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! 
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Saturday, 30 May 2015

MAY BOOK HAUL

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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/

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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!
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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.







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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.

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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

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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!

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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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Sunday, 17 May 2015

SHADOWHUNTERS TV SHOW - CASTING

Clary!!

Okay! Just over two weeks ago I think, the most anticipated casting of the new Shadowhunters TV show was revealed. Much speculation surrounded who was to be our new Clary Fray and it was finally revealed that the actress that was to play her would be Katherine McNamara.


Unlike much of the cast revealed Katherine McNamara is more of a known actress. Whilst she isn't the most known actress out there, she has starred in a few well known films and is going to be appearing in some very hyped up films that are coming out soon.

Personally, I love this casting, as I have every other casting so far. I think the directors and producers have picked out some really good actors and actresses for this TV show so far and I can't wait to see who the rest will be. I think Katherine has is really the embodiment of Clary and I think a lot of you will agree with me in saying that. So many people were rooting for her to be Clary and I think she suits the role perfectly. She definitely has the look for Clary and she looks very much like the way I envisioned Clary when I read the books.

Anyway! Let' get to know her a little more shall we?

*Disclaimer- As usual I've taken this information from some research on the internet so I can't be sure that all the facts you will read are 100% true*

Fact File
Full Name : Katherine McNamara
Born : November 22, 1995
Age : 19
Occupation : Actress, Singer- Songwriter and Dancer
Location : Born in Kansas City, Missouri but now resides in Los Angeles, California
Previous Projects : Katherine's career began on Broadway when she was 13 and has appeared in musical performance such as 'A Little Night Music' and 'To Kill A Mockingbird'. She has appeared in a number of TV shows such as 'Jessie' and 'Girl vs Monster'. Her film career has also been relatively successful landing roles in 'New Years Eve' and 'Contest' as well as landing a role in the sequel to 'The Maze Runner' , 'The Scorch Trials'.
Interesting Fact : She was homeschooled and graduated high school at the age of 14 with honours.
Relationship Status : Unknown

So, there is out new Clary Fray! I think she's pretty Kick Ass!
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Saturday, 16 May 2015

REVIEW : The Statistical Probability of Love at First by Jennifer E.Smith

Review

Title : The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Author : Jennifer E.Smith

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Star Rating: 4 ****

Goodreads Synopsis 
Four minutes changes everything. Hadley Sullivan 17 misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her father's second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British, sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink, but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring them together again?




Review 
I decided to pick up this book only because it was cheap on The Book People. I hadn't really intended on picking this book up because I find romance books and particularly YA romance books, very cringy and unrealistic and I just tend to stay away from them. However, it was £2.00 for a hardcover so I thought, why not? 

When I received the book in the mail I was in the middle of a reading slump and I just wanted a quick read so I looked at this book and I thought, I'll give it ago.... and then I didn't put it down. I read this book in just under a day which is surprising considering I don't usually read this kind of book but, I loved every second of it. 

This book follows the story of Hadley and Oliver who get put next to each other on a flight from JFK to London and how their relationship progresses over such a short period of time. Usually, I don't enjoy instalove but, the way that the author wrote it made the relationship totally believable and very realistic. I found myself rooting for them the entire time. 

This book is perfect if your trying to get out of a reading slump. It's quick and addictive and the story is perfect if your in a lovey dovey mood. I loved the characters of Oliver and Hadley and for a short story their characters developed really well and they were very convincing. The way in which Jennifer E. Smith carries out her stories is fantastic. She creates a very believable story with a very basic plot and her writing is beautiful also. I can't wait to read more of her work!

My only criticism is that I would have liked some of the book to have been developed a little more but, it was nothing major and I would definitely recommend this to anyone thats looking to get out of a reading slump or it just feeling a little lovey dovey!

I hope you enjoyed this review!
I'll see you tomorrow with my introductory post to Katherine McNamara who is to be our new Clary Fray in the Shadowhunters TV show!

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

REVIEW: Wonder by R.J Palacio

Review


Title : Wonder

Author : R.J Palacio

Genre: Middle grade contemporary

Star Rating: 5*****

Goodreads Synopsis:
You can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.


Review
I'd like to start this review by saying that I think EVERYONE should read this novel. The issues and emotions that it explorers are truly touching and makes you put things into perspective.

This novel follows the story of August Pullman. He has some form of facial disability however, we never actually learn what it is in medical terms although we do get some small description about what his face looks like. August story is told from multiple perspectives including August himself, his mother, sister, father and school friends. This makes the story all that more touching because we hear the raw feelings of everyone around August and how his disability has affected them and their lives.

This book also presents us with the idea that a disability not only has an effect on the person that has that disability but, also on the lives of the people around them. People can sometimes resent a person because they have a disability and hate that it has an impact on their own lives. We see this idea come to the fore when we read from the perspective of Augusts sister. It teaches us that people aren't bad for not wanting someone in their family to have a disability. They are only human but, the lesson that this book tries to teach us is that people don't hate people for having a disability, rather, they come to accept that their disability is a part of the person and because that disability is part of the person they love it because that has made that person they way they are.

This novel can teach us a lot and I think that everyone should definitely give this a read.

That's it guys! I know it was short today but, I feel like I've put everything I needed to into the review.

I'll be back Saturday with a new review and on Sunday I will have my introductory post to our new Clary Fray in the Shadowhunters TV show, Katherine McNamara!

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

SHADOWHUNTERS TV SHOW - CASTING

SIZZY!!

Last week I introduced you to one half of 'Sizzy' Alberto Rosende who is to play Simon in the new Shadowhunters Tv show. This week I introduce to the other half of 'Sizzy', Emeraude Toubia who is to play Isabelle. My first thoughts of these two new actors included 'OMG!' and 'I think I'm in love!'. I'm not crazy, I swear!

Also, if your wondering why I'm not introducing you to the new cast members that have been released this past week, it's because I only write this type of post once a week and I want to give all the actors their own post. So, don't worry my post on our new Clary Fray will be here next week!

Okay! Let's get on with the show!
Firstly, I would just like to point out that I think this is going to be the most good looking cast I've ever seen in my entire life! I mean look at Isabelle!!


Like I said in my introductory posts to Dom Sherwood and Alberto Rosende, I think this cast is shaping up to be a bunch of actors we've never met before in anything else. I don't know if you guys have seen them in anything but, I know I haven't. Tell me in the comments if you've seen them in anything before!

Anyways, like I touched on in my post about Alberto Rosende, there was a lot of controversy surrounding these two actors because of their ethnicity. Which personally, I think, is completely unfair. As far as I'm aware the ethnicity of a lot of characters are not mentioned in the books and so you can't expect them to perfectly match the description you have of these characters in your head. Correct me if I'm wrong on that! These actors were obviously chosen to represent these characters because of their ability to act and their ability to portray the personality and characteristics of each individual character. Cassandra Clare was even asked by the casting team whether she minded if people from other ethnicities were cast and she said that she didn't mind as long as it wasn't specifically disclosed in the books. I absolutely support that and I think that as a fandom we should all support these actors and just give them a chance. Many of them are unknown or small actors and they are being thrown into a massive franchise which let's be honest is going to be so anticipated that it's going to be ridiculous. So, let's just support these actors, give them a chance and wait to see what they are going to do with their characters before we start judging them on minor details.

Personally, I've had enough of that talk so I'm not going to mention it in my posts again.

Let's get on with the beautiful Emeraudes fact file!

*DISCLAIMER : This is researched information from many different sources. I can't guarantee that everything that I state is completely true.*

Fact File 
Full Name : Emeraude Tobia
Born : March 1, 1990
Age: 25
Occupation: Actress
Location : Born in Canada, raised in Brownsville, Texas but now resides in Miami
Previous Projects : Nuestra Belleza Latina (2006) and Model Latina (2008) and has appeared in other small roles and Telenovellas
Interesting Fact : She is of Mexican and Lebanese decent
Relationship Status: Unknown

There's are new Isabelle Lightwood! Tell me what you think of this casting in the comments of on my other social media links!

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Saturday, 9 May 2015

REVIEW : The 100 by Kass Morgan

Review

Title :  The 100

Author : Kass Morgan

Genre :YA young adult, Sci-Fi, dystopian

Star Rating : 3***

Goodreads Synopsis 
NO ONE HAS SET FOOT ON EARTH IN CENTURIES - UNTIL NOW.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents - considered expendable by society - are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life... or it could be a suicide mission.

Clark was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. Wells, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves - but will she ever forgive him? Reckless Bellamy fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And Glass managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.
 


Review
When I first picked up this book I had no idea what it was about and to be honest I only bought it to make up a deal that was on at one of my local bookstores. However, it was short and after I read the synopsis at the back I decided to take it on holiday. I read it in one day! It was so good!! I didn't particularly have any expectations because I'd never heard of it and I'd seen no reviews but, I was pleasantly surprised! 

This book follows a group of teenage juveniles on a spaceship called the 'ARC'. It's all they've ever known but, they have always been educated about the ground how much of a life they could have there. The government on the ARC decides that it is time to send people to the ground to see if the Earth is now survivable. Eventually, 100 juveniles are sent to the ground including our two main protagonists Clarke and Bellamy *Swoon*. A bunch of  stuff  happens after they are sent to the ground which I won't tell you because I don't want to spoil you! 

The story is told from a couple of different different perspectives which I think made the book more dynamic and definitely kept the story alive. I also love how this is the first in a series. I currently have the first two  books but I am yet to read book two and purchase the third book. I'm not sure if there is going to be another book after the third because the books are fairly quick and I think it would be difficult to fit such a huge stories to only three small books but, we'll see!

However, despite that stellar review for this novel I feel like I should tell you about some of the problems I had with the book. Whilst there was nothing drastically wrong with the novel I did feel like the story could have been developed further. As well as this, I would have liked some of the minor story lines to have had more substance. Whilst they were good I felt like their story could have been pushed and developed further. Although, like I said there are other books in the series so maybe they explore the other characters further and the story may be developed more. 

I'd also like to point out that this novel has been made into a TV show which has been so successful and it's a show which I love! It's so addicting and the cast couldn't be better. However, if you intend to read this book and watch the TV show I would emphasise that you look at them as two different things because the TV show is so different from the book however, they are both brilliant in themselves. So, it would warn you not to judge them as one entity. 

So, in  conclusion, I gave this book a three stars because I loved it but I felt it could be developed more however, I can see great potential in this story. 

Hope you enjoyed this review guys make sure to check in tomorrow for my introductory post to Emeraude Toubia who is our new Isabelle in the Shadowhunters TV show. Also, tell me in the comments what you think of the cast that has been cast in this past week! 

See you Soon!

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

REVIEW : Lobsters : a socially awkward love story by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Review

Title : Lobsters: a socially awkward love story

Author :Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison

Genre : YA Contemporary Romance

Star Rating : 4 ****

Goodreads Synopsis

Sam and Hannah only have the holidays to find 'The One'. Their lobster. But instead of being epic, their summer is looking awkward. They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together. And in the end, it all boils down to love.



Review
I never intended to pick up this book. I'd never heard of it, I'd seen no reviews on it and I was at the bookstore with intentions to buy a different book. However, when I saw the cover and read the blurb on the back of the book I couldn't help but pick it up. It was exactly what I needed! I was in a reading slump and I was going on holiday the next day so I wanted a light summer read and I thought a quick cutesy romance would be perfect. And it's also about a holiday romance so, you know, who doesn't want a fling with a hot boy in the sun eh? Or is that just me? 

When I first began to read this novel I must admit, I was a little disappointed I wasn't a big fan of where the storyline was going and I found one of the main protagonists Hannah to be a little bit irritating. However, as the plot began to develop I couldn't help but fall in love with the story and the characters and I was rooting for Sam and Hannah the entire time. 

This book recreates the adrenaline of first love and the pressures that our peers can put on us. The authors completely understood the emotions and the anxiety and stress that teenagers get put through and turn that into a positive which to be honest helped me a little in my own life. I couldn't relate to the whole summer romance but I could completely relate to the emotions that Hannah and Sam were having and I think that is another reason why I did end up enjoying the novel so much. 

I thought the ending was just so perfect but, I would love there to be a companion book just to find out what happened to everyone after the book finished but, I have a feeling this is a stand alone books so I'm afraid I'll just have to be a little disappointed there. 

That is pretty much all I can tell you without spoiling you I hope you enjoyed this review! Let me know if there is anything you would like me to talk about in my reviews or if what I do is okay! This is a new blog so, I am still learning and I hope the quality of these reviews will get better over time. 

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Monday, 4 May 2015

LIEBSTER AWARD!



Yesterday afternoon a lovely girl called Helen from readingmywaytoinsanity.blogspot.gr  notified me on Instagram that she had nominated me for the Liebster Award and I am so thankful that someone actually took the time to read my little blog and nominate me for this.  So, thank you again Helen! 

This award is in place so bloggers big and small can interact with one another and promote friendships through the similar hobby of blogging. There are few steps to this award whichI will go through as I complete each section. First though, I must state the rules. 

Rules 
* Link back to the person that nominated you for this award.
* Give 11 random facts about yourself.
*Answer 11 questions from your nominator.
* Nominate 11 bloggers.
* Come upo with 11 questions for your nominees and inform them that you have nominated them.

Okay! So here are the 11 random facts about myself.

1. I'm obsessed with the idea of someday travelling around the world. It's one of my greatest dreams.
2. I'm 18 years old which some people find shocking because apparently I look about 12.
3. I am currently working towards going to University in September to study English Literature and     Publishing.
4. I hope to someday be living in New York and working for a huge publishing company.
5. I live in Wales. Yes, that is a country! I always find it shocking that some people think Wales is in England. It's not people! They are two separate countries right next to each other!
6. I am a planner addict. Everything has to be planned out. 
7. I've never had a pet. Unless you count a couple of fish when I was four. 
8. Reading provides me with an escape and allows me to become someone else. That's what I love the most about books. 
9. I'm probably the worst person ever at Maths but I excel in English. 
10. Until around year 10 in school I hated English. Funny how things change huh!
11. I have a very small, close group of friends and I wouldn't trade that for all the friends in the world. 

Now, I have a a bunch of questions from Helen to answer!

1. Who's your book boyfriend/girlfriend?
I'd say Peter Mellark from the Hunger Games trilogy is my book boyfriend however, Bellamy from The 100 series is definitely giving him a run for his money!

2. Book that got you into reading?
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Harry Potter was a big influence on my reading when I was younger.

3. Favourite Bookstore?
Waterstones

4. Cheapest and most expensive book you've ever bought?
The cheapest book I've ever bought was like a guide to Italy which I bought when I went to Sorrento and it was like three euros but, the most expensive book I've bought was my Game of Thrones Boxed set.

5. Favourite reading weather?
I love it when it's cold out side and it's raining an dreary and your cuddled up on the sofa by the fire with a hot chocolate however, I do love it when it's sunny and you can sit out side and lap up the rays, listen to the birds and enjoy a good book.

6. First review you ever posted on your blog?
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

7. Do you plan out TBR's ?
I do plan out TBR's but, I never stick to them.

8. Do you have any posters from the books you've read or their movie adaptations?
I have one poster of the movie adaptation of The Hunger Games and the map of Westeros and the free cities from the Game of Thrones. I don't really have much room for posters in my room so I don't have many.

9. Do you read many books at a time or one at a time?
One at a time. I can't concentrate on more than one thing at once.

10. E-books or physical copies?
Physical copies. I just love being able to hold a book and being able to turn the pages to see how much more of the book there is to go. You don't get the same feeling with e-copies.

11. Favourite book ever? 
I'm going to say the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins because that was the book that really got me into dystopian and Sci - Fi and Fantasy and I've never looked back!

So now I'm going to write my questions for the nominees!
1. What is your all time favourite book?

2. Who is your favourite author?

3. Pristine or damaged book?

4. Is cracking the spine of a book acceptable in your eyes?

5. Favourite snack to eat when your reading?

6. What is your most favourite genre and your most hated genre?

7. Favourite weather for reading?

8. Do you like complete silence when reading or do you like some music or the television on etc?

9. Favourite book to movie adaptation?

10. E-books or physical copies?

11. Why did you start your blog?

And now my nominees are as follows...
(Names are taken from Instagram)

1. Novels and Necklaces 

2. Biblioaddict

3. Sandrathebookworm

4. Thegeekerybook

5. Bookbloggityblog

6. Iamageekingginer

7. Littlebluemermaid

8. Therebelreads

9. A.Bibliophiles.Dreams

10. athousandwordsamillionbook

11.Msmelissalarkin

I hope you all don't mind me nominating you for this award! Make sure that you comment here on on Twitter or Instagram because this whole thing is about making friends in the blogging community. I think thats it! I hope you like my questions!

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