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5 Exciting YA Summer Releases You Have To Preorder

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Sometimes you have to look towards the future when you want to ignore the present. Reading has become a lifeline in recent weeks and I’m already looking to Summer for book releases that I can preorder!

I haven’t done as many book posts as I’d prefer, but that happens. I can read a bunch of different books but I always forget to write reviews about them. I love reading other blogs such as A Rambling Reviewer to see what they think about their books. Once a blog reader, always a blog reader! This is probably why my Netgalley percentage is down in my boots! Haha!

Promise I’m going to try to be better, publishers!

With so many books released every season, these are some of the YA novels that I’m super excited to check out this summer.

The Lost Soul Atlas (Zana Fraillon – 23rd July)

A boy awakens in the Afterlife, with a pocketful of vague memories, a key, a raven, and a mysterious atlas to guide him as he sets out to piece together what happened, and try to find his way home…

I love the sound of this book so much! It reminds me of a similar book called Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. It looks at death, life and everything in between. It’s an amazing book and a definite must-read. The Lost Soul Atlas caught my eye because of the plot. The fact that this boy wakes up and doesn’t remember how he died and has to figure it all out is interesting!

Got to love a book that makes you think!

The Heartstopper Colouring Book (Alice Oseman – 11th June)

Another book post mentioning Heartstopper! I’m officially recognising that I’m just a total Alice Oseman fangirl. I saw Alice’s publisher Team BKMRK mentioning that a Heartstopper colouring book was being released in June and I squealed!

Talk about an immediate pre-order!

I won’t do a perfect colouring job because I’m not artistic, but I’ll still have fun regardless.

The Falling in Love Montage (Ciara Smyth – 4th June)

Seventeen-year-old Saoirse has finished with exams and is facing a long hot summer before uni. She plans to party, get drunk, watch horror movies and forget all her troubles by kissing girls. Ever since the breakupocalypse with her ex Hannah, she’s been alone and angry, dealing with the hole left in her family by her sick mother’s absence. Worse, Dad drops a bombshell: he’s remarrying at the end of the summer.

Enter the scene: Ruby, who might just be the prettiest girl Saoirse’s ever seen. A romcom fan and a believer in true love, Ruby challenges cynical Saoirse to try a summer romance with the serious parts left out, just like in the movies. But what happens when the falling in love montage ends?

What better way to enjoy summer than by reading a LGBTQ+ rom-com! I’m slowly building up my little Pride bookshelf and this particular book sounds so adorable! I mean…why wouldn’t you read about an ‘breakupcalypse’ and two girls falling in love!

Saoirse already sounds amazing. Though I may be biased because Saoirse Ronan is one of my favourite actresses. Hands-up in the comments if you also know how to pronounce her name! Haha! I may be tempted to read this while listening to the Love Actually soundtrack!

The Switch Up: L.A Exchange (Katy Cannon – 25th June)

Alice can’t wait to visit Willa in LA – home of Hollywood, where dreams come true. Their plan is to explore the city and see the sights, but then Willa gets the opportunity to work on the film project of her dreams and she can’t say no!

The only problem is she is absolutely 100% supposed to be taking part in a beach clean-up. Which, now she thinks of it, sounds pretty perfect for Alice… Can the girls really swap lives again? Cue plotting, outfit swapping and award-winning performances. But everyone knows that real life is nothing like the movies…

As someone that loved the first book, I was super happy to see that Katy had written a sequel!

This already sounds like it will be just as fun as ‘The Switch Up’. Alice is such an awesome character due to the fact that she’s an Eco warrior and knows her own mind. She just seems to end up in these weird situations because of Willa! If you love the sounds of Prince & The Pauper meets The Parent Trap, then maybe think about popping this on your preorder list!

Love on the Main Stage (S.A. Domingo – 25th June)

16-year-old songwriter Nova is having the best summer of her life. Helping out with her parents’ food truck, she gets to attend not one, but FIVE different music festivals! Things get even better when she meets cute American boy, Sam, an aspiring musician like her. After sharing a magical evening dancing under the stars, Nova never expects to see Sam again. But to her surprise they keep meeting up at music festivals…

Nova begins to hope that their romance could become more than just a festival fling. So why is Sam so reluctant to talk about himself? And why does he have access to the VIP backstage area?

Look…this lockdown is clearly making me preorder romantic YA books! I guess that’s what happens when you’re on your own. *sob*

I’ve never been to a music festival so I have to live vicariously through books like this. There’s something super sweet about this plot. Two teens crushing on each other, dancing under the stars, and one hiding a big secret. What do you think Sam could be hiding?

Is he a secret Hannah Montana?! Haha.

What YA novels have you got on your preorder list this summer?

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Review | The World of RWBY: The Official Companion

RWBY

Considering that I’m 95% fangirl, it’s no surprise that I’m a lover of many fandoms. One fandom in particular is called RWBY! If you’ve never heard of it, then let me give you a brief overview:

In the supernatural universe of Remnant, four strong girls are training to become Huntresses, which are humanity’s only hope of defeating the shadowy and threatening creatures known as Grimm.

Some of you might think that the word ‘Grimm’ sounds familiar and you’d be right. RWBY is based loosely on some of the characters we see in the Grimms’ Fairy Tales. We have Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Snow White and more. There is so much that happens in the show that I literally would be here discussing it forever. That’s why the official companion would explain it all better! Haha!

All of this was the dream brain-child of its creator, Monty Oum, with the help from Rooster Teeth!

If you’ve had the vision of something truly epic that wouldn’t stop bugging you until you brought it to life, then I reckon that was what RWBY was like to Monty. It had two other co-creators in Kerry Shawcross and Miles Luna but this was all Monty!

…It was here, in this buzz of adrenaline and inspiration, that Monty had a dream he just couldn’t shake…He started describing his vision of RWBY: the colours, the names, the girls, how [the title] would be initials but pronounced like ‘ruby’.

He knew what he wanted to make, and we had faith in him to do it.

Unfortunately Monty only got to see 3 volumes of his creation. He passed away on February 1st 2015 due to a severe allergic reaction in a routine medical procedure. He was only 33.

RIP Monty.

Okay, so if the whole incredible ideas haven’t taken in your fancy and you’re looking for a little more fantasy, never you worry! Did you know that the show starts off at a school for hunters and huntresses called Beacon Academy? No! There you go!

It’s like if Harry Potter had specially designed weapons instead of wands!! The world of Remnant (where everything is based) just has a way of capturing your imagination and the characters your heart.

What I love so much about the official companion is that you could literally have no clue what RWBY is about and, by the end of the book, you’ll know everything and more. It really gives you a true in-depth sight into how everything is made from character designs, fight choreography and even animation! The world is just so vast and I’ve always been curious about a number of things.

You think you know everything and then BAM! More details you had no clue about! There are a bunch of characters that I fangirl over every time I see them being mentioned such as Professor Ozpin, Oscar Pine, Team JNPR, Tyrian and Team CFVY (Coffee).

What are your thoughts on RWBY? Does it sound up your street?

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What’s On My O.W.Ls Readathon TBR?

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Admit it…who else wished that they could take part in the O.W.Ls?!

If you haven’t heard of these before, they’re actually exams taken in Harry Potter and stand for ‘Ordinary Wizarding Levels’. They are taken at Hogwarts during the student’s fifth year and the nerd in me always wanted to do them! It meant that I would not only have a wand but be at Hogwarts!

Seeing as my letter is still missing, I wanted to find another way to take my O.W.Ls. Enter the super lovely G at BookRoast! She created a super magical readathon for everyone to take part! The amount of time and effort that has gone into creating guides and graphics is incredible! She’s really gone for it this year too! You honestly feel like you’re taking your O.W.Ls!

If you want to take part, you can!

The readathon has started today and it’s super easy to start! You can first look at the wizarding careers guide so you can pick a job you’d like to aim for! As you can see, there are tons of careers for you to do!

You now have the exams you need to revise for so we move onto the prompts! These prompts show all of the classes at Hogwarts along with the kind of book you need to read. Now that we have the basics, let’s look at what I’m planning! Out of all the careers on offer, I’m aiming to become a Healer. There is something super special!

Looking after witches and wizards who are hurt and need a helping hand?

Awesome! Look at Madam Pomfrey! She’s so cool! I’m pretty sure that Scorpius Malfoy would have been a Healer too!

These are the books I need to read for my exams (pray for me! Haha!):

Herbology (Title starts with an M)

Me Mam, Me Dad, Me by Malcolm Duffy

I had to really think about books on my shelf that started with M! I soon discovered that I only had two! I’ve been waiting for the right moment to read ‘Me Mam, Me Dad, Me’ and now is that time! Got to love a bit of Geordie romance!

Charms: White cover

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

Last month I actually won a Bloomsbury competition of all of Emery Lord’s books to date! Seeing as she is an incredible author, I was super happy! The great thing is that all of her books are white! That made this pick pretty easy! I’d read ‘The Names They Gave Us’ a few years ago and I remember it being so sad yet sweet! I could do with a little intentional cry!

DATDA: Book set at the sea/coast

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Before the apocalyse started, I had taken out ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ from the library. At least I can hope that I don’t get a fine for it being late! Haha! I’m hoping this book counts as being set at the ocean since it’s in the title. Oh, and one of the characters think her duck-pond is the ocean!

I’m so excited to read this! It’s recently being transferred to the West-End from the National Theatre! Fun fact: the actor who played Boy (Samuel Blenkin) used to be Scorpius Malfoy in Cursed Child!

Potions: Book under 150 pages

???

I think I’m going to fail Potions because I don’t own/know a book under 150 pages!! Does anyone know an e-book I can read for my O.W.Ls?!

Transfiguartion: Book/series that includes shapeshifting

Animorphs: The Invasion by K.A Applegate

Okay, let’s see how many of you remember this classic?! I had to order this book from Ebay just so I could have a copy on time! High-five to past me thinking in advance. If only she had done the same for ordering food online. This whole series is about teens shape-shifting into animals and the TV show is cheesy but amazing!!

Can’t wait for the nostalgia!

Ancient Runes: Heart on the cover/in the title

Heartstopper 1, 2 and 3 by Alice Oseman

If you’ve read my blog over recent months then it won’t be any surprise that I chose these! I never need an excuse to read these graphic novels but it’s been a little while since I’ve read them from the start. Nick and Charlie’s lives can be just as complicated as Ancient Runes!

Think I’ll get an O for this?

Care of Magical Creatures: Creature with a beak on the cover

Asha & the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan

This is such a gorgeous looking book with an equally gorgeous plot! The idea that her grandmother/her nanijee is looking over her as a spirit bird is such a lovely thought. I always imagine my parents doing the same kind of thing! I once had a dream that my Dad wanted to come back as a white butterfly!

You never know with him! He’d probably be a wasp to terrorize me!

Astronomy: Read majority of this book when it’s dark outside

The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q. Rauf

What better book to read before bed than this! The characters are literally obsessed with space and the main character thinks her mum is a star! It’s another book that needs tissues because the end is pretty upsetting but Onjali just handles it perfectly!

Love her books!

Are you doing the O.W.Ls magical readathon this month?

 

 

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What’s On My Self-Isolation/Stuck-At-Home TBR?

Okay, who else is already sick of this stupid global virus? I never knew we’d have to go through a mini-apocalypse! While my introvert side is super happy to only have myself for company and get myself to do all the little things I enjoy at home, my anxiety is hating this self-isolation.

The idea of being stuck indoors more often than not is driving me potty! I have been letting myself for walks but just not being in contact with others. We’re obviously not sure how long the world have to be like this but, since I’m wanting to keep my elderly neighbours and myself safe, I’m doing a couple of TBRs! One is for the self-isolation and the other is the Magical Readathon (post coming tomorrow!).

self-isolation

I have a small pile of books that I’ve had put to the side from the library and off my own shelves just in case. There is no better way to escape from the uncertainity of the real world than through books! You can let your mind disappear for a while and go on adventures with characters.

Just like when you were a kid!

If you’re stuck in your own personal isolation too and love reading, share with me some books that you’re planning on reading! We might not be able to see each other but we can still gush over books like always!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I remember hearing about this series from a Booktuber called Hailey in Bookland!

What really caught my attention was the tag-line on the front of the book: ‘If you kiss your true love, he will die’. It just seems a completely different plot to what I’ve read before and seems like a mix of fantasy/thriller! I have 0 clue since I’ve kept myself in the dark! I’ll let you know how it goes!

The Testament of Loki by Joanne M. Harris

You can tell that I’m ready for Disney+ next Tuesday since I’m listening to soundtracks and also reading up on Loki! I’m just ready for the show to come in the future so I can swoon over Tom Hiddleston’s acting! He’s just an amazing actor, okay?!

My library didn’t have the first book ‘The Gospel of Loki‘ and not sure when I’ll be getting it. I still wanted to read this even if it was the second book! Hopefully I’ll still understand what is going on! Haha!

The Unpredictability Of Being Human by Linni Ingemundsen

I’ve really being enjoying books with characters who are different. I mean…every character is different to a certain degree but I love the ones I can relate to. I hadn’t heard of Linni before but the bottom of her synopsis for this book really spoke to me:

‘It’s tough fitting in when you’re different. But what if it’s the world that’s weird, not you?’

THIS!

I’ve had to rewire my thinking a little over the year to understand that it’s okay to be different. It’s not the easier path by a long run but everyone is a little weird. If people don’t get you, fair enough. Their loss.

The Highland Falcon Thief by M.G Leonard & Sam Sedgman

I’m going to applaud my local Waterstones on amazing marketing for this book’s release!

They had a massive window display with this, stickers and cards in the shape of a train ticket! I love it when brands can be super creative with their marketing! I may be grown-up but my brain loves these things just as much as kids! I’m 30+ going 8!

Harry Potter has definitely instilled in me that any book with a train has got to be amazing! I’ve ridden on a couple of steam trains in the past and they’re amazing! You can’t go wrong with a mystery like this! The plot has everything you need: drama, jewel going missing, new friends and adventure!

Perfect! Can’t wait to get into this!!

How are you coping if you’re in self-isolation?

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Sorting YA Books Into Their Hogwarts Houses

hogwarts houses

I’ve been told in the past that it’s impossible to Sort objects into the Hogwarts Houses that suit them. I don’t see it as something impossible. I see it as a challenge for me to accept! I’ve been playing around with the idea of looking at YA books and wondering which Hogwarts houses they would be perfect in.

You’re obviously looking at subjects that contain loyal, brave, cunning and bookish characters. Surprisingly it was pretty easy to find a small list of books that I personally think match!

Let me know what you think of my choices and which books you would sort!

Hufflepuff

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares)
Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli)
Paper Towns (John Green)

I had to start with my own House: Hufflepuff! According to the books, we badgers are known to be loyal, patient, fair and hard-working. I’m going to ignore the fact that some people see us as bland! The books I’ve chosen look at the importance of friendship, accepting any differences and being loyal to what you believe.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants has a small group of girls who have different personalities yet still hang out! They all want to buy a pair of jeans and are shocked that the same pair fits all of them. These girls are connected through their friendship and, even though their lives go on different paths, they remain friends.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda because it’s just so Hufflepuff! Simon even says that he’s a Hufflepuff! You can even see the little Hufflepuff badge in the film! Haha! His friends are super loyal (though do feel hurt) especially when he is being targeted after being outed as gay!

As soon as I started planning this post about YA books into Hogwarts Houses, I knew that Paper Towns would be on my mini list for Hufflepuff! What else screams patience and loyalty than helping Quentin decipher clues left by Margo and then travel across country to find her before their graduation?! This has to be my favourite John Green book and everyone needs to read!

Slytherin

One of Us Is Lying (Karen McManus)
Isles of Storm and Sorrow: Venom (Bex Hogan)
Lost Boy (Christina Henry)

Slytherin was the hardest one to find books for because I didn’t want to just limit them to being ‘the bad guys’. That’s too stereotypical for this Potter fan! I wanted to look a teeny bit deeper. One of Us Is Lying seemed to fit the idea that no-one is who they seem at first glance. If pushed hard enough, anyone is capable of murder. I did allow myself to the Isles of Storm and Sorrow series because the main character has been trained to be the Viper and obviously a viper is a snake!

As for Lost Boy, I do have a reason for choosing it because that’s a big spoiler! Let’s just say that not everyone is good and not everyone is bad. Such a great book by the way!!

Ravenclaw

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder (Holly Jackson)
Paper & Hearts Society (Lucy Powrie)
Matilda (Roald Dahl)

Ah, the house of the book lovers and intelligence! Hermione was so close to being here and, no matter what you think of Luna, she was smarter than she looked. Look at how she explained the world to Harry in Order of the Phoenix!

Back to the post: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder really kept me on my toes! Like the title suggested, a girl wanted to test herself and do coursework investigating a local murderer. You get to read emails, transcripts and really feel like you’re a part of it! Detective work takes a lot of thinking and Ravenclaws know how to use their heads! Paper & Hearts Society is all about a group of friends who love chatting about books (the sequel is coming soon!) and everyone has to have read/watched Matilda by now! This remains my favourite childhood film to this day!

Gryffindor

The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
Dumplin’ (Julie Murphy)
Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)

Woo!! The final of the Hogwarts Houses! Agh, another tough one to put YA books to! Remember that these are my opinions so might not match with yours! Haha! Gryffindors are seen as brave and if life has taught me anything, it’s that bravery comes different shapes and forms.

The Hunger Games was a 50/50 choice for me for Gryffindor! Part of me thinks it would have gone in Slytherin too! Katniss did have to lie to keep herself and Peeta alive! That said, the stuff that she had to do and the fact that she became the Mockingjay showed how insanely brave she was! Dumplin’ may not seem like an obvious Gryffindor but any girl that will take on the idea that a plus-sized girl can’t win a beauty pageant is a heroine in my eyes! Plus DOLLY PARTON! As for Speak, I’ve really been getting into graphic novels lately and this one is going to break me. I can tell! It touches on the survivors of sexual abuse and finding their voice.

If you could sort your favourite YA books into Hogwarts Houses,
which would you choose and what House?

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5 World Book Day Costume Ideas For Grown-Ups

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5th March marks World Book Day and it’s such a fun day for both kids and grown-ups alike.

Every supermarket I’ve been in lately have had some amazing costumes for kids to wear. There was Mary Poppins, Matilda, a Golden Ticket, Alice in Wonderland and Dorothy from Wizard of Oz. They even had some adorable teeny costumes for babies!

I know that adults have fancy dress shops to make costumes but they’re never particular book characters! I mean…half the costumes you see for women in those shops are sexy! Not every woman wants to look like that. Some of us would like to have a nice costume without having to worry about showing much of everything.

That’s why I wanted to come up with some possible World Book Day costumes for grown-ups to wear. Whether they are for teachers, librarians or anyone who works with books.

Mary Poppins

There are so many fun ideas that you could take from Mary Poppins!!

You could be:

  • Mary herself (from either the original film or the more recent one)
  • Bert (who wouldn’t want to be Dick Van Dyke or Lin-Manuel Miranda!)
  • Mrs Banks (woo for votes for women!)

The great thing about days like these is that you can be super creative with whoever you choose. As long as you give people the book you’re from, you get to let them use their imagination. The fact that we’ve had Mary Poppins Returns means kids will more than likely know who you are. If I could, I would’ve loved to have done Mary in her ‘A Cover Is Not The Book‘ costume! Love that song.

Harry Potter

How I wish my teachers would have done this when I was still at school. I think mine were super boring because they never bothered to dress up and even scolded a few people who dressed up. These days I’ve seen so many incredible pictures of teachers who have dressed up for World Book Day as the teachers from Harry Potter. There are so many you can choose from too!

There have even been some that went as more creative characters such as Moaning Myrtle (toilet seat and all), Fred and George and one of the House mascots! I never thought of going as a badger but I might do that for a convention one day. That’s if I can figure out how!

Never be afraid to think outside the box!

Roald Dahl

I’ve literally seen so many people chatting about doing Roald Dahl characters. He’s never been as popular and I’m loving it!

He wrote legendary characters that both adults and kids alike adore. We’ve all read at least one of his book at some point in our lives. Since there are so many characters to choose, their costumes can be as easy as you want them to be.

Some amazing adult characters to try could be:

  • Miss Trunchball
  • Miss Honey
  • Miss Spider/Mrs Ladybug
  • Grandpa Joe
  • Mr Fox

Lord of The Rings

Depending on where you work, I think more people should dress up as characters from J.R.R Tolkien’s books.

You can’t go wrong with either being a badass elf like Arwen or Lady Galadriel or being one of the Hobbits such as Samwise Gamgee. The costumes are a little bit more tricky to do but I reckon it would be a great challenge for anyone who is up to trying.

If you do, let me know so I can fangirl over you!!

Disney

I’ve seen a few who say that people shouldn’t dress up as Disney characters because they’re not from books. At the end of the day, a lot of those characters have either ended up in books or did come from them. Look at Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan!

I adore all things Disney! It’s such a magical fandom to be a part of, you get to visit the kingdoms and you can relate to the characters. I grew up during the 90s when films such as The Lion King, Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast came out. It was an amazing time to be a kid and experiencing all of these coming to life. I think I still have The Lion King soundtrack on cassette tape! Haha!

Who could you be? Well…take your pick!

  • Jessie (Toy Story)
  • Jane (Tarzan)
  • Phillip (the guy Robin Williams plays in Flubber)
  • Rapunzel (Tangled)
  • Tiana (Princess and the Frog)

There is nothing wrong with dressing up for World Book Day regardless of the fact that we aren’t kids anymore. We read books too and love the characters so embrace your bookish love!

Who would you dress up as for World Book Day?

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AD | Finding Balance by Kati Gardner

finding balance

AD | This advance copy was kindly gifted by NetGalley
and North Star Editions for an honest review.

Synopsis

Jase Ellison doesn’t remember having acute lymphocytic leukemia when he was three years old. His cancer diagnosis only enters his mind twice a year. Once at his yearly checkup at the oncology clinic and one when he attends Camp Chemo in the summer. No one in his “real” life knows about his past, especially his friends at Atlanta West Prep.

Mari Manos has never been able to hide her cancer survivorship. She wakes every morning, grabs her pink forearm clip crutches, and starts her day. Mari loves Camp Chemo—where she’s developed a healthy crush on fellow camper Jase. At Camp, she knows that she’ll never get “the look” or have to explain her amputation to anyone.

Jase wants to move on, to never reveal his past. But when Mari transfers to his school, he knows she could blow his cover. That’s the last thing he wants, but he also cannot ignore his attraction to her. Mari wants to be looked at like a girl, a person, and not only known for her disability. But how do you move on from cancer when the world won’t let you?

Review

Prior to reading Finding Balance, I hadn’t actually read of Kati Gardner’s books or heard of her work!

That has definitely changed now I’ve read this book and fallen in love with the characters she has created. When I saw this up for grabs on NetGalley, I knew I had to request it. It had such a intriguing plot and unique compared to most books out right now.

You not only have characters who have been through cancer, but you also have the main character Mari who lost a leg to it. It always makes me super happy when I see a disabled character leading the plot and I just loved the determination of Mari. She didn’t let missing a leg stop her from getting around. You felt enraged with her when she gets targeted for being different.

I related to this so much!

I also related with Jase as well in the fact that he tries to hide his differences and seem ‘normal’. I can safely say that being normal is over-rated! Finding Balance literally had me hooked from the first page and I had no problem at all reading the entire book in one day. I couldn’t put it down!

I’ll be making sure to find the first book in the series so I can be up-to-date.

Everyone should pre-order this book, especially if you’ve been through similar situations. You’ll find all of the characters really developed and that all of them have a vital role to the plot! Finding Balance will be released on 5th May so check it out!

What are your thoughts on this book? Do you think you’ll read?

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10 Book Adaptations On Netflix I’ve Watched/Need To Watch

What I’ve loved about Netflix is the amount of book adaptations they have on their site! Whether they’re a series or a film, there are so many and I love it. You do worry that any adaptations aren’t going to do the books justice but I think Netflix has done incredible.

They even made books from their own creations so it works both ways.

With the UK being hit by two nasty storms in a matter of weeks, us Brits have been trying to find ways to stay in and hide from the weather. For me, that meant curling under my fluffy red blanket and watching Netflix. I think we’re allowed to do this!

Book Adaptations

PS I Still Love You (Jenny Han)

I’ve been a big fan of Jenny Han’s writing ever since I read ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty‘! You knew I was going to love watching ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before‘! It was such a relatable book. I did send an anon love letter to a crush when I was 10. We didn’t know his address so we just put his name and hoped for the best! Haha!

I thought Lana smashed it as Lara in the first film and she was perfect in this sequel!! You can see her heart being pulled in all directions and, unless you’ve read the book, you don’t know who she picks. If only I had guys fawning over me like this! Plus Anna Cathcart was in this!! She played Dizzy in The Descendants films!

If you haven’t read any of Jenny’s books or seen these films, do it!

All The Bright Places (Jennifer Niven)

I’m going to be honest…I haven’t read this book yet but I had to pop on this list because of its power. The only reason I haven’t read it is because it chats a lot about mental health and looks at a boy who wants to die. Way too triggering but I’m really hoping in the future I can both read and watch this!

I love the idea of two people are struggling with two different but similar things helping one another. I’ll admit that I’m a bit of both Violet and Theodore. I already discovered the end to this book and it’s so strong!

I love Elle Fanning as an actress so I know she’ll kill it as Violet and I thought Justice Smith was awesome in Detective Pikachu!!

It comes out on February 28th.

Anne With An E (based on Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery)

This show…

THIS SHOW!

Anne With An E has to be one of the most incredible shows on Netflix by far and there are a lot of shows on there! As soon as I saw the trailer for Season 1, I knew that it would capture a special place in my heart. I grew up watching and reading Anne of Green Gables, especially the 1985 film with Megan Follows!

This comes with everything and more. The acting is phenomonal, the cinematography is utterly breath-taking and I would happily sit and listen to the soundtrack all day.

The one person who ties everything together has to be Amybeth McNulty who plays Anne. She’s fiesty, heart-breaking and stubborn all at once and I love it!

Sad that the final season was released last month. I honestly wish we could have more but I was glad that this book adaptation was created!

Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford

There are a few reasons why you need to watch this TV series:

  • It has Benedict Cumberbatch in it and he was amazing! He even won an Emmy for his role in this so that’s pretty awesome right! Plus he gave us this gif:

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  • It has a stellar cast with the likes of Roger Allam (he’s in a play with Colin Morgan soon!!), Miranda Richardsoon and the screenplay was adapted by Tom Stoppard!!
  • It’s pretty heavy going since it’s set before and during World War I but it’s just so good! Bring tissues to use and throw at your screen!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa)

If you ever watched the 90s show ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’, then you need to watch it. I warn you in advance though: the characters are far more sinister, darker and tormented. You still have those we love such as Sabrina, Aunt Zelda and Hilda and Harvey, but we get more characters too!

My favourites have to be Ambrose, Lillith/Mrs Wardwell, Prudence and Theo!

Seeing as I don’t usually do horror shows, I was nervous about watching this but I genuinely love it! There is so much heart behind the fear! That and I just love Lucy Davies and Michelle Gomez!

Part 3 started last month so watch the 2 parts you’ve missed and join us on the dark side!

Pretty Little Liars (Sara Shepard)

I didn’t even know that Pretty Little Liars was a book series before I saw it on Netflix! I guess because it came from the US and wasn’t in our bookstores until the series kicked off.

I haven’t actually read the series yet but I’m planning to at some stage. It’s on my TBR list and anyway…A will kill me if I don’t.

This show is amazing, messed-up, confusing, intriguing and more!

You literally have 0 clue who the heck A is until the very end! You actually begin to suspect everyone is A! It has so many clever moments. If you love mystery/thrillers, then you will love this!

It’s a little like Sherlock Holmes meets Clueless! Probably not the best description but that’s how it seems in my head!

Heartland (Lauren Brooke)

Here’s a quick story: I loved horses ever since I was young. The end.

Growing up happened along with social anxiety but my love for horses remained. These days I tend to watch Badminton and Chatsworth Horse Trials because I love being surrounded by them and I just find show-jumping exciting!

Heartland was a book series that I still have copies of to this day and it has all the things a horse lover would need. A girl who dedicates her life to horses, a gorgeous person to crush on and lots of descriptions! The show really brought Amy to life and, even though I haven’t gotten through all the seasons yet, I’m still loving!

Gossip Girl (Cecily von Ziegesar)

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Another book adaptation that I didn’t know had books before the show!

I’m going to use the whole ‘it came from America’ excuse like before because that’s the only reason! I was still too young to understand everything that was going on in the books anyway! I even got a little confused by Sweet Valley High (who else remembers that show?!).

Whenever the show came out, I was in my teens so was able to get more and loved how you never knew who to like or hate. It made so happy when Netflix brought the series onto the site! Nothing like a bit of high-class backstabbing to ignore the gales.

Not sure if anyone sees my ad on blog comments, but I always do ‘Daisy xoxo’ as a nod to Gossip Girl!

The Mortal Instruments (Cassandra Clare) and The Kissing Booth (Beth Reekles)

I’ve paired these two together because this post is getting super long and I’ve yet to watch them yet!

I know I’m probably missing out on a fandom with not reading The Mortal Instruments but I have heard about Malec! As for The Kissing Booth, you’ve got to love more teen drama!

What book adaptations have you loved on Netflix (if you have it)?
If not, what book adapations have you loved to watch?

Books Fandom

Review | Heartstopper Volume 3 by Alice Oseman

I’m not embarrassed in the slightest that I have been fangirling over Heartstopper! There is something so special about Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper series and people need to read! This is my call to any friends, especially those in the LGBTQ+ community, get Volume 1 and feel all the rainbow feels!

I may have jumped ahead of myself a little.

Kind of saw Alice in person this week at her event for Heartstopper Volume 3 in Nottingham. Yeah…still kind of on a high from that and proud of it.

Heartstopper Volume 3

Since this is a review of the latest volume, I might as well calm myself down a little and give you my honest opinions. This is a continuation following Nick and Charlie’s gentle journey into their relationship. They’ve had quite a few bumps in the road in terms of homophobia bullies (I’m looking at you, Harry!) and Nick trying to understand his sexuality.

It doesn’t matter what these boys go through!

They’re just so in love and I literally feel my heart grow every time I read their moments alone together. You forget that you’re reading a graphic novel and truly feel immersed into their world. It’s so interesting how your brain adds colour to the pictures even when they’re black and white! Alice clearly paints the world with her words!

I can be good with words too, y’know! Haha!

This difference between Heartstopper Volume 3 and the last book is how many different topics are covered! We have depression, sexuality, homophobia, eating disorders and more! I adored how much Alice had me thinking even when the moments got rather dark. I will be honest and say that there were a couple of moments during this where I was triggered and had to step away. It wasn’t that they were super horrifying or anything. I loved them so much! I guess the character going through those moments reminded me of myself and I cried for them.

Just when you think you know what is going to happen, a curveball is thrown at you and you literally can’t turn the page fast enough.

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Even though we only get the odd glimpse of her, one of my favourite characters has to be Charlie’s sister Tori. There is something so cool and sassy about her. She says what’s on her mind, doesn’t really if it embarrasses her brother (only sibling banter) and I just love her! I really hope that we get to see more of her in Volume 4 next year because she deserves more paper time!

Other characters I love are Darcy, Tara and Elle. I definitely have to say that Darcy and Tara are just as cute together as Nick and Charlie! They’re always holding hands or sitting in the other’s lap. To see them being so comfortable with who they are after everything is amazing! Plus Darcy is just a big Nick x Charlie shipper!

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This above moment had me giggling for a few minutes!

I’d probably say something along the same lines if I knew two of my gay friends had been caught kissing. Nick and Charlie are still super new to being boyfriends and testing the waters. The fact that they’re having a quick snogging session while on a school trip to Paris (the romance capital of the world!) makes me proud of them. They still have a long way to go until they feel more comfortable being open but they’re taking great steps.

Moments that you have to look out for when you read:

  • Charlie’s reaction to Nick speaking another language
  • A medical emergency
  • Two characters finally getting together
  • Nick and Charlie posting on Instagram (and their comments!)

Oh!! Before I forget: Alice actually has two new books coming out this year which is incredible! They are Nick and Charlie (3rd September) and Loveless (9th July). I can’t wait to preorder my copies next week! We even have the TV show of Heartstopper happening at some point in the future!! Not sure when but I’m already casting people in my mind!

What are your thoughts on Heartstopper Volume 3?
Have you read any of the other Heartstopper books?

 

 

Books Fandom

My Top 8 Favourite YA Book Covers

Before we even read a book, we see book covers.

Sometimes you get a simple version to announce that the book will be published. Sometimes you get the gorgeous cover straight away (Alice Oseman is amazing for this!). Other times you’ll get a book that gets a new cover for their hardback or an update for the paperback! The amount of book covers that Harry Potter has had is crazy but I still adore all of them!

This post has been inspired by one of my favourite booktubers, HaileyInBookland. She spoke about being a book collector in her last vlog and you should see her Alice In Wonderland collection!

I have to admit that book covers are one of the big reasons for me to pick up a book and look at the synopsis. I’m a visual kind of person so colour, illustrations and gorgeous font always gets my attention. You’ll be surprised to see that I don’t have any of the Potter books on my list. It isn’t that I don’t love all of the covers but these ones really had me captivated!

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Proud

If you’ve been a follower of my blog for a while then you won’t be surprised to see a couple of LGBTQ+ choices! The pride colours are some of my favourite to see on a cover! They’re just so vibrant and speak volumes on behalf of people who can’t!

What I loved about this particular design, other than the colours, is the fist in the air! It

That to me signifies a person who is celebrating who they are, determined to get their voice across and just has a strong personality! I could be wrong but that’s how it makes me feel!

The Places I’ve Cried In Public (Holly Bourne)

This book is one that definitely was picked because of the cover!

I mean…look at the design!! It looks so wistful! A person sitting on a bench by themselves and a tree with fallen leaves. It’s only when you see the smudge stain from a tear falling onto ink that you get the connection to the story. I know I related to the title when I saw it mentioned on Holly Bourne’s Twitter. I can think of quite a few times when I’ve publically cried about something.

Whether it be from bullying (crying in the school corridor), losing my mum (crying in the nursing home) or being told bad news (crying on the back seat of a bus).

Chasing the Stars (Malorie Blackman)

I’ve been a big fan of Malorie’s ever since I discovered her through ‘Pig Heart Boy’. We were taught about people with differences and bullying through this book and I was always really excited to hear another chapter. After that, I tried to follow a bunch of her other books especially Noughts & Crosses and Chasing the Stars.

Even though I was overly sold on this particular book, I still loved its cover!

The gorgeous pastel colours all blurred, the gold background for the title that reminds me of a supernova and the lines going in circle that also remind me of when you need shooting stars! There is probably a better description of the cover (where are my astrophysicists?) but that’s as much as my mind stretches!

The Raven King (Maggie Stiefvater)

I’ll be honest and admit that I’d never heard of Maggie and her books before today. It wasn’t until I spotted her book covers on the Waterstones website that my interest was piqued.

The reason why this cover is on my list out of the ones I could have chosen should be pretty obvious.

Any guesses?

It looks like Harry’s stag patronus!! The stunning illustration of a stag with blue paintstrokes within it surrounded by ravens is something I would for certain put on my wall. It’s simple yet full of so much detail! I really wish I knew who created this cover so I can fangirl over them! I’ve now got the Raven Cycle on my TBR list to check out so I’ll let you know if I love!

Girl Hearts Girl (Lucy Sutcliffe)

LGBTQ+ cover number 2!

Believe me, my whole list would have been full of books with these covers but I had to kind of draw a line. Don’t worry…I’ll be allowing my little heart to run free for Valentine’s Day! If you have any other books in their genre, I’d love to hear some recommendations! I always want to read more!

This book, like Proud, is based on the personal experiences of someone in the community and that is Lucy. She writes about her experiences of discovering she was gay at 14, trying to figure out where to go next and then meeting her girlfriend Kaelyn. This broke and then glued my heart together when I read!

I already said that I loved the rainbow colours but I also love that blocks of colour are plane tickets! They have little hearts, the London skyline, two girl icons and are just adorable!! It’s amazing when little details are added to the cover and tell you the visual story.

The Paper & Hearts Society (Lucy Powrie)

If you haven’t read Lucy’s debut novel, then it’s a must!! It has such an amazing group of characters and, if you read it now, then you’ll be ready for its sequel ‘Read with Pride’ coming out in May!!

Does it have a Pride link to it?

*shuffles* Maybe.

Okay, yes!! I like what I like and proud of that! Haha!

What I love about Paper & Hearts Society is the sheer vibrance of the cover!! As well as being a brilliant bright yellow (my Hufflepuff side was so happy!), it also had little stars and hearts and a young girl sitting on a bench with a pile of books next to her.

This is me in book cover form!!

Autoboyography (Christina Lauren)

Okay, this list should really be titled ‘My Top 8 Favourite LGBTQ+ Book Covers’ because here is another one!

The main character, Tanner, is bisexual so wooo for the bi community!!

Unless you knew what colour were on the bi flag (they’re pink, purple and blue), then you might see some of the cleverness of the cover. It’s obviously upside down but I see the colours there as well as the gorgeous night’s sky! It’s a gorge blending of the colours and the two characters seemingly seem to be standing on a book and a mountain! That’s how it looks to me!

Utah has a lot of snowy mountains, right? I watch ThisIsHowWeBingham and they show lots of snowy mountains on their vlogs!

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)

I had to finish this post with Pride and Prejudice!

I might be bias about this cover since I don’t live all that far away from Chatsworth House and there it is on here, but I do have other reasons for loving this version. It catches the romance of the story with the night’s sky and Elizabeth Bennet with Mr Darcy, but it also shows her sass!

She has her back to him and is too busy with her book! That is the fiesty Lizzy we know!

Puffin always seems to make the most beautiful designs so I’m not surprised that I added one of their classics!

What book covers have you fallen in love with?