Sunday, 2 August 2015

MINI HOLIDAY HAUL

This blog has always been a place for me to relax, share my thoughts and also to make myself try new things and act on my interests. Fashion has always been a big part of my life. When I was younger I was very much a 'tomboy'. I loved having my hair in a ponytail, slipping on my jogging bottoms and would refuse to wear any other shoes apart from my trainers. However, I always had a kind of 'inner struggle' you could say. I was obsessed with fashion. I wanted to be like the pop stars, I wanted to be the models who could try on all these wonderful clothes and I wanted to be the biggest fashionista there ever was. For some reason though I could never really express that and only in the past couple of years I really let my love of fashion out. Which is exactly why I want to embrace it with open arms and I think this is the right platform to do that on.

I thought I'd show you a little holiday haul as I'm jetting of to Barcelona in the next couple of days and I thought it would really get me in the holiday mood whilst sharing with you guys some lovely clothes you might want to go out and buy for yourselves!

Here is a sneak peak of what's to come!




The first items that I purchased were two Ciate mini nail polishes which actually came completely free in the August 2015 issue of Marie Clare. I was so excited when I saw them sat on the shelf. I love reading Marie Clare anyway so to be able to get to mini Ciate nail polishes was a total bonus. 
In the little set was a shade and also a top coat polish. I had the shade 'Sugar Plum' which is a beautiful pastel purple and the top coat polish I received was called 'Mattnificent' which is a clear creme type of colour. I'm very pleased with both polishes and I believe there are  few colours you can collect however, I'm not sure what they are. This polish is the perfect shade for a Summer holiday.



The next item I bought was a wash bag. I have so many cremes and make-up brushes and other similar items that I need a place to put them when on holiday so that they are all in one place. It makes me feel more organised and I know where everything is. I bought this wash bag from a store called 'Savers' for £2.99 which I thought was an absolute bargain. I'd previously gone into Boots and the wash bags were around £8.00- £10.00 and they were very similar to the one I picked up and I just couldn't justify that price so I'm so glad that I held off buying one.


I bought a ton of shorts on this shopping trip. I struggle with shorts because of my body shape however they are pretty much necessary for a holiday in a hot country. Luckily, I found some lovely shorts that looked so good and the prices weren't so bad either!

The first pair of shorts I bought were these lovely pale pink ones they've come out slightly brown in the photo but they are pink!. They have an elastic waistband and have a tie at the front as well as a 'floaty' effect which means they are great if you have slightly bigger thighs like myself. The original price of these shorts was £12.99 but, I managed to get them for £7.00 in the sale.I purchased these in New Look. Again! Another great bargain.


I then picked up these orange and blue patterned shorts. They also have an elastic waistband and have a 'floaty' effect to them. I also bought these from New Look. The original price was £12.99 but, I got them in the sale for £7.00.


I then actually visited Tesco. Now I know! A lot of you are probably like 'She shops in Tesco?'. For you Americans out there this store I think is similar to your Walmart. Anyway, I have found that this year that the clothing department in Tesco has really stepped up their game. Their fashion line is more extensive and is much better quality and more fashionable than it ever was. Don't knock it until you try it as I say! Anyway, I bought these lovely purple-y blue shorts which again have an elastic waistband and a 'floaty' feel to them which means their are lovely for curvier girls such as myself.  I bought these for £10.00 however, I believe they are now in the sale so go and see if you can find them at your local store!


I bought one last pair of shorts on this shopping trip once again, in New Look. I have quite an awkward body shape which means that I find buying shorts very difficult especially denim shorts which can sometimes be a bit of a pain. However, I did manage to find a pair that fit relatively well. I bought this pair of ripped 'Mom' shorts. These are perfect for me because they are slightly longer than an average pair of shorts which means they fit my thighs perfectly. I'm not sure of the original price however, I bought them in the sale at £10.00 which I thought was a great deal.


I then decided to pick up a hat. Hat's are quite difficult for me to buy because I have a round face and a lot of hats just don't suit that face type. However, I have been able to find one type of hat that looks much better than most of the hats you can get out there. This is the 'Floppy' hat.  These hats are great because they not only keep your head protected from the sun but, they also provide shade over your face meaning you won't get a nasty little burnt nose on your first day!. The hat I bought was from Sainsburys and was originally £8.00 however, I managed to get it at half price which meant I only paid £4.00 and it has a floral and twine pattern. I was so pleased with this purchase as it is the same quality as the hats you get in high end fashion shops but, I had it for a fraction of the price.


The final item I bought on this trip was a dress. This is a lovely comfy dress. The material is really light and airy making it perfect for summer holidays. It has shoulder straps as well as a strap that ties across your back. The top half of the dress is framed to flatter your figure and slowly goes out into a floaty skirt. I love this dress and I cannot wait to wear it! It is green with a pink and white floral pattern. I picked this dress up in New Look for £7.99 however, I believe that it is now in the sale so you can go pick yourself one up! Go on! Treat Yourself!!


So that it for this little haul! It was something a little different and I really enjoyed writing this. Let me know in the comments where your going on holiday this summer and what your looking forward to the most! 

Also don't forget my writing competition which is open until MONDAY 10TH AUGUST 2015 everyone is invited to take part. Just send your entries to livelifeadventure@hotmail.com to be entered. 

Don't forget to follow all my social media which is on the contacts page!

See You Soon
xx




Thursday, 30 July 2015

REVIEW : The Isle of the Lost - A Descendants Novel by Melissa De La Cruz

Review

Title : The Isle Of The Lost: A Descendants Novel

Author: Melissa De La Cruz

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Disney

Star Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads Synopsis
Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon and made to live in virtual imprisonment on the Isle of the Lost. The island is surrounded by a magical force field that keeps the villains and their descendants safely locked up and away from the mainland. Life on the island is dark and dreary. It is a dirty, decrepit place that's been left to rot and forgotten by the world.  But hidden in the mysterious Forbidden Fortress is a dragon's eye: the key to true darkness and the villains' only hope of escape. Only the cleverest, evilest, nastiest little villain can find it...who will it be?
    Maleficent, Mistress of the Dark: As the self-proclaimed ruler of the isle, Maleficent has no tolerance for anything less than pure evil. She has little time for her subjects, who have still not mastered life without magic. Her only concern is getting off the Isle of the Lost.
     Mal: At sixteen, Maleficent's daughter is the most talented student at Dragon Hall, best known for her evil schemes. And when she hears about the dragon's eye, Mal thinks this could be her chance to prove herself as the cruelest of them all.
    Evie: Having been castle-schooled for years, Evil Queen's daughter, Evie, doesn't know the ins and outs of Dragon Hall. But she's a quick study, especially after she falls for one too many of Mal's little tricks.
    Jay: As the son of Jafar, Jay is a boy of many talents: stealing and lying to name a few. Jay and Mal have been frenemies forever and he's not about to miss out on the hunt for the dragon's eye.
   Carlos: Cruella de Vil's son may not be bravest, but he's certainly clever. Carlos's inventions may be the missing piece in locating the dragon's eye and ending the banishment for good.
     Mal soon learns from her mother that the dragon's eye is cursed and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She'll just need a little help from her "friends." In their quest for the dragon's eye, these kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain't so bad.
 

Review
I only recently discovered that this book was an actual thing and as an avid Disney fan I couldn't resist picking it up! 

Following the children of four of the most infamous evil characters in Disney films including Maleficent, Jafar, Evil Queen and Cruella De Vil this is the tale of an unlikely friendship among children raised in the shadows of their powerful parents. Trying to prove to their respective parents that they can be as evil if not more evil than them this group of children head out on a mission to reclaim Maleficent's sceptre 'The Dragon's Eye'. Overcoming challenges that test their knowledge and fears they head into Maleficent's castle hoping they will come out on top!

I enjoyed this novel. After being in tremendous reading slump this was a lovely light read to get me back into the swing of things. Whilst it wasn't the most developed book I've ever read and even though the characters weren't as developed as I would have liked, it was a very readable book with an amazing plot. 

However, I did have a few issues with this book. Like I said before it wasn't really as developed as I would have liked but also, I found out after I read this book that it doesn't really finish. What I mean is, the story finishes however, the epilogue doesn't and it turns out that Disney channel are actually releasing a movie called 'The Descendants' which is the aftermath of what happens in the novel! I think!! You'll have to check that out. However, I thought this was a little bit of an inconvenience because people may want to read the book but, won't have the opportunity to watch the movie which I think is a bit annoying. 

I gave this book a our out of five stars. Whilst I enjoyed the concept and the simplicity of the book- to an extent I think it could have been  developed more and I think the whole book to movie thing is a little bit of an inconvenience. 

So that's it guys! It was nice to do a review because I haven't done one in so long! Let me know in the comments if you've read this book and what you thought of it! And give me some book recommendations!! 

Also, don't forget about my writing competition! It's open until Monday the 10th of August 2015 so you've still got over a week!

Okay! 

See You Soon!!

Monday, 27 July 2015

COMPETITION TIME!

I've decided to host a small competition on my blog which will be open for two weeks.

I'm hoping that any readers or aspiring writers out there will be interested in this competition and I'm really excited about it!

The Competition
* Send me your best idea for a short YA story and have the opportunity to write your piece and get it published here on my blog.

The Rules
* This competition is open to anyone of any age however, if you are under 16 years old I will need your parents permission because I will need your e-mail address in order to contact you if you have won.

*You must leave your name and age on your e-mail so I can announce your name if you have won.

* You must send me your idea and the first 100 words of your story via e-mail which I will leave for you at the bottom of this post.

* Your idea must be 'user - friendly' meaning that your concept must be appropriate for 'young adult' readers.

* Your idea must be able to fit into 500 words however, I will accept 490 words and 510 words no more or no less! Leave a word count at the bottom of your e-mail.

So, there is the competition and all it's rules. Like I said, anyone of any age may enter but your idea must be a concept for a YA story. I think this competition is going to be really fun and it can be an opportunity for you to grow your portfolio, practise your writing or just to have fun! If this competition is successful I will do many more of these because I'd love young writers in particular to have the opportunity to share their writing!

This competition is going to be open for two weeks so the closing date is Monday the 10th of August 2015 and there will be only one winner.

I hope you decide to take part and I'm excited to read all your ideas

Good Luck! And may the odds be ever in your favour!

See you soon!

SEND YOUR IDEAS HERE!!! - livelifeadventure@hotmail.com

Friday, 24 July 2015

CHIT CHAT #3

PUSHING MY LIMITS

A lot of changes are happening in my life this year and even though we are only half way through the year, I feel like so much has changed already. Truthfully, I'm not very good with change. I like a routine and I like being surrounded by people and things that I know well. All of this has led me to the question "Is a spontaneous life better than a planned life?' . Thus far my life has pretty much been planned down to the last detail. I will go to school and get my G.C.S.E'S , I'll go to college and get my A-Levels, I'll go to University and get a degree. I think that because I pretty much planned my life up until this point that I never really explored other options like travelling or getting an apprenticeship and I'm not unhappy with my life at all but, I feel like I should have tried to be a little more spontaneous. This year is the time for change and I'm going to explore what has challenged me so far.

I went on a college trip to New York and Washington  DC in February this year. I was thinking about not going because none of my close friends were going. Sure! I knew the majority of people that were going because they had been in the same Secondary school as me and to a degree I would consider them friends but not super close. That for me was scary! I was going on a trip to a country I had never been to before in these huge cities with people I just about knew well enough to hold a decent conversation with. It was one day in June last year that I decided I was just going to take the plunge and ask for a place on this trip. So, I went alone to the staff office and asked the teacher if there were any places left and she said yes! This is just one scenario where I decided to take the plunge and just be a little 'spontaneous' you could say. I honestly didn't plan on going on this trip just because my friends weren't going but, one day I realised that this is my life and I'm not going to base what I do and what actions I take based on my friends decisions. This was huge for me because I now knew that I was expected to interact and that I had to talk to people outside of my usual friendship circle which I find so intimidating. However, once I got on that bus to go to the airport, it was like a switch had been turned on in my head. I was talking to people I'd never spoken to before and once we were actually in America I had such an amazing time with these people and I laughed the whole time I was there and I really made some good friends from that trip. What I learned from this experience is that you shouldn't put yourself in a box with two or three other people and shut out the rest of the world because that will come back on you. You need to explore friendships you never thought about and do things that will make you happy, even if your friends aren't doing it because at the end of the day your the one that is going to loose out.

One other thing that has happened to me this year are my final A-Level exams. This was a different type of challenge to the previous one. I've always been generally good with exams and academic stuff. I get mostly B's with an even scattering of C's and A's thrown in there as well but, I'm a fairly average student. However, this year I feel like so much more pressure has been put on me because this is the year that I have applied to University. I don't know what it's like in other countries but, here in the UK, you apply to a maximum of five different Universities through a system called 'UCAS' and they give you offers and you have to pick a firm and an insurance choice from those five offers. The offers the Universities give you are based on your previous grades as well as your predicted grades and you have to meet the conditions of your offer in order to get in. Anyway, this means that I have had so much more pressure on me this year because now my results mean my future really is at stake. These results actually mean something now and my future is based on these how I do in these exams. I can deal with pressure quite well but, this year it was pushing that extra little bit. I feel like this has challenged me a little bit because I always feel pressure but this year means so much more and I think because I knew that I pushed myself as far as I possibly could and now I just have to hope that that pushing and pressure and hard work, yields  results. What I've learned from this experience is that you constantly need to challenge yourself. You can't plateau and reach a stop. You need to push your limits and break down those barriers in order to succeed.

I'm not sure if any of this made sense but, it's just whats been going on in my mind recently and I just wanted to share that.

Thats it for today! If you have any questions e-mail me or message me on my social media which can all be found in the contacts section.

Also, if you want me to write a post on University applications and what happens let me know in the comments below.

See you soon!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

PHOTOGRAPHY #1

I said in my Chit Chat post yesterday that I really want to start exploring photography and working on my own photographic abilities. These days it's so easy to take photos on our phones that everyone is becoming an amateur photographer and social media websites such as Instagram allow us to share our images with the world. I'm going to be using this blog to share some of the images that I take. Some may be edited, others may be the original photo in all it's glory. As well as this (unless otherwise stated) all photos are taken on my iphone 5C.

It was a beautiful day in Britain a few days ago which is very rare. My garden has been blossoming some roses for a while and in the sun they all fully opened up and were so beautiful that I couldn't resist taking some shots. So here they are.

*ALL PHOTOS BELONG TO ME. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE THEM FOR ANY REASON YOU MUST ASK MY PERMISSION BEFORE TAKING THEM*








So, they were the photos I took. I know they aren't the best but, like I said I'm practising. I hope you like them!
Let me know if you have Instagram accounts full of these photos and I will try to follow you and tell me in the comments whether you prefer the old style of taking photos where you take a photo and print or this new modern style where everything is digital! 
Don't forget to follow, like and all that jazz! 
That's it!
See you soon!

Friday, 17 July 2015

CHIT CHAT #2

EXPLORING WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY

For so long I have felt stuck. I've never really had that many interests and I'm not sure whether that is a result of my personality or whether it is a result of my surroundings and the area that I live in. I've always been quiet and when I was younger I was extremely timid and introverted. As I've got older I've opened up a little more but, I still like keeping to myself and sometimes I just prefer sitting in my room by myself munching on popcorn and watching Netflix or reading a good book rather than going out. As well as this, I live in a very small area, we have a shopping centre a cinema and some restaurants but nothing really out there like ice skating rinks or adventure sports areas and other fun stuff like that and to get to places such as these it's at least an hour and a half car drive. So I've never really had much of an opportunity to explore these things growing up. As a result of this my friends and I have really just had to find ways to entertain ourselves but, I think I've liked this way of growing up because I have learned to appreciate the little things in life but, also to fully immerse myself in big opportunities that don't come around everyday.

I decided for my New Year's resolution around two years ago that I need to start exploring more things that make me happy and find new interests. I started reading more. I've always loved reading and around the time I made the resolution I was barely reading at all. I discovered Booktube around this time also and the enthusiasm these people showed for these books inspired me so much that I got really into reading again and it makes me so happy just to dive into a book and explore these new worlds and through reading I discovered a love of writing and I often write short stories as a result of this.

I also decided that I wanted to explore my love of writing and I now hope to go into a career in Publishing or Journalism and that is why I started this blog. I wanted a space where I could explore the things I love with people around the world but, I also wanted a place to improve my general writing skills. This blog is still fairly new but I love writing here and it makes me happy when I can interact with people worldwide through something I've created.

Scrapbooking is quite an important part of my life. Since I made this resolution to start exploring things that make me happy and that interest me I have scrapbooked so much more than I ever did. I've always been in need of a creative outlet because I am quite a creative person but, I'm bad at drawing and painting and I've always found it difficult to express my creativity. When I discovered scrapbooking I was so happy because I had finally found a way that I could share my creativity without drawing really bad pictures.

My most recent interests that I am trying to explore more are cooking and photography. I've always loved baking and I take photos whereever I go and these are my new interests that I really want to invest in and explore them because it makes me happy.

So, I guess what I've been trying to say in a really round-a-bout way is that do more of what makes you happy! Life is too short to dwell on bad times and to be doing things that you aren't comfortable with or aren't happy doing. Everything that makes me happy are only small things but, I feel content when I do them. Everyone's version and definition of happiness is different and therefore what make me happy might not make you happy but, there is also a sense of sharing. When we meet new people there is an opportunity to expand and explore out interests because they can introduce us to new things.

I hope you enjoyed this little babble! Tell me in the comments what makes you happy and if you have any questions feel free to e-mail me or reach out on social media (You'll find this on the contacts page)

See you soon!

CHIT CHAT #1

HOW TO PICK THE RIGHT A-LEVELS FOR YOU
I'm at the end of my schooling career and I think it's fair to say there have been some ups and downs but, I have done relatively well throughout school and I'm hoping to share some of this wisdom with you guys!

Now, I'm not claiming to know everything about school but, I'm happy to share some of my experiences with you! I've just finished my final year of Sixth Form and I'm hoping to go to University in September so I feel like I'm in quite a good position to share my thoughts with you.

This is going to be the first in a series of posts as we lead up to those all important results days and the new school year. I'm going to be sharing some tips and tricks that I have learned over the years to help make school or college that little bit easier for you.

I'm going to start with how to pick the right A-Level subjects for you.

So, you've just finished your G.C.S.E's and you have to now start planning ahead. When I was picking my A-Levels I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do for a career in the future. My parents had always asked me growing up 'What do you want to do when your older?' but, I never really had an answer for them whereas most kids I knew could answer that question in a heartbeat and I felt a little left out and odd. If this is you, DO NOT WORRY! you have plenty of time to change you mind and decide what you want to do.

For many people picking their A-Levels is easy because the know that they want to become a doctor so they do Chemistry, Biology and Maths or they want to become a teacher so the pick English and Maths but, for people that don't know what they want to do this is a difficult decision.

So, here are my top 5 tips for picking the right A-Level subjects for you.

1. DO NOT DO WHAT YOUR FRIENDS ARE DOING!
   For me it was pretty easy to accept that I wasn't going to be doing the same subjects as my friends    because they liked Maths, Physics and Chemistry whereas I was the complete opposite, I loved English History and Religious Studies so I knew straight away that I wouldn't be in their classes. If you are in a position where you don't know what to do, never take the easy route and copy your friends because you will loose out in the end. If they want to take the same subjects as you, let them, but never compromise your own future because you don't want to be lonely in class.

2. PICK SUBJECTS YOUR GOOD AT. 
    This one is a little difficult to explain. Obviously if you tend to excel in Maths for example, it may be a good choice because you know that you find it fairly easy, you tend to get good grades and it just comes naturally and at the end of the day a good grade it what you want. However, sometimes if you are good at a subject, that doesn't necessarily mean that you enjoy the subject and in this case you kind of just have to weigh up in your own mind how much you don't like the subject against how good you are at it. A- Levels are different because if your good at a subject at G.C.S.E it doesn't necessarily mean your good at it at A-Level. You've probably heard this a million times but A-Levels really are a big jump and you have to work out yourself if your abilities are going to be able to make that jump.

3. DON'T LISTEN TO YOUR PARENTS.
    Okay, so your parents can be kind of helpful when picking your subjects because they have gone to parent teacher meetings your entire life and they have seen your grades from everything so they kind of know a little bit about where your strengths lie. Constructive opinions are always good from your parents but, If they start telling you what subjects you must do, block them out straight away. You are not on this Earth to fulfil your parents dreams and desires and whilst they may have always hoped you'd become a lawyer, you might want to be a teacher and that is perfectly fine. You need to pick A- Levels based on the career you want to do not what your parents want you to do. I was lucky in that my parents supported my choices but, if your parents are forcing you to do subjects you don't want to do, don't do them.

4. PICK SUBJECTS YOU ENJOY AND THAT YOUR INTERESTED IN.
   At A-Level there are so many more subjects available for you to take compared to G.C.S.E. There is Law, Health and Social Care, Psychology, Sociology and so many more. A-Levels give you the opportunity to explore subjects you might have been interested in but, never got the chance to study. This is perfect for someone that doesn't know what career they want to go into because you can pick subjects that you might find yourself interested in that weren't available to you before.

5.IF YOUR NOT HAPPY,STOP!
   A-Levels are not compulsory. There are so many other ways that you can make your way into a career either by work, apprenticeships or Vocational courses. Don't feel pressured to take on A-Levels if you don't feel well suited to them. In addition to this if you find in the first couple of months that you are not happy with the courses you are taking just stop and step back and look at the bigger picture. If you don't think you need to do this don't do it, but, if you feel you'd like to carry on, pick up a subject guide for your college or school and discuss with your parents and teachers your concerns about the courses you are currently studying. By doing this you will find out what you like and what you don't like and you may find other subjects that you think you would be better suited to.

That's it guys! I know this might be late for this years crop of students but, if your in the year below and are already looking around at what courses you might want to take I hope this helped!

Let me know what subjects you've picked in the comments or what you are thinking of studying next year.

If you have any questions whether they are related to this post or not, leave them in the comments sections below or reach out to me on my social media and e-mail which you will find on the contacts page.

See you soon!

Saturday, 11 July 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT

As you can probably see already my blog and my social media has undergone a slight facelift and your probably wondering what the heck is going on, so I'm here to explain.

I said a few weeks ago that I had an announcement to make and it took a lot longer to get that announcement out than I would have liked but, I'm making that announcement right here, right now.

I've decided that I want to branch out with my blog. I love writing reviews and giving book recommendations but, I felt I was being restricted because I have so many other fun things I want to write about and share and I wanted a platform where I would be able to do just that.

I understand that a lot of my readership at the moment is here because of my book reviews and I greatly appreciate that support but, don't worry I will still be writing reviews but not as often as I was. Like I said, I really want to branch out and write about other things I enjoy such as baking, scrapbooking and photography. I also want to incorporate Q&A days where you can ask me questions on any of the posts and topics I write about in my blog but also advice and general questions. I'm happy to try and answer anything you throw at me! I also hope that eventually I will write posts that aren't really on anything in particular but, just my general thoughts for the day but that will come with time.

I really hope you will continue on with this blog with me and introduce friends and family that you think might be interested in what I write about. I'd greatly appreciate that!

You can start sending me any of the questions you may have to any of my social media platforms and if not there e-mail me! If you'd like to ask a question you'll find all the links and information to my social media pages as well as my e-mail address on the contacts page of my blog!

Anyway, I guess that's it for now!

Welcome to LIVE.LIFE.ADVENTURE!!

Friday, 19 June 2015

THE CREATIVE BLOGGER AWARD

So, I'm back and boy does it feel good. I think the break that I took definitely helped me sort out my priorities and I've come back bigger and better. I have so many more ideas for this blog and don't forget I still have that special announcement to make. However, for now I back to writing and what better way to come back than to an award!




I was nominated by The Book Jar Blog for the 'Creative Blogger Award'. They nominated me a little while back but, since I was taking a break from blogging I didn't have the chance to post it. So, firstly, thank you for nominating me!

I believe this nomination is kind of like the Liebster Award from what I can gather so lets get on with it shall we!

The Rules

*Nominate 5-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blog
*Thank and post the link to the blog that nominated you
*Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers.
*Pass these rules onto them.

5 interesting facts about me

1. I've just finished college and I'm hoping to study for a degree in English Literature and Publishing in the Autumn.

2. I used to hate English when I was younger.

3. I spend way too much time on Netflix.

4. I hope to travel the world someday.

5. I have family members all around the world. The furthest apart are in America and Australia.

The Nominees

*A Little Something Bookish

*A Thousand Words A Million Books

*BloggityBlog

*Novels and Necklaces

*Sandra the Bookworm

So, thats it guys! Have fun with this! Readers go and check these blogs out because they are all so good and talented at what they do and I'll talk to you soon!

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Monday, 15 June 2015

UPDATE

So I'm hoping you haven't all forgotten me in this past week or so and that I'm not talking to myself here. I just wanted to give you a little update on the current situation because the last time I spoke to you I said that I wasn't going to write for a while because of my exams and the fact that I was getting sick over the stress and I kind of just wanted to let you know what's going on and that kind of stuff.

First of all, I am so much more better than I was a week or two ago! I definitely don't deal well with stress and I didn't want to let you guys down by coming up with excuses as to why I wasn't posting. I thought it was best that I just point blank told you what was going on.

Second, the majority of my exams are now over! I only have one exam left which on Wednesday of this current week so I'm really focusing on that at the moment but after that I will be a free woman!

So where does all that leave this blog? Well I'm hoping to be back writing and posting here either by the end of this week or at the beginning of next week. I have a book haul for you and a couple of other things planned.

Also, the last time we spoke I said that I was going to be making an announcement when I came back and I should be filling you in on that either the beginning of next week maybe the middle of next week it just depends where I can fit it in.

Hopefully this helped just to clarify a few things and just to let you know what's happening. I know I have some lovely readers that read my blog regularly and I don't want to disappoint you so I just thought I'd fill you all in.

So I will be seeing you all very soon! Don't forget to follow, subscribe and all that jazz and I'll talk to you soon!

Saturday, 6 June 2015

UPDATE!

As you can probably see from this past week or so, my blog posts have been very rare and I think you deserve an explanation which is why I'm writing this. I did write a small update on my Instagram a few days ago so you can go check that out at the link below if you don't want to read this long speech because I'm just going to expand on what I said in that post. 

Okay, so as you may or may not know , it depends if you live in the UK or not, 18 year olds around the country are taking their A-Level examinations and I happen to be one of those people. A- Levels are basically like Finals I think they are called in America, they basically will determine whether I get into my chosen University in September or not. So as you can imagine my stress levels are way up at the moment and I don't really have much more time to do anything other than study at the moment. 

I love writing on this blog and I really love interacting you guys because this community has embraced me and my weirdness with big open arms and I am very appreciative of that considering that this blog is so new. I am very critical of my posts on this blog and I always want to put something up that I know you are going to be interested in and has good content and encourages people to read more. I know that my spelling and grammar isn't perfect all the time and I know sometimes I can go off on a tangent a little bit but, that is a perfect post for me because I am writing as if I was just talking to you face to face and that makes this whole experience more personal for me and you, my readers.  So, I'm not prepared to write quick, crappy content because I haven't got time to put the amount of work into it that I usually would. 

On top of all that I've been diving in and out of illness over the past week which has been put down to stress and anxiety so I don't want to write posts and then start to resent writing on this blog and then just completely stop writing because this is my hobby and I love it like a child. 

I've decided that for the next week and a half maybe two weeks that I'm not going to write here just because I have so much going on and the fact that I'm getting sick over it is ridiculous so I don't want to stress myself out even more. I will try and maybe put some posts on Instagram but, I'm not going to promise anything. I know I said that I would take part in the June Book Challenge on Instagram this month but, I think I'm just going to put it off and pick up with the July Book Challenge next month. 

I just want to say as well that when I do come back that I have an exciting announcement that I can't wait to tell you all about but, you'll have to wait for that. Make sure you check my blog to see if I've updated that announcement around the time period that I've said I'm going to be back. 

So, that's pretty much my explanation for you I hope that you understand and will still continue to visit my blog during this time I'm away. Also, if you want to e-mail me with questions or if you have any comments I will still be available for all of that and you can find those links below this post. Even if your question is unrelated to books and you want advice on something or whatever I'm open to that too. Don't be afraid!

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Sunday, 31 May 2015

REVIEW: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Review

Title: The Book Thief

Author: Markus Zusak

Genre: YA Historical Fiction

Star Rating: 5*****

Goodreads Synopsis
It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


Review
Once again I saw the film before I read the book but, I think everyone that has read the book and seen the film would agree with me that both were absolutely beautiful. Or not? It's up to you!  I think that recently in the book community there has become a bit of a stigma about watching a film before reading the book or that if you didn't read the book first you aren't a real fan and that has annoyed me a little bit. I think that films can be really wonderful depictions of books, granted, they aren't all the best but, I think films like 'The Book Thief' really show that the film industry is capable of bringing such a moving book to life without actually ruining the story. The film did leave out some parts of the story but,personally, I didn't mind because I loved it for what it was. Anyway! Rant over! This book was absolutely beautiful. Markus Zusak managed to really create a piece of art with this book in my opinion. 

From the perspective of 'Death' we are told the story of Liesel Meminger, a young German girl, who has been sent to live with a foster family during the peak of WW2. Liesel becomes friends with the next door neighbours son, Rudy Steiner, who clearly has a a little bit of a crush on her and we see their young friendship blossom. Whilst living with her foster parents and after being bullied at school for not being able to read or write, Liesel finds a passion for storytelling and is taught by her foster father how to write and spell. In the middle of a World War in the small corners of Germany, this young girl finds a passion for reading and storytelling like no other. 

I think you can clearly see that I enjoyed this book and gave it a well deserved five stars! I've always been interested in books about WW2 in particular and I think it was refreshing to read the story of a young, girl  in Germany during this time. It definitely gives you a wider scope and it let's you into what it was like in these other countries during this time not just your own country. I think the fact that it was also written from the perspective of 'Death' was interesting and different and it was an aspect of the book that I really enjoyed. 

I would recommend this book to everyone, adults and teens alike just because it's a wide open book. It isn't specific to one genre and I think that is almost a connotation for WW2 in that it affected everyone and that is why this book is so accessible to all age groups. 

I hope you enjoyed this review! 
Tell me in the comments if you've read this book and what you thought of it. If you haven't read it tell me what your currently reading and recommend some books to me! I want to become more interactive with my readers than I currently am so don't be shy to leave your thoughts and opinions even if they are different to mine!

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Saturday, 30 May 2015

MAY BOOK HAUL

Hey Guys!

Today I thought I would do my May Book haul as I've accumulated quite a few books this month. 12 books to be exact. I'd just like to say before I start that I have bought all of these books with my own money that I have saved. I'm not being paid to promote any books nor have I been sent any books by any publishers or authors.

Today's review should go up tomorrow because I wanted to get this haul up today! i hope you don't mind that!

Let's get on with the haul!

The first book I bought this month was 'All The Bright Places' by Jennifer Niven. This book has been circling the blogosphere and booktube for quite some time and I was interested to see what is was all about.

This book follows a boy called Theodore Finch and a girl called Violet Markey who go to the same school and meet on the top of the school bell tower one day. Theodore had a fascination with death and always thinks of ways he might kill himself whereas Violet lives for the future and loves adventure.  They seem to get on but as Theodore's life shrinks, Violet's grows.

I thought this sounded really interesting and it has had rave reviews. It's definitely piqued my interest/

Buy it here http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780385755887/?a_aid=onceuponanovel

Again, 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' by Sarah J.Mass was a highly anticipated novel. I'm ashamed to say I haven't read any of her work yet but, I thought I'd try out this first book in a new trilogy by her. From what I have heard this is supposed to be a Beauty and the Beast retelling which grabbed my attention straight away!

So, this book follows a girl called Feyre who kills a wolf in the woods. A beast comes to her and demands retiribution for it's death. She finds out that this beast is not a beast but Tamlin - a lethal immortal faerie. I think she starts to fall in love with him or something and she also has to save Tamlin's faerie world from this darkness or something.

That sounded really awesome and I can't wait to get started on it!

Buy it here
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Te next book I bought this month was 'The Narrow Road To The Deep North' by Richard Flanagan. This book didn't really entice me at first and I never really felt tempted to buy it but, it was staring at me in the bookstore and I had to pick it up.

This book follows a guy called Dorrigo Evans, a surgeon, living in the despair of the Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway. He is haunted by an affair he had with his uncles wife the year before. He receives a letter that changes his life forever.

That's basically what I can grasp from the synopsis. It's sounds really interesting and it doesn't clearly say what the book is about so I can't wait to dive into this maybe in the summer?

Buy it here
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This is another book I've been interested for a while, so when I saw this edition for £1.00 at one of my local bookstores in the sale I grabbed it. This one doesn't have all the illustrations but, I just love this cover.

We follow a boy called Connor who had had the same nightmare every night since his mother started treatment. One night he awakes to see that there is a monster in his room but, its not the monster from his dreams. It's a wild, ancient monster who wants something from him.

Again, this sounded really intriguing and it looks like a relatively quick read. So I can't wait to pick it up.

Buy it here
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I just picked this book up last minute. I didn't even read the back of it, I just liked the cover!

Anyway, this book follows a girls called Katie, who's sister has been found dead in Bali. The police have decided that is was a suicide but, Katie doesn't think thats right. She uses her sisters travel journal to try and find out what really happened.

It sounds really mysterious and I haven't read anything like this before so I'm excited to read it!

Buy it here
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This is the third book in 'The 100' series by Kass Morgan. I've read the first one but not the second and third. So, of course, I picked it up when I saw it. The TV show is also amazing and I'd highly recommend it. It's very different to the books but, they are both good in themselves.

The 100 series follows 100 juvenile delinquents that have been sent from the ARC in space to see if the Earth is survivable again after a nuclear war. It basically follows their story as they survive Earth.

I'm excited for this but, I'm probably not going to get to it for a while!
Buy all three here!
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The next two books I bought were 'Tempest' and 'Vortex' by Julie Cross. These are the first two books in 'The Tempest' trilogy. My friend had been recommending this trilogy to me for a while so when I saw the first two books in TK Maxx for £2.00 I decided to pick them up.

From what I can gather we follow this guy that can time travel and when his girlfriend is shot he jumps back in time and can't return and he only has a certain amount of time to get back to present day before the future is altered. Something like that anyway! Haha

I don't think I'll be getting to these for a while yet and I want to get the third book 'Timestorm' so I can marathon this trilogy!

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The final set of books I bought were 'The Enemy' books by Charlie Higson. I didn't get them all but, I managed to get the first five for £4.00 in TK Maxx which I thought was an amazing deal.

These books are set in London at a time where a disease has taken over everyone over the age of 14. Some died whilst others turned into crazed, hungry zombies out for blood but there are rumours there are safe places to hide.

This sounded very interesting and reminded me a little of the 'Gone' series by Michael Grant. I'm really excited to get started on this series because it's sounds really mysterious.







Buy it here http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9780141325019/a_aid=onceuponanovel

So, that is my May Book Haul. I hope you enjoyed it and that I interested you to some new books. Let me know in the comments if you've read any of these books and what you thought of them. I'm sorry about the really bad summaries but, I hope I piqued your interest a little bit.

Thanks for reading!

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

REVIEW : If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Review

Title: If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman

Genre: YA Contemporary

Star Rating: 2**

Goodreads Synopsis
The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She WentJust One Day, and Just One Year

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. '

Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.


Review
I'm not going to lie to you, I really didn't enjoy this book. Shock horror! This novel really just didn't do it for me and I'm not entirely sure why. This was definitely something that I was interested in and if I hadn't read it yet and read the synopsis I would pick it up now but, I really couldn't get on with this book. I found the character of Mia very ungrateful and self- centred and I found her story to be overly exaggerated. 

If you haven't read this yet, then this book basically follows a young girl called Mia who gets into a car accident in which all her family members die but, she is stuck 'in between', she's not dead, yet she's not alive. Mia has an out of body experience in which she relives and remembers the past and also has the chance to see the effect this accident has had on people outside of her family and she is faced with the choice as to whether she wants to die to be with her family or to fight and survive and be with those that love her outside of her family. 

I had really high hopes for this book because of the hype that had surrounded it and I think that is where the problems first started. Because I had read so many reviews I became convinced that this would be a great read however, I was disappointed when I started to read. I did love the concept of the novel and I liked the parts in the books where we flicked back to past events because that really helped bring Mia's family to life and helped us see what she is having to choose between making her choice a bit more real shall we say. I also enjoyed Gayle Forman's writing in general however, I really didn't like the character of Mia. Again, I can't really pinpoint why I didn't like this character in particular, I just didn't like her. 

This is one of those rare cases that I actually enjoyed the movie more than the book. I thought Chloe Grace Moretz kind of humanised Mia for me and I found it much easier to sympathise with her and her story rather than what was presented to me in the novel. 

So, that's my review for today! As usual I will leave my Book Depository Affiliate link in the comments below in case you would like to check out this book and I will also link you to the Amazon page where you can pick up the DVD if you'd like to check that out as well.

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

SHADOWHUNTERS - CASTING

Okay, today comes the turn of Matthew Daddario who is to portray Alec Lightwood in the up and coming new Shadowhunters TV show. Again, I feel like this was another fantastic casting! The directors and producers really seem to know what they are doing and the quality of the actors and actresses being cast is making the show really looking up to be a fantastic watch.

So lets get a look at our new Alec!
*Side note* I'm starting to feel that these posts are starting to turn into face appreciation posts because this cast is literally the best looking cast I think I've ever seen!


Once again I haven't seen Matthew Daddario in anything. I'm not sure with these actors and actresses are known more in other parts of the world but, here in the UK, I'm pretty sure most people haven't heard of them but, personally, I think thats very refreshing!. Once again I love this casting I think he definitely suits the role of Alec and I'm interested to see how he portrays him in the show. I don't have much more to say so let's get on with the introduction!

**Disclaimer- As usual this information is researched and i can't be 100% certain whether all the information I've stated is completely true**

Fact File 
Full Name: Matthew Daddario
Born: October 1st 1987
Age: 27
Occupation: Actor
Location: New York, New York
Previous Projects: Has appeared in a number of national spots for Amazon and Kindle and Burger King and had his first major role in a TV show called 'Breathe In'. He also appeared in 'Delivery Man' and 'When The Game Stands Tall' as well as ' Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List'
Interesting Fact: He has an Italian, Czech, English and Irish ancestry.
Relationship Status: Unknown

So, there's our new Alec Lightwood! tell me what you guys think in the comments below and don't forget to follow all my social media!

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Saturday, 23 May 2015

REVIEW : A Work In Progress by Connor Franta

Review

Title : A Work In Progress

Author: Connor Franta

Genre: Memoir

Star Rating: 4****

Goodreads Synopsis
In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera, Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation so far.

Here, Connor offers a look at his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom; his struggles with identity, body image, and sexuality in his teen years; and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties, setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and tastemaker.

Exploring his past with insight and humor, his present with humility, and his future with hope, Connor reveals his private struggles while providing heartfelt words of wisdom for young adults. His words will resonate with anyone coming of age in the digital era, but at the core is a timeless message for people of all ages: don't be afraid to be yourself and to go after what you truly want.

This full-color collection includes photography and childhood clippings provided by Connor and is a must-have for anyone inspired by his journey.

Review
I think it's safe to assume that most people reading this blog have heard of YouTube and possibly have their own YouTube channels. If not, your way behind!! Connor Franta is a huge YouTuber, known for funny little skits, tackling issues such as sexuality and generally sharing his life with people around the world. 

Since YouTubers have started releasing books I've been a little wary about picking one up. I'm not 100% sure why but, for some reason it just doesn't sit well with me. However, I've been watching Connor Frantas' videos for a good few years and I felt that I wanted to support him and the direction he was taking, and part of that direction was this new book. So, after much deliberation I decided that I was going to read it and I'm so happy I decided to. 

Connor's book takes the form of a memoir, again, I'm not a huge fan of these types of books but, I gave it a go, and finished it in two days. This book is definitely a book you can sit down and read in one sitting, I was a little busy around the time I was reading the book which is why is took me a little longer than usual to read it. 

His book explores his childhood and memories from his life so far. It includes photos from his childhood, photos he's taken himself and lot's of little snippets and mementos he's gathered throughout his life which personalised the book and made us get to know him so much more. Whilst also exploring Connor's life so far he also shared his experiences with issues surrounding sexuality and accepting yourself. Whilst I'd love to say this book helped me in that aspect, it didn't because I haven't been directly affected by any of this, it may seem harsh but that is the only reason I marked this book down one star because I couldn't directly relate to some of the things that was mentioned in the book and therefore I felt a little detached from the advice that was given. 

However, I loved the the heart and soul that was clearly put into the creation of this book and it was obvious to see whilst reading that a lot of thought and love had gone into the production of this book. 

Connor's book is full of inspiring and beautiful quotes but, the one I loved the most I will use to end this review. 

"Who are you? Answer; you are who you are in this given moment. Label-less. Limitless. Remember that from this day forward."
- Connor Franta

So, that is my review for today!
Just to let you know, next week's posts might be a little all over the place as my exams are so close now but, I will try my best to get my posts up on time!

Okay, see you soon!

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

REVIEW: Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Review

Title : Bunheads

Author : Sophie Flack

Genre : YA Contemporary Romance

Star Rating : 3***

Goodreads Synopsis 

As a dancer with the ultra-prestigious Manhattan Ballet Company, nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward juggles intense rehearsals, dazzling performances and complicated backstage relationships. Up until now, Hannah has happily devoted her entire life to ballet.

But when she meets a handsome musician named Jacob, Hannah's universe begins to change, and she must decide if she wants to compete against the other "bunheads" in the company for a star soloist spot or strike out on her own in the real world. Does she dare give up the gilded confines of the ballet for the freedoms of everyday life?


Review
Once again I never intended to read this book. It was just another one that I picked up to make up a deal that was on at a local store. However, after reading the blurb at the back I was excited to read this book. I've always been obsessed with Ballerinas and the Ballet. I've never been interested in being a Ballerina myself by I've always found their lifestyle fascinating and I love reading anything about the Ballet world. Hence, why I picked up this book. 

This book was a very easy, quick read. It wasn't boring and it didn't fall flat, it was fast paced and to the point and I enjoyed that. This is very much a summer read or a book to read when you just don't have anything else to read, but that makes it more enjoyable. Whilst being a short novel, this book is jam packed with drama and romance.  Like I've said before, I don't usually read YA contemporary romance novels because I just find them a little cheesy and I can't stand 'instalove'. I have to say this book definitely lived up to that. The romance was very cheesy and Hannah seemed to fall in love with Jacob at first sight. I did enjoy that aspect of the book to an extent but, it wasn't my favourite and that's why I marked down my rating a little. 

However, I did enjoy the storyline as a whole and I like how it panned out. I didn't expect the ending so that was a nice surprise at the end. I also enjoyed the character development and how they all grew throughout the novel which kept the plot interesting and I feel like that helped keep me engaged. I think if  there wasn't as much character development as there was in this novel, I would have put it down because it wouldn't have done a lot for me. 

This book is a quick, enjoyable read, definitely suited as a summertime read or a quick read. I'd probably recommend this book to younger audiences however, I think anyone that is interested in Ballet in anyway would also get some satisfaction from the reading this novel. 

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