Happy New Years Eve!

Posted on 31 December, 2011 by Faye - 2 Comments

so, it is the last day of 2011! Can you believe it? I think that it has come around extremely quickly and at the same time, not quickly enough! I cannot wait to embrace the new year (even if it is shrouded in mystery and apocalyptic talk!). It is common knowledge between me and my friends that 2012 will be a better year than 2011 and I cannot wait to make this come true!

10 Things I’m Looking Forward to in 2012
1. My new laptop
2. My new Itouch
3. Starting my Dissertation (sort of, anyway!)
4. Applying to do a Masters
5. Graduating
6. Enjoying life
7. Progressing in the blogosphere!
8. Reading more books!
9. Writing a Screenplay!
10. Editing my two 50,000 word novels!

New Years Resolutions
1. To enjoy each passing day as much as I can
2. To read more books
3. To try and swim, run and play badminton at least ONCE every week (at least during term-time)
4. To eat healthier for cheaper

How long will they last?
Probably not very long, but I’ll try!

And finally… 

there is less than a day left to enter my giveaway!! 
good luck! =]

Posted on 31 December, 2011 by Faye - 2 Comments

Stone Bearers by R. E. Washington

Posted on 29 December, 2011 by Faye - No Comments

Author: R.E. Washington

Publisher: Self-Published

Published: December 11th 2011-12-29

Pages: Unknown (Kindle Edition)

Summary: (Goodreads)

There’s a war going on and humanity is the prize. 
Caught in a battle between two supernatural forces, five junior high students are killed. But Constance, Jonathan Avery, Maria, and Danielle return from the dead — and they’ve changed. 
They each carry a piece of a soul stone and with it they have extraordinary powers. Now they can summon weapons from thin air and even start fires with their minds. With these powers comes a connection they never wanted, and coming back from the dead hasn’t wiped away the grudges between them. When one of them loses themselves to the power, they are soon caught in a battle against themselves and an enemy that wants to make sure that this time they stay dead.


This is a nice short novel that is really interesting and very enjoyable. There were some bits that annoyed me or that I didn’t quite understand but moving past this it was simply a unique and lovely story that I cannot wait to read more of. It tells the tale of a group of five students who, under normal circumstances, would never run around in the same circle but due to an unfortunate situation they find themselves in a predicament where working against each other will only lead to their own destruction. They’re suddenly thrust into a world unknown to them and must learn how to deal with it all but before they get a chance to get a grip on it all, an evil is waiting to tear them all apart and kill them all once and for all.

One of the things I liked about this story was the characters. I liked how they all had their own unique and different personalities and how it portrays how difficult it is for teenagers to get along unless they simply have to. Washington definitely got these character’s down and I just really loved reading about how it all goes down and how they grow throughout this short story. The only problem I found with the characters was the background description. I just felt a little left behind, especially when it came to the relationships between the characters, most notably between Constance and Maria. But, it is possible to look past this as the story is quite intriguing on its own.

There is a uniqueness to the story and I really liked hearing about the different powers and the ways in which they are used and how they reflect on the characters’ traits when they’re not really supposed to. It was really intriguing and definitely made this a quick read for me as I simply wanted to know more! I also enjoyed how it has quite clearly set its self up for a sequel and left the first book on a little bit of a cliffhanger which just makes the reader want to know more. I think that there can be so much more explored within this novel and just think some of the imagination behind it is truly amazing. So, I am waiting with baited breath to read more of this story!

One of the most refreshing things about this novel is how it isn’t focussed on romance between the characters. While that may occur later on in the novel as there is clearly pairings occurring or already there, I like that it isn’t central to the narrative. This story is clearly focussed on friendships between peer groups as opposed to romance and I think that, that is such a refreshing thing as there aren’t that many stories like that around, or not that I’ve yet noticed! I’m definitely interested to see how this pans out as it is always interesting when five different personalities are forced to work together. A bit like how fun it is to stick two people who hate each other in a broken lift!

All in all, this is a decent novel that got me hooked and was a nice, easy read and something that has got me waiting with tender hooks for the next addition to the story. A recommended read to people who enjoy something different and unique and imaginative!


Posted on 29 December, 2011 by Faye - No Comments

Waiting On Wednesday #4

Posted on 29 December, 2011 by Faye - 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight a book you’re giddy with excitement to read so other people can be giddy with excitement too :)
Now, I do this a little differently! As this is a film and book blog, I basically just list a book AND a film that I am waiting for! (And I know that it is technically Thursday here in the UK, but, it’s still Wednesday somewhere, right? :p)
Author: Kenya Wright
Release Date: (expected) February 20th 2012
Publisher: Dragonfairy Press
Goodreads: Add It

Since the 1970s humans have forced supernaturals to live in caged cities. Silver brands embedded in their foreheads identify them by species: a full moon for Vampires, a crescent moon for Shifters, a pair of wings for Fairies, and the list goes on, for each supernatural species has been tagged and categorized by humans.
Lanore Vesta is marked with a silver X, the brand of Mixbreeds, second-class citizens shunned by society. She stays to herself, revealing her ability to create fire only during emergencies. All she wants to do is graduate college and stop having to steal to survive. But when she stumbles upon a murder in progress, she catches the attention of a supernatural killer. Now all she wants is to stop finding dead bodies in her apartment.
Enlisting help from her Were-cheetah ex-boyfriend Meshach and a new mysterious friend named Zulu, she is steered through the habitat’s raunchy nightlife. But their presence sometimes proves to be more burden than help, as they fight for her attention.
While the corpses pile up, and the scent of blood fills the air, Lanore is left wondering: will she find the psycho or die trying?

Why?: After reading the summary of this book I knew that this one was one that I wanted to read. It sounds so interesting, doesn’t it? This is Kenya’s first book but I am hoping that it is brilliantly written because something sounding so interesting with a breathtaking cover has to be, doesn’t it?


Title: Like Crazy
Release Date: 3rd February 2012
Director: Drake Doremus
Why?: Oh, it just looks so… emotional and rich and raw. Pure talent forced onto the screen without any Hollywood style holding it down and ruining its potential. It is a film that made me sit up in the cinema while the trailer played and while it was long and the story is very much there on the table, I still loved it and can’t wait to watch it!

what are you waiting on? :)

Posted on 29 December, 2011 by Faye - 4 Comments

Adventures in Funeral Crashing – Milda Harris

Posted on 27 December, 2011 by Faye - 1 Comment

Author: Milda Harris
Publisher: Milda Harris (Self-Published)
Published: July 15th 2011
Pages: 177 (e-book)


Sixteen year old Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school, mostly because of her ex-best friend turned mean popular girl, Ariel, but maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals. At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her for all the world to see, he asks for her help, and Kait finds herself entangled in a murder mystery. Not only is the thrill of the mystery exciting, but more importantly Ethan knows her name! A little sleuthing is well worth that!


This is an interesting story about a girl who has an odd hobby; funeral crashing. This results in an adventure that she could have never expected. It is a mystery novel that essentially keeps you on your toes. While you believe you’ve got it down to a tee, it’s possible you’ll be surprised by the actual result. The story itself flows quite well and it is certainly a nice, quick, and easy read but, unfortunately, it simply wasn’t one for me. I can see, however, that it is one that others, especially those younger than me might enjoy but it just personally wasn’t for me.

Milda Harris is a talented writer. This much I certainly have to admit and I am, essentially, glad that I gave this book a try and read it all the way through to the end. Unfortunately, however, I just couldn’t get my head around the main character and found myself rolling my eyes too many times. This, however, is simply because I am passed the teenager years that she is dealing with. Kait is sixteen, an outcast in her highschool having been shunned by her ex-best friend who is now one of the most popular girls in the school. Milda manages to truly get inside Kait’s head and she clearly has a knowledge of what sixteen-year olds can be like and therefore this book is written as though a sixteen year old has written it. This could be horrifying but actually is a talent that many authors do not possess.

I liked the characters of this novel, all except for Kait, anyway. I especially loved Ethan and while it was a tad annoying that he was the most popular guy in school (and doesn’t Kait like reminding us that), this simply helps to make the book flow nicely as a good high-school novel. He is caring and not someone who really cares for his position within the school which is always a nice change, at any rate. I also really liked Kyle and Suzie but I wish that they could have had a bit more of a front focus in the novel and think that this could maybe change somewhat in the next few books to come, perhaps.

The story itself is definitely an interesting one. It’s quite nice to see how it all happens and how things turn out. Especially with the idea that it’s just a bunch of teenagers that supposedly don’t know what they’re doing in the middle of a police investigation. It is a story that I can definitely see a lot of younger audiences enjoying, even if I didn’t find it particularly enjoyable myself. I especially think that anyone who likes Jacqueline Wilson would enjoy this story and the ones that are on their way.

Fortunately, while this story didn’t grab me the way others have in the past, and while it’s not one that really had me begging for more, I’m definitely intrigued enough to wait patiently for the next book and give that one a read over when I get a chance. It’s not a book I’d read again but it was easy and quick and a nice change from the other books I’ve been reading lately. I am glad for the opportunity to read it through the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy goodreads group.


Posted on 27 December, 2011 by Faye - 1 Comment

In My Festive Mailbox #8

Posted on 26 December, 2011 by Faye - 7 Comments

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Let us know what books you’ve bought, borrowed or received!

So first off, I want to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS although I know that the day is now officially over, the spirit of it still lingers on so there we go! (:
Secondly, as it was the week leading up to Christmas I was actually really good and only bought one book! I then waited until now to be posting my IMM because in this household, the festivities and present giving has only just ended because I just have that big of a family! But, it is now with a little sadness that I must admit I recieved no books for Christmas. However, never fear, for I received plenty of DVDs instead! :D

So, here is how my week panned out:

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

I bought this book as I was gifting a friend with a book and it was on a BOGOF (buy one, get one free) deal and I therefore couldn’t resist! I hadn’t heard of it until I saw it in the store and after reading the summary, I had to admit, I was extremely intrigued and so I bought it! I hope it’s as good as it sounds!

Chalet Girl
Black Swan
Freedom Writers
The Ugly Truth
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Night at the Museum 2
HIMYM Seasons 1-5
Harry Potter 8-disc Boxset

I cannot tell you how happy I was when I opened the last item on that list. Like, extremely happy! :D We’ve always had the films on video when they came out and then on DVDs sporadically through the years but they’ve always been the family’s DVDs but these ones are just for me! All other films (and television show!) are brilliant and are welcome additions to my collection!

Amazon Kindle

Oh yeah, I should probably mention… I also got one of THESE bad boys! =D It was a lovely present and I have already finished a book on it because I just love it so much! I also received a kindle cover, a kindle booklight and a kindle plug to go with it! =]

for review 
Hotblood: A House of Slide Novel by Juliann Whicker

I got a copy of these through the PN&UF Goodreads group’s R2R and I cannot wait to read it! It sounds so interesting and will be the second book that I’ll be able to read on my kindle. I am extremely excited for it! =]

so, what did you get? =]

Posted on 26 December, 2011 by Faye - 7 Comments

Friday’s Film Favourite #8

Posted on 23 December, 2011 by Faye - No Comments

It’s Friday! And that means it is time for my feature post! Things are going to work a little differently this time round however as I was too swamped and without access to a computer last week and so the films that were released on the 16th are going to be talked about today and, as it is the day before Christmas Eve, it turns out that the cinema isn’t going to releasing any new films until Boxing Day and so, I will be mentioning those in this post instead of next friday! (complex, I know! =])
So, anyway, here’s what came out (is coming out);

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Release Date: 16/12/2011)

Alvin, Simon and Theodore are back in ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked’, this time accompanied by sassy female ‘munks the Chipettes.
In this third instalment, their antics onboard a luxury cruise ship sees them head towards a disaster. Ending up stranded on a desert island, the castaways sing and dance their way through their wildest adventure ever.
Hapless manager Dave (Jason Lee) also returns in ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked’, doing his best to keep them away from harm – whilst they head straight for it.
TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeqYxxD3tF4

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Release Date 16/12/2011)
When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, everything points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces murder and falls into a cunningly constructed web that can only have been spun bu arch enemy Professor Moriarty … and draws him into a global deadly game of cat and mouse.
TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77UdYWDkgVE

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (Release Date: 26/12/2011)
A brand new team is assembled by Ethan Hunt, who enlists the help of new recruits, to clear the IMFs name after it is blamed for a local bombing plot. As the organization goes into shutdown, they’re forced undercover with no help, no contact and no limits in their toughest assignment yet.
TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0LQnQSrC-g&ob=av3e

The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo (Release Date: 26/12/2011)
An adaptation of the book of the same name, and a re-make of the Sweedish film, this film tells the tale of Micheal Blomkvist’s first encounter with punk hacker Lisbeth Salander, as he is drawn into an investigation of an unsolved murder.
TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KBPru-Pu5Q

FAVOURITE: Sherlock Holmes 2
I have been waiting for the release of this film ever since I watched the first one in the cinema and knew straight away that the second one was being made! I loved the film and I cannot wait to see what the second one has in store! Even if this wasn’t the case, I would never want to see Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 as it is just Hollywood cashing in money on yet another franchise and it just looks awful. Mission Impossible looks okay but I’m not one hundred percent certain it is something I want to see. And, as for Dragon Tattoo… well, I adore the Sweedish films and will soon be reading the books and just simply don’t think the Americans (no offence) will make them as good. I may see them just to see but I don’t hold high hopes, especially after watching the trailer!

what are you looking forward to?

Posted on 23 December, 2011 by Faye - No Comments

Hugo (2011)

Posted on 22 December, 2011 by Faye - 1 Comment

Directed By: Martin Scorsese

Written By: John Logan (Screenplay) Brian Selznick (novel)

Main Cast: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley and Helen McCroy

Storyline: Set in 1930’s Paris, ‘Hugo’ tells the magical tale of an orphan who has secretly made his home in a train station and spends his time tending to the railway’s clocks. When he tries to fix a mechanical man, he sets in motion a series of events that threaten to unlock all his secrets.

Based on Brian Selznick’s best-selling children’s novel ‘The Invention of Hugo Cabret’, ‘Hugo’ is brought to the screen in 3D by Martin Scorsese, and features an all-star cast including Ben Kingsley and Jude Law.


This film is an enjoyable movie that many would definitely happily go and see again. The 3D aspect of this film really brought this magical fairytale-esque film to life. While there is still a debate going on about how well 3D is faring, this is a film that is certainly a pro for the debate. It was somehow made to work alongside the story, adding to it in ways impossible of 2D. But this, perhaps, had something to do with the fact that at the films narrative was the story of how film began.

Or rather, how these filmmakers have captured the essence of how film began. While this film was magical, the one major flaw was its inaccuracies. It told many a tale about the first films ever made, including those by George Melies and yet there were quite a few bits of information covered that were wrong. Of course, being a fiction film, it doesn’t need to be correct but as a film student, it was incredibly difficult to watch with an open mind. But of course, that shouldn’t detract other viewers away from the film but for me it was the kicker that brought this film down from a four to a three-star rating.

Martin Scorsese has, and probably always will be, one of those great directors and when you hear that he has a new film on the horizon, it also spurs my interest. This was no different for Hugo. Right from the start with a serial view of Paris it is straightaway noticeable how rich and perfect the cinematography wasn’t going to be throughout. The actors and actresses worked well with each other and everything just felt amazingly well put together. A unique and inspiring story full of warmth and happiness.

Asa Butterfield acted brilliantly as Hugo and really managed to carry across the emotions that he felt. It was possible to see him trying to deal with his fathers death and his uncles abandonment without letting anyone see his true emotions. His performance was heart-warming and real. Unfortunately, Chloe Moretz did not come across in quite the same light. Normally she is able to carry a character and truly perform outstandingly but something just went wrong in this film. It may have just been her character but her upbeat squealing and rushed talk just seemed to forced and unnatural. Not to mention, her accent made her appear as though she was trying too hard in her role and often reminded me of a young (and annoying) Emma Watson.

Ben Kinglsey performed well as Papa George as did Helen McCroy as Mama Jeanne. In fact, the entire cast really performed well in all of their parts and were used to provide Hugo with an extended family. While he never truly talks to them or gets to know them, he watches them interact day in, day out, and it is possible to understand that to him, they are the only family he has. It can therefore be made to be known why they got so much screen time and this simply helped to make the film more magical and inspirational over all.

Unfortunately the novel has never been read by this reviewer and therefore the adaptation itself can not be looked upon but it may be read, at which point the film will probably be revisited and thought about again but until that time, it stands as so.

This is a film for all the ages as it simply has something for everyone! It is one that can be enjoyed again and again and if you’re not a film buff would probably receive a higher rating. Or, even if you are a film buff, maybe you’ll be able to look past the inaccuracies to find a pleasant and charming fictional film underneath. But you know, that’s up to you!


Posted on 22 December, 2011 by Faye - 1 Comment

Bridger – Megan Curd

Posted on 21 December, 2011 by Faye - 1 Comment

Author: Megan Curd

Publisher: Soul Fire Press

Published: June 4th 2011

Pages: 245 (e-book)

Summary: (Goodreads)

Ashlyn McVean doesn’t believe in fairy tales. That is, until Ashlyn is thrown into the crosshairs of grudges her grandmother created long ago. After finding out she is one of two people able to cross between faerie realms, Ashlyn is faced with trying to understand her abilities, along with navigating a new relationship with her boyfriend, Liam. As if being on a centuries old hit list and dealing with crazed pixies isn’t enough, her new abilities mean trouble for Liam. Knowing her new life puts everyone she loves in danger, Ashlyn must decide what’s most important in her life between friends, family, love, and ultimately, realms.

This is a book that grabbed me by the ankles from the start to the finish and honestly held me captive until the very last sentence. It was a joy to read and such a refreshing change from the other books I’ve been reading lately. This novel well and truly spoke to me and I simply cannot wait to read the second book in the series. Megan Curd is a new writer to me and one that I will be keeping my eye on from now on as she is simply marvellous at what she does!

Personally, I haven’t actually read many books that involve faeries. Heard about them, read synopsis’ of them, seen films about them but actually read them? No. So, what I cannot say for certain is that this book was different from other faerie novels but I will say that it was certainly unique to me. I absolutely loved the world(s) that Megan created in this book and understand that her imagination goes above and beyond. In short, her imagination is an inspiration to me.

Unfortunately, while this world is magnificent and I loved learning about all of the different magical creatures mentioned, all hailing from Irish folklore (just an added love, in my opinion), there were also some hiccups here and there. The story starts quite literally with the death of Ashlyn’s father and while, at the time, she is broken up about it all. This is the first and only time that her father is mentioned, seemingly forgotten with all the new information about the supernatural world. This may have been simply because there was too much going on but it seemed that her dad meant the world to her and then it was like she barely even noticed when he wasn’t there. It just didn’t seem natural. There were a few other odd bits that understandably helped to continue moving the plot along but could have done with a bit more fleshing out.

However, luckily, these few things do not deter from the wonderful story as a whole. It is a story with twists and turns thrown at you at almost every corner and while some things were a little obvious and you expected them to happen, the anticipation of it all just made me want to read more which was nice. Not to mention that the romance in this book was played out really well. At first I was a bit worried that it was going  to jump into it a little too fast but then it pulled back and then it got realistic and interesting and it was just, really well done and not too sickening or unbelievable. I also really like Liam and Reece so that is always a plus!

Character wise, I was really impressed. Everyone was really thought out and it wasn’t just Ashlyn that grew and changed as the book progressed. While, yes, this did happen and we were shown a strong and power-driven character in her, I honestly felt the transformation of her grandmother was so much more powerful. I fell in love with her as the story continued going and cannot wait to read more about her. I also loved Roslin and Antony, though I wish they could be fleshed out more but I have a feeling that they may have a more central role as the series continues. It definitely seems that way, anyway!

All in all, this story was just such a good read and I am so glad that I got a chance to read it. I was given the chance to do so through the Read 2 Review scheme on the PNR and UF Goodreads group and I am just extremely happy for this. It was a book that I would recommend to others in a heartbeat because it was just such a lovely, brilliant read!


Posted on 21 December, 2011 by Faye - 1 Comment

Waiting On Wednesday #3

Posted on 21 December, 2011 by Faye - 10 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight a book you’re giddy with excitement to read so other people can be giddy with excitement too :)
So, normally I do this a little differently. My blog is about books and films so I figure that my Waiting on Wednesday will also involve films that I am waiting to come out. I will post the trailer and say a little about the film and that way we can all enjoy new films that are coming out! =] BUT seeing as it’s been a struggle just getting a computer, I’m just going to post a book I’m waiting for this week, sorry about that!

Author: Kiera Cass
Release Date: (Expected) April 24th 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Goodreads: Add It
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Why?: I’ve had my eye on this one for a little while now and thought that I would share it with everyone else! I love the synopsis for it and how it’s just so different to what I would normally read. I’m definitely intrigued by it! And, I mean, look at the pretty cover that goes along with it as well! =] 


EDIT: I know up there at the top of my post I said I wouldn’t be posting a WoW for a film but then I saw the second trailer for the next Batman movie and simply couldn’t resist putting it onto my blog!! I cannot freaking WAIT for this movie.
 Title: Batman: Dark Night Rises
Director: Christopher Nolan
What?: Adaptation of Batman comics & the third and final installment of Nolan’s adaptations.
WHY?: Are you kidding me? Nolan is a directing GOD. I absolutely LOVED the first two movies he directed for the Batman saga. I personally haven’t seen any other batman movies (I’m working on it) but I have been watching these religiously and just love them. Just LOOK at how GOOD it looks like it’s going to be! Major awesomeness happening here! :D


Posted on 21 December, 2011 by Faye - 10 Comments

Festive Thank You Giveaway!

Posted on 19 December, 2011 by Faye - 20 Comments

So, as promised, here is my very FIRST giveaway! This is being held as a HUGE thank you to ALL of my followers and as a MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all!

I have nearly reached 50 followers and have only been running this blog for three months and therefore, I figured it was time to give back to all of my followers for sticking with me, especially over the last two weeks where I’ve been incredibly inactive. You have no idea how much it all means to me!

So, what am I giving away?

I am giving away a BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE to one lucky winner!
The only catch is that the winner has a maximum spend of £5 (roughly $10). I’m still a poor student and while I would LOVE to splash out on you guys, it’s just not possible. But maybe for my 100-follower giveaway! :D

This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY
 (wherever The Book Depository ships free)

There is one catch; you must be a follower.
The reason for this is simple, I am hosting this giveaway as a thank you to my followers. This does mean, however, that you can become a new follower to enter. So long as you stay when it’s over :( 
Basically, only follow if you actually want to, not just to win a book! :)

This giveaway will end on the 1st January 11.59pm EST

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Posted on 19 December, 2011 by Faye - 20 Comments