Slipping Reality by Emily Beaver

Posted on 20 February, 2012 by Faye - 6 Comments

Feb 20th – A Daydreamer’s Thoughts (Review)
Author: Emily Beaver
Publisher: Authorhouse
Published: July 14th 2011
Pages: 272 pages
Goodreads: Add It
Source: Netgalley
Summary: (Goodreads)
In a time of hardship and heartbreak, sometimes, reality just isn’t enough. Slipping Reality is the story of fourteen-year-old Katelyn Emerson, who, when faced with the glaring reality of her brother’s illness, rebels against the truth by slipping away into the depths of her own imagination. There, she finds the kind of support and comfort she feels she deserves. There, she does not have to feel so alone. And yet, as Katelyn’s grasp on reality begins to unravel, so too does the story of a girl who grew up too fast and fell apart too soon. Emily Beaver’s debut novel is a coming of age story that deals with the trials of young grief, insight, and growth where it’s least expected.
It would be a lie to say that there aren’t many books that leave me crying my eyes out, but there certainly hasn’t been any recently. This changed when I reached the end of Slipping Reality. I was so affected by this book and I simply loved how rich and raw it left me. I knew the ending, I knew what was coming and yet, at the same time, I did not expect it to affect me quite so much. It is, just as Katelyn herself comments, that even when watching your favourite movies and you know what is going to happen, that doesn’t stop the tears from flowing. This book moved me in ways I didn’t really think were possible.
Going into this book, I knew that it was going to be a sad tale but never did I expect it to talk to me quite so much. As Katelyn goes on her journey, I found myself relation to her and her character and how it was with my Grandad. I recognised the fear that she felt and I just wanted to reach through the pages and comfort her. This was such a well-written story that I’m worried this review won’t reflect just how brilliant the book actually was but I’m really going to try my hardest and just hope that it comes out right.
This story is full of imagination and creativity, it is creativeness that sparks from the author, Emily but is shown through the character of Katelyn and the “alternate” reality that she has slipped into. All Katelyn wants and needs is someone to comfort her, someone to be there for her in a way that she can’t be there for her brother, Matthew. In step her “imaginative friends”, Tristan and Cedric. They are there for her in every way she needs but she can’t quite explain what happens when they’re around. Are they real? Is she dreaming? Does she go to another reality? I loved the concept of this and completely understood it. Sometimes, all we want is an escape, all we want to do is run but we have to be strong and face the things around us or we may end up to regret it.
“If you don’t face tomorrow, Katelyn, who will?”
I loved the characters in this story. I loved how realistic they all were. Her best friend Lauren and how she would steer the conversation in whichever way she felt Katelyn needed it but also felt left behind when Katelyn went off into her “fantasies”. I adored Matthew and how he acted around his sister, in spite of everything, and I loved how strong he was when he really didn’t have to be. He showed that Cancer doesn’t have to beat you if you don’t let it. But really, I absolutely adored Katelyn. I related to her so much and I loved that she just tried to get on with her life, she pushed everything aside and just got on with her daily life because she had to. So when an escape was given to her, instead of questioning it too much, she just let it happen because she needed it. All of the characters were really well-written and helped to make the story that much better.
The writing in this book was really good. It faltered here and there and became a bit choppy in places but this certainly didn’t deter from the overall feel of the book. What’s more, this was written when Emily Beaver was only fourteen years old and while that shouldn’t mean I should cut her some slack, I will, because the rest of the book was just so incredible that the few problems here and there is stunning as some authors could never write a book so beautiful and rich. I adored the over-all running theme throughout the book and the way that Katelyn dealt with it all.
“I don’t really believe there’s anything that hasn’t been said about the beauty of the ocean. But think how its benefit, how it guides us. We crash and burn, we pull in and out, and we are never fully aware of how powerful we truly are as a unit. The water knows no limits, because when you slice through it …” Tristan made a slash in the water with his free hand, “it just forms itself back together again.”
There was some beautiful imagery within this novel that I truly admired, and it was full of imagination and spark and is a book that I would whole-heartedly recommend to others. If you’ve ever been through loss, or are going through loss, I feel that this book would help you to get through it, to understand that you’re not alone in this world, that you’re never alone. It might also help you to feel stronger, to not make mistakes and it might make you realise how strong your actions can be and how, even though escaping may feel brilliant, it won’t always be that way. I have to admit that while I was reading I kept thinking that Tristan and Cedric were a sign that Katelyn herself had cancer, but this would just be me and my lack of imagination but once I got passed that thought, I truly saw this story for what it wanted to be; a marvellous read full of imagination and escape.
I received this title from netgalley and am posting my review as part of the Slipping Reality blog tour! Please pop over and visit all of the different hops on this tour! (Click the image at the top for them all) This book deserves it. There is only two days left but that doesn’t mean you can’t go and visit the stops that have already happened! Oh, and when you get a chance, make sure you purchase this book, I guarantee you’ll be glad you did.

Posted on 20 February, 2012 by Faye - 6 Comments

In My Mailbox #16

Posted on 19 February, 2012 by Faye - 13 Comments

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

Guess what guys! I was good again! :D This was my third week without buying a single book! I bet you must all be sooo proud of me right now. Haha.
I did however, get some good books for review :-) 
So, despite not buying any books, I’ve actually had a fairly good week!
Moa by Tricia Stewart Shiu
Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon

I got really excited when Moa came! It was my first ever win on Goodreads! And, when I opened it up and looked through it, I found out that it was also signed! It is the first book I have ever recieved that’s been signed so it was a fairly good day! (Oh, and this was on valentine’s day too, so that was just awesome!)
Invincible was totally unexpected! I want to thank Madeleine at Little Brown Books for sending me this one! This is the paperback copy, it has only been out in Hardback but as of March 12th, they’ll be released with this new and awesome cover too! I’ve not read this series before but after reading the synopsis, I realised that I really wanted to and am glad that it is in my library so I’ll be reading the first and then getting to this one! It shall be good! :D
“if you see it, it is so…
if you believe it, it is so.”

Blood Awakening by Wenona Hulsey
Burden of Blood by Wenona Hulsey
Someone Else’s Life by Katie Dale
I recieved Blood Awakening and Burden of Blood from Wenona in return for an honest review and I have to admit that I’m really excited to read these two! They have good reviews on goodreads so far and the synopsises sound really good and intriguing! It will certainly be a good series to get stuck into!
Someone Else’s Life was recieved through Netgalley and after hearing some great things about this book as well, I also cannot wait to get stuck into this one! It just seems so brilliant!
that’s all I got this week,
what did you get? :) 

Posted on 19 February, 2012 by Faye - 13 Comments

Generic Saturday #3

Posted on 18 February, 2012 by Faye - 7 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
horror movies* 
*as chosen by this months blogger spotlight, Sarah
Top Ten Horror Films*
* in no particular order
  1. The Haunting
  2. The Ring
  3. Gothika
  4. A Tale of Two Sisters
  5. I Saw the Devil
  6. Paranormal Activity
  7. The Grudge
  8. Let the Right One In
  9. When A Stranger Calls
  10. Hide and Seek
Problems I encountered when deciding:
- Lack of Memory (this seems to be a recurring problem, I should probably do something to rectify this, but yes, I couldn’t think of that many horror films)
- Not great (And then those I did remember, I don’t remember liking because they were too funny and not scary enough)
- Not seen enough (There are still so many horror films out there that I need to get around to watching!)
Ten Awful Horrors
  1. Saw (all of them)
  2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
  3. Amytville Horror
  4. The Hills Have Eyes
  5. Halloween
  6. Drag Me to Hell
  7. Signs
  8. The Others
  9. Jeepers Creepers
  10. The Haunting (Double list, what?)*
Problems I encountered when deciding:
- Lack of Memory (We knew this was coming, didn’t we? :p)
- Definition of “awful” (I still like some of these films – hello double lister! – but they’re not exactly what I would call “horrifying” films)
- Not Seen Enough (I just haven’t seen enough horrors. Not because I don’t want to, I usually just have no one to watch them with!)
so how do we DEFINE a horror film?
According to Wikipedia; 
Horror films are a movie genre seeking to elicit a negative emotional reaction from viewers by playing on the audience’s most primal fears. They often feature scenes that startle the viewer through the means of macabre and the supernatural, thus they may overlap with the fantasy and supernatural genre. Horrors frequently overlap with the thriller genre. 
So, horror films play with our most primal fears, yes? Well, that’s a bit difficult and is probably why they are so difficult to get right. Because everyone has different fears. What I find scary, someone else probably won’t.
Let’s face it, I bet very few people were scared by the BIG-ASS bugs in King Kong were they? Me? I couldn’t physcially look at the scream without squealing (and not in delight) But King Kong is not a horror.
It is probably due to my knowledge that horror films are just films that makes them less scary for me and in fact a hell of a laugh! But what I find funny is very likely to cause someone else to scream. Interesting isn’t it?
So then, what makes horror films good?
Is it their ability to scare a majority of people? What about the ability to produce nightmares in some people? And why do people even bother going to see horror movies if this is how it affects them?
Personally I think that what makes a horror movie good is something that keeps me entertained. One that doesn’t make me laugh out loud but actually keeps my attention and makes me want to continue. Ones like The Tale of Two Sisters which are just mind-boggling, or I Saw the Devil which just kept me wanting to know more, to witness this sicko go down for what he had done.
But it’s a very personal genre, isn’t it?
What are some of your favourite horror movies? What do you like/not like to see in them? Do they make you laugh? Cry? Scream? Have Nightmares? 
And would you recommened any horror movies for me?

Posted on 18 February, 2012 by Faye - 7 Comments

Friday’s Film Favourite #13

Posted on 18 February, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments

I’m a bit late on this post last week due to the book-blogger love-a-thon but it’s better late then never, right? :D

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! (even if it’s not out here in the UK!)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Release Date: 17/01/2012)
Directer: Stephen Daldry
Genre: Drama
Main Cast: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (Release Date: 17/01/2012)
Director: Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor
Genre: Science Fiction
Main Cast: Nicholas Cage, Ciaran Hinds, Idris Elba

The Woman in the Fifth (Release Date 17/01/2012)
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Genre: Thriller
Main Cast: Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joanna Kulig


THE FAVOURITE: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
While it was, essentially, easy pickings this week, it was also a bit of a toss up. I knew Ghost Rider was out of the runnings straight away as I haven’t seen the first one but Extremely Close and The Woman in the Fifth both seem incredible and in all honesty I want to see them both! But, as I can only choose one to be my favourite, I finally chose Extremely Close because the trailer is just so powerful and I believe that the film will be so, though I’m pretty certain I’m going to need my tissues handy!
what is your favourite?

Posted on 18 February, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments

Blogger Love-A-Thon – Love Letter!

Posted on 18 February, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments

“we all have our stories to tell. whether we whisper or yell.”
- he is we, Happily Ever After
So, the point behind this post is to send a love letter to the bloggers that I love. This didn’t have to be specific but because there are a few bloggers out there who really, really, pull at my heartstrings and I missed the other mini-challenges, I thought I would mention them here.
I will also be doing a more specific note to everyone at the end, so don’t despair, I’ll mention you, I promise! :D
(can you guess who’ll be first? She’s been mentioned once today already.)
(are you there yet? is she? Oh, ooops… yeah, it’s a she… )
(getting closer… i’ve known her for years…)
 YES! You are CORRECT! My first letter goes out to Brodie over at Eleusinian Mysteries.
Brodie! I love you! I tell you this a lot of the time because, well, it’s true! I wouldn’t even have a blog if it wasn’t for you persuading me to get one and then your continued support throughout it all has just been… amazing! At every step I take, you’re there, cheering me on and it fills me with such pride. I am so glad that this blog and blogging in general has pulled us closer again and I love chatting with you over twitter and gushing over new books. At first it was you fully educating me on new books, but I think I’m showing you new books (and films) now as well and that really fills me with some sort of pride. Honestly girl, I would be nowhere without you, so THANK YOU <3  

(my second lover is someone close to my heart too)
(but she’s a new addition to my heart, but none-the-less someone i’ve grown so fond of)
(in fact, her comments are some of the ones I love the most.)
SARAH over at Sazbah101! There is a reason you are my Blogger Spotlight this month!  

Sarah! Saz! Nitwit! (:p)You are honestly an amazing person and I am so so so glad that you listened to Brodie and stumbled onto my blog. You have become an addition to my blog and comments that I would miss if you were to ever disappear. I love talking to you on twitter and reading your comments and I love your blog and reading your reviews! I just love you. Your enthusiasm for life is so amazing and you never fail to bring a huge smile to my face, even when I’m stressed to the max you somehow manage to just turn it all around and I could not be happier because of it! Honestly child, how do you do it? Haha. Anyway, yes, I just want to say THANK YOU for everything you’ve done for me in the past MONTH. <3

(third person is such a lovely girl)
(she is always answering my tweets and helping me when I need)
(her blog is wonderful but needs some love!)
So if you are looking for a new blogger to stalk *cough* I mean follow, go check out lucy over at ChooseYA

Lucy! Boy am I glad that you added me on Goodreads! You’ve become someone that I love talking to and reading your thoughts about books! I appreciate all of your thoughts and comments and just love you :D You always get some great books and give me insight on some really good ones to keep an eye out for and because we’re both from the UK, it’s nice that our timezones make it easier to stay in contact! I hope that you continue to stick around so that I can get to know you better! I want to say THANK YOU for being my friend and awesome and lovely fellow book-blogger! :D

(Onto the fourth shout-out! This one is someone I need to get to know better)
(I feel I should share the comment love)
(but i’m always so busy, here’s hoping this will change soon!)
I am talking about Theta over at Resolution Corner!

Theta! You’ve been a constant commenter on my blog for a while now and I just wanted to send you a “letter” to let you know how much I truly appreciate it! I don’t always have the time to reply or to comment on your blog but I do check it out and I love all that you post and I love when you comment on here. I will try and keep it going on yours but yes, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for being such a loyal and lovely follower! And if you ever want to chat and get to know me better, feel free to hook me up on twitter, facebook or via e-mail! I’d always be happy to hear from you! :)

(There’s just one more personal shout-out to go.)
(this one is a new love… or a growing love… or something like that)
(it has a lot to do with this event, or maybe I’m just in an awesome mood)
but finally, I’m writing a letter to Katelyn  from Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands!

Kate! So, I have been getting your reviews to my inbox for a while now and I have to say that I always read your reviews but very rarely have the time to comment. (I also usually view on my ipod which is really difficult to reply on, anyway!) But, this is not what this letter is about! This letter is to say THANK YOU for hosting this event. It is possibly the most inspired event I’ve participated in and I loved seeing all the new blogs and getting and replying and giving comments all day and I know that this is completely down to you so yes, thank you! I will continue to stalk your blog after this, and maybe I’ll even find the time to comment some more! :D

(And this letter here is for everyone else! So all of you!)
(You are just as special to me as all of these guys *points above* I promise!)
(But I either haven’t met you properly yet or don’t know you well enough yet)
or I’m so tired, I simply missed you. But don’t despair, because this is for YOU my FOLLOWERS.

YOU! You have no idea just how grateful I am that you are here reading this. I want you to know right now that I love YOU. I love everything about you. I love that you’re taking the time to read this, even if you don’t comment! You make blogging worthwhile, you make it fun and interesting and you make me want to come back and do it again, day in, day out. It is because of you that I am sticking with this when normally I let projects like this fall to the wayside. If you knew me at all, you’d know that I have a slight case of ADD and sticking to one task or project for a long time is usually incredibly difficult for me (hence why I never want to work in an office!) so the fact that I’m still here and have plans to stay here is incredible and it is down to you! So, pat yourself on the back, smile, and please, say hello! Add me on twitter, facebook and talk to me! E-mail me! Anything! I want to hear from you, I want to get to know you better! :D

i love all you guys <3



Posted on 18 February, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments

Blogger Love-A-Thon – More on Me!

Posted on 17 February, 2012 by Faye - 17 Comments

I warned you about this a while back, but throughout the day today (sparingly because I had work and university work to do!) I have been participating in this event which consists of commenting on others blog and just spreading love to other bloggers. Many of whom deserve so much love! I am linking here the schedule post from Katelyn’s blog which has a list of all the participating blogs. Go check them out! :-)
Welcome to the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon!
Now that we are sitting at 6pm (EST), it is time to participate in the 3rd mini-challenge! It is time to tell you all of the tale of my blogging experience thus far.
Well… five months and two days ago, I was sitting in my bedroom after having just watched One Day at the cinema after recently finishing the book. I was stunned by how much I loved the film and the book and how well they worked together. I wanted to tell people just how good it all was. 
I had previously been toying with the idea of creating a blog. I am a university student and I study film and television and so I naturally love both forms of media and have always wanted some outlet to review films and television, never would it have crossed my mind to include books as well. Eventually I decided that I simply didn’t have the time to start a blog, and I definitely didn’t have enough material! (I also have very little faith in the quality of my reviews but that’s another story altogether!)
So, I was sitting in my room after watching a brilliant adaptation when it finally came to me, what about a blog that deals solely with adaptions? I could comment on the differences between the book and the film, what made it good, what made it bad, etc. It would be something new and different to add to the blogging world. So, naturally, I created that first review, a joint review of One Day (HERE).
The first thing I did after that was tell my longest OL friend, and fellow book-blogger, Brodie at Eleusianian Mysteries. She was my first follower and my first comment. From there… well, I don’t even KNOW what happened. I’m not sure where my followers came from, I don’t remember how I advertised my blog or how people came to follow me either! All I know is a month down the line, I was sitting with twenty or so followers and gaping at them all with mystery.
I also realised that my content changed. I only wrote two adaptation reviews, and then I was just writing regular movie reviews with regular book reviews. I took recommendations from fellow book bloggers (and followers) and got books out of the library which I sat down, read and then reviewed. Then, I did my first IMM (In My Mailbox) and my follower count continued to grow. Then I joined Goodreads and found an outlet to advertise my blog while also interacting and helping out authors with reviews.
Then I was getting e-mails, my follower count was steadily increasing, then I found out about netgalley, and then I was e-mailing publishers and still people were following and commenting on my posts more. I have had two giveaways for reaching two milestones, 50 and 100 followers and I still, to this day, don’t understand where everyone came from. I marvel at every new follower, I squee at every blog post, and I jump with glee when I get a book request accepted or simply have a book arrive that I bought.
It was brilliant. It is brilliant. 
But it’s also hard-work. I knew it would be. I had been forewarned and still I put in more hours to my blog then anything I have ever done. What started out as a small project has turned into something so much more. This blog is, in a corny and silly way, my saviour. When I have had a bad day, I check my e-mails and usually find someone has commented or followed and a smile flashes on my face, then a grin, and sometimes even a laugh!
It may be hard and time consuming, but I stick with it because the rewards are amazing. I love every aspect of blogging. Coming up with new and creative ideas, interacting with other bloggers, getting comments, posting comments, reading books, reviewing them, watching films, reviewing them… everything. I love it all and I wouldn’t give it up for the world!
The blogging community is one that has filled me with such happiness, I just don’t know if I could have survived the last few months without it. I’ve been through a lot lately, with burglary issues, self-esteem issues, motivation issues and just stress after stress after stress and it has been this blog and all of the wonderful people in the community that has helped to keep me on my feet. Because of them I didn’t float out to sea, I kept my head above water and now things are starting to settle again and life is beginning to flow as it should. The blogging community means the world to me. 
Hey, that means you <3

Posted on 17 February, 2012 by Faye - 17 Comments

Meeting Destiny by Nancy Straight

Posted on 16 February, 2012 by Faye - 19 Comments

Author: Nancy Straight
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: 26th June 2010
Pages: Kindle Edition (291 Pages)
Goodreads: Add It
Summary: (From Goodreads)
Lauren is visited in her dreams for years by a stranger claiming to be her destiny. Destiny becomes reality when paths cross during a failed robbery attempt. Lauren and the stranger experience chemistry like no other and now her doubt over her long time relationship with her high school sweetheart is not her only secret…someone else knows about her keen intuition and sixth sense. A mysterious clairvoyant seeks Lauren out and tells her not only of her life now but what the future may hold. Soon Lauren is in the middle of a murder investigation and a questionable friendship with the key suspect. Law enforcement, friends and family are concerned for Lauren but unfortunately they are unaware of the true danger…Sinister forces are at work and will stop at nothing to destroy Lauren’s abilities.
This was a book that captivated me from the very first page. It starts off the story with a heroic act and really sets up the beginning of the novel well. The writing style was easy to get to grips with and the characters were really great to get to know and I loved each and every one of them. The story kept me hooked throughout and I found it really difficult to put the book down to go and do something else. There never seemed to be a dull moment and hearing it all from Lauren’s perspective is really nice.
The characters in this novel are all so loveable. At times I wanted to pick Seth up and hug him and then at others I wanted to strangle him dry. He was so lovely, yet infuriating, and I could totally see him as a real, live-standing person and I loved that about him. I love that Lauren didn’t really see the effect she had on him either. But then there’s Amanda… oh… I love that. Lauren was such a strong and brilliant protagonist and I instantly felt a connection with her. She was interesting to read and I liked getting to know her better. I loved how much she cared about the people around her and she honestly just had a heart of gold. She made mistakes and didn’t really know how to be in a couple but she did what she could and that was just… inspiring to read. We all are just struggling through this life, and she was doing exactly that in her own world.
Max. Max gets to start a new paragraph because there are so many things that I love about his character. I love how patient he is with Lauren. That he doesn’t want to rush her or ruin their relationship. I love how, even though he gets angry with her, he never really yells at her, he just gets silent and solemn and keeps it all inside instead. I love that she manages to bring out a side of him that others can’t and I adore how much he helps other people and has such a sweet and sensitive and lovely side. And just… yes, he was definitely my favourite person in this novel. I hope to be able to read more of him in the next book!
I liked the romance in this novel. Romance, for me, is always difficult because I don’t like it when it’s too fast-paced or doesn’t really feel like it fits right. While it is fast in this book, this is explained through the idea of Destiny and when they finally get to spend more time together, it is so noticeable that they just fit together so well. Lauren is quite out-going and tends to follow her own train of thought and Max is patient and while he doesn’t always like it, he always supports her in her decisions. But really, I just loved witnessing the relationship grow and develop as they went through different battles of life. I especially, especially, especially loved the ending… oh… it was so good!
The storyline of this novel wasn’t like your typical paranormal novel, and by that I mean, the paranormal aspects didn’t really feel like the centre of the story and it was easy to feel that what was happening, and how Lauren reacted to things was just natural. The way it was described as being a sort of ‘sixth sense’ made it really feel normal, as opposed to para-normal. I actually really liked this about this novel and felt that it made it seem even more intriguing. And it certainly made the last few moments of the book really stick out in one’s mind. It was such a cleverly deployed style and I adored it so much! Nancy Straight really got into the nitty and gritty at the end there.
The only major problem I had with the novel was deciding whether it was a YA or an adult book. Eventually I think I would conclude that this is more of a YA book. The style makes it an easy read and while it’s main protagonist is twenty-one, I would still suggest that she is a young-adult and with no forward or explicit scenes, I would definitely feel that teenagers would be able to read it and enjoy it. It was also sometimes hard to believe that she was twenty-one from the way that she acted, which was a slight issue but this was easy to ignore and didn’t detract from the rest of the lovely and fun-to-read story.
If it hasn’t been noticed before now, I just thought that I would mention that I absolutely adored the ending and am going to have to wait as patiently as I can before I get the chance to read the second book! All I really want to do is run off and read it now. The ending, for me, really made the rest of the book better. It was what really caused this book to stick with me. Brilliant endings are an easy way to win my heart.

Posted on 16 February, 2012 by Faye - 19 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday #10

Posted on 15 February, 2012 by Faye - 9 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: Susan Dennard
Release Date: July 24th 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Goodreads: Add It 
Summary: (Goodreads)
There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.

Why?: Uuuuh… it sounds AWESOME. And I mean… come on… ZOMBIES! Hehe. I really do just think this sounds brilliant and one that I am looking forward to reading. And the cover is really pretty too, isn’t it? :D hehe.

Title: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Release Date: 17th Feburary 2012 (UK)
IMDB: Link
Directed By: Stephen Daldry 
Why?: I kind of cheated this week again and chose a film that is nearly out but I couldn’t help it because this film just looks amazing! It seems like it’s full of rich emotion and it just looks brilliant. I can’t wait to get to the cinema to watch it! :D
what are you waiting on?

Posted on 15 February, 2012 by Faye - 9 Comments

Undermountain by Eric Edstrom {REVIEW & INTERVIEW}

Posted on 13 February, 2012 by Faye - 6 Comments

 Today I am excited to introduce you all to Eric Edstrom! Eric is the author of Undermountain which I have just recently finished (review below). Today he is being interviewed by me for all of you lovely followers of mine! I have to admit that reading his answers made me realise just how nice a guy he is!

So, here we go!


Tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you would like your readers to know.
I live outside of a small town in Wisconsin, about a 90 minute drive from Chicago. My wife and I have one daughter, Ella, who just turned eight.
How long have you wanted to be a writer?
I had many false starts as a novelist, beginning when I was fourteen or fifteen. I would start stories without any idea of plot or story arc. My main objective was to have a character discover something mysterious, or find out he had some amazing magical power. 
When you’re not typing away at the keyboard coming up with new ideas, what do you do? 
I do most of my creative work away from the keyboard. I like to dictate the first draft of my stories while I’m walking or driving. I find it goes faster and it keeps me from editing, which always kills creativity. Aside from that, I enjoy writing and recording songs. I have a nice hobby studio for that work. I spent several years traveling to Nashville, Tennessee writing songs for country singers. When I got distracted by writing fiction, I realized I was working in the wrong field!
What inspired you to write a story involving bigfoot?
I came up with the seed of the idea several years ago. For some reason I was thinking about Bigfoot, a popular legend in the US and Canada. I discovered that there are similar legends all over the world. I’d be counted as a skeptic for sure. But I thought that if the creature did exist, it would be far more interesting if it was more technologically advanced than us humans. I followed that thread of an idea and discovered that they lived in a huge underground city, waiting for us to get our act together.

I was quite excited by it at the time, but I just didn’t have the time to work on it. When my nephew challenged me to a NaNoWriMo, I accepted. Those 50,000 words became the genesis for Undermountain.

Have you ever been to Banff? Is Undermountain located in a real mountain you saw there?
I have been to Banff several times. My wife and I got married there, in a beautiful outdoor ceremony among the mountains. Our only witnesses were the marriage commissioner, her husband and our photographer. Undermountain’s true location is top secret!
Did you enjoy writing your story? 
I did enjoy it. At times I wondered if I’d gone insane, because any time I tried to explain I was writing a novel about bigfoot, I got weird looks. But once I met my characters and got to know them, I became deeply attached to them. I really wanted them to succeed. sometimes it was painful because as an author you take a break and go see a movie or something and the whole time you’re thinking about the horrible predicament you left your characters in when you left off!
Did you use a structured plan or did it sort of tell it’s own story along the way?
Because of the nature of the bigfeet and the two-headed tangoga creatures, I had to do quite a bit of world building prior to writing any prose. So when I started, I knew a LOT about the history of the bigfeet and how they came to be living in Undermountain.

When I started NaNoWriMo I had a very rough idea of who my characters were and what they would do. Once I completed NaNo, I outlined the entire story and rewrote huge chunks of it, including the entire last third. I changed a bunch of viewpoint chapters to make Breyona a more important character, which was great and painful at the same time. I think I suffered more than she did over some of those chapters.

You mention that you wrote this during NaNoWriMo, how many times did you participate before Undermountain emerged?
It was my first NaNoWriMo! I’d heard of it a few years prior, but it seemed insane. If my nephew hadn’t challenged me, I might not have written it. 
quick fire round;

ebooks or hard copies?

Yes. I switch off depending on my mood. Sometimes I like the smell and tactile experience of a hard copy. 

day or night?
Day. And more specifically, morning. This answer is a shocks me, though. 

reading or writing?
writing is almost the same thing as reading for me. Have you ever read a book with a cool idea and character and then shouted “No! No! No! they should do this, then this, and this should happen.” When I write I get to make the story go the way I want. And the reason I write is so I can read the story.

paper or computer?
Computer. Paper is for world building, brainstorming, journaling, and grocery lists.

tea or coffee?
Delicious 100% Hawaiian Kona Coffee. Black.

favourite book of the moment?

I’m currently enjoying Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Very clever and fun.

most memorable book?
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini 

Favourite movie, and therefore best ever made or ever to be made in the history of the universe? (this was added by Eric himself)
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Eric can be found on these sites; 
And, Bigfoot Grizz sometimes tweets here;
 Undermountain Book Trailer
Author: Eric Edstrom
Publisher: Undermountain Books LLC
Published: 24th December 2011
Pages: Kindle Edition (Unknown)
Goodreads: Add It
Summary: (Goodreads)
Undermountain is an innovative, clever and wildly imaginative adventure. Along the way, Edstrom turns the legend of bigfoot on its head.

A group of troubled teens escape to the Canadian Rockies for a ten day excursion. All they take with them is their backpacks and their grizzled old mountaineer guide.

But when Danny and Breyona encounter a creature of legend—an eight foot tall beast they tag as “bigfoot”—the hike turns into a race for their lives.

Swept to the secret city of Undermountain, Danny, Breyona and their friends find themselves in the middle of a war—between their “bigfoot” captors and horrific creatures called “shriekers.”

But more than their freedom is at stake. To escape, to survive, to save the Earth, Danny and Breyona must end the war … and make sure neither side wins.

This novel had me hooked from the first page. The writing style was brilliant and really kept me captivated but really it was the story that was absolutely amazing. This was a story like none I have ever read and I was well and truly hooked. It was a book about bigfeet. You know it to be a legend but as you read this book, it seems that this could actually be real. It is so descriptive and imaginative that I honestly forgot that bigfoot doesn’t exist because he felt so real in this novel. It was just such an interesting read.
The story takes you on the journey of five kids who were on a ten-day hike in the Canadian Rockies when they were suddenly chased down by a two-headed creature. Finally they are rescued by a bigfoot. It is soon discovered that the legends are true but before they can run off and tell everyone about it, the kids are lead into the mountain by not one, but several bigfeet. Down and down they go until they reach, Undermountain; a civilised city full of bigfeet who are actually creatures from a different planet and are waiting down in the mountains until the humans are ready to be introduced to their existence.
The characters in this story are so realistic. Each and every one has their own back story, their own fears and worries and strengths and weaknesses and it is so lovely to read how they all come about. It is their personalities that change the way the narrative turns and this is just marvellous to see. The things that are happening around them are out of their control but within their control all at the same time and I absolutely love that. I love that all five of the kids went on a journey and came out a different, yet better, person because of it. I also admire that it didn’t just stick to one POV as I feel that this would have made it a difficult read. The ever-changing POVs was not confusing either which was really good.
I adored the bigfeet. I loved their community and the way that within it, it still had its own problems. They believe that the humans are not ready for them but I also believe that they are just as corrupt as the humans but just aren’t willing to admit it. I love their oath and the different interpretations of it. I admired that as the story continued I forgot that bigfoot is just a legend and actually started imagining these characters as real creatures. Honestly, I would like to have Grizz around me at all times; he is by far the best bigfoot.
Not only were the bigfeet interesting to read about, the Tangeg and Tangoga were as well! I loved the two-headed creatures with almost two different personalities. I loved the banter that they had between each other and the way they tried to work through their problems alone. After all, wouldn’t we all just want to have a friend permanently attached too us? I loved the different personalities of all the different Tangoga and the difference between those and Tangeg but really, I just found it all fascinating that I could imagine them clearly and could really believe that they were real. Eric Edstrom certainly has a way with words!
Aside from the magnificent characters, the world-building in this novel was brilliant. The descriptions weren’t too heavy but they was just the right amount of them to imagine the place completely. This was just a brilliant example of how well Eric can write. This was also shown through the plot which was so captivating. Never was there a dull moment in the book, there was always something going on. Even when you thought that things would slow down, you would suddenly be shocked out of your system as something else would happen that would force you to continue reading and turning the page.
The ending was brilliant, and really left you feeling like you’d lost a friend when you got to the last word. I wanted there to be another page, some more words for me to fill my brain with. It was absolutely marvellous and I will, from now on, be keeping an eye on Eric Edstrom to make sure that I read every single book that he publishes.
This book was simply a brilliant read. The only problem I had with the book was that it was quite long. For a YA book, it seemed to continue going and I think that some YA readers may find this difficult but, this was only a thought I had for some of the book. As I’ve already said, by the end of the book, I was simply craving more. Really, the only thing wrong with this book is that there isn’t another one already waiting for me to read.
 I would recommend this book to anyone that wants to read something that is a unique sci-fi with page-turning adventure filling the page. I would also like to thank Eric for sending me his book looking for an honest review as I am incredibly glad that I got the chance to read this book and urge all of you to do the same!

Posted on 13 February, 2012 by Faye - 6 Comments

It’s Finished! We Have Winners!

Posted on 12 February, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments

My 100-Follower Giveaway ended this morning with a WOOPING 690 entries. To say that I was flabergasted would be underplaying it. I really, really, REALLY, want to thank you ALL for following this blog, for entering and for just… filling my heart with so much joy!
I started this giveaway four weeks ago, when I had just 100 followers. Now my count is at 166 (with more e-mail subscribers behind the scenes as well) and I just… couldn’t be happier about it. You guys make blogging worth it. You guys are the reason I am still here!
So I really do want to say a huge
thank you 
to you all. I love each and every one of you!
That being said, it’s time to announce some winners!!
We have;
mariawho has requested Under the Never Sky  
 veronicawho has requested Under the Never Sky
Congratulations to you both! I shall have the books bought and shipped to you very shortly and will send you an e-mail once this has been done!

Posted on 12 February, 2012 by Faye - 2 Comments