Monday, 12 January 2015

New Blog!

Hi!

I just wanted to let you all know that I've moved over to another blog where I'm doing books, beauty and cooking posts and I'd love it if you'd check it out!

www.alittlebitheather.blogspot.com

Thanks so much, Heather x

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Book Review: The One - Kiera Cass



The One is the third and final book in The Selection trilogy, please be aware this review will contain many spoilers from this book and the others in the trilogy throughout.

So, before the release of The One, I had previously marathoned both The Selection and The Elite together in a single night I enjoyed them so much!

I always find these such quick reads and the final one was no different! Although it did take me a little while to really get moving with the story again, as I remembered the characters the whole thing got so good!

I have from the beginning of these books been Team Maxon, I've always found Aspen to be completely over-bearing and awful, especially when at the Palace and with The One, this was no different. I constantly find myself almost screaming at America for not being honest with her feelings and moving on to devote her love to one of them, I'm glad that Aspen met someone else for that sake!

I very much enjoy reading these as they are just so breezy to read, even through the tensest moment, it's a very unique kind of love story and America has a very easy voice to follow, however much it may annoy me as she repeatedly pushes Maxon away at the worst moments.

I really enjoyed the America/Maxon sweet moments in this book to no end! It was such a beautiful unfolding when it all worked! I especially loved reading all of his love letters to America when she is away, it just went to show all of the feelings he really had as he came to terms with it, and I loved that!

I did enjoy this book, but I have a lot of problems with the way the whole thing was wrapped up. I just didn't feel that more than half of these deaths that were kept being thrown in were necessary. I could understand the death of her father, but I felt it was so sudden and very unrealistic. Before she went away in the first place you would surely think her father would want to tell her himself in person? I also severely disliked the introduction of her father & Kriss being rebels, as to which end did this really come into? It was just a throw away thought that never really had an impact on the story except for in that moment, where it didn't really make any sense anyway.

 I also didn't enjoy the whole aspect of her sister's baby - for someone who is supposedly so devoted to her family, America showed hardly interest in the baby, there was no mention of her holding the child at all!

Leading on to the other deaths which I did not enjoy, I thought firstly the moment where America is so happy with Maxon the morning before he chooses to be so wonderful, but 3 seconds later she was in Aspens arms, no matter whether her intentions were good or bad, it was unnecessary and certainly not part of the traits america had been shown to be having.

I also did not like the way Maxon reacted to this either, I could understand the upset and hurt, but to go from what they had to the way they were then was just completely unrealistic - I couldn't believe he'd be so quick to dismiss everything they had said they felt for each other!

This of course leads us on to the part right at the end of the book where Maxon was about to choose his wife. I loved the way that the rebellion was shown within the announcement and I was definitely feeling excited to have been thrown into such an event - again here though, I just felt the deaths were thrown in without much thought, they were not well planned and they were not done with any remorse.

This was especially upsetting because of the recent relationship build up between Celeste and America, and to have Celeste to be killed off so quickly and without any real pain shown by America - it was just not needed, there were a million better ways for her to have been killed, but this was not a satisfactory one.

I was also extremely unhappy with the way the King and Queen's deaths were announced to America, Maxon showed no real grief, which would have been understandable had just his father died, but his mother did too and this did not seem to bother him in any real way.

I also did not like the way America reacted upon the news of her head maids death, or one of the others ones leaving her - considering such a huge emphasis was put on her relationship with her maids, she did not seem so sad about losing most of them.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that I really dislike the way Cass has any of her characters react to death, it's very impersonal and then everything is brushed over very quickly, this is just not realistic and does nothing for character development in the slightest.

Despite all of this, I would definitely recommend The Selection trilogy to anyone who wanted a very quick and fun read, it's not for those who want something very serious, but for those who just want the enjoyment factor, this will certainly do nicely!


I gave it a 4/5*'s for enjoyment factor, but for actual plot line and credit to the author, I would only give this 3 *'s.

P.S. Sorry this is late, I forgot to take it out of my drafts!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

February Wrap Up!

Hello!

I'm sorry this post is a little bit late! I wanted to finish Fangirl before I posted this (as 75% of it was read in february so I think that counts!) so here it is! I also wanted to let you know that I've officially one the competition with my boyfriend to see who can read the most in february! One book bought by him shall shortly be joining my collection! Anyways, on with the wrap up!

It was such an amazing reading month! I'm afraid all of the books I read this month were either an ebook or have already gone back home to protect them for my university room eating them up so no fancy pictures this post! (Next time, I promise)




The first book I read was: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin - 466 pages

I gave this 4 stars! This was all about a girl who had been out with her friends and had woken up in hospital with no memories, only to be told her friends had died when she hadn't. I really enjoyed this book, I loved trying to figure out what was happening in Mara's head as she was and discovering new tidbits of information as we went along! I read this as an ebook and immediately ordered the next book in the series after finishing it (A maybe for the month of March perhaps?)

The next book I read was: The Shock Of The Fall - Nathan Filer - 310 pages

I gave this 5 stars! I really, really loved this book, it deals with mental illness mainly and had one of the best layouts it possibly could have to show this, I loved how it jumped around as if we were inside the main characters head for real and even weeks now after I read it I can not stop thinking about it, I love, love, love it. I'd definitely recommend going and reading this if you haven't yet!



The next book I read was: The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom - 196 pages.

Another 5 star book! This was all about a man who had died and learning lessons from 5 different people in his life about what his life was all about and how he played a part in each of their lives, whether he knew it at the time or not. It was such a wonderful read, at times very sad but so uplifting and definitely one I'm so glad to have read. Pick this one up. Yesterday.




The next book I read was Anna And The French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins - 416 pages.

5 Stars - this book was all about a girl called Anna who had been sent away from her own life in America to go to a school in France, and her journey adjusting and a very cute boy who lives there also. I loved this, Stephanie Perkins is one of my new all time favourite authors. It was such an amazing contemporary and I don't know how I left it so long to read this. New favourite!


And so logically, the next book I picked up was Lola and the Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins - 368 Pages.

5 Stars - This book featured a girl named Lola, convinced she's completely in love with her boyfriend and the tale of what happens when her ex-crush moves back in to the house next door to her. An absolutely heart-warming and gorgeous contemporary. I'm so, so happy I've started this series - I can't wait for the next one! It was especially lovely to see part of Anna still in this one!


The next and final book I read this month was Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell - 445 pages.

3.5 Stars - I was really enjoying this book - I found the idea to be such a brilliant one, but unfortunately it fell a little short for me (Please look back to my last post to see a full review). It follows a girl  named Cath and the sequencing of events that occurs when she and her twin Wren move to college. Cath writes fan fiction and has extreme social anxiety and thus this book follows all that you would expect to happen along these lines! I still loved this book, it just fell a bit short for me unfortunately!

What have you read this month? Anything the same as I have? Please leave in the comments your answers to these questions and feel free to leave me some recommendations!


Book Review: Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

My overall rating for fangirl was 4 stars.

(I read this as an ebook, sorry for no pretty pictures!)


Spoilers ahead!

When I first started reading this book I thought it was amazing, such a brilliant premise and such a well thought out idea with a clear knowledge of how anxiety affects people. I really loved the whole premise of Wren wanting to break the mould from being the twin to Cath as it was such a true to life idea, most twins however close feel like they want to be their own person too.

I also really enjoyed the relationship that grew between Cath and Reagan, it was such a nice look in to how Cath's brain worked and how she takes every single action to be one against her. Even when she met Levi, she couldn't see how he felt about her and that was such an accurate depiction of the levels of crazy Cath is always saying she is.

My only real complaint about this book is that I just feel like it could've been so much more.
I wanted more, I wanted to see her and Levi develop more as a couple and see how she grew to trust him, I wanted to see more of Wren not being a complete bitch to her sister and see her as Cath is showing her to us at the beginning of the story. I wanted to see her Mother actually make more of an effort, or see her Dad get a really amazing contract. I especially wanted to see Cath finishing the final Simon Snow bit, mainly because I was so shocked she had the author of that make the gay twist near the end, ideally I thought it would have been nice if she'd read the acknowledgements and had seen "thanks to Magicath for all the amazing work she has done" and so on and so forth. I also loved that Cath's story won such an amazing award as well, it goes to show that hopefully she'd be able to become her own author one day too.

I did really enjoy this book, I just found it so slow in some places, and there were parts where Cath really, really annoyed me. It also ended really suddenly, I didn't feel like it was a good place to stop within the story at all, it could have easily had a least 3 more chapters left in it I wanted to give it an honest rating because I think I'm more in happy with the premise of the story rather than the actual story itself.

If you've never read a Rainbow Rowell book before I would recommend you do so, but I would recommend you start with Eleanor & Park first - it's a much stronger story with a much better ending.

Have you read Fangirl? Let me know in the comments and whether or not you enjoyed the story, whether you hated it, or if you were completely in the middle like me?


Saturday, 22 February 2014

Book Haul: The Picture Of Dorian Grey - Oscar Wilde

So for valentines day I was a very lucky girl and was bought this amazing edition of "The Picture Of Dorian Grey" by Oscar Wilde. This version was published by Barnes & Noble as part of it's Collectible Editions hardcover classics they brought out.


The cover is a gorgeous dark chocolate colour with delicate gold flicks to accentuate the design with a bold white title for the main part of the title, giving the book an overall feel of absolute beauty. Each of the pages is coloured a dark green colour also to ensure even from the side, this book is a beauty.


The Spine is also a major talking point of this book, it features delicate patterns which add to the sophistication of the book and make it look like a real treat, the title and authors name is also in the same deep gold colour as on the title page.


Along with this beautiful inside of the hardback, it's hard not to find this book an absolute delight to look at.
It also features a long gold ribbon to mark your place in the book as you read along.


The actual writing within the book is so easy to read and the thicker pages make it so easy to get through, each page has the number in the top outermost corner from the spin with the left side of the book featuring the title and the right featuring the authors name.



Along with beautiful letterings for the first  letter on the first page of  a new chapter.


The end of the book also includes this print of the authors signature in the same decorative patterns as seen on the front on the book which I felt gave the book a wonderful overall theme.


The back of the hardcover also features a quote from within the book in the same script to give the reader an overall feel for the book.



I can't wait to get into this one!

What do you think of these barnes and noble editions and are you like me ready to start your collection of them?
Let me know in the comments!

Love,



Wednesday, 12 February 2014

January & February Book Haul!

So lately I've been a bit naughty and somehow my bank card slipped and I have a whole load of new books! I mean, how weird is that, right?! Surely I can't be the only one to see the Waterstones displays of the best books at the moment and want every single book...

Anyways, down to the important business, here are said books - how deliciously naughty!

From top to bottom: When God Was A Rabbit - Sarah Winman, The Book Thief - Markus Zusak, Life After Life - Kate Atkinson, Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain, Shades Of Grey - Jasper Fforde, Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide To Feminism - Jessica Valenti




When God Was A Rabbit - Sarah Winman - 325 Pages




This is a book about a brother and a sister. It's a book about secrets and starting over, friendship and family, triumph and tragedy, and everything in between. More than anything, it's a book about love in all its forms.
In a remarkably honest and confident voice, Sarah Winman has written the story of a memorable young heroine, Elly, and her loss of innocence- a magical portrait of growing up and the pull and power of family ties. From Essex and Cornwall to the streets of New York, from 1968 to the events of 9/11, When God Was a Rabbit follows the evolving bond of love and secrets between Elly and her brother Joe, and her increasing concern for an unusual best friend, Jenny Penny, who has secrets of her own. With its wit and humour, engaging characters whose eccentricities are adroitly and sometimes darkly drawn, and its themes of memory and identity, When God Was a Rabbit is a love letter to true friendship and fraternal love.
Funny, utterly compelling, fully of sparkle, and poignant, too, When God Was a Rabbit heralds the start of a remarkable new literary career.

The Book Thief - Markus Zusak - 554 Pages


HERE IS A SMALL FACT - YOU ARE GOING TO DIE. 

1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.

Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION - THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH.

It's a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.

ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW - DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES.



Life After Life - Kate Atkinson - 624 Pages


What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.

What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, Kate Atkinson finds warmth even in life's bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here she is at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.




Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain - 271 Pages



For far too long, those who are naturally quiet, serious or sensitive have been overlooked. The loudest have taken over - even if they have nothing to say.

It's time for everyone to listen. It's time to harness the power of introverts.

It's time for Quiet.


Side note: I'm absolutely in LOVE with this cover, in person you can't really see the title unless you really look and I feel that's going to be so prominent throughout the book. It's such a little detail but it's a perfect one to add the little bit of extra care that has gone into the cover design. 






Shades Of Grey - Jasper Fforde - 432 Pages



Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an alarmingly different place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour.

Eddie Russett is an above average Red who dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood. Until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane – a lowly Grey with an uncontrollable temper and a desire to see him killed.

For Eddie, it’s love at first sight. But his infatuation will lead him to discover that all is not as it seems in a world where everything that looks black and white is really shades of grey...

If George Orwell had tripped over a paint pot or Douglas Adams favoured colour swatches instead of towels . . . neither of them would have come up with anything as eccentrically brilliant as Shades of Grey.




Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman's Guide To Why Feminism Matters - Jessica Valenti - 271 Pages


Feminism isn't dead. It just isn't very cool anymore. Enter Full Frontal Feminism, a book that embodies the forward-looking messages that author Jessica Valenti propagated as founder of the popular website, Feministing.com.

This revised edition includes a new foreword by Valenti, reflecting upon what’s happened in the five years since Full Frontal Feminism was originally published. With new openers from Valenti in every chapter, the book covers a range of topics, including pop culture, health, reproductive rights, violence, education, relationships, and more.


Valenti knows better than anyone that young women need a smart-ass book that deals with real-life issues in a style they can relate to. No rehashing the same old issues or belaboring where today's young women have gone wrong. Feminism should be something young women feel comfortable with. Full Frontal Feminism is sending out the message to readers—yeah, you're feminists, and that's actually pretty frigging cool.


I've also ordered Anna And The French Kiss and Lola And The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins but they haven't quite arrived yet!


Anna And The French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins - 372 Pages







Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets √Čtienne St. Clair. Smart, charming,
beautiful, √Čtienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. 

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?







Lola And The Boy Next Door - Stephanie Perkins - 338 Pages





Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion...she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit--more sparkly, more fun, more wild--the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighbourhood.


When Cricket--a gifted inventor--steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.







So there's my mini book haul! I hope you've enjoyed having a look in to what I'll be reading next and I'm thinking of a doing a mid month reading wrap up with some reviews later on!

Be sure to let me know any of the books you've recently picked up!

Heather x

All descriptions of the books mentioned in this post have been taken from goodreads.



Monday, 3 February 2014

The Return of The Book Blog

I know I’ve been so bad at keeping this blog up…
*hides in corner in shame*
However, I have been regularly updating my goodreads! Click on the word to see!
This month my boyfriend and I are going to be having a competition to see who can read the most pages (the prize being a brand new book of the winners choice), so I thought this would be a good way to jump back into the blog! 
So far I’ve finished one ebook - The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin and I was already on page 135 so have read 331 pages.
Side note: I really enjoyed this! It was quite confusing at times but I got used to it quite quickly, can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!
I plan on finishing the other books that have been sitting in my currently reading pile for a while now first, these are:
The Shock Of The Fall - Nathan Filer - 307 pages - Pages read so far: 51 so when I complete this I will have read 256 pages.
The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom - 229 pages - Pages read so far: 0 (Planning on slotting this in here as new and pretty) so when I complete this I will have read 229 pages
Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch - 390 pages - Pages read so far: 47 so when I complete this I will have read 343 pages
Opal - Jennifer L. Armentrout - 382 pages - Pages read so far: 47 so when I complete this I will have read 335 pages
Divergent - Veronica Roth - 487 - Pages read so far: 52 so when I complete this I will have read 435 pages


And that will complete my currently reading list! I was also reading The Cuckoo’s Calling By J.K. Rowling but I need to start that again really before I can read that!
I’m going to leave my list at this so far and tell you that if I complete this I will have read 1929 pages! That’s insane! Hopefully it won’t take me too long to do but we shall see!
If I manage to do all of that this month i’ll be sure to let you all know the rest of my reading list for now!
Thanks for reading and let me know what you’re currently reading or if you’re the same as me and keep starting book after book after book when you can’t settle into one!