One Lovely Blog Award

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Hi guys!

Thank you to sherlockianbooklover for nominating me for this award! Katie is so lovely so I’m happy to be nominated by her.

The Rules

  • You must thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  • You must list the rules and display the award.
  • You must add 7 facts about yourself.
  • You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  • You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Facts About Me:

  1. I cosplay and am currently working on a Merida cosplay.
  2. I started reading Marvel comics this year and am obsessed with them.
  3. I have been to 3 Forbidden planet shops, in 3 different countries all in the space of about 2 months.
  4. I love baking! I have some brownies in the oven at this exact moment.
  5. I am 16 and currently studying for my AS levels.
  6. My favorite band is Fall Out Boy and would literally do anything to see them live again.
  7. I own more than 300 books, I honestly have never counted them. They don’t fit on my book shelves anymore.

Who I am Nominating:

Highstreetspy

Perksofbeingreaders

wolfofstarbucks

(I’m gonna cheat and leave it there, mostly becuase I’m to lazy to tag anyone else oopsy)

 

 

Review: The 100 Society by Carla Spradbery

the 100 societyTitle: The 100 Society

 

Author: Carla Spradbery

 

Published: September 4th 2014 by Hodder Children’s Books

 

Rating: ★★

 

 

 

This book has a very simple plot line. In order to join a very special group of students as Grace’s sixth form, she spray her tag on 100 different objects around the town. If she can accomplish it by the time she goes to university then she has won. However, someone doesn’t want her to and is either killing or hurting her friends.

I didn’t really like this book. The story line was good to begin with, it was fast paced and exciting. And then that stopped. Everyone was either being killed or getting hurt and it was getting a little bit boring. I don’t mind books like this, they make for easy reads in the car. But as a piece of literature I don’t think it was particularly well written. There was the usual soppy love triangle and the awkward almost sex scene, which are two things that I hate the most about YA.

I’m not going to write a long review about this book because I don’t particularly think it warrants it. If you want something easy and light-hearted to read when by all means buy it, but don’t expect too much.

Erin xx

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Review: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

afterworlds Title: Afterworlds

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Publication: September 25th 2014 by Simon and Schuster UK Children’s

Rating: ★★★★

Source: I received a free copy from Net Galley in exchange for a fair review.

 

I don’t have enough time to say all the things I loved about this book. I could literally gush for hours. I have been looking forward to reading this ever since I saw the pictures of the large posters at BEA. Scott Westerfeld is one of my all time favourite authors and he did not dissapoint.

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack.

But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

 

I really enjoyed the idea of having a story within a story. It made it interesting and I enjoyed seeing how the things that were happening in Darcy’s life affected with how she wrote. It was very well put together and I don’t think that there were any points that I was bored or wanted to read either story more. I thought that both stories could have done with a little more substance, maybe it might have been interesting for Westerfeld to publish 2 different novels. However, I enjoyed the structure none the less.

Darcy’s Story

Darcy was a very interesting protagonist. She is very diverse, coming from a family who practices Hinduism and, whilst not wanting to give spoilers, in a few other ways. Let’s just say a new otp was born. I particularly enjoyed her struggles to start a new life in a big city, whilst also navigating a first and unforgettable relationship. A really important part of the book was when Darcy is discussing cultural appropriation with some of the other authors. I think it will start an interesting debate and will probably open people’s eyes a little bit.

Darcy was a very strong character and I love her ability to be independent but also to care for her family and friends so much. I think she has the potential to be a true role model.

Afterworlds: Lizzie’s Story

I can liken this part of the story to a lot of teen romance novels. One/both of them have special powers, they meet, fall in love, a bad thing happens… However, this story was a little bit more than a love story. Lizzie was an interesting character, oddly accepting of her new condition and slightly cold hearted. Her relationships with various other characters were very interesting and made her feel different to the normal two dimensional romance characters.

I love feeling creeped out by a book and more often than once I went to bed wondering if there was anything else in my room besides me. This feeling was carried throughout the story and gave it an edge that books like twilight or The Hunger Games don’t have.

Conclusion:

Buy this book if you enjoy romance, horror and adventure. Also buy this book if you like stories about development and self discovery.

Erin xx

P.S Don’t miss the tiny nod the the Uglies series somewhere in the novel.

Review: Ghosting by Edith Pattou

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Title: Ghosting

Author: Edith Pattou

Publication: August 19th 2014 by Skyscape

Rating: ★★★★

Source: I received an ARC of this book from Net Galley in return for a fair review.

 

 

My first impressions of this book were less than stellar. It is written in verse, which I find difficult and confusing to read. However, after the story started going and the characters distinguished themselves, I really loved the writing style. I enjoyed how Pattou manages to write the different voices of each character so perfectly. They are distinguished and easy to identify. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t work it out first of all, It will get there eventually.

On a hot summer night in a Midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry. Alcohol, guns, and a dare. Within minutes, as events collide, innocents becomes victims—with tragic outcomes altering lives forever, a grisly and unfortunate scenario all too familiar from current real-life headlines. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to know each character through his/her own distinctive voice and their interactions with one another, we see how, despite pain and guilt, they can reach out to one another, find a new equilibrium, and survive.

Maxine, the outsider of the friendship group, is very well written. I almost see her as the primary narrator, even if everyone contributes equally. She is new to the school and has recently moved back to the area, which makes her a perfect observer for the goings on. I think her thoughts and feelings were captured perfectly; whilst the story is a bit out there, she is still very relatable.

I like how the divide between before and after is quite apparent in the tone of the writing; the characters certainly show very human reactions to tragedy. The book is never ‘preachy’ or condescending Instead it takes a look at the behaviors of teenagers and the consequences of their actions.

There were a few loose ends that could have been tied up. But the actual story was well put together. I was a little bit disappointed when it finished because it didn’t take me that long to read. maybe it was a good thing that it finished quite quickly, I did enjoy the air of the unknown regarding what would happen to these characters in the future.

I’ve read some of Pattou’s work before and  I loved it. I am glad that I was not disappointed. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a coming of age story with a twist.

Erin

Liebster Award

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I was tagged in the Liebster Award tag by Maisie and Giselle.This is the first time I’ve gotten tagged in this so I’m excited to do it! Thanks guys for nominating me. Good luck with reading through the whole thing, it is honestly the length of some essays. The questions and the people I have tagged are at the bottom.  Here are the rules:

*You must answer 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you.

*You must list 11 random/fun facts about yourself.

*You must pick 11 nominees with under 200 (ish) followers to answer your questions. (

*You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.

*You must let the person you’ve nominated know that they’ve been nominated.

Since I’ve got two sets of questions to do, I shall do Maisie’s first.

1) If you could spend an hour with a celeb, who would it be and what would you do?

I’d spend it with Felicia Day (who is my ultimate girl crush) because she is so funny and pretty and a huge nerd. I’d get her to sing to me and then we could read comics or watch a movie!

2) If you could dye/ cut your hair to any style you want and price/ damage is not an obstacle, what would you do?

I’d love a short bob, like Taylor Swift or Hayley Williams. Unfortunately I have ridiculously frizzy hair so I highly doubt it will ever happen.

3) 1 main thing you want to achieve in your life?

I want to own a cat, but I doubt this is what you meant by achieve something! I’d probably say graduate University because that’s kind of the start of the rest of your life.

4) Love, happiness or wealth?

Wealth 😉

5) What’s the best compliment someone has given you?

I like it when people say that they like my hair because I hate it so much!

6) Who is your fashion inspiration?

I like Hayley Williams style, but it’s a style that only she would be able to pull off. I don’t really like to copy anyone’s style because it normally doesn’t suit me.

7) If you could only shop from one clothes shop for the rest of your life, which one would it be and why?

Probably Forever 21 because I loved the clothes from there when I visited America! The men’s clothes were pretty snazzy as well so I’d be fine for over sized sweat shirts.

8) What 3 features do you look for in a potential boyfriend/ girlfriend?

Funny, nerdy and tall. The last one is because I’m quite tall myself so I’d prefer someone who is taller than me.

9) 3 things you love about yourself?

My eyes, my beautiful personality (lol), and my boobs… Am I allowed to say that?

10) Most used app on your phone?

Definitely Tumblr, I’m always on it!

11) If you could meet any fellow blogger who would it be and why?

Probably Giselle because she seems pretty fab and lives in America, which is doubly cool!

Now for Giselle’s Questions…

1. What made you start blogging? Did anyone inspire you? If so who and how?

Maisie told me to do it, so I did. But I’d been thinking about it for a long time as a way to improve my writing for school

2. What is your dream cast for your favorite book?

My dream cast for Harry Potter is practically the same, so I’d have to do something else. For Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, I’d love for Andrew Garfield to play Callum and Lupita Nyong’o to play Sephy. But they’d obviously have to be younger. I think I’d have Laverne Cox play Sephy’s mum and that dude from Luther play her dad. I can imagine Evanna Lynch playing Callum’s sister and someone like Tom Hardy playing his brother.

3. Top played song on your iPod?

I have no clue, but I can imagine it is probably something by Fall Out Boy.

4. Which book characters would you be friends with and why?

Hermione. I don’t think I need to explain this one! I’d also love to be friends with Mia from The Princess Diaries because I literally wanted to be her when I was younger.

5. What book can you re-read and re-read and always love? Why?

The Secret Garden, it is my all time favourite book and I can’t wait to read it to my children. I think the story is so beautiful.

6. Strange Reading habits?

I really don’t have many, although I sometimes read on the toilet if I really like the book.

7. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?

The roman times because I love them so much. I’m kind of obsessed. I like their clothes, their houses and how they treated the women. However, I’d have to do something about the slavery.

8. Name a quote that describes you best.

Missandei: “Valar morghulis.”
Daenerys: “Yes. All men must die, but we are not men.”

This pretty much describes me…

9. What book made you cry the most and why?

I sobbed so hard at the TFIOS, but only on the second time I read it. I literally have no idea why I didn’t cry the first time.

10. Favorite Disney movie?

The Little Mermaid! I love it to bits.

11. Coffee or Tea?

Neither! I’m more of a water kind of gal.

Now for the 11 facts:

  1. My first concert was Take That.
  2. I have really curly hair
  3. I tried to dye my hair ginger and it was awful.
  4. I recently developed a comic book obsession and have spent so much money on marvel graphic novels.
  5. I really love makeup, to the extent where I will buy new stuff just for the sake of buying it!
  6. Ariel is my favourite Disney princess, with Merida coming second and Rapunzel coming third.
  7. My dream when I was younger was to become an Archaeologist! I used to watch Time Team all of the time!
  8. I will cry at almost anything. DIY SOS is the worst, I’m pretty much a mess.
  9. I really wish I had smaller feet so I could get some cool shoes.
  10. Wales is my favourite country in the whole world.
  11. Speaking of Wales, I begged my parents to take me there on my 16th Birthday. So they did. We spent the say at the Doctor Who Exhibit.

Here are my questions!

  1. Who is you favourite Disney princess?
  2. What one possession could you not live without?
  3. What is your dream job?
  4. What is your favorite book?
  5. Where would you visit if you had unlimited money?
  6. What has been the happiest day of your life so far?
  7. Who is your idol/inspiration?
  8. Why do you blog?
  9. What is your most used app?
  10. What is the most important thing you have learnt from your parents?
  11. What TV show would you ban if you ruled the world?

I am tagging:

Thanks for reading! Sorry the post is so long. I should try to stay up to date in the future shouldn’t I! Post you links in the comments once you’ve finished you post, I’d love to see them.

Erin xx

Review: Lets Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

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Book: Let’s get Lost

Author: Adi Alsaid

Published: July 29th 2014 by Harlequin Teen

Rating: ★★★★

I have severe writers block at the moment so I apologize if this makes little to no sense. I’m feeling extremely uninspired and I have about 10 reviews that I need to write before I go back to school.

I was sent an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review, however I have been on holiday so am a little late in putting up the review. Oopsy. Better late then never though.

I was kind of worried about reading this book, the reviews online told me it was very much like Paper Towns by John Green. I really disliked the ending of Paper Towns and as this book seemed to be similar, I was kind of judge mental. Still, I requested it anyway because I kind of wanted to prove myself wrong. I am glad that I did.

The book is split into five sections. Each section focuses on a different character. The main character, Leila, is the thing that ties them all together. I really like the idea of writing a book like this because It gives you a lot of versatility in the types of stories that you can tell. However, I almost put this book down during the first section. The first chapter is a love at first sight story, which I basically detest. If you are like me, don’t be disheartened. The rest of the book more than makes up for it with the funny and sometimes illegal things that Leila does with her new friends.

My slight problem with the book was that the character development for Leila was slightly lacking. I’m pretty sure the author meant for her to be mysterious and alluring but I think it made her quite boring. When her back story is revealed it all kind of makes sense but I still think hints need to be dropped throughout the story.

I love road trip stories and I think this book perfectly captured the journey of self discovery whilst making it funny and entertaining. I was practically ready to leap into a car and go on my own adventure by the end of it.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy self discovery and mystery. It’s uplifting and sad at the same time and I think those books are the best kind. Go check it out here.

Erin xx

 

Autumn Blogging Playlist

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So I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to music and not a lot of time blogging recently. I promise that I have some really cool posts in the works. However, I am struggling with motivation at the minute. I thought I’d put together a list of songs that I use to get me in the mood for blogging.

You can listen to the playlist here on my 8tracks account. If you haven’t got 8tracks already then you really should. It’s super easy to make playlists and I’ve discovered some really cool bands through it.

Here are the tracks:

Girls by The 1975

Nine in the Afternoon by Panic! at the Disco

Northern Downpour by Panic! at the Disco

All the Things That I’ve Done by The Killers

(Coffees for Closers) by Fall Out Boy

I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab for Cutie

Meet You There by Busted

Semi-Automatic by Twenty One Pilots

Still Into You by Paramore

Chicago is so Two Years Ago by Fall Out Boy

Sex by The 1975

Come Back … Be Here by Taylor Swift

Mr Brightside by The Killers

House of Gold by Twenty One Pilots

Stay Stay Stay by Taylor Swift

I’ll probably add more as Autumn goes on but I hope you enjoy it for now. I always think it’s quite interesting to see the type of music that a person likes. What music do you listen to when you blog?

Erin xx