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Bookstagram Awards 2015

Tuesday, 29 December 2015


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


"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


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.

A Monster Calls - The Movie Adaption

Friday, 20 November 2015
It's finally here the trailer for the beloved book, A Monster Calls, by the most amazing and inspirational author of current times Patrick Ness.

Watch the trailer below and share your thoughts in the comment section.

Endless Discussion #1

Friday, 30 October 2015

Is blogging an easy thing ? a hard thing ? Can anyone do it ? My answer for all three questions is, Yes. 

Book blogging, wait no, blogging in general, is a fun addictive hobbie. You can't stop blogging once you give it a try. It's a wonderful experience, knowing that someone,  from anywhere around the world, has read your thoughts about whatever topic you're writing about is actually exciting. I hope I am not the only one who gains this exhilarating thrill with the knowledge that people, actual human beings have read my blog post or better yet, have the courage to post a comment about their own thoughts making me feel awesome. 

Viewers/Readers is basically the best part about blogging, because these people who continuously come to visit your beautiful site eventually become your close friends, people who you will grow to love. I kid you not, once you start blogging, you'll grow an audience who you'll basically adopt as your second family.

Blogging is easy, if the topic you're writing about is something that you are passionate about because the words just spill out of you, tumbling onto your computer screen. This however, to me, is the only easy part about blogging. 

Blogging is hard as well. Hard in a sense of coming up with new content and having the time to write blog entries. As we speak, I'm slightly procrastinating by writing this article to avoid studying for my Geography exam that is in two days about Malaria and its effects in society. What I'm trying to say is that, realistically, if I wasn't procrastinating right now, I wouldn't have enough time in the day to actually sit down and focus purely on a blog post. I just can't. With being a senior student at high school, with random assignments and tests popping out of nowhere, no one in their right mind has the time to efficiently blog, study, eat, sleep and do extra things such as socialise and just having some 'me' time. 

Blogging is also hard when you're over the stage of wanting to post more content. One day, you'll just wake up and you just feel the need to do anything other than blog and this is when you know your blogging 'honeymoon' is over and trying to blog after that will be one of the most energy demanding things ever.

My suggestion on trying to get through this stage is to do exactly what you're doing, don't blog. Have a 'leave'. Have some you time to yourself and continuously remind yourself why you started blogging in the first place and then EUREKA*, you'll eventually find yourself blogging happily again. 

Now, lastly, to answer the last question, yes, of course, anyone can start blogging, it's just up to you on what you blog about. I've interacted with people who have just graduated or are still in primary school who blog about their favourite foods, games and so on. I interacted with different people from all over the world who also blog about my love for books. The blogging community is diverse. The book blogging community is diverse and having you become an addition of the community would be an honour. So don't be afraid and don't you dare hide your greatness and your genius thoughts from us and start blogging today.

*must yell this word out when read.... please... pretty please with some gooey chocolate chip Subway cookies on top ?

Top Ten Tuesday #5

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

The time is nearly here, for us to rejoice and cheer, for it is time my kings and queens, for us to celebrate (with candy) Halloween.

So for this week's Top Ten Tuesday, I thought I'd make a list of my Halloween TBR, so basically ten books that we should read on Halloween.

The first and most exciting book to read on a cold and dark Halloween is:

The Diviners by Libba Bray

This gorgeous book has been on my TBR for only a few weeks after I was sent the review copy of the sequel, Lair of Dreams. I really had no clue that Lair of Dreams was a sequel but after reading the synopsis of the first book, The Diviners, I've been needing it in my life.

The Diviners seems extremely dark and just a sneaky thriller that looks innocent by it's cover but it really isn't. 

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Okay, I must admit I have not read the synopsis for this book... and I shall try to resist reading it now. I'd really like to go blind into reading this book. I'm guessing it's kind of a not too terrifying read but more of a dark fantasy one ? I will never know until I read it.Also Australians ! It's $5 for the hardcover edition at Basement Books !

Demon Road by Derek Landy

My good people, I have only read half of this book... and then I put it down and forgot to pick it up again. This book is deliciously gruesome with some amazing deep and dark characters. I'd actually love it if I could finish this on Halloween because what is Halloween without being scared for your life?

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)

This wonderful book was one of my book club, The Bibliphiles, book of the month. I never got my copy in time to read it, so it's on my TBR. 

The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

The Murder Complex (The Murder Complex, #1)

If you haven't figured out why it's on my TBR list... read the title again. It practically screams out "Read me on Halloween and prepare to die from your own fear MWAHAHAHA". 

Half Bad by Sally Green

Half Bad (The Half Bad Trilogy, #1)

The book's title has 'Bad' in it. It's obviously evil right ? 

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

because why not ? 

Magnus Chase by Rick Riordan

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard, #1)

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer is on my Halloween tbr because I'm missing out on the "OMG WHAT IS LIFE" train right now and I want to join. 

The Death Sculptor by Chris Carter

The Death Sculptor (Robert Hunter, #4)

Is it ten already ? Yes ? No ? can't be bothered to count ? same. 

 Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)

Just because it has the noun Zombie must mean it should be a creepy, so I'm adding it to my to read pile on Halloween.

So that's my hetic list of books I'd love to read on Halloween. What will you be planning on reading ? Or better yet eating : Candy or Cake ?

5 Reasons Why Ice Like Fire Should Be Your Next Read

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Title: Ice Like Fire
Author: Sara Raasch
First Published: 19th of October 2015 (Aus)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Publishing House Harper Collins were kind enough to provide me a ARC

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Ice like Fire is the sequel to the epic Snow Like Ashes book. The review to this book can be found here.

Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world

My Thoughts:

Oh my ... I am lost for words. This sequel has been one of the most epic, devastatingly heartbreaking and delicious reads of 2015. May I just quickly take a moment now to thank the publishing house, Harper Collins for providing a early copy for me. Like this book has literally changed my views on fantasy all together. I don't want to scare everyone entirely on it's greatness, so I'll sum it up in 5 simple reasons why Ice Like Fire should be your next read.

1. If you think Snow Like Ashes was epic, think again. Ice Like Fire basically defines the word epic. So many events happen in this book that may leave you crying, slowly dying with your OTP's frying. Yes, questions such as, "Does he/she really deserve her/his love?", "Is he/she really stupid ?", "I believe in you, do you?" and the classic "Do you wanna die or are you going to be a good little character and love the other character?". I walked away from this book with so many new OTPs that it's ridiculous. I'm also #TeamMather now... Also, you'll walk away wanting to hug your Mother and Brothers more often and force them to love you.

2. The world building in the book was spectacular becoming more detailed with Meira visiting different lands which has gorgeous imagery. I myself enjoyed all the details Sara made for each kingdom. It was like I was in each land myself, touching and feeling everything, enjoying the laughs people had in Summer, wanting to expand my own knowledge like the people of Yakim and wanting to explore my art like the people in Ventralli. Each kingdom's description was glorious and just breathtaking. I wish the world Sara created was real. All of you need to read it to experience my need for this world to exist.

May I also add that I loved the lullaby that was implemented into the book. It is so beautiful that I sing it now and again. Here are the lyrics if you're wondering.

Lay your head upon the snow. Lay your sorrow in the ice. 
For all that once was calm, sweet child, will belong to you tonight.
Lay your heart upon the snow. Lay your tears in the ice.
For all that once was still, sweet child, will belong to you tonight.

*Inserts a million tears on how much this lullaby hurts*

3. New characters - Ice Like Fire introduces so many new characters with some being the definition of evil and some just as mysterious. But one character you guys would not want to miss out on is the kickass Summerian, Ceridwen. She's abit older than Meira, but in every way, Ceridwen is just like Meira, just a tad bit more feisty. She's a wonderful addition into the world Primoria. 

Also the boys and girl Mather befriends are also classic dudes (especially Phil) who I can totally see myself being friends with too. These boys and girl form The Children of the Thaw with Mather. These wonderful new characters in this kickass group are Trace, Hollis, Phil, Kiefer, Eli and Feige, who "Throw(s) insults and truths with more accuracy than any adult" earning her the nickname ghost.

The supply of new characters was bountiful making me want to explore Sara's world more, to gain more knowledge on who these people really are. That is why you need to read it. To explore the new characters and hack away their shells to expose their souls.

4. Point of views. That's right guys more than one point of view. We finally get to see what Mather thinks. Mather's POV is written in third person where as Meira's is in first. This sounds very confusing and something that some people would find very uncomfortable to read because of the switching of the different types of writing but Sara writes Ice Like Fire in a way both POV's compliment each other making it a breeze to read.

5. Lastly, the feels. You need to read this book so you can suffer the same feels that I have been suffering from, like forever. Moments that crushed me include when Theron said
I'll always fight for you. I'll always keep you safe
There is still an us... There will always be an us

 or when Meira said
I'll play along, you arrogant pig. I'll pretend to be an obedient little queen until I can crush you
I'd choose you if it wouldn't unravel who I need to be 
I'm not just me anymore. I'm a whole kingdom, and I can't make mistakes. 
Like there is so many emotions this book plays with. I can't even even. Just ugh. Someone please read it and talk to me about it, cause it's breaking my heart.

So there it is guys, the five reasons you should pick up Ice Like Fire. If my review (that has taken me 3 days to write because I didn't want to leave anything out... and because I'm extremely sick) hasn't convince you, then my rating should.

The Verdict:

Ice Like Fire was an addictive read, containing all the right ingredients producing an epic fantasy novel that will linger in your thoughts even after finishing the book. My rating for this book is illogical but Ice Like Fire has deserved each book rating. I have awarded Ice Like Fire with 7  out of 5 books. Thanks Sara for writing a novel that I have reread more times than I have fingers and toes. You are genius and I cannot wait to see what you have install for us in the last book... *cries* I can't believe it's happening. The trilogy is ending.

Aussie Secret Santa

Sunday, 11 October 2015

It's finally here, the first book based Secret Santa in Australia. The sign up forms are here or click this link ( Also a prize will be awarded to one lucky Santa ! You will all go into the raffle to win the mysterious prize. UPDATE: If there is no money raised for this secret santa then sadly no prize can be given out.

Here are some rules:

1. All gifts must be worth $20 (package price included). It is up to you if you decide to spend more than that on your Secret Santa buddy.
2. A tracking number should be provided for each package. 
3. The Secret Santa box is only open to Australian Residents
4. Be considerate. Once you sign up we expect everyone to follow through and provide gifts to their secret santa buddy.
5. If you are unable to follow through let me know here under the subject Secret Santa, so I can tell your partner what is happening.
6. All participants can share their gifts on social media with the hashtag #BSSau15
7. Participants are given the names (initials) and details of the person they'll be buying gifts for on the 18th of November.
8. All gifts should be mailed within two weeks of christmas.
9. Plus it is up to you if you'd like to share your identity to the person you've bought the gift for.
10. You are all given a favourite colour, book wishlist and a fandom so you can personalise your gift. It is up to you on how many items you decide to gift. But everyone should be receiving a book.

Please feel free to donate any small amount ! It'll go towards the wonderful prize and support this wonderful event that will continue from these small donations. 

Winterians Assemble !

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Winterians Assemble !

So after a very late notice of this actually existing, I've decided to enter Sara Raasch Autumn competition, Join the Blizzard ! I've basically had a day and a bit to create my entries because I was getting ready to go back to school (which was today and it was very very hot... I think it was 36 degrees), studying to remember content before going back to school and contemplating about my future... because University Applications for early birds are closed but luckily, I applied and don't have to pay triple to what the original price was. But yeah, I'll stop rambling about that and get to my entries.

Just to let you know, I am not a skilled artist (lol) or graphics designer (one day I'll be, one day... obviously self taught that is). I have my own way of seeing art. To complete my creations for the competition in the short amount of time that I had, I was given a list of challenges from friends. The challenges were fun ! I never expected it to be fun because I was utterly terrified that I'd analyse my work too much then throw it away. I'm glad I have awesome friends who have given challenges that made me laugh and love my own pieces of art. 

The very first challenge was draw something in 30 seconds ! and man was I panicking. This was the challenge I was most scared of... because I knew deep down I would fail haha. But I like how it turned out, because it was only a 30 second drawing. So here it is below, a drawing of the adorable Theron... I tried guys ahaha

Then next challenge was also a time challenge ! I had two minutes to draw a character from Ice Like Fire and I wasn't allowed to lift my pencil. This challenge required so much effort because to hide that you didn't lift your pencil, you had to press on the paper real lightly so it wouldn't look like big scribbles everywhere. Here's my challenge #2 artwork of Meira.

Challenge #3 was draw an outline of a character and colour it in.. multiply times ! So I drew the outline of the swoon worthy Theron

Then I printed out two copies to colour them in differently... I used watercolours for this challenge (Just a fair warning... no matter how I take these photos, these images can never define how beautiful these watercolour pieces are) I've also included two pictures of the red version because I so wanted you all to see my blending technique that was happening in half the drawing on the robe but my hands shadow is covering it.. the second image you can kind of see the ripples of the robe.

Challenge #4 was Make me Feel Feels.. and I had 15 minutes to complete it and here is a sad Meira.... This is my favourite watercolour piece I have ever created... you all need to see it in person because as I said before the water colour images do not give the picture enough credit on how beautiful it really is !

Up Next are my graphic designs ... which I will eventually make into iphone wallpapers making it available for everyone to download. But before I show you those here's a link to my previous wallpaper designs... which I also would like to enter into the competition! Just click the previous link and you'll find the page. Playing with photos is very addictive but I've tried to cut down on the number of graphics I was entering and decided to enter these 3 below !

To end my competition entry... you may have noticed that I haven't really well, included much content from Ice Like Fire in my entries, this is because I cannot give away spoilers in any shape or form because I've actually read Ice Like Fire. It was super hard not to include some epic quotes from the book in my entries but I just couldn't. But I could however pick quotes from the first 100 pages because it was available to the public (which I also found out about only a day and a half ago). So enjoy ! .. before I become super anxious about my drawings and delete them ahaha.

Oh and Thanks so much for the opportunity Sara ! Made my night when I found out about the competition !

Now I dare you guys to complete the same challenges I have ! Go!