Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish, every week there is a different topic in which you answer back to! The feature was created as a way to share their top tens with everyone. Anyone can join in so come along and share your top ten lists with us all!

This week we got to choose a topic from the past, I've decided to do my top ten favourite book quotes. This will be extremely hard to do as I love so many quotes, I wish I could write them all down but theses are the ones that I favour the most. I think that most people would probably find "better" quotes in the books that they're from but I just really like these particular ones so I would like to share them with you. 

1.  "You cant be happy unless you're unhappy sometimes" Delirium by Lauren Oliver

2. "For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally Home." Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

3. "Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well." Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

4. "You've got about as much charm as a dead slug" The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

5. "Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real." The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

6. "I would die for you. But I wont live for you." The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

7. "What a slut time is. She screws everybody." The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

8. "Nothing ever really goes away--it just changes into something else. Something beautiful." Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

9. "People are screwed up in this world. I'd rather be with someone screwed up and open about it than somebody perfect and ready to explode." Its Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

10. "If after reading this book you come to my home and brutally murder me, I do not blame you." Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

What are your favourite quotes? 

Teaser Tuesday #4

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teasers for this week are coming from Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire. This is the much anticipated companion novel to Beautiful Disaster in which we hear the story from Travis's point of view. I have waited for this book to come out for ages and so far I am loving it! if you haven't read Beautiful Disaster then I suggest that you get to it right now as it is such a great book and this one seems pretty promising.

Teaser 1:
'At first he smiled, but when she yelled her goodbyes , he rolled his eyes.'

Teaser 2:
'The room blurred and before I knew it, my fist was in his face'

Got any teasers of your own? leave a link to your blog bellow!

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #4

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow
Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by AlisonCanRead and Parajunkee, its a simple way to gain some appreciated exposure to bloggers and to make friends while doing so. The two hosts feature a blog for the week, so you never know it could be you one day! If you'd like to follow me then you can do so using GFC or Linky, leave a comment below to say Hey and I'll be sure to follow you back :) Be sure to check out the hosts sites as well as they're awesome.
Feature of the Week- Dear Restless Reader

Q: We are about to see a lot of posts & tweets about reader conventions, RT, BEA, ALA and many more are starting soon. Which one would you love to attend? Where and why?

I would love to attend BEA, I mean its in New York! who wouldn't want to visit the big apple and get to meet loads of  great bloggers, authors and publishers. Sadly I live in the UK and we have a severe lack of book conventions, this makes me very sad :( damn you insufficient funds and college commitments keeping me from going to BEA!

Are you going to any conventions this year?

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Television Talk: The Vampire Diaries

So I thought that I would bring a new element to my blog and that’s Television Talk, I will be discussing television shows that I enjoy watching. When I'm not reading I will either be working towards my photography or watching TV/films so I thought that I would include this in my blog especially as a lot of the time TV shows and films are based off of books! For my first post I thought that I would talk about a new love of mine, The Vampire Diaries.

So I recently joined society and started watching American television shows again, one of them being The Vampire Diaries. I've always felt a bit weary about this program ever since the extreme Fandom which arose from the Twilight movies, I'm going to be honest with you all and come clean, I actually quite like the Twilight books and the first film. But I really didn't enjoy the rest of the film series so ever since them I've kind of stayed clear from the vampire world. However I decided to give The Vampire Diaries a chance and I've ended up loving it! I managed to watch all of the seasons in about a week and have now caught up to where its at in season 4, for those of you who haven't watched the show before heres a brief summary of season one.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is the story of two vampire brothers, obsessed with the same girl, in a small town where supernatural beings live in secret amongst its residents. In season one, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder), returned to their hometown of Mystic Falls, Virginia, for very different reasons. Stefan was determined to get to know Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), who bears a striking resemblance to Katherine Pierce (also played by Dobrev), the beautiful but ruthless vampire the brothers knew and loved — in 1864. Damon, on the other hand, was intent on releasing Katherine from the tomb where he believed she was trapped by a witch’s spell all those years ago.

The plot line seems like a basic supernatural love story at first but throughout the series it develops into so much more, the show focuses on so many different aspects of life and I really love how family and friendship is a big part of it as I feel like I can relate to that which is great. We see the characters we love go through everyday struggles and some that are a bit out of the ordinary, theres a lot of death which seems to happen a lot in these shows. There is always something happening in Mystic Falls which adds to the main storyline, this is great as its always quite annoying when they add something completely irrelevant to whats happening in the show. Oh my the romance in this show is hot! I often find myself smiling like a goofball when something major happens in terms of love and sometimes fanning myself down from the steam! 


Now for those of you who may not know this but The Vampire Diaries television show is based off of the books written by LJ Smith, however the books are completely different to the show so I would say that they're what inspired the show. I really enjoy this television series as the characters in it are wonderful, I love how they're all individual and have their own personality rather than being generic high school teenagers and another great thing about it is that they're not all high schoolers! I do love a trashy high school show but as this is about supernatural beings its great that theres a mix of age ranges.  My favourite thing about the show has to be the casting, they all play their roles so well which makes it so much easier to believe that supernatural beings could be lurking out there in the world. There is definitely a lot of eye candy in this show which makes the viewing experience a hell of a lot better, not that it matters because the show is great anyway...

Now I'm one for the bad boys so Damon Salvatore is definitely my favourite brother. I like how we get to see him develop throughout the series and we realise that he has an equal balance between good and bad even though he doesn't show the good in him it is still there behind this bad boy facade. Ian Somerhalder(Mr Smolderhalder) embraces his character so well, he is able to capture Damon's rebellious, don't give a s**t essence so well but he also shines through when showing us that he really does care. Also, lets be honest, he is a good looking guy! Please take a moment to applaud Mr. Smolderhalder, well done Ian on that glorious face, body and personality. 


Are you a fan of the show? If so then I'd like to know, what is you're favourite scene so far? it can be from any season.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Feature and Follow Friday #3

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow
Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by AlisonCanRead and Parajunkee, its a simple way to gain some appreciated exposure to bloggers and to make friends while doing so. The two hosts feature a blog for the week, so you never know it could be you one day! If you'd like to follow me then you can do so using GFC or Linky, leave a comment below to say Hey and I'll be sure to follow you back :) Be sure to check out the hosts sites as well as they're awesome.
Feature of the Week- Book Cupid

Q: Have you ever read a book that you thought you would hate -- ? Did you end up hating it? Did you end up loving it? Or would you never do that?

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld: I tried to like this book I really did but I just couldn't get into it, the characters annoyed me so much and I don't know why. I just don't think that they're likeable and the story was pretty boring, I gave up reading it after about 200 pages. I always give books a chance but this one wasn't doing it for me at all! I thought I would like it as its compared to the Hunger Games a lot but the writing style just isn't my kind of thing.

I'd love to know if you've had an experience similar to mine with a book!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Wishlist Wednesday #2

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves. This blog hop was created by the wonderful Dani over at Pen to Paper so make sure you check out hers as well!


Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Released October 4th 2005

Synopsis:In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the "monster," the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or "crank." Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne'er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: "there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, / no Kristina Georgia Snow. / There is only Bree." Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won't, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank.

I've had this book on my wishlist for such a long time, I'm so intrigued by the verse layout of this book as I haven't read a book like that before. I was automatically drew to the synopsis of this book as its not the kind of thing that I normally go for, so many people rave about this book and I want to give it ago but I'm always put off buying it because there's something else I want to get! Hopefully I'll get this one soon.


Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Characters I Would Crush On If I Were Also A Fictional Character

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and the Bookish, every week there is a different topic in which you answer back to! The feature was created as a way to share their top tens with everyone. Anyone can join in so come along and share your top ten lists with us all!

This is going to be so hard to do this week as I am a sucker for a fictional male, they're so much better than the ones in reality!

1. Alex Fuentas from Perfect Chemistry
2. Noah Shaw from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
3. Kaiden Rowe from Sweet Evil
4. Alex Sheathes from Delirium
5. Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries
6. Christian Prescott from Unearthly
7. Etienne St Clair from Anna and The French Kiss
8.  Akiva from Daughter Of Smoke and Bone
9. Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster
10. Aragorn from The Lord Of The Rings

I was going to include Augustus Waters but I think he's an obvious choice for most people, I've also noticed that these males are quite the bad boys so I obviously have a thing for danger!

Who would you crush on? I'd Love to know!

Teaser Tuesday #3

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My teasers this week are coming from Amy & Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson, I've only just started reading this book but it seems like its going to be an easy read and is perfect for the start of this beautiful weather that the UK has been graced with!

Teaser 1:
'It was nearing eight, and the sun had just set, leaving a blue, shadowy light over everything. It was lovely; it just made sightseeing harder.'

Teaser 2:
'Kentucky smelled great-like fresh grass. Like summer.'

Cover Reveal: Stars In Her Eyes by Clare Marshall

Stars In Her Eyes by Clare Marshall
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction/Adventure
Published by Faery Ink Press
Release Date: May 13th 2013


I've been so excited to reveal this cover on my blog and the wait has been so painful! I love this cover so much, just look at how beautiful it is especially the colours they're stunning. I mean if you don't want to read it just from looking at the cover then you must be crazy.  If the cover isn't enough to excite you then heres the synopsis! 

Synopsis:
Burn hot and cold.

Read minds.

Disappear at will.

Dream your own death.

Welcome to Sparkstone University, where some students are more gifted than others.

When Ingrid learns she’s been accepted at the hyper-secretive Sparkstone University, she is sceptical. It’s an honour to attend, apparently, and yet barely anyone has ever heard of the place.

And everyone seems a little too happy that she’s there: especially when she meets Sunni and her group of friends. They seem to already know Ingrid. As if she was expected. Expected to save Earth from an imminent alien invasion. Like she has superpowers or something.

As if magic and mutations exist. As if aliens are really planning to attack.

That just sounds ridiculous. There’s no such thing.

…right?

Wrong.


Clare C. Marshall grew up in rural Nova Scotia with very little television and dial up internet, and yet, she turned out okay. She has a combined honours degree in journalism and psychology from the University of King’s College, and is a graduate from Humber College’s Creative Book Publishing Program. She is a full time freelance editor, book designer, web manager, and publishing consultant. She enjoys publishing books through her imprint, Faery Ink Press. When she’s not writing, she enjoys playing the fiddle and making silly noises at cats.

Want to know more? Check out the links below!

I'm also excited to announce that Clare is doing a giveaway in which two lucky people will win eARCs for Stars In Her Eyes!

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Monday, 1 April 2013

Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Requiem by Lauren Oliver
Released March 21st 2013(UK)
Published by Hodder and Stroughton
Hardcover, 400 Pages

Synopsis:
They have tried to squeeze us out, to stamp us into the past.

But we are still here.

And there are more of us every day.

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancĂ©e of the young mayor.

Maybe we are driven crazy by our feelings.

Maybe love is a disease, and we would be better off without it.

But we have chosen a different road.

And in the end, that is the point of escaping the cure: We are free to choose.

We are even free to choose the wrong thing.

Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.

My Thoughts:
I cant believe thats it, the series I have devoured over the past three years is over just like that. So I stayed up till 6am this morning to finish reading this book and oh my I cant put into words how much I loved it which is quite weird as most people are hating on this finale. I'm going to try to make this review as brief and spoiler free as possible for the people who haven't read the series or finished the books yet!

First things first, I thoroughly enjoyed the format of this book and how it switched between Lena and Hana's point of view. I havent read the short story for Hana as I haven't got a kindle and the paperback version hasn't been released in the UK yet so it was refreshing to get inside her head and to see how her life has progressed since Lena's escape, the cure and the events which have followed. So Hana has been cured but it doesn't seem to have worked that well, there are still parts of her that shine through and haven't been destroyed by the cure. I really like how she isn't a mindless zombie like the rest of the cureds as she seems like an outgoing, eccentric character that would be completely ruined if the cure had worked properly. I thought I would be a bit more annoyed when she confesses to being the one who betrayed Lena but seeing her suffer from the grief and guilt was enough to make up for her actions.

So Lena is back in the wilds with most of the old characters from Pandemonium which was great to see as I loved reading about them in the second book, especially Julian. It was nice seeing him adapt to the wilds so easily as I thought that he was going to be whiny as he has been bought up with everything he has ever wanted so going into the wilds with nothing wouldn't be easy. With the return of Alex looming we see a tension grow between Julian and Lena which made me happy as I'm Team Alex all the way! but wait along comes Coral, a beautiful new love interest for Alex or should I say a distraction because all throughout the book it was so obvious that he was still in love with Lena but he gave her up so she could be happy. But we all know that it would always be Alex that she loves more, he was her first love and that isn't something you forget about easily. 

The plot line was a bit slow but I didn't mind that so much as it was getting us ready for something a lot bigger that was to come. Lauren Olivers style of writing is so beautiful, I found it easy to envision all of the settings and to feel/understand what both Lena and Hana were going through. Alas the ending came too soon, it was so abrupt! This major event was built up so much throughout the book and when it came I felt that it could've done with twenty more pages so we could get the full effect of this revolution. I want to know what happens to everyone, do they all die? what happens to Hana? is love no longer a disease? But I guess you can make it how you want it to be. The ending reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green in a way as that ended without giving anything away about what happens to Hazel and co. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I recommend the series to anyone who is looking for a great dystopian series that focuses love, family and survival. 

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