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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

BOOK REVIEW - ACCESS ALL AWKWARD


TITLE: Access All Awkward
AUTHOR:  Beth Garrod 
PUBLISHER: Scholastic 
AGE GROUP: 13+
RATING:  5/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
RELEASE DATE: 5th July 2018

'Access All Awkward' had everything that you could ever want in a YA novel: authentic characters, realistic dialogue and relatable moments.

Bella is extremely stressed, as she is sitting her GCSE exams. However, a long summer ahead awaits her, starting with a music festival with her friends. It's never that simple for Bella, though; she has to work as a litter picker and a toilet scrubber at the festival, otherwise she wouldn't be able to afford a ticket. With her big sister being sent to the festival to keep an eye on her, Bella couldn't think of anything else that would make her festival experience worse. But, of course, various challenges present themselves to Bella. Will she overcome them?

Firstly, I absolutely loved the realistic characters in the novel. Clearly, realistic characters lend themselves to realistic dialogue, which meant that I was engrossed in the book from start to finish, due to it being so easy to read. Bella is just fantastic - many young girls could easily relate to her. The way Garod interweaves important issues, such as sexism, within an upbeat and lighthearted plot is a fantastic skill. I also loved how Garod doesn’t create the perfect picture of a festival weekend - once again, it’s realistic and hilarious; In a world where many young people present ‘perfect’ unrealistic lives through a lens, it was lovely to see. The presentation of healthy relationships, as well as Bella's heartwarming friendships being the centre of the plot,  was also brilliant and refreshing. 'Access All Awkward’ is the perfect summer read: it’s highly relatable, brilliantly written and laugh out loud funny. A definite 5/5 stars.
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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

BOOK REVIEW - JUST DON'T MENTION IT

TITLE: Just Don't Mention It
AUTHOR:  Estelle Maskame
PUBLISHER: Ink Road
AGE GROUP: 14+
RATING:  5/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
RELEASE DATE: 21st June 2018



Estelle Maskame writes realistically and beautifully; I have found it extremely easy to get lost in her previous books. I always wonder before I read later books in a series if I won't be as enthralled in the author’s writing as I was in the first book. But 'Just Don't Mention It' definitely lived up to my expectations: Estelle’s writing is just as gorgeous and engaging as it was in the first book, ‘Did I Mention I Love You.’ I had gotten into a reading slump whilst revising for and sitting my A-Levels and ‘Juat Don’t Mention It,’ was the perfect book to get out of it after exams. Moreover, as an aspiring writer myself, Estelle is truly an inspiration to me.

The book gives the reader a detailed, raw and poignant insight into Tyler's life, exploring his childhood and relationships with previous characters further. I really loved how the chapters alternated between present time and Tyler's childhood - it worked really well. Estelle’s writing evoked so much feeling and emotion within me I was in complete awe: She definitely has a talent. I really felt for Tyler. We see a more vulnerable side to him, which I adored - it made me love his character even more. Also, it was interesting to see the central romance of the series in the perspective of Tyler; I love the way how this book comes after Eden’s perspective in the series.

I love the everything about the ‘Did I Mention’ series; the cover designs, which would look absolutely beautiful on your bookshelves; the dual perspectives, which work perfectly and Estelle's writing. The ‘Did I Mention’ triology are perfect summer reads and I would recommend another one of Estelle’s book, ‘Dare to Fall.’ I can't wait to see what Estelle does next.


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Sunday, 13 May 2018

'OLD ENGLISH COMPANY' HAUL #AD

Whilst shopping online, whether I am looking to buy a gift for a loved one or treat myself, I love finding independent companies that sell beautiful stationary, homeware and prints. When the 'Old English Company', who are known for their stunning hand-lettered products, kindly asked me if I would like to pick some of their products to review, I didn't hesitate to reply.



As you are probably aware, I am an avid reader, from Young Adult fiction to Shakespeare plays. Once I had spotted my favourite Shakespeare quote as a print on the 'Old English Company' website, I knew instantly that it would be my favourite one. This print is very simple, which is what makes it so beautiful - it looks lovely in my dining room. Any of the literary prints on the website would make a perfect gift for a book lover. However, there aren't just literary prints that you can order, there are a variety to choose from such as inspirational quotes or even a unique map of London, shaped through hand-lettered names of places.

Click here to view other art prints.




The different lettering styles on this mug are gorgeous and once again, the simple design is really effective. I also love the inspirational quote - it's perfect for Monday mornings!

Click here to view other mugs.





As a student, this planner meets all of the criteria that I look for. The cover is quite thick, so I can imagine that the planner will still look new after using it for a year. There is space to write a date at the top of the page, so you can decide whether to use your planner daily or weekly. Also, there is lots of space to write a number of tasks on particularly busy days or weeks; I love the circles at the beginning of each line, meaning that you can tick off your to-do list rather that scribbling through it. I also like that there is a section at the bottom of the page to write any extra notes. This planner is fantastic; I am saving it for when I start University in September.

Click here to view other planners.





I think that the lettering on the cover of this notebook is very pretty and I like the theme of inspirational quotes and sayings throughout the products that the 'Old English Company' offers. Another detail on the notebook that I thought worked well was the 'Notes' printed on the spine: It would look nice in a stack of notebooks on a shelf or a desk.

Click here to view other notebooks.



With a short and sweet saying, I loved the shape and lettering of this pin. Usually, I put pins on bags or jackets - I think that they look quite nice on a denim jacket. The 'Old English Company' also sells 'banner flags', so you can collect pins and display them in a room.

Click here to view other enamel pins.

Thank you to 'The Old English Company' for sending me these lovely products!
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Monday, 30 April 2018

BOOK REVIEW - NOWHERE ELSE BUT HERE

TITLE: Nowhere Else But Here
AUTHOR:  Rachel Cotton
PUBLISHER: Ink Road
AGE GROUP: 14+
RATING:  4/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
RELEASE DATE: 3rd May 2018

PURCHASE THE BOOK FROM THE BOOK DEPOSITORY HERE. 



'Nowhere Else But Here' is a fantastic read; I really enjoyed it and flew through it in a matter of a few days. Firstly, I think that it is excellent that Rachel Cotton is 17 and a published author - she is an inspiration to me!

The book centres around Rose Valentine, who plays by the rules. But when Theo Lockhart, a fellow classmate of Rose's who has been missing, lands on her doorstep asking to hide at her house, she knows it is a risky situation. Rose has hundreds of questions to ask, but after a few days of movie marathons and chats, where do they go from here?

The beginning of this novel was absolutely excellent - it definitely had me hooked in from the first word, which is a skill that many writers lack. I loved how I didn't have to get 50 pages in to start really enjoying it. The characters development is excellent as they ended up on growing on me; I started to like Rose at around halfway through the book. However, I really liked the dynamics of the relationship between Rose and Theo: She had to let go of some of her boundaries and he had to let someone get close to him. The plot progressed relatively well and although it was stereotypical in some places, it still kept me engaged. Another element that I liked is although the novel is quite a cute read, it still covers sensitive and deeper issues such as domestic abuse and relationships between parents and their children. Overall, it is a brilliant read that should be on your summer TBR's! I am looking forward to seeing what the talented Rachel Cotton writes next.
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Sunday, 11 February 2018

BOOK REVIEW- ROOKIE ON LOVE

TITLE: Rookie on Love
AUTHOR:  Tavi Gevinson
PUBLISHER: Razorbill
AGE GROUP: 13+
RATING:  4/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
RELEASE DATE: 13th January 2018

PURCHASE THE BOOK FROM THE BOOK DEPOSITORY HERE. 




SYNOPSIS 

A single-subject anthology about the heart's most powerful emotion, edited by Tavi Gevinson. Featuring exclusive, never-before-seen essays, poems, comics, and interviews from contributors like Jenny Zhang, Emma Straub, Hilton Als, Janet Mock, John Green, Rainbow Rowell, Gabourey Sidibe, Mitski, Alessia Cara, Etgar Keret, Margo Jefferson, Sarah Manguso, Durga Chew-Bose, and many more!
“Rookie on Love” is a single subject anthology, compiling stories, essays and poems about love. This unique book would be perfect as a gift for any young person in your life, as it is so digestible- you can dip in and out of the book at your leisure. It definitely helped me to get out of my new year reading slump, as I felt accomplished after reading a few essays and poems.

I liked reading "Rookie on Love" in snippets; it gave me time to contemplate some of the essays. As expected, I didn't connect to every single one of them, but a select few were so profound and spoke to me on a personal level that I could relate to them immensely; they were reflective, heartfelt and beautifully written. There are such a vast collection of pieces in the collection that everyone will have different ones that will become ingrained in their memory.

Furthermore, the comics slotting in perfectly with between the essays and the poems. Also, the illustrations that accompanied some of the pieces were beautiful- they complemented the words well.  Before reading "Rookie on Love", I wasn't aware of the magazine, but I liked how the book is standalone and I could get to know the spirit of Rookie through the concise but personal introduction from Gevinson.

If you look at the perfectly designed, colourful cover, it captures the tone of this book. It’s unique, varied and relatable. "Rookie on Love" should definitely be on your TBR pile.

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