October 2013Weaving Pages: October 2013

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Black Friday by Robert Muchamore

Hello Everyone!

This book was sent to me by the lovely people at Hachette Children's Books so thank you to them for sending it to me! It's meant to be the last book in the 2nd CHERUB series, but I'm hoping there will be more!

Title: Black Friday
Author: Robert Muchamore
Series: Aramov #3
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Published: September 5th 2013 
No. of Pages: 400


The Aramov Clan has splintered into two rival factions and Ryan is joined by more CHERUB agents as his three year mission enters its final phase. Ryan is about to board a plane, knowing that the next twenty-four hours will change everything. His mission is to stop the biggest terrorist attack America's ever seen. Ryan works for CHERUB, a secret organisation with one key advantage: even a trained terrorist won't suspect that a teenager is spying on them. For official purposes, these children do not exist.
4.5 stars: Page agrees this book was wonderful, almost
amazing.

 I have been reading the CHERUB books, or any books remotely to do with CHERUB for about two years now, and it was kind of weird, because this is meant to be the last book in series 2 and I have no idea how I feel about that...I'm honestly less attached to the main characters in this series, and I don't like it as much as the series 1 of CHERUB, but I'm still really hoping that Robert Muchamore will continue series 2! I really don't want CHERUB to end....

I hadn't read a CHERUB book for ages though, so when I read Black Friday, I was really reminded of why I love these books so much. What I've always loved about CHERUB, is that these books are a mix of teenage life 24/7 with a whole bucket of action thrown in! It's honestly that awesome, I promise! The thing is, it's more than normal action, it's fast-paced missions where kids are often in life and death situations, but because they choose to help people rather than shy away from these situations. These books are gritty, but they are real, and I personally HAVE to love that about them.

Like always, Black Friday was filled with the action and explosions that I just talked about, but what I couldn't help but notice was that this book seemed to be a bit too over-nice. I'm just so used to these books keeping me on the edge of my seat that I felt a bit disappointed when they weren't as gritty as usual. Usually, everything is going to plan but then there is a plot twist and this time, when there wasn't I was a bit like: "Oh." For want of a metaphor, it was getting a bit of an adrenaline rush for no reason....

Something that put the cherry on the cake for me, was that so many characters were back! Like I said, I have a huge amount of love for the characters in series 1 so I'm honestly so happy when they're all back! Of course, I have to have a special spot in my heart for James - though he can be a bit of an idiot sometimes..- because....it's impossible not to!! I was SO happy when James was back, and along came Lauren, Bruce and Kyle who just made me even happier!! On the downside...Kerry didn't make an appearance and I really missed her!
Overall, I really loved this book, and it was a great ending to a brilliant series, though fingers crossed that we'll be seeing more of CHERUB in the future!
Bye! xx




Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Top Ten Character Names I Love


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and The Bookish

Top Ten Character Names I Love
*NOTE: I'm being a rebel because this was last week's TTT but I really wanted to do it!

Aria - Under the Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica Rossi

Bex - Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter

Cecily - The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare

Celaena - Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas


Lucas - Fated Series by Sarah Alderson

Peeta - The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Penryn - Angelfall series by Susan Ee

Raffe - Angelfall series by Susan Ee

Silver - The Elites by Natasha Ngan

This is more of a graphic TTT because, what can I really say about character names? Not that much except I LOVE these ones! I hope you enjoyed it! By the way, I'm sorry for the grey backgrounds!! For some reason, they just went that colour but they were meant to be white...
Bye! xx


Sunday, 27 October 2013

That Burning Summer by Lydia Syson

Hello Everyone!!

This book was kindly sent to me by the lovely people at Hot Key Books! Thank you to them for letting me review it! This book is a sort of mix between genres that I really enjoyed! 


Title: That Burning Summer
Author: Lydia Syson
 
Series: N/A  
Source: Publisher  
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Published: October 3rd 2013   
No. of Pages: 336

Romney Marsh, July 1940. When invasion threatens, you have to grow up quickly. Sixteen-year-old Peggy has been putting on a brave face since the fall of France, but now the enemy is overhead, and the rules are changing all the time. Staying on the right side of the law proves harder than she expects when a plane crash-lands in the Marsh: it's Peggy who finds its pathetic, broken pilot; a young Polish man, Henryk, who stays hidden in a remote church, secretly cared for by Peggy. As something more blossoms between the two, Peggy's brother Ernest's curiosity peaks and other secrets come to light, forcing Peggy and Henryk to question all the loyalties and beliefs they thought they held dear. -Goodreads /Amazon

4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
however, it was not catapulted into amazing.


Friday, 25 October 2013

World After by Susan Ee

Hello Everyone!

I won an advanced copy of World After on Goodreads (YAY!) So I feel SO lucky to have been able to read it early! It is also official now: This series will be THE END OF ME...

Title: World After
Author: Susan Ee
Series: Penryn and the End of Days #2
Source: Giveaway (Thank You!)
Publisher: Hodder and Staughton
Release Date: November 21st 2013
No. of Pages: 442

When a group of people capture Penryn's sister Paige, thinking she's a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels' secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can't rejoin the angels, can't take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?


 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.



Wednesday, 23 October 2013

What the Postman Brought (7)

Hello Everyone!

I'm apparently really bad at keeping up with book hauls.....yeah... Ah well! Here is my latest stack of books to read!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
I can't wait to read this!! I'm actually going to go see Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan in November and.....I CAN'T WAIT. I've read sample chapters of this and it seems really good so look out for any happy skipping! (P.S. Look out for a post about the event I mentioned!)
Thank You Indigo!

She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
This book has such an interesting storyline and I'm really looking forward to seeing the outcome. I'm crossing my fingers that I'll love it as much as I think I will!
 Thank You Indigo!

Geek Girl: Model Misfit by Holly Smale
YAYYY! I'm really excited to read this book, because Geek Girl was just awesome and I'm hoping Model Misfit will be too! I'm sure that this will be just as funny and I'm SO EXCITED!
Thank You Harper Collins!

Roller Girls: Falling Hard/Hell's Belles by Megan Sparks
 These two books sound really awesome because I just love the premise! They include a sport called Roller Derby which seems so awesome! Probably a little too aggressive for me to want to do it, but....YAY!
Thank You Curious Fox!

 *I have obtained these books via Edelweiss.


A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
 I've heard about this book loads, and I've finally got it from the library! I'm really excited to read this because it's been on my TBR list for ages! I hope I enjoy it!

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
I really like modern twists on fairytales, and this seems like a great book! I'm looking forward to reading this. Thank you Balzer + Bray!
The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
 This is possibly one of the 1st contemporary books I've read, but I'm really looking forward to it! Hopefully, it will be good! Thanks Balzer + Bray!
 
Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd
I ADORED the first book in this series and I'm SOOOOOOO happy to have gotten a copy!! I can't wait to read it! Thanks Balzer + Bray!

Unbreathable by Hafsah Laziaf 
I got this book from the author, and I'm already reading it! I LOVE the cover and it has been good so far, so hopefully I really enjoy it!

Bye! xx
 



Monday, 21 October 2013

Discussions with an Eight Year Old: Scary Stuff

Discussion with an Eight Old is basically a discussion feature where I talk to my eight year old sister, Inês, about a certain topic. I hope you enjoy it!


Topic:Scary Stuff

Rita: Okay, since you chose the topic- a great choice since it's nearly Halloween- what are your favourite scary books?

Ines: I read a bit of Beast Quest but I can't remember that much of it! All I remember is that there is a scary monster in it.

Rita:  I've never read those books...umm...I'm not really a fan of scary books- or anything to do with horror really! But I do read some scary things...Let me think...And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie is actually quite scary, and I think that The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd could be classed as a horror book as it is quite scary, but nothing too bad! As you can see, I do tend to shy away from scary things...!

Ines:  Scary books sometimes have a sad ending or a happy ending.. I like the happy endings better but what do you prefer? I don't like sad endings because then the book isn't very fun and then I wouldn't really like to read it.

Rita:  I like happy endings too. I don't mind sad endings, because some books are meant to have them and you can't really do anything about it, but if I had to choose, I like seeing my beloved characters feeling happy! What about scary films or TV shows? Do you like those?

Ines: A bit but not always. I do like them when there is something funny in them, but not when they are very Sirius. (Rita: This is why you are an awesome sister.) When you watch Supernatural you can hear the scary bits and I don't like them! They scare me..!

Rita:  Hehe....You see that's why you're not allowed to watch Supernatural...to be honest..I require a cushion to watch ANY scary thing so I can hide...It's like I require a survive-through-a-scary-show kit...Those should be sold somewhere you know...What's the scariest thing you've watched?

Ines:  Hmm....The Hunger Games because there is lots of scary bits..and lots of people dies which made me sad...

Rita:  Yeah...I remember that...You were a bit upset after The Hunger Games...but HEY! You wanted to watch it!! And you loved watching it on DVD..!

Ines: SQUIDDSSSSSS....*starts laughing* Don't trust squids...They are EVERYWHERE and they can FLYYYY...

Rita: *laughs like a lunatic* DERPY SQUIDSSSS.... Anyway...That is great advice from my sister that you should really follow...yep...yeah....you can see where she gets it..

RitaMaybe you can go as a squid for Halloween?? Yes? Or a duck....*ponders*

Do you like Scary Books? What about TV Shows, Films and Squids?
 Bye!! xx

   


Sunday, 20 October 2013

Resist by Sarah Crossan

Hello Everyone!

I got a review copy of this book from the lovely people at Bloomsbury. Thank You to them for sending it to me as it's the finale to a series that I love!

Title: Resist
Author: Sarah Crossan
Series: Breathe #2
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Publishing
Published: 10th October 2013
No. of Pages: 300

Resistance to the Pod Leadership has come apart. The Grove has been destroyed but so has the Pod Minister. Quinn, Bea and Alina separately must embark on a perilous journey across the planet's dead landscape in search of the rumoured resistance base Sequoia. Meanwhile the Pod Minister has been succeeded by his capricious daughter. Her brother, Ronan, is supposed to advise her, but his doubts about the regime lead to him being sent out of the Pod in search of Quinn. In a world in which the human race is adapting to survive with little air, the stakes are high. - Goodreads / Amazon

4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
however, it was not catapulted into amazing.


Saturday, 19 October 2013

Interview with Erika from The Red Bookmark

Hello Everyone!

Today I have Erika from The Red Bookmark with us for an interview! Here it is:

Hi Erika! Welcome to the blog! Have some cookies. *hands cookies over* Can you introduce yourself?
Hello everyone! Thanks for having me Rita! *takes cookies, then scoffs them* Well, my name is Erika and I’m twelve years old (nearly 13) and I’m the blogger behind The Red Bookmark! I have an unhealthy addiction to books and tumblr quotes.
 
 What are you currently reading?
I’m not reading anything at the moment but I’m pretty sure I’m going to start The Elites soon!
 Why did you start your blog? Do you have a reason or any inspiration behind it?
Well, I was looking around on my favourite book blogs (including yours!) and I found The Mile Long Bookshelf was doing a Blog 101. I kept myself updated on those posts and one the second part, Amber did a How to Start A Book Blog post which I loved and I basically used that to start my book blog! And I loved to read so it seemed perfect and I went for it! (YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HORRIBLE MY BLOG LOOKED WHEN I FIRST STARTED!)
Aww! Thank you! If you were only allowed to read ONE book for the rest of your life, what would it be?Eeeekkk! One book? Ermmm..... Ahhh... HELP ME! Maybe Diary of a Mall Girl by Luisa Plaja! I absolutely loved that book.
Describe your bookshelf. How is it organized? Any extremely pretty books on it? :)It’s very, very disorganized! I think I put my books in order of their genre! I’m not completely sure! :)
 Since your blog is called The Red Bookmark, what is your favourite bookmark?
My favourite bookmark? Probably a red one! Haha x
Thanks again for having me on your amazing blog Rita!
It was great to have Erika on the blog!! Make sure to go visit her over at her blog!
Bye! xx
 


Thursday, 17 October 2013

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Hello Everyone!

After succumbing to many bloggers, and talking to the fabulous Holly Smale on twitter, I requested a copy of this book, and soon got down to reading it. Thank you to Lizz at HarperCollins for sending it to me!  

Title: Geek Girl 
Author: Holly Smale
Series: Geek Girl #1
Source: Publisher
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: February 28th 2013 

No. of Pages: 378

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. - Goodreads /
Amazon
4.5 stars: Page agrees this book was wonderful, almost
amazing.



Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Top Ten Books I Was Forced to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and The Bookish

Top Ten Books I Was Forced to Read
 
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Hmm....How do I say this? I BLAME ALL OF YOUUUUUU! And of course my friend who also made me read this...You should be proud that you have simultaneously completed and ruined my life with one book recommendation. Yep...It's your fault that I was hysterically crying during a whole weekend, and broke down just talking about the book. Your fault. *cries because of the word fault...*
2. Geek Girl by Holly Smale
This is pure awesomeness. And hilarious-ness. Honest! I was also book pushed by some blogger friends who, I have to admit have good taste because this was a great book!! I really hope I get to meet Holly Smale sometime, too. This gets my book-pushing seal of approval.
3. Angelfall by Susan Ee
RAFFE. That's all that I should have to say, but I really need to explain the book pushing aspect, don't I? Since I've told this story THOUSANDS of times, I shall just say that I was nearly disowned by a bloggy friend...BUT THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST LIFE DECISIONS EVER SO I AM IN THEIR DEBT.

4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
So yeah...I haven't actually read this yet but Judith and Amber made me put it on my TBR...Vampires *shudder* The only reason I will be reading this is because they have assured me these Vampires don't sparkle but still....What have I got myself into!?
5. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
I blame my friend. Again. She LOVED this book, me? It made me feel depressed. Not in a I-love-this-book-even-though-it-is-sad but in a I-have-lost-faith-in-humanity-and-everything sort of way. Yeah....

6. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
My friends...Yet again...I actually enjoyed the first book but then Georgia got MORE AND MORE annoying as the series went on and I DNF'd the book I was on. I RARELY DNF.

Errr...Well, it's become Top Six Tuesday....But I'm kind of proud because I am such a book pusher- but not book pushed that much..HA! *evil laugh* 
Bye! xx
 



Sunday, 13 October 2013

Letter from a Reader: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Hello Everyone!

So I've done it. I've read The Fault in Our Stars, and in turn, it has ruined my life. I blame you.

Title: The Fault in Our Stars 
Author: John Green
Series: N/A
Source: Bought
Publisher: Dutton Books
Published: January 10th 2012 

No. of Pages: 313


Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.



 5 stars: Page the bird salutes this book, and starts
 flying with joy.


Friday, 11 October 2013

The Sound by Sarah Alderson

Hello Everyone!

I bought this book as it's one I have anticipated for AGES and have you seen the cover? Also, it's from one of my favourite authors ever, so I just HAD to read it! Here's what I thought: 


Title: The Sound  
Author: Sarah Alderson  
Series: N/A  
Source: Bought  
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published: August 1st 2012  
No. of Pages: 320

When aspiring music journalist Ren Kingston takes a job nannying for a wealthy family on the exclusive island of Nantucket, playground for Boston's elite, she's hoping for a low-key summer reading books and blogging about bands. Boys are firmly off the agenda.

What she doesn't count on is falling in with a bunch of party-loving private school kids who are hiding some dark secrets, falling (possibly) in love with the local bad boy, and falling out with a dangerous serial killer... -Goodreads /
Amazon

4.5 stars: Page agrees this book was wonderful, almost
amazing.



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