Saturday, 31 December 2016

The Devil Wears Prada Book Review








I have been wanting to read the Devil Wears Prada ever since I watched the film when I was younger, but never got the chance to pick up a copy. However, when I saw it in a charity bookshop for £1.50, I couldn't resist and bought it.

Since I already had a few books I wanted to read first, it took me a while to get round to reading it. 
Now that I have read it, I can say that I definitely preferred the film, but still really enjoyed the book and glad I read it.


The book is quite different to the film and I think watching the film before reading the book slightly ruined the book for me because I couldn't imagine the characters by using the description from the book, I went off what the actors looked like in the film. I also didn't enjoy how long the chapters were, one was 50 pages long, because I can't sit and read for a long amount of time without having breaks and I couldn't when there was long chapters.

However, really began to enjoy the book towards the end. 

I gave this book a 4/5 stars

What are your thoughts on the Devil Wears Prada?



Friday, 30 December 2016

The Diabolic Book Review






I have been seeing this book all over YouTube and since everyone has been raving about it, I decided to get it. That and the fact that it was £5 for the hardback edition. 

I didn't know what to expect from The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid as it is a sci-fi novel and I have never read a sci-fi novel before.

The Diabolic follows the story of Nemesis who is a diabolic, a humanoid teenager who was created to protect a galactic senator's daughter, Sidonia. When Sidonia is summoned by the Emporer as a hostage, Nemesis desguises her self as Sidonia and goes in her place.

Oh... My... God! It was amazing! I absolutely loved the concept of a diabolic and having a humanoid created to protect a single person and fell in love with Nemesis - she was so badass. I also liked Tyrus as a character towards the end of the book. 

From chapter 18 to the end it was just drama central and everytime I wanted to put the book down, how the chapter would end would pull me back in. It was reallt unpredictable and inredibly intense at times which made me enjoy so much more. Also there was so much deception throughout the book and it had such an unexpected ending. There was so much deception that I was resting my head on the book once I had finished and kept saying "such deception".

 I found the genres a weird mixture - sci-fi and romance- but it really worked well. The romance part of the book made it more enjoyable for me as well because I love romance and wouldn't have loved it as near enough if it was romanceless. 

However,  found it a liitle too sci-fi at the start but that was probably because I have never read a sci-fi novel before. 

Other than that, it was utter brilliance and made me want to read more sci-fi in the future. I am incredibly happy that I fell for the hype!

I gave this a 5/5 stars

Have you read The Diabolic?


Thursday, 29 December 2016

The Thousandth Floor Book Review




The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee follows the life of five teenagers who all live a thousand storey tower in New York who's lives all intertwine.


I got this book for my birthday from a friend and fellow book blogger Ashleigh, and was really excited to read it as a lot of people on YouTube have been raving about it. I was also excited because I haven't read anything sci-fi/futuristic before and a lot of people have said it is like a futuristic Gossip Girl and I would agree. At the first few chapters I was finding myself sat there thinking just how similar it is to Gossip Girl and was actually thinking about which person in the book is most like the TV characters. 

I absolutley loved the futuristic element of the book and also how it was a mish-mash of lots of different genres - romance, mystery and sci-fi - as well as including a ton of drama. Also, I found the concept of having a 1000 storey tower where millions of people live really intriguing.

I found the book super intense at the end and ridiculously addictive. I loved all the characters and how different they all were, but mainly loved how cute Eris and Mariel was. I'd have to say my favourite character was Watt, just loved him throughout. I am also in love with the cover, it is just stunning. 


I gave this book a 5/5 stars on goodreads


Have you read The Thousandth Floor?

The Book Of You Book Review




I accidentally bought this whilst buying some sweets in Poundland for the cinema, the cover just sucked me in, and because it was only £1 I couldn't leave it. 

It is about Clarissa and how she is being stalked by her colleague, Rafe. She has tried reporting him but the police say she needs evidence. Her only way to escape his stalking tendencies is when she is called for jury service for seven weeks.


To say I don't like thrillers, I absolutely loved The Book Of You! It was incredibly gripping and I couldn't put it down. I fell in love with Clarissa because of how strong a character she was throughout the whole of the book.

It was really unpredictable as well, which made me even more excited to read it. I also wasn't expecting the ending and once I had finished the book, I had to sit and let what had happened sink in.

I really wasn't to love it as much as I did mainly because I don't typically like thrillers, but also because I haven't heard of the book or author.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

The A To Z Of Normal Book Review





Clare has OCD and has to have all her belongings in their designated spot in her flat. She has managed to keep her disorder a secret from Tom but when he proposes to her, she soon realises she cant keep it a secret anymore. 


I have had my eye on this book for a while and have had it sat in my Amazon wishlist for ages. So when I was ordering my friends christmas presents and saw it was only 86p, I had to get it.

I was quite dissapointed by The A To Z Of Normal as it was a little cringey when it came to the relationship between Clare and Tom. I also hated Michael as a character. However, I really liked how it was about struggling with OCD. I can't really complain about it since it was supposed to be £10 and I got it for less that £1. 

Friday, 23 December 2016

Who Do You Love Book Review


I picked up Who Do You Love during the summer at The Works but hadn't got around to reading it until now.

Rachel and Andy meet at 8 years old in the emergency room. Throughout 30 years their lives intertwine as they always find their way back to each other.

I found that the chapters were really, painfully long - between 15 and 40+ pages, which made it hard for me to sit and read multiple chapters in one go. I was also left a bit disappointed at the end of the book becuase it ended so abruptly.

However, I loved how it was told from both characters perspectives (Rachel was my favourite) and, once the book had actually started and got to the drama, I really enjoyed it. Also, I liked how it took place over 30 years so you got to see how the characters changed throughout the book. I had never heard of Jennifer Weiner, but now I have read one of her books, I want to read more. I also thought the cover was really pretty.

Have you read any Jennifer Weiner books?

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Time To Say Goodbye Book Review


Time to say goodbye follows the story of Will and his choices when he dies. He is faced with the choice of whether to stay on earth as a spirit forever or to go to heaven. One thing is making him want to stay, his daughter, because he promised her after her mum died that he would never leave.

I kind of went into this book blind. I had never heard of the author before and didn't know what to expect.

This book is completely different to what I was expecting and was unlike anything I have ever read before. I wasn't expecting the storyline of Will's dad and for the character Charles Devlin to be who he is. 
Throughout the book I was constantly left guessing on what was going to happen. As soon as I decided on how it as going to end, the next chapter would change my mind. I wasn't expecting it to end how it did. It also has such a beautiful cover.



Monday, 19 December 2016

The Spinster Club Series and Novella Book Review







I have had the first two books in this series since April and have never gotten round to reading them. Two of my friends have raved about them for ages and told me to read them, so I did.... And I loved them!!!

Am I Normal Yet?

The first book, Am I Normal Yet?, follows the story of Evie. Since she was sectioned when she was younger she has worried about being 'normal'. With her soon to start college, she worries about making friends and whether they will leave her if she tells them about her mental illness. After a house party gone wrong Evie meets Lottie and Amber and they soon bond over their feminist opinions. They create the "spinster" club where they meet weekly to discuss feminist issues. 

I absolutely loved Evie as a character (my favourite out of the three) and I really enjoyed the storyline behind her OCD. I liked how it talked about mental illness as there aren't a lot of books that do. I also liked how it talked about feminism, kind of made me a feminist. 
To say it is the first book in a series, I found it really good. It wasn't just a bit of a fluff story where you meet characters etc.

I thoroughly enjoyed Am I Normal Yet? and wished it had carried on with Evie's story instead of ending abruptly.

How Hard Can Love Be?


The second book, How Hard Can Love Be? follows the story of Amber. During the summer she flies to California to spend six weeks with her mum and step dad at their summer camp. Amber is bad at love, and at the age of 17 she still hasn't had her first kiss, so when she starts falling for Prom King Kyle she is weary, especially since her mom calls him a serial heartbreaker.

Whilst reading the book I fell in love with Amber and found her utterly hilarious. I also loved the american characters, mainly Kyle and Whinnie because of her Winnie the Pooh logic. I really enjoyed how it was set in America because I love America and all the american characters were funny and well portrayed.

I really liked how it carried on with the feminism opinions, but also added other people's opinions and how even though it was part of a series, it told someone else's story. Even though I absolutely love romance books, I liked how this book wasn't fully a love story. It only became a love story half way through.
Also. reading  How Hard Can Love Be? got me excited to read the third and final book in the series.

What's A Girl Gotta Do?

The third and final book in the series, What's A Girl Gotta Do? follows the story of Lottie. She is incredibly smart and hopes that one day she will be Prime Minister. However, one day she is a victim of sexual harrassment and she thinks "enough it enough!". So she creates a feminism campaign where for a month she will call out all accounts of feminism, no matter where she is, and video is. And so the Vagilante campaign is born.

Like I have said about the characters in the first two books, I love Lottie. Holly Bourne just has a way to make you love her characters by using words. I love how strong and opinionated Lottie is and I think we are quite similar. What ever she was feeling in the book, I felt it to. 
I really enjoyed how the book was mainly about feminism and how it was from a teenagers perspective because not a lot of books, especially young adult, don't talk about it. Also, I really liked the story line and found the whole idea of the campaign genius. I am also really glad it contained some romance, just a hint, because I love romance!

... And A Happy New Year?
I was so happy that Holly Bourne continued the series on, especially since the novella was released the day after I finished the final book.

The three girls throw a New Years Party and are all back together for the first time since college. Since college, everything has changed. Lottie is too busy in London at university to see the girls, and Amber and Evie are keeping secrets. 

I really enjoyed reading ..... And A Happy New Year? and couldn't put it down. I am so glad that the story didn't end at the third book, I became addicted to the three girls. When reading the novella I kept telling myself to stop reading because it is only short and wanted it not to end, however I devoured the 224 pages in one sitting! 

I really liked how it took place in one night and that the whole story was told from all three girls' perspectives. However, I found Amber and Lottie's parts a little predictable.


Overall

I really enjoyed the entire Spinster Club series and it made me want to read more of Holly Bourne's books. Also, I liked how they tackeld life issues like feminism and mental health, even though it is a young adult book series. I absolutely loved all three characters and found them incredibly funny. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the style of writing and could sit for hours reading chapter after chapter of each book. I also fell in love with all four book covers and spines, I mean look at them..... They are all stunning!



Friday, 16 December 2016

After You Book Review



I originally didn't want to read After You because for me, the story ended at the end of Me Before You and I didn't want to think of a story after the character Will Traynor. However, it was in buy one get one half price in Waterstones and I was already getting one book, so I thought "why not?"

After You follows on 18 months after Will's death. Lou is living in London in a apartment she bought with Will's money and working in an airport pub. One night Lou has a serious accident which turns her life upside down. Since she can't move on from Will, she joins the Moving On Circle group. However, when she begins to move on a stranger turns up on her doorstep from Will's past and wants answers.

I don't know what to say about this book... I really enjoyed it but it wasn't as good as the first one. I missed have the character Will in the story and it wasn't what I expected the story to be. I found the book a little predictable, I knew how it would end when I was half way through the book, and there were times where I didn't see it coming, like when it was revealed who Lily was. 

However, I liked how Lou was developed as a character and the elements of romance and mystery in the book.

Have you read After You?

Monday, 12 December 2016

Pride and Prejudice Book Review



I am a huge fan of the 2005 Pride and Prejudice film, so when I saw this copy of the book classic for £1.99 I immediately added it to my amazon basket. Since I read a lot of contemporay, I thought that I would give this a read to break it up as I have never read a classic before. I chose to read this during the summer as I would a lot more free time to solely focus on the book, but I didn't realise just how much time reading this book would take. 

To say it is only 329 pages long, it took me two and a half months to read! My excuse being it is written in old English and took me a while to process what it actually meant. However, even though it took me forever to read, I loved it! Also, because it is so different to what I usually read, that made me like it even more. 


Because I loved it so much I have added more classics to my wishlist and am quite excited to start reading Persuasion by Jane Austen too. Hopefully that won't take me as long to read as it is way shorter.


Have you read any classics?


Monday, 5 December 2016

The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting Book Review



Whilst looking for a new book to read on the waterstones website, I came across this book and after months of talking and thinking about it, I decided to pick it up. 


Bree is considered an outsider and unpopular as school. She is an aspiring writer but gets rejected at every turn. When she is told that she needs to start living a life worth writing about she creates The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting, a blog where she shares the six steps of how to become 'popular'. 

Even though it took me a while to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and quickly fell in love with the story and main character, Bree. Within half of the book, I added The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting to my favourite reads of 2016 list. This is the first Holly Bourne book that I have read and it has made me so excited to read the other three I own because it was such a good read. The main thing I loved about TMOHTBI is how unpredictable it was. The majority of the last quarter was really unpredictable for me and when I was reading it, my eyes got wider and wider and my eyebrows were half way up my forehead because I was so shocked and wasn't expecting it to end how it did. 



Have you read any Holly Bourne books?