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A while back I read the first two instalments of the After Series by Anna Todd. At the time I didn’t really think anything of it, they were just a couple of books that sounded pretty good (complicated on again, off again relationship with a ton of drama), were easy to read and on offer in my local supermarket. I read them pretty quickly but didn’t get around to buying the next one for a while. Then when I finally started looking around for it online, I suddenly realised that these books were kinda a big deal because of the platform and style they originated from. Anna Todd a.k.a imaginator1D had become Wattpad famous for her One Direction fan fiction, which was later adapted for a wider audience in print. At this point I have to admit that I haven’t yet read any of the later instalments of the series because once you know something, you can’t un-know it, and let’s just say I’m not exactly a Directioner, definitely check them out if you are though. But this piqued my readerly interest. What exactly had I been missing on Wattpad?
I quickly set up a profile, eager to see what undiscovered readerly treasures I could find. You can conveniently search by genre, so in honour of this month’s theme at Page One I chose mystery. And then BAM a ton of glorious hits was displayed before me. So many, many stories all just waiting for me to read them. I swear it’s like Aladdin’s cave, untold riches await you! Unlimited stories is correct Wattpad.
When you do search you’ll find that some of the covers have stickers on them, like the second hit in my search which was The Secret – Book 1 by DS Jamison or @Monrosey, a 2014  Watty award winner and has had 3m reads and 105k likes to date, so you can see why it’s been highlighted! And has been added to my virtual Wattpad library.
Another cool feature I like is you can comment along as you read so you can react to the story, and it’s added to the exact line/section you had this thought. So if your like “Hell no, she did not just say that!” or “Oh man, why don’t they just get together already they are definitely OTP material!”, you can  instantly share it with the other readers. You can then see if others feel the same way. I think it also works as a great feedback tool for the author, they get to see what’s working for their readers and respond as most of the writers on Wattpad work in instalments. It’s a neat little feature!
However, I’m still new to the world of Wattpad and don’t have a whole lot else to report just yet but I’ll keep you posted on what I find.
Updates to follow so be sure to check back!

The Willow Lake Group – Kelly Proudfoot

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It’s a cliche but who cares? Just because something has been done before – even if it’s been done to death – it doesn’t detract from the potency of the experience when it happens to you.

Gavin and Liam both arrive in the small town of Willow Lake at the same time but what unfolds when they discover The Willow Lake Group changes their lives. Two stories that are forever entwined but with very different consequences.

This was an interesting read because The Willow Lake Group is a strange mix of genres. At times it is reminiscent of the bildungsroman in the way it looks deeply at the characters lives as they discover new things about themselves, at others there is a sense of mystery, with almost thriller like elements. It is also otherworldly, with a supernatural like feel. I have no idea what exactly to call this extraordinary hybrid but it is in this way that Proudfoot casts a spell on the reader, captivating their attention with a colourful set of characters, and quotations.

However, the reason The Willow Lake Group didn’t quite get the 4*s, although it was really close, was I wanted to learn more about what was going on with Liam. I felt that the narrative was setup to reveal more about his character but then left me hanging right at the end despite all of Gavin’s promises. I just wanted a little bit more from his perspective.

Nevertheless I’ll definitely be adding Kelly Proudfoot to my “check out more from this author list”.

I RECEIVED A COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM THE AUTHOR IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. THIS IN NO WAY AFFECTED MY OPINION OF THE BOOK, OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW.

QOTD: Gillian Flynn, 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge

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We’ve been nominated for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge by LaChatBlanc, so thank you! According to that Challenge you must post a (different) quote for three consecutive days, and also nominate three people each day to do the challenge. As it’s still Murder and Mayhem Month here at Page One, we’ll be sharing quotes with this theme and picking some of you, our lovely followers to take part in the challenge.

We nominate:

  1. E . A. Hennesy
  2. Sarah Doughty at Heartstring Eulogies
  3. Rachel at Darkland Poetry

 

Ginger’s Heart by Katy Regnery

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I’m going to try and keep this review short as there are some things I can’t talk about – or it’d give too much away. You know me, good old chatterbox and I don’t want to ruin this read for you.

Ginger’s Heart is based on the fairytale Little Red Riding Hood. But instead of it being a cut and dry romance, Ginger is torn between Josiah Woodman and Cain Wolfram, two cousins. The three of them were inseparable as children, but as they grow up things become more complicated and Ginger knows that one day she’ll have to choose. Who will she pick? The golden good boy Woodman or the lusty sinful Wolfram? I loved that the concept was based on a fairytale, using the three figures and the grandmother but that’s where the similarities ended. I really enjoyed the book as it evolved on it’s own to become something independent and interesting.

Now you now I’m not a fan of love triangles, but this sort of worked for me. It still had some niggles and bits that didn’t quite work personally, but overall I enjoyed the complicated dynamic and the way she was torn for very different reasons between both men. This then feeds into the development of the novel and the characters.

I appreciated the development of the individual characters, how I felt about them altered as they grew up and changed themselves. I think that the the complex emotions of desperation, guilt, confusion, lust and loyalty that comes with their relationships contributed to this hugely and it made for a good read. Life’s not easy when the heart and the head are in conflict.

A lot of reviews have already said that this book will make you cry. I scoffed at that because I’m a hard nut – but I did! Katy Regnery writes in a way that has you invested in the characters, so when something bad happens or someone is hurt then you can’t help but feel bad too. I did ugly cry at a certain part (I can’t say – spoilers!) and when I started this book I really didn’t think I would.

There were certain parts that didn’t quite work for me, or seemed a little predictable – but that’s on a personal level, that’s why I’m giving it a four stars plus. They might work for everyone else. But overall the novel was a good romantic, complicated, steamy read that will leave you satisfied and teary eyed.

 

QOTD: Keigo Higashino, 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge

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We’ve been nominated for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge by LaChatBlanc, so thank you! According to that Challenge you must post a (different) quote for three consecutive days, and also nominate three people each day to do the challenge. As it’s still Murder and Mayhem Month here at Page One, we’ll be sharing quotes with this theme and picking some of you, our lovely followers to take part in the challenge.

We nominate:

  1. Real Tasty Pages
  2. Fictionophile
  3. Time honored Classical Literature and Musings

Excerpt: Ginger’s Heart by Katy Regnery

Excerpt from Chapter 12 of Ginger’s Heart, a modern fairytale, by Katy Regnery. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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An hour later they stopped by the Glenn River, eight miles downriver from Ginger’s house and two from the distillery where Cain had partied last night.

“We should water them,” he said, reining in Thunder and dismounting with the ease of a lifelong horseman.

She reined in Heath, who nickered in protest, and grinned down at Cain who reached up for her. His hands lingered for an extra moment on her hips as she slid down the front of his body. Leaning her head back, she stared up at him, daring him to pull her closer, to kiss her, to admit that this whole “friends” thing was bullshit on fire. But, he clenched his jaw, cleared his throat and dropped his hands.

“Thanks,” she murmured, her voice husky in her ears as he stared down at her, his eyes flinty and dark.

Taking Heath’s reins with a grunt, he turned away from her, leading the horses to the river’s edge and leaving her to follow behind. She leaned down to pick up a flat stone and skipped it across the slow moving water.

“Not bad,” said Cain.

You were always the best.”

“Nah,” he said. “Woodman was better.”

“Nope,” she countered, picking up another stone. “Woodman was good, but you were better. Remember that Fourth of July that you skipped eleven times? Eleven times. It was a record.”

Satisfied that the horses were calm and drinking their fill, Cain leaned down and grabbed a rock of his own, skipping it over the dark water.

One-two-three-four-five-six-seven…

“Wow!” she said, clapping lightly. “You’ve still got the touch!”

He turned to her, grinning. “You always get excited about the littlest things. What’s it like gettin’ a kick out of everythin’, Gin?”

“What’s it like gettin’ a kick out of nothin’, Cain?” she asked, her voice full of sass.

“I’m gettin’ a kick out of you right now, princess.”

A charge zapped between them as the words left his mouth, and her breath hitched and held for just a moment, but she looked down and picked up another rock. She was enjoying today too much to go back to Awkwardland.

She skipped her rock, which sunk after three measly hops.

“Remember when you saved my Cabbage Patch doll from certain doom in this river?” she asked him.

He screwed up his face as her. “Wasn’t me. Must have been Woodman.”

“It was you!” she insisted. “Not Woodman!”

“Savin’ a dolly? Please. That has Woodman written all over it. I couldn’t have cared less if it drowned.”

“But I cared,” she said softly. “Which is why you saved it.”

“Fine. Have it your way,” he said, sitting down on a large rock near the water’s edge.

She sighed, squatting down to wash her hands in the clear water before looking back at him. “Why do you do that?”

“Do what?”

“Let Woodman take credit for all the good things?”

He shrugged, looking away from her, out at the water. “I don’t.”

“You just did. Twice.”

He sighed, giving her a long-suffering look. “If somethin’ good happened, chances were, it was Woodman’s doin’.”

“How do you figure?”

“He’s the better man, Gin,” said Cain, his eyes severe, his words deliberate.

She stood up slowly, turning her body completely to face him. “Do you really believe that?”
He looked away. “It’s the truth.”

“Cain. Cain, look at me.” Her words didn’t feel like enough so she beseeched him with her eyes too. “You’re just as good a man as he is.”

“Ha!” scoffed Cain, standing up and moving away from her. “Not in this life, princess.”

Out Now!

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25156452-ginger-s-heart
Buy links:
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QOTD: Arthur Conan Doyle, 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge.

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We’ve been nominated for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge by LaChatBlanc, so thank you! According to that Challenge you must post a (different) quote for three consecutive days, and also nominate three people each day to do the challenge. As it’s still Murder and Mayhem Month here at Page One, we’ll be sharing quotes with this theme and picking some of you, our lovely followers to take part in the challenge.

We nominate:

  1. Roisin Black
  2. RedHeadedBookLover
  3. bookbabereviewsblog

A bit of a Silent partner…

I just wanted to take a moment to apologise for my lack of input on the blog at the moment. I’ve been doing more hours in work, between that and normal commitments I always seem to be behind on my reviews and posts. This weekend I’m away with my family, I have no internet left on my phone and I’m hoping I can find wifi somewhere – if I can’t then I guess you’ll hear from me on Monday. This weekend I’m going to get ontop of my current reviews (I have three on the go right now) and spend some time relaxing.

I apologies for my lack of presence and I promise to ramp it up when I get back. I also wanted to say a huge thank you to Ashleigh, for supporting me and keeping us going!

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So I may have gotten a tattoo…

While I did post a little something on Twitter, I thought I’d show off some more.

As you know Hannah recently got a Deathly Hallows tattoo. Now being the awesome friend that I am, I agreed to go along with her for moral support while she got it touched up. But I was also curious because I’d been thinking about getting a tattoo for a while, and wanted to get a closer look at the process. After actually leaving the shop and a 2 minute conversation with Hannah and Bev, the next thing I knew I was sitting in the chair getting it done. Girls you are a bad influence!

 

For me this tattoo is symbolic of my love of literature, the subject I have dedicated years of study to, and I hope to one day make a career out of. It’s for my love of reading and writing. But it’s also there to remind me that I have a voice and what I have to say is important so I shouldn’t be afraid to express myself.