Book review: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens book coverBeauty Queens by Libba Bray
Published by: Scholastic
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought, Buy on Amazon, Book Depository
Goodreads rating: 3.59

Synopsis: When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.Written by Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.

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Book cover: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass book cover

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Published by: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought, Buy on Waterstones, Book Depository
Goodreads rating: 4.24

Synopsis: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

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Book review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

the book thief

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Published by: Knopf Books
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought, Buy on Waterstones, Book Depository
Goodreads rating: 3.74

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.

Earlier this year marked the 10th year anniversary of this beautiful book being released into this world.

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Book review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A court of thorns and roses book coverA Court of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Published by: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought, Buy on Waterstones, Book Depository
Goodreads rating: 4.30

Synopsis: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

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Children’s book review: Imaginary Fred

Children's book review: Imaginary FredImaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer & Oliver Jeffers
Published by: HarperCollins
Format: Hardback
Source: Bought, Buy on Waterstones, Book Depository
Goodreads rating: 3.89

Synopsis: Did you know that sometimes, with a little electricity, or luck, or even magic, an imaginary friend might appear when you need one? An imaginary friend like Fred. Fred floated like a feather in the wind until Sam, a lonely little boy, wished for him and, together, they found a friendship like no other.

Childrens books are not championed enough and I think this is extremely dangerous, how can someone come to reading as a young person or adult if they were never encouraged to read outside of school? This topic is another blog post in itself… but for now, let’s move on.

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Book review: The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Book review: The Bone Season by Samantha ShannonThe Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Published by: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought, Buy on Waterstones, Book Depository
Goodreads rating: 3.74

Synopsis: The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.

It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.

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Being me is Awkward

A girl wandering into a forest Do you ever feel cripplingly awkward? Yes, it is going to sound self-centred, BUT do you ever feel like the whole entire world is just staring at you? And you are so afraid to move or breathe or blink you just stay planted to the spot? Standing like a stone pillar? Just standing and hoping that the earth will open up and swallow you whole or the skies will become infested with aliens who will laser beam you upwards or the walls will envelop you?

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Having fun is not synonymous to being drunk

A cup of coffee won't get you drunk‘Why don’t you drink?,’ is a question I’ve been asked more times than I care for. Pubs and clubs are so central to adult life, so many feel like they need to drink, to be drunk in a social environments to have fun, to fit in. Why does it matter if I don’t drink or if I’ve never been drunk? I still have fun, I relax and you know what I remember all of it, I don’t need to piece together any of the night before or stay in bed the next day.

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On trend books and taking the fun out of reading

Books on a shelfBooks. Book blogging. Book reading. Bookaholic. BookTube. We are all a community.

I have been more actively involved in the book blogging community in the past 12 months. Recently after reading my lovely friend Sofia’s, blog post titled The Pressure to Read, in which she discusses the pressure to read leading to book slumps I decided to talk about the reservations I’ve had over the past months regarding the book community that have been erking me too.

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The effects of Social Media on teenage girls

the effects of social media on teenage girlsRecently a friend of mine who has a wonderful blog questioned her self worth in line with her blog value. It reminded me of Essena O’Neill’s sudden departure from social media and the influence social media holds over teenagers, specifically girls.

In regards to Essena O’Neill I’ve seen many people create an argument for pro-Essena or pro-social media. However I don’t believe it is that simple.

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