Waiting on Wednesday #12

Posted on 30 May, 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 excitement 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

So, I’ve been very naughty and haven’t participated in this meme for a long time, but I’m hoping to do it more regularly again! Yay!


Author: S. A. Bodeen
Publisher: Fiewel & Friends
Release Date: 21st August 2012
Goodreads:
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Summary:

Robie is an experienced traveler. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn’t panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft.

And then… she’s in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there’s no sign of help on the way.

Why?: Um, hello? It sounds simply amazing! The cover really drew me in and the synopsis sealed the deal. I saw it a while back but figured it was about time it got some acknowledgement on the blog! I am so intrigued by the story, will they get stranded on the island? How will they save themselves? Yeap… definitely intrigued!


Title: Five Year Engagement
Release Date: 22nd June 2012 (UK)
IMDB: Add It
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
The Five-Year Engagement Trailer


Why?:
I basically love Jason Segal and everything that he is in but I also just think that this film is my kind of humour. It looks right up my street and I just can’t wait to go and see it!


what are you waiting on?

Posted on 30 May, 2012 by Faye - 9 Comments


A Little Q+A with Vincent Lowry

Posted on 30 May, 2012 by Faye - No Comments

Hey Guys!
So today I am introducing you to the talented Vincent Lowry, author of Dreams Reign Supreme. I will be asking him some questions for you all to read over and enjoy!
Hope it helps you get a better insight into him and his novel!

Hello Vince, and welcome to A Daydreamer’s Thoughts! Let’s start with something simple, tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you would like your readers to know.
I was born in New Mexico, and I went to college in New Orleans. Most of my stories involved experiences from these two places. For me, my stories are only credible if I have a good idea about the culture and background of my characters. Research can sometimes help fill the gap when delving into cities I’ve never seen, but nothing substitutes actually living in the area.

Writing what you know is the advice most frequently given, so it’s nice to see it actually happen! I’m curious then, how long have you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was in high school. I loved the creativity of filling a blank page. I was inspired by the idea that I could do it anywhere, anytime I found the time.

It is such a glorious concept. Those are your words! So, what I’m sure everyone wants to know is, when you’re not typing away at the keyboard coming up with new ideas, what do you do?
Well, I also do a good deal of photography. It is said that a picture says 1,000 words, so for me it’s my way of cheating a little when I want to get my point across right away. Photography also fits in well with my poetry because both my pictures and poems often involve nature. Getting out in the wild (or even just around the city parks) is a great way of relaxing and creating at the same time.

So now we know more about you, but what about your book? What is it all about?
Dreams Reign Supreme is a collection of short stories and poetry. I’ve previously published several of the pieces that appear in the book, and I wanted to combine them together in a way that best entertains the reader. So far the reception has been wonderful! :)

That’s great to hear! It seems like a nice way of doing this, but what inspired you to write a book in this way?
I’ve never seen a book that rotates between short story and poetry. I’ve seen collections that are purely one or the other, but nothing that combines both together, chapter after chapter. I thought this would make a neat book.

I think you’re probably right there! Aside from this, would you say there was an interesting background to your book?
Yes. As mentioned above, most of my backgrounds come from places I’ve seen and experienced at some point in my life. This was far different from my first novel, Constellation Chronicles, because that book was set in space. That’s kinda hard to visit. Haha!

Yes, yes it is. Now we know more about the style of your new novel, who would you say was your target audience?
My target audience is young adults and adults, male and female. It’s a bit too advanced for kids under 12.

And did you have any writing influences for these two novels?
I’ve always admired Carl Sagan, Stephen King, Frank McCourt, Frank Darabont, and Tony Hillerman. They are the rock stars for me.

Some great writers indeed! I’ve gotten this far without mentioning it, but what was your favourite part about writing Dreams Reign Supreme?
My favorite part is seeing the story come alive. For example, Paranormal Lists came to me so easily that I felt I was actually living the life of the main character. That short story was a blast to write. I wish I could say the same about all stories (some of them take a lot of pushing to get through).

Obviously there a lot of different stories in this novel, so how did you go about selecting the short-stories and poems, was it theme based, or other?
It’s a mix. Sometimes it’s theme based, sometimes it’s just the character that comes to me. Going back to Paranormal Lists, it was the main character I saw in my mind before I started writing the story: a psychic burdened with his gifts of foresight.

Sounds absolutely fascinating! Other than Dreams Reign Supreme and Constellation Chronicles, do you have any more books already written, or on the way, or both?
Yes, my third book is a collection of poetry I will be publishing in the next year. My fourth book is a young adult, coming-of-age novel I had actually written over ten years ago. (This was actually the first book I wrote.)

And finally, do you have any advice for any aspiring writers out there?
My advice is to create. To endless write and ignore all pessimism and skepticism. It’s the finished novel/short story/poem that stands the test of time. If you never write what’s in your heart, you’ll never see the true beauty of what you can become.

and a quick fire round;
ebooks or hard copies?

Both. I like ebooks because they are better for the environment, and I like hard copies because sometimes I just need the feel of the book in my hands.
day or night?
I’ve always been a night owl. Maybe this will change in the coming years???
reading or writing? Both. You have to do both. There are no exceptions to this rule.
paper or computer?
Well, a computer spits out paper so… :)
tea or coffee? Iced tea. I get bad migraines if I have hot liquids. It’s very strange, I know…
favourite book of the moment?
Steve Jobs. That was a great read!
most memorable book?
Watership Down. What a book! That’s another author I highly admire!

Thank You Vince, for taking the time to talk with me today! It was a pleasure.


If you would like to know more about Vince you can find him on Goodreads, here

 

Dreams Reign Supreme is a collection of short stories and poetry by Vincent Lowry, author of the acclaimed breakout novel Constellation Chronicles. Readers around the world have praised this collection as “beautiful,” “touching,” and “original.” Fans will be delighted to find Windows on the World, Vincent’s heartfelt poem about his experience in the North Tower of the World Trade Center before its collapse, and The Paranormal Lists, a fictional story about a man burdened with an incredible psychic gift.

Dreams Reign Supreme will move and entertain readers from start to finish.

Posted on 30 May, 2012 by Faye - No Comments


Blogger Spotlight! – Theta’s Favourites

Posted on 29 May, 2012 by Faye - 1 Comment

Hey Guys!
So today Theta has written you guys a guest post on his favourite book-theatre adaptations!
Hope that you enjoy it!

Firstly, I’d like to thank Faye for inviting me to write this short article for her blog.  (It’s nice to know that I’m house trained enough not to make a mess of somebody’s blog).  :)) laughing

After a discussion with Faye, we came up with idea of selecting the Top 10 theatrical productions that I’ve seen.  The problem for me is that a lot of these plays or shows have a personal memory for me, so I ask that you indulge me for not doing the whole run down from ten to one.


“Scrooge” (Based on “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens) (2011 production)

The cinematic version of this musical gets regular play over the festive period, but I decided to treat myself with seeing it live and it was a fantastic spectacle of live special effects and songs by Lesley Bricusse which are well known to people who have seen the film.

Veteran stage and screen actor Tommy Steele gave a fantastic performance as Scrooge and showed that he can still lead a major theatrical musical at 75 years-old.

It’s the perfect musical to get your Christmas going.


“Elling” (Based on the novel by Ingvar Ambjornsen) (2007 production)

This play tells the story of two men who have been released from a psychiatric hospital into the community under the care of the Norwegian government.  It’s very much in the style of “The Odd Couple” as you have Elling (in this production portrayed by John Simm) who is an introverted man who won’t leave the house on his own and Kjell Bjarne (Adrian Bower) who is an uncouth, larger than life character who has a sex obsession.

I really enjoyed this play for the humour and the acting of the performers, especially John Simm in the role of Elling.


“The Mousetrap” (Play written by Agatha Christie) (Still playing – St Martin’s Theatre, London)

Granted, it isn’t a novel, but I couldn’t leave out this play by the “Queen of Crime” herself and it takes the staples of the typical Christie novel of an isolated location, murder and ever-so-proper people.  It’s now celebrating its Diamond Anniversary this year and will be going on tour around the UK to celebrate this achievement.

And no… I am not going to break the sixty year old secret and tell you who did it.


“The 39 Steps” (Based on the by John Buchan and adapted by Patrick Barlow) (Still playing – Criterion Theatre, London)

Again, I’m cheating a little with this one.  This comedic version of “The 39 Steps” isn’t based on the original novel by John Buchan but on the film directed by the “Master of Suspense” himself, Alfred Hitchcock.  However, this is a play that I would happily see again (and I’ve already been to this play twice) as it’s a light hearted tribute to devilishly handsome heroes, damsels in distress and cunning villains with 139 characters portrayed by four actors.

“The Woman In Black” (Based on the novel by Susan Hill) (Still playing – Fortune Theatre, London)

This has a special place for me because this was the first play that I saw in London’s West End.

Even though I liked the film released earlier starring that Daniel Radcliffe chap, I have to admit that if you want real scare value, you have to make this stage version a must see.  This is a two hander uses humour to guide you into the terrifying tale of Arthur Kipps and his encounter with the malevolent Woman in Black.

I’ve seen this three times and my favourite occasion was when there were a party of high school students watching the play as a set text.  I had never known people literally scream and jump out of their seat until I saw this particular production.

Also, the Fortune Theatre is an atmospheric venue for this play.

“The Railway Children” (Based on the novel by E. Nesbit) (2011/12 production)

“Daddy, my Daddy!!!”… Surely what must be the three most iconic words in the book, film and theatrical versions of this tale of three children who move to the countryside along with their mother after their father has to leave them in mysterious circumstances.

I was lucky enough to see this play last November at the specially designed theatre at Waterloo railway station and it was fantastic to see the imagination used to bring this story to life, including the use of a vintage steam train during the major landslide scene and the play’s conclusion.  I was also lucky enough to be guided on a backstage tour where I was able to stand on the actual carriage used in which “The Old Gentleman” sat in both the theatrical and the 1970 film version.

And yes… there was a lump in my throat when those immortal lines are said.

“The Diary Of Anne Frank” (Based on the book “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank) (2012 production – Ends May 2012)

I can’t say much more about this play other than what I said in my review.  Needless to say, it is one of the most emotional plays that I’ve seen and I’m not ashamed to admit that I was bordering on tears at the end when Christopher Timothy, as Otto Frank, speaks of what happened to the residents of “The Secret Annexe”.

“Swallows And Amazons” (Based on the novel by Arthur Ransome) (2012 production – Ends May 2012)

This is another play that I’ve reviewed recently on my site and I heartily recommend this production.  This play takes idea of children making a world through play that Ransome wrote about as the inspiration for this production as the audience is encouraged to clap, stomp, laugh and, at one point, join in with the play itself.

When I left this play, I felt like I had (cough, cough) years knocked off my real age.

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“Wicked” (Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire) (Still playing – Apollo Victoria London)

I saw this musical twice last year and I instantly got why people rave over it.  People who have read the book have said that the play isn’t as dark as the novel, but alongside the show-stopping numbers there’s some really meaty themes in this play.  “Wicked” has subjects such as bullying, racism, being true to one’s self, friendship, and the use of media/publicity to either put a person on a pedestal or demonise a person.

The fact that it does this with some of the most fantastic musical numbers is a bonus… and if the hairs at the back of your neck don’t rise at the climax of “Defying Gravity”, I’d recommend that you check your pulse.

As for the future, I do have some book related theatre productions to go to later in the year including a return to “War Horse” and “The M ousetrap” and a trip to see the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Roald Dahl’s “Matilda”.  All three of which I’ll be reviewing on my blog “Resolution Corner“.

Posted on 29 May, 2012 by Faye - 1 Comment


Reality Shows We Want To See (With D.V. Berkom) + Giveaway

Posted on 28 May, 2012 by Faye - 7 Comments

Hey Guys!
So today I am introducing you to the talented D.V Berkrom, author of Serial Date.
She has written a post for you today on Reality TV shows and the ones she wishes to see. She is also giving away ONE copy of her book to the commenter with the most inspired answer to the question at the bottom of this post!
So get your creative caps on!

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Summary:

A retired assassin. A serial killer with a social agenda.

A politician with a fondness for free-range livestock.

Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television’s most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the ‘bachelors’ on the show- an ex-con billed as a serial killer- but the detective in charge of the case isn’t so sure.

Santiago Jensen, a homicide detective with a playboy reputation is assigned to the reality show murder case. There’s instant attraction when he meets Leine Basso, but until they catch the murderer, he has to keep his distance.

When Leine’s estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she’s forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is. She soon realizes the murderer may be a grisly remnant from her past and she’ll need to use all of her cunning to stop him and rescue her daughter.


Like it or not, reality shows are part of our national zeitgeist, and it looks like they’re here to stay. In my novel, Serial Date, I delve into imagining what would happen if things went horribly wrong on a reality show that pairs beautiful young women with ex-cons posing as serial killers.

Then I take it a bit further by having an actual serial killer start murdering the contestants. But, he makes one huge mistake: he abducts the estranged daughter of Leine Basso, a retired assassin now working security for the reality show. Who do you think will win?

The other evening, while shooting the breeze with some writer friends, the subject of reality shows came up. Being writers, we started brainstorming and came up with the following list (wine may have been involved):

Reality Shows We Want To See:

· Fun Run with the Trump Boys: Eric and Donald Trump, Jr. are left deep in the Congo with one nine millimeter handgun and two bullets between them. They’re forced to rely on their wits to avoid attack from not only wild animals, but bloodthirsty militants armed to the teeth and hunting for lucrative ransom opportunities.

· The Money Factor: The CEO of a large American bank/investment firm is deposited in the middle of South Central L.A. wearing a Rolex and Armani, without a car, Blackberry or iPhone. Bets are placed on how long the CEO retains said clothing and watch. Allow the audience to vote up or down on whether the CEO keeps their life when they’re robbed at gunpoint.

· The Perfect Heist: Five groups of petty thieves come up with a plan to rob a large stash of cash from a swank residence. The losers wind up in prison. The winners receive indemnity but no cash.

· Trading Places (with apologies to Eddie Murphy and Dan Akroyd): The richest member of congress and their family trade places for one month with a family earning minimum wage. Each must live within the means typical of the other for the duration. No bribery or extortion allowed.

· Attention, WalMart Shoppers!: Randomly select ten WalMart shoppers from various stores around the nation, hand them a no-limit credit card and let them loose on Rodeo Drive.

· Calling all Luddites: Follow a tech-obsessed family from Silicon Valley as they learn to live without all things electronic for one year. No phones, iPads, MP3 players, washing machines, televisions, cars or computers allowed. If successful, the entire family can choose between free Apple products/upgrades for life, or a library filled with books.

· Minimalist Bride: Three couples must plan their wedding with a guest list of 500 on a budget of $2,000 for each couple (including the dress). The Super Secret Grand prize is an all-expenses paid honeymoon to a Motel 6 in Dubuque, Iowa.

· I’m in Charge: Follow a group of Helicopter Parents as they have to watch their children, via hidden cameras, try and negotiate the real world without any help from outside sources. Grand prize is psychotherapy for the parents and self-sufficiency for the kids.

Now it’s your turn – what reality shows would you like to see?*

*GIVEAWAY is open to EVERYONE.
Winner is the most creative or inspired answer.
Winner will be chosen by me.
Giveaway ends 4th June 2012.
Prize is an ebook of Serial Date via Smashwords.

Have fun, and get creative! =D

Posted on 28 May, 2012 by Faye - 7 Comments


The Witches of the Glass Castle by Gabriella Lepore

Posted on 28 May, 2012 by Faye - 8 Comments

Author: Gabriella Lepore
Publisher: Book Guild Publishing
Published: 2011
Pages: 255
Format: Paperback
Source: Review Copy from Publisher
Goodreads: Add It

Summary:

Mia’s life is thrown through a loop when she discovers her family secret — that she and her brother Dino are witches. After they are sent away to study their craft, they begin down a path that will change their lives forever.

Suddenly thrust into a world where handsome warriors command the power of nature and people’s thoughts and actions can be manipulated at will, Mia and Dino struggle to navigate their own allegiances and do what they know to be right when everything around them seems beyond their control.

five stars

The only problem I had with this book is that it took me too long to actually pick it up and read it. This book had me well and truly captivated from the very first page until the very last one. It starts with a bang, quite literally, and I was just instantly pulled into the story, wanting to know more. It’s a magnificent story that will tug at your heart while you bite your tongue, just wishing you could jump into the world and help instead of just reading it all happen. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next instalment of this series. Gabriella Lepore has captured my heart.

Mia is your normal average teenager. Or, so she has been led to believe. But, when her curiosity gets the better of her and she mutters some words that are painted on the wall of her basement, her powers are awakened; along with her brother Dino’s too. They have been witches since the day they were born but their powers were lying dormant within them, just waiting for the right moment to become “activated”, so to speak. Her mother and aunt, who are also witches, are do happy that the day has finally come and then ship them both off to the Glass Castle; a school for witches. Thus begins the story.

I loved Mia. I loved her flare, her adventurous and curious side, as well as her unfortunate stubborn streak. But, more than just her personality, I loved her power. Without giving too much away, I just loved what she could do and how it connected to her and her personality and emotions. It was so amazing and I just would love to be able to harness a power like that. I also admired that, as the story progresses, she starts to learn about inner peace and tranquillity and that it sort of falls of the page. She’s loyal and protective and I love that she continues to fight the good fight, even when she’s not sure what the outcome will be. She trusted those she loved to guide her down the right path which generally meant them leaving her to work it out on her own! She was a joy to read and a brilliant protagonist that I am looking forward to reading more of.

And then there is Colt. Ohm. What to say about this guy? Well, he’s a Hunter witch, which means that he was raised as a warrior. He was trained to not let emotions affect him, he has, in that respect, no humanity – not in the way that we know of it. He does what he does for his coven and he protects the land but aside from that he is just a warrior, nothing more and nothing less. Yet, at the same time, he is so much more. I loved him, the way he was the bad guy and at the same time the good guy. I loved that I could feel the way Mia affected him as she continuously stayed arrogant of the dangers and I just cherished the moment when he realised that he couldn’t stop humanity from touching him. It was just so… brilliantly written and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Dino was, however, one of my favourite characters. He was moody and pulled like a tight string and yet you could still see that there was compassion within him. He was still protective and friendly and charming and I really enjoyed seeing that. You could see the internal struggle he had going on and it was just amazing. I wanted to comfort him, as did Mia, and knowing how that affected him just made it that much harder for them both and it was just, so cleverly written. I think the journey that his character took was the most progressive and I found it the most captivating. He was a brilliant secondary character, I definitely favoured him but I did still love Mia and Colt.

The storyline and the concept of this novel was so well-thought out and just intriguing that I couldn’t help hanging on to every word. I loved the different powers that all of the witches had, I loved the ideas of the covens, I loved the Arcana and the Hunters and the differences between them. I admired how the powers manifested themselves, how it was all linked to personalities and emotions and strengths. It was such a unique concept on witches and I just really loved it. I found it truly compelling and I simply cannot wait to read more about them. I also loved the way this story was told. The way the narrative was omni-present but also switched POVs throughout it without it being confusing or irritating. It flowed well and was just easy to get to grips with. The description was informative and not too overloaded. The secondary characters helped to pull the story along and the over-arching twist was so brilliant that I just did not see it coming at all.

All in all this book was one that I simply admired. It was a quick read because I found it hard to put it down, it was fun and heavy all at the same time and it had a really unique take on witches and magic. I would recommend it to anyone who likes witches, or to anyone who wants to read a YA that will pull on your heartstrings because the romance and the family ties in this novel were just outstanding. It is a read that everyone should pick up really because it is, as corny as this is going to sound, magical. It deserves to be read a thousand times over.

*I received this book from the publishers in return for an honest review. *

Faye

Posted on 28 May, 2012 by Faye - 8 Comments


Blogspiration #11 – Creativity

Posted on 27 May, 2012 by Faye - 5 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 week I was trying to think of the best thing to post here, or whether to skip this week until I found something better to blog about when I finally stumbled across a brilliant post on Facebook.

This graphic really spoke to me and I hope you like it too!

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*I claim no rights to this picture.*

This spoke to me because as I went down this list I realised that everything on it was ticked off in my head. I do get bored easily, I am always taking risks, I like to bend rules, I am constantly asking what if, I have many mistakes in my past, I love to collaborate, I would so that I was generous, I am definitely independent, I enjoy experimenting, I find the best motivation is yourself, I always put one hundred percent into everything I do, and of course, we have other creative people with us.

So yeap. I love this graphic. And I am not afraid to admit that I am…

CREATIVE.

Are you?

Posted on 27 May, 2012 by Faye - 5 Comments


Letterbox Love #5

Posted on 27 May, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments

Letterbox Love is a new meme that was created by Kristy, Laura, Carly, Lynsey, Emma and Leanne and is being hosted on Lynsey’s blog, here.
The logo on mine is not the actual one. I made this myself before I realised a graphic had been made already but I love mine so I’m keeping it.

So, as you can see, I have a lot to show you this week. A lot of books and a lot of DVDs! I also got a few e-books this week too, so that’s fairly exciting as well! I’ve needed a week like this and now I got it. Woo! But what DID I get?

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The Pledge by Kimberly Derting: I have seen this book around the blogosphere since I started my blog and ever time I see it, I know that it is a book that I want to read. Finally, it appears in my eyesight in a really good deal and I simply cannot resist to grab it. I hope that it is as good as I think it is!

Lament by Maggie Stiefvater: I still haven’t read any of Maggie’s work, even though I own all of her books, but I picked this one up, saw the synopsis and simply had to buy it. It sounds so interesting and I’m definitely looking forward to getting stuck in it!

Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater: Same as above really, it’s the sequel and I’m just really looking forward to reading it as it sounds amazing!

   

Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright: So, I had this as one of my Waiting on Wednesday’s a long while ago and I never forgot about it. So, when I saw it was only 79p on Amazon, I simply had to buy it. I am so looking forward to getting stuck into this one!

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Underworld, and, The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas: I am so excited to read Throne of Glass so when I heard there were three novella’s (and a fourth in the works) to go along with it? Well, I simply couldn’t resist! Especially when I saw that they were all under a pound on Amazon. Needless to say I will be reading these all very soon!

Kingdom of Heaven (2005): I watched this film a long time ago and fell in love with it but somehow never purchased it, so when it was on offer for only a pound, I simply couldn’t resist. Gotta love me so Bloom action.

Batman Begins (2005): Oh, Christopher Nolan is an absolute god, isn’t he? I actually only saw this film last year, a good few years after I watched The Dark Night but I loved and knew it was a must-buy when I saw it!

The Dark Night (2008): Loved this film! It was so great and I have seen it a few times since the cinema due to awesome housemates with the DVD of it but since I am leaving soon, I figured it was time to have my own copy!

Click (2006): I am always a bit on the fence when it comes to Adam Sandler, but Click was one film that I watched at its release and just instantly loved. I’m glad to finally have the DVD so that I can watch it again sometime soon!

Beauty and The Beast (1991): OH MY GOD! I cannot tell you how happy I was to see this 2-disc DVD edition of one of my favourite Disney movies at only £7! It was an instant impulse buy and it is making me super excited for when the 3D version of this film hits the cinema!

Source Code (2011): I loved this film when I saw it in the cinema and am totally looking forward to re-watching it! Give me some more Ryan Reynolds any day! xD

Charmed: Season Five: This came the day after I finished season four so it was just completely brilliant timing! I am super excited to continue watching this brilliant tv programme and now I only need season seven and eight to complete my collection! Yay!

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The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa: I just finished the Iron Queen yesterday and it was so brilliant! It ended so perfectly and I am now so geared up to read the last instalment in this series. So, now that I have it sitting on my shelf, we know it shall be read very soon!

for review

The History Keepers by Damian Dibben: Oh, this one sounds so good! It came out last year but when I heard about it and heard more about Damian, I simply had to read it and Random House were kind enough to send me this copy for review, plus a few other things which will come to light in due time. All I will say is; I am excited!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: Okay, first up can I just squeal a little bit? *squeeal!* Yeap. This was me when I got sent the e-mail and it was really exciting to see it waiting on the floor for me! I cannot wait to read this. Especially with the cover reveal yesterday! It just looks so glorious! Like… oh my!!! o_O Thank you Bloomsbury!

  

Soul of the Band by K. L. Brady: I am reading this one for the blog tour and I have to say that it really drew me in. It sounds so inspiring and helpful and I’m looking forward to reading it myself and finding the message hidden within the words!

Moa by Tricia Stewart Shiu: I actually got this from a First Reads Win but when I saw it was going on tour, I decided that it was high time I actually read and reviewed it! I am really looking forward to reading this and am glad to have something to help me do it!

Statue of Ku by Tricia Stewart Shiu: This is the second book in the series and I’m looking forward to reading this one as much as I am looking forward to reading the first! Here’s hoping they don’t disappoint!

 

that’s all i got this week!
what did you get?

*have you entered my TWO giveaways yet? My 300 follower giveaway and my Helens-Of-Troy giveaway *

Posted on 27 May, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments


Behind The Blog #3 – Looking Back; Childhood Friends

Posted on 24 May, 2012 by Faye - 7 Comments

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Behind the Blog is a meme to help bloggers connect their life and interests to the content showcased on their blog. The co-hosts, Faye, Kathe, and Melissa will provide a different topic, idea, or question every week that bloggers can relate to themselves and the books, films, or other media they find interesting!

This week we’re diving into our past and talking about our childhood friends! Everyone has a friend or two in one’s childhood who are impossible to forget and who may have set the trend for coming friends (or who was the one exception). Who was your childhood best friend? How did he/she change your life? Regarding books/films: Which pairs or groups of childhood friends do you love? What do you particularly enjoy about them?


So, I was going to write this post about one person who has always been in my life, who was always by my side, except during secondary school (highschool), but as I started writing it, I realised that there was someone else who I realised needed to be mentioned because if there was anyone who could truly stipulate the term ‘childhood friend’, it is her. Let’s think back now, to almost twenty-two years ago, on July 14th 1990. My mother is sweating profusely; she is in labour. On the bed opposite her is another woman, also in labour. They start chatting and realise they live only five minutes away from each other. Then, the first woman gets rushed off because she’s giving birth. Six hours later, my mother is then giving birth too. Thus begins the friendship between me and my friend Katie.

Of course, being that we were newborn babies, this part of our lives I have no recollection of whatsoever, but I am told that we saw each other for the first three years of our lives but then we ended up going to different nurseries and our mothers just… grew apart. Then at nursery I met a boy. I spent all my time with this boy. In fact, there are stories (and some I vaguely remember) of us refusing to spend time with any of the other people in the class. It turns out that this boy is now my step-brother. Of course, we were none-the-wiser at the time. So, we spent our time together in nursery and then, when my parents divorced, I would see him every Friday too.

We then went to primary school (reception-year 6) together, where once again we were practically inseparable. We did, eventually get friends outside of the two of us but almost like clockwork, every single day he would come round to my house and we would play and then every friday and every other weekend, I would be at his. According to my parents, we were “quite the pair”. He was, without a doubt, my best friend (and there are home videos that prove it). Then, eventually, we finished year 6 and we both went to secondary school (year 7-11). However, we didn’t end up at the same school. For the first time since we were kids, we were split up and soon he stopped coming round to my house and I only saw him when I went round to my dads.

Fortunately, however, at secondary school I met a girl who was born on the same day as me. I was surprised at this, ran home to tell my mum and she asks if her name was Katie, and I replied yes, but how do you know? Thus the tale of my first friend is told to me (and I’m supposing Katie as well), and then we instantly became friends. It’s been a bumpy road with us. In our second year of secondary school we had an argument and stopped talking for two years but finally we burnt bridges and made up again. Now, as it stands, we are not always together, we haven’t taken the same journey in life but she is the one person that, when I see her, it feels like we were never apart. We talk about our lives together and I know that we have been through our share of hurt and pain but that it has made us stronger. I also know, that she will be a friend for life. It doesn’t matter if we don’t speak for three or four years, if she turns up on my doorstep without explanation, crying, I would pull her inside and be there for her; no questions asked. She is the one who has explained to me what friendship is and we will never stop being friends.

Going back again, when I went to college (year 12-13), I ended up at the same one as my step brother. Here we had one class together; film studies. But, it was almost as though we had never been separated. We easily became great friends again and while we still had our own friends and I still only saw him at my dads on the weekends, it was great to have that time with him again. It was like our bond became closer again now that we saw each other a fair few times a week and I liked it. He confided in me and it was great. Then, when it was all over and done with, it was he who came to Canada with me when we were both just 18. Since then, we have drifted apart again, being at different uni’s and such but I know that he’ll always be there and that it’s easy to just get back into the flow of being friends when I see him at Christmas and the like. He has been a great friend and is one that I can imagine will be there for many years to come.

So, there we have it. The story of my two childhood friends who have impacted me greatly throughout my life. They are, in fact, the only two people that I am still in contact with from my childhood so in a way, I cherish them that much more because of it.


Largely due to the fact that I’m starting to get tired now and my brain hurts, but I am going to do a fairly simple inclusion of books into this post. These “childhood friends” are staples for me. I grew up with them myself, I witnessed their friendships bloom and they helped to teach me a lot about my own friendships. I admired them. I wanted to be them. I wanted them to be my friends. I am, of course, talking about….

THE GOLDEN TRIO
Yeap, that’s right. My favourite childhood friends in books are Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger.

To me, these three simply define friendship. Even when you think your friend is barking mad, you stick by their side. If you feel like they’re lying to you, you tell them about it, you fight but you always make up. They fight side by side, they make decisions together and they just never, never falter in their friendship and it is this true friendship that I hope to one day find myself – if I haven’t already found it!


I’m somewhat going to cheat for this section because the film I’m choosing that, to me, shows an influential childhood friend is actually an adaptation from a book but I just feel that it is too powerful not to mention. This friendship changed everything. For both characters and it led them on two different and interesting paths that simply cannot be ignored. How they became friends, how they spent their time, what they did for each other and how it all, ultimately, ended truly changed their lives and I have just always loved their story. I am talking about;

AMIR & HASSAN
From The Kite Runner (2007)

This film has been in my top ten since I watched it in the cinema (and then raced out and bought the book which is one of the best books I’ve ever read), and I simply love the story that unfolds. This isn’t a childhood friendship that is full of love and happiness, but it is one that is full of loyalty and misunderstanding and mistakes and I just love it. If you haven’t read or watched it, you need to do that!


What about you? Who is your childhood friend? What books or films portrayed great childhood friends to you?


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Posted on 24 May, 2012 by Faye - 7 Comments


Mini-Bloggiesta! (To-Do List)

Posted on 24 May, 2012 by Faye - 6 Comments

So, a month or so ago you may remember that I participated in something called the Bloggiesta! This was a weekend spent entirely on stuff for the blog, be it reading, writing reviews, coding, graphics… etc, and it was done with some pretty spectacular people – if I do say so myself!

Well, since Kathe, Danie and I did not finish all of our goals last time, we decided that we wanted to do it again and hopefully give our blogs the tender care and love that they so need and deserve.

Thus, inspired by Bloggiesta and with permission from the host (Suey) of this year, we three are spending this weekend (and maybe a few days after it) working on our blogs!

* We were simply inspired by this, we do not claim this as our own idea. We encourage you all to check it out and join in the next Bloggiesta *

This post, while introducing you to the plans of the weekend, is also a place for me to add a to-do list that I can work through, cross off, add to, etc, so that I know what I need to do and you guys know what to expect! If you have any suggestions for me, please don’t hesitate to let me know! :-)

To-Do List

  • Catch-up on reviews (or write at least five) [two down, three to go]
  • Add BTB page
  • Write at least two articles
  • Think up at least three BTB topics [one down, two to go]
  • Make graphic for ratings – explain ratings in sidebar
  • Add Novel Publicity banner to sidebar
  • Organise the books I have yet to read and review
  • Read!
  • Comment on blog posts.
  • Attempt to open ALL e-mails sitting in inbox.
  • Cross post and pin all reviews.
  • Create a blog-roll.

Phew! I don’t have a lot to do then, eh? I’m sure that I’ll have a good time this weekend attempting these. Though, I already fear I won’t accomplish them all, but we shall see!

Faye

Posted on 24 May, 2012 by Faye - 6 Comments


Snapshots by Patricia Lynne (COVER REVEAL!)

Posted on 24 May, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments

Today I am revealing a pretty catchy, and in my opinion, pretty snazzy cover for you all! I, for one, am looking forward to reading!

SNAPSHOTS FINAL

Summary:

My name is Cyclop Blaine and I am a real person.
“You are mine.”
I am a real person: heedless of a childhood spent under the supervision of an old man I only know as Master.
“You belong to me.”
I am a real person: regardless of my teenage years bound by violence as the adoptive son of the Victory Street Gang’s leader.
“You will obey me.”
I am a real person: despite the visions I see in others’ eyes. Snapshots of their futures.
“You will cower before me.”
I am a real person: my life will be my own. I belong to no one.
“You. Are. MINE.”

Doesn’t it just sound so interesting? You barely know what’s going on from the summary and yet I really want to pick up this book and read it right now. Haha.

This book is set to be released on July 28th. But this is subject to change so don’t quote me on that! :)

Patricia Lynne can be found in all of this wonderful places;
website: Patricia Lynne
twitter: @patricialynne07
facebook: Patricia Lynne

And the book can be found on Goodreads, here, so quickly go now and add it to your books! You so know you want to!

What do you think of the cover? Summary? Are you as intrigued as I am?

Posted on 24 May, 2012 by Faye - 3 Comments