Saturday, February 7, 2015

Review number something I don't know

Again, no pictures many apologies I am on a mac and don't know how to work it.

Am today reviewing Finding Mercy by Michael Landon.
I was given this for free on Netgalley, and my only reimbursement was that I got to read it yay :-).

So the review:

I actually really enjoyed this book. Was I expecting to? No way on earth!
Mercy has lost her memory, and she can't remember where she has come from or what she was like. Effectively she has reinvented herself. People are chasing after her, which leads her to be captured. She sees a portrait that reminds her of her past life, and then off she and Elijah go to find her family.

This has been billed as a historic romance, which it kinda is. It is very in keeping with 19th century etiquette-aka no contact whenever. None at all. It ends well and made me feel happy because yay happy endings.

I found Finding Mercy better than I expected, as I have already said. The characters were really well developed, as was the plotline. Finding Mercy is a powerful story of prejudice and justice. I loved every moment of it.
Four out of five stars.

There you are!
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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Review #15: Soulmates by Holly Bourne

Hello children!


(Today's post has few pictures i am working from an unfriendly Mac)

Soulmates by Holly Bourne
** spoiler alert ** I read this overnight. Literally.
Normally I wouldn't review a book, (on Goodreads) I would rate it and move on, but this is possibly the most awful book I have ever read.
As well as being one of the best.
The story unfolds slowly. It is written in two POVs, Poppy's and a third person POV from an organisation determined to keep our star crossed lovers apart.
Is it a Hollywood ending?
Yes. Although (spoiler) they don't get to stay together, their love for each other keeps them going. They have moved on and are happy, whilst still loving each other, doing what's best for all of mankind.
Anita is cruel. Her jealousy of what they have, combined with her curiosity is lethal and a really good plot point. Much as I hate to say it.
Would I read it again? Yes
Why? The feels.

Goodbye my lovelies!

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - everywhere you go!
True story: I went Christmas shopping today and I was all like 'Bah humbug' And then I heard the Christmas music and turned into a 6 foot tall elf!
The hilarity kills me.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cupcakes
I hate peanut butter, in all forms, unless it has chocolate in it.
I refuse to lick my fingers whilst makng this just becasue of teh peanut butter.
4tbsp boiling water
40g cocoa powder
3 eggs
175g butter (unsalted) softened
165g golden caster sugar
115g self-raising white flour
1tsp baking powder
3 tbsps peanut butter- rounded and use loads
75g chocolate chips (or to taste)
140g cream cheese ( I used one of those baby pots-so handy!)
Stuff to decorate, eg:
12 Reeses mini peanut butter cups (optional)
Mascara (this is optional, but should be applied in case of an emergency)

1. Line a 12- hole muffin tin with muffin cases (by muffin cases, I mean the huge ones. Or you can make 18 fairy cakes)
2. Stir the cocoa powder into the water. Set aside.
3. Cream the butter adn sugar together, then add the eggs, one at a time, with 1tbsp of flour-and-baking-powder at a time (This prevents curdling. Failing this, tip all of the flour in.)
4. Then add in the cocoa powder mix. Stir it,- it will start off like baby sick, but gradually get better.
6.I missed out 5.
6. You just looked back.
5. You smiled.
7. You smiled even more when you realised that I just put 5 in.
8. Divide it evenly between the cases.
9. Stir your PB, chocolate and cream cheese together. Put about 1tsp, rolled into balls, on top of your raw cake mix.
10.Place in a preheated oven of 200/180 fan/ gas 6/400 f for 10-15 minutes.
11. Cool, and decorate (if wanted).
11. Eat, but they contain  lot of nuts.
I love you all,
The Book Fridge xxx
Friendships-how little they mean when it's a little too late.
Well that was hella deep.
Picture isn't mine, creds to keep it in the pantry.
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sorry and mini-reviews

Yada, yada, yada, sorry, I know and we are most certainly getting back together.
I wrote a whole code today. I'm tired.

SO mini reviews and hating yay!
So today I'm doing some good ol' fashioned hating on bad books.

I begin with a book that has 37% 5* reviews on Goodreads (which is more than Quidditch Through the Ages) but actually hurts to read./ I know. The only thing more awful is not getting Taylor tickets (which I have).
Crossroads (Crossroads Saga, #1)Crossroads, by Mary Ting
(Le footnote: This book was an accident. Well it must have been born on the motorway, because that is where most accidents happen)
1* rating
When authors put their book on the Kindle store, that means that it is ready for people to read. 
Even in the first few chapters of this, the prose was hardly prose, it was stunted and awful. There were no settings described. I have no idea what the majority of the characters look like- aside, of course, from Michael, who's your average run-of-the-bad-novel 'hot' guy. He is accompanied into star-cross-dom by Claudia- the one who is all like 'ew I'm not pretty! Shut up!', when in fact she is gorgeous etc. etc. 
See where I'm going?
Yeah, me too.
I don't know if I am the right age for this. I'm a young adult (13, but reading age 16) but incredibly discerning. Even then, other girls I know tried to read this and gets it, so it isn't just me.

Twilight (Twilight, #1)
Twilight, Stephanie Meyer (who I blame for everything bad in life.)
Rating 1*
Why, oh why did I expose my tweenage self to this? Only now, four years on, do I feel recovered enough (my sister read it two years ago and is not okay).
Bella 'ew I'm ugly' Swan adn Edward 'I'm so typically hot, but I have a tortured past that is supposed to give me another dimension' fall in love. Cue Edward's 'I can't be with you I would ruin your life' and Bella's 'ew I'm ugly'  adn you have a lovely love story that is responsible for the decline of the supernatural genre.
Good points: None
Bad points: It would take me 498 pages (oh wait, that's the length of the book!)

And with that, my lovelies, I leave you.
The Book Fridge
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's a love story....


I blog from the land of sheep and cows and farmers.
and very little mobile signal but yolo. (I haven't responded to a text in dayssssss.)

Ground rules:
i haven't seen it yet

So, recently over my summer time holidays, I have been reading a lot of lurve stories.

I started off with Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell.
(Review #13, 10/10)

Cuteness overload.

So, E&P are not your usual love story. Not in the fault-in-our-stars way, because Augustus is hot.
Eleanor is round and has a disturbed home life and is in no way perfect.
Neither is Park, he is half Korean and read comics and can't live up to what his dad expects from him.
and it's sad. I was sobbing whilst reading the ending BUT IT ISN'T SAD IN A FAULT IN OUR STARS WAY. Happiness is implied, but it still makes your heart ache. Theirs is a love that will last them forever.
Rainbow also wrote Fangirl, which has a slightly happier ending. She's made the list of 2014's favourite authors.

Then I read Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider.
(Review #14, 8/10)
Review: Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider

Again a love story. But not meant to span generations. Ezra is 'hot' (we are told this repeatedly in the book AND I CAN MAKE MY OWN DECISIONS) and Cassidy is 'gorgeous'.
Apparently it's a 'Fault In Our Stars' book, but it isn't. They don't love each other and the tragedy isn't a tragedy (I'm not a dog person). And hey, he moves on pretty quickly.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Author Interview: Elodie Nowodazkij


Elodie Nowodazkij is a woman after my heart (despite the fact that I'm a teenager and she's like, a professional. Which I'll never be. Like ever.)
She's also the author of the book I reviewed last week, One, Two, Three.
(I'm sorry, there's a live chat this evening, so I'm really excited.)

BF: How would you describe your book to an alien? 

Everybody deserves love and needs to learn that relying on someone else in times of needs is not a weakness.
Let’s be nice to one another, okay?
Are you looking for E.T? Did you read ALIENATED by Melissa Landers, such a good book!
And then I may start looking at my feet, looking nervous because I say the weirdest things.
The obvious one; what inspired you to start writing your book?
I used to love dancing ballet as a kid, and I won a writing contest to go see the Opera de Paris. We saw the dancers train, it was magical. Those moments stayed with me.
Then, one day, I was talking about the movie Center Stage on Twitter and Natalya’s voice came into my head. At first, all I knew was that she was seventeen and an accident had killed her hope of becoming a professional ballerina…The accident turned into a car crash that also took her father’s life.

Natalya’s voice was sad and broken, but full of want.

From there on, it became her story.

BF: Are any of the characters traits based on something or someone?

There are little things that indeed come from people I know.
For example, Nata’s father always used to buy Chanel n°5 for Nata’s mom for her birthday…My father did the same with my mom (he is more eclectic now).
On Tonio, he’s got a little scar above his eyes, like my husband.
Becca—Nata’s best friend—hides a bit under her smile. I sometimes do that too…and it took me a while to learn how to ask for help (like Nata).

BF:How did you come up with the title?

It comes from the breathing techniques one does when needing to relax and memories from my years of dancing, when my teacher used to say “hold the position. One, two, three.”

BF:How much research did you do for your book? 

I did quite a lot of research on injuries and ballet, as well as on the way ballerina train in general. In addition, I did research on the Russian aspect of Natalya (including talking to my in-laws).

BF:Which three authors (living or dead) would you most love to review your books?

To review my books?
I would love love love for the following to simply even read my book.
Huntley Fitzpatrick.
Melina Marchetta
Stephanie Perkins
(can I add more? Judy Blume, Sarah Dessen, Sarah Ockler, Gayle Forman, Simone Elkeles, Katy McGarry, Emily Murdoch…and so so sooooo many more)

BF:What was your favourite book as a child?

As a child, I read several times Les caprices de Giselle and Quel Amour d´enfant, written by La Comtesse de S├ęgur.

BF:Why do you write?
The short answer is “I write to keep sane even though it sometimes drives me insane” :-) Writing does help me get a certain balance. Being creative is better to put in an outlet, otherwise I tend to become a bit anxious, to say the least.

BF:What were you good at in school?

I was mostly a straight-A student, I loved learning: languages, history, maths. I did suck at biology and chemistry though.

BF:If your book was turned into a film, then who would be your dream cast for the main characters?

Actually, I am going to steal the cast one my beta readers(Jessica Silverstein) and CP (Jaime Morrow) came up with because I think it is perfect! You can see Jessica’s full post here

Nata: Julia Goldani Telles                                                                               Becca: Madison Burge

James: Beau Mirchoff             Camilo: Francis Capra      
                                                                                    Nata's dad:

Nata's mum: Kelly Rutherford                Tonio: James Rodriguez

So as ever, thank you to Elodie and to Netgalley and to the world and to all people who read this.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Review #12: One, Two, Three by Elodie Nowodazkij


Let's just appreciate the author's name for a sec.

Thank you. So 1,2,3 (as it shall now be known) floats like a sonata by Mozart.
Rating: 9/10
For: Anyone who is/was/wants to be a dancer.,
Actually, if you want to dance DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. It will make you want to dance. {More on that later}
My synopsis in a sentence: I want to be a ballerina now.
Cover impression: Well hello pointe shoes and darkness and ballet tights.
Blurb: When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down—like her mother—or open up to love. 
Last year,seventeen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive.
But a car crash changed all that—and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her onetime prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career.
At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present. Keeping him an arabesque away proves to be a challenge for Natalya and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell. 
When upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself.
Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him—and destroys herself?

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a ballerina. Every Tuesday I dilligently went along to my ballet classes, and learnt how to glissade at home. Yes, I taught myself how to spot (it's a pirouette thing) and pas de chat. But I was kicked out because I was too tall.

This book had me spinning around my room whilst reading it, as I was thrown into the world of Natalya and Tonio's romance (this is primarily a love story), yet Nata still struggles. She can't dance on her knee, yet has a place at a ballet school in NYC. She has to fill the gap the ballet filled so well, and turns to alcohol. This is by no means a book for the younger reader but very, very good.

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This was provided for free by Netgalley in return for an honest review.  

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A little filler review

Can we just appreciate the cuteness of this post?
Stuff in my life:
1. I bought concealer and it's beautiful ( It's Shiseido)

So, reviewing Queen of Hearts 2:

An Exiled Princess.
An Ancient Tribe.
A Dangerous Stranger with Unknown Loyalties.
Dinah, the former Princess of Wonderland Palace, has been chased into the wilds of Wonderland after the brutal murder of her brother and the ruin of her impending crown. Now, as her half-sister Vittiore sits on the throne beside her Father, the brutal King of Hearts, Dinah finds herself alone in the forbidding Twisted Wood with only Morte, a homicidal beast, for company.
Hunted by the King and his army of Cards, Dinah struggles to evade those who long for her head, including Cheshire, the King’s clever advisor, who is slowly tightening his grasp around her. Spurred on by her rising terror, the former Princess finds herself at the center of a web of conspiracy reaching far beyond the Palace and deep into the mysterious Yurkei mountain tribes.
Even with the balance of an entire Kingdom at stake, Dinah knows something that her allies and enemies do not: that the most dangerous conflict of all has already begun as she battles the enticing rage that beckons her ever closer as love slips further from her grasp.
The second book in the bestselling and award-winning Queen of Hearts Saga, The Wonder takes readers back to the most wondrous and curious places in Wonderland, and continues this darkly addictive tale featuring one of the most infamous villains of all time.
But be warned…not every fairy tale has a happy ending.
This is the story of a princess who became a villain.

Phew! So my little review:
This book was incredibly fast paced, however I found that I did have to buy the first one to catch up. Dinah irritates me as a character, however I was impressed with the reality of her being a teenager- here's to more realistic teenagers! 
I thought that sometimes though, she need to have a moment to step back and look at the bigger picture.
Overall a wonderful book that keeps you guessing.
Love ya loads,
The Book Fridge xxx
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Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Perfect Vampire Part 1

Hello children,

So, last night, I was watching 'Vampire Academy' (I'm now reading them, and I loved the other series), with some friends, and it got me thinking.

What is the perfect vampire?
There are four main types of vampire in modern literature:
1.  The Twilight vampire

There has been a considerable boost in the vampire book/film industry since the release of this. Many modern vampires follow the original Edward precept of:
- Good looking (with hair that took hours. We know your secrets)
-Good guys=no people eating
-Bad guys= I like A- best
-Ridiculously rich
-Crazily clever

 2. The Dracula vampire

Basically Snape, but they drink blood.
-Greasy hair

 3. The hot spy vampire

The do-gooder, often implicated in some kind of CIA operation
-Very hot
-Good with a gun
-Drinks blood from blood banks
-Very hot

 4. The vampire-with-implications

Portrayed by Adrian Ivashkov in Bloodlines/Vampire Academy
-Dangerously good looking
-If a spirit user, will have bipolar, depression and alcoholism
- Will have some kind of magic
-Governed by some kind of family
-A good side and bad side
-Takes blood from humans, doesn't kill (unless bad)

And there you have it! Next week will be the part 2, so all is well on that.
The Book Fridge :-)
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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Why I struggle with paperback books


So, recently I've been reading a lot on my Kindle.
Like a lot a lot.
Yeah, the Amazon bill is horrific.

But I haven't bought any paperback books for a long, long, time.
Nor have I read any.
This has been hard.

I know.
I am suffering from no-real-book-itis

So I got out a library book! But I finished that.
So I'm buying this:

Of course, I haven't told my purse this yet. Meh!
I can get it hardcover for £2.81, but what was it about it that drew me to it? NUMBERED LIST TIME!

  1. Girl warrior. Cue me eating Grave Mercy
  2. Fighting. I love these kind of things, they make me really happy.
  3. Law/feelings conflict. Gotta love conflict in the head, because, yeah, it's beautiful.
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sorry and review #11

Hey guys
Yeah, I haven't blogged for 28 days. And it's 21;30. And this will be a shortie.

So, le shoutout to @britgirlabroad on Insta, 'cos she reminded me that I need to blog. And fast, else I risk losing followers.

Crown Duel, Sherwood Smith


Yeah. Big stuff going on here.
 It's a 2-in-1 book, and it's only like £3.
Rating: 10/10, it's akin to GM (that rhymes)
And everyone else on the plaent who needs to read stuff like this because it's a beautiful miracle, unbelievable.

Had to do the Swift thing there.

So, what is it about this that makes it so amazing?
Well, it's the characters. Okay, so the first 34% is the first book, and Meliara is stubborn and conceited. And she can't see that there's a gorgeous guy-who's-a-king who yah, basically loves her. Bu then there's 66% of beautiful, thoughtful, long-haired Melaira. Who gets the guy!!!!
It's been on my Goodreads shelf for like ages, and here is a quote:
“You, there, girl! Halt!"
Who in the universe ever halts when the enemy tells them to?” 

The narrative is sassy and sarcastic, even though at times you want to scream at Mel. She's our traditional, Keira Knightley heroine, who can sword fight, ride a horse and run a household (and be queen!).

Onto Vidanric:
He's like Mr Darcy

^Me the whole way through.

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Review #10: Antiphony by Chris Katsaropoulos

Thanks guys. 0 page views yesterday? I'm really impressed.

Well, hello to you.

A few weeks ago, I got very, very excited because I was offered a review copy of Antiphony by Chris Katsaropoulos. I love being offered these things, because they make me very happy. Since then, I have read it (whilst reading a new novel, so be fair guys) and thought it would be nice if I could review it.

Let's look at the blurb:
                             In this novel that explores the intersection of science and spirituality, Theodore Reveil, one of the leading lights in string theory physics, is on his way to present his latest research at a triumphant meeting of his colleagues from around the world when he realizes that he has lost the notes for his presentation. Verging on panic, he is in the middle of ransacking his hotel room for the missing notes when he is stopped in his tracks by a voice—and a vision. Shaken by what he has just experienced, he takes the stage to deliver his speech, note-less. In the midst of his distraction and confusion, he poses the question “What if the Universe, instead of being a giant machine, is really a giant thought?” Then, before his astonished colleagues, Theodore makes an even bolder assertion: “The unsolvable terms in our equations may be road signs pointing to consciousness—to God—as the missing piece of the puzzle.” Antiphony traces the downward spiral of Theodore’s career in the wake of his controversial statements, as well as the remarkable transformation that threatens to lead him to the depths of madness—or the revelation of the Final Theory, the ultimate secret of the universe. Readers interested in the nature of the universe, consciousness, and spirit will find this novel engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking.


 Rating: 8/10
People who should read it: Atheists, Christians, RS teachers, physicists, anyone considering law, lecturing or physiology. People who need a life lesson.
Author: A poet, author and publishing guru.
My synopsis in a sentence: What is the universe?
My cover impression: It looks gorgeous, and a bit like a black hole...

My review: I think that this book posed some really good life questions. Personally, I don't believe in a 'higher being', but i viewed this book from a non-biased POV.  Theodore, a string theory physicist, is on his way to a presentation-thingy, when he realises that his notes are gone. He presents without them, and poses some very controversial ideas. The unravelling of his career, told through Theodore's thoughts, is followed, also sometimes in too much detail. I mean, do I really need to know how many photons per cubic centimetre of space where remnants of the big bang? No. But it adds to the delicious characterisation that was continued the whole way through.
Did this book really do it for me? In a way yes. It is totally different to what I usually read (roll on Mortal Heart!), but I need a challenge- and a change. Antiphony raised some of those ultimate life questions that are so important, and that perhaps we need to examine more. Is the universe really a thought?

And neither, I suspect, does anyone else.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Why there's nothing wrong with fangirling

I have a fringe.
It looks cool.
I won't show you a photo.
That would be strange.
And a little weird.

So, fangirling. Oh, how the heart delights. (FYI: Google doesn't have fangirling in the dictionary.)

       "A rabid breed of human female who is obsessed with either a fictional character or an actor. Similar to the breed of fanboy. Will be able to get by on just a new book and can spend HOURS going over the film adaptation in detail. Can quote. Like all the time. Gets excited at any headcanon, memes or 'feels' related to their fandom. Very scary."

Why thank you Urban Dictionary.

Look! Taylor GIF!
For example, Swfties at concerts, public places or whenever-she-comes-on-the-radio-or-TV start fangirling. Normally, they are fangirls.
This would set a demigod fangirling. 'Cause OMG it's so amazing and I love percabeth so much and perachel sucks and I think that percabeth should never be disturbed.

      "Perachel in the PJO fandom is the ship that must never be shipped. It's made up of Percy Jackson and Rachel Elizabeth Dare. It is obviously impossible cause ya know,percabeth ftw. Perachel can't compete with everyone's OTP."
Thank you Urban Dictionary.
If someone ships Perachel, this happens:

Why hate fangirls? We live on love alone-love for our OPT's, our ships and our fandom friends. We have families, go to fandom prom (yeah!), created fan accounts on social media, but still:

We stalk because we care.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Why all spy books should have heroines

I blog from a catch-up hour.
Americans: Think cover supervisor with no work to give you.

So, I write from a computer situated next to an annoying girl.
I am in a happy frame of mind, due to the fact that I have NEARLY FINISHED an amazing series. Well, until the next book comes out.
I have a love affair with spy books-always have, always will. I love love love them.

But they are full of boys.

Yes, that's right children. Boys.
Well that's pretty cool. I'm a very honest person.
Like, for example, take Cherub. Lovely jubbly (come on guys, you know it's a word!) books, especially when they are in Lauren's POV.
But when they are in James's?
Na-ah-ah peoples. He spends the majority of his time ogling some poor girl when he should be scoping out a house.
Whereas actually, a girl could like do it whilst checking out a guy. It's called multitasking.
Yeah. Witness the force.
But seriously. In some nations today, would they suspect a group of girls as spies? No, probably not.
And yes, this is part of my issue with the fact that the only teenage books I can find in my local library are either vampires, happy-love-stories, or boys fiction. And I have tried boy spy books, but no. Please not again.

BYE! (Yes, I know she's saying hello, but that's beside the point.)
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

I'm away with the faeries!

Hello my friends,

Let's get one thing straight: These are FAIRIES
Yes, they are the egotistical, selfish RAINBOW MAGIC FAIRIES
They do not exist.

These are FEY or FAERIES:
They are evil, and I hope for your sake that you cannot see them.
Well, not all fae are evil. Look out for the dates when the Summer and Winter courts swap over, and Winter in particular are evil. Friday in particular is very dangerous, so stop sharpening knives on Fridays!

According to folklore, fae hate iron. As in it-kills-them hate. That's why you dont really see the fae any more, iron is in everything. Faries hate bells, so a jingly keyring is good. If on is being chased by faries, try crossing running water-but beware of water sprites! Anything red works, as does salt in the pocket or rowan twigs carried on the person.
How do I protect my house? 

Modern houses are already full of iron, but what you can do is store clothes inside out, but an UNBROKEN line of salt on the window sills and sew some into hidden pockets on clothes. Lots of red things everywhere (Ms Swift's RED is a good idea) and a doorbell constantly jangling. You can buy iron doorbells, which are old fashioned and gorgeous.
Fae need permission to enter houses, so if anyone looks awkward until you VERBALLY invite them in, throw salt at them.
And beware of glamours! Imagine your best friend comes round, but instead of barging in, waits until you ask her inside. Maybe she winces as she enters because of the iron everywhere, or the ringing doorbell.

How am I sure that they are fae?

Suggest that you do some baking, or try on each other's clothes. Get something iron or salty in their hand, or get them to wear something red. Suggest that they leave, and never come back. Use some words from the Bible or similar, they don't like those.

The Book Fridge :-)
No, I don't actually believe in fairies, I'm just considering a plot idea.
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