Saturday, May 27, 2017

P.S I Like You by Kasie West

5 Stars

“You’re my favorite way to pass the time. But time stands still when you’re on my mind.”  

25486998Oh my gosh. This is my first Kasie West novel (I know, shock horror), surely as a contemporary lover I should have at least read one Kasie West novel before. Nope, you thought wrong. The important this is, I may or may not be on my way to buy the rest of them.

This was fluffy and light and gorgeous. And I totally called the ending *insert insanely smug smile here*. I am a huge lover of fluff so this book of course satisfied everyone of my fluffy needs and it was just what I needed too.

I loved Lily, she is such a relatable character. She's so awkward and lovable. I love me some awkwardly relatable characters. I also love how thoughtful she is, some main characters can just be completely off in their own world completely ignoring everyone else but I don't think Lily is like that or at least not as much. That's one of my pet peeves, actually.

I loved Lily and Isabel's friendship. They really stuck by each other and I think Isabel is a beautiful soul. I love to see good friendships represented in books.

I loved the anticipation of trying to figure out who it was writing these letters and what was going to happen next. It made me turn pages like a madman honestly, I'm such a sucker for these kinds of books.

I loved it all. It was absolutely gorgeous. So fluffy and wonderful, it's one of the fluffiest books I've read in a while. It's really witty as well, I am also a sucker for wit. I love everything about it and I can't wait to get on to some of Kasie West's other books, I'm sure they're just as wonderfully delightful.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

3 Stars

“Don’t you want to be alive before you die?”

18143977I feel bad for rating this only three stars I'll explain that more in depth later on, I feel bad though because it's an excellent book as far as quality goes. This is going to be a hard review for me to write, I think purely based on the fact I have a lot to say but I'm not sure I have all the right words.

I desperately wanted to connect with this book. Desperately. I've seen so many rave reviews and it's a Pulitzer Prize winner so I was so excited about it. I just couldn't connect with it and this makes me so disappointed, I don't know that it is the books fault that I didn't connect but I just didn't this time around. I have decided I want to give it a go because I can see so much potential in this book and I just so badly want to connect with it, so hopefully that will happen sometime soon.

The writing was poetic and beautiful, I loved it. I love the writing style which makes it such a shame that I couldn't connect with it. Anthony Doerr has gorgeous story telling skills and this is why I'm giving this book another chance because I know it's absolutely stunning and something you see so rarely.

I struggled to follow the story and I'm hoping that the second time this will be easier. I followed Marie-Laure with ease but the rest of the stories I was only half following, I think I could be at fault for this. I liked Marie-Laure and she almost reminded me of Liesel from The Book Thief which might be why I found her easier to follow.

I'm going to read this again when I get the time and I'll hopefully write another review of it, this time a better one. I'm really disappointed I didn't have the reading experience I would have like to have had. I really think this book is worth the second chance and I'd be willing to give it a third if my next go doesn't work out because it's so beautifully written, I can't stand to miss out.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Inside and Out Book Tag

I'm back with another tag! I think they're so fun and just a bit of something different. I was tagger to do the Inside and Out Book Tag by the lovely Erica @ Erica Robyn Reads

1. Inside flap/back of the book summaries: Too much info or not enough?
I think some of them do give a little too much away. It's kind of a tricky balance of saying enough to entice readers but also not saying too much. I'm the kind of person who doesn't pay that much attention to it though, I'll read a blurb and immediately it's gone from my memory. So, blurbs aren't a huge thing for me. I'm more of a title and cover person.

2. New book: What form do you want it in?
Hardcover for sure. My shelves are 90% paperbacks because they are way easier to find where I live and cheaper but I do love hardcovers. They're so sturdy and beautiful. 

3. Scribble while you read? Do you like to write in your books, take notes, make comments, or do you keep your books clean clean clean?
Sometimes, if something has really stuck out to me and I want to mention it in a review then I'll write a note in my phone but I don't typically do any of that. I used to use sticky notes but then I started thinking too much about the sticky notes and less about what I was actually reading. 

4. Does it matter to you whether the author is male or female when you’re deciding on a book? What if you’re unsure of the author’s gender?
Not at all, I barely pay attention to authors unless it's someone I know of. Gender doesn't really matter to me and I don't think it's going to effect the quality of the book because you identify as this or that.

5. Ever read ahead? Have you ever read the last page way before you got there?
I used to do it all the time because I was impatient. I've recently stopped because I enjoy the book so much more when I get to be all nervous about the ending because I haven't read ahead. Although, I will say I definitely read ahead recently when I was reading P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han. I just needed to know that my ship would be okay. But, it was a really bad habit of mine and I'm glad I don't do it as frequently.
  
6. Organised bookshelves, or outrageous bookshelves?
Honestly, at the moment my shelves are very outrageous. At my house, we've been doing a lot of painting so things have been moved around a lot. I also just can't find a method to the madness really. I organise them by size, if I try to get any fancier I can't get them all to fit.

7. Have you ever purchases a book based on the cover alone?
Definitely, as I said, I am a huge cover person. I think a good cover sells the books. I am a very visual person and I have no shame in saying I have most definitely bought a few books based purely on cover.

8. Take it outside to read, or stay in?
I like to read inside. Too many bugs outside. I love to snuggle up inside with my book. It's also usually quite windy where I live which is not ideal and I burn ridiculously easy so I avoid the sun where possible.

All right, well that's that. Today, I'm just going to tag any of you who want to do this tag because I'm incredibly lazy. (Whoops). So, I'd love to see your answers and I hope you liked mine. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

180 Seconds by Jessica Park

4 Stars

I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

32487648I actually really quite liked this. It was a really sweet book about coming out of your shell. It was a bit sad but a lot happy and cute. So, the perfect contemporary for me.

I will start with one thing that bothered me quickly just to get it out of the way. Manic pixie dream girl, or should I say manic pixie dream boy. I kind of got a jist of that with Esben. It wasn't a huge deal but it seemed a bit like he was created only to bring Allison out of her shell and he was a bit too perfect for me and it just rang manic pixie dream person at me. He was a really pure and genuine person who really unconditionally loved Allison. Like, he took everything with her so well and it all seemed weird to me. He didn't get frustrated or anything, I don't know it was just strange. I think there were about two occasions in the whole book where we saw that side of him.

I really liked Allison because I saw a lot of myself in her. At the beginning we see her as quite introverted and she likes to keep to herself. We learn that it's a trust issue because of her past in foster care. I can totally get that, I've always been a little introverted and sometimes simple things can set me back, similarly to how we see Allison go a bit back and forth in the book. I think she had an awesome character development and I loved seeing her open up and 'be brave'. I really loved the phrase 'be brave' throughout the book, it kind of reminded me of a similar thing in The One Memory of Flora Banks. I really loved how Allison took that on.

I adored the relationship between Allison and Simon. I always love a good family in YA. I think it's so important. I really liked that she had a really strong father figure, even if he did come later rather than sooner. I really enjoyed seeing their relationship blossom as Allison learnt to open up. I think strong father figures are really important in YA. Simon reminded me so much of my own dad and I really liked him and the role he played in the story.

I liked the modern kind of take on things. YA is getting more and more modern and I think it's kind of cool. It's cool to read about social networking and internet personalities. This book has a lot of that so if you think that's as cool as I do, I think you're going to like this one. Also, it has social experiments and I love social experiments so that's something to look forward to.

180 Seconds was a really lovely book. I really liked the meaning behind the title. I grinned almost the whole way through because it really was too cute. Watching Allison bloom was really lovely and kind of inspiring for me, I think I'm going to try to 'be brave' now. Relating to Allison so much was a really strong point for me. I liked all the characters a lot, I think Esben could've used a bit more personality but otherwise, I liked him. It was pretty heart warming and I think it would be worth a try for any contemporary fans. Also, look at that cover. 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

4 Stars

“Just because something isn't practical doesn't mean it's not worth creating. Sometimes beauty and real-life magic are enough.”

23533128I feel kind of sad now that I've officially finish the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy. I loved this one though. It definitely belongs and I love that it intertwines with the other characters too. I was worried it would have that when I realised it wasn't set in France but it intertwined beautifully.

I love Lola, she is so unique and confident. I think it's wonderful, I knew she'd be a fun character to read when I read about her crazy outfit in the ending of Isla And and that she was. You can really tell that Lola is happy being herself and she knows herself, too. Although, I know if I dressed like she does I'd get bullied mercilessly and I'm sure she does. She'd have to have a lot of guts to deal with that so I really admire her as a character. She actually reminds me of Lola from Hannah Montana now, I was always a fan of Lola's wigs.

I love that we get to see much more of the internal struggle Lola faces because it's very similar to St Clair's problems from Anna And but we didn't get to see anything from his side of the equation and now we do except it's not St Clair, it's Lola. It's not something I can relate to which is almost why I enjoy that dilemma so much in books. I love that we get experience how blinded Lola is by her love for Max yet she still wants that boy next door and we get to be with her as she tries to minimalize the damage.

It really isn't just a book about falling in love, it's about realising that there isn't always a perfect solution and then trying to decide what the best solution is from there out. I think we really got to see Lola sort out her priorities and grow up. I think it also had a lot to teach in the way of family, I loved Lola's family.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, I think it's slots in very nicely. I'm endlessly disappointed that there is no more of this beautiful fluff for me to read.




Thursday, May 11, 2017

Countless by Karen Gregory

3 Stars

I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

34299826Firstly, this book tackles topics such as anorexia and teen pregnancy. I will be discussing those topics in the review. If you aren't comfortable with those topics than I'd suggest finding something else to read.

I thought this book was really interesting. It didn't have heavy romance which I was actually really pleased with. I didn't want it to turn into a 'love will cure you' type story. It kind of did go into that direction but not romantically. Being a contemporary, I was sure that was where it was headed.

I can't speak much for the representation of eating disorders in Countless but I do think it was well handled. I did find it interesting how anorexia was characterised similar to Room Empty by Sarah Mussi. I don't know if that's a common thing but it was a good metaphor for people like me who don't know a lot about eating disorders.

I loved Hedda's character development. It was great to see her changing for her baby and I think that was a lot more accurate than a romantic interest would've been. I know teen mums and I've seen the way their priorities just shift completely for their baby. I really loved seeing Hedda grow as a person and realise a lot of things about herself along the way. I haven't read many books about teen pregnancy but I think the representation in this book was pretty good.

I liked seeing the family relationships build towards the end. I'm a sucker for that. I loved that everyone was getting a much better understanding of each other why they were the way they were. Even though it wasn't completely perfect, it was still  nice to see that development.

I think it was a good book. Again, perhaps confronting and triggering to certain people. I really liked Hedda and I really liked watching her grow as a person. I think it was a really interesting book about something that I hadn't even really given much thought to before. It was not what I expected but I'm actually pleased about that.



Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Winter Reads

In Australia it's cooling down quite a bit. Winter is my favourite season and my favourite time to read. So, what better than to compile a list of my favourite winter reads. Which was actually a hard list to make since looking at my shelf, I've realised so many of my favourite are so summery.



Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Fangirl always makes me feel cosy, it absolutely warms my heart up. If I'm not mistaken, I'm pretty sure it's also set in winter time approximately. Whenever I think of Fangirl, I just think of snuggling up in bed with a hot chocolate. It is so sweet and light and perfect for a chilly night in.

Harry Potter
Harry Potter is brilliant anytime but gets me so good in the winter. Hogwarts has such winter wonderland vibes. The absolute best time to read Harry Potter is during winter. I guarantee it. Trust me, it'll warm you up.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I love this book and again, the best time to read it it in winter. It's set in winter so it just has all those winter vibes. It is such a good book and it's something that'll definitely keep you busy on a rainy day.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I really think anytime is a good time to read this but I just think it's something that definitely feels like such a good book to read on a cold, lazy day. I think the setting is so dreary and grey that it feels so much like a winter book.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
This is a funny kind of pick because a lot of the book is set in summer but when I was reading this I got such winter vibes from it. It just feels like something you should read while you're snuggled up inside.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
All the baking in this book just makes me feel very cosy. I think it would be quite a good winter read. Romance and baking, what more would you want to warm you up?

And, that's all I've got for you. I picked the most wintery books on my shelves and tried to avoid books that only feel wintery because I read them in winter. I hope you have a great winter if you're in winter and if not, have a great time wishing it were winter because it's obviously the superior season.



Monday, May 08, 2017

Room Empty by Sarah Mussi

2 Stars

I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

First of all, this book definitely needs a set of trigger warnings. It deals with a lot of heavy stuff such as addiction, anorexia, self harm, suicide, abuse. If anyone is triggered by any of that then I definitely would recommend not reading this book.

I'm not someone who has experience with any of that so I'm not the most suitable person to make comments on the representation of these issues. I do, however, think the representation was a bit poor.  Some things seemed a bit off to me but again, I'm not exactly the right person to determine that.

My biggest turn off with this book was the 'love can cure all' notion. That's definitely not how these things work and I wish it would stop being such a common theme amongst young adult books. Love is not the answer to everything. It just annoys me because it's not really the appropriate message to be sending out to young people.

Another turn off, Fletcher kept trying to guilt and bribe Dani into eating. Which was very off to me. That's not really the appropriate message to be sending out either. It suggests that Dani is now going to over come this huge, long battle with food because she's in love with Fletcher and Fletcher wants her too. I don't have a lot of experience here but I know that eating disorders are more complex than that.

One thing I did like though, was the characterisation of Dani's illness as an Alien. I thought that was interesting and a good way to make it easier to understand. It took me a while to realise what exactly the alien was representing but once I got it, I thought it was pretty clever.

I don't really understand what the point of the book was. There was a bit of a mystery in there that didn't make a lot of sense to me. It just didn't seem to fit. It was very jumpy. It wasn't exactly my kind of thing. I don't really know that I'd recommend it to anyone, I struggled to get through it a bit since the issues are so rough. I didn't really like it.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

5 Stars

Spoiler alert: Love is worth everything. Everything.”  

18692431There are so many incredible quotes from this, I think I'll have to make up a post of all my favourites but for now, just the one will have to suffice. I loved this, I can sense that this will be the book I read over and over just like Maddy with The Little Prince and every time it'll mean something different. It was amazing, incredible, spectacular. Every good word you could think of, is what I feel that this book is.

This book makes me want to go out and do some goddamn living but it also makes me want to pick it back up and start fresh from the beginning. I think only truly fantastic books make me want to do those things. I'm in absolute awe of all the things it's made me feel, it's indescribable. I think I've just fallen in love with this book.

I've never reads another book like it. I love the way it's set out, it makes it fly by though. Within about an hour I'd already devoured about half the book and I was left wondering where the hell it went and where I could possibly get more from. I can assure you that it isn't like other contemporaries, or at least none that I've read.

This is a short review but it's so much harder to write a review for an amazing book than it is for an okay one. This will probably absolutely be a contender for my best reads of 2016 (yes, I'm aware it's currently May 2017, my post schedule is messed up, alright?). I think you really have to read it to understand why people rave about it. It was so much more than I'd expected.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

My Favourite Movies

I don't actually watch a lot of movies but I do have a select few that I just watch over and over. Once I decide I like a movie it basically just gets added to my rotation of movies. Which is almost the exact opposite of how I am with books. So, I thought I'd share with you just a few of my favourite movies. In no particular order:

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1. Pretty In Pink
I love John Hughes movies and I just love 80's movies in general. If I listed all my favourite 80's movies I wouldn't be able to list any of my other favourite movies so I picked my favourite out of those. Which is obviously Pretty In Pink, I adore Molly Ringwald. I love Duckie, and Blaine makes my little heart melt. I know a lot of people (95% of the population) ship Duckie and Andie but I'm obsessed with Blaine. Anyway, it's a super fun movie and I just really love it.

2. A Hard Days Night
Again, I made myself pick a Beatles movie to be my favourite. I love, love, love A Hard Days Night. When I first discovered it in October, I watched in four times in a matter of about a month. It was ridiculous and I was totally obsessed. It really added fuel to the fire except beforehand the fire was like a little match and now it's a bushfire in Australian summer. I just think their personalities really shine through. Also, a fun fact, the train carriages for the Hogwarts Express were inspired by the train carriages in A Hard Days Night.

Image result for sharknado3. Sharknado
Sharknado, to date, is the most ridiculous movie I've ever watched and yet I have all four on DVD. It is hysterical and it always makes me laugh. I have a Sharknado funko in my room. It's crazy. It started out as a joke when it was on the scifi channel and I was like 'lol mum lets watch it'. I loved it though. It even has Ian Ziering from Beverly Hills 90210 which is one of my favourite TV shows. I just absolutely love it, it always cheers me up and makes me laugh.

4. Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
Image result for angus thongs and perfect snoggingGod, I haven't watched this in forever but I love it. I remember watching this for the first time years ago at a friends tenth birthday party and I didn't really understand it but I was totally in love with Robbie. I watched it again a little while back, being older I understood more of what was going on and I just fell even more in love with it. I remember after watching it the first time I said snogging rather than kissing for a whole year even though I actually hated the word. So awkwardly adorable and the soundtrack is one of my favourite things ever.

5. Grease
I think everyone loves Grease. It's so much fun to watch and I love to sing along. Although, something that always gets me is the ending. It made no sense. Why did they just fly off? What is that about? That has just always annoyed me but otherwise I really love it. I think it's a classic and something we can all agree on.



Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

5 Stars

I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

31447601I am so in love with this book. I'm literally bursting with love for Noteworthy. Incredible, amazing, everything I wanted and more.

I'm going to dive straight into it. One of my favourite things was that it touched on bisexuality and general confusion over it. I loved this because for a while I was sort of struggling to figure out if I was actually attracted to girls or if I just appreciated them. I really liked the way Jordan worded it and it just made me feel a lot more comfortable for having that confusion. I just could really empathise with Jordan as she was going through that. It made me happy because I know that if I struggled to differentiate then there must be thousands of other people trying to figure out what they feel. I think it's great to see that touched upon and I really liked how she mentioned she felt as though she was faking it because she hadn't known her whole life.

I really loved the a Capella aspect of it. I am a nut for music. I loved all the references to music theory because as a concert band player, I am pretty good at music theory. I really like a Capella and if I could sing I'd join a group in a second. It's awesome and I'm so excited I finally found a book about it. It was so good and there were so many things I could relate back to band. Like the team work and the relationships and even the rivalry. It's so nerdy and I loved it so much.

The characters were gorgeous and so diverse. I loved the relationships between all the Sharpshooters. I thought they were written really well and all so differently. I thought it was wonderful how dedicated they were to a Capella. I really loved Issac, I have a thing for cocky, arrogant boys. Jon and Mama's relationship was so funny. I really loved them. Nihal was so precious. They were all just brilliant and they earned a special place in my heart.

I love Jordan, she is so determined and a perfect narrator. She wasn't annoying. I really liked her commentary actually. I think she was really funny and funny characters make the best narrators. She is really thoughtful and not at all ignorant like I feared she'd be. I love how much she cares for the Sharpshooters. I think she has a really big heart and I just really love her.

I've been really dying for a good book like this. It's everything I could have asked it to be. This has to be one of my favourite contemporaries I've read this year so far. I can not wait to buy my own copy when it's released because I absolutely will be. I would recommend it to anyone who is a contemporary nut like myself. It was absolutely brilliant.

Monday, May 01, 2017

April 2017 Wrap Up

Can't believe it's that time again. This year is well and truly going too fast. I've had a lot of great times in April and I can't wait to talk about it. It's been fun and productive which is the best kind of month.

I read:
Laramie: Ten Years Later
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Stargazing for Beginners by Jenny McLachlan
Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Room Empty by Sarah Mussi
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han
John Lennon's Letter's
Countless by Karen Gregory

I read a lot. I've been on holidays so that's why. My first term of college is over so I've been on term one holidays. I tend to binge read during the holidays because I struggle to read during the school week. It was actually a really great reading month, I read so many things that I absolutely adored. My favourites have to be Noteworthy, Aristotle and Dante, and P.S I Still Love You. Although, I'm an absolute contemporary nut so I'm sure you could've predicted that much. I didn't buy any books this month on my book buying ban. I'm saving up to buy a new trumpet so I'm actually really pleased with my self control. I was gifted three which is probably the only reason I've had the self control to not buy anymore. I'm hoping to go until at least July without buying any books.

Early in the month, my mum and I won tickets to go see a Beatles tribute band and it was so fun. I really loved it. It kind of daggy but I was grinning the whole night. I hardly ever win things so it was a huge surprise. I was thrilled because I so desperately wanted to go. I had a brilliant night and my mum loved it too. It was a nice girls night out.

Also, a couple of weeks ago my band competitions were on. This is the first time I've done a national competition. The last time my band went into national comps was back in 2010 and I was only in my second year back then. So, we did it. I remember back in 2014, we were told that is what we were working towards and I remember thinking about 2017 and how far away it was. Back then, we were only really talking about the experience and less about winning but last year after state comps, we started to realise we were actually in with a chance of winning. We worked so hard with two rehearsals a week for the whole year. We were one of the few bands entering in two sections so we had twice the amount of work to do. We worked our asses off. Annndddd, we came out on top of both sections. It was so worth it and I'd do it all again, and in fact, we are doing it again next year since we absolutely smashed it out. We'll be going higher sections though and I'm really looking forward to it.

There's a handful other other things that happened in April, but I'll spare you. I've had a really good month and I'm hoping it's only up and up from here out. I hope you've all had a brilliant April and I hope you have an even better May!





Saturday, April 29, 2017

Champion by Marie Lu

5 Stars

"until the day we meet again I will hold you in my heart and protect you there, grieving what we never had, cherishing what we did"

Holy shit, that ending has left me with a hole the size of the Republic. Here's a gif to accurately describe my current emotions.
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I love this trilogy so much and I love Day and June. I ship them so, so hard. I'm sat here just stroking my book because I loved it so much and I'm so sad that I finished it. It's been a long process for me, I first read Legend back in February of last year and I really loved it. I saw a lot of potential for a really good series there. I didn't get Prodigy until that Christmas but I didn't want to read it until I got Champion so I didn't have to wait like I did so much after Legend. So a couple weeks back when I finally ordered Champion, I decided I'd finally read Prodigy and a few days later Champion arrived and I needed it so badly. Marie Lu knows how to leave you wanting more, that's for sure. After each of the books, I've been hungry for more and now I'm afraid I'm going to starve.

It's crazy to see how much the series has improved from the beginning, I still thought Legend was fantastic but Prodigy got better and Champion was even better. Marie Lu took my expectations and exceeded them, for gods sake. I love it when an author can do that, Legend set up such a perfect ground for something really fantastic and she managed it. I've seen a lot of authors set up a really promising story and then just not pull through and it's so disappointing, that's how I felt with the Divergent trilogy. I am so glad the Marie Lu fulfilled my expectations and beyond.

 I think my favourite thing about this was, it didn't let all the lovey dovey romancey stuff get in the way of all the action and war and fun stuff. Don't get me wrong, I obviously adore Day and June but Marie Lu has found that perfect balance between work and play, I guess. I appreciate that Day and June both had their priorities straight, they're narration wasn't constantly thoughts of the other, if you get what I mean. It's just a really good balance.

I loved the point system thing Antarctica had going on. Give me a whole book on that, someone, please. That is completely irrelevant to my review but I loved the idea so much and I wanted to mention it, I wish we got to see a little bit more of it.

Now, I need the perfect way to conclude a review for the perfect (heartbreaking) conclusion to the Legend series. I absolutely loved it and I'm so sad that it's over and now, I'll probably clutch my book to my chest and contemplate all of my existence now without it. I can't wait to read the Young Elites series now and experience more of Marie Lu.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

My Reread TBR

I love to reread. I even wrote a post about why I love it, you should check it out here. I promise it's good ;). Anyway, whenever I'm looking at my shelves I see so many books I need to read again. So, I thought I'd make a list of them and hope they no longer haunt me.


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1. Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira
I read this very early last year and honestly, I can't remember a lot from it. I remember I really liked it and it reminded me of Perks of Being a Wallflower which I love. Also, because it's from my pre-reviewing days (hence why I only have a vague idea of how I felt about it) I really want to review it.

2. The Bees by Laline Paull
This one was once again pre-reviewing but I remember reading this one pretty well. I remember it was so unusual and I loved it, I thought it was genius. I would love to write a review about this because I'm so in love with the concept.

157908733. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Because fluff. It was so cute and light and fluffy and I can't get enough of anything fluffy.

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This is one of my all time favourite books. If someone took me to a deserted island and told me to take only one book, this would be it. I mean, I'd put up a fight first because who do they think they are but I'd definitely end up taking The Book Thief with me.  I actually have a review of this one here.

5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
This is one of my favourite classics and it's been about two years since I read this which is surprising to me because I really didn't think that much time had passed. I really love it, it's so sweet.

6. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
6567017Because it's been three years and I can't remember if I loved it or hated it. I think I loved it but I was 14 and I loved anything John Green wrote by principal and I don't think I'd still love it now. I think it would make for an interesting review.

7. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
I think I like this a lot. I had a theme though a couple years ago, I loved anything angsty hence my love for John Green. I considered myself a rebellious teenager who didn't conform by societies rules. This was absolutely not true, I can confirm I was the most timid teenager ever, definitely not rebellious. Angsty books like this made me feel rebellious though and I liked that. It would be interesting to see what I think of them now that I've accepted my I am not an angst ridden teen.

8. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Just because I really liked this one and it sort of went downhill for me as the series progressed.

9. I Was Here by Gayle Forman
I think I liked this one but once again, I struggle it remember much of it.

2301596210. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
Because I can't decide if I want to read the other books or not.

11.The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher
Did I like this or did I not? I can't remember. I really wish I'd started reviewing earlier because it is a great way to log the way I felt about certain books.

12. The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub
This was magnificent and one of my favourite pieces of Oz YA. So good.

13.Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
Because I don't like to leave things on even numbers.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

5 stars

“For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”  

6936382Arghhh, this was amazingly fluffy and I still have butterflies buzzing around in my stomach. I swear, if I don't fall in love that hard at least once in my life, there'll be hell to pay. I think I said something in my Isla And review about if the first two books were any fluffier than that, I'd probably die? Well look who's barely hanging on. I've spent 15 years and 11 months without this book, how?

I love the Paris setting, it's what made me fell in love with Isla And. I also love reading about boarding schools and studying abroad and whatnot. I could never do it myself because I hate travel and I get really horrible home sickness. But, this is exactly why I read, to get all the experiences without all the hassle of actually experiencing them myself. I'm only half joking. It's so romantic and beautiful and cool as hell.

I was really concerned I wouldn't get the same sort of experience reading Anna And after Isla And but honestly, it still got me stressing out about whether St Clair and Anna were ever going to finally get together even though I knew they would. There were also certain things that I knew had to happen for it to end like it did in Isla And but I was still so concerned about it. It was weird also, to see Josh with Rashmi and to see Rashmi at all because after reading Isla And, I'd automatically painted her as some horrible person. I feel like I have a better understanding of Josh now.

While, in Isla And, the romance was quick this one took what seemed like eons to build up. Every time I thought we might be getting close to something, something else happened. It certainly kept me on my toes and I was constantly turning pages. There was enough happening that I was swooning at one page and then the next something was pulling at my heart again.

I love that Anna is nowhere near composed and perfect and she made quite a handful of mistakes. She stutters and stumbles over her words which is comforting to me because I have such an easy wit with my family and friends yet any time a boy I'm remotely interested in is near, I'm impossibly stumbling over my words.

I loved it, I loved it so much. I can't stop hugging the book to my chest, I've had to stop typing several times simply because I've overwhelmed by affection for it and therefore just want to hold it. I think I'm one of the only souls who have not been blessed by this book but if there are a few other lovely souls out there, waiting to be bless then please do get blessed. It feels so pure yet it isn't all that pure. I can't wait to read Lola And, I can only hope my heart can take it.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

3 Stars

“He often felt that too many people lived their lives acting and pretending, wearing masks and losing themselves in the process.”  

25402194Look, if you've read one Nicholas Sparks book then you've essentially read them all. So, if this is true, you might ask, why do I keep reading them? I don't know, okay? I'm as confused as you are on that one, it's like I'm on auto pilot when I buy them and then I just wake up the next day and they're on my book shelf and I swear they're breeding.

You might think I'm having a dig at Nicholas Sparks, of course I'm not. It's all in good fun, I can assure you I would be in no place to take a dig at him. He 10 times more successful than I am and honestly, it is well deserved. He's got 18 novels and they're all international bestsellers and 11 of them have movie adaptations. He is doing great in the romance genre and I do tend to be more fond of reading his novels than I'd probably like to admit.

My point stands though, his characters and stories are very similar but since I am an absolute romantic I still read them. Kind of like John Green and I still love him. It doesn't make their talent as writers go down, it does kind of decrease the enjoyibility of the books but not always.

The Choice reminded me a lot of The Notebook, but kind of better. Essentially, the same sort of thing happens but not exactly. If you took the main points from The Notebook and applied them to The Choice, you'd find that they are very similar.

The romance between Travis and Gabby builds insanely fast and it is definitely whirlwind but, I guess this is the charm. The romance in Nicholas Sparks' novels is always fast and desperate but I think that reflects on him, he is clearly a hopeless romantic (obviously, he does write romance novels, thanks for that Brooklyn) and I think it's nice that he gives his characters that hopeless kind of love that is often debated as real or not.

This is probably one of my new favourite Nicholas Sparks novel behind A Walk to Remember and Safe Haven. There are also doggies featured in the book and doggies are probably the key to my heart. I'm not mad at this, I'm not completely and utterly in love but it was a good read.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

THE LIEBSTER AWARD

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions they wrote for you.
  3. Nominate 11 people.
  4. Give them your set of 11 questions to answer.
Thank you to Belle from @mybookcastle for nominating me. I'm pretty exciting to be doing something I haven't really done on my blog yet. 

Belle's Questions

Any tropes that you love but others may find it cliché or annoying?
Definitely friends to lovers. I really love it. I don't know that that many people find it annoying but it definitely is the first to come to mind.

What is your current read and how much are you liking it?
I just started A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab. I'm only about 30 pages in so far but I'm actually really enjoying it already and I can tell I'll really like it. 

Name a fictional character that you relate to the most.
Hmm, I think we can all relate just a little bit to Cath from Fangirl. She's a bit dorky and a bit awkward. I'm a bit dorky and pretty awkward. She likes fictional worlds maybe a tad more than she should. I think she's fairly relatable. 

What is one essential when you’re reading?
I don't really have one but I usually like to be alone when I read. I don't really like reading with other people in the room. I struggle to lose myself otherwise. It's also preferable that I'm comfortable while I read, I usually like to wear my pyjamas.

Up till now, what is your most favourite book of 2017 and why?
I just finished Noteworthy and I am so in love. I read an e-arc of it and I'm already considering pre-ordering myself a copy. I'm in love with it. I can't really remember what else I've read this year but this is the freshest in my mind that I remember absolutely loving. It was just a really good book and everything I wanted. 

Which underrated book/series do you think more people should read?
This is a tough one. A lot of the books I really love are already very hyped. One I can think of that I think is probably a bit underrated is The Bees by Laline Paull. I thought it was a really intriguing read and I quite enjoyed it. It's a bit different and I struggled with it because it's just a tad more sophisticated than what I usually read but once I'd gotten into it, I found that I really liked it. 

What is one thing you wish to see more in books?
More diversity. Just in general, more of everything. I'd like to see more sexualities  and genders and disabilities and races. I think it's really important that everyone gets to read characters that reflect themselves. I also think it's important that people get to read all sorts of different characters.

What is a popular book/series that you’re dying to read?
I'm dying to read Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe. I've heard so many gorgeous things and as a contemporary nut, I'm ashamed of myself for having not read it. I'm definitely hoping to read it sometime in the immediate future.  

Do you have a fictional soul mate?
I've never really thought about it. I don't really think I do, there are so many characters I love but none that really come to mind. 

Book buying online or go to a bookstore?
Where I like there's only one proper bookstore and it's pretty expensive compared to places online also it has nowhere near the amount of selection. I already have about 70% of the young adult books they have and it really isn't that big of a young adult section either. In Australia we don't really have that many hardcovers either so that's a pretty big factor. I've gotten a pretty big chunk of my books online mostly because it's cheaper. 

If you could live in any country, where would you live?
I'd love to like in England. I'd die to go to Liverpool and Abbey Road. I'd also love to see Buckingham Palace. I think it would be a pretty interesting place to live and there are a lot of really awesome concert bands in England. 

I'm only going to nominate a few people because I really do not have 11 people to nominate.

Emily @Paperback Princess
Uma @Books.Bags.Burgers
Amy @A Magical World Of Words
Charlotte @Bookmarks and Blogging
My Questions
1. What 2017 release are you looking forward to most?
2. Where is your favourite place to read?
3. What is your favourite genre to read?
4. What is the most recent book you DNF-ed? And why?
5. If you could bring one character to life, which would it be?
6. Library or bookstores?
7. What is your favourite thing to snack on while you read?
8. Is there a book/series that everyone else loved but you didn't?
9. If you could live in any bookish world, which would it be?
10. Which characters would be in your bookish squad?
11. What is your next read?

I look forward to seeing your answers!



Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

5 Stars



I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

30653853This was absolutely a five star read. It was fantastic and I know as soon as I found out Becky Albertalli was writing another book I wanted it immediately. Simon Vs was the cutest read ever and now this is the cutest read ever.

There was a crazy amount of diversity and I love it. I love the way the author just slipped in diverse characters without even a second thought or anything because I think that's the ideal of how life should be. I think that's a really influential way of writing and I think a lot of people would do well to learn from it. The amount of diversity was incredible and made me smile.

I adore Molly and I think she is a ridiculously relatable character. I think it's lovely to have that and she wasn't the classic YA main character either. She was quirky and awkward and someone who I think I'd get on really well with. Immediately I felt like I could relate to her and I think I could list any number of people who could relate to Molly. She was my perfect main character.

The relationships in the books were a big focus and I think it was interesting. It focused on the different types of relationships and how other people cope with relationships. But, it did it in a super cute way. All sorts of relationships too, family, friendships, everything. I think it spoke about relationships in a very real sense and a way that is way more relatable than some.

This was such a sweet book. Literally the sweetest. It was like eating a whole bag of mini eggs in one sitting. Yes, that good. I'm so ridiculously happy that this didn't disappoint even though I was at least 99.9% sure it would be amazing. I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a diverse read or who just loves contemporaries. It was adorable. Actually, I'm going to say adorkable because I think that sums it up so much better. I'm in love with it.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Stargazing For Beginners by Jenny McLachlan

4 Stars

Thank you to Bloomsbury Aus for sending me a copy.

32021893I really liked this. I thought it was super cute and a super quick and easy read. I was looking forward to this, the blurb was promising and the cover really caught my eye. It's fair to say, I was not disappointed.

Meg is a science nerd. She loves space and physics. I like space, hate physics. I'm a bit of a science nerd myself. I prefer biology and chemistry, though. Science has always been one of my favourites and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about someone who has such a passion for it. I just thought it was great and I even learnt a bit about it.

Meg's mum follows an oh-so important cause leaving Meg with baby sister Elsa. Elsa was adorable, by the way. This kind of reminded me of This Raging Light which follows a similar plot. We get to see Meg juggle the new responsibility of caring for Elsa and trying to keep on top of everything else too. Through this, we see Meg and Elsa form the sweetest bond and I was really pleased because I absolutely love a bit of sibling love.

I loved the biscuit club. It was gorgeous to watch these kids blossom and build a friendship. If I'm not mistaken, it seems as though it was inspired by The Breakfast Club which makes me very happy because I love 80's movies. I love those sorts of friendships and bonds. It was just really lovely and it also really made me crave biscuits.

My favourite thing about this book was definitely Annie. I was thrilled when she was first introduced. Annie has cerebral palsy, it affects her legs and she moves around on crutches or her wheelchair. The reason I was so excited to see this is because my cousin has cerebral palsy and much like Annie, it affects his legs. He's been on crutches his whole life but will eventually have to move to a chair. He's quite determined to stay on his crutches as long as possible though. I've never seen it represented before and I'm so happy. The only reason I'm so familiar with it is because of my cousin, he was about 16 when I was born and that's just all I've ever known. I once asked my mum when his leg would be okay because being a kid, I associated crutches with broken legs so I just assumed he had a really badly broken leg and she explained it to me. I told her about Annie and she was pretty pleased about it too. And, it's even nicer to see that Annie has a personality, she has an attitude, she's funny. Annie isn't her disability and I think some authors struggle to set their characters apart from that. I really appreciated Annie.

I really enjoyed it. It was a sweet little read and I had a lot of giggles while reading it. Cute, fun, what more could you want? It didn't have a lot of real substance if you get what I mean but it was really nice and lovely and enjoyable.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

4 Stars

“No. I can survive well enough on my own— if given the proper reading material.”  

Okay, wow! I don't know what I was expecting here but it was freaking good. I was so hesitant to read it for so long because it was so hyped and I didn't want to be one of the only people not to like it but holy hell, I loved it. I'm going to order the rest of the books asap.

23599075For the first thirty pages, I was completely lost. I had no idea what was happening, only that Celaena was a sassy bitch. I eventually got the jist of things though and as soon as I did, I was loving it. I also very much fell in love with Chaol but I may or may not fall in love with every fictional boy I come across. I'm undecided on if this is a problem or not.

I love Celaena, what a cool character! She is really cool and not at all what I expected her to be. I thought she'd be one of those really annoying characters who go on and on about whatever but I actually really liked Celaena. I was also surprised at what a lovely assassin she is, I thought she'd be a lot more difficult? Maybe. I'm struggling to explain what I expected but I'll presume someone will understand and move on.

I thought the plot was kind of like a mash up of Divergent and The Hunger Games but way more intense. It was really epic. And I really love the whole royal setting thing, I absolutely adore it. I thought the world was really, really cool and I can't wait to see more of it.

At first I was really team Chaol but now I'm kind of equally Dorian and Chaol. Well, maybe a little more Chaol but I do admire the easy banter between Dorian and Celaena. I really hope to see a bit more Chaol action in the rest of the series.

I've heard so much about this series, so much good and I can honestly confirm all that good stuff. It was fantastic and I really do recommend it. I am so excited to continue the series, I didn't know that I would but I am absolutely busting to start the next book already. I could talk forever about it, probably but as I don't want to spoil to much if you're one of the few people left who still hasn't read this book, I won't. I probably will have to avoid all the social media outlets until I finish all the books because spoilers galore.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

The Inconceivable Life of Quinn by Marianna Baer

280622472 Stars

I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Looking through the goodreads ratings I feel like I'm the only person who wasn't thrilled with this. Which is seriously disappointing, I was really excited for it. I love it when books have names in the title for some reason. I was also really interested by the concept of teen pregnancy.

Let me tell you a few things, teen pregnancy scares me a lot. I'm so scared of falling pregnant for a million and one reasons but mostly because I think your teen years is in most cases not the right time for anyone. But, I am really interested in what goes through a pregnant teens mind and how they feel and how everything effects them. I imagine it's incredible difficult but I feel like I didn't get a huge amount of that from Quinn. She didn't talk a lot about how the pregnancy felt and what was going through her head in regards to it.

The whole virgin pregnancy was also incredibly interesting to me for obvious reasons. But, I don't know if I like the way that played out. It was strange to me and the whole virgin Mary thing got out of hand unbelievably quickly and wasn't very believable.

I was very confused about the whole ocean thing and I just wasn't sure how to feel about that. It was definitely interesting but I'm just a bit confused about it. It almost seemed random. It definitely isn't where I expected that whole thing to go and I'm not sure if I'm confused because it was unexpected or because it was just confusing. I can't work out if it was offensive, either, I think it might be.

Also, the ocean thing threw me out. Because, I don't know what genre this falls under now and I don't really like that. From the start it was very much a contemporary and then it turned into a bit of a scifi and I don't like that. I don't like my genres mixing and this definitely happened.

I think the story revolved very much around trying to figure how the pregnancy happened which, I mean, obviously but that was almost all that happened and Quinn constantly kept going back to the ocean memory. To be fair, it was freaking dodgy and a huge part of the books but I don't know. I thought it was too much and too heavy on it. I would've liked some other stuff chucked in the mix.

I'm struggling to put together words about why I didn't like this book. It was just disappointing and I didn't get it. It wasn't what I expected and I'm kind of bummed about it. Something about it rubbed me the wrong way. I hope you have a much better experience with it should you decide to read it.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Prodigy by Marie Lu

4 stars

"He is beauty inside and out.
He is the silver lining in a world of darkness.
He is my light."

13414446Bloody hell, this got me straight in those feels. My exacts thoughts as I read through the last twenty or so pages were no Day baby, I love you. Don't let this happen. I feel like that pretty well describes my relationship with the series so far. I loved this, a lot.

Firstly, you've probably gathered that I love Day. Just yesterday I wrote a review for Shadow and Bone where I claimed I really loved Mal but that's all gone out the window now as I've been reunited with my Day. He is probably my new favourite person ever, I wish he would come to life so I could shower him in love and kisses.

Anyway, I love all the fun action. There's all this kind of mystery throughout the book. No one really knew what was really going on but now we know and I'm super excited for the last book. It really kept me interested because there was always something I wanted to know more about.

I've always enjoyed the rebel sort of books but this is kind of like spin on those rebel books. I can't really think of a book I'd be able to accurately compare this to. I could have easily found some to compare Legend to but this one really took a spin. I'll enforce again that I am ridiculous amounts of excited to read Champion. I think Prodigy has really set up a good ground for Champion to stand on so I really look forward to seeing what Marie Lu has done with it to wrap up the trilogy.

I love this trilogy so far. I feel like I've really connected with June and Day (who I ship so much btw). Plus, I'm actually very excited for the next book which isn't always that common for me with a series. I'm super nervous for Day, please let him be okay! I feel very invested in Day at this point and I'm very much hoping for a happy ending for him and June.

Friday, March 31, 2017

March 2017 Wrap Up

There goes yet another month. Wrap ups are one of my favourite kinds of posts to make because I love reflecting and it's really fun to look back on previous wrap ups to see what I was up to.

I think I'll start off with what I read this month
- The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
- Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
- Geekerella by Ashley Poston
- We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
- Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy
- The Laramie Project
- Optimists Die First by Susan Nielsen

I'm actually quite impressed since I've been relatively busy and didn't actually realise I had time to read seven books. Although, to be fair I started Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy back in February. I actually really liked almost everything I read this month which is great. My favourite being We Come Apart.

I've done a lot of blogging recently. Mostly because I'm trying to catch up in my reviews. I've also been feeling pretty inspired this month. I've also been incredibly happy with the responses I've been getting on my posts. I feel like my hard work is paying off more and more every day. I'm feeling very happy with where it's all at. My favourite post I wrote this month was probably my Things I'm Grateful For post because I had a lot of smiles while writing it and I really love the idea of it and hope to do more in the future.

I've haven't done a lot else this month except school and band. I've knuckled down pretty hard because I am looking to smash it. I've found it's a lot easier to knuckle down when you're doing classes you want to be doing. I'm really enjoying my classes which is great and I feel like I'm learning a lot. It is miles better than high school and I'm really finding myself along the way.

A lot of things are happening in April that I am really excited about. I'm really looking forward to it and I hope you are too. I'm wishing you the best of luck in April and I hope you've had a great March. I hope 2017 is treating you all as well as it is me.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

John by Cynthia Lennon

5 Stars

“Once again John and I kissed good-bye.”

Holy moly. Guys, you've got to get on to this. There are so many words I could use to describe this but most of these words would probably get my post flagged. It just blew my mind and I can't get over it. 

35238I haven't read non-fiction in such a long time in fact I don't even remember the last one I read. It would've been years ago though. I'm not always a big fan of non-fiction because I find I really need to have a fascination with the topic to enjoy it. I do have a massive fascination with the Beatles, particularly John. It was strange because it was written so well that it almost felt like fiction and I'm struggling to wrap my head around the fact that this is a real story. 

It was incredibly vivid and raw. Cynthia Lennon had me feeling everything. In the two days it took me to read this, I fell in love with John Lennon, I had a baby with John Lennon, I was betrayed by John Lennon, and I lost John Lennon. It was so engaging that it felt like all that was happening to me which was the insane part for me because I didn't realise non-fiction could be told in such a way. Everything was described so well that I create the images in my head which I wasn't expecting it since everything happened so many years ago. 

I was worried the book would bore me because I already knew most of the story but the thing is, I knew what happened but I didn't know everything else. I don't know how to word this in a way that makes sense. Basically, reading the story from the memory of a woman who spent so many years with John and in John's orbit, it makes it very intimate. It's kind of like, the book made everything sound less like facts and more like something that truly happened to someone. Before reading this, everything was simple facts 'John was shot and killed' 'John had an affair with Yoko Ono', that sort of thing which for a lot of people is kind of general knowledge and for the past year with my interest in the Beatles, it's been just general knowledge to me so it's kind of shocking to put it into a real life scenario. It's not like I didn't know that all this was real, it just put it into a different context for me.

I have so much respect for Cynthia, she's always been one of my favourite Beatles' girls. I don't know how she managed to write a book about a man who did such a horrible thing to her and still portray him in all the ways she saw him beforehand. It had no bitterness to it, it had this air of truth to it. She still managed to write the happy times and the lovely times and the times he was awfully sweet to her. I guess that's another thing that made this book feel like a fiction book to me. She told it just like a story in the way that she didn't give hints to what was coming up so even though I knew what was coming up and how it would end, I was on the edge of my seat hoping and hoping it wouldn't. It was totally bizarre and I respect Cynthia for being able to put all her feelings now to the side so she could write a truthful and accurate representation of John. 

I both hate and love John Lennon and this book only made it that much stronger. Both the love and hate were just multiplied which makes it even more hard to discuss the many ways I feel about John Lennon. I've always been more of a Paul girl with a side of George perhaps. I have no problem saying I think John is an arsehole but in that I have a deep appreciation for him. It's complicated. But, the book gave me a lot more reasons for why I love John and why I hate him. 

If you're interested in the Beatles or just John or the sixties in general or even if you just like biographies. I think this would be something you'd be interested in. I think it was fantastic, I wouldn't go as far to say anyone would enjoy this because I definitely think you have to have some sort of interest in it to appreciate it. I will definitely go on to read a bit more non-fiction after this wonderful experience. It was so real and beautifully honest. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

3 Stars
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I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This was a fun book. I had a lot of fun reading it and it gave me a huge desire to watch Star Wars which I'm not even a huge fan of.

As you can probably tell from the title, it's a retelling of Cinderella. This immediately appealed to me because since beginning the Lunar Chronicles, I've been super into retellings. I think they are so fun to read and I'm just really into them at the moment. I think Geekerella was done really well in the regards of being a retelling, you could follow the aspects of the original story and there were some really cool ways that the author incorporated the original story. The one thing being that it was predictable but I think that's a challenging thing with all retellings since they are based on a story we already know. It was done well and it made it a fun read.

As for the romancey side of the book. I wasn't really feeling the connection between Elle and Darien, I thought there wasn't too much interactions between them for me to really feel that between them. It almost felt like the author was really pushing it. I liked Elle and Darien as characters but I'm just not convinced on the two of them together. It didn't feel natural and I thought it progressed a little fast for my liking. I do love a slow burn.

My heart was in a constant state of lurching for Elle with her step mum and sister. I can't believe how horrible they are to poor Elle. In that way, the story was absolutely spot on to Cinderella. I did really like Sage though, even Calliope. I think Sage is a brilliant friend and a lovely person. I also think Calliope is a real sweetheart even if her sister is the literal devil.

It was good. I keep using the word fun but I think fun is the only word for it. It was a really fun read. It was nerdy and dorky. I don't know that I'd reach for it again but I did enjoy it. It was worth the read and if you're into retellings like me then I think you definitely have to check it out.

Monday, March 27, 2017

How To Period

Today, I'm on my period. I'm quite mad about it because I wasn't expecting it. I thought it was two weeks early, turns out March is going way too quick for me and it's right on time. My favourite thing to do while I'm on my period is to talk about my period. And because I always love getting tips from other people, I decided I'd make my own list of tips for people with their period.

1. Always Have A Pad Or Tampon On You

Always. Even if you aren't on your period, you don't know who might need it. It's super reassuring to have one on you just in case and it's a super nice thing if someone else doesn't have one. I can't count the amount of times when I'd only just started getting mine that I'd have to ask around because I'd forget. It's really nice to know that others would help you out if you're in need.

2. Leggings Are Your Friend

All I wear on my period is leggings because they're comfy and dark and happy. When you're on your period, the general consensus is that you want to be as comfortable as possible. You don't really want to be wearing your tight skinny jeans or anything. Also, I find leggings are the best if you're feeling bloated or often get bloated on your period.  I personally don't get bloated very often but I can't imagine it's not great to have anything too tight going on.

3. Hot Showers Are The Answer To Everything

Hot showers are fantastic. They do wonders for you. A hot bath works too, but I know not everyone feels comfortable having a bath on their period. Personally, I like baths a bit better because standing can be hard when you've got bad cramps. The water will actually stop the bleeding for a while so it's not like you're going to be bathing in your own bloody water but I'd also recommend just making sure everything is clean down there before getting in. Also, if you have the water hot enough, the pain of your burning skin will distract you from the cramps. (Just joking, please don't do that.)

4. Don't Be An Asshole About Other's Tampon Or Pad Preferences

This isn't much of a tip. Just don't do it. I personally use pads because I found tampons to not sit well which made it really uncomfortable. We like what we like and if tampons are best for you, use them but if pads are best for you, use them. It's really simple and I don't know why people have to be such assholes about it.

5. Overnight Pads Are A Brilliant Thing

For a long time, I didn't both using overnight pads because I didn't think there'd be much point to them. A couple months ago though, I started and it changed my whole sleeping experience. I was always very paranoid about bleeding on my sheets and it ruins the quality of my sleep a bit. Overnight pads are so good, they feel a bit like a nappy but you're only sleeping in them so it's not much to worry about. I don't have to worry about leaking when I wear them and they hold a lot more blood because they're made to be worn for hours.

6. Take Care Of Yourself And Do What's Good For You

There are so many things out there about periods but I think the most important thing is to do you. I know some people say exercise and healthy eating is the way to go but honestly, when I'm on my period I don't feel like moving or doing anything. I've had cramps so bad I couldn't stand longer than a couple minutes so it's definitely not my thing. But, that might be your thing, maybe that's what helps you the most. It's all about figuring out what works for you because we all have different bodies so it's not going to be universal. Be a little kinder to yourself this time of month because you'll need it.

So, there you go. Just a few of my favourite things to keep in mind. It's not a great time but there are things you can do to make it less crappy. I wish you all luck, whether you're on your period today or if it's coming up. Don't forget, if you're on your period, no one can shame you for eating as much cake as you want.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

4 stars


“The problem with wanting," he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips, "is that it makes us weak.”  

10194157Oh, my lord. Okay, people rave about Leigh Bardugo so I had my expectations set pretty high but wow. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I really pleased about this because I bought this and Six of Crows on complete impulse when I saw them online after reading all the hype. I can not wait to get the next two in the trilogy.

Before I get really stuck into it, I have a few words to say and they are, slay me Mal boo. I love him, I might say this about almost every semi charming fictional boy I come across but you need to believe me when I say Mal is a babe and I think I'm in love with him. To be completely honest with you though, for a while there I was starting to think he was an absolute prick.

I had a bit of trouble trying to get into it to begin with but once I was in, I was in good. I think I usually  need to take a little adjusting time when I read a fantasy book. Especially today since I haven't read a fantasy book in a month (*shudders*) so, it probably took me a little longer but holy hell, you have to know that once I got into it, I struggled to put it down. So, that in itself was pretty good.

I'm a bit obsessed with the Grisha world now and I really hope we get to see more of it in the next books. I reminds me very vaguely of the Pyrithian (there is no way I spelt it right but I don't feel like checking). Shadow and Bone actually reminds me of a lot of books, for example, at one point it felt very Legend-esque but it also kind of felt a little Divergent-y with a hint of The Hunger Games then a dusting of The Mortal Instrument. Very intriguing combinations there, if you ask me.

I thoroughly enjoyed it and I absolutely can hardly wait until I read the rest of the trilogy. I think we've got a very good basis for some interesting plots, I'm intrigued to see what Leigh Bardugo has done with them. Great book, I'd seriously recommend it if you haven't already read it!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Most 'me' Book Characters Ever

Today, I'm making a list of the most 'me' or relatable book characters. Not much to really explain here, so we'll dive straight in.

1. Hermione Granger

I adore Hermione and I think she is one of the best characters to relate to.We are both massive book worms and have a desire for knowledge. Hermione really tries her hardest and I like to think I do too (most of the time). She's also just so sarcastic and blunt which is so me.

2. Molly Peskin-Suso
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Molly from The Upside of Unrequited reminds me so much of me. I, too, am a serial crush-er. I also know what it feels like to feel like every one around you is in relationships. I love her inner monologue, she just really reminds me of me. She has her fair share of awkward moments, as do I. She's one of my favourite characters.

3. Simon Lewis

Because he's a huge nerd and so am I. He is also very sarcastic, like me. I think he's hilarious and definitely the highlight of the Mortal Instruments series.
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4. Tessa Gray

Even if I think she can be a bit pretentious sometimes (same), I still think I can relate a lot to Tessa. Tessa adores books and learning and so do I. She's very selfless which I can't relate on but I can definitely relate on the book loving.

5. Cath

Cath from Fangirl is someone I think we can all relate to. Obviously, she is a fangirl and that on it's own makes her very relatable.  I understand Cath and her love for Simon Snow because I feel that. I also understand her wanting to interact with as little people as she can because same.

There you go, some characters that I relate to on a personal level. I'd love to hear who you relate to!