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Snow Like Ashes iphone Wallpaper

Tuesday, 29 September 2015


To celebrate the sequel of 'Ice Like Fire' by the brilliant Sara Raasch and to entertain ourselves before its release, I've composed some edits which you can all use as your wallpapers on your iphones ! They simply look great ! I've provided two in different dimensions as well so enjoy !

The quote featured in these two edits were said by the character Deborah in the underground tunnels in the winterian camps:


Even the strongest blizzard starts with a single snowflake






This is my favourite edit ! I'm currently using this wallpaper on my phone and it looks amazing ! The quote was a saying etched in the underground tunnels giving hope to the winterians.


Someday we will be more than words in the dark





Last but not least my favourite quote from the most amazing swoon worthy character Theron.
They make decisions; They mould your future. The trick is to find a way to still be you through it all








So what do you guys think ?

The YA Chronichles



The first ever Australian based bookish subscription box was released into the world this month and was the wait worth it !

The YA Chronicles is a Sydney based subscription box business where they send out monthly boxes to other readers who are also inlove with the Young Adult genre.

Every month they send out a book that is just epic, consisting a killer plot, diverse group of characters and great writing, because who wants to read a book that doesn't have all these things ?!

So, this month the theme was 'That Hero Nonsense' and wasn't it an awesome theme ! 

The box included so many bookish things ! The Septemeber Box included:

- A 4GB Avengers USB ! (which I loved the most because I received a Captain America usb... and I love Captain America !)
- A YA Chronicles bookmark
- An Untouchable Bookmark
- A free ebook of Untouchable by S. A. Starcevic 
- A beautiful necklace that stuck to the hero theme (which I will soon link to the etsy store it was from)
- A badge that said 'I am not the chosen one'

and lastly...





My review for the book is here.

The subscription box was here in days which was so surprising and exciting because nothing has ever gotten to me that fast. It was packaged wonderfully and the box protected everything inside of it (even when my little sister sat on it by accident). The little knick knacks that come with the book are super cool and are to die for ! I literally wear my necklace everywhere now. I also love how the books come in hardcover versions. I just really love the box and it's contents.

The YA Chronichles is just a lovely subscription box that ships worldwide and I absolutely LOVE IT ! So don't hesitate to subscribe to next month's box here.

Top Ten Tuesday


Hello, and welcome back to Endless Pages. Today is Top Ten Tuesday and it is Top Ten Books to read if you enjoy George R. R. Martin's book 'A song like Ice and Fire' today, but because I missed out on last week's Top Ten Fall TBR I thought I could combine both in one. (Even though it's Spring here, I'll just go with the flow and stick with the 'Fall' theme). However, instead of having ten in each list I'm just going to have five. Also I'd like to include this post in Trees of Reveries Bookish Challenges.

So let's start with Books you need to read if you loved 'A song like Ice and Fire'. Clicking on the titles will take you to the synopsis on goodreads !



1. Snow like Ashes By Sara Raasch


2. A Kingdom Besieged By Raymond E. Feist.


 3. Graceling By Kristen Cashore


4. Sabriel By Garth Nix


5. Throne of Glass By Sarah J. Maas


Now the books on my Spring TBR:

1. Ice like Fire By Sara Raasch



2. Illuminae By Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


3. Soundless By Richelle Mead


4. The Darkest Part of The Forest By Holly Black


5. Talk Under Water By Kathryn Lomer



So thats it, my two lists. Which books are you keen on reading and what books are on your tbr list ?

How To Be Happy - David Burton

Saturday, 26 September 2015


Title: How To Be Happy
Author: David Burton
First Published: August 26th 2015
Publisher: Text Publishing
Source: Review copy provided by the wonderful people from Text Publishing

Trigger warning whilst reading the book: Self Harm

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Synopsis:

I've lied to you already.
I don't know how to be happy.
Yeah, Sorry. Awkward.
Okay, let me rephrase. I don't know how to make you happy. But I have a pretty good idea about what would help.

Badly wanting a girlfriend, convinced he's not normal, and tormented by bullies, David searches for a way to fit in, a way to be happy. But nothing seems to be going right - his first date is a  disaster, and despite all his efforts he loses his best friend. And when his own triumphant solution leads him into anxiety and bleak despair, things get very serious.

My Thoughts:


Just quickly writing informally, David, you're a bloody legend. How To Be Happy is just incredible and just down right HILARIOUS. I wish I had a hundred more ways to say incredible at the top of my head so I can use it to describe the book. 

How To Be Happy is just so spot on with teenage and young adult emotions and reactions. The author, David, discusses various topics which a confronting and overwhelming for people, but David pulls off this 'circle of trust' and just discusses life in a casual and relatable way.

The book features very serious themes which aren't talked about openly and publicly such as sex, depression, self harm, sexuality and so much more. But David writes about these topics subtly so everyone can understand and eventually becoming comfortable in discussing the topic further. The memoir should easily become another addition to school curricula because of how David tackles these topics with ease assuring kids that life will get better and you will find out who 'you' are. 

Most of the topics within the book have stigma associated with it, especially the mental illness, Depression. Now, I know alot of people who have... and had... depression. This is probably why I really loved the book because of the way David approaches it. I definitely recommend this book to teens who are well, trying to find a way to be happy because it's never too late for someone to be reminded that they're amazing, beautiful, special and are worth more than the eye can see.

Another topic which the book focuses on is sexuality.

... I also had an insatiable curiosity about the male body. The question came again. Am I gay? 
How To Be Happy tackles the confusion of sexual identity by retelling David's story of his own journey of trying to find himself. I found this very intriguing and just interesting on how he tried to work out who he was. Was he really 'Gay Dave'? The confusion of his sexual identity also lead to the talk of gender fluidity. 
... a young man sits with his female friend. He's desperately confused. Uncertain of his preferences, desires, or standing in society, he concludes the scene with a bewildering realisation: 'I think I'm a lesbian.' wait. Can men be lesbians?
I loved how David talked about this in a whole chapter, 'Fluids'. I also love the brief descriptions throughout the book of gender fluidity letting readers understand the topic in more detail.

Lastly, my favourite chapters were 'How to Survive Grade 12' & 'Getting out of Bed'. David speaks the truth, within these chapters assuring kids like myself to not get stressed over your finals marks because

They may help you get into a university in the months immediately following your secondary graduation, but that's about all their good for. 


David also basically tells you that you can decide to be whoever you want to be. Here's a snippet of the text.
 'Okay, David. Let's have a look.' I gave her the sheet. 'Okay, now I see you've put down theatre for the first two options, but that's going to be terribly difficult to find a job in, isn't it? So I think law will be best. Your grades are excellent. Here we go.' She produced a red pen and, right in front of me, crossed out the theatre options on the page. I nodded warmly. 'Thanks so much,' I said 'You're very right.' I walked out of the room and threw the paper in the bin. Stupid b*tch. There was no way I was doing anything but theatre now. 

Even though I'm graduating in practically 8 weeks, these chapters have helped alot. Deep down, I wish the book had been released a year earlier so I could really conquer grade 12.


The Verdict:



I don't know if you can tell, but this review is extremely long, which only means one thing. How To Be Happy is easily a five star book, because it's just full of honesty and humour through the eyes of a growing teenager. This book will honestly help anyone who's having trouble in life right now. I just can't fathom my love for this book into words. You all need to read it.


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Bye for now xoxo

Risk By Fleur Ferris





Title: Risk
Author: Fleur Ferris (Author of the Month for August)
First Published: 1st July 2015
Publisher: Penguin
Source: Library
Trigger Warning: Rape

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Synopsis:

Taylor and Sierra have been best friends for their whole lives. But Taylor's fed up. Why does Sierra always get what - and who - she wants ? From kissing Taylor's crush to stealing the guy they both met online for herself, Sierra doesn't seem to notice when she hurts her friends. 

So when Sierra says Jacob Jones is the one and asks her friends to cover for her while she goes to meet him for the first time, Taylor rolls her eyes. But Sierra doesn't come back when she said she would.

One day. Two days. Three...

What if Taylor's worrying for nothing? What if Sierra's just being Sierra forgetting about everyone else to spend time with her new guy?
When Taylor finally tells Sierra's mum that her daughter is missing, Taylor and her friends are thrown into a dark world they never knew existed. Can Taylor fins Sierra's abductor in time? Or should she be looking for a killer?


My Thoughts:

First of all let me just say that I originally read the book in paperback. Reading the physical copy of the book allowed me to endure a very slow climax with me ultimately rating the book an easy 3 star rating. I enjoyed the book and it's message but it could have been tweaked here and there. But after finishing the book the lovely author had a giveaway for the audiobook and I was like "Why the hell not ? Go for gold". It turned out that I won and was gifted credit on Audible to buy it and man did the audiobook change my rating.

First off, I tip my hat to the narrator of the audiobook Marny Kennedy who pulled off the characters voices and in doing so clarified some scenes which I thought were confusing by setting a mood with her voice. Listening to the audiobook helped alot and in doing so, I admired the author, Fleur Ferris, and her writing.

(Before I go any further in the review here's another TRIGGER WARNING for the actual book just incase you didn't see it before: rape, abduction)

'Risk' deals with the dangers of the internet and ultimately online predators. Cyber Safety isn't endorsed enough in books or even in schools which is why 'Risk' should be a lovely addition to school curricula around the world. The book basically takes the issue and slaps you in the face with the terrifying reality that could occur to anybody anywhere. Risk is heartbreakingly and alarmingly amazing, raising awareness for those who don't know the risks of the internet. The book honestly scared me and made me rethink about my actions on the internet. The whole plot of the book was sensational with Fleur making you feel devastating emotions. 

I think Fleur Ferris's background of being a police officer and experiencing the disappearance of a friend's daughter had given the book an authentic feel with so many facts also being provided for the public to use. 

Continuing on, 'Risk' is beautifully written and the characters are so realistic. Teenagers in our day and age definitely think like the characters within the book. The very first page starts off with the two girls Sierra and Taylor talking and on an online chatroom. The way the author approaches this scenario definitely made me feel like I personally know the two characters. On the physical copy of the book, I felt as if the rest of the characters (just Taylor's friends) were entirely underdeveloped because they were just there. In the background. Not doing anything majorly important. But through the audiobook, I finally could see and visualise the characters and their personality which was amazing. Through the audiobook, I appreciated the characters so much more, realising their value in the story. I also loved how the book didn't concentrate too much on the romance as well, with the moral of the story out shining everything. (But the romance was in no doubt a very cute plus to the book.)

The Verdict:


Overall the book was amazing and authentic with the author, Fleur Ferris, nailing teenage emotions and their reactions. I cannot emphasise enough on how terrifyingly real the book is with readers possibly being unable to sleep after the traumatic experience (But please don't make this scare you away from the book. Just take a 'Risk' and buy a copy). 'Risk' has ultimately earned it's five stars possibly saving a life every time someone reads it.



Bye For Now xox


Ink and Bone - Rachel Caine

Thursday, 24 September 2015



"A new and exciting addition to the world of fantasy that'll keep you up at night"
Title: Ink and Bone
Author: Rachel Caine
First Published: TBC
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Source: Review Copy Provided by the wonderful people from Allen and Unwin
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Synopsis:

Knowledge is Power. Power Corrupts.
In a world where the ancient Great  Library of Alexandria was never destroyed, knowledge now rules the world: freely available, but strictly controlled. Owning private books is a crime.
Jess Brightwell is the son of a black market book smuggler, sent to the Library to compete for a position as a scholar... but even as he forms friendships and finds his true gifts, he begins to unearth the dark secrets of the greatest, most reverted institution in the world. Those who control the Great Library believe the knowledge is more valuable than any human life - and soon both heretics and books will burn....



Hello ! and welcome to another review. First things first, I'd just like to say that the synopsis did not honestly capture my whole attention. Like hmmmm. It was fascinating but not quite intriguing for me to be like, yes, stop reading the synopsis and read the book. But I'm so glad I got past the synopsis because the heavens have blessed me with a book that is so unique and just out of this world.

First of all the world in the book is just epic, like it's incredibly different and it honestly stands out from all the other clichΓ© worlds of the fantasy genre. My feelings towards the Ink and Bone world were the same toward the Hunger Games world; it's awesome but I wouldn't want to exist in it... never ever ever, because I love living, being alive is spectacular.

In the world of Ink and Bone there a automatas, ink lickers, gardas, smugglers, scholars and so much more. I love the titles to each occupation because they're weird and wonderful just like me. 

The characters in the book were just as amazing as the world within the book. Jesse the protagonist is honestly one of the best male perspectives I have read this whole year (maybe even my whole life). The guy is used so much, first by his family then by the library then even by his love interest Morgan. But he's tough and caring and just careful of his surroundings because trust is hard to give and gain within the book. Jesse was just a perfect character. So was his best friend Thomas. The guy was a huge softie. He was huge... and he cared. He kind of reminds me of Jarod in 'The Rest of Us just live Here' by Patrick Ness. Thomas is just a valuable asset to the whole story because he's there for Jesse and for everyone else.

Now Morgan... I honestly didn't get the whole attraction thing at first because it was really quick. But Jesse and Morgan did share secrets and this then made it capable for both characters to trust each other. I just don't know about the attraction really. Compared to the rest of the characters, she's the least interesting to me.

I won't describe every single character so here is a brief summary of each one:
Khalia - A strong, independent teenager, who I thought was going to be Jesse's love interest
Dario - who is admittedly witty and just a great nemesis of Jesse. Their relationship softens throughout the book which really appealed to me and made me want to read more. Even though they continuously banter that they can never be friends
Glain - She was such a awesome chick in my opinion. Just a strong female character.
Scholar Wolfe and Santi - love Wolfe and Santi. This friendship was adorable. I won't go into much detail because of spoilers but, man, you guys will love Wolfe and Santi when you finish the book. 

Finally, I LOVED THE DIVERSITY IN THE BOOK ! So many characters from different backgrounds. I won't go into detail because of spoilers again but one of the traits the book had was cultural diversity. So many kids from different countries, it literally made me smile from ear to ear.





The book was easily a five star book, however because of the little slow start at the book I've deducted half a star. I've given it 4.5 book/star rating. It was an addictive read, making me want more, with Rachel possibly placing me under a spell encouraging me to finish it within hours. I can absolutely tell why she's a best-selling author and I have no doubt she deserves all the praise. I will definitely pick up the next book. It'll be one of my most anticipated reads for sure.


Bye for now xox,

Brisbane Writers Festival 2015




It’s never too late to talk about my exciting adventure at the Brisbane Writers Festival! Okay, okay, I must admit it’s extremely late, like three weeks late but you should all be thankful that I didn’t keep my memories to myself for YEARS and then decided to spill all the goodness out there in my little corner of the internet.

So moving on with my ever so growing charm (gives a wink and a smirk… not too cheesy though, I am not that creepy… or am I ?!?! … nah I’m not honestly), I’d like to recount my faint (yes faint, heck, I honestly don’t know what I was doing an hour ago) memories of this lovely event.

First of all, I only attended one event out of the hundreds that were going on and this event was the Love YA event (and yes, the debate is finally over and on the day we found out it’s said aloud as Love Ya not Love Y. A. ... so many I told you so’s were swapped that day through eye glares).

The event consisted of many authors coming to speak to the public who were willing to listen. But before I go into detail, if you’re one of those people who constantly forget to take their phone off silent mode before you go to bed, then you’re not alone. The event was starting at 12pm and Meleika decided to wake up at that time looking at her phone and wanting to eagerly strangle it and drown it in the toilet, because obviously Meleika couldn’t hear the alarm of “GET UP CHILD TODAY’S THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE” because it was in silent mode…. S.I.L.E.N.T M.O.D.E… Why oh gods of books ? Why did you have to do that to me ? But anyway, I didn’t drown my phone and I got ready and left toward town around 2ish.

The first thing I remember when walking into the library was seeing the one, the only, JOHN MARSDEN. Now for those who are outside of Australia and don’t recognise the legendary name, John Marsden wrote “Tomorrow When The War Began” series which is AMAZING. Like OMG. Ya’ll need to read it and tell me what you think… well you don’t have to because I already know for a fact that you’ll love it because I love it. But yes, I was in the presence of Australian Literature Royalty and I forgot to take a photo of some sort or even say hello, which ran through my mind after the event, with so many if’s.

The next event after John Marsden would have to be my most anticipated author talk by Authors David Burton (How to be Happy) and Eliza Henry-Jones (In the Quiet). Their talk was amazing! I loved it all. David is just a wonderful public speaker as well, like the guy can honestly get the audience laughing and thinking about things. He’s also just honest and I loved the advice he gave to writers who would like their work to be published. Eliza was just genuinely sweet as well, loved her story of trying to get her books published and how she wrote ‘In the Quiet’. It was an absolutely incredible session. Definitely walked away with some incredible notes and to do’s and don’ts.

The last event was the most impressive author talk and one I was also looking forward to, which was Cassandra Clare’s and Holly Black’s question and answer and didn’t we all die a little during that session. So many questions so many answers and so many that I wished weren’t true. First Holly and Cassie played a game of the unofficial name of “Who knows the other better” and weren’t the answers hilarious. I think the outstanding answer from that little game was Cassandra’s about which Holly would rather, a library or a dungeon and she immediately said Dungeon with all her books. The next little game was speed round which Holly gave to Cassandra and it was also hilarious. Then after the floor opened up for the Brisbane Fans to finally ask their own questions and weren’t the answers meaty. One question I must disapprove of however was the spoilery one about Max. I didn’t know guys and now I’m extremely terrified to read further because you know, I don’t want to read the spoiler bit that was announced that night. Continuing on, a question I myself wanted to ask was finally said aloud which was, “Will The Mortal Instruments TV show stick to the books”. The whole library had laughed at Cassie’s immediate answer of ‘No’… and then it was silent and then it suck in… she was not joking people. Here’s a little video of her further answering the question after the whole room went silent with distressed faces.


But yes Love YA was one of the most amazing experiencing ever ! I got these lovely books signed with several others of course !







I also met a heap of lovely people who were all just amazing and incredible in person as they are online. I’ll put links and their accounts below:

Sarah from @treesofreverie
Jeann from +Happy Indulgence 
Brett from @brettmichaelorr
Maddie from @Pasomadie
Sarah from @CommasandAmpersands
Ashleigh from @books-cute-life
Nicola from randomlilreads
Phillipa & Angelya from @teaintheteatrops

But yes, the night was incredible and I walked away with memories which will definitely last forever.