Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Review of To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han

Blurb:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 

(Blurb taken from Goodreads)


My Review:

To All the Boys I've Loved Before follows the story of Lara Jean, a girl who has written love letters to all the boys she's ever had feelings for. She keeps these letters tucked away and a secret to the world, until one day when they are sent out.

Again, I found this book didn't follow the usual clichĂ© of a love story and had a bit of suspense throughout the novel. I liked how not only did the book explore love as a theme but also family relationships. 

Lara Jean as a character I liked, she was a normal teenage girl experiencing normal feelings. One thing that did annoy me throughout the book was the fact that the father was referred to as 'Daddy' throughout the novel - this wasn't a deal breaker but it did annoy me quite a lot as I felt at 16 you wouldn't call your father 'Daddy'? Maybe that's just me,

The ending does leave you wanting more and I would like to pick up the second book in the series. The book is a nice simple read that I did enjoy. I would recommend it, the characters and plot was interesting and I would like to read the next book in the series as I would like to know what happens next.

X X X X

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Review // Girl Online On Tour

Title: Girl Online On Tour
Author: Zoe Sugg

Blurb:

Penny joins her rock-star boyfriend, Noah, on his European music tour.

Penny's bags are packed.

When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can't wait to spend time with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend.

But, between Noah's jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she's really cut out for life on tour. She can't help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot . . . and her blog, Girl Online.

Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, or will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer?
(Blurb taken from Goodreads)


My Review:

As a fan of Zoe and seeing as I enjoyed her first book I was keen to read the second book in the series. Following the controversy of the last book I was also interested to discover Zoe's writing style. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised - I did enjoy the book.

The book follows Noah and Penny's relationship as they go on tour together with The Sketch. The story follows the trials and tribulations and the ups and downs throughout the tour. I enjoyed being in each country and I did like Zoe's writing style.

The plot is easy to follow and the book has a nice ending. One thing I did find throughout is that it could be a bit too everything's amazing one minute and then everything's awful the next. Regardless of that I would definitely recommend the book if you're after something easy to read.

It's not going to win any literary prizes for writing or most inventive plot but I still enjoyed the book and devoured each page. I would definitely recommend it if you're after something quick and easy to read.

X X X X

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Review of My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend

Title: My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend
Author: Eleanor Wood

Blurb:

Tuesday Cooper is happy being normal -doing her a-levels and indulging in her twin obsessions: buying weird vintage clothes in charity shops and writing her beloved music blog (which nobody ever reads). Her love for music started when she was thirteen and had a massive crush on Jackson Griffith, teen rock god and SUPER HOT LOVE OF HER LIFE. Now Tuesday's eighteen and has moved on to fancying boys in real life and Jackson went off the celebrity radar years ago.

So it can't be him that's messaging her on her blog, can it?

From one girl's computer to the pyramid stage at Glastonbury Festival, this is a love story for anyone who has ever wished that someone would sing a love song just for them.

Dreams can come true . . .


(Blurb taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

This book follows 18 year old Tuesday Cooper through her small little life. Her whole life revolves around school, her blog and her friends. Trough Tuesday's blog her idol, Jackson Griffith, begins to comment and an unlikely friendship is struck up. This completely changes her life.

Tuesday as a character I really liked. I loved the fact that she was focused on her A-Levels and knew what she wanted which was quite refreshing in this genre of book. I also really liked the fact she was slightly off the wall and not a completely typical 18 year old which I found relatable.

The book doesn't quite pan out as I had expected and it wasn't like your typical rom-com. I did like Jackson and quite liked seeing the different sides to him, although sometimes he could be a bit of an idiot to Tuesday.

I do have to say that I really enjoyed this book and it was good, easy read. I enjoyed the narrative and writing style and found the characters and story enjoyable. I would recommend the book if you're looking for an easy read.

X X X X

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Review of My Invisible Boyfriend

Title: My Invisible Boyfriend
Author: Susie Day

Blurb:

Heidi has the perfect solution to her popularity problems - a fake boyfriend. She's even made him an Internet profile that makes him look like a motorcycle-riding, poetry reading bad boy. *swoon* Heidi's friends are so impressed they start emailing Heidi's fake boyfriend with their problems . . . including their problems with Heidi.

As if that weren't bad enough, a delicious and possibly single person called "A Real Boy" emails Heidi to say he knows the truth. Can Heidi escape from her world wide web of lies? Or will her chance at romance disappear faster than you can type gtg?

(Blurb taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

Another book I wasn't blown away by. I just didn't really like the way this was told or the plot.

I didn't finish this book so can't give a full review, I found I couldn't get into the story; I didn't really like the characters or style of writing throughout.

I wouldn't recommend this book, I just couldn't get into it.

X X

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Review of Pretty Things

Title: Pretty Things
Author: Sarra Manning

Blurb:

Brie is in love with LancĂ´me Juicy Tubes, Louis Vuitton accessories, and her gay best friend Charlie, who is in love with 1960s pop art, 1980s teen movies, and serial heartbreaker Walker, who has ever only been in love with his VW Bug, until he meets Daisy . . . who is too busy hating everyone to know what love is. Set in London, this girl-loves-boy-loves-boy-lovesgirl romp is set against a theatrical production of The Taming of the Shrew, and features enough on- and off-stage drama to satisfy teens looking for a beach read—or a read all year round.

(Blurb taken from Goodreads)


My Review: 

This was a book I hadn't heard anything about but the blurb sounded quite interesting. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the book and it was completely different to what I was expecting.

The book doesn't necessarily follow a plot or story line however it follows four very different teenagers through their experience of love.

Daisy is a lesbian - or so she thought. Brie is very quiet and in love with Charlie. Charlie is gay and likes Walker whilst Walker is a serial dater.

This follows each teenager through the trials and tribulations of love and confused feelings.

I would really recommend this book - although it had quite a serious message there were still light hearted and funny moments.

X X X X 

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Review of Paper Towns

Title: Paper Towns
Author: John Green

Blurb:

Who is the real Margo?

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they're for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew...

(Blurb taken from Goodreads)

My Review:

As soon as I knew that Paper Towns was being made into a film I knew I had to red the book first before seeing the movie. I have to say I was quite disappointed: it didn't really match up to the first John Green book I read (The Fault in Our Stars).

It's not that the book was poorly written, it was just, for me, not a lot really happened in the main bulk of the novel. There were parts I really enjoyed and found gripping, whilst other parts I found I was skimming through - bored.

I liked the characters and Margo was intriguing, however I didn't find the whole book as amazing as I was led to believe. 

I wouldn't say don't read the book as it wasn't awful - lots of people I know absolutely love the book but for me I just thought it was a bit lack lustre.

X X X 


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Blogging Schedule

I thought that, as recently my posts have been a bit sporadic and I've been going through long periods of time without posting I would change when I blog. As of now, I will hopefully be posting every other week, that way there will be a post up all the time. 

This way I would have a more regular review structure and it will stop me from not posting for long periods of time.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Review of Love at Second Sight

Title: Love at Second Sight
Author: Cathy Hopkins

Blurb:

Unlucky in love Jo is Dragged along to see a clairvoyant by her two coupled-up best friends, and is Told That there's only one boy for her. The trouble is, the last time she saw him was in a past life, When She worked as a governess to His younger brother. The clairvoyant That tells her as she is back in this life, so is he, and she must find him if she is ever to know true happiness and love.Jo does not believe a word of it - but then a series of events to begin to change her mind. Could her one true love really be out there? In her quest to find the One, she visits psychics and cemeteries - but even she will be Able to Recognize her soul-mate When She Finds Him? Or is she destined to continue looking for love for all of time?

(Blurb taken from Goodreads)


My Review:

The story follows Jo who isn't very lucky in love and is sick of being the single friend (all her others are in relationships). However, things change after her friends drag her along to a clairvoyant. Whilst there, Jo is told that her true life is someone from a past life and that she needs to find her soulmate in order to experience true happiness. 

Jo doesn't believe any of this but her friends don't let it drop, until a series of events begin to slowly change her mind. 

The plot wasn't exactly complicated or challenging and I did find that it was relatively easy to predict the ending. However, I did really enjoy the story and I liked the characters. I liked Jo as a character, she was quite quirky but still interesting. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and it was a nice, easy summer read. I liked the plot, themes and characters but did think the book was slightly predictable, but, it was still an enjoyable read. 

X X X X




Tuesday, 18 August 2015

A Few New Adult Books

Hello!

Today we have a guest post from BeautylovesBooks, be sure to check out her blog!

This is the first guest post that I am writing so I am very excited. I read a few new adult books in June and forgot to write about them on my blog. I really enjoyed some of them and they deserve to be mentioned.


1.      Sweet by Tamara Webber - This is the third book in the Contours of the heart series by Tamara Webber. Easy (the first book) is probably my all time favourite new adult novel. The love story is just so sweet, the characters are amazing. Breakable (the second one) was even better. I was really excited for the third book Sweet. This is a companion novel to Breakable. It tells the story of Boyce and Pearl. He is kind of a bad boy and she’s a good girl and an overachiever. The story is about growing up and finding yourself. The writing is great and Tamara Webber creates the best love stories. I highly recommend these books.
2.      Ten tiny breaths and One tiny lie by K.A. Tucker - I was actually interested in reading the second book in The ten tiny breaths series. They are companion novels, but I just prefer to read them in order. The writing was great, but I couldn’t really relate to the characters especially Kacey. She is too much of a wild child. The first book Ten tiny breaths is about Kacey and the second book One tiny lie is about her little sister Livie. Their parents die in a car accident. Kacey is in the car too and the first book deals with her issues and PTSD. The books are easy to read and I definitely enjoyed the second book more than the first one. There’s a lot of partying, strip clubs and drinking in these books. It was a bit too much for me and I couldn’t really relate to these things. There’s a few more books in the series, but I don’t think that I’ll read them.
3.      Burying water and Becoming rain by K.A. Tucker - These are the first two books in the other series by K.A. Tucker - The Burying water series. I don’t consider these books to be new adult novels. The characters are in their twenties, but I don’t think that anyone in their twenties can relate to these stories. The first book Burying water is about a man who falls in love with the wife of a mafia boss. The second one Becoming rain is about a girl who is a police officer and goes undercover. She pretends to be a woman named Rain to get close to her target and of course she falls in love with him. The third book in the series Chasing river is out too, but I don’t plan on reading it.
4.      Fallen too far by Abbi Glines - I’ve heard amazing things about Abbi Glines and I really expected to love this book. Fallen too far is the first book in The Rosemary beach series. It’s definitely a light read, it’s well written. I didn’t like the characters. Blaire was OK, but Rush was kind of annoying and not interesting at all. And they are a step brother and sister. Fallen too far is just a light beach read.
I am currently reading On Dublin Street by Samantha Young. I like it so far!

Once again be sure to check out the fantastic BeautylovesBooks blog!



Friday, 14 August 2015

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If you could have an endless supply of food what would it be? - Suggested by Not Tonight, I'm Reading

Again, another hard question. I enjoy a lot of food, but I do have a soft spot for Yorkshire puddings so I'd pick those.


Friday, 7 August 2015

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If you could have 3 wishes granted, what would they be? - Suggested by Life Is Reading


Oooh, this is tricky. First wish is that Ross from Emmerdale can come back to life as they killed him off yesterday. 
Second, health and happiness for the rest of my life.
And thirdly, I do well in exams therefore meaning I have a good career ahead of me. 


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Review of Life with a Sprinkle of Glitter

Title: Life with a Sprinkle of Glitter
Author: Louise Pentland
Blurb:
Imagine you are in one of those glorious vintage shops where every surface is laden with treasure. 

Cut glass, pill boxes, old cameras, pendants, chests of drawers and stacks and stacks of books. This book is like that. Each chapter is one of those gem encrusted tins that you can open, peep inside and enjoy. You can either methodically wander the entire shop, looking at each individual item in order, or, you can dance around with wild abandon, opening and closing whatever you like, whenever you like. 

You can take in tiny bits of it at a time or you can devour it all in one go. I don't mind. I don't mind how you go about it; all that matters to me is that you take something from it. Divided into four sections: Glitz, Create, Need to Knows and All About Love , you'll find all my little tips and tricks, stories and insights and nuggets of advice. 

I want you to walk away from this book feeling uplifted. I want you to feel as though you are equipped to deal with something in your life and deal with it in the best possible, positive way. I want to show you how I find so much joy and enrichment in my life and how you can do it too, with just a Sprinkle of Glitter.


My Review:
When I got this book delivered to my house I was incredibly excited; I am a huge fan of Louise and as soon as I knew she was releasing a book, I had to have it. It's actually smaller than I expected but each page is beautifully crafted and completely different from the last.
There is no pressure to read this book from cover to cover (although I did), you can dip in and out to read the bits the you would like. 
The book is almost like a guide to life - it talks about beauty, confidence, love, DIY and more. It really does cover everything. Although the book has advice and tips, it doesn't feel boring or like instructions. Louise's voice really does come through strongly and throughout the book it is almost as if Louise is talking to you.
Her sense of humour, kindness and love really does come through when reading and it gives a warm, cosy glow inside. The book almost feels like a comfort and I can definitely see myself reading chapter again and again. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this read. It was helpful yet entertaining at the same time. The narration is like Louise is talking to you and each page is absolutely stunning! I would highly recommend.
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

New Books #1

Hello!

Apologies for the lack of posts recently, school has been incredibly hectic recently. Today, I thought I would change things up a bit and start a new series where I show you the new books I have recently bought. 

As it is summer, these books are not exactly the most complex/ intricate reads but when it's sunny you want a nice and easy book to flick through. 


From top to bottom I got;
  • My Secret Rockstar Boyfriend - Eleanor Wood
  • Paper Towns - John Green
  • Love at Second Sight - Cathy Hopkins
  • Perfect Timing - Jill Marsell
  • To all the Boys I'ved Loved Before - Jenny Han
  • Life with a Sprinkle of Glitter - Louise Pentland
  • It Started with Paris - Cathy Kelly

Those are the books I have acquired in the last week or so. What books have you been picking up?

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Friday, 10 July 2015

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You can only eat one cuisine type for the rest of your life. Which would you choose? (E.g. Italian, French, Greek, Mexican, Chinese, Indian etc…) 


This week's question is hard! I do really like pasta, yet I have a soft spot for lemon chicken. Maybe I'll stick to English as it means I get a roast dinner and Yorkshire puddings are my favourite things ever!

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Friday, 19 June 2015

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If you were to get a tattoo, what would it say or what would the graphic be? Or if you have a tattoo, share a picture and its meaning.


On the whole, I am not a fan of tattoos and cannot see myself getting one any time soon. If I were to get one, it may just be a small star or possibly song lyrics.

What would you get? 

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Friday, 5 June 2015

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How would you pitch to the biz to make your favourite book into a movie? - Suggested by Girl of 1000 Wonders
I would probably give them a summary of the plot and then bang on and on about how amazing it it. I'd say that it would become a famous movie and that it would be loved nationwide. I wouldn't say I have a favourite book so can't really say which book I would choose. 

I'd basically go off on a tangent about how great the story is and that it would be perfect for a movie. Though, I'd make sure that the plot is actually stuck to, as sometimes the movie is completely different to the actual book...

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Friday, 29 May 2015

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This weeks question is...

How many books have you got on your TBR list? - Suggested byObsessive Compulsive Reader.

Answer:

A lot. I don't have stacks and stacks of books on my TBR pile as of late, but I still have a fair few. I haven't had much time for reading lately due to exams, coursework, life etc (hence the lack of reviews). 

I'd say I have around 20-30 books to read which isn't bad, I've definitely caught up on my book shelf.

How many books have you got on your TBR list?


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Friday, 22 May 2015

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How do you write your reviews? - Suggested by Blue Books and Butterflies


Long time, no see. Apologies; this school year has been incredibly hectic and I now have 2 weeks till my science exams! Woo hoo!

Anyway, on to the actual question. I don't really have a set way of writing reviews, I tend to give a brief overview of the plot, whether I enjoyed the book or not, if I liked characters and ultimately, if I'd recommend it. 

Those sorts of things tend to be in my reviews but I don't have a set in stone way of writing them. I try not to make them too long as I like to read short, concise reviews rather than essays. 

How do you write reviews?



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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Review of Shadow Study

Title: Shadow Study
Author: Maria V Snyder
Blurb:

When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.

Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.
Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.
As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked.And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.

A CHRONICLES OF IXIA NOVEL

(Taken from Goodreads)
My Review:

As a big fan of Maria V Snyder's books I knew I had to get my hands on this! This is the latest book by her which is a kind of 'spin off' series of the highly successful Poison Study series.
I really liked the alternate narrative throughout the book; the chapters change point of view (from Yelena to Valek and occasionally Janco). With this, I really felt able to connect with the characters and you got a really good idea of what each were thinking.
Once again, I was drawn into the wondrous landscape and vivid imagery that Snyder creates. The land of Ixia is so incredibly detailed and is really a pleasure to read.
I really enjoyed Valek's trips down memory lane and his past, and I thoroughly enjoyed how even when the circumstances were tough, there was still humour and a bit of light heartedness throughout.
I really enjoyed this book and if you're a fan of Maria you will definitely enjoy this. I love the way Maria can create a story and a setting that never fails to amuse.

X X X X
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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

My Trip to the Guardian!

Hello,

A bit of a different post today, I thought I would do a 'my day at the Guardian' type post. I was asked along by the lovely Children's Book Team to interview the amazing author, Maria V Snyder. I'm a big fan of Maria's books so, naturally, jumped at the chance.

We left early in the morning to ensure we had a full day in London. The interview itself was at 4:00pm. We had a great time looking round Piccadilly Circus and Regent's Park. I was trying to spot Matty Healy from 'The 1975'. Sadly, we didn't see him, but oh well.



This is myself and my mum outside the Guardian about to go inside. I was starting to become increasingly terrified so I don't look very happy here.


As we went, we were seen to by reception and we all got very snazzy passes which make excellent scrapbook material.


Then when Maria arrived I was so nervous. We were taken into a recording studio where I would ask her my questions. As the interview went on, I think I relaxed a bit, however by the end I was so glad I'd done it.




This is a photo of myself and Maria before the interview. 



Maria kindly autographed my favourite book, 'Touch of Power'. This is the book that made me start blogging so it's quite a special book to me.


Lastly, I was allowed a dip in the Children's book shelf which was incredibly exciting. I could've stayed in there for hours and I was spoilt for choice. I eventually settled on these 8 books which should keep me busy for a while.


This is Maria V Snyder's latest book, I'd highly recommend it and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

That was my day in the Guardian. I had such an incredible and insightful experience. I was so incredibly scared before I went in, but I'm so glad I did it. 

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