Tuesday, 30 July 2013

I am no longer blogging on this website, as I have moved to the Worpress platform. Please head over to - http://booksforbirdsblog.wordpress.com/ and continue to follow me and my blog. Don't come back to this as very soon I will be deleting it entirely, this is just a notice for those of you who don't know that I have moved.

Happy Reading,

Fionnuala.

Monday, 29 July 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 3

Day 3: Who are your blogging BFF's?

This one actually took me a bit to decided, lol, because there's a difference between BFF's and just blogging friends you know? Anyway, I think my blogging BFF's are:

Rita @Weaving Pages, I didn't know Rita that well until recently, when I did an interview with her, but she is so kind and fun!

Amber @The Mile Long Bookshelf, I met Amber through school believe it or not! I found out she had a blog after we became mates and checked-up in it every day because it was just sooo fabulous, then I saw her posts on 'Blogging 101' which is pretty much the reason this blog exists!! She's always helpful if I'm stuck on something, and.. we are super-potterheads together, yay!

Erika @The Red Bookmark, I knew Erika vaguely from school, then became part of the school magazine and got to know her a lot better! I think she started her blog about a week or so after my own, she has such a bouncy personality, you should go check out her blog... NOW! :D
So, there you have it. Don't forget; all you have to do is grab the image and start working on it. Fell free to post a link to you 15 Day Book Blogger Challenge - Day 3 in the comments!!

Have Fun,


Sunday, 28 July 2013

Books VS Reality

Now this post is sort of a chance for me to rant a little on book situations versus real life. I got the idea from a few video's I watched age's ago, though they were slightly different. In all fairness I think I haven't done a full on rant, I've been containing myself for a bit :D Anyway, here we go!

#1 - Mysterious Stranger

Now this is something I've seen more commonly in novels that have a little romantic side.

Book - So, it goes something along the lines of 'He walked out of the darkness, and they're eyes met. From that moment he knew she was the one,' or something similar, not that I pay much attention usually my irritation clouds my thoughts .
Reality - Its a lot different in reality I mean come on! Some stranger walks out of the darkness and stares at you intensely? I would start running, why on earth would that be something good or romantic, it's like he's a stalker or something just waiting to grab you...

#2 - Good Always Wins

I'm not trying to be pessimistic or anything with this, but look at it logically, our lives aren't books. The word fiction exists for a reason! I don't wanna sound all end-of-the-world but, c'mon good does not always win, not matter how much we want it to.

Book - Right well, I have never read a book where the hero/heroine dies, ever - so in essence that really mean that their being cowardly and hiding out or have defeated their enemy, like so; 'She looked into his eyes, and saw not cold ice but fear, his hands were shaking. "I'm sorry," she whispered, and with that thrust her dagger,' and there you have it the evil is destroyed, main character still alive everyone's happy.
Reality - Time and time again, our hero or heroine won't always win and that's the truth of it. Sometime they'll miss, or they'll be too slow, or the opposition was just too great. Again, I'm not trying to make you sad or anything, but reality IS reality.

3# - Miracles Do Happen

There's nothing bad in this one so keep reading! This last one, I've saved to put a smile back on your face. Because miracles do exist, in every shape and form. It one of the few things that is as amazing in life as it is in a book.

Book - 'He took his last breath, and his hand stiffened, his face went still, his eyes glazed over. "Nooo!" she shouted, "I won't let you!" She got onto her knee's and began praying fiercely to every and any god that would hear her, slowly rain began to fall, and she stopped praying. Her tears mingled with the rain water, as she sobbed. Then there was a coughing, spluttering noise. She opened her eyes, and saw him sitting up, weak though, he was alive.' This is quite a fictional rendering of my point but it carries the idea, I hope.
Reality - I really don't know how to write this, there's so many things that I believe are miracles, you know? I mean cancer survivors who went through the very worst that they thought they'd never make it, but they're standing here today, medical miracles. Any miracles. But they DO exist.

Foot-note: This was quite different from some of my usual posts, little bit of nitty-gritty. But, again, I just want to stress this wasn't to make anyone sad, or whatever, it was just to show that we have fiction for a reason. And that reason; is so we as writers and readers can me our own decisions about life. 

Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king's champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. 


  The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass--and it's there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena's fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.




Calaena Sardothien was once, and is, the most feared person in the realm; Ardlan's Assassin. She was 17, when she got caught and sent to work in the salt mines of Endovier. The crowned prince Dorian arrives, along with the captain of the guard, to take her to be his father's champion in a contest. If she win's she will be the King's Champion, and after four years of servitude unto him, she would be free. Though a year in the salt mines have robbed Calaena of good health, her skills as an assassin have not been forgotten. 


In a land where magic has been outlawed there are still touches of it, where any care to look. 


When the competition begins, champions start dying. Each surrounded by strange marks of old,, not magic exactly, but something different; drawn in their own blood. With each death, another competitor grows stronger. Is it; whatever is killing of the champions, coming for her? A dark evil has been awakened and though it started as a fight for Calaena's freedom, it turns into a battle for survival. With a visit from an ancient half - Fae queen, Calaena is thrust with a quest to find and destroy the evil before it comes to even greater power, the consequence of not succeeding would be her world.


With a interesting, yet predictable love triangle between Calaena, Dorian (the prince) and the captain of the guard it gave the book reason to slow down a bit instead of jumping from action scene to action scene, which I thought was a clever use of literary tools.

Overall I enjoyed this book, but there were quite a few times when I knew what was going to happen when I would of preferred to be surprised, I understand this may have been an important writing element as it was from the point of view of Calaena, mostly, so it's not that big of a  thing. Other than that though, I thought this book was something different, compared to other novels I've read, and am eagerly awaiting the next installment; Crown of Midnight.

Weekly Re-Cap

Hello! Before I start this lovely re-cap of the last week I would like to apologize, officially for not being around on the 'blogosphere' for the past few day. But I'm back and bad! 

Reviews: 




Random Things: 

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge (Day 1 & Day 2





The Blogosphere:

Rita from Weaving Pages has a new blog design, which is really good! :D 


Non Book-ish Things:

I found what class I'm in for this September, yay! 

The Catching Fire trailer was... AWESOME! I'm so excited for the movie to come out; Nov 22nd!! 

Unfortunately, I; for the first time in my life, am struggling to get through my physical TBR shelf, I got 24 books just this week! Help? 

Hmm... so that was my week, how was yours??

Ciao, 




Saturday, 27 July 2013

The Liebster Award

There has been a bit of a wait for another post, I know, but I only got my internet access back today!! And found out that the lovely Rita from Weaving Pages nominated me for The Liebster Award!! Now, from reading her post, it looks like I have to do the following:


11 Random Facts About Me!


1. I love mint-choc-chip ice cream.
2. I have BIG feet.. (size 10) :-S
3. I'm a big philosophical person; which came first the chicken or the egg?
4. I love playing table-tennis or ping pong.
5. I'm a huge potterhead!
6. I have dark brown eyes, and many of my friends have said they look like cats eyes...
7. I procrastinate a lot, I even procrastinated writing this :-D
8. I can't choose a favorite book, it changes all the time!
9. I'm running out of random facts.
10. I'm a Capricorn, and am always the youngest in my class.
11. I have a brother.

QUESTIONS:

1. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
Umm.. can I say both? lol, I think I'm more of a dog person.
2. What are your hobbies?
Puzzles, Chess, Sketching, and if I can; rock climbing - yes I am a bit of a geek :D 
3. What's the one thing you hate the most in the world?
That's hard...The fact that I won't be alive long enough to finish my ever growing TBR shelf :-( is probably what I hate most in the world.
4. What's your biggest book peeve?
Haha, this is probably contradictory but  usually it's cliffhangers, but I also LOVE them at the same time! They're a peeve because I wanna know what's gonna happen next, or rather what the author wanted to happen next and when I can't its annoying, but I love them because I can make my own ending at the same time.. lol.
5. What's your favourite genre?
*sighs* why is it always one? I'm prone to read thrillers so.. yeah, thrillers are my fav! 
6. When was the last time you cried when you read a book?
I think last week, I forget what I was reading (sorry!) but i think a character just died (or got killed of) and I got a little teary eyed because it was a shock. 
7. Do you have a special reading spot?
Usually, at home, it is my special reading chair in my room. Or I have a little corner at Starbucks, where I read when I'm out, love the smell of coffee being made!
8. What would you do if someone said they don't read?
*jaw drops open* 'What is wrong with you?!' - Yep, that's how I'd react c:
9. Which book character would you choose to be best friends with?
Either Katniss from The Hunger Games, 'cause she is just AWESOME! Or Calaena from Throne of Glass, again another AWESOME woman character!
10. What's your favourite thing about blogging?
Aww.. there's so many things, but my top would be that there is such a great blogging community, and everyone is sooo kind, and helpful!
11. Who is your favourite author?
*starts crying* I can't pick one, they're all so good.. *bows head in shame* 

If you get nominated by me here is what you have to do:
My Questions -

1. What would you say is you most common bookish habit?
2. What is something you constantly notice or are aware of in books?
3. Can you focus on reading whilst there's noise about?
4. If you had the choice of living the story of a dystopian novel, which would it be?
5. What genre do you tend to stay away from?
6. If you had to have a book character as an enemy which would it be?
7. Mouse or Hamster?
8. What is something you absolutely can't stand in a book?
9. Can you make one similarity between a book moral and real life?
10. What character trait do you love in a book?
11. Who's your favourite author?

My Nominee's -

Sunny @ A Sunny Spot
Lucy Lin @ Big Whale, Small Whale












Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine book blog. Where each week in a WoW post, you state what not-yet-released book(s) you're most excited about!
This weeks Waiting on Wednesday book is:

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: August 27th 2013 
Summary from Goodreads:

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.


After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. 

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

Monday, 22 July 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 2

Day 2: What's your bedtime reading ritual? - 

Well, usually I'll have a cup of tea, hot water, or juice (you get the idea, some sort of drink) slip into bed, or my comfy reading chair - yes I have a reading chair!! - and pick up the latest book I'm reading, which is usually at the top of my TBR stack, that if all the books that were on my mental TBR shelf it would probably crush me if it fell over. And procrastinate for the rest of the night, just one more chapter, one last page... When I start to get tired, and stop procrastinating my sleep, I'll balance my book on the side of my bed and try to sleep. But, unfortunately my mind will be full of what I just read and wanting to read more so.. I'll pick up the book again, procrastinate a little more... and finally drift of to sleep. 

There you have it; my bedtime reading ritual, which consists of a lot of procrastination. Don't forget you can participate at goodbooksandgoodwine.com, feel free to leave your link in the comments!!

Note - Due to not having access to the internet over the past two days I haven't been posting recently, so sorry about that I'm catching up right now :D

Ciao,


Thursday, 18 July 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge | Day 1

Right, the other day I was on Tiffany Loves to Read (note: great blog!) as I was entering a giveaway and I had some time to kill so I looked through the posts and saw the '15 Day Book Blogger Challenge' which originated from Good Books and Good Wine, and decided it would be something fun to do over the couple of weeks :D.

Day 1: Make 15 Book Related Confessions -

1. I always read the last chapter first, I know, criminal.. I just can't help it. It makes everything have a higher level of tension when you have a clue of the last words. But I never read the climax, before the rest of the book!!
2. I do admit that I sometimes 'judge a book by its cover' if I'm not in a particularly happy, amazing, I love books mood then I'll be picky about it.
3. I do not judge characters, I am quite a philosophical person its my personality. Really, I understand the characters I hold out to see what happens, I don't really know if that's a good thing or a bad thing. But if I can relate to a character in some way, I kinda look at myself in that situation as well...
4. If I'm not happy with an ending or a beginning in a book, I re-create it myself, mentally, just to see what would happen with the different combination.
5. I said I didn't judge characters, but I do happen to judge the book itself, I have 'tailored' tastes, I suppose you could call it, when it comes to book so that does happen to taint the type of story I read, but now that I book blog I try not to be so judgmental so that my reads can get a variety of genres, and I'm happy I do that now, since I love a wider range of books now.
7. I do like to keep my books in mint condition but occasionally there is the accidental spill of coffee, tea, or water, so you would've thought I'd learnt my lesson and kept beverages away from my cherished book? Uh.. no, I still do that! :D
8. I know that I have a book addiction. It un-curable. The doctors can't do anything, or the psychologists. And I'm happy.
9. The only thing that is usually, perfectly, organized in my room are my books <3 
10. If I've seen the movie of a book before I've read it, I don't tend to go on and actually read the book, for some reason.. 
11. If I'm really into a book and am going to read it in one sitting, I will shift positions a lot. One minute on the couch, the next lying on the bed etc. 
12. When I'm reading a book, and I need to go do something urgently, I won't/can't put the book down without at least getting the the end of the chapter.
13. If someone has writing a book using something that can easily become cliched I am analytic of the book, to see if they succeeded in making it their own original take on the topic.  
14. I'm an old fashioned book worm I love having a real book, compared to an e-book, that may seem a little contradictory to the fact, that if you've read some of my previous posts, I own a kindle, there is a difference between preference and compromise! 
15. If food is mentioned in a book e.g. cake, and it available in the house, I'll go get some and eat it while I'm reading the book!

So far I've had loads of fun doing this. All you have to do to join in is grab the image above and begin working on it!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Wicked Hunger Blog Tour - Hosted by Turning the Pages



Wicked Hunger (SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes, #1) by DelSheree Gladden 
Published: July 9, 2013
Publisher: GMTA Publishing
Synopsis: Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. They have to be when they are hiding a deadly secret. Day after day, they struggle to rein in their uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering in order to live normal lives. Things only get worse when Ivy Guerra appears with her pink-striped hair and secrets. The vicious hunger Ivy inspires is frightening, not to mention suspicious. Vanessa’s instincts are rarely wrong, so when they tell her that Ivy’s appearance is a sign of bad things to come, she listens. She becomes determined to expose Ivy’s secrets. Vanessa tries to warn her brother, but Zander is too enamored with Ivy to pay attention to her conspiracy theories. One of them is right about Ivy … but if they lose control of their hunger, it won’t matter who is right and who is wrong. One little slip, and they’ll all be dead.


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Wicked Hunger by DelSheree     Gladden

Wicked Hunger

by DelSheree Gladden

Giveaway ends July 31, 2013. See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win
Excerpt: Chapter 3: No Happy Endings "I want you to stay away from that girl,” I say. “But she’s Laney’s cousin. I can’t avoid her without doing the same to Laney.” “Maybe that’s just how it has to be, then.” Giving up friends, it’s something Van should get used to, now, because it isn’t going to stop any time soon. Van shakes her head. “No, Zander. She’s my best friend. I’m not going to bail on Laney like that.” “You think she’ll be happy you stayed friends with her when you kill her pretty little cousin?” I snap. Her head drops down, but I can still see the corner of her mouth twitching. “I can control it. I won’t hurt her.” “You can’t guarantee that.” “I won’t live like you,” she says quietly. “I won’t live alone for the rest of my life because I’m scared of hurting people.” I sigh and close my eyes. “It’s not about being scared, Van. It’s about being smart. Stay away from her.” For a long moment, she doesn’t say anything. Deep down, I’m hoping with everything I have that she’ll listen to me. I can’t go through it again. Oscar nearly broke me. She can’t expect me to go through that with her. I won’t make it. Please just listen to me, I beg. When she finally speaks, her voice startles me. “She knows something.” It’s just a simple sentence, but it ignites my anger like a match to a fuse. “She doesn’t know anything! Nobody does. Get that through your head and quit looking for answers, Van!” My sister’s head snaps up and my hands tighten into fists at the determination in her eyes. “She knows something, and I’m going to find out what it is.” Then she throws open the door of the truck and runs away.


About the Author: I live in New Mexico with my husband and two children. I love expressing my creativity through writing and painting and I get a lot of my inspiration from my family and from the culture and beauty of New Mexico. I write mainly Young Adult urban fantasy, but my writing interests are ever expanding. I am also currently in the Dental Hygiene Program at San Juan College, so 90% of my waking hours are devoted to thinking about teeth for the time being! 

Author Links: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads / Amazon 


Monday, 15 July 2013

Summer Kindle Fire Giveaway HTML - Bloggers who post will be entered to win a 2nd Kindle Fire!!

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This is a joint AUTHOR & BLOGGER GIVEAWAY EVENT!

Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HD 7".

Kindle Fire HD 7" Giveaway
The winner will have the option of receiving a 7" Kindle Fire HD (US Only)
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Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)
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Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)
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Giveaway Details

1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire 7" HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (International).

There is a second separate giveaway for bloggers who post this giveaway on their blog.  See details in the rafflecopter on how to enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire.

Ends 8/15/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer [57]http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

To enter to win the 2nd Kindle Fire as well as several other books you need to enter the link to your post into this form:
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Interview with Blogger Rita - Weaving Pages

The other day I got to sit down with the amazing Rita from the book blog Weaving Pages!! And she kindly answered some questions for me. So here they are!

Hiya, can you tell me a little about yourself?
Well, My name is Rita and I am the owner of a blog named Weaving Pages where I post reviews and loads of bookish things. There is also the odd rant about a book cover as well as a HUGE fangirlish rant about a bookish movie that is coming out..( but that's the normal thing to do, right?)

Yes, that I completely the normal thing to do! - Well for us book fanatics :D
How did you come up with the name 'Weaving Pages' for your blog?
My blog started on April 1st 2013 because I had been inspired by other blogs and booktubers to start my own blog. So I sat down and spent absolute ages thinking of a name, it got to the point where my mum was having to help me come up with something! Then I think the word Weaving popped into my head, and then it became Weaving Pages! (I have no idea how my mind functions, so things just end up popping up!)

I spent an entire night thinking of my name in the end I just typed in random bookish titles in Google to make sure no-one else had thought of it first...
Is there anything you dislike about book blogging?
Ummm..THIS IS A MEAN QUESTION...I suppose that having to be organised is slightly annoying...I honestly think that book blogging makes you procrastinate SO much because I have experienced the mad-rush-to-write-review-before-tomorrow feeling..!

Haha, yeah I get that feeling a lot!
What do you picture yourself doing if you hadn't started Weaving Pages?
I WOULD HAVE NO LIFE...No, but before blogging I had nothing where I could completely rant about amazing books so I think my friends were starting to hate me slightly, because they were the people who ended up having to listen to my rants...Honestly, I would probably have no friends..!!

Aww, I would rant to my parents and save my friends the earache. 'Cept my parents told me where to get of, haha, just joking. 
Whats your favorite part of book blogging?
The book blogging community. I can not stress how awesome these people are because they are just amazing. I completely recommend getting Twitter when you blog and involving yourself in things like bookish parties or  even sobbing along with other bloggers when you can't go to BEA! I have met so many awesome bloggers and I think that it's so nice to meet a bunch of people who love books as much as I do! Also, you have the BEST conversations (*hugs REAL Peeta* Don't we Zoe, Hawwa and Amy?).

I had a lovely convo with Peeta the other day, we were talking about the advantages of industrial sized ovens in normal homes!
Do you view book blogging as a hobby, a job, or something in-between? (e.g. a hobby that requires work but is enjoyable :D)
Book Blogging is definitely a hobby, that requires some work, but I always see it more as something I do for pleasure and for other people's enjoyment (I hope!). Otherwise, I don't think I'd enjoy having to do something instead of choosing to do something!  
Wait! I've had a sudden thought that has nothing to do with this question: GIFs are like the portraits in Harry Potter!!!! MY LIFE IS COMPLETE *sings happily*

We have our own talking portraits!! Whoop!
Would you say that in book blogging itself helped you reach a wider range of genres and or books, than perhaps if you hadn't started it??
Definitely. I have read some books whilst blogging that I would have probably never read if it weren't for blogging. The thing is that you discover so many books from blogging that then you end up sobbing into your pillow because you won't have time to read all the awesome books in the world. You also end up meeting A LOT of book pushers who MAKE you read books or at least add them to your TBR list on Goodreads. Books that you would never read like Vampire Academy. Not naming any names *cough* Amber and Judith.

Haha, but what would the world be like without Book Pushers? :D
What are your views on books in general? (e.g. my answer would perhaps be' a world, and many lives in your hands, yeah.. that's so soppy... )
BOOKS ARE THE GREATEST CREATION KNOWN TO MAN. I rest my case. 
I also think that books have a lot of power over the reader, but then again, so does the author because they have the power to just kill off a beloved character and completely torture the whole fandom by doing so. (That's a lot of power, so please don't do this Authors, because I will not be held responsible for the injuries inflicted on the people nearby)

What has your favorite read been over the past three months? why?
Does it have to be one? I really liked Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi because I loved every single thing about it! I loved the romance, the world, the writing, EVERYTHING. I really recommend this to everyone! One of my favourite recent books was The Madman's Daughter and I really recommend this book as well!

Yes, It did have to be one! Thanks for that 'friendly' suggestion, I'll have to check them out!
On your blog its states that you are obsessed with 'The Hunger Games' (like me!!), so what are you're views on the whole dystopian topic/genre?
Firstly, is it possible to not be obsessed with The Hunger Games? Oh, and high five to everyone who likes Peeta better than Gale (which should be everyone in the fandom...)!
For some unknown reason, I just really like dystopian novels, just like I practically like every genre there is, but I can't think of a dystopian book that I haven't liked. Maybe it's because I like reading people's ideas of what would happen in the future or during an apocalypse!

*High-fives Rita*, Thanks for those answers Rita, lovely chat!
You can follow Rita on Bloglovin', Twitter, Facebook and Subscribe by Email, also check out her awesome blog! 

Ciao,




Sunday, 14 July 2013

NOTICE

Right, I myself was getting a little confused (well I suppose my disorganization didn't help...) on what I was posting and what day I would post it so I'm just going to clarify it in this post quickly - so as not to bore you!

Saturday - FREE
Sunday - Weekly Re-cap
Monday - FREE
Tuesday - FREE
Wednesday - Waiting on Wednesday (obviously!)
Thursday - FREE
Friday - Letterbox Love

So, there you have it, the days marked with FREE basically mean its not something set like the two features/memes/whatever-you-call-them; Letterbox Love and Waiting on Wednesday. It could be a review, and interview, a guest post, or just my random thoughts on a bookish topic that I'll publish on a free day.

Note: I am participating in some blog tours over the next few weeks so that might interfere with the schedule a little, but I'll do my best to see that it doesn't!

Lastly, if this changes and, for example, I'm going to do another feature or something similar there'll be another notice post!

Ciao,

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine book blog. Where each week in a WoW post, you state what not-yet-released book(s) you're most excited about!

This weeks Waiting on Wednesday book is:
Champion (Legend #3)
Author: Marie Lu
Release Date: November 5th, 2013.
Summary from Goodreads:

The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!


He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion? 



June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Summer Savings

Yes I know! It's already summer, just lay of me for a minute! Okay, yes I admit its been summer for a bit now, but, yes there is a but, I've been so busy getting other things sorted for the blog I didn't have the time to get this done. There I told ya, so just wait and read the rest of this wonderful post! (See I can be nice when I want :D)

So, as you've probably guessed from the title of this post (or not) this is about books I've been saving for summer, to be reads.

Number 1 - The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene

I feel like everyone has read this book but me! In all honesty I barely have a clue what it's about or even read the blurb. Hey, don't judge! Like I said I've been busy! Anyway after seeing all the positive feedback from other book bloggers and friends I put it down as a book to be read, and soon review so you can look forward to that!

Number 2 - Teachers  Dead  by  Benjamin  Zephaniah
 As you may know I recently did a review on another book of Benjamin Zephaniah's which was 'Refugee Boy' after that I completely fell in love with his writing style and wanted to read more, sadly I haven't had the chance, but it's summer. I'm gonna grab some books (or my kindle) and read!

Number 3 - Shipwrecked by Siobham Curham
Again, this is another book so many people seem to of read, all except me, I've read some reviews on this book and it sounded really good. It doesn't seem like my usual book preference but that's even better as I'm super excited to read this anyway!

Number 4 - ALLEGIANT BY VERONICA ROTH
Okay, I'm getting tired of you guys making accusations before I've even finished! Yes I know Allegant isn't coming out for another 103 days and however many hours, minutes and seconds, which means it won't be summer but I did pre-order the book before summer wanting to save it so technically it still counts! If you have read my review policy you probably know that one of my book preferences is dystopian fiction. After reading Insurgent, and loving it!, and finding out it was part of a trilogy I immediately went and bought Divergent and loved that as well. So the conclusion is eagerly anticipated!!

Lastly, as many of us book bloggers probably experience my to-be-read shelf is infinite! But these are a few I am going to read, haha. Everyday I find new books that sound soooo good, I can't but help go and get the,!

Enjoy!! xx

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Refugee Boy - Benjamin Zephaniah



As the family lay sleeping
   soldiers kicked down
  the door of the house
       and entered
waving their rifles round
                   eratically...

Life is not safe for Alem. His father is Ethiopian, his mother Etriean and with both countries at war, he is welcome in neither place.

So his father does an astonishing thing, which at first appears callous, but is in fact the ultimate gift of love from a parent to their child...

Alem and his father Mr. Kelo arrive in England on a trademark day. The entire world of the UK new to Alem. The book, being from Alem's point of view, is in a way simplistic, but makes it more so real. As the situation IS real to many people. When his father seems to abandon Alem at the hotel where they were staying, he receives a letter, from his father, explaining the reasons why he did what he did.

With war ravaging his homelands Alem is out into the care of the state, he begins his journey first at a care home, where he finds out not everything is well. After getting into a fight with the bully of the children's home, Alem makes to leave, but returns, in the end.

It was then that Alem got fostered into a home by the Fitzgerald's and got to experience English schooling. Getting knocked down on his first day by a boy, Robert, who becomes a close friend. Still in contact with his father via letter Alem finds out something that I believe can be the hardest to put into words; the death of his mother.

All the while Alem and his social workers are trying to get his Asylum Request accepted. Then there's a twist, his father comes to the country, he and Alem are together again. But since Alem's asylum request got refused there was an appeal, meaning he had to go to court and with his father being a refugee as well both cases were combined.

With his friends fighting for him and his father, hope is brought up for them all. Sadly the ending isn't a happy one for Alem's father.

This was such a heart-touching tale that I was tearing up at the end 'cause I had a hunch of what was going to happen. Zephaniah has created a young man who is brave in prejudice and has a shining spirit despite all the bad things that have happened to him. A powerful and moving novel, a must read for all.

Rating 7/10

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Interview with Carrie Arcos

I was so excited to get to talk with the author of 'Out of Reach' and got to ask her some questions!!


If you were a genie which wish would you absolutely NOT grant?
I would not grant someone the ability to kill another person.

How do you get rid of things like writers block?
I try approaching the story from a different angle, like point of view, or place or even character. I also read and watch TV, and absorb story, anything that has to do with story.

Was writing always something you wanted to do?
Yes, but I had to overcome fear before I pursued it in earnest.

What would your advice be to aspiring writers?
Read. Read all kinds of books. I know how a story flows not because of how many classes I’ve taken, but because of all the stories I’ve read. Another thing I’d say is not to take yourself too seriously. Your writing is not your identity.

What are some recent books you have read?
I recently read Just Kids by Patti Smith and loved it. I’m in the middle of Holly Black’s The Doll Bones and think it’s pretty good and creepy.

What is the naughtiest thing you ever did in school?
I was never naughty in school. I was too afraid to get in trouble. Boring, I know. Wait, probably the worst was ditching Senior year. Friends had to drag me along because I never ditched. It was liberating and terrifying because I thought the cops would show up and arrest us at the donut shop.

If you were a tree what would you be and why?
A weeping willow because I grew up with a huge one in my yard. I used to love swinging on the branches. When I see them now they make me feel both happy and sad, a little bit of homesick.

What is your favorite part of the day and why?
The morning because I have so much energy and it’s full of possibility.

What's your next project? (if you can tell me that)
Of course. I have a book called There Will Come a Time due out in May 2014. It’s about 17 year old Mark who is grieving the loss of his twin sister, Grace. When he and Hanna, their neighbor, find a list of things Grace wanted to do before the year ended, they set out to accomplish them together. It’s another YA contemporary, and I’m super excited for it.

Can you list five adjectives to describe yourself?
Sassy, loyal, extraverted, healthy, driven

Can you tell me a unique, or quirky habit of yours?
I don’t like to have any of my food touch on my plate. And I usually eat one thing at a time before moving on to the other.

If you were to create a slogan for you life, what would it be?
Be a voice of hope.

Favorite ice-cream flavor?
Chocolate Malted Crunch from Thrifty

Thanks for everything Carrie!! xx
You can follow Carrie on twitter @carriearcos

Invisible City Giveaway

Yes, you read the title right! Its the blogs very first giveaway and I'm so excited to be getting the chance to do this. Props to rafflecopter for making things so much easier! All you have to do, to win a copy of Invisible City by M.G. Harris, is fill in the rafflecopter form below!

Good Luck!!
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Talking Books

Talking Books is a new feature that I've been working on, unfortunately I haven't been blogging for the past few days, but I am back on track and ready!! Basically, for Talking Books, each week on Wednesday I'll be talking about a particular topic/subject relating to or about books.

And this weeks topics is: BOOK COVERS

Now for many authors a book cover is quite an important element once you have your book. No matter how many times you've heard 'don't judge a book by its cover' you naturally will. Don't try to deny it! When you are in a book-shop just browsing for a book its the cover that will catch your eye. So, its quite obvious that you want to have a decent cover to attract/draw people to your book.

From my point of view and experience it tends to be the simple covers that work best. Don't get me wrong more complicated covers are good as well as long as it is well designed. A book cover doesn't always have to link directly to the book, it could be linked to the title instead.

Another important element of a cover is color. Once you have the design its color  you have to think of next. Not everything needs to be glowing and flashy to catch someones eye. I also believe its best if book covers aren't too graphic, that just honestly puts me of.

Lastly I think a book cover should have input from the author. After all they did write the book! But really if a writers happy with their book, but not their cover its a recipe for disaster. How can you expect your readers to like something that you yourself don't?

Well, that is the end of Talking Books this week, make sure to tune in next Wednesday for more!
And don't forget if you have any thoughts on today's topic you'd like to share tweet me using the hash-tag #TalkingBooks.

Enjoy!!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Interview with Cathy Cassidy

I've got such a treat in this post. A few days back I got together with the one and only chocolate expert, and author, Cathy Cassidy!!

What is your favorite childhood memory relating to books?
Making a picture book for my little brother when I was about eight. I was so proud of it, but by the end of the day he'd eaten most of it! Not a great first step into the world of being an author, but things have looked up a lot since then.

What's your favorite line from any movie?
From Chocolat:
'But still the clever north wind was not satisfied. It spoke to Vianne of towns yet to be visited, friends in need yet to be discovered, battles yet to be fought ...by someone else, next time.'

If you could be a pair of jeans what style would you be? why?
Skinny drainpipes, 1950s retro style. The only jeans I've ever worn, long, long ago!

What would you do if you were the last person on this earth?
I'd be very lonely... 

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily schedule, what would it be and why?
Washing up... do I really need to explain why?

Whats the one thing you can't live without?
That'd be oxygen... 

Tea or Coffee?
Used to be tea, but coffee these days. Latte if possible! 

What cartoon character best represents your personal philosophy?
Maybe I could be Kanga from Winnie the Pooh... that would be quite cool! And she's a kind, caring character. Or Bugs Bunny, because he's crazy! 

What is your favorite place to read? e.g. park, coffee shop etc.
In a hammock in the garden, but it hardly ever happens! I can read almost anywhere, it's my addiction! 

If you could have one superpower which would it be?
I'd like to be able to fly! 

What is the scariest thing you have ever done for fun?
White water rafting in Nepal... awesome!

What childish things do you still do as an adult?
Does reading children's books count?

Favourite ice cream flavour?
Raspberry ripple. Or, if I'm being posh, Cookies & Cream from Ben & Jerry! 
Thanks - hope these are OK! 

Thank You for your time Cathy!! xx
For more on Cathy Cassidy visit: http://www.cathycassidy.com/