Divergent by Veronica Roth

Posted on 31 January, 2012 by Faye - 9 Comments

Author: Veronica Roth
Published: May 3rd 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Pages: 487
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Summary: (Goodreads)
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS *****
There is a lot of hype surrounding this book, and as usual, this is completely and utterly justified. One thing to know about me is that I am generally a slow reader. Well, okay, no, I’m an average reader but I usually read every single word, I hate skipping when I’m reading so longer books generally take me longer to read. Divergent was not like this. I finished this book in just over twenty-four hours. It captivated me so much that I simply could not put it down or think about doing anything else until I had reached the very end.
Just for this reason, because I adored it so much, knowing where to start on this review and how to express my thoughts has turned into an extremely difficult task as I want to do this book justice, I want others to pick it up and become enthralled by the words on the page but I also don’t want to over-hype it. Therefore I am apologising now that this review took so long to publish but I’m also going to apologise if this review doesn’t do the book justice in your own opinion. I will try my hardest to get a decent view out there for you all though.
So, to start, I will focus on the characters. And my, what characters! Within the first few pages of this book, I was already in love with the main protagonist. I found such a strong bond with Beatrice and I could not wait to listen to where the story would go and where it would take me. She was a character that I was able to sympathise with, someone that I could understand and just wanted to cheer on whenever she did something. I think I loved her so much just because I saw so much of myself in her and therefore I saw all of her struggles too. Then we have Four, who just captured my soul. I was in tune with him right from the first time we see him and I just loved how he treated Tris. It was just… so beautiful. I loved that they felt like real people. They had their good qualities along with their bad ones, they had their struggles and their fears and worries and they just felt so… normal and this is one of the hardest things to accomplish when writing and Roth just managed to grasp it. Other great characters include Christina and Will, Tris’ mum, Eric and Peter. Everyone was just written so well, with such depth and background that it helped to create a realistic illusion of this world.
And what a world! Dystopian novels usually have quite a heavy task on their hands when it comes to world-building because the whole idea is that it is a world completely void of our own. One that is full of destruction and despair and yet, at the same time, there is just that inkling of hope. And boy did Roth do a good job of this! It is certainly not an easy feat and I think that this is one of the reasons that I simply loved Divergent so much. I was so intrigued to hear about the different factions and what each of them stand for and why they’re all in separate factions in the first place. And it’s just so powerful how well she made the idea of being factionless scary and undesirable. Her descriptions were just so well written that I could imagine everything in my mind, could see how the different people would mingle, or not mingle as the case may be, and I just loved the world that was being brought forward to my mind from the page. I was inspired because I am certain that I could never imagine such a place on my own.
Not only did Roth create a wonderful world, however, the plot that unravelled throughout the story’s process was just… mind-boggling. I don’t want to give too much away but I will say that she simply has a way with words that managed to grab at my heartstrings. There were twists and turns that were unexpected, twists that were forseen yet still were awesome to read and discover along with Tris and it was really the moments of shock that really captured this book for me. It was slow to begin with, a lot of world building had to happen though, so this was expected, but then it sped up in the middle, with exciting tasks shown and then it was a fast-paced race towards the end and the ending left you just wanting more. I finished the book and simply couldn’t think straight because I wanted to read Insurgent straight away. I want to know what happens next. No. I need to know what will happen now.
Divergent is not a book that you can pick up and read just for pure entertainment. It is not a light, easy read where you can escape for a few hours in pure bliss. It is a magical story that truly pulls you into a different world, one that lets you escape your own life to live the life of Tris and her faction-filled world. It grabs you by your ankles and it doesn’t let you go until you were fully submersed in another reality. (Yes, reality). Divergent is one of the best books that I have read in an extremely long time and, dare I say it, rivals The Hunger Games in my affections.
It is not a book for the light-hearted, or someone who just wants an easy escapist read, it is for the nitty-gritty book lovers who crave something more than most books give them. It is simply amazing and one that I am just so glad I owned and even feel a little guilty at how cheaply I managed to buy it. This book deserves to be paid full price for. And with all of that said, it is easy to understand why I am waiting on tether hooks for Insurgent, which is due to be released 363 days after the first on May 1st 2012.
Faye

Posted on 31 January, 2012 by Faye - 9 Comments


Blood Warrior by H. D. Gordon

Posted on 30 January, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments

Author: H. D. Gordon

Published: September 5th 2011

Publisher: H. D. Gordon (self-published)

Pages: Kindle (unknown)

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Summary: (Goodreads)

When her home is attacked by murderous vampires, 17-year-old Alexa is forced to leave her mother for dead in order to save her sister. She soon learns that she is the last known member of an elite race of supernatural Warriors, and is thrust into a world full of vampires and werewolves who all seem to regard her as some sort of savior. Meanwhile, Alexa battles a monster within herself that seeks to gain control; a monster that seeks blood.

The hidden city she finds herself in appears perfect, but Alexa’s instincts tell her that all is not right within its walls. When she is asked to attend a school of fighters, whose exams consist of gladiator-style competitions, she must decide who she can trust among the smiling faces. And, when she meets Kayden, a vampire she feels undeniably drawn to, she must decide if she can trust herself.

FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS *****

Before I begin this review, I have a few things I should note. One; the hype surrounding this book had me wary upon reading it as I didn’t want to be one of the only people disliking it. Two; I am probably what you call a harsh critic and giving five stars to a book isn’t something I do for just any book. And finally three; I received this book from the Read 2 Review section of the Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Fanatics group on goodreads in return for an honest review. With that said, can I just say that this book is an absolutely glorious read! I loved it from the first page to the very last page and hated myself when I had to put it down.

It’s difficult to know where to start with this review as I don’t want to miss anything out, or give too much away! I think I’ll start by describing just how the book grabbed my attention. It’s not often I come across a book that fully manages to grab me by my ankles and transport me to somewhere completely different but this book definitely did. I’d loved how the book initially started out, with the bird on the window and the powerful imagery that it left throughout the rest of the book. I adored how in two pages the author had already told you so much about Alexa’s personality and really managed to get the reader’s attention. It was cleverly written and I just loved it.

Alexa is such a brilliant character. She is so real. She’s strong and brave and powerful but she’s also weak, emotional and flawed and I simply love that about her. She doesn’t feel like she can save everything, she feels like she wants to. She knows her strength but at the same time, she doesn’t really. It is this conflicting parts to her personality that truly make her feel like a realistic character. She is easy to understand and find sympathy with and I just felt myself wanting to follow her on her journey, to point her in the right direction and to give her the comfort that she needed. I also found it easy to relate to her as she had some very similar characteristics to myself which I always love when I read a book.

Nelly was also adored by me, I wanted to reach in through the pages and soak her up in a bear hug. She was just as well-written and realistic as Alexa and that is just another good reason why Gordon deserves all the praise that has been coming her way lately. I loved Kayden. Absolutely, heart-wrenching in my chest, loved him. He was so… guarded and he had been through so much and all he wanted was to help but he didn’t know how and just… ugh… amazing.  Really well written, and I loved that you really got a feel for his character even though the book was written in the point of view of Alexa. There were times I understood him and wanted to scream at her to get it as well. That just showed how good Gordon is at writing a story that truly captures the reader.

Further adding to the writing skills, the world that Gordon created was so imaginative and brilliant that I was simply enthralled. The different races were so interesting to read about and to witness. The way the city ran and the way that things flowed throughout the book was just so well-thought-out that I just loved it. I was reading with new-found eyes, wanting to soak up the world and to find out as much about the world as I could. I loved how the information wasn’t thrown too much at you at once. It was given to you piece by piece, just as Alexa herself was getting to grips with it, so were you. It was just, brilliantly done and filled me with awe.

Emotional. That is definitely a word I would use to describe the ending of this book. Emotional and catchy. All I want to do now is pick up the next book in this series and devour it from front to back because I am certain that it will be as good, if not better, then the first in the series. I want to know what is going to happen, I want to know where the story is going, where it will all end up, and I want to know right now. I also want to continue reading a story that has amazing and skilful writing that I can lose myself on the page.

A few things that did annoy me was Tommy, he just got on my nerves quite a bit and I didn’t feel that his character was really needed in the story. Although, the scenes between Jackson and Tommy were nice to see, I just didn’t see what it really added to the main arc of the story but then again, that did sort of come to light at the end but I just didn’t particularly like him I suppose. Aside from this, however, finding things I didn’t like about the story is hard. I simply adored it and cannot wait to continue reading.

I would recommend this book to any young adult or adult readers who enjoy fantasy novels with some good old vampires and werewolves and hidden cities and page-turning plots with just brilliantly written words.

Faye

Posted on 30 January, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments


In My Mailbox #13

Posted on 29 January, 2012 by Faye - 24 Comments

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren. Let us know what books you’ve bought, borrowed or recieved! :)
So this week I didn’t get that many new books as I’m trying to resist buying new things (ha) and trying to limit how many reviews I take on as I am now officially backed-up and really need to get on with some of the ones I already have!




bought 

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


I was so excited when The Statistical Probablity of Love at First Sight arrived on my doorstep and then, even happier when Shatter Me landed on the floor yesterday, I have been wanting to read this one since I first saw it in Oct/Nov time! City Of Bones I bought today after getting a few recommendations for it. I’m certainly curious to see what it is like! Feast of Fools I bought in the same offer as City of Bones and is just another book in the MV series, even though I still haven’t even read the second one! But I will!

Can’t wait to read all of these books!

I also got something brilliant today too;

A brand spanking new bookcase!! :D This will come in very handy -nods-
And, because I got really excited, I have also taken a picture with it all filled =D
*side note: this bookcase took hours to assemble.

for review  

 

I am really looking forward to reading and reviewing all of these books! Angel Evolution I have recieved for the Read it and Reap on Shut Up and Read group on Goodreads. Meeting Destiny is from the Read 2 Review on Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy group on Goodreads. And Anything I requested on NetGalley and am definitely intrigued by it!
That is all I got this week,
what did you get? =) 
don’t forget to enter my giveaway!  

Posted on 29 January, 2012 by Faye - 24 Comments


Generic Saturday

Posted on 28 January, 2012 by Faye - 8 Comments

In an aim to have a few more film posts, I’ve decided to try something I am going to call Generic Saturday. This basically means that every Saturday I will choose a specific genre of film and discuss some things about it, such as my favourite films of that genre, least favourite, some generic features of the genre, why others like it, etc,etc. Or, something along those lines anyway! Let’s see how well this works, shall we?
So, for the first one of these I have decided that we will discuss
action movies*
*this topic was chosen by my best friend.
 
Top 10 Action Movies*
 *that I or my housemate own
  1.  Children of Men
  2. Dejavu
  3. All of the Fast&Furious movies
  4. Inside Man
  5. Bourne Triology
  6. Transformers
  7. The A Team
  8. We Own the Night
  9. The Fighter
  10. Shutter Island
Problems I encountered when deciding:
- lack of memory (I simply could not remember any good action movies without looking through the DVDs that my housemate and I own)
- which genre? (A lot of films I saw, I was tempted to add but then they also could have been featured under other genres such as fantasy, historical epic, etc.)
- lack of action DVDs (I am a girl, -did ya not know? :p- and, shamefully, the amount of action movies I actually own is few and far between! This is, clearly, something that I will need to salvage!) 

Ten Awful Action Movies*
*in my personal opinion
  1. Wanted
  2. Taken
  3. The Expendables
  4. Ultraviolet
  5. Any and All James Bond Movies
  6. Troll Hunter
  7. Red Riding Hood
  8. Scarface 
  9. Drag Me to Hell
  10. Duplicity
 

Problems I encountered when deciding:
- Lack of Memory (Trying to remember great action movies is one thing, trying to remember awful ones is another thing altogether!)
- Genre (Again, I kept thinking of some awful action-related movies but most would be better suited elsewhere, like with the superheroes or horror movies) 

but, what actually IS an action movie?
According to Wikipedia,
Action film is a film genre where one or more heroes is thrust into a series of challenges that require physical feats, extended fights and frenetic chases. They occasionally have a resourceful character struggling against incredible odds such as, life-threatening situations, an evil villain, and/or being chased in several ways of transportation (car, bus, truck, etc.), with victory achieved at the end after difficult physical efforts and violence.Story and character development are generally secondary to explosions, fist fights, gunplay and car chases.

 The most important part of that description, in my opinion, is Story and character development are generally seconday.
Don’t worry if your film doesn’t have a great plot to it, as long as the special effects are out of this world, your film will be a hit.

But is this true?

Personally… half-and-half.

I have to admit that there are some action films I watch and enjoy that have a weak plot or storyline but I am enthralled by the action sequences within the film (Thinking Fast Movies here), yet, there are also similar films with great special effects and weak storylines that I just can’t sit through. (Taken is one of these.)
So what is it that makes an action movie good?
 If I’m being completely honest, I don’t know. The problem I have with action movies is sometimes I’ll watch one and love it, but then, I may go to watch it again a few years down the line and hate it. So, really, the action movie genre is completely subjective. The only way to know if you’ll actually like the film is to actually watch it.

Unless, of course, the film is Red Riding Hood which is so bad, it’s laughable.


What are some of your favourite or least favourite action films? What are your opinions on what makes an action film good? Let me know!

Faye

Posted on 28 January, 2012 by Faye - 8 Comments


Beg For Mercy by Shannon Dermott

Posted on 27 January, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments

Author: Shannon Dermott
Published: August 8th 2011
Publisher: Wicked Truth Publishing
Pages: Kindle Edition (Unknown)
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Summary: (Goodreads)
Everyone dreams of that first kiss. Of that magic moment when your lips finally meet those of that special person you’ve waited your whole life for. A little awkward, a little scary, a little hot and every bit amazing. We speculate that the whole world will shake and time will just stop. No one, however, ever imagines that kiss to bring Death himself knocking.

Sixteen year old Mercy Moore’s life just got more complicated. The kiss that originally could have meant she would finally have a boyfriend now was the kiss that could have very nearly ended his life. A small detail her mother conveniently never told her will take her life for an abrupt u-turn. Dating, no love, was now completely and utterly impossible. And the boy well, that boy would never be the same.

But life, however cruel, goes on. Far too soon for her taste, Mercy finds herself at a senior party with the elite students of her school and her best friend. And of all things, playing a stupid game that could very well mean the death of someone in that small room. If it were not for her best friend, the hottest guys in school, and a small need to fit in, she may have been able to escape the disaster that was to come. Her worst nightmare, her personal curse, her very life, only gets dangerously worse.

THREE OUT OF FIVE STARS ***
This may be one of the harder reviews I have written in a long while. The problem was that I did, ultimately, enjoy reading this novel but at the same time, I also didn’t enjoy it. Ah yes, it’s a horrible place in my head right about now! Therefore, trying to give this book a rating and a review is being a bit difficult at the moment but, nonetheless, I am going to try and get all these jumbled up thoughts in my head some meaning and put them into helpful words on the page.
Okay, we’ll start with something fairly simple; the characters. First off, I wasn’t particularly fond of the main protagonist. I liked her to begin with, thought that she was a decent enough character but as the plot deepened and things started to unfold I started to grow a large sense of dislike for her. She wasn’t a plot-driving character. She didn’t cause the plot to change but rather, it changed around her and she reacted to everything going on about her but not in a ‘let’s fight this’ or a ‘I’m going to take control’ sort of way but more of a ‘puppy-on-a-string’ kind of way that just infuriated me. I really felt like shouting at her on more than a few occasions, especially when Luke was trying to tell her things and they would get interrupted and then she would never being it up again. It infuriated me because as a reader I wanted to know but as a person I would not be able to let it drop. But maybe that’s more of a personal thing?
As for the boys… well, I really liked Luke. He was just so sweet, gentle and caring that I wanted to pull him out of the pages and give him a big old hug! I love that he was the only one she didn’t constantly ‘gush’ over his hotness. I like that he was subtly hot, in her mind (and mine) but really it was just his kindness that really struck me. I felt that he was a really well-rounded character. I adored Flynn as well, he was that bad boy with something deeper going on and you could really tell but what I didn’t get was why she didn’t. I mean, he was being pretty damn obvious about it! But then, that was just another character flaw against Mercy. Paul I wasn’t particularly fond of. He was a bit stand-offish in my opinion. He didn’t really have a backbone and really only came back when she made him (point for her?). Then, lastly, there was Sebastian who I also kind of liked. I liked him, not how she reacted to him but there we go! He was the true dark, mysterious boy who captured my own evil heart and ran away with it. Haha.
I enjoyed reading about Maggie and her relationship with Mercy, that was quite fun and interesting and reminded me slightly of my own relationship with my best friend so that was quite nice! Then there was Mercy’s mum, she annoyed me quite a bit but I think that’s more on a personal level as well. But hey ho! So, all in all, the characters were fairly okay. Most were quite complex but there were a few flat characters but luckily these were easy to skim over and not think much of.
Plot-wise, I’ve never read a novel with a succubus and while it was interesting, I’m just not sure it was for me. Whether or not this was just because of Mercy, I’m not sure. But, I did enjoy the other demons and paranormal creatures in the story and how they interacted with the others so maybe I shouldn’t rule out the creature as a whole.
I did, however enjoy the plot for the most of the rest of it and enjoyed watching it and seeing how it was going to turn out. I was really irked by the ending, unfortunately, and that is a large reason for while I struggled with this review. I finished the book and just felt a bit put off by the book. It was frustrating at best. But, on hindsight, it was probably more than just the ending that annoyed me, as this review has pointed out. But, I am intrigued to see where the next book will go and I would love some more explanations on a few things and so I guess I shall wait for the next instalment and read with hopes that it is just slightly better than this one!
I received this book for review from the Shut Up and Read group on goodreads’ Read it and Reap. I am glad for the opportunity and feel that people who enjoy love triangle stories and easy books that aren’t too complicated in their plot.
Faye

Posted on 27 January, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments


Friday’s Film Favourite #11

Posted on 27 January, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments

It’s Friday! And that means Friday’s Film Favourite! For those who don’t know, this is where I list all of the films that have come out this week and let you all know which one I am most looking forward to viewing! Feel free to let me know what you’re looking forward to seeing this week!

Last week I was extremely busy and didn’t get around to making one of these so this is going to be a double favourite and I’ll be saying my favourite from the two different weeks :-)
I’ve also decided that film blurbs can be a little pointless so I’m just going to link to the trailers this week (I’d embed them but it would take this page AGES to load.)
Haywire (Release Date: 18/01/2012)
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Genre: Action, Thriller
Main Cast:Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VU06jytjvDA
Underworld: Awakening (Release Date: 20/01/2012)
Director: Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Main Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy and India Eisley
Trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUcrbUCWKQc
A Monster In Paris (Release Date: 27/01/2012)
Director: Bibo Bergeron
Genre: Adventure, Animation
Main Cast: Mathieu Chedid, Vanessa Paradis and Gad Elmaleh
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvN4A6PgSW4
Intruders (Release Date: 27/01/2012)
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Genre: Thriller
Main Cast: Clive Owen, Carice von Houten and Daniel Bruhl
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy2vRMKa3kU
 Like Crazy (Release Date: 27/01/2012) 
Director: Drake Doremus
Genre: Drama
Main Cast: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin and Jennifer Lawrence
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-ZV-bwZmBw
The Descendents (Release Date: 27/01/2012)
Director: Alexander Payne
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Main Cast: George Clooney, Judy Greer and Matthew Lillard
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fjahCe9VuY&feature=fvst 
The Grey (Release Date: 27/01/2012) 
Director: Joe Carnahan
Genre: Action, Drama
Main Cast: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqP2o62sZMs&feature=fvst
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FAVOURITE: Underworld: Awakening and Like Crazy
The pick for last week was particularly easy for me as I love the underworld films and cannot wait to watch the next one to see what they have got in store for me this time! But, choosing for this week turned out to be particularly difficult! I have wanted to see Like Crazy since I first saw the trailer but the same goes for The Descendents and The Grey, so that was a bit annoying. But, at the end of the day, I think the one that I want to see the most is definitely Like Crazy and therefore it goes without saying that this is my favourite!
what’s your favourite?

Posted on 27 January, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments


The Big Debate – Ebooks Vs Hard Copies.

Posted on 25 January, 2012 by Faye - 10 Comments

So, today I am going to ‘tackle’ the big debate on the differences between e-books and hard copies. Or rather, what I mean, is that I am going to tell you all what I feel about it!
This debate is one that has been happening since ebooks became available on the market but it is also one that occurs in almost every other medium out there at the moment. Newspapers vs News websites, CDs vs MP3s, DVDs vs Blu-Rays vs Digital Copies, etc, etc. It seems that whenever something new is introduced, there will always be someone who prefers it being one way and someone else who likes it the new way. This is just the way life is, it’s what makes life interesting. And it is also why this debate will never end and why, most likely, there will always be both e-books AND paper copies, or at least, it won’t be changing any time soon!
Anyway, we’re here to discuss e-books.
So, it has been exactly one month since I got my Kindle (yay Christmas!) and so I thought that it would be nice to create a little post to show what my thoughts are on it and to find out what your experiences with e-readers are (if any!).
In all honesty, for years I have held a very strong ‘paperbacks all the way’ motto. I love the feel of paperbacks, I love the smell of paperbacks, I love holding paperbacks, I love bending paperbacks, I just love paperbacks and this is why it took me a fair few years before I finally twisted my arm and asked for a Kindle for Christmas. 
And I am glad that I did. 
Now, don’t get me wrong, i still adore paperbacks. I still prefer them to e-books but there is no denying the flexability that comes with an e-book. The ability to read it without your arm hurting from it’s weight. The ability to stand it up (I have an awesome cover that allows me to do this at any rate) and read while eating. The ability to travel with a hundred books at your fingertips. The ability to place all those books into seperate folders. Yes, the e-reader and e-books are very good and handy.
But then, at the same time, there are drawbacks.
There is no way to just skip ahead and see how many pages are left of the chapter (something I do religiously with paperbacks).
There is only a % to tell you how far you’re into the book which is good but not quite as nice as thinking that you’re on page 77 of 312. Not entirely sure why.
There is a possibility that if it gets wet, the e-reader will die and be unable to be fixed whereas a paperback can dry. It may never look or feel the same but it won’t be unreadable.
It is so much harder to share e-books. I know that this could come across agaisnt piracy rules somewhere but one of the best things about paperbacks (IMO) is the ability to share with your friends and family. Me and my mother are always swapping books and passing them along when we’re done with them and that way they continue to be loved. With e-books, once you own it, it’s yours. End of.
You can’t give it back. If you dislike a paperback or get one as a gift you know you’ll never read, there is always a chance to either exchange it, get your money back or hand it in to a charity shop, for example. This is not the case for e-books.
So while there are many good things about e-books and I am glad that I now have the kindle and can read on the move more easily. There are still so many drawbacks to them. Hopefully, however, these are things that will be changed in the future or things that won’t be massive problems due to just how much better e-books can become.
That said, I will probably never, ever, give up on paperback books. I just love them so much and I always try to read at least two paperbacks a month.
Which do you prefer? E-books? Paperbacks? Hardbacks? 
I’d love to hear your thoughts! :D

Posted on 25 January, 2012 by Faye - 10 Comments


Waiting on Wednesday #7

Posted on 25 January, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight a book that you’re giddy with excitment to read so that other people can be giddy with excitement too :)

As I run a book and film blog, I do this meme including books and films that I am waiting on. This week I have two books for your viewing pleasure and one film. Hope that you like them too! :D

Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Release Date: (Expected) April 17th 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Summary: (Goodreads)

It’s a year after 9/11. Sniper shootings throughout the D.C. area have everyone on edge, trying to make sense of the random acts of violence. Meanwhile, Craig and Lio are just trying to make sense of their lives.

Craig’s crushing on quiet, distant Lio, and preoccupied with what it meant when Lio kissed him…and if he’ll do it again…and if kissing Lio will help him finally get over his ex-boyfriend, Cody.

Lio feels most alive when he’s with Craig. He forgets about his broken family, his dead brother, and the messed up world. But being with Craig means being vulnerable, and Lio will have to decide whether love is worth the risk.




Author: Corrine Jackson
Release Date: (Expected) August 28th 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Goodreads: Add It


Summary: (Goodreads)

A powerful debut novel about the gray space between truth and perception.

Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.

Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.

Why?: Both of these books just sound so good! Gone Gone Gone just fills me with … I don’t know what … a yearning to know what’s going to happen! Not only does this novel sound like it’s going to deal with a contemporary issue, but two? Yeah, I really like the sound of that! And If I Lie just sounds really good and I am really intrigued by what the secrets are, aren’t you? Like ooooh! On the edge of my seat here!! :D Shame I have to wait so long for If I Lie, but I’m sure I can manage it!!

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Title: Jeff, Who Lives At Home
Release Date: 20th April 2012
Directors: Jay and Mark Duplass
Why?: I think it looks actually really interesting and has some really good actors and actressess in it so I’d definitely be intrigued to find out how it all plays out in the end! :-)
what are you waiting on? 

Posted on 25 January, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments


Update Information

Posted on 24 January, 2012 by Faye - 7 Comments

Hey Guys!

So, I’ve been noticing a few things about my blog that I’m not entirely happy about and therefore I am hoping to change that up a little bit! This post is just a little notification to you guys that things will be changing soon.

First off, I want to get more film information onto this blog because it’s turning into a more book only blog at the moment and that somewhat upsets me. So, over the next couple of weeks expect some more posts to do with films.

Secondly, I want more than just reviews and memes on my blog. I am hoping to get some more interesting and interactive posts on here and actually have my first one of that kind scheduled for tomorrow but expect a wider variety of posts in here from now on!

Thirdly, I may think about getting some guest bloggers to do some posts in the near future as well, just to shake things up a bit! :)

Fourthly, I am going to go through all of my reviews and categorise them into YA (Young Adult), AF (Adult Fiction), FI (Film) and FiA (Film Adaptation). This is to make if easier for viewers to find what they’re looking for as well as helping my blog to look nicer!

And finally, I’m thinking of creating some contests of some description for you guys to participate and letting the winner have their blog featured on here.

What are your thoughts on this? Are there any other suggestions or updates you can think of? Would you like to be a guest blogger? What kind of contests would you like to see? Let me know! Either via comments, tweets, email or on the Facebook page! :)

Faye

Posted on 24 January, 2012 by Faye - 7 Comments


The Stubborn Dead by Natasha Hoar

Posted on 23 January, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

Author: Natasha Hoar
Published: January 23rd 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: Kindle Edition (Unknown)
Goodreads: Add It
Summary: (Goodreads)
Rachel Miller thought her next job was a run-of-the-mill haunting. As a member of the Order of Rescue Mediums it’s her duty to release trapped spirits from the earthly realm. But when called to client Sylvia Elkeles’s house, she finds a wraith who doesn’t act like he should.
The Order considers the wraith an extreme threat and Rachel may be forced to use a barbaric ritual to free him—a ritual that comes with a heavy personal price. If she fails to humanely release the wraith, she’ll have her supernatural abilities bound.
When Janus Ostara—local supernatural mob boss—shows up demanding her attention, and Sylvia keeps secrets that may place Rachel in mortal danger, she doesn’t need her abilities to know something darkly sinister is at play.
Between uncovering Sylvia’s disturbing motives, and avoiding Janus, Rachel has enough on her hands without dealing with a wraith who may not realize he’s supposed to be dead…
FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS ****
This was a short, but brilliant, novella that I ultimately fell in love with from the very first page.  It was a good starting novel to what could be a very interesting and fascinating new series. It was a nice, easy read that was entertaining and welcoming and one book that I simply found difficult to put down. I enjoyed reading the journey that the main protagonist took and am extremely excited to wait for the next instalment to find out exactly what is in store for her!
The characters in this novella were well-drawn out and seemed realistic and heart-warming. Considering this was a short piece of writing, that, in itself, is a remarkable aspect of the story and really made the reading process that much nicer. I really liked Rachel and the way that she behaves throughout the story. I also liked Janus and his relationship with Rachel and cannot wait to witness how this will eventually turn out. I also really connected with Kit, I thought that he was a really well written character who had a lot of baggage to deal with and yet, at the same time, he was an outstanding moral citizen on the outside. I just loved that he wasn’t all what he seemed.
The supernatural elements of this novella was really what captured my heart. I loved reading about the different beings that exist within the story’s world and I am interested in finding out a lot more about them. I enjoyed spotting where some of the references within the novella came from and this always put a smile on my face as I read through it. I feel that this elements could have been described a little bit more to give the novella a bit more flesh but, at the same time, it did still work without them.
This story starts with the protagonist in the middle of getting rid of a spirit that is attached to a house and I found that this was an interesting and brilliant way to start the story as it through the reader straight in to the action while also learning more about Rachel and the way she lives. I liked that all the information wasn’t just thrown at you at once but spread out across the story and I just really enjoyed the entire plot and how it was all put together. It is a lovely story that is easy and enjoyable to read.
I received this novella for review from Cedar Press from Netgalley and I am incredibly glad that I was given the opportunity to read this novella as it was one that I really enjoyed. This novella will be released today and I would recommend it to anyone that wants a quick, easy read and who enjoys all aspects of supernatural stories. This is an adult story that can be enjoyed by readers from teens to their nineties.
Faye

Posted on 23 January, 2012 by Faye - No Comments