Update

Sorry to have neglected this blog for so long. Due to mental health issues it took quite a large backseat (yikes!) in the last year, but I’m feeling a bit more encouraged and confident to get myself back up and running.

I’m currently reading Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard (and I must say, I’m enjoying it very much). I met Holly Smale today in Waterstones, Truro which was pretty awesome and I made a few new friends! *waves*

I didn’t look the most glamorous today so here is a photo of my signed copy of the new instalment of Geek Girl: Head Over Heels!

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I have some dental surgery booked in on Tuesday so fingers cross it won’t deter me from reading in comfort! I hope everyone is well. If I’ve missed anything, throw me a comment or an email!

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Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard Review

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TITLE: RED QUEEn
AUTHOR: VICTORIA AVEYARD
PUBLISHED: FEB 2015
5STAR

So earlier this year my gorgeous fiancé bought the Red Queen for my 23rd birthday back in August. I had been wanting to read this book desperately, but I just couldn’t find it anywhere nor could I afford to buy a copy. That’s where my fiancé decided he would get it for me, because he’s such a sweetheart. Anyway, this book is amazing. It’s probably one of the best books I’ve read this year so far.

You know when you want a book so badly and you can’t wait to read it but at the same time you’re scared that where you have hyped it so much in your head that you’re scared to read it in case you’re disappointed? Well that’s why I put off reading it for a few months (that and my anxiety has been all over the place). I was so scared of being disappointed by it that I just spent most of the days daydreaming of what it might be like to read it.

So then I read it.

AND I WASN’T DISAPPOINTED! I honestly can’t wait for Glass Sword. But going back to RQ! It seriously wasn’t disappointing and I’m so, so, so glad I finally got to read it. There are many unexpected twists. And I love how easy it was to read. Sometimes when I read fantasy my head starts throbbing from all the fancy words they throw at the reader and then most of the time, I’m spent looking at Oxford dictionary trying to find a definition. I’m not dumb but it was nice to read a book where you didn’t have to decode every other word in the genre (at least in my experience).

So yay! 5* to RQ and Victoria Aveyard for writing an awesome book! *throws confetti*

Originally posted from my booklr 

Those Above (The Empty Throne #1) – Daniel Polansky Thoughts / Review

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TITLE: THOSE ABOVE (THE EMPTY THRONE #1)

AUTHOR: DANIEL POLANSKY

PUBLISHED: 2015

2STAR

I’m going to try something different with my book reviews as I feel they’re going a bit stale and I’ve not had fun writing them in a while as I feel every review lately is in the same format and it feels too formal. I don’t feel as though my personality and my actual thoughts of the book are being stilted by the format. Sure, I’m honest with every single book I read (if I wasn’t, I wouldn’t say I didn’t like a book huh? ;) ) but regardless, the format is restricting me in regards to creativity – as most book review templates do on book blogs especially when they feel so formal and stiff.

Anyway, I started reading Those Above somewhere in May (I think somewhere in the beginning of it) as it was at the top of my TBR ARC pile – I still have quite a few to read from Book Bridgr which I eventually – and I thought I needed to get it read, but as I had been in a long and tiresome reading slump I had hoped that this book would drag me out of it but if anything it actually made it worse.

I had gone into Those Above with a huge amount of optimism as I had heard so many great things about it, but it really disappointed me. I haven’t even been able to finish it because I just simply couldn’t get into the constant character and world building. I managed to read 100 pages before I decided I was completely bored. Perhaps it was just the fact that I had picked up a book that I wasn’t at all ready to get into yet or the fact that I was bored by the constant need to explain every little thing behind each action.

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A wonderfully interesting and informative update

Afternoon everyone. I’m such a terrible person, well a terrible person at blogging and/or reading the books I have. I’m in one of those slumps where reading a book just feels like a mountain and my brain can’t manage to comprehend a single word that I’m reading at times. I hate that this sounds like an excuse as I love reading but since my fiancé has started a new job, it’s been difficult to adjust to and my mind has been unable to stop thinking or worrying about him because of my anxiety. I’m very prone to thinking the worst and panicking easily so you can imagine that I’d rather my books didn’t get tear stains all over them!

I’ve also had quite the large distraction since the last time I posted. For those who are familiar with the free language learning app/website Duolingo, I have recently become a course contributor to help those learning Dutch (and the Dutch learning English). I’m not exactly fluent in Dutch yet but the other contributors/moderators thought I had something (for some reason) that would add to their team of wonderful people (god knows what qualities they saw :P) so I applied and managed to get on their team! Yay! I had to write my application in English and then into Dutch….which took me 6 hours! Crazy right? So far it’s been very hands on, clearing user reports and talking ideas with some very intelligent people. I’m really enjoying it though and it helps with keeping me from my thoughts – as said above – when the fiancé is at work. It also has helped my Dutch, I feel a bit more confident reading and attempting to write to people. Don’t worry, I won’t start writing my posts in Englutch (English and Dutch). Also, if you like languages and have always wanted to learn a language for free…Duolingo is your place *cough* I’m biased but trust me, they have so many languages to offer (over 40), it’s a fun community and there are tons more to come!

I just thought I would give a general update as to what is going on with the blog and why I haven’t been responding to review requests (sorry those who have been hoping for a reply, I’ll get back to you shortly/during the weekend!) and generally not posting as much on here or on instagram. I’m temporarily closing review requests until I get back on my feet. I have so many books to read and it’d be unfair on myself and budding authors who want reviews if I leave them open and then those authors are just left hanging. So to give myself enough time to sift through books at a comfortable pace, they’ll be closed.

I hope everyone is doing well! And I’ll also give you an update on my current read:

THOSE ABOVE BY DANIEL POLANSKY :)

Thoughts so far?
It’s a bit of a slow read. So far all I’ve dealt with is a lot of character and world-building. I know as it’s the first in the series, there’s bound to be a lot of that but the first few chapters are just filled with getting to know the character stuff. Personally, I’d rather get to the know characters and the world by exploring it and being shown things rather than being told something happened. I’m just past page 90 – I did say I’m having a slump, already ;) – so maybe there’s a lot more action to come! For those who have read Those Above, how did you find the beginning of it? Please let me know in the comments below (hé that rhymed!) ;)

The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) – Marie Rutkoski Review

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TITLE: THE WINNER’S CRIME (THE WINNER’S TRILOGY #2)

AUTHOR: MARIE RUTKOSKI

PUBLISHED: 12 MARCH 2015

4STAR

Kestrel is due to be married to the Emperor’s son, Prince Verex. Herran’s minister of agriculture, Tensen has a spy inside the palace. Arin is desperate for the truth and will go further and beyond to find it. But just how far will the Emperor go to keep the ball in his court?

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Homecoming (The Hundred #3) – Kass Morgan Review

TITLE: HOMECOMING (THE HUNDRED #3)

AUTHOR: KASS MORGAN

PUBLISHED: 26 FEBRUARY 2015

3STAR

The humans from the Colony have finally made their homecoming journey back to Earth. But how much will they disrupt the peaceful camp the Hundred have started to call home? We join Clarke, Wells, Bellamy and Glass as they continue to discover just how hard being a human on Earth really is.

I adore this series, I really do. It’s just a series of books I find so easy to pick up and get stuck into and Homecoming does the same for me. I remember when this arrived through my letterbox a few weeks ago, I was so excited to read it! The following review will contain spoilers, so if you really wish to read on – just be warned, okay?

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Friday Wishlist #5

As I’ve been so busy this week, this Friday’s Wishlist is going to consist of books I have already and need to read as my TBR pile is …erm piling up. It’s going to be a short post as I’m currently in the process of writing A Hollowed Void – which I uploaded the first THREE CHAPTERS to Authonomy – a place for writers to get noticed by Harper Collins’ and a chance to get on their Editor’s Desk for review. It isn’t certain but if I move up the chart enough with feedback it might get seen one. I would really love it if people could give their feedback on there? It’ll help me progress as a writer. I’m also in progress of outlining another plot for another novel idea I’ve had – just to get it down on paper and out of my head.

Not to mention how drained I feel this week after reading If I Fall, If I Die. I haven’t felt so drained from a book in ages. I’m planning to start The Winner’s Crime over the weekend to give myself a little break from actual reading for a few days.

The list this week will just consist of a simple list. My head hurts too much to genuinely list why I want to read these books on my TBR so my apologies!

LEAVING TIME – JODI PICOULT

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Number One bestselling author Jodi Picoult returns with her compulsive new novel – about the lengths we go to for those who have left us behind; about the staying power of love; and about how three broken souls might have just the right pieces to mend each other.
Jenna Metcalf was with her mother the night she disappeared in tragic and mysterious circumstances, but she remembers nothing.

Over ten years have passed, and still Jenna reads and rereads her mother’s journals, hoping to find some clue hidden there, in the meticulous recording of her scientific research with elephants.

Desperate for answers, Jenna uses all her savings to recruit the aid of a private detective – and a psychic.

Jenna knows her mother loved her. She knows she would not leave her. And she will not rest until she finds out what happened that night. In her most gripping mystery since House Rules, Jodi Picoult brings us a powerful story of a young girl’s determination to uncover the truth, however shocking and life-changing it might be.

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If I Fall, If I Die – Michael Christie Review

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TITLE: IF I FALL, IF I DIE

AUTHOR: MICHAEL CHRISTIE

PUBLISHED: 12 FEBRUARY 2015

1STAR

If I Fall, If I Die follows a boy’s first steps into the outside world. But the outside isn’t as innocent as Will thinks. There are bad, complex and dangerous people but Will is determined to find Marcus – a boy who falls into the wrong crowd. With Will’s mother’s anxiety and agoraphobia at its highest, Will is determined to prove to her that the outside is just as safe as being inside.

I have to say from the offset I just didn’t like this book. The writing from beginning to end just irritated me if I’m honest. Everything was overly described and I felt like the writer was trying too hard to hook the reader but it just didn’t do it for me. It felt like a drag to read. I felt really bad for not liking this book, to be honest, because the premise of it sounded promising especially as I was really looking forward to reading a book that would understand just how it feels to be anxious and a recluse and the writing style just ruined it for me. I can imagine many people enjoying this book, but the over-use of explaining one minuscule detail in a dozen different ways or words just to describe something so simple was just tedious page after page. It felt too draining to read and I couldn’t wait to finish reading it because it just simply frustrated me to read.

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Something a little bit different… about my own writing endeavours

I’m not sure how many of my readers/followers know this, but I also love to write. Well, that’s quite obvious Jane as you like to blog regularly, I hear you say. I know that you sillies, but I mean one day I would love to publish my own novel.

I recently completed my first ever NaNoWriMo, and managed to hit the 50k words – something I thought I would never be able to achieve as I always have little random plot ideas buzzing around in my head but I never used to know how to get them out – coherently – onto paper (okay, onto Word..) until I managed to beat my fear of never being able to write a story from beginning to end until I won NaNo.

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No Friday Wishlist Post today, sadly

No Friday Wishlist post this week as I had really bad internet problems today for a prolonged amount of time and I literally had no time to get a post written as I needed the internet to get information on the books I wanted to include in the wishlist. It will be back next Friday though.

Apologies to everyone who was looking forward to it.

But please remember, you can keep up to date with other bookish things on the Facebook page, Instagram (constantly updating with books I’m currently reading and books that fall through the postbox), Goodreads and I am available to talk to through my joint Twitter account. Please remember, that my Twitter account is a joint one – and isn’t necessarily just for talking about books, it does have quite a lot of tweets about football, learning Dutch, F1 and pancakes so please take that into consideration when following as it is a personal account and not my blog account.

 

Thanks for understanding everybody! :)