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Bookstagram Awards 2015

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

BOOKSTAGRAM
AWARDS

Hello everyone and welcome back to Endless Pages. Today I finally get to announce a project I’ve been working hard on and that’s the Bookstagram Awards.

I have recently gotten into booklr (the tumblr book community) and I found out that they have the Booklr Awards and I was like “Bookstagram should have the same thing”. So here I am, giving everyone the opportunity to showcase and share their favourite Bookstragram accounts.

Here are the categories:

The Ultimate Bookstagramer
The Underrated Bookstagram Account
The Best Book Recommendation Bookstagram
Kindest Bookstagrammer
Bookstagrammer with the most Style
Cutest Bookstagram Friendship
Bookstagram Fangirl of the Year
Bookstagram Fanboy of the Year
Bookstagrammer with the best Captions
Bookstagrammer you have Book Envy for
Sassiest Bookstagrammer
Most Hilarious Bookstagrammer
Best Blogger on Bookstagram
Best Vlogger on Bookstagram
Best Reviewer on Bookstagram
Most Interactive Author on Bookstagram
Best Bookish Merch

The voting will close on January the 2nd and the Semi-Finalists will be announced on the 3rdThe Bookstagram Awards is all in the name of fun. It’s a great way to show your love and support for the bookstagram community.

To start Voting click on the link below (the survey also has a lot more info)



Thank you for joining me on the first ever Bookstagram awards. 

Timesurfers Review and Interview

Saturday, 19 December 2015





Title: Timesurfers
Author: Rhonda Sermon
First Published: 13th of September 2015
Publisher: Self Published
Source: Rhonda has kindly sent me a review copy of the paperback


Synopsis: 

"You've misunderstood. It’s not a choice. It’s a destiny."



When fifteen year old Cate accidentally brings a dead cheerleader back to life her connection to the secretive Timesurfers is revealed. The Timesurfers travel through time and battle the powerful dark forces intent on manipulating history. Cate must discover her powers, choose a side and end a centuries old war. No pressure.

My Thoughts:


Timesurfers is hands down the best Indie Book I’ve ever read, it’s actually one of my favourites reads for 2015. It was such a quick read and just addictive, that you had to read the next chapter, immediately. The storyline of good verse evil sucks you in, then mysteries keep your attention and lastly, love interests have you wanting more.

The information about this new world and references we’re introduce to in Timesurfers flowed throughout the whole book, never too much information in one chapter. The whole concept of time travelling is always automatically placed in the sci-fi genre, but the way that Rhonda has written about time travelling was refreshing. Time travelling within the book is powered by magic and only Timesurfers can time travel. The catch is, they can only travel to the past. However, people from the future can bring people from the past to their present. Timesurfers always are gifted with extraordinary (and not so fancy) powers as well. Super hearing and healing are many of these super powers that Timesurfers have and develop.

The plot of the book was amazing. There was only one plot twist that I did see coming from a mile away but the rest were mind blowing. The inclusion of historical facts that make you think that this book may actually be a non-fiction was just incredible and mind boggling to read and understand. The definition of bad and good is so unclear that you don’t really know who the main character Cate, should side with. The storyline always had me biting at my fingernails and was so complex just like the characters.

The characters within the book are just disgustingly loveable, like, they’re all just amazingly interesting and I would never part with any of them.

One of these characters is the protagonist, Cate, at first a normal teen, but then later on it’s revealed she’s a time surfer. Cate is mentally and physically a baddass, sparingly. She is such a strong female character. I’d definitely put her up there with Kestrel from the Winner’s Curse and Yelena from Poison Study. Austin is such a simple and loveable character, just easily likeable. Austin is also one of Cate’s love interests which kind of felt like instant love but then, later on, we find out why these two characters have that weird connection. However, there’s Jonah, a ghost, a sexy untraceable bad guy who isn’t that bad at all who Cate (thinks she) likes. Throughout the book, we slowly get to unravel the layers of Jonah and oh boy, was the guy just… swoon worthy. At the end of the book, you’ll really only rooting for one guy because we find out that there is another girl in the equation, so no (real tough) love triangles here. You’ll find a team.

The Verdict:


I loved Rhonda’s writing and her new and refreshing concepts of time travelling. The whole book reminded me of the mortal instruments plus time travelling but better. I easily awarded the book five stars.


Next up is an interview with the genius author behind the book, Rhonda Sermon who went into detail about how she wrote the book and how it came to be.




Top Ten Tuesday #4

Tuesday, 1 December 2015


TOP TEN TUESDAY

It’s another Top Ten Tuesday and this weeks’ theme is “10 DEBUT BOOKS YOU’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN 2016” and man was this list hard to make. I tried to find some Aussie YA to include in this list but some of the books that I’m looking forward to aren’t debuts. So I had a look at the Goodreads debut list and found some spectacular books.



The first book that I’m looking forward to is Gemini because it’s reminds me of Sarah Crossan’s One which was utterly beautiful to read and just a wonderful glimpse of the lives of conjoined twins which this books focuses on. Clara and Hailey are conjoined twins who have different plans after high school. If this doesn't scream heart breaking conflicts and consequences then I don’t know what does. Additionally look at that stunning cover like isn’t it beautiful ? I absolutely love watercolour covers and when I see them I must own the book.






The next two books I’m looking forward to are both Australian YA books and they are utterly so intriguing. Here’s the synopsis of Frankie from Penguin.

“Frankie Vega is angry. Just ask the guy whose nose she broke. Or the cop investigating the burglary she witnessed, or her cheating ex-boyfriend or her aunt who's tired of giving second chances...When a kid shows up claiming to be Frankie's half brother, it opens the door to a past she doesn't want to remember. And when that kid goes missing, the only person willing to help is a boy with stupidly blue eyes … and secrets of his own.Frankie's search for the truth might change her life, or cost her everything.”

Are you not entertained ? Doesn't sound spectacular ?

The next book is one I have been dying to read. It has been on my list of “NEED TO READ IN 2016” since I first heard of it’s existence because it’s a murder mystery thriller/supernatural book. This book is Yellow written by Megan Jacobson and I am literally over the moon ever since PTA LIVE Brisbane because I scored an Arc and it was literally a glorious moment. Here’s a synopsis from Penguin.

“If fourteen-year-old Kirra is having a mid-life crisis now, then it doesn't bode well for her life expectancy. Her so-called friends bully her, whatever semblance of a mother she had has been drowned at the bottom of a gin bottle ever since her dad left them for another woman, and now a teenage ghost is speaking to her through a broken phone booth. Kirra and the ghost make a pact. She'll prove who murdered him almost twenty years ago if he does three things for her. He makes her popular, he gets her parents back together, and he doesn't haunt her. Things aren't so simple however, and Kirra realises that people can be haunted in more ways than one.”

Also aren’t the covers glorious? Like look at them, they’re so pretty.




The next book on  the list is “The Mystery Of Hollow Places”



The first thing that caught my attention is the title, it’s so mysterious. Basically the book is about a girl, Imogene, who is convinced that her missing dad, a brilliant medical mysteries author, is out looking for her mum who left long ago. Using the knowledge from her dads books, she goes out to find her mum in order to find her dad.

Next on the list is “This Raging Light”. It’s about a girl, Lucille who is already struggling to get by in life, fall in love with her best friends brother, Digby Jones. This book already has me feeling giddy. Can’t wait to read it.


The fifth book on the list is “After the woods”. I don’t really know how to describe this book but it’s so mysterious that I’m guessing it’s a suspense/thriller book. Here’s the synopsis of the book.Also look at that cover ! How beautiful is it ?


 


The next book I am utterly hyped up for in 2016 is this beauty called “The Loose Ends List”. Now this book is about a girl, Maddie who’s grandmother is dying. The grandmother has set up this whole extravagant wacky vacation on the a cruise ship. Maddie also has a love interest. But the main reason why I really and urgently want to read this book is because Maddie reminds me of myself. My own grandmother was my best friend and she lost her battle with cancer in 2012. When I read synopsis of this book, I fell in love with it and it brought back so many memories of my grandmother and I. I can’t wait to pick it up.





“The First Time She Drowned” has a beautiful synopsis as well as a cover. The protagonist Cassie O’Malley was locked up in a mental institution by her mother for two years and is reintroduced into the world. She must find a way to move forward – after uncovering family lies – and both literally and metaphorically keep her head above water.

The next two books I’m about to share are my most anticipated reads for next year on this list. They both contain great story lines and to me are very unique.
The first is “The Crown’s Game” by Evelyn Skye. Here’s a few keywords about the book. Set in Russia. Gifted people = Enchanters. Empire initiates The Crown Games. Only one can live. But love blossoms. Who will live by the kings side ?
Isn’t it EPIC ? Like I need this book in my life right now.

The last book on this list is “Symptoms of being Human” and man oh man am I hyped for this book. I am literally so excited to read it because first of all it brings up the issue of how no one knows about the grey area between male and female. The character basically empowers those who a gender fluid and man, I can’t tell you how much that is important to not only young adult readers, not even readers but the whole human population. Everyone needs to understand gender fluidity and I hope this book explains it to readers. Also the storyline is just… AMAZING. Here’s the synopsis if you’d like to read it.



 






















So there you have it folks, my TTT. Comment below on your anticipated reads and your favs on mine.