I couldn't even finish the book. It just affects me too much GAH. So I apologise to all the brilliant authors and books that I will never read because it just hurts too much. I'M SORRY.

Does this happen to you? Or do you manage to look past the scars left by your lovely characters!?

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