October Monthly Wrap Up

Posted on 31 October, 2013 by Faye - No Comments

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So I ummed and ahhed about whether or not to start doing monthly wrap-ups on the blog but have eventually decided that in an effort to keep my blog more organised, to keep on top of challenges and to do a nice re-cap of the month for you all, that I would do them :-). Therefore, this post will be set out like my weekly highlights post, split into headings in an attempt to keep everything organised easily :D


Monthly Highlights

This month has absolutely flown by and I cannot believe that we’re so closed to November already. Before we know it, it’ll be December… then christmas… and then it will be 2014! Which is absolutely crazy to think about. Anyway… this month hasn’t been great for the blog. Once again I was incredibly busy off the blog and struggled to find the time and motivation to blog. However, I have done some good vlogging things and I am hoping that November may be a better month. But, I may still not have that many reviews going up but I will definitely have posts going up so that’s a start at least!

My top three favourite posts this month were;
Book Review; Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Book Review; Losing It by Cora Carmack
Book Review; The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

I joined Bookish Brits youtube channel this month and I have really enjoyed organising things for this channel and recording videos for it! Keep an eye out to see how it all flows out!

This month I went to a few bookish events, including going to the Bath Literary Festival, which was awesome! I have a few more events lined up in November as well that I’m really excited about!

I read nine and a half books this month! This is just a little over my average for the year and so I’m happy with that. I thought I wasn’t reading all that much at all but I managed to bring it back around which is awesome. I’m never going to manage to read 120 books this year, but that’s okay with me, I’ve still managed to read a lot!


Favourite Book

Deception This was a book that I devoured quickly because it was absolutely brilliant. It is the second book in the Defiance trilogy and it simply blew me away. I was drawn in by the words, got pulled in by the action and simply couldn’t find the will power to put this book down and do other things. It reminded me of how much I love C. J. Redwine and really appreciate her writing. She kept her characters incredibly realistic, really did a great job of depicting how we really feel during wars and just managed to keep me turning the page and wanting more. I am really looking forward to the final book in this series! Keep an eye on the Bookish Brits vlog channel for my dual review of this with Caroline!


Reading Challenges

A-Z Book Challenge; I didn’t read any new letters this month.
British Books Challenge; I read three books; The Windvale Sprites by Mackenzie Crook, The Savages by Matt Whyman, and Swordspell by C. J. Busby
Mystery/Crime Challenge; I read one book; Twinmaker by Sean Williams
TBR Pile Challenge; I read four books; Swordspell by C. J. Busby, The Savages by Matt Whyman, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Witches/Witchcraft Challenge; I read one book; Swordspell by C. J. Busby
Genre Variety Challenge; I read Adventure.


And that concludes my month!

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Posted on 31 October, 2013 by Faye - No Comments


Book Review; The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa

Posted on 31 October, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments

The Iron TraitorAuthor: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: MiraINK
Published: 1st November 2013
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Source:: Review Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
IN THE REAL WORLD, WHEN YOU VANISH INTO THIN AIR FOR A WEEK, PEOPLE TEND TO NOTICE.

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as “normal” as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he’s forbidden to see her again.

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, “normal” simply isn’t to be. For Ethan’s nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan’s and Keirran’s fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan’s next choice may decide the fate of them all.


As We Start

To start this review, I feel it is vital to let you know, in case you don’t already, that I love Julie Kagawa and find that she only ever gets better as the books continue on. That being said, I was therefore incredibly excited to get my hands on The Iron Traitor and it wasn’t long before I was pouring over the words inside the book. Fortunately, I am glad to report that she has once again managed to write an incredible book full of adventure, action, romance, mystery and emotions that you really shouldn’t miss.

A New Journey

This is the second book in the Iron Fey spin off series and so it was a book that I also started reading with a little trepidation as second books can often be incredibly tricky. However, as this is Julie’s third second book, it appears that she has truly managed to hone in her craft as it worked really well. As per her usual style, this book is teeming with action around every corner but hidden underneath it all is an incredibly sub-plot that will most likely blow you up – and very possibly churn up your insides as it does. I really enjoyed the plot of this book, it flowed nicely, pulled the reader in, and didn’t let them go, even when the book finally had its last word.

We Must Remember

As this is the second book, there weren’t many new characters for Julie to introduce us too but there was a lot of character development. I really enjoyed this aspect of the story as it helped to grow my personal attachment to the characters I was reading about – namely Ethan. I found that once again, I loved the relationship dynamics between Kenzie and Ethan but also Ethan and Kieran. It is clear to see that Julie has used her talent to allow these characters to feel completely realistic and throughout the book I could imagine that these characters could be live people I walk past every single day. This is a talent that Julie continues throughout all of her novels.

To Keep Our

The ending of this novel truly shocked me to the core. I was left literally gasping and shaking my head. It was a cruel way to end this book but also incredibly perfect. Julie has left the world unbalanced and has managed to incite my anxiousness over the next book. It no longer matters about the blurb of the next book, I simply have to have the next book in my hands to continue on with the journey. In some ways this could be seen as cruel and heartless as the wait for the next book is incredibly long, however, I feel that it is also perfect as it means that I will hungrily devour the next book as soon as it is in my hands which means I will be waiting very eagerly for the next one!

Wits About Us

Overall, The Iron Traitor has all the traits I have come to know and love about Julie Kagawa. A wonderfully intricate and complex plot that continually keeps you enticed, action that draws you in, and brilliantly written characters that you can’t help but fall in love with. While I fear some may have issues with the ending, or simply the anticipation until the next book, I also found this to just be perfect and am incredibly glad that I got around to reading this book. I would not advice reading this book before The Lost Prince. So, if you haven’t even started the Iron Fey series, what are you waiting for? Start them today so that you can reach this stunning book quickly!

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 31 October, 2013 by Faye - 4 Comments


Waiting on Wednesday; Trouble by Non Pratt

Posted on 30 October, 2013 by Faye - 14 Comments

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week bloggers highlight the books that they are highly anticipating.

This week I am waiting on Trouble!


trouble A boy. A girl. A bump. Trouble.

Hannah’s smart and funny … she’s also fifteen and pregnant. Aaron is new at school and doesn’t want to attract attention. So why does he offer to be the pretend dad to Hannah’s unborn baby?

Growing up can be trouble but that’s how you find out what really matters.


Goodreads. Amazon UK


I have heard so many great things about this one and it just sounds like a really funny and intriguing book and I just cannot wait to get my hands on it. I can just imagine so many things going wrong and it just seems like it will be really enjoyable! What do you think?


What are you waiting on?

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Posted on 30 October, 2013 by Faye - 14 Comments


It’s All Happening this November…

Posted on 28 October, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment

Hey Guys!

Going to start this post by once again apologising for the lack of posts and reviews lately, I should get some up this week, hopefully!

Until then, however, I have another video to share with you all about my plans for November! Enjoy :)

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Posted on 28 October, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment


25 Random Facts about Me!

Posted on 25 October, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment

Hey Guys!
You know how I mentioned I was working on a collab youtube channel with nine other UK bloggers?
Well today is my intro video and I decided to give you 23 random facts about me that you probably don’t already know! Hope that you’ll watch and enjoy it!

And don’t forget to catch the other intro videos already live! (click name to go to video!)

Kirsty
Caroline
Michelle

That’s all from me today! See you soon!

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Posted on 25 October, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment


Semi-Hiatus & Exciting New Project News

Posted on 21 October, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment

Hey Guys!

So if you haven’t noticed, I really haven’t posted much in the last two to three weeks and that is because I have been incredibly busy with work, writing, and working on a project! Unfortunately, however, it seems that my lack of posting is going to continue on for a little while longer because I’m approaching a deadline and I’m a little bit behind so I need to start dedicating all of my spare time to writing instead of reading and blogging!

That being said, I do still plan to post every now and again – such as having a few WoW’s to share and top tens and a review here and there, but this is just a warning to say for the next few weeks, I won’t be posting anywhere near as much as I used to!
This may carry on until November due to Netgalley November and Nanowrimo but we shall see.

And as for the exciting project news!

For the last few weeks, I have been collaborating with nine other UK bloggers and we have been working behind the scenes to bring to you a collab vlog channel; Bookish Brits.

What this has meant for me is doing a lot of graphics where I designed the channel art and the very first introductory video *below*, while others helped with setting up the account, twitter, sorting out the schedule, gathering ideas, and just doing even more organising. Until we are now all ready to just start airing all of our wonderful videos for you all!

And that is exactly what is happening now! So head on over to the channel (here) and watch Michelle’s intro video!

And to get you into the mood, check out the introductory trailer below!

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Posted on 21 October, 2013 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Review; Losing It by Cora Carmack

Posted on 17 October, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments

Losing ItAuthor: Cora Carmack
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Published: 28th March 2013
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source:: Complimentary Copy from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Love. Romance. Sex. There’s a first time for everything…

As far as Bliss Edwards can tell, she’s the last virgin standing, certainly amongst her friends. And she’s determined to deal with the ‘problem’ as quickly and simply as possible.

But her plan for a no-strings one night stand turns out to be anything but simple. Especially when she arrives for her first class and recognises her hot new British professor.

She’d left him naked in her bed just 8 hours earlier…



** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 17 October, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


Waiting on Wednesday; Strange Chemistry Titles!

Posted on 16 October, 2013 by Faye - 8 Comments

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Each week bloggers highlight the books that they are highly anticipating.

This week I am waiting on two books!

Almost Girl 17 year-old Riven comes from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, a parallel world to Earth. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory. Thrown out of her comfort zone but with the mindset of a soldier and in a race against time to bring Caden home, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows. Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?


I heard about this one the other day and while I haven’t read any other books by Amalie Howard, I was completely drawn to this one. It sounds like the perfect book for me!


Shadowplay The circus lies behind Micah Grey in dust and ashes. He and the White Clown, Drystan, have taken refuge in the decaying Kymri Theatre, home to the once-great magician, Jasper Maske. Though no longer a circus performer, Micah must still conduct a balancing act between his past and his future, while both avoiding the renewed and embittered rivalry of the magicians of Ellada, and the Policiers who are convinced Micah played a part in the death of his old Ringmaster.

A tale of phantom wings, a clockwork hand, and the delicate unfurling of new love, Shadowplay continues Micah Grey’s extraordinary journey.


I loved Pantomime and after the ending have been itching to get my hands on the next book in this series! And now that the cover has been released, I’m even more excited and intrigued! Have you read Pantomime yet?


What are you waiting on?

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Posted on 16 October, 2013 by Faye - 8 Comments


Book Review; Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Posted on 10 October, 2013 by Faye - 10 Comments

geek girlAuthor: Holly Smale
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: 28th Feb 2013
Pages: 378
Format: Paperback
Source:: Complimentary Copy from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Harriet Manners knows a lot of things.

She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn’t quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she’s spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did.

And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?


With Your

Before I started reading Geek Girl, I was told time and time again that I should pick up this book and read them but the one thing to know about being a blogger is that there is always another book that needs to be read. So I put it to the aside with every intention to read it at some point. And now I am hugely regretting that decision. Geek Girl is an absolutely stunning read. It is easy to get into it, it is full of nostalgic memories and it has you giggling one minute and forcing the tears to stay away the next. It has everything you could ever really want in a contemporary novel about a fifteen year old geek – and I’m certain that many book lovers have been through similiar things to Harriet!

Make-Up On

The very first thing that pulled me into this story was how raw and real it felt. It reminded me of when I was fifteen and struggling with everything. Getting a bit honest here, I was someone who never felt like I fit in, at school or at home, and so reading about someone going through the same thing was really refreshing. Because I am now older and passed that point in my life, I know that it gets better but what this book does is remind you that you don’t feel that way at the time. The plot also kept throwing things at you along the journey and I found myself biting my lip in nervousness as I kept turning the page. Surely it couldn’t get any worse? Add in the on-going humour that Holly Smale adds to the story and you have a book that you simply wish could go on for longer and longer.

And Your

Harriet is a character that you can easily relate to. She pretends to be ill to get out of doing something she doesn’t want to do – and it goes horribly wrong – she has a best friend who has very different likes and dislikes, and she is a geek and proud of it – somewhat. I instantly connected with her and as the story moved along, I could really understand what she was going to. Naturally, of course, I was never picked up by a model agent when I was fifteen but the feeling of being excluded, bullied, and wanting to just change things are very universal feelings. Then there are her friends and her family, all of who are incredibly well-written with flaws all over the place. In a way, this is Harriet’s story, but in another it is also about all of them and I really enjoyed that about that story. Every character had their own little arcs and journeys to go through as well. And then there’s Nick but while I didn’t particularly relate to him, I could see why Harriet admired him so much. He was a great addition to the story.

Hair Up

Another thing I really enjoyed about this novel was the contemporary setting. I’ve been reading a lot of sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian novels recently and so it was really refreshing to be pulled back to Earth for a little while. It was easy to imagine the places that Harriet went to, even if I have never been to any of them before. And normally setting in contemporary novels isn’t as important as everything else but the setting place an important part in this book because of Harriet’s new career as a model. And I really feel that Holly Smale has done a perfect job at choosing the setting and writing what happens in each place. This was Holly’s debut novel and it is one that I am sure will give her many fans and make so many people want to read more of her work. She has a truly unique style, and just always manages to make you feel many emotions as you read the book. I, for one, am going to be keeping an eye on her work from now on.

It Is Time

Incase you weren’t sure yet, I completely loved this story. I was pulled into it and just kept turning the page. I was also on a train so when I had to get up and change to a different train, it took me a lot of effort to force myself to put the book down! It is a fun read, a nostalgic read, and one that really gets into the rich and raw emotions that we all associate with that age. Naturally, I’m reading this when I’m not a teen and I really feel that this is a book that younger readers and older readers will all like. It’s a universal story that just captures your attention and keeps you reading. Harriet is a great character that you can’t help but root for and keep an eye on throughout the entirety of the novel. So, if you still haven’t read Geek Girl yet, what are you waiting for? Don’t regret not reading it sooner like I did!

five stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

** Keep an eye out for my review of Geek Girl; Model Misfit coming soon! **

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Posted on 10 October, 2013 by Faye - 10 Comments


Scavenger Hunt Clue Answers!

Posted on 7 October, 2013 by Faye - No Comments

So as requested by one of my amazing followers (pssst. you’re all amazing!), I am now revealing the answers to all the clues I used for the Scavenger Hunt!

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Speechless by Hannah Harrington

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Warm Bodies (2013)

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The Social Network (2010)

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Search Word; Storm
Post; Cover Reveal; Secret by Brigid Kemmerer

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Search Term; Review-A-Thon
Post; Review-A-Thon; Hollie Speaks

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Genre Variety Challenge

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TBR Jar

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Search Term; Liz Reinhardt
Post; Advice to Teens; Peer Pressure

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Search Term; Mini Bloggiesta
Post; Mini-Bloggiesta Goals

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Search Term; Fireworks
Post; Behind the Blog #25; Remember, Remember

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A-Z Book Challenge

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Search Term; Tammara Webber
Post; Easy by Tammara Webber

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Search Term; Multiple Books
Post; One Book, Two Books, Three Books, Four!

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Weekly Highlights

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Breathe by Sarah Crossan

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Undermountain by Eric Edstrom

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Search Term; Sarah Jessica Parker
Post; New Years Eve (2011)

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Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell

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Shift by Kim Curran

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Search Term; Road Trips
Post; Behind The Blog #28; Driving to Nowhere

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50/50 (2011)

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Behind The Blog

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Croak by Gina Damico

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Search Term; Matthew Quick
Post; Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

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The Traitors by Tom Becker

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Search Term; Turf
Post; Turf by John Lucas

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Side Effects (2013)


And that’s all the answers!
How many did you get right?

Posted on 7 October, 2013 by Faye - No Comments