Film Review; Big Hero 6 (2015)

Posted on 15 January, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

Director(s): Don Hall, Chris Williams
Writer(s): Jordan Roberts, Daniel Gerson, Robert L. Baird
Main Cast: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung
Production Company: Walt Disney
Country:: US
Release Date: 30th January 2015 (UK)
Source: Cinema
More Info IMDB

Summary:
The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes.


When The Going

Some of my favourite films to watch are animated ones. I love that these films often have something for both children and adults and thus, when I heard about Big Hero 6, I knew it was a film that I couldn’t wait to see. When the opportunity of an advance screening arose, I jumped at the chance. And I’m here to tell you all that I’m incredibly glad I did because this film was truly amazing.

Gets Rough

This film follows Hero as he learns that there is a lot more to life than bot-fighting. It takes you on a journey of love, friendship, strength, grief and acceptance. It holds so many amazing messages for both children and adults that I could probably love it for that alone. But it is also a story with heart that will make you laugh until there are tears and then make you cry for real. It is the kind of film that will have you leaving the cinema feeling good and knowing that you’ve seen a worthwhile film. The writers and animators made something special in Big Hero 6.

Do You Hide

As with most animated movies, the characters in this film are full of flare. I loved Hero’s attitude to life at the beginning and admired the journey he took as the story continued. I liked that his character celebrated being a nerd throughout the film too, because this should be celebrated. But it is Baymax’s character that really pulls the story along. He is truly loveable and sweet – not usual characteristics for a robot! What makes him work so well is that he has an innocent childishness to him and it is the child (Hero) who helps him “grow” into his character. A superb story line if you ask me!

Or Fight Back

Big Hero 6 was a fantastic film that I really cannot wait to rewatch. It is great for all the family and is just a film that is full of heart. It captured me in so many ways and I could not stop thinking about it after it was all over. With cute, loveable and strong characters, and an exhilarating and exciting plot, it is hard not to love this film in all its glory. Add in great messages about siblings, grief, friendship and intelligence, and you have a golden film that I’m certain will be loved by all.

five stars

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Posted on 15 January, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment


Top Ten Tuesday; Books I Wanted to Read in 2014 but Didn’t

Posted on 13 January, 2015 by Faye - 3 Comments

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new topic is given and this weeks topic is Books I Wanted to Read in 2014 But Didn’t


There are so many books that come out and so many books already on my TBR that some books seem to slip through my fingers until I realise that the year has ended and I still haven’t read X, Y and Z! To narrow this list down slightly, these are all books I acquired last year but just didn’t manage to get to, despite how excited I was for them all.

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Talon by Julie Kagawa; I was SUPER excited for this book and somehow, despite acquiring the book in May, I still haven’t read it. Hope to read it soon.

Deliverence by C. J. Redwine; This is the final book in this trilogy. I loved the first two books fiercly but they were also highly emotional. Turns out I didn’t have the strength to read this book last year. Hopefully that’ll change this year.

Trouble by Non Pratt; I have wanted to read this book for SO LONG and I have NO IDEA why I haven’t yet. I’ve heard such fab things and it sounds like a total me book and yet…

Falling Into Place Anatomy of a misfit The cure for Dreaming The Rain

Falling into Place by Amy Zhang; I got this book at BEA and it was one I loved the sound of and couldn’t wait to read… but apparently I could! I really do hope to read this soon.

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Porter; This one sounds so good and I’ve heard good things about it and yet I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Sometimes I just wish their were more hours in the day to fit everything in!

The Cure For Dreaming by Cat Winters; There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe how excited I was for this book. I loved Cat’s first book SO MUCH. But then there were complications and so now the book is still just waiting to be read. Darnit!

The Rain by Virgina Bergin; I cannot believe I haven’t read this yet! I squealed when I got a copy, have met the author who is lovely, and think the story sounds amazing. But I still seem to keep missing this one.

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Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley; I don’t like history books and yet this one really caught my eye and I thought it was one I would have to read STRAIGHT AWAY. But I didn’t. Even with all the raving reviews, this book is still sitting unloved on my shelf. I must rectify that as soon as I can!

Shadowplay by Laura Lam; I got this book at the beginning of this year after a long and agonising wait. I was certain I would dive straight into it and love it TO PIECES. But no. I didn’t read it and then there was that awful news… I will read it soon but I think I need to know that the third one is nearly here when I do!

The 100 Society by Carla Spradberry; As soon as I heard about this book, I needed it in my life. It sounded like the perfect book for me. But somehow I still haven’t cracked open the pages and dived into this book. I hope I do it soon as I really do want to and have heard great things!

So those are the top ten BUT there are many more books I hoped to read last year, including but not limited to;
Glimpse, Walled City, Leaving Time, Rooms, Open Road Summer, Afterworlds, Broken Monsters

But what about you?

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Bout of Books Challenge: Rewrite the Story

Posted on 10 January, 2015 by Faye - 8 Comments

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Hey all!
Today I am pleased to let you know that I’m hosting a challenge for Bout of Books!
There is no prize for participating, I’m afraid, but I thought this would be fun for those creative types out there.

The Challenge

Taking a book from your TBR pile for bout of books, use the title to write your own story (250-500 words) or new synopsis which is in no relation to the actual book itself.

For Example

Boys Don’t Cry by Malorie Blackman
This story is about a boy who is about to go off to university when his ex-girlfriend turns up with a baby. She explains that it is his and then goes out to get some supplies and never returns. The story is then about what he does and how this baby changes his entire life.


My Story;
Something wet fell onto his face, catching him off guard. Instinctively he raised his hand to his face and wiped it away, only for the wetness to reappear. It took him a while to realise that the water was leaking from his very own eyes and he was in fact crying. Startled and confused, Jack lept up in confusion. What the hell was going on? It was impossible. Boys didn’t cry. They couldn’t.

Swiping at his face once more, Jack was relieved to find that the tears seemed to have all dried up. Was this a good thing? Or was there something incredibly wrong with him? He knew there was really only one way to find out, and so he left the comfort of his bedroom and moved across the hall to his dad’s bedroom. He knocked gently.

“Dad?”

“Yes Jack?”

“Um… can I come in?”

“Yes.”

Jack opened the door softly and entered the room. His dad was sprawled across the bed, beer bottle in one hand and several empty ones scattered about the room. A picture of his wife, Jack’s mum, was displayed prominently on the bedside table and it caused the sensation of tears to well up in Jack’s eyes again. He blinked them away quickly.

“What do you want?” Jack’s dad said briskly.

“I um… is it… I think I was crying.”

A barking laugh filled the room. “No, Jack. That’s impossible. You probably just want to cry. Boys used to do that. And with the loss of your mum, it should be natural. But you didn’t cry. Boys don’t cry anymore.”

“Oh.” Jack was uncertain. He hadn’t exactly expected his dad to believe him but he did hope that he might. “Well, okay, I’ll go then.”

“Jack.” His dad said as he opened the door. “It would have been okay to cry, you know. But with that experiment going wrong, well, now we can’t. God knows I wish I could.”

Jack nodded before leaving the room and closing the door. He leant against the closed door as tears once again fell from his eyes. It still caused him surprise but he just wiped his face and carried on going. Maybe he could change everything. Maybe he could reverse the problem.

Resolved in his thoughts, Jack knew he had to find someone to believe him so he left his house and went into town. He told everyone he saw that he had cried but no one believed. With each rejection, he became close to crying until, after the tenth person told him it wasn’t possible, he couldn’t hold it all in anymore.

Sitting in a cold, dark alleyway, the tears overtook his body and there was nothing he could do. It suddenly became hard to breathe and he held himself tighter as the emotions poured from him.

“I thought I was the only one.” A voice suddenly said. Jack looked up to see a boy about his age infront of him, looking at him in surprise. “I’m so glad I’m not alone.”

And just like that, Jack’s tears vanished as a smile fell onto his face. “No,” he said, “We’re not alone.”


And that’s all there is to it!
Write your own wherever you find it easiest and then link to it in the comments. I promise to go to every link and comment on your stories or synopses!

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Posted on 10 January, 2015 by Faye - 8 Comments


Book Review; Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

Posted on 8 January, 2015 by Faye - 4 Comments

Sacrifice USAuthor: Bigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Kennsington Teen
Published: 30th September 2014
Pages: 324
Format: Paperback
Source:: Bought
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Earth. Fire. Air. Water.

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick understands pressure. He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it in for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, understands pressure too. She’s got a child of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could put her life in danger at any moment.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s ‘bad luck’. Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war.

They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. Everything is set for the final showdown.

Four elements, one family. Will they hold together, or be torn apart?


At The End

I have been thoroughly invested in the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer since I fell in love with the very first novella written in Michael’s POV. When the final book was announced, I knew that I would definitely read it and that it would probably crush my soul a little bit to say goodbye but despite all of that, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. But then I DID get my hands on it and I couldn’t bring myself to read it. Fortunately I finally struck up the courage and on one hand I’m glad I did, and on the other, I’m still so sad that this series is over. Regardless, Sacrifice was an exceptional read that I am certain I will return to one day.

Difficult And Crucial

With this book being the final book in the series, I knew that a lot of plots needed to be tied up and I have to admit that Brigid didn’t a brilliant job at doing this. She also had a story that kept you reading until the very end. My heart was put on a string and tugged at throughout this book. I loved the way that Brigid dealt with this final chapter in the series and really am struggling to find a bad thing to say about it. What I will say is that this book will make you cry. It’s inevitable because Brigid has made these characters and this world so realistic and lovable. And because of all the tears, I had to actually put the book down instead of reading through because I couldn’t deal with the heartache – but I love it when that happens so that wasn’t a problem for me.

Decisions Must

Throughout this entire series, Brigid has blown me away with all of her characters and her talent for writing them so spectacularly well. With each new story you’re exposed to a new side of all the characters and can’t help but fall in love with them and their journey. This book was no different. While already getting a taste of Michael in the first novella, this book really rounded out his character, making you fall for him all over again. On top of that, you also get to see more of Hannah which was really great and I really enjoyed reading her story. Brigid Kemmerer has really blown me away with how fantastic and wonderful and human all of her characters are.

Be Made

Sacrifice was a brilliant ending to a fantastic series. It was heart-breaking and it kept you on the edge of your toes. It was tense, action-packed and just really packed an emotional punch. It was a book that showed you how much you’ve grown to love every character in this series. I cannot tell you how much I adore Brigid Kemmerer and how in awe I am of her talent. If you’re looking for a selection of books that will capture your heart and soul, I really recommend these books. They look at family, friendships, love and that incredibly difficult coming-of-age part of life, and she does it incredibly well. In each story she touches on a sensitive subject with ease and professionalism. I am seriously in love with this series and so very sad that it’s finally over. I also cannot wait to see what Brigid will bring us next.

five stars

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Posted on 8 January, 2015 by Faye - 4 Comments


Blog Tour; Fashion Assassin by Sarah Sky

Posted on 6 January, 2015 by Faye - 5 Comments

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Hey Guys!
Today I am the tour stop for the Fashion Assassin (Jessica Cole: Model Spy #2) by Sarah Sky tour and I am here to give you ten reasons why you should read this series. Hope you enjoy!


Fashion Assassin2 Models, spies and lipstick gadgets in this fast-paced teen series. Supermodel Jessica Cole has no intention of ever spying again after she was nearly killed by an embittered ex-model and a rogue MI6 agent. That is until she’s blackmailed into posing undercover as bodyguard to a very rich fellow model. What seems like a simple job aboard a luxurious yacht in Monaco soon turns into a deadly mission to stop the most dangerous weapon in the world falling into the wrong hands. Jessica will need every gadget in her make-up bag if she wants to get out of this one alive.

Goodreads. Amazon UK.


Ten Reasons to Read Jessica Cole: Model Spy Series

It’s incredibly well written, therefore it’s easy to dive into and be ultimately sucked into a new and exciting world.

It’s fast-paced, action-packed, and is the kind of book that keeps so many things open that you simply have to continue reading to know what will happen next and how it will all conclude.

It contains a kick-ass heroine, who is also just a stubborn, head-strong teenager learning her way in the world. You know, like all of the other teenagers out there.

There are scenes that will keep your blood pumping as Jessica gets into all sorts of messes, and then there are scenes that will have your heart pumping and your pulse racing as all your emotions are pulled about.

It’s hard not to love the story because it is full of heart, incredible characters, and a killer plot.

If you like YA books, then you need to read this series because this is one YA that knows what it’s doing. It may not be a grand epic, but it is the perfect spy novel.

I am a girl who has no interest in fashion or models or anything to do with that world, but I love these books immensely. Therefore, you need not even be an enthusist to love these books.

Do you like books set abroad? These books will take you from London to Paris, from London to New York and then from New York to Monaco. And each place is described in such beautiful detail.

If you’re a fan of Stormbreaker, The Recruit (Cherub Series), Nancy Drew, Harriet the Spy, Geek Girl, or any other Teen Spy/Model stories, then you’ll definitely love these books!

And finally, because, really, you don’t want to miss out on all the action that Jessica Cole brings to the table. (And I certainly would love a Harriet Manners/Jessica Cole book one day)


sarah sky picture Sarah Sky is the author of Scholastic’s Jessica Cole: Model Spy series with Code Red Lipstick and Fashion Assassin. Catwalk Criminal is published in June 2015.

Sarah is a freelance education journalist and lives in West London with her husband and two young children.

She grew up in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, and studied English at Nottingham University before gaining a post-graduate diploma in journalism at Cardiff University.

She trained as a journalist at the Western Daily Press in Bristol. Her highlight was interviewing screen legend Charlton Heston and lowest point was being sneezed on by a cow at a fatstock competition.

Sarah worked as an education correspondent for a national newspaper before going freelance. She now divides her time between journalism and writing.

She loves reading, baking, table tennis and martial arts. She’s a green belt in kick-boxing and a brown with two white stripes at karate, currently training for black.

Twitter. Website.


Have I persuaded you yet?

If not, you can follow the rest of the tour here!

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Posted on 6 January, 2015 by Faye - 5 Comments


Announcment; I Need Your Help!

Posted on 4 January, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment

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UKYA Book Blogger Awards!

Hey All!

Today I am here to announce something super exciting that I need your help with!

I have been working behind the scenes to show gratitude to all the amazing UKYA bloggers out there. To do that, I’ve been planning the UKYA Book Blogger Awards!

But I cannot do everything alone and so I am asking all of you fabulous bloggers if you would like to help me out with a few things!

What I need bloggers to do;

  • Help host the nominations for the awards
  • Help publicize the awards to get lots of people nominating!
  • Help host the shortlist
  • Help publicize the shortlist
  • Help host the winner announcement and hand out the “awards” to the bloggers!
  • To be available to post nominations on their blog on the 12th January 2014
  • To be available to post the shortlist voting on 1st Feb 2014
  • To be available to announce the winners on the 1st March 2014

If you think that all sounds like something you can do, fill out the form below and I will be in touch as soon as possible to let you know the next step.

If you cannot host, or wish not to, I would love it if you could help publicise this on social media and your blog, perhaps by placing the above graphic in your sidebar and linking back to this post?

** Please note, this will be based on first come, first served and nothing more. I only need a handful of bloggers BUT if you don’t get to host, EVERYONE can still vote! **

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Posted on 4 January, 2015 by Faye - 1 Comment


Bout of Books 12!

Posted on 2 January, 2015 by Faye - 4 Comments

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Hey Guys!

Today is a quick post to say that once again I will be participating in bout of books! This is still my favourite read-a-thon and I’m really excited about joining all the fun again.

This is, however, also my first full week back at work so I don’t plan on reading MANY books but am actually aiming to just be able to finish two. Instead, I want to spend more time communicating to other participants!

And finally, I can announce that I will also be hosting a challenge this time round! It is called “Rewrite the Story” and will be up on the blog on Saturday 10th so keep an eye out for it!

Will you be joining in?

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Posted on 2 January, 2015 by Faye - 4 Comments


December Monthly Wrap Up

Posted on 1 January, 2015 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


Post Highlights

First up…

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Can you believe it’s 2015 already? I’m certainly struggling to believe it!

December, like all the months that came before it was a busy one for me and I think I’m going to stop telling you all that at the beginning of each month because I’m sure it’s getting a little old hat now, right?

ANYWAY.

December was full of Christmassy things, reading, family time, and just generally doing all the things!

Highlights include Christmas game day with ARYA Bookclub, meeting up with Gaby (Bookish Broads), and having a christmas movie marathon with one of my closest friends.

My top three posts this month were;
Top Ten Tuesday; Amazing Books of 2014
You Know You Have Too Many Books When…
Top Ten Movies of 2014!

I read the least amount of books I’ve read all year this month, only managing to read FIVE books. [Though I'm in the middle of two more!]

As a year-wrap up though, I can officially say I completed my Goodreads challenge! I didn’t make it to 110, but I did read 105 and as my original goal was 75, I’m impressed! This year I plan to aim for 75 books again as I want to take the pressure off reading so much and just read when I want to.


Favourite Book

Sacrifice US This was the final book in the Elemental series and it was JUST AS GOOD as the rest of the books in this series. It had me crying throughout as I was taken on a very emotional journey with all of the brothers. Brigid has a way of making you fall in love with every character that is at the high front of the story and while I already loved Michael [who sets the scene in Elemental (#0.5)], Sacrifice just made me love him that much more. I read this book incredibly quickly (and it would have been quicker if I hadn’t needed some time to step away from the book to stop ALL THE TEARS) because I just got pulled into the story. The writing was superb as expected and this book was just the perfect way to say goodbye to the series.


Books Read

Three Stars

The Year I Met You

Four Stars

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Five Stars

Sacrifice US


January TBR

These are just some of the books I want to read this month, two of which just need to be finished.

It Must Have Been THe Mistletoe Heir of Fire deliverance Aristotle and Dante Discover Secrets


How Was Your December? Did You Read Anything Amazing? Have You Got Any Great Books You Want To Read In January?

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Posted on 1 January, 2015 by Faye - No Comments