Tuesday, 23 May 2017

It Ends With Us- Colleen Hoover BOOK TALK

*****
"My heart? Go ahead, Colleen break it into a million pieces! My sanity? Sure, take that too!" 
This is an exact quote of mine after finishing this book (though, personally, I think it can apply to all Colleen Hoover books).
This story was enlightening, earth-shattering and so very important for so very many reasons. I don't want to go too far into depth about what this book is about because I think it's best to go in blind as you get to experience all of the.... painful things as a surprise. What I will tell you is that it is extremely hard-hitting and we follow a very dynamic set of characters.
I can't find the words to do this story justice but I do know that everyone has to pick up this beauty of a book. You'll thank me later.





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This book started out a lot happier than the end and it went a lot darker than I was expecting- meaning it hit me right in the feels when I wasn't expecting it- meaning it hurt even more than usual.
I loved how Ryle and Lily met. It was cute, flirty and in that moment, I fell in love with Ryle. Hard. Which, again, made everything more painful in the long run.
Lily's eulogy was epic- savage, yes- but completely epic nonetheless. It established an instant like towards her and how sassy, stubborn and fierce she was.
On the night of their meeting, we introduced the concept of a naked truth and I just love that.The idea is so necessary in today's society and this premise became so important in their relationship and their future- it threaded through the book beautifully.
When first reading Ryle's character in this opening sequence, I related to him so much. I'm very career orientated and often wonder whether I'm too selfish and success-orientated to have kids. It was just nice to see that idea (worry?) put down on paper.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

The Walking Dead 3x10 'Home' TV TALK

This was a very dramatic and hard-hitting episode which I liked for the most part- though some moments very much pulled on the ol' heart strings. I love seeing the development of each and every character every episode- this series is so beautifully character based and I think it works so well.
I absolutely loved the end of this episode- it was such an epic, throw-your-hands-up-in-triumph moment (trust me, I actually did that), and it finished off the episode stunningly.




TWD TV TALKS:
Season 1: | 1x01 1x02 | 1x03 | 1x04 | 1x05 | 1x06
Season 2: | 2x01 | 2x02 | 2x03 | 2x04 | 2x05 | 2x06 | 2x07 | 2x08 2x09 | 2x10 | 2x11 | 2x12 | 2x13
Season 3: | 3x01 | 3x02 | 3x03 | 3x04 | 3x05 | 3x06 | 3x07 | 3x08 | 3x09


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Rick is having some serious issues; he's hallucinating Lori and my heart bleeds for him! We don't even have Daryl to comfort him. One thing I love though (and I truly freaking love and appreciate it) is how Rick told Hershel that he was hallucinating and that he had a problem. Too often in TV shows- in fiction- the protagonist keeps these things to himself and then slowly withdraws into crazy town. We can't overcome your problem, if you don't tell anyone about it so thank you so much Rick for having the sense to tell Hershel- because now we can help you!! My respect for this show went up about 10 notches (and by 10, I mean 10 thousand).
The Governor is being funny- and totally not in a humorous way. I don't completely believe that he wants Andrea to lead... and damn him for lying about leaving her friends alone and then coming straight up to the prison to slaughter them. F you, mate.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Greek Mythology Book TAG

You can tell who my favourite God is...
Due to extreme busy-ness, I needed a filler post until I can bring myself to finish my giant review of It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover. So.... Tag Time it is!!!
You may not know, but I freaking love Greek Mythology. I love reading retellings of the Gods (e.g. The Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout/ Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan). The Gods are always super sassy and fun in these books so I'm definitely up for doing a book tag all about them!
I first saw this tag over at Readers and More, so I'll link their post in case you want to check it out!

Zeus- God of the Sky and Thunder- Favourite book
At the moment, I stand at A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (no shocks there, then). But when the sequel comes out.... I may change it to that one.
ACOMAF- Sarah J. Maas Book Talk

Poseidon- God of the Seas- Book that drowned you in feels 
Winter- Marissa Meyer
This finale was everything a finale needs to be. Going at 800 pages, it had everything it needed and watching all the previous books and characters coming together into a massive, epic finale.... gave me some feels alright.
Winter- Marissa Meyer Book Talk

Hades- God of the Underworld- Favourite book with a dark and ominous plot 
We Were Liars- E. Lockhart
That's one of the main things I loved about this book. It was so eerie and dark- a creepy, mysterious and dreamy plot mixed with a deep and ominous plot.
We Were Liars- E. Lockhart Book Talk
We Were Liars- E. Lockhart Further Discussion

Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Walking Dead 3x09 'The Suicide King' TV TALK

I loved this episode but it played with my emotions a lot. No surprises there, am I right?
A lot is happening and all the characters are beginning to join together and find out about each other's existence which is exciting!!! A very particular thing happened in this episode that I'm not happy about but I'm 100% sure that it will resolve itself soon enough (it will just be painful until that time comes).


TWD TV TALKS:
Season 1: | 1x01 1x02 | 1x03 | 1x04 | 1x05 | 1x06
Season 2: | 2x01 | 2x02 | 2x03 | 2x04 | 2x05 | 2x06 | 2x07 | 2x08 2x09 | 2x10 | 2x11 | 2x12 | 2x13
Season 3: | 3x01 | 3x02 | 3x03 | 3x04 | 3x05 | 3x06 | 3x07 | 3x08


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I have never hated the Governor more than I have in the moment where he tried to get Merle and Daryl fight to the death. They're brothers, you sick git!! And I was nearly flipping my shit when they brought the Walkers in! No one is to hurt my beautiful Daryl!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

The Hamilton Book TAG

I haven't the foggiest idea why it took me this long to do the Hamilton tag when I have loved Hamilton for a good year and a half. Better late than never, I suppose. The original of this tag was done on Maureen Keavy's Booktube channel so I'll link her video in case you want to give it a watch. I originally saw the tag on Christine Riccio's channel, Polandbananasbooks, so I'll also link that- I'd definitely recommend giving it a watch.

What time is it? Showtime!

1. The Room Where it Happens: Book world you would put yourself in.
The Covenant series- Jennifer L. Armentrout
Of course Harry Potter is the obvious choice but I would also kill to be Hematoi and fight alongside kick-ass Alex and the rest of the Army of Awesome.

2. The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character
Cress- The Lunar Chronicles- Marissa Meyer
Cress may be super shy and awkward but she's also unbelievably cute and... a genius! She's so underrated because she's the most intelligent person ever and she needs recognition for it. Work! The crew wouldn't achieve anything without her- I don't know how they managed in the first two books.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The YA Chronicles || ACOWAR Subscription Box

In all my life (all sixteen year of it, can you believe!!!), I've never had a book subscription box but this month, my favourite book's sequel came out and I couldn't resist getting a box solely dedicated to it's release.
The majority of the things featured have spoilers to the second book A Court of Mist and Fury so move forward at you own peril!! I'll have a spoiler warning up just to remind you.
I'll link the YA Chronicles website here in case you want to check out any future boxes or past boxes that you get yourself!

ACOTAR Ribbon Bookmark by Charmedfiction on Etsy 
This is super cute- it's a ribbon bookmark with charms on either end of a star and a pair of wings with roses on them. I love it so much and it's currently hanging over my copy ACOWAR on my shelf.
A Large Quote Pin designed by Evie Bookish on Redbubble 
This pin has an ACOWAR quote but it's nothing spoilery so I figured it was okay.



ACOMAF SPOILERS AHEAD- DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVEN'T READ ACOMAF-
Now for the good stuff...

Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Struggle- Jennifer L. Armentrout BOOK TALK


*****
I can't believe that this is my first JLA review online! She's my favourite ever author and I read her books for the first time before even creating this blog- hence why I have no book talks. JLA is the author of some of my favourite series, namely; The Lux series, The Covenant series and The Titan series as well as many other series and standalones. She's amazing, guys, trust me- her books kick- ass with their sass levels and action. Plus.... a lot of fit men.
The Struggle is the third book in the Titan series- a spin off of The Covenant series following certain characters (aka.. all the characters but focusing on a different pair). You do have to read the Covenant series before diving into these ones but.... trust me, every book is worth it. The Titan series is a new adult series as opposed to the Covenant being Young Adult so there are some slight differences in the way it's written but still totally awesome. Don't be swayed by the cheesy romance covers- they're so much more!! JLA has the best writing style out there- it's the funniest prose I've ever encountered.
This world is centred around the Greek Gods etc. and it's just sooooo gooood!! Get to reading. Now!




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The first thing I think I should mention is the thing about these books that give me the most joy and happiness in the world: Luke and Deacon. I have never read such a perfect couple that literally define the word 'adorable' with such humour, finesse and fabulousness as they do (and I know fabulousness isn't really a word but Luke and Deacon own it).
Every scene they show up in has me perpetually grinning and, I swear, I need a novella or book about these two as much as I need physical air to breathe.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

The Vampire Diaries 8x11 'You Made a Choice to Be Good' TV TALK

We had a few plot holes in this episode but... what's TVD without a few dodgy plot flaws! This series isn't perfect- *cough cough* beyond convenient timings- but instead of irking me, it just makes me laugh. You gotta love this show.
Beware: my sarcasm in the following review is a little overkill...

Elena Mentions: 15



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Cade had a nice little convo with an unsuspecting Bonnie! Isn't he sweet?!
Stefan sure didn't stay locked up long- about as long as Sybil was. I thought we were going to have a nice humanity switch session- damn Cade for getting around so sneakily. How does Cade get around so quick anyway? Can he just... disapparate to where he wants to go? Guess there are some perks to being the Devil.
Oh, look! A time capsule! How completely pointless yet strangely convenient for the plot! We find a random cipher code thingy and, what are the chances! That's important for exactly what we need in this episode! Sometimes life is just a perfect coincidence, am I right? Th only cute thing we got out of it was Caroline's adorable letter to herself.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

May Releases and TBR 2017

Releases:
A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3)- Sarah J. Maas
THIS IS NOT A DRILL! THE SEQUEL TO MY FAVOURITE BOOK COMES OUT THIS MONTH! AND I CAN'T READ IT UNTIL I FINISH EXAMS AT THE END OF JUNE! HOW CAN I POSSIBLY WAIT!?
Alex and Eliza- Melissa De La Cruz 
Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)- Cassandra Clare
The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo #2)- Rick Riordan
Release- Patrick Ness
Sons of Ares- Pierce Brown
Girlhood- Cat Clarke





TBR: 
The Rest of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness (Book of the Month)
In the need for a quick and short read, Kaitlin and I have chosen this book for this month's read. I've heard mixed reviews so I'm interested to see what it's all about.

Girlhood- Cat Clarke
I actually received a digital ARC of this book last month and I'm super excited because Cat Clarke has written one of my favourite books, Undone. This book has an interesting premise and I love the little tag line that comes on the cover of the book: Sugar and spice and scars for life. 

Saturday, 29 April 2017

April Wrap Up 2017

It was a month of re-reads this month- bar a couple at the end of the month. Great quality as well! Many five star books that I'd definitely recommend! I read 10 books this month!!! I don't know where I find the time, honestly.

Half-Blood (Covenant #1)- Jennifer L. Armentrout (Re-read)
*****
This was an ultimate re-read for me- it's one of my favourite series ever and it's the first ever JLA book I ever read- holding sentimental value to me because of that. This series has the best and sassiest characters you will ever meet and each book gets better and better.



Pure (Covenant #2)- JLA (Re-read)
*****

Lo and behold, this book just got better. This series is so captivating and is so funny! JLA creates the most likeable characters and her prose is so humorous! I fly through these books so quickly (even when I've read them three times and know exactly what happens) because they are simply some of the best fantasy, Greek mythology books out there- eat your heart out, Percy Jackson.




Friday, 28 April 2017

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Thanks! Stay amazing!
Chloe

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Writing Diary #9- I Get By with a Little Help from my... Brother

Side note: Previous Writing Diaries will be linked below this post in case you missed any! 

As well as my novel that I've recently finished the second draft for, I've had an idea for another and have started an extensive plan for the first book (I'm calling this Project Prophecy). With my first novel, I didn't have much of it planned and went where the story took me but for Project Prophecy, I'm planning it all to a tee.
And I'm feeling so buzzed!! I've been a little down lately and a little creatively dissatisfied as I've had nothing to work on but.... now I'm super excited!
I've just had a 'meeting' discussion with my brother over the full timeline of my new story and all the details and I'm super happy with the outcome! Talking to Ryan (I feel like I've mentioned my brother enough that I can use move to first-name basis on here), has opened... a fountain of possibilities, if you will, and suddenly I have so many great ideas that will work really well!!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

April Book Haul 2017

Only a few books but quality definitely takes place of quantity this month!

The Struggle (Titan #3)- Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Struggle came out this month and, obviously, I had to instantly get it and add it to my beautiful JLA collection. The Titan series is a spin-off to the Covenant series (one of my favourites out there) and I'd definitely recommend reading the Covenant series first. We follow mainly old characters with a few new here and there and it's so good!! I've already read this, have a review coming up soon and it was so amazing! Exactly what I would expect from JLA!
Don't be put off by the cheesy romance covers- these books are epic!!







It Ends With Us- Colleen Hoover
This was a spur of the moment buy off Amazon and, having literally just finished the book, I'm so happy I did!!! This is such a heart-hitting book and it completely took me by surprise. Having purchased it, I instantly began reading and... couldn't stop. I won't lie- there were tears and very very ugly crying but.... this book was just indescribable.




Monday, 24 April 2017

The Walking Dead 3x08 'Made to Suffer' TV TALK

This episode was super humorous, entertaining and bad-ass!! We meet a few new faces in this one and lots of things are happening!!!! Lots and lots of exciting things!
Honestly, there's not much I can say in non-spoiler sections this far into the show but, if you haven't for some reason looked into watching this show, I beg you to try it. You'll thank me for it later!


TWD TV TALKS:
Season 1: | 1x01 1x02 | 1x03 | 1x04 | 1x05 | 1x06
Season 2: | 2x01 | 2x02 | 2x03 | 2x04 | 2x05 | 2x06 | 2x07 | 2x08 2x09 | 2x10 | 2x11 | 2x12 | 2x13
Season 3: | 3x01 | 3x02 | 3x03 | 3x04 | 3x05 | 3x06 | 3x07

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We start the episode with new characters which is cool and everything but... all I really care about is our own group at the moment. We meet Tyreese, Sasha, Ben, Allen and Donna- the latter three probably destined to die by the end of the season... oh, look. Donna kicked the bucket already. Way to go Donna! One down, two to go.
Watching Andrea act all lovey-dovey with the Governor is sickening. It's the cringiest thing and it makes me want to sock Andrea over the head for being so blind!
And then, the Governor goes to his daughter and sings a lullaby to her! He's purely delusional and God help us all if he doesn't die ASAP.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

My Life in Books TAG

I first saw this done by the girls over at PS. I Love That Book and I decided to give it a try. I'll link their post here if you'd like to give it a read!
I wanted to do a quick and easy post this week so... enjoy!  


1. Find a book for each of your initials. 
C- Cress- Marissa Meyer  
H- Heir of Fire- Sarah J. Maas


2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?
Only the Good Spy Young- Ally Carter


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Writing Diary #8- Stressy Self-doubt Struggles

I wish, Caroline
Side note: All the previous Writing  Diaries will be linked under this post in case you missed any! 

I know my book isn't great- far from it. But I'm having a serious slump at the moment. Which is normal.
I think.
Before printing my novel for my first beta reader to see, I wanted to go through it one last time for a quick proof read. I know full well that the first half of my book isn't great and that it gets better throughout but.... reading those first few chapters is so depressing and shoves so much self-doubt into me.
I read a good four chapters- took me about 40 minutes- and... nothing had happened!!! It was all terrible descriptors and pointless introductions and the thought of someone other than me reading it is shameful!!!

The next day
I've read up to chapter 9 now and...I'm feeling so down! The writing is awful, the characters are unrealistic, the relationships are way too quick, there's no grip to the story and the dialogue is flat.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

A Monster Calls ADAPTATION TALK

Based off the novel by Patrick Ness, this was a great adaptation and impressively accurate to the original works. I was really impressed by the quality of the film and the casting was on point in my opinion. It isn't a ridiculously long book anyway, so it was surely easier to fit in everything from the book and keep true to the plot.
This isn't exactly a happy movie and is definitely a tear-jerker so... if you're looking for a classic rom-com, I'd suggest looking elsewhere, This story is about a boy fighting the truth and coming to terms with what's going on around him. It's a very eye-opening story and I'd certainly recommend it- though, obviously, I'd suggest reading the book first if you haven't. 
I also have an A Monster Calls Book Talk which I'll link in case you missed it. 

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First things first, the one thing I have to rave about is how damn beautiful this production was. The cinematography was stunning all throughout and I loved the use of watercolours in the story segments- it added a dreamy and imaginative feel that was spot on to how the book felt.
I loved how the monster was portrayed in the movie- it was pretty much exact to how I imagined him. Liam Neeson was the perfect voice for the monster- I can't imagine anyone else doing it as well.
The story was beautifully paced and it was great to see the book faithfully portrayed.
It was definitely sad at the end and I loved how they alluded at the end about Conor's mum possibly knowing the monster too.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to comment your thoughts! Stay amazing!
Chloe 

Sunday, 16 April 2017

The Walking Dead 3x07 'When the Dead Come Knocking' TV TALK

This was a very stressful episode to watch- lots of terrible things are happening to beautiful characters and it's so difficult to watch all the pain!!! Why can't we just go back to happily singing around campfires??
I went through many emotions in not a lot of time and, frankly, was a bit hysterical by the end.
But I suppose that's a good thing- I would never ask for anything less.



TWD TV TALKS:
Season 1: | 1x01 1x02 | 1x03 | 1x04 | 1x05 | 1x06
Season 2: | 2x01 | 2x02 | 2x03 | 2x04 | 2x05 | 2x06 | 2x07 | 2x08  2x09 | 2x10 | 2x11 | 2x12 | 2x13
Season 3: | 3x01 | 3x02 | 3x03 | 3x04 | 3x05 | 3x06


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I love how we started with a little reunion with Carol and the group! Her hugging Rick and finding out about Lori was a total tear-jerker and it was a punch in the gut to realise that Carol would essentially be the baby's mother figure now.
But, to more important things... where was the Daryl/Carol hug? Yeah, he carried her back to safety but where was that hug?!? We didn't have nearly enough Daryl in this episode.
Michonne was 'welcomed' to the group in this episode but it was more like a reluctant acceptance on Rick's part. The only reason she's still there is because she knows where they've taken Glenn and Maggie.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Writing Diary #7- Finishing the Second Draft

Previous Writing Diaries will be linked blow this post in case you missed any!

It's been a long time coming but, here I am!!!
The second draft of my novel is finally finished!!!

Current Status:
278 pages
134,600 words (exactly!)

I've been working on the second draft since January and, for some reason, during the last month, I've become an editing machine and have been racing through the final half of my book in lightening speed. All I wanted to do is edit and I got through a good three chapters a day- it was a physical need! 
But, for me, that was great. I've always worried that I wouldn't have the motivation and determination to be a writer- that's always been my main doubt. I'd never considered myself as being a workaholic because I love my free time too much- could never imagine myself staying up late to finish a chapter but now... I am that workaholic- that person that stays up late because they just itch to write. And I'm so unbelievably happy and proud of that. 
Let's hope it continues that way. 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness BOOK TALK

Sidenote: Notice how I posted this at exactly 12.07....... I'm so proud of my ingenuity that it's sad.
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After much recommendation from Kaitlin @ Liber Amoris, I finally read this book and not long after watched the movie adaptation (stay tuned for that review). It was definitely a short read so, if you're desperate to power through your reading challenge for the year, this is a solid starter.
The one thing I really loved about this book was the unique perspective of a child (though, I completely acknowledge that the protagonist is literally only three years younger than me). It felt like he was younger than thirteen so...
This story hit a bit close to home but I think that, in the long run, it made me appreciate it and relate to it a lot more. So, I don't know if that was a good thing or a bad thing...



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The part I loved most about this book were the twisted stories that the monster told- I love tales that alter your whole perception of things and really get you thinking. They reminded me a bit of the ones included in We Were Liars which gave it a nice and eerie feel for me.