Announcement: New Schedule!

Hi everyone,

I thought I’d take today to introduce my new blogging schedule. In the hopes of producing something that I am proud of and that I will actually stick to, I have created some new blog post ideas that I will post on particular days of the week. Hopefully this will mean I’m not gone for such a long time as I have a structure to adhere to. It also means I can schedule posts easier as I know deadlines. Anyway, here is the schedule for the foreseeable future.

Review Tuesdays

Here I will review a book that I have read and give my honest opinion on it. Pretty much a generic review really, I can’t really say any more.

Education Thursdays

This is where I will write about something I have learnt or something that generally interests me. I am aiming to provide educational content with amusing stories to accompany it.

Cat Mom Saturdays (or Caturdays)

I’m getting kittens tomorrow, so from now on I will write a blog post every Saturday to update everyone on their progress and show off pictures of my new babies. If anyone wants to see a sneaky preview I’ve posted a picture on my twitter!

I really hope that I stick to this schedule as previously I have found it difficult to keep up with the level of work needed to maintain a blog.

Erin 🙂

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Review: Solitaire by Alice Oseman

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Recently I finished reading Solitaire by Alice Oseman. I received an ARC from the lovely people over at Harper Collins and could not wait to start. The book is released on the 31st of July and I urge you all to pick up a copy.

  I could not put this book down. I read it in a day, possibly not best for my revision, but it was totally worth it. This is 19 year old Alice Oseman’s debut novel and she has done brilliantly. Alice has a great career ahead of her.

Solitaire is a YA book, centred on the life of a teenage girl called Tori, at a sixth form in England. (A sixth form is further education for people aged 16-18.) Tori is antisocial, she only enjoys watching movies and blogging. This means her life is extremely boring, not that she sees anything wrong with that. This all changes when the mysterious group ‘Solitaire’ and the possibly more mysterious Michael Holden enter her life.

The characters in this story are brilliant. Tori is very real and extremely relatable to every day teenagers. There is nothing fake about her personality, and the author is definitely not trying too hard to relate to her readers.

Charlie, Tori’s brother, is another example. Charlie has a boyfriend, but it isn’t made a big deal of. He has more important aspects of his life that Oseman has decided to focus on instead. I think I’ve found an OTP in Charlie and Nick, they are so freaking adorable.

There is also a wide range of people and their issues. It deals with mental health in a really down to earth manner, which is what I really like about this book. All of the issues that are brought up are discussed very well. Whilst the main story line might be a little unrealistic (that’s not a bad thing, it’s a really cool idea) the problems explored in the book are very real.

I think the plot twists in this book are what make it fantastic. I had so many ideas about who the people behind Solitaire were, and none of them were right. If you do read this books, beware of red herrings.

I honestly think that this book will be a best seller. The writing is fantastic and you can really feel the passion that was put into creating it. Oseman has a talent and it is showcased extremely well. That is why I am giving this book 4 stars out of 5.

Erin

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Murder Complex

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This weeks ‘Waiting On’ Wednesday is The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings! It will be released on the 10th of June. I’ve been following the author on various social media sites for about 4 months now and the excitement has been building. Not only is her prequel Novella, The Fear Trials, brilliant; she also seems like a genuinely lovely person. She lives with her husband and various animals, including a pet hedgehog.

The novel is set in a dystopian future where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

I can honestly say I am desperate to read this book and eagerly await it’s publication!

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Erin

I posted a review of the prequel novella, check it out here.

Review: The Fear Trials by Lindsay Cummings

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This is the prequel novella for the long awaited book The Murder Complex. The actual book is out next week and this glimpse into the life of Meadow and he family has left me thirsty for more. I love a good dystopian novel, especially one that draws you in almost immediately, and I wasn’t left disappointed. Normally I’m kind of wary when reading a prequel first because I enjoy getting to know the characters, but Lindsay managed to give little insights into Meadows thoughts and feelings without giving too much away.

Meadow Woodson’s father calls it The Fear Trials, and it is a rite of passage in their family. Meadow is up against her brother Koi. The Fear Trials will both harden her and make her brave. If Meadow wins, she will get a weapon of her own and the right to leave the Woodsons’ houseboat without her father or mother at her side. Set in the violent, complex, and mysterious world of The Murder Complex, and introducing Meadow Woodson—a teenage girl trained to survive no matter what the cost—and her family, who are together for the last time on their houseboat in the Florida Everglades.

I don’t really have much else to say apart from the fact that I desperately need to read the actual novel. I’ll be downloading it on the 10th of June when it is finally published. I would definitely recommend reading it as it has so much potential to become the next YA sensation. Cummings writes with an ease that makes it seem like she is already an established author. I can’t wait to read more of her books. I am giving this 5 stars.

Erin

Introducing Erin

Hi! I’m Erin, a 16 year old book enthusiast from England. I’ve been advised by many people in my family, especially my mother, to start a blog in order to improve my writing skills and actually do something worthwhile with my time. I don’t know how to write blog posts, but it seems like a new adventure and one that I am willing to take. I already own a vaguely successful Tumblr blog,  but that has left me lazy. No actual writing for me on that front.

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This is me in case you were wondering

I should probably say a little bit about myself. I am currently studying for my GCSEs (only 3 more weeks left) and will be moving on next year to sixth form. At sixth form I will be studying for A levels in History, Law, English Literature and Psychology. During that time I will also be working towards gaining a GCSE in Latin. In my spare time I like to raise money for charity, particularly the Sick Children’s Trust. Over the last few years I have helped to raise £10,000. To do this we partook in activities such as the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, during which we got lost on a mountain and had to be rescued.

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Favourite band of all time – Fall Out Boy

When I’m not climbing mountains or revising, I enjoy listening to music and reading. My favourite bands are Fall Out Boy and Pentatonix. I also enjoy listening to Paramore, Twenty One Pilots and Panic! at the Disco. I enjoy reading Dystopian Fiction and Fantasy novels. Harry Potter is a firm favourite of mine although I enjoy the ‘A Song Of Ice and Fire’ series and anything with a strong female lead.

I am hoping to use this blog to write about books I have enjoyed reading so that later in life I can look back and remember them.

Erin