Wednesday, 29 April 2015

REVIEW: To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Review

Title : To All The Boys I've Loved Before

Author : Jenny Han

Genre : Contemporary Romance

Star Rating : 4 ****

Goodreads Synopsis

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.

Review
To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han is a fun, contemporary YA romance that follows the story of a young girl called Lara Jean and her misfortunes in love. 

Lara Jean has had a habit of writing letters to all of her crushes in order to get over them. One of those letters are even written to her sister's ex- boyfriend and one of Lara Jeans' good friend, Josh. However, one day her letters are mysteriously mailed and Lara is forced to confront the boy's from her past as they come crawling back to haunt her. However, not all misfortunes are completely bad. 

I loved this novel! It was everything and more that I could ask from a contemporary romance! A love triangle? YES! , A couple of hot guys? YES! and a main protagonist that is completely relatable? YES! The story of Lara Jean was written beautifully and I flew through this novel. The characters were all totally relatable as if they had just stepped out of your college and deposited themselves in this fun, lovable read. Jenny Han is a much loved writer in the YA community and after this novel being my first read from her, I couldn't agree more. She totally get's the lives of young adults and the trials and tribulations that they go through everyday. 

Now, you might be asking ' Why only four stars if you're giving such a stellar review?'. Well, my only problem was that I would have liked the story to have developed just a little more, just to satisfy my thirst for information about various things that  go on within the story however, that was really my only problem with the novel all together. 

Now, if you're interested in this novel I believe that there is a second one called 'P.S I Still Love You'. However, I'm not one hundred percent sure when it's out. It may be out in the U.S already but you can check that out! 

That's it guys! I hope you enjoyed this review and if you have any comments or questions leave them in the comments section below. 

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Monday, 27 April 2015

UPDATE

Hey Guys!

You can probably all see that this blog is fairly new and I'd just like to say thank you for the huge amount of support you've all given me already!However, I'd just like to let you know when I'll be uploading posts and what I'll be writing about and all that other fun stuff.

When will I be uploading to this blog?
I've decided that it is going to be impossible for me to upload every day of the week. That just isn't realistic however, I do want to write as often as I can. I've decided that I will be uploading on both Wednesdays and Saturdays but, I will write on Sundays also.

What will I be writing about?
I've decided that on Wednesdays and Saturdays I will be writing my reviews. On Sundays, I will not be writing reviews however, I will talk about new releases, any bookish news such as casting of the Shadowhunters TV show and I may do hauls and pretty much anything else.

Will I be taking part in any Read- a- thons or Reading sprints?
I'm currently in my final year of A- Levels so I don't really have a ton of time to read. The next two to three months are pretty much going to consist of hardcore revision. ( By the way! For any Americans or Non- British Citizens the final year of A-Levels basically means my final exams which will determine whether I go to University in September! I just though I'd clear that up! ) So, for now, Im not going to be taking part in these events but, as soon as my exams are over in June I'm up for taking part in anything and I may even host a few myself!.

That's pretty much everything I have to say for now!
I'll talk to you soon!

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Sunday, 26 April 2015

SHADOWHUNTERS TV SHOW- CASTING!

Many of you may be aware that our good old friend 'The Mortal Instruments' series by Cassandra Clare is being made into a TV show on ABC Family and whilst the news about this was released a while back everyone of us are still trying to scour the internet for as much information as we can possibly find out about it.

The HUGE question on everyone's mind is 'Who are the cast?'. There was a lot of speculation about this to say the least! Many were hoping the original cast of the 'City Of Bones' movie were going to be brought back however, many were hoping for an entirely new cast. Whilst it's still not clear whether some of the original cast will feature in the new TV show, the biggest question on everyone's mind is 'Who are playing Jace and Clary?'

And we now have half of that answer.

Cassandra Clare revealed on Twitter a few days ago that the actor Dominic 'Dom' Sherwood would be to play Jace Wayland in the highly anticipated TV show.

*Insert photo of the gorgeous Dom Sherwood here!*


I don't know about you guys but,  I think this is a pretty good casting choice. I think that his looks suit Jace's looks and he looks very similar to the way I pictured Jace when I read the books. I have personally never seen him act in anything so, I think it will be interesting to see how he takes on this role. I'm also really glad that Jace is someone that we haven't really heard all that much about before because I think this gives us the opportunity to judge him as Jace just based on his acting as Jace and not base our opinions on other projects he's worked on in the past because it can be so easy to do that. 

I'm also really glad that Alex Pettyfer isn't playing Jace because there were a few rumours about that. I'm just kind of fed up of him playing every single blonde male lead there is! No offence! Haha

Anyway I thought I'd write a small fact file on Dom Sherwood so we can all get to know him a little better.  

* By the way this is all off of Wikipedia so don't shout at me if something's wrong! Haha!*

Fact File
Full Name: Dominic Anthony Sherwood
Born: 6th February 1990 
Age: 25 
Occupation: Actor, Model and Musician
Location : London 
Previous Projects : Best known for playing Christian Ozera in 'Vampire Academy'. 
Interesting Fact: He has heterochromia which means he has one full blue eye and one half-blue half-brown eye. 
Relationship Status : Dating former co- star from 'Vampire Academy' Sarah Hyland. 

So there is our new Jace Wayland! 

I will be doing one of these blog posts for each of the main cast members as they are revealed!
Tell me what you think of this casting choice in the comments and tell me who you want Clary to be!

Talk to you soon!

Saturday, 25 April 2015

REVIEW : We Were Liars by E.Lockhart

Review 

Title : We Were Liars

Author : E.Lockhart 

Genre : Contemporary

Star Rating : 3 ***

Goodreads Synopsis

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE

Review
When I first picked up this book I was so excited. It had had a huge amount of hype in the YA book blogging community and a ton of Booktubers were raving about it so when I finally had it in my hands I was eager to dive in. I hadn’t read any spoilers and I had no idea what the book was about apart from the fact that  it had a huge twist. When I first started reading I enjoyed it, it was nothing special however, I really wanted to continue reading and give it a good go. As I continued with the novel I was starting to feel more and more disappointed with the storyline and I had huge problems with the main protagonist ‘Cadence Sinclair Eastman’. I felt that she was just so self involved and removed and I hated her unreliable narration. I understand that this was meant to add to the storyline but, I felt that it just brought the novel down a little. I did enjoy the twist to the novel and how it was embedded in the plot however, I was expecting something much bigger that what actually happened. 

My negative opinions of the plot are not similar to my thoughts on the actual writing of the novel. Personally, I really enjoyed E.Lockwood’s writing style. I thought it was fresh and new and something that I hadn’t really come across before in YA literature. The language was very sophisticated and it was beautifully written and I am eager to read more of E.Lockwood’s writing. Even though I had some negative thoughts on the novel I would recommend it to anyone that is even slightly interested in what this novel is about as even though I didn’t think the book was all that great, I really enjoyed reading a new style of writing and I think others would embrace this writing style also. 


Let me know in the comments whether you've read this book and let me know your thoughts on the novel! 

See you next time!