Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014.

HAPPY NEW YEARRRRRR! 



Well well well 2013 has certainly been an....interesting year. A lot has happened that's for sure. It's safe to say I'm very happy to see 2013 is going to be in the past as of a few hours from now. 

What happened in 2013? Apart from a whole lot of negative which I shall not mention on here, two pets dying on us, and a few other crappy things which again, I'm not going to mention on here, there has also been a few positives. 

The positives, were that I got to be a bridesmaid for my beautiful sister and I got to sit and watch as she married the man she loves. I also got a new job, one that I'm staying positive with and it's helping me change my mental attitude with the way I look at life. In May I got to meet MISHA COLLINS, yes, yes, MISHA COLLINS. The dude that plays Castiel in Supernatural. I also got to meet the very talented Osric Chau who sat and talked with us for forty minutes and gave us the best tips in life that anyone could ask for.  

I also went to London for the first time without adult supervision (because I'm an adult D: ) for the Book Lovers Meetup that my friend Ben hosted. There I met some awesome people and made some cool new friends. Shortly after the meetup I hit 100 subscribers on YouTube and did a little dance in my room. 

And to top this year off I found out that I'M GOING TO BE AN AUNT. YAY. 

So the good and the bad kind of cancel each other out, to be quite honest, the year has been meh. I will treasure all the awesome moments and carry them with me to 2014. All the bad stuff that happened in 2013 isn't actually that bad, I mean it's bad, but it's not bad because its taught me a lot of lessons, and call me crazy but I'm grateful for that knowledge. I'm grateful that I can look back and think, that sucks, that's not going to happen EVER again

But what about 2014? What's in store for that? 

Now I'm sat grinning at my screen. What's going to change in 2014? Me. It's simple. I've already started the change, how I think, and how I do things. I'm aiming to beat my anxiety issues, OCD issues, and I'm going to rise above it like a phoenix (yes a corny metaphor, but a metaphor none-the-less). I want to be a doer, someone who goes out makes plans and takes the bull by the horns, and even if I fall down I can look back and say 'at least I know'. 

There's no more 'I'll do this tomorrow', no more procrastinating and waiting for a life to start, I have to MAKE it start. 

I used to say this a lot, I know, who doesn't? But here goes - 2014 I am welcoming you with big open wide arms, come in for a hug, 'cos I want this year to be good. 

We all say it really don't we? We all say this year is going to be bigger and better. And why shouldn't we? It's our choice to make it bigger and better, it's our actions that lead to it, our thought patterns too. You can have a good year if you MAKE it happen. 

I wish everyone the best of luck in 2014, make new memories, do reckless things and regret them later. Let's all LIVE. 

Oh, and watch out for this space. Exciting things are going to happen. 








Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Winter Blues!


So as we all know winter is finally upon us. And I would like nothing /more/ than to be in the gif pictured above. America, in the Impala, with the Winchester's by my side -sighs-. But alas real life is here to give me a cold hard slap round the face - YAY? 

At this time of year, surrounded by people who suffer from SAD, I usually get a little down and in the dumps myself, and I have, a little, but I feel like despite certain events I've been doing quite well. I've been taking one day at a time and been trying really hard not to be a miserable person. And I think I'm succeeding - WIN. 

Since its been a while from my previous post, I thought it'd be a good idea to share with you what I've been up to. I have read several more books since Beautiful Creatures, SEVERAL, almost an entire series that had taken over the majority of my life. -cough- -cough- Ben's fault -cough- -cough-. I've hit over 100 subscribers on YouTube! WOOHOO! And I attended the book lovers meetup on Saturday 14th December, where I met some awesome people (video to follow). 

The months this year could've been a heck of a lot better, but I'm just looking forward to Christmas now, with high hopes for 2014. In the last remaining weeks of 2013, there will be three or four more YouTube videos, a blog or two, including my resolutions and stuff, and I think I'm going to get through a few more books :D 

It's been lovely speaking to you all. 




Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Review: 'Beautiful Creatures' by Kimi Garcia and Margaret Stohl

**Ben if you're reading this, I hope we can still be friends after this review ;)**

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Author(s): Kimi Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Publisher: Penguin, re-issue edition
Publish Date: 3rd Jan 2013 (re-issue edition).
Brought from: Amazon UK

Oh god. I really really really wanted to like this. And I mean I REALLY wanted to like this, Ben had raved so much about it and I had seen so much hype about it, I was just so excited when it came to opening the first page. But...I don't know maybe my expectations were too high?

Okay let's kick start this review with a bit more of a positive. First the blurb:



In Ethan Wate's hometown there lies the darkest of secrets . . .There is a girl.Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head. Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.There is a curse.On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it's been promised. And no one can stop it.In the end, there is a grave.Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided.Ethan never even saw it coming.
 Have I ever told you guys how much I LOVE blurbs? Because I LOVE blurbs. And this one did not disappoint. I love the intrigue and I think I could actually write an essay about it.

Another positive, I loved the relationship between Lena and Ethan, it's quite a cute one, and they look out for each other and it's nice. Ethan is such a gentleman and offers Lena comfort and support where needed, but he is also willing to not listen to her, to fight for her when she thinks all hope is lost. Which is just adorable and yes! I loved that.

The plot, I did love as well. The places where the action actually happened was amazing and linked everything together so I enjoyed it.

Now, to what I didn't enjoy. The long-windedness. And I normally don't like complaining about style but I really didn't like it. It was so long-winded that I lost interest a couple of times and forced myself to carry on. I felt there were some unnecessary scenes, and some scenes that could've easily been summarized in an after thought.

Also, some of the other characters. I didn't think ALL the scenes were necessary with the Aunts, I get that they're old and gave Ethan lots of vital clues to who he and Lena actually are, and their destiny and so on and so forth, but I didn't get the need to have such a long chapter with them in.

My favourite character was actually Marian, I loved her and thought she was such a babe! Which only enrages me more that they left her out in the film!!! GRRRRRR! But you've already had my rant at that.

Looking back, there wasn't that much I hated about it, but the things that did irritate me were quite big. It wasn't a quick, easy read, and I think maybe that's just down to personal style. But who knows? Hopefully after I've read a few more books I'll find out.

3 out of 5 coconuts given. (all I kept thinking whilst writing this is, don't hate me Ben :L) .

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Review: 'Angelfall' by Susan Ee

**LIMITED SPOILERS - obviously**

Hello and welcome to my FIRST EVER review on this blog. YAY. About time I know. As stated in the 'update' page, I'm finally getting my arse into gear. So here it is:


Title: Angelfall
Author: Susan Ee
Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks
Publish Date: 23rd May 2013
Bought From: Amazon UK
So Angelfall was a book that I was really excited to sink my teeth into. And that was just after reading this:

It's been six weeks since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it. Only pockets of humanity remain. 

Savage street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. 

When angels fly away with a helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back...
I'm sorry but short and small summaries like that are always ones that just make me hug the book tighter and whisper softly 'I can't wait to read you'.

This book is based in apocalyptic times where the angels have taken over after the Angel Gabriel came down and basically got killed, then the angels got pissed and sprung a whole apocalypse.

YAY!

The main plot is about Penryn trying to find her younger paralysed sister who was kidnapped after her and her family witnessed a super hot angel getting de-winged. This wingless angel helps Penryn, in exchange she said she would help him find a surgeon who can sew back on his wings. I won't go into too much detail because I'm going to try and limit spoilers.

Overall I found the characters were original and interesting. Penryn is literally this badass chick who likes to think she's tougher than the average bean, and she is, but there's the downside of the angel thinking she's just a puny monkey...which she also is, but only in comparison to him. Their relationship and journey is funny and entertaining, but also dark and dramatic.

One thing that did honestly surprise me is the amount of gore in the book. There was quite a lot of it. And I didn't think it would be that sort of book, and when it came to the gore it did make me feel a little sick. A lot sick. Mainly because the gore involved kids. This isn't a negative point, I thought it helped make Penryn's fear for her sisters life a lot more believable and it also brought a sense of intrigue, and the big question 'why do they want the kids?' was raised.

This was such a smooth read, easy, and an amazing story line. I envy the author for being so talented. Susan is definitely added to my 'idol' page. (page soon-to-come).

Score: 5 out of 5 stars.


Friday, 6 September 2013

Update.


So this is my new new moto. Recently I've been dealing with some anxiety and other issues that have made me feel incredibly stressed and overall bleurgh. Now this isn't the kind of thing that over night it just gets better, but I'm intending to jump out the water and I've just made the first step the other week. So YAY! 

The main thing to say is...sorry for the absence, but life does make a crappy habit of getting in the way. Now moving swiftly on, I can happily say that I'm finally getting my arse into gear. So, what can you expect in the upcoming weeks? The answer is:  
- Final Reviews for: Shadow and Bone, AngelFall, Siege and Storm, Silence, and Beautiful Creatures (it has just hit me how many books I have read in such a short time). 
- New project reveal (as I'm gonna need all of your help on this one...it's gonna be difficult). 
- Weekly blog post - (personal life, YAY). 
- My 'to-reads' list. - It will be a better update than my good-reads account. 

So there you have it. Fun fun fun. I'm hoping to find some more read-a-thons and get a more interesting life in general ;) So stay tuned. 


Monday, 22 July 2013

IT'S A BOY

Our second/third/ future king has arrived. His name.....no idea. 



I read a snippet of an article that said apparently both Kate and Wills have to go to the Queen with their name choices, and she has to give her approval of that name. 

Sounds exhausting. But tradition is tradition, right? 

The baby will certainly boost our economy. Within seconds of finding out, I received an e-mail from BHS, offering 20% off baby clothes....BARGAIN. 

And I also know at work we shall be receiving cups with the baby's chosen name on it. And I know for a fact that there have been plenty of tourists in Newbury lately. And I'm pretty sure the lovely lady who always buys things to do with the Queen in store will come in to buy that particular mug...

Yup. 

Everyone else just as excited about the arrival of the baby boy? 




Comic-Con, why am I not there?! D:

It's been a busy week in the celeb-o-sphere. (yep, that IS what I'm calling the celebrity world now). Mainly because of one thing, the one event we'd all wished we could jet off to America and go to.

COMIC-AWESOME.

Wait, what? No, I meant CON. COMIC-CON.

Jeeze I need sleep.

So what's the things I count as the biggest thing to be announced during this time?

Our delicious Superman (Henry Cavil) and Batman are teaming up to create an action packed movie of awesome - anyone else think 'Avengers Wannabe?' No? Okay just me. I mean it's not like I don't despise the idea. In fact, I think it would be awesome, I just hope they don't try too hard with it. And I hope that the characters would have a good story line that will bounce off each other. Like how they met etc. And not just a load of cheese like 'Oh hi Batman, I'm Superman, great to meet you, hey we kind of have similar names. Both involve 'man'.'

Just no.

The other thing of course is SUPERNATURAL news. As fas as I'm aware season 8's gag reel has been released, alas I've been too busy reading and writing to even grab a few seconds to look at it, but don't worry when I do you'll be the first to know.

Also a spin-off show was majorly hinted by the crew members, a spin-off for who? I have no clue. Part of me thinks maybe the angels, but the other part of me thinks Krissy and her whole plot was well thought out, so it seems like a lot of effort if she isn't; A, going to be in the show again, or B, isn't going to be mentioned at all.

Don't we think?

It was also Jared Padalecki's birthday during the convention. They celebrated with a cake and were merry (don't ask about 'merry', my head is about to bleurgh I swear). During his time at the con, he was photographed with Gen, his hand on her stomach. Just like Jensen previously at the PCA's when Danneel was...pregnant



So of course the fans got talking, and ran wild with 'JUST TELL US'. Jared even copied his last move before Thomas was born, about not having enough characters to finish a tweet and tell his fans. 

PFFT. 

But after a painful few hours, he announced that Gen was in fact pregnant with baby no. 2. Thomas is going to be the cutest big brother EVER! Can you imagine him leading the pack? Protecting Jensen's baby girl and his own brother (EDIT: No idea why I wrote brother, but if Gen has a boy then I am obviously PSYCHIC). 

CUTE. 

That's the major major news I can think of. Of course every celeb has tweeted about it and posted photos etc. Especially best buddies Rob Benedict and Richard Speight Jr. I think a gimp mask was involved at some point...or did I dream that? Awks if I dreamt that. 

Any news? Yank my arm - gently - and tell me. 

I WANT TO BE AT COMIC CON. 



Wednesday, 17 July 2013

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO....NO

Just.

WHY!?

Ugh.

And breathe.

Hi. That would be a good start right? HI.

Right now that we have all the personal and standard greeting done, I shall begin. WHY!?!!!!

So I've just finished watching Beautiful Creatures and after reading the book all I can say about the film is....WHY!?!?!?!

SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

The overall pace of the movie was a great improvement compared to the book which I feel dragged at most points. And the soundtrack to the film, AWESOME.  But the plot, the characters, the setting of the book was also amazing, and that's something the film let me down on - BIG TIME.

Not just one, not just two, but a WHOLE BUNCH of characters were cut out - Marian (WHO WAS MY FAVOURITE), Ethan's dad, Ethan's aunts (the sisters, there were three of them), and practically ALL of Lena's family were not included in the film. WHAT AND WHY!? I can understand the aunts, because I didn't really see their importance in the books. BUT WHY MARIAN...NO.

How did they push past this? By making Amma herself and Marian combined....I kid thee not.




What else did they skip out?

Well, they mixed scenes up, making them happen before other scenes compared to the book. Oh and they cut out several scenes, especially the school dance, and they messed with the court scene (which both Lena and Ethan should've been in, but weren't.) And coincidentally Ethan was robbed off key knowledge from Amma and Macon, as well, apparently he never followed Amma to learn more about what Amma could do.

OH AND BIG WARNING.

Macon has a few more added powers. Lena and Ethan can't communicate telepathically, and Ridley and Link never have their thing going on and the whole ending CHANGES. It's still left on the cliff hanger, but a smaller one.

-sigh-

I don't understand the majority of this. And Marian, WHY Marian?

Okay rant over.

If you watch the film let me know what you think and mention if you've read the book or not? I'll probably post a sensible review later.

UGH.


Monday, 15 July 2013

Alma Matter - Last read-a-thon.

  • “Alma Mater” Participation Post:
    • You are graduating today–list your accomplishments big and small for the week. Hop around and congratulate all of your friends on their accomplishments.
Hello it's Monday which means...just, it's, Monday. It's the beginning of a fresh  new week, and I'm here on my laptop blogging - wahey!
Obviously this is a little...outdated, I get that, but it's here now! My graduation post :D

No I'm not graduating from college, university or school in general, but I graduated my read-a-thon.

How did I do?

Well I got Beautiful Creatures finished, and (admittedly it was after the read-a-thon) I made a start on AngelFall, which by the way, is quite good for the dramatics. I love it already and I'm only twenty pages in. Once I'm forty pages in I'll stop at the 20% mark and start reading Shadow and Bone.

Beautiful Creatures had a beautiful and almost impossible ending (more to come later) and I really enjoyed the challenge to finish it. And I did finish it, yay!

That's all I did finish...but I finished it! I read faster than before, and I probably got through the first long book in a while. Review will come later.

The experience overall was really awesome. It was nice to have that small community that you can relate to and talk with whilst you're all going through the same challenge. It was so good I am so going to sign up for the winter one in JANUARY (OMG THAT IS SO LONG AWAY...WHY WHYYYY!?!?), and I might even start my own one up :).

Hope you all did brilliantly? And hi to all the new friends I made and people I met. I'll be checking up on your blogs later.

Much Love.


Saturday, 13 July 2013

Absence...and a night out.

Yah it's been a busy week. Like mental.

I moved into my sisters house nearly a week ago, and I've been working practically the whole week. Today is my first day off and I have work again tomorrow. AHH D:

But have no fear, I have two blog posts coming up, one is about the race for life, and the other is my last post for the read-a-thon, as I didn't manage to get that posted after all the moving about last Sunday.

SERIOUSLY BUSY WEEK.

What's been happening in my world?

Work. Work. And going out.

Going out - we get the taxi there and I forget my ID (scatter brain, seriously), so we have to pay the taxi man for a trip back and there all over again. My friends and I went to Hogs Head then to Kuikui, the new place in Newbury. It was our first time there, and we were having a good time. There were four of us, and we ended up splitting up in half, one group went to Document House (because they were 21+ and they're old ;)) and the other, my group, stayed in Kuikui.

I have to say for a refurbishment they did well. The place looked ten times better than just a random room with black walls, lights and music. The bamboo and the Tiki styled layout was really nice.

To start with the place was quiet, there was plenty of room on the dance floor, and drinks were cheap because it was before 12. After 12 was when things really kicked off. The place got busier and we were invited up to the VIP bit where...wait for it...my friends bag got stolen. The same bag that had all her belongings and my belongings in it.

Yeup.

My friend was rather distressed, and not knowing what to do, I jumped up and sprang into action. With my high heels on I walked like I was on a mission and went to Document House (after speaking to the bouncer, who understood the situation and why I didn't have ID) and I got our two friends. We raced to Kuikui, talked to several people, and we tried to get a grip on where the bag could've gone.

Safe to say things went from bad to bad, and after several more dramatic events later, the police found the bag and gave it back. At this stage in time it was 3:00am. We were more than relieved and went straight home after my friend chucked up...lovely.

That was the most eventful night in my week. I'd say more but I don't think my friend would appreciate me expressing all the ins and outs of it all.

Hope you've all had good weeks? If they're better than mine (they will always be better than mine), then feel free to share your story :)

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Hound Dogs

  • “Hound Dogs” Participation Post:
    • It’s good to be bad…boys that is! List those bad boys that make your heart go pitter patter. Got a picture to share so we can all drool (please)? You could do a character interview or create a bio for your favorite character. Or tell us where you would go if he were to ask you out on a date? 
Must...refrain...from...making...supernatural....reference.
...
...
DEAN FOUGHT HELL HOUNDS.
THE HOUNDS KILLED JO AND ELLEN AND I'M STILL NOT OVER IT.
THEY ALSO KILLED DEAN ONCE TOO BUT HE'S SO BAMF HE SURVIVED.

Okay, that feels a lot better now.

It's FRIDAY!

My favourite bad boy has to be Damon Salvatore, I don't know if the books are as good as the TV Shows, but Ian and Damon...they're just yummy.

That being said I imagine Patch from Hush, Hush to be quite dreamy, but to be honest, only with a hair cut and if he lost the cap.

yeah.

The only picture I have for you is this:


That is all. 

I honestly have not read a single book, with a bad boy in it, that can match and live up to Dean Winchester...my expectations are high. IT'S THE WAY HE LOOKS AT YOU. 

If we had a date it would have to be...well, it's Dean, so it'd probably be a cheap trip to the diner if you're even lucky to have a date, or maybe a bar before a motel ;) 

Seriously, can't stop looking at that gif. 

Dean Winchester is from a show called Supernatural on TV, and he's obviously been in the book versions, including the small series, and John's Journal, and Bobby's Journal, which both got published :) 

I think Matt in my upcoming book The Custodes Series, is my perfect bad boy, especially pre-series, when he's in gangs and is this poor lost soul who is angry at everything. And I picture him to either look like this: 


or this: 


Dreamy. Both very dreamy.

Anyway this post kind of turned into an eye-candy post. But seriously, are you complaining?

Read-a-thon update. I got sent home sick from work today, so glad I did in the end, because I literally came home, shut the curtains (I swear I could be a vampire) and got some shut-eye before I had to wake up for dinner - I did manage to squeeze in some reading but it was hard to concentrate. GOOD NEWS: After my sleep, some more drink and food, and this weird high vitamin tablet my brother-in-law gave me, I feel a bit better, so I'm going to try and get some reading done before I have to sleep. Last time I checked I was at 74% in! I really want to finish it by the end of the read-a-thon, even if I don't manage to start the others.

Another small life update: Tomorrow I shall be running the race-for-life and we've reached our target sponsorship of £100! YAY! So if you're reading this and you donated, THANK YOU! We're walking it tomorrow and I'll give you an update then.

Hope you're all enjoying the read-a-thon, and those who are doing the 24 hour read, GOOD LUCK.


Friday, 5 July 2013

Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On ;)

“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On” Participation Post:
    Let’s do book shimmies! We made it through the week-long part of the read-a-thon!!! Congratulate yourself and your new bookish friends on their progress so far. Did you get as much read as you wanted to so far? Have you changed your goals for the 24-hr marathon read?

    WE DID IT!!!! We survived!! It's been 5 days and we're still awake and alive - barely. I wanted to be at 70% of my book at this stage, but I'm at 66%, I'm hoping to catch up and maybe even succeed this by this evening.

    Beautiful Creatures is a book that plot wise I am enjoying, the only downside I'm having with it is it seems to be dragged out, especially in the beginning, I feel as though some events that are small could be explained with just a summary and there isn't the need for the squabble of the Aunts or big descriptions when it's not that important. 
    I do though love the aspect with the school against Lena and Ethan, it's something that would probably happen because the town can be that sucky.

    Unfortunately I cannot participate in the 24 hour read, as tomorrow I have work, and on Sunday I shall be participating in the Race for Life with my best friend :) I'll be taking pictures and hopefully videoing it! But I am hoping to sneak in some reading for most the afternoon on Saturday so I can at least finish Beautiful Creatures by Sunday. And make a start on AngelFall, which I am really excited about, and then Shadow and Bone. 

    Hope all of you are enjoying your read-a-thon and having as much fun with it as I am :)



    My Future Plans

    Hey all it's Thursday which means I'm a Teddy Bear Doctor if you don't understand that reference go hang out with Castiel. 


    Yes it's a SPN reference. 


    Anywhoo, I'd thought I'd keep up with the positivity by sharing with you all my future plans and goals in life, especially considering as I'm going to be posting my progress on here regularly. At this point in time I'm planning on making a vision board, so I can keep on track and look at it every day so it helps give me something that I can want to get out of bed for.

    But until I get that done I'd thought I would list the main points that I am hoping to achieve in the very near future:

    - Travel to America.

    - Travel to Canada.

    - Travel in and around Europe.

    - Travel to Australia (don't ask me why I just really want to go).

    - Freelance Write (mainly Travel articles etc.)

    - Write and Finish my Book.

    - Get published.

    They are my main goals, and they're pretty big. For starters I need to FUND these, and at the moment I'm thinking of having one more year of work where I SAVE SAVE SAVE, I have my birthday and Christmas in the near future, so I can ask for some money from relatives, etc. But I'm really hoping I can reach all these goals, and I am determined to stay on track.

    Keep updated, and don't be afraid to comment bellow what your dreams and aspirations may be, and you never know we could end up travelling together!

    Thanks,




    Feel Good Friday ;)




    Maroon 5's One More Night, may not be a happy song...but the tune is good and that makes me happy. I have no idea why I like this so much, I just think it's a good tune and it's a perfect Friday sound track!




    This song...just...YES> Bodyrockers I like the way you move, is a perfect dance tune, and even is good for work-outs. It may be an old time song but it never gets old.

    That's it my little adventurers. My Friday involves working 9 hours and continuing the read-a-thon! YAY!

    Hope you all have amazing Fridays :)


    Thursday, 4 July 2013

    Tears on My Pillow - Day 4 Summer Lovin' 13.

    “Tears on My Pillow” Participation Post:

    • Share a quote from your current read or tell us about a book that really pulled on your heart strings. What was it about that book/quote that made you cry?

    I know I keep going on and on about this book series, but seriously, the one that did tug on my heart strings was Maximum Ride. It was more because it took so long for Max to actually admit her gooey girly feelings for Fang, that once she finally came to terms with it (in case you hadn't already guessed there's a spoiler alert here) - he gets shot.

    Yeah.

    It was her emotional monologue to him, the fact that for the first time she actually conveys her affection to him in front of the flock, something she'd never done before, and how its described as Max seeing Fang paler than ever, and literally on his death bed - It made her realize that Fang meant more to her than she ever thought of.

    I don't have a quote because there's 8 books and I actually can't remember which book it is. (oh dear). But hey, I know it's there.

    The possible tear-jerker in the future to come will be The Fault in Our Stars by John Green....I've never read a Green book before, and I'm not sure if I'm going to regret it or not.


    WILL I!?!? 

    Well with a story line like this one, I'm sure I will. As many bloggers on the blogosphere seem to have fallen and crumbled in agony over this book. 

    I'm just hoping it's not too much hype. 

    My progress so far in the read-a-thon, is actually better. I'm over 60% with Beautiful Creatures, and that was reached this morning, and I've read more so I'm hoping I'm a little closer to 65 or 70%. -fingers crossed- After I've done 100% of that book I'm moving on to AngelFall, and then after that I have a request to read Shadow and Bone by benjaminoftomes. So instead of reading The Fault in Our Stars, I shall be reading that. 


    Hope you're all doing great in the read-a-thon?  


    My previous read-a-thon posts: 









    Wednesday, 3 July 2013

    Page 99 Test - Summer Lovin' 13

    The page 99 test, featured here, is part of the Summer Lovin' read-a-thon challenges. I must admit I saw this challenge and got uber excited. I think it's a great way to get into a book, and I might do it again some time because I just love this idea so much.


    I chose AngelFall by Susan EE. I know little about this book, the blurb simply says:

    It has been six weeks since the angels returned to Earth and destroyed the world as we know it. 
    When they fly away with a helpless little girl, her sister Penryn will do anything to get her back...

    That folks is it.

    Yeah.

    So page 99 was interesting. There's a character called Raffle that the protagonist is trying to save? I think. By the sounds of it he's been captured by soldiers, and the protagonist (I don't know her/his name yet) is hoping that Raffle is still alive. Exhibit A:

    I pray that it is not Raffle I'm smelling. 
    I'm guessing Raffle is a family relative or someone of close relation, maybe even a love interest? But it's not exactly clear. But the fact the protagonist is scared about this, indicates that she lives in a pretty cruel world. And the blurb influences my thoughts by indicating that we're looking at a post-apocalyptic world (exactly my kind of sci-fi).

    The other thing that is crystal clear is that she (I'm just going to assume the protagonist is a she, it's easier to write) is starving, so hungry to the point she had a handful of cat biscuits as supper...mhmmm yummy...

    All in all not much was given away but it made me uber excited to read this book. I just need to hurry up and finish reading Beautiful Creatures first!

    Thanks for reading, and please let me know if you've done this challenge too :)




    Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee...except I'm not...awks.

    • “Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee” Participation Post:
      • Introduce us to your favorite fictional female – What does she look like? Is there an actress that you think of when you think of the character? Is she tough or timid? You could do a mock interview with your character, or create a bio/resume for her.
    My favourite fictional female has to be Max from the Maximum Ride series. Mainly because I felt like she wasn't just another girl who would flutter her eyes and become a wounded animal at the site of the first hot male she saw. Her background was unique, she held interesting dynamics with other characters, and most importantly she was a leader.

    Max is a girl who has 2% (I think that number is right) avian DNA, and that two percent makes a LOT of difference - spoiler alert: she has WINGS...and other stuff but I don't want to give away much in case you want to read it. She has wavy light brown/dark blonde hair with tints of red in the sun, and she is bad ass. You mess with her flock (I just love family protection stories) then you've messed with her and she won't hesitate to kill you even if it means killing herself.

    Now she sounds like a wild card, and she can be when she wants to be, but when it comes to love she's a complete dork. She blushes, she gets timid and shy, the complete polar opposite to being the fearless leader in front of her flock, and her relationship with Fang and Dylan is quite...the relationship (because how do you describe it without spoilers?!).

    The actress I picture to play her is:

    Matreya Fedor

    I had a look and I think Matreya Fedor would be pretty awesome as Max, just imagine her hair wavy. She has perfect eyes, and I dunno, I think she's a pretty good match. 

    My progress with the read-a-thon is still slow as I have to fit day to day activities around it, like everyone else I expect, but I believe I'm doing okay. 

    Hope everyone else is doing good too? 

    Thanks, 



    Tuesday, 2 July 2013

    Today I stared at Death's back.

    No no no, I haven't had some life threatening thing happen to me. But I did have a series of strange occurrences. And it all started after one thing...I broke a mirror. 

    -le gasp- 

    It dropped from the shelf and it cracked like a bamf. -insert unamoosed face-. SEVEN YEARS PEOPLE. SEVEN YEARS OF BAD LUCK IS WHAT I AM DESTINED FOR. 

    After this happened, I cut myself, got a splinter from a wall?!!? (The wall was wooden to be fair). And then I saw a man walk past that looked like death. (Julian Richings) I kid you not. He had a long black trench coat on and was carrying a bag that looked exactly like Death's bag when he returned Sam's soul. 

     


    I'm scared. 

    I have a lot planned for seven years. A lot. Most of which include travelling. I cannot carry the burden of smashing a compact mirror on the floor. I can't do it. It's too much pressure. I already hate planes as it is and it is not good for someone who has anxiety. I can imagine it now, me on the plane, hands squeezing the arm rests and praying to God that the plane makes it there and I make it there in one piece, because that compact mirror will be in the back of my mind. 

    And breathe. 

    Wish me luck for the next seven years guys. I'm going to need it. 



    You're the One That I Want - Summer Lovin' 13

    • “You’re the One That I Want” Participation Post:
      • List your must-have summer reading (the ones you read over and over again) or give us some of your favorite recommended summer reads.
    Well my favourite summer reading from like last year, was Maximum Ride Series, mainly because of its length and quick pace. 8 books was quite a way to make time drift away - and fast!


    Of course the picture above is missing Nevermore. 

    The ones I have read over and over again are the Twilight Series, now people may HATE me for that, but this was a LONG time ago, and I did really enjoy the BOOKS, they were hilarious and they made me smile and I think I actually made myself ill reading them once, so I got to stay home and read them some more. Which of course was an added bonus with NO flaws or faults what-so-ever.

    These are my summer reads from last year. I think this years summer reads are going to be the 'I heart' series that I've been hearing so much about, and maybe the Clockwork ones that I currently forgot the name of (and Ben will kill me for forgetting them).

    My current progress with Summer Lovin' is going better than expected. I had a 9 hour shift today but I managed to squeeze in about 20 minutes or so of reading before work, and a little - maybe ten minutes - during my lunch. I am about to finish another blog post, then I'm going to get down to some more reading.

    Hope you're all doing well too?

    P.S If you haven't joined the SummerLovin' Read-a-thon yet, check the website out. The info is bellow.


    The Summer Lovin’ Readathon is a week-long readathon event hosted by seven independent bloggers! (Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland)
    Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want too. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.
    As if that weren’t enough – the week will end with a 24-hr marathon readathon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.
    Sign-ups will be open through July 6th. I’m in, are you?!

    Attempt at Pretty.

    As part of my 'new me', I decided to look at some tutorials on make-up...BAD IDEA. I failed miserably, but to be honest, I think for a beginner, it wasn't THAT much of a fail...people have done worse...right?

    Should I sensor those images? Warning: Screen might crack. 

    I joke I joke. I know I don't look HORRIBLE, but hey this is my face, and it's the only one I've got. 

    Bellow are the YouTube videos I used. I love zoella! I think she is pretty and her blog and vlogs are inspiring! So yeah. Just putting that out there. 

    I used WAY too much blusher in my version....whoops. 






    As you can see I didn't follow them to the 'T' so to speak, but it did give me some good ideas (plus I didn't have all the brushes and contour foundations they had).

    But yeah, there they are, hope they're as useful to you as they are to me :)


    Monday, 1 July 2013

    Participation Post


    • “Class Orientation” Participation Post:
      • Introduce yourself and set your goals for the read-a-thon. Some interesting information to include in this post would be Where are you blogging from? What got you into blogging/reading? What is your favorite genre? The possibilities are endless, just be creative!
     My goals are featured here.

    Where are you blogging from? 

    I am Sophie, as some of you know, I'm blogging from Berkshire in the UK at my laptop at home :D

    What got you into blogging/reading? 

    Well I want to be a writer, and with writing comes reading. It takes A LOT to really entice me into a book, which is why I can be a slow reader, but that's also what I like about it, the fact that a good book means I can just lose myself in another world. Feel like I'm part of the character etc.

    What is your favourite genre? 

    My favourite genre is FANTASY. And sci-fi. BUT FANTASY. I mean I live in my own world anyways, so anything that can help transport me back into that world is something that I lovvveee.

    There aren't really any extra bits to say, apart from I feel like I'm falling asleep at my laptop.

    I better get reading!

    Anyone else doing this? Feel free to share links to your posts for the read-a-thon in the comments bellow :)


    Read-a-thon

    The Summer Lovin’ Readathon is a week-long readathon event hosted by seven independent bloggers! (Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland)
    Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want too. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.
    As if that weren’t enough – the week will end with a 24-hr marathon readathon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.
    Sign-ups will be open through July 6th. I’m in, are you?!


    So I'm completely and utterly new to this. I literally just spotted this on the blog over here. I'm going to attempt to read some books in this week. It's going to be hardcore, but I'm trying to be up for new things, so here goes. 

    The books I shall be reading are: 

    Beautiful Creatures 

    By Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 
    I am aiming to FINISH this book by the end of the week. 

    The Fault in Our Stars

     

    By John Green. 
    I am aiming to read at least 20% of this book given I am a slow slow reader. And I still have quite a bit of Beautiful Creatures to read. 

    AngelFall



    By Susan EE

    WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE MY EXCITEMENT FOR THIS BOOK. I am aiming to read 30% of this book.


    Those goals are HUGE for me, but I'm hoping I can at least have some success just by completing one of them.
    I'll give you all an update as I go :)


    Whoever said life was easy deserves a smack in the face...

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    What made them say that?! Do they just breeze through life? Either that or they just don't live their life to the full, or they sit at home all day, etc. etc.

    Hello my name is Sophie-Louise and you're currently reading my blog. Bloggity blog. There's a lot in my life that has happened (considering that I'm 19 years old), and I've reached yet another point in my life where I'm not sure what to do with myself.

    School ended near enough a year ago, and since then I feel as though I've just continued to flit through life...(is flit even a word? I don't even know!) It's weird because you see your friends go off to University, get amazing grades (Gina I am looking at you girl), and you sit there and think...I just have a 9-5 job, something I said I never wanted to have, but hey look at me.

    It takes a lot of mental stamina to realize that you don't like the person you've become. Others will disagree with this but it's true, I feel shy, small, afraid of everything, and I don't know how I got to this point. I feel like socializing is an issue, and getting up and out of bed in the morning is a struggle.

    I was doing fine after I went to a convention in May, for my all time favourite TV Show, but then some more stuff happened, including my cat dying, which by the way, literally broke my heart (stupid and weird I know), baring in mind 6 weeks prior my dog died - and I found myself relapsing to the same spot I wound up at before.

    So how do you get out of this?

    Well to be honest, I don't even know the answer myself. But I've sent an application form for a college course, I've brought a new SLR camera so I can go adventuring, and I'm even making plans to travel the globe. Oh and I may be starting a YouTube channel as well, which should be fun!

    If you read this, then thank you, I'll send you a million virtual cookies, and if you want to comment with any tips on how to get out of this depressive mood/actions, that would be wicked.

    Thanks,