Series Week – Day Five

Posted on 29 February, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments

Hey Guys!
Today I am introducing you to the amazing Lucy over at ChooseYA. This girl is one blogger I’ve really connected with and I’m so glad I did!
I’m really thankful that she was happy to do a guest post for you guys! She has listed her top ten series, and I hope you enjoy her post as much as me! 
I can’t thank her enough for helping me out.


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My top 10 YA series

It seems that in the current market, the standalone young adult novel is a bit of a rarity. Sometimes this is great as the first novels leave room for more questions to be answered and events that need to happen for a satisfactory conclusion, other times… Well, it can feel a bit unnecessary. Therefore I decided to share my top ten young adult series for my guest post here and why I love these ones in particular. So without further hesitation, here we go:




10. The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine
Occasionally I begin  get to a point where I feel this series may be going on too long, then an addition like Last Breath completely and utterly rejuvenates my love for the series. The romance between Shane and Claire has benefited from the time spent in the books developing it slowly and there is a soap like quality to the books – generally ending on cliff-hangers or revelations – that Caine masterfully uses to make you need more. I love her characters and her dialogue.




9. The Wicca series by Cate Tiernan.
I haven’t read these in years but when I was fourteen I literally read them all in a week and just loved them. It’s about a girl who discovers she is a witch and I just remember loving these books so had to include them.






8.  Shades of London by Maureen Johnson.
Awesome series I cannot wait to see more of: based in London, main character can see ghosts, what else do you want? It’s well written to boot, and it really left me wanting more at the end of the last book.






7. If I Stay/ Where She Went by Gayle Forman.
A heartbreaking read which is taken to a different place in it’s sequel and is incredibly well written. The concept of If I Stay is stunning and heartbreaking, while  Where She Went is a beautiful story of rediscovering your first love and second chances. Both books could stand alone in my opinion but are heightened when they are compared and placed together.





6. The Iron Fey - Julie Kagawa.
A truly awesome take on faeries that is constantly developing and leaving wanting more. For me, the plot rather than romances drive it forward which is always a good sign for me of YA as romance is a secondary concern to me in most cases. I love the idea of modern fey, I really like Meghan and on a superficial note these books have fabulous covers!



5. Gingerbread series by Rachel Cohn.
Possibly my favourite contemporary Ya series. I adored Cyd Charisse and her development and journey through the books. Highly, highly recommend this one. As a teenager, I really felt for the characters and now I just love how much Cyd grows and works out what she wants from life as they progress. 




4. Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent.
This is a series that from the first novel you know requires books to follow it, Like the Morganville series, it has a serial tv show feel and each addition feels like a new episode. The first book dealt with the power Kaylee discovered and the following books show her adapting to them and much much more. Also each book refers to other books and the universe Vincent creates is very well written and fun to read.




3.  Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
An inventive werewolf series with an awesome protagonist who is constantly growing. Each book feels necessary and not superfluous and develops naturally on from it’s predecessor. It has great dialogue and well written action too. I love Bryn’s friendships and her surrogate family’s interactions.



2. Unwind by Neal Shusterman.
Okay, so technically only one book so far is out in this series but I need to know more absolutely desperately and the story is nowhere near complete. The concept of this series is utterly, utterly terrifying and so plausibly written it truly chilled me. This is one of the best recent dystopias created in YA and I recommend it to everyone.




1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
We needed the extra books in this series in my opinion. I had to know about the consequences for Katniss of the berries and more than that the oncoming revolution. Each book is rich in plot, character and development and utterly engaging. 

Posted on 29 February, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments


Series Week – Day Four

Posted on 28 February, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments

Hey Guys!
Today I am introducing you to Vanya over at YA Story Teller. She’s decided to tell you all about a series that she is itching to read!
I can’t thank her enough for helping me out with this!


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Series I’m longing to start reading

Hello guys and thank you Faye for having me guest post on your blog today!! That’s so awesome!! And just so you know, I’m really excited about it :))))

So, since you themed this guest post “Series”, I had to think about the direction I was to take on it. Well, ‘favorite series’ or ‘least favorite’ sounded kind of too trivial, so I thought something more original was in order. Ta-da!! My title up there is better looking, no?

To be honest, there are a bunch of series I’m really desperate to get started on. Like anything Jennifer L. Armentrout, Cinda Williams Chima, Ellen Hopkins and a list-that-has-no-end of other awesome authors and their series. But! No. I’m sharing just one series with you today, and it is….

STRANGE ANGELS by Lili St. Crow

Yes, I know what you are going to say: You haven’t read Strange Angels? What are you waiting for? Get your hands on the books, sit on your behind and get on with it already!!! I know, I know! You’re  right! I have postponed this one for like ever, and I know my excuse is totally lame but let me throw it at ya:

I’ve got no time!!!

Seriously. I know I should make time, but it isn’t all that easy. Not when I’ve got a ton of books that need reviews. Like ASAP..

Anyway, onto the topic at hand. Strange angels. Five books, all totally amazing talking about a kick-ass girl. Dru Anderson hunts the non-human creatures – ghosts, vamps, wolfen and zombies. But she’s a target herself. Target to love rivalry, target to kill.. it doesn’t matter she’s it. She’s also not entirely human.


Left at a school for teens like her, she’s the only girl among cute guys, one of whom wants her dead.   Others want to protect her and fall in a game of jealousy over her heart. Then her best friend gets abducted and she goes through a variety of obstacles to save him. In the end her light is the only weapon against the monsters’ darkness. But will it be enough? And would the sacrifice be worth it?

I’ve no idea, but I’m willing to find out. Are you?

Posted on 28 February, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments


Series Week – Day Three

Posted on 27 February, 2012 by Faye - 7 Comments

Hey Guys! Today I am introducing you all to the wonderful Melissa over at Melissa’s Midnight Musings. She has kindly offered to write this guest post for all of you guys! It’s all about Harry Potter and I hope you guys enjoy reading it as much as I did!
I can’t thank her enough for helping me out!


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To begin, I’d like to thank Faye for letting me do a guest post here on her blog. This is my first guest post, so please bear with me. As with any sort of writing task, I sat here staring at the blank page, wondering what I should write about.  Finally, I decided that I would write about my favorite series. Hands down, that is Harry Potter.


I didn’t know this until recently, but the first book was published in 1997. I didn’t discover it until December of 1999.  I was actually in the hospital at the time recovering from major surgery and trying to keep up on homework in the hospital schoolroom. I noticed some of the other kids were taking turns reading aloud. I glanced over at the cover and thought that the book looked neat, and asked if I could listen in. (Anything to distract me from my awful algebra homework!) 


I listened in, and liked what I heard. I told my dad about it, and he told my aunt, who got me the first book as a Christmas gift that year. I devoured it in one sitting and couldn’t wait for more. The next time we went to the bookstore, I pleaded with my dad to let me get books two and three (hardbacks are expensive!) Thankfully he bought them for me. I came home and locked myself in my room to read them, barely stopping for dinner. As soon as I got each of the subsequent books I would do the same thing, locking myself in my bedroom to read late into the night.

There are so many reasons why I love Harry Potter, I don’t even think I could begin to describe them all. My favorite has to be that the story takes you away from all of the stresses of everyday life and transports you to a world that a small part of all of us wish existed. A world  with action, adventure, magic, spells, and castles with secret passageways and shifting staircases.


I love Rowling’s creativity. It shines through in each and every one of the characters.From their names, to their quirks, to their personalities, each of her characters is well rounded.  And her attention detail isn’t just in the characters but in all elements of her the story, even down to the minor elements.As I read I often felt like I was there with Harry, Hermione and Ron, wandering through the castle, and going on all of their adventures. One of the most clever elements, for me anyways is  the Mirror of Erised. I’m a sucker for any kind of word play, and even though that’s a tiny example, I smiled and said aloud to myself, “Oh how clever” when I read it, and I still smile every time I read it.

There’s also the fact that Rowling takes several serious themes and incorporates them into her stories in a way that a wide range of readers can understand, without “dumbing it down” as it were. Normality is a big theme in the books, at least in my view. Harry. depending on your view. isn’t “normal” (Please note I use that term very loosely as I don’t much care for labeling) It’s quite plainly expressed in the way the other characters refer to him as “The Boy Who Lived” A similar category to Voldermorts “He Who Shall Not Be Named” Harry isn’t “normal” in the Muggle world, because he can do magic, and his relatives view him as a freak because of it. He isn’t “normal” in the magical world because he survived Voldermort’s attacks and he shouldn’t have.


Or what about how Rowling incorporates such a serious illness like depression into her stories through the Dementors?  I’ve heard depression described just like the Dementors, like it sucks all the happiness and life out of you. I don’t think I’ve ever read such an interesting concept comparison.

Of course it’s not all gloom and doom, there’s a lot of fun in the books too. From Fred and George and their constant joking around, to Hermione’s constant academic prowess and the trouble that often entails. The Weasley’s are some of my favorite characters, just because they are such a tight knit family, and they love each other so much. But, they’re also very welcoming to Harry and others in the magical world, they’re very understanding and I appreciate that quality in them.


I also like how Rowling roots for and lets her  “underdog” characters succeed. Even though Harry and Voldermort are the main players in this saga, each character has a distinct and unique role to fill. And some of the more minor characters are the most memorable, like Luna and Neville. They may not seem like much at the beginning, but it is wonderful to watch them grow and evolve as the books progress. There’s actually a part of me that wishes I were more quirky like Luna. She’s so in tune with herself and what she believes in.

Actually, now that I think about it. I can identify many traits in each character that I wish I had. For instance, I wish I had Hermione’s smarts. I’m smart, but not like she is. I wish that I could retain large amounts of information to call up at a moment’s notice. I wish that I were more of a practical joker, like Fred and George. I wish I could be brave like Neville, and stand up to others when I need to. I wish that I had Dumbledore’s quiet wisdom, and wicked sense of humor.


I don’t think I can choose a favorite character, or book, because I love them all so much. Honestly, I wish that J.K. Rowling would write more about the wizarding world. There’s so much she could do. She could write prequels, or write offshoot books exploring other wizarding families and their stories. She could write anything and I think a lot of us would gobble it up as fast as we could. As much as I wish she would write more about Harry Potter, even if she never writes another word about him and the world she created, I’m just grateful to her for sharing that world with all of us. She sure did her job as a writer she sucked us right in.

 No matter how many times I read them, the books always give that sense of wonder and awe. I think I’ll be forever waiting for my letter with my ticket to Hogwarts.


I’d like to hear some of your thoughts, as fellow readers, on the series, or about anything I’ve mentioned here. And, if you haven’t read the book, do you want to?

Thanks again to Faye for letting me do this guest post, it’s been a great deal of fun getting to write about a series that I love so much.

Posted on 27 February, 2012 by Faye - 7 Comments


Series Week – Day Two

Posted on 26 February, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

Hey Guys!
Today I am introducing you to H. A. Caine, the author of From Love and Pain. She has kindly written a guest post for this blog featuring her favourite m/m series.
I can’t thank her enough for helping out and I hope you like her post!

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Hi, everybody!


I’m new here and just want to say Thank You to the wonderful Faye for having me here.
My name’s H.A. Caine and I write Male/Male Romance. I can’t think of anything better than a delightfully sexy, sweet, engaging story about two men falling in love with each other. Yum!
Now, hard as I may find it sometimes, not everyone in the world reads or has read a gay romance. You’ve no idea what you’re missing!

I’ve taken it upon myself to inform you of 4(odd number, IK) wonderful series by some of my favorite m/m authors. I chose these 4 specifically as introductory series to this genre. So if you’re interested and just have not read any yet because you’ve no idea where you would start, fear no more! These stories are great, involving and better yet, they ALL have an HEA/HFN (Happily-Ever-After/Happy-For-Now). All links will take you back to the author’s/series page on Goodreads.

I’ll start with J L Langley‘s Ranch Series

There are only two books in this fantasic cowboy series, although I’m still holding out for a third. Hope, evermore!

The series begins with the The Tin Star. I’m not going to go into all that the book was about. The main character Jamie doesn’t want to hide anymore and tells his dad and brother he’s gay. Daddy I’m-Such-A-Bigot Dearest kicks him out. His brother’s closeted bestfriend takes him in. Jamie’s been in love with Ethan all his life and the story unfolds from there. It’s a great read with unexpected twists and turns. You can’t help but love Jamie. He’s like the perfect little brother (one you actually want to hug instead of strangle :P).


The Broken H is about Grey, the sheriff you meet in The Tin Star. There’s not much I can say without giving away big parts of the story, but I will say this. Grey has got some really interesting kinks and J L Langley will write them in a way that makes you want to go and try it yourself. *wink, wink*

The next series I want to suggest is Cattle Valley by Carol Lynne

This series has over 25+ booms. I know that sounds intimidating but you don’t have to reach all of them, although I think once you get started you will want to. I know I sure did.

The series takes p,ace in a small town called Cattle Valley hidden within the mountains of Wyoming. It’s a GLBT community. A philanthropist donated the acres of land it exists on in the hopes of giving GLBT people a place to feel safe and at home. More is explained in the first book. IMHO, everyone should read this series. Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders etc… Carol Lynne acknowledges all and gives everyone a story to remember. These characters will come alive for you and have you waiting in line for the next book to come out.

Another series by Carol Lynne is Campus Cravings

There are 14 books in this series and counting. It takes place on a campus and focuses on the teachers, students, and those connected to them. It even references some of the characters from Cattle Valley.
The first few books lead up to the building of an all-gay dormitory to help students dealing with gay bashings or who just want to live on campus, are gay and want a place of their own. My only wish is that there really exist places like this where men and women alike are free to be themselves, surrounded by like minded peers. I love this series. Again, her characters are real and deal with a vast range of problems. There will be tears, some of sadness and pain, but even more of happiness. Fair warning.

Last, but not least is Jet Mykles’ Heaven Sent Series

As far as I’m concerned there are only 4 main books. The other two are add-ons. One is a look into the lives of all the characters after their stories have been written and the other is a m/f/m, not my cuppa tea but it’s probably just as good as the others.
Heaven Sent is a rock band. Each book is about a member of the band and the love of their lives. Not all of them are gay at the beginning of the series, or at least they don’t know it but at all time they are all freakin’ awesome! I love these guys. I want to say I have a favorite book, but I can’t as I like each book better than the others for different reasons.
Heaven(BK1): the discriptions are off the hook
Purgatory(BK2): better creativness among the MCs
Hell(BK3): the imp; the hair, the accent, just…perfect
Faith(Bk4): felt more realistic, especially the conflicts

Okay, so there you have it! Four fantastically, amazing book series to give a try if you haven’t already. I hope you enjoy my picks and let me know what you think of them!


H.A. Caine remains in her home town of Brooklyn, New York. Relatively young, she still lives at home with her mom and one of three older brother. She has hopes of becoming a great writer and one day opening her own bakery. Currently, she has self published From Love and Pain on Smashwords. Among other writing projects, she’s working on a series of her own, Boys in Love. The first book, Letting Go, will be available soon.


Reach her at:

Goodreads: Author’s Page
Twitter: @H_ACaine
Blog: Caine Books
Or Email: definitelost@yahoo.com

Posted on 26 February, 2012 by Faye - No Comments


Series Week – Day One

Posted on 25 February, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

Hello Guys!
Today I am introducing you to the wonderful Claire over at Claire Reads and she has kindly offered to write a guest post for all of you today.
I can’t thank her enough for helping me out!

The Lumatere Chronicles 
Book One - Finnikin of the Rock
Book Two - Froi of the Exiles 
Book Three - Quintana of Charyn
I first read Finnikin, purely because Melina Marchetta is my all-time favourite author. I am really glad that I did read it. It was fantastic, and Froi was even better!
Finnikin of the Rock tells the story of Finnikin, a 19 year old boy who begins a journey with a stranger, Evanjalin. She tells Finnikin that she can lead him to Prince Balthazar, the heir to Lumatere, the one who was supposedly slaughtered 10 years ago. Along with his friend and mentor, they roam Lumatere helping citizens and searching for the truth.
Froi of the Exiles takes place 3 years after Finnikin of the Rock finishes, and watches Froi travel to Charyn to kill the king. What follows in a journey that will change Froi’s life, and everyone else’s too. Told mainly from Froi’s POV, it also switches back to other characters in Lumatere, so you can keep track of everything else that is going on. Boy does it leave it on a cliff-hanger for the last book of the series.
Quintana of Charyn is set to be released October 2012 in Australia, and March 2013 in the US, and will be set starting three weeks after Froi finished.
I hope everyone will check out these fantastic books, and love them as much as I did!

Posted on 25 February, 2012 by Faye - No Comments


Blogger Spotlight! – Review Time!

Posted on 24 February, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments

Today, as part of being my awesome blogger spotlight, Sarah has written you all a lovely review for you! It is a film review of a film called ‘Howl’s Moving Castle‘. I haven’t yet seen this film but after reading her review, I’m definitely adding it to the top of my ‘to watch’ list!
Title: Howl’s Moving Castle
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki
Main Cast: Chieko Baisho, Takuya Kimura and Tatsuya Gashuin
Released: 23rd Sept 2005 (UK)
 
I’ll preface by saying I know nothing about Anime. Hey, I know nearly
nothing about animation. I appreciate it, and, in many cases, love it,
but I’m no expert. I do, however, know Hayao Miyazaki, and Studio
Ghibli. And there’s a reason behind the accolades the name and studio
have garnered. Turns out? The guy’s a genius.

Part fairytale, part wartime story, Howl’s Moving Castle is the story
of a plain, ordinary hatmaker–Sophie. When Sophie is rescued from an
attack by a gorgeous, mysterious wizard, she attracts some dangerous
attention. A powerful, vindictive witch curses Sophie, turning her
into an old woman. Fleeing from her home and her family into the
wastelands far from her town, Sophie finds herself a new home, and a
new family in the strangest of places. A walking ‘castle’ created by
magic, and fueled by a fire demon… And the castle belongs to none
other than Wizard Howl, himself. Sophie’s rescuer, yet again.

Howl’s Moving Castle is a spectacular fairytale. Overflowing with
magic and warmth, wit and humour, it’s an absolute delight.

It’s sentimental and sweet, but never sappy.  It’s funny and charming,
but it’s intelligent and never patronizing. It resists the urge to
spell it out to the viewer, but instead allows the story to unfold,
and allows you to discover its mysteries along with it.

Sophie is a fabulous character, who’s layered and vulnerable, but has
a spine of steel. Cursed and adrift, she’s a damsel in distress who
rescues herself, and Prince Charming. Meanwhile, our gorgeous,
charming, magical hero is flighty and capricious, and needs rescuing
every bit as much as Sophie, but needs to find the strength outside
himself. There’s a wonderful reversal of the classic Disney-princess
and Prince Charming myth, one that recurs in Miyazaki’s work, and
we’ve seen before in the equally splendid Spirited Away. I fell in
love with these characters. I cackled along with a sentient fire,
loved and lived and laughed with Sophie, and Howl… I loved him. I
loved his caprice and kindness, his shallowness and depth. My heart
broke as he found something his heart could break for.

Like every good fairytale, Howl’s Moving Castle is rich in moral
lessons, but never preachy. It’s a tale about believing in oneself,
and about finding home and family where we make it. It touches on
outward verses inner beauty, and there’s a hint of Beauty and the
Beast in it’s gorgeously drawn scenes.

What drew me in and wouldn’t let me go, though, was the imagination.
Sophie and Howl live in such a gorgeously imagined world. Magic is as
real as every breathtaking mountainous backdrop and wonderful, quirky
side character. Imagination, life and spark populate every flower,
word, movement and moment of this extraordinary film.

Howl’s Moving Castle is simple perfection. Beautifully animated,
extraordinarily imagined, and brought to life with a spark of magic
both deep moving and familiar, yet uniquely its own, it has something
for everyone: Romance, action, pure unadulterated fun and laughter. If
you’re interested in Anime, but don’t know where to start, start here.
If you’re not interested in Anime, watch this anyway.

Great story-telling transcends medium. There’s a universal feeling of
bone-deep satisfaction when you’ve turned the final page in a
wonderful book, or watched the credits role in an extraordinary
film… Closely followed by wanting to read it or watch it all over
again. I never want to leave Howl’s behind me. I want to watch it over
and over again until I’m intimately familiar with it’s every cadence,
nuance, rhythm and detail. Howl’s Moving Castle is, for me, perfection
A wonderful, wonderful, wonder-filled film I hope you’ll love every
inch as much as I.

 

Posted on 24 February, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments


Series Week – Introduction

Posted on 24 February, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments

Hey Guys!
So, as of tomorrow I am going on vacation! I have to admit that I am incredibly excited about it, even if it may interupt my studies slightly!
I will be gone for one week and while I will have internet access, I really don’t want to be worrying about my blog! Therefore, I have decided, instead, to give you a week of guest posts!
Everyone who will be posting is awesome and I can’t thank them enough for helping me out with this! Some are bloggers, I think I have one author and one fellow aspiring writer (who is amazing at writing, btw) but I will introduce them all to you with their posts and give you a way to continue contacting or following them! :)
For this week, I have given them all the prompt of “series”. What they have decided to write about in relation to this topic has been entirely up to them and I hope you enjoy their posts as much as I did!
So, since it was my idea to go with this topic, I am going to start with a post of my own on this subject. Hopefully this will set up the mood and style of all the other posts as well!
Series 
Serial books are so hard to ignore when it comes to YA literature. Since being introduced, or rather, re-introduced to YA, the first thing I noticed was just how many series there were out there! It was that large reminder of just how much I had missed and how much I had to catch up on.  
That being said, I have to admit that I wasn’t really a big ‘fan’ of serial books. Harry Potter was probably the last series I read (completed!) and enjoyed (I did read Twilight but did not like it!)
The problem was, I didn’t want to start a series that would take too long to get through, I’m thinking Morganville Vampires here (which, ironically, I have started), or that I just wouldn’t finish. (Like Anne Rices’ Vampire Chronicles or Kelly Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld). 
I just didn’t want to get too bogged down in books that I simply had to continue reading.
But then… I read The Hunger Games
 
Now, not only was this trilogy amazing, it made me realise exactly what I would be missing if I just didn’t read any serial books. Could I live with myself if I didn’t read The Iron King? or Bridger? or Meeting Destiny? or Divergent?
Probably not!
Therefore I have much love and thanks to give Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games Trilogy for they showed me how to get passed my fear of series. I still do get a little jittery and cautious around new series, as I’m already so far behind but I’m certainly getting much better at persuading myself to just bite my tongue and read it anyway.
Afterall, I wouldn’t not watch a film because it had a sequel, would I? And I watch new TV programmes too. So, why not serial books?
 
That being said, I do still really enjoy single books, ones that you can read without being left with a horrible cliffhanger that makes you want to continue straight away, and is torturous when you don’t have the next book beside you!
What are your thoughts? Do you like series books? Or do you prefer stand alone ones?
And do you have any good series you’ve read lately that you would, without a doubt, recommend I try? Series that will help really get out of my fear of all things series related?
Faye   

Posted on 24 February, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments


Waiting on Wednesday #11

Posted on 22 February, 2012 by Faye - 11 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: Rebecca A. Rogers
Release Date: (expected) July 2012
Publisher: Self-Published
Goodreads: Add It
Summary: (Goodreads)
Young adult edgy contemporary about a girl who not only discovers a homeless, drug-addicted boy during a normal vacation at her parents’ summer lake house, but also discovers how far she’ll push herself to save him.
Author: Suze Reese
Release Date: April 5th 2012
Publisher: Valarian Press
Goodreads: Add It
Summary: (Goodreads)
Mira Johns is pretty much like any other teenage girl. Except that she knows how to harness electro-magnetic energy to communicate without words. And she’s really, really far from home. Her assignment as an emissary to Earth sounds fairly simple: blend in, observe, and stay away from the planet’s primitive males. But after she finds one mysterious boy too irresistible for stupid rules, she realizes the real reason she’s supposed to keep her distance: mates from her world can die if separated. But a series of serious accidents make it clear that someone wants to force her return. Mira decides her only hope is to uncover the truth to why she, the most mediocre of candidates, was actually chosen for this assignment—before the agency discovers her secret and sends her back home.
 Why?: Umm… well both of these look and sound amazing! Like… Last Summer seems really intriguing with a nice, short but concise synopsis that doesn’t give too much away. And then Extranormal? Well… I don’t really think there are words to describe how freaking awesome this book looks and sounds and I am DEFINITELY interested in this one. Ohh yes!!

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Title: Mirror Mirror
Release Date: 2 April 2012 (UK) 30 March 2012 (USA) 29th March 2012 (AUS)
IMDB: Link
Directed By: Tarsem Singh

Why?: Uhhh… it’s a comic adaptation of the original storytale and looks MILES better than the other one with that annoying Kristen Stewart in! Hehe. I love Julia Roberts and I think that she looks really good in this! I am definitely interested to see how this pans out! :D


what are you waiting for?

Posted on 22 February, 2012 by Faye - 11 Comments


Blogger Spotlight! – Insiders Scoop!

Posted on 21 February, 2012 by Faye - 8 Comments

As you should all know, Sarah, is my Blogger Spotlight this month.
Throughout the month I said I would do a few things for her.
So far;
I introduced her
I linked to one of her blogspiration posts
I interviewed her
and today I am giving you guys some Insiders Scoop about her. 
The best thing about this post? She has no idea that I’m doing it. When I say insiders, I really do mean it! :D
Sarah is possibly one of the best bloggers I know. She is so amazing, fun, lively and energetic. She is caring and spam-freaking-tastic. 
If you don’t believe me, go read her interview! (Like, right now.) 
But what I really love about Sarah is her love for everything film.
She tells me that she is glad for me because I ignited her love for film again, but what she doesn’t realise is that in her own way, she ignited my love for film as well, especially talking and posting about film! 

So, rather sneakily (but maybe not, Sarah, did you realise why I asked?), I managed to get the juice out of Sarah. She told me what her favourite films were.
Initially I asked for her top ten but it appears that she couldn’t dwindle it down to that few.
So, without further ado, these are the films that Sarah holds above all others!
*in no particular order 
Amelie
Pans Labyrinth
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Scott Pilgrim
The Matrix
The Princess Bride
Evil Dead 3: The Army of Darkness
Harry Potter (Series)
Shaun of the Dead
Anchorman
Zoolander**
Coraline**
Stardust**
Nightmare Before Christmas**
Labyrinth**
Monty Python Movies**
Spirited Away****
Groundhog Day
** are additions
**** is an anime addition
bold is one final addition (promise)
So, there you have it! Sarah’s top 18 films.
She also admitted to quoting Harry Potter and Anchorman the most.
She also said that choosing her favourites was like “choosing favourite children”
These are the movies that she can watch over, and over, and over, and over, and over again.
So, after reading all of that, is there a reason you’re still NOT following this amazing girl? No? GOOD.
Faye    

Posted on 21 February, 2012 by Faye - 8 Comments


Blogspiration #1 – Writers

Posted on 20 February, 2012 by Faye - 10 Comments

Blogspiration is a weekly meme hosted by GrowingUp YA & Saz101. This meme was created to help spark inspiration among bloggers, readers and writers alike. An inspirational quote/picture/video is posted weekly, on the day of the authors choosing, so that it may inspire creativity, conversation & just a little SOMETHING.
So, this is my first week participating in this, I don’t often run across things online that really affects me, because, well, trawling the internet isn’t something I always have time for but I’m going to try and get involved in this, if not weekly then at LEAST monthly.
This week I have a quote that I actually saw a while back that I really liked and wanted to share with you guys. It resonates with me quite a bit because it is so true of me. I believe, as well, it can be said of readers as well. -nods-
“The first thing that distinguishes a writer is that he is most alive when alone.”
- Martin Amis
When alone, our imaginations are given a chance to come alive and it is there when our most animated souls come to light. I know this is true of me, is it true of other writers out there? Or are you more alive surrounded by people?

Posted on 20 February, 2012 by Faye - 10 Comments