Book Review; Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Posted on 10 May, 2016 by Faye - 2 Comments

Radio SilenceTitle: Radio Silence
Author: Alice Oseman
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: 25th February 2016
Pages: 410
Format: Paperback
Source:: Netgalley Copy
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, The Book Depository

Summary:
What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.

But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.

Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past…
She has to confess why Carys disappeared…

Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.

It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.

Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.


What If

Having read and enjoyed Solitaire by Alice Oseman, I was looking forward to reading her next book, Radio Silence. I didn’t really know what to expect but I certainly did not expect that it would be a bok that would stay with me long after I’d finished reading it. But that is what has happened. Weeks after finishing it, I am still gushing over it, still talking about it at every opportunity. For me, this book was incredible. It touched upon so many subjects, which has the potential to ruin a book but instead Alice just made it work. I have fallen head over heels for this book.

You Had

As mentioned above, this book touches on a lot of subjects and manages to do this because of the very intricate and interesting plot. Alice has created a story that twists and turns throughout. It is a book that will keep you hooked as you follow the journey of the characters. As though that isn’t enough, this book also has a character-driven plot, which I absolutely love in books. I very much enjoyed watching how not just the main protagonist but all the characters in this book went on a journey. Also, I love that their was a platonic relationship at the centre of it all!

Everything Completely

Alice Oseman has created some wonderfully vibrant and rich characters in this book. I loved each and every one of them, which doesnt happen very often. Also I really loved that the main protagonists mum was also involved in the plot in a positive way as well! I think that my favourite character was Aled. He went, in my opinion, on the biggest journey and I just thought that he was such an interesting and fascinating character. He was creative, smart, strong, sensitive, loyal and caring and I just thought he was brilliant. He made this book so wonderful.

And Utterly Wrong

In case it is not yet obvious, I just want to document that I absolutely loved this book. It’s taken me a while to write this review as all I wanted to do was scream, “READ IT. READ IT NOW.”, which didn’t really seem appropiate. There is also still so much about this book that I want to tell you about but I also don’t want to spoil it for you. So I just want to end this review by saying that Radio Silence is a marvellous book that is the perfect YA read as it encapsulates so many things about being a teen. It is a truly remarkable book that should not be missed. Read it. Read it now.

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 10 May, 2016 by Faye - 2 Comments


Blog Tour: Soldier by Julie Kagawa

Posted on 8 May, 2016 by Faye - 1 Comment

Soldier by Julie Kagawa Blog Tour

Hi Guys!
Today is my stop on the Soldier blog tour and I am really excited to welcome Julie Kagawa onto the blog today! She’s here with a guest post on “Why Dragons” but first, here’s some info on the series!


Talon

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

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Rogue

Deserter. Traitor. Rogue.

Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can’t forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he’d signed his own death warrant.

Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order’s headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember’s own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.

A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?

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Soldier

The price of freedom is everything.

When forced to choose between safety with the dragon organization Talon and being hunted forever as an outcast, Ember Hill chose to stand with Riley and his band of rogue dragons rather than become an assassin for Talon. She’s lost any contact with her twin brother, Dante, a Talon devotee, as well as Garret, the former-enemy soldier who challenged her beliefs about her human side.

As Ember and Riley hide and regroup to fight another day, Garret journeys alone to the United Kingdom, birthplace of the ancient and secret Order of St. George, to spy on his former brothers and uncover deadly and shocking secrets that will shake the foundations of dragons and dragonslayers alike and place them all in imminent danger as Talon’s new order rises.

Goodreads. Amazon.


Why Dragons

by Julie Kagawa

Dragons have been my favorite mythological creature for as far back as I can remember. No other fantasy creature is as complex as the dragon. They can be ruthless, powerful, dangerous creatures, almost akin to some great dark god (think Smaug from the Hobbit), or the most noble, loyal friend you could have (Toothless from How to Train your Dragon comes to mind). What made writing Talon so fun is that I got to write the characters in both their human and dragon forms. Ember as a human is much different than Ember as a dragon, and I had a lot of fun creating what the dragons looked like, how theymoved, how they interacted with normal, everyday things, etc.

When I started writing the Talon saga, I knew it was going to be a story about present day dragons and their war with the Order of St. George. In the modern world, supremely intelligent dragons aren’t going to be living in caves sitting on hordes of gold; they’re going to be the CEO’s of enormous, powerful organisations. And just as the dragons evolved with the times, so did their enemies. Professional dragonslayers aren’t going to be waving around swords and lances; now they have machine guns and sniper rifles and grenades. Updating both Talon and the Order of St. George made the most logical sense, and added to the modern day feel of the story. And it was a lot of fun imagining what dragons would do in a contemporary setting.

But also, back when I was in high school, I wrote a story about a dragonslayer who falls in love with a dragon. Those two characters were Ember and Garret. The setting has changed, and the plot is different, but Ember and Garret have remained almost exactly the same since that very first book, and I’m thrilled that I finally get to tell their story.


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#ThisIsWhoIAm

Posted on 3 May, 2016 by Faye - No Comments

#ThisIsWhoIAm

Hi All!
I’m here today to show you my time capsule. Below is a list of what I would put in a time capsule to reflect on who I am today. This is to help spread the news about the book, The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood. More info on the book first!


The Square Root of Summer My heart is a kaleidoscope, and when we kiss it makes my world unravel . . .

Last summer, Gottie’s life fell apart. Her beloved grandfather Grey died and Jason left her – the boy to whom she lost her virginity (and her heart) – and he wouldn’t even hold her hand at the funeral! This summer, still reeling from twin heartbreaks, Gottie is lost and alone and burying herself in equations. Until, after five years absence, Thomas comes home: former boy next door. Former best friend. Former everything. And as life turns upside down again she starts to experience strange blips in time – back to last summer, back to what she should have seen then . . .

During one long, hazy summer, Gottie navigates grief, world-stopping kisses and rips in the space-time continuum, as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last.

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My Time Capsule

It took me a while to think up some good items to put in my time capsule but here is just a few items that I’d place in it to capture who I am.

Photos of My Friends

A fair few of these. From photos with my friends at work – including those who have left. To photos with friends that live far away but that I see as often as I can, to blogger friends, to old school friends that I still have in contact. It would be an array of some great moments and memories that I’ve shared with them. A reminder that I am who I am today because of them.

My iPod

I take it with me everywhere. Whenever I’m alone and it’s socially acceptable, my earbuds are in and my music plays. Music which I haven’t updated in years. The same songs over and over again. Some are nostalgic, some I love, some I hate. But it is definitely a good reflection on who I am today.

Some Favourite Books

It would be super hard to pick but I would probably end up putting in the first Harry Potter, a Malorie Blackman book, a Cecelia Ahern book, a Claire McFall book, a Louisa Reid book, and maybe a few others… These are the authors that got me through to today, they have definitely helped shape who I am.

Cinema Tickets

I’ve actually been collecting my tickets this year, so that I can see how many times I go to the cinema within the year. So far it’s around 15 times, I think. I actually haven’t double checked. But it’s high. So if I just put a couple in the time capsule, it would definitely reflect who I am today.

Jeans

They’re the only thing I wear. Wind, rain or shine, I will be seen in Jeans so it seems only natural to put a pair of these in the books to represent who I am.

Something to represent my family

Lastly, but certainly not least, I’d put something or a few things in to represent my family. I’m not sure what it would be. Maybe a keyring with our surname on or a family quote or something. Just something that would show that I appreciate my family and love how they’ve helped to shape the person I am today.


What would you put in a time capsule to represent who you are?

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Posted on 3 May, 2016 by Faye - No Comments