Asking for it: Review

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Asking for it; is a very important book that covers a serious issue, rape.
LOUISE O’NEILL bravely tackeles how traumatic a rape can be, and how the power of social media can ruin someones life.

Throughout the book it has the power to change your emoties continuously; from angry, to sad and even confusion. The topic of rape is serious and a book created showing the reality of what it’s like, has a huge impact on the reader.

The main character emma, was a popular girl with everything a teenager wishes for. She’s out going and having the time of her life; until she goes to a party and a boy rapes her, filming the horrible act and posting it on social media.
Gradually you see emmas story grow into something upsetting and difficult to come to terms with, as people accuse her of lying, shes lost all her confidence and he family is falling appart.

Overall the story is an eye opener, and is a definite read but not for the faint hearted. Louise leaves the story open, as she quotes “for rape victims it’s never really over”, so it’s open to interpretation as to how emmas story ends.

I rate 5 Stars.

City of Bones: Review

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The City Of Bones has taken over my life! I started off by watching the film and was blown anyway with how great it was! Once I realised it was a book series it didn’t take me long to purchase ALL the series.

The book isn’t too different from the film or vice versa, thats what a loved; often I find myself hating book to movie adaptations.

Cassandra Clare has such a gripping and intelligent way of writing, which brings you into the world she is writing about. I definitely went into fan girl mode, and wanted to beocme a shadowhunter 😂 if only.

I rate City Of Bones 5 stars and 100% recommend you to read the book and watch the film; if you already haven’t.

Happy reading 🙂

Heroin users?

A few weeks ago I went outside my house to find a man collapsed at the side of my mums car, my dad and the nextdoor neighbour helped him up (sat him up) and I proceeded to call an ambulance; thinking maybe he had heat stroke. The ambulance told me to ask if he’d taken anything and it turns out he’d taken herion.

I wrote a status on facebook and alot of people responded negatively, saying things like “they don’t deserve help”, “let the police deal with them”, “you should have just left him there”. I only recieved two positive comments; “you did a good thing **** you should have helped him you dont know what they have been through” and also ” waste of time, waste of space, but well done for been a nice person”.

To say people actually told me to leave him I find disgusting, especially to say I didn’t know what was wrong to start with. If I left him and he had respiratory problems, and maybe died who’d be responsible? I’d have a killer guilty consious.

I don’t agree anyone should leave someone on the floor, on drugs or not. It’s not humane and I don’t know his life story or what caused him to start taking drugs, he could have been abused, abandoned at birth. I don’t agree with people taking drugs for fun, I definitely wouldn’t take them myself, it’s a shame they ruin themselves for the sake of a fix.

What would you do? Leave him or offer help with some respect for humanity?

My Mum and dad are losers!

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I received both these books for free on Google books, I thought I’d give them a read, because I needed something to lift my spirits.

They were brilliant! So funny and simply crafted, I think there perfect for kids around the 5+ age range.

There is a variety of choices to chose from, they’d be a great treat for a child, or yourself ;).

I’d rate these books 4 stars!

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My dad is a loser

Happy reading 🙂

MASSIVE Book haul.

1) The DUFF
I bought The Duff from my local waterstones after I saw the movie advertised! I’ve already read this to see what I had to say click here
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2) The Book Thief
First off, this was one of the most magical books I’ve ever read! I borrowed it from the library and just had to get my own copy! Review will be up soon.
The Book Thief: Amazon
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3) The Night Circus
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4) Girls Will Be Girls
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5) The Miniaturist
I’ve seen this book everywhere! Especially on booktube, I’ve not heard a bad word about it so far.
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6) How To Build A Girl
I saw an interview with Caitlin Moran on Sarah churchills youtube, and she was so inspirational so I had to buy her book!
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7) Revolution
I’ve being so interested in Russell Brand and what he’s got to say recently, and I do agree with alot he says. It was a no brianer I’d buy one of his books for some education. Review will be up soon!
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8) Red Queen
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9) Eeny Meeny
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10) To all the boys I’ve loved before
Another book I’ve heard alot about, so couldn’t give it a miss when I saw it in ASDA for 2 for £7!! What a bargain.
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11) Juvie
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12) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest
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13) The Girl Who Played with Fire
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14) the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
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15) Paper Towns
Another book that has had alot of attention! I saw the film trailer and had to buy the book, because it looked brillant!
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16) The Three
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17) Hollow City
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Ultimate book tag!

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
No, I dont. Usually I don’t read in the car anyway- it hurts my eyes.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
It was sharon jones and veronica roth. Now it’s Ivy Smoak. Her writing just captivates me and I connect so much to the writing! I’ve also done a review on her story “The Hunted: Temptation“, also I’ve interviewed Ivy Smoak.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Embarrassingly I haven’t read any of them, but basing it on the films,I’d have to say Twilight.
1. Vampires duh
2. Wearwolves
3. I LOVE VAMPS AND WEARWOLVES.

4.Do you carry a book bag?
I try not to carry books in bags, I can’t stand to see the slightest scuff of bend in the cover!.

5. Do you smell your books?
Hell yes! What reader doesn’t? It’s all part of the reading experience. My Mum and Dad think I’m crazy but oh well.

6. Books with or without little illustrations?
I prefer no illustrations, mainly beacuse I like to creat my own world, not what someone else has created.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?
When I was young “Geralds Game” was brilliant to me, but I started to finish it last month, and wow it was a disaster, as you will see from my review.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
I don’t have any funny stories with books. I’m pretty boring haha.

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Definitely The Little Prince.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
City Of Heavenly Fire.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
As my regular blog readers will know, I announced I was starting to write a novel, but haven’t started yet due to college. No I dont write right now, but I will be when exam season is over. I definitely see myself as a future author. Reading is my passion!

12. When did you get into reading?
I always had my Mum reading to me, “mum please just one more”, it used to drive her mad!but evidently it was worth it, my book piles just keep getting bigger. Luckly she doesn’t have to read me anymore!

13. What is your favorite classic book?
My favourite classic is Flowers In The attic, it’s such a beautiful story, that’s been in my life for many years.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?
It’s known to me as just English, but no I hated it, because I hardly read at school. If we did, the books were terrible. 😦 I did get an A and a B in my GCSE language and literature whoop!

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
I’d simply say,I’m sorry but I own this already or just say I’ve read it, and wouldn’t read it again.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
I have no idea! Haha

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?
I don’t film anything, so nothing.

18. What is your favorite word?
My favorite word has to be food! Or “Hahahahaa”

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
You wouldn’t expect it if you saw me, but definitely all of them!

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Obviously vampires! I love them. I’m weird I even daydream about becoming one, and going round biting people. Dont judge me please!!! Besides I’m down for the thrill and ever lasting life, it’s just so dangerous.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Shapeshifters, again it’s just so dangerous and unusual!

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Hmmm, this is a difficult one. I think both, I can’t chose. I like spirits and wearwolves, usually because there is a hunky guy that turns into the wearwolve 😉

23. Zombies or Vampires?
NO NO NO! DONT MAKE ME CHOSE. As I’ve said I LOVE vamps, but Zombies are great. And again I wish we were in a zombie apocalypse so I could run round with a samurai sword! (Walking dead inspired) (no pun intended).

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Love triangles for the thrill, never forbidden love, it always ends badly.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
Let’s go all out, Full on romance. I’m in a romance mood recently!

I nominate everyone to take part! Have fun with it.

Happy reading

Ivy Smoak : The Hunted interview : part 2

I got the chance to interview the author of The Hunted-Temptation, Ivy Smoak. So sit back and enjoy!

Part 1available

1) What/who inspired you to write The Hunted? 

I had an affair with a professor, of course!  No, not really.  But I’ve always found the idea exciting.  It was actually my fiancé that encouraged me to try writing erotica.  And when he quizzed me on what my fantasies were, I had a hard time giving him answers.  The only thing I could really think of was that I’ve had crushes on some of my teachers.  So I ran with the idea.  And I channeled the university I attended for the background of the story.  Everything just fell in place, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.       

2) Do you have any strange writing habits?

I definitely have a few.  The main thing I can think of is that I can only write on the couch.  I have an unused, lonely office chair.  If I’m anywhere else, all I can think about is how uncomfortable I am.  Music also has to be playing while I’m writing.  My most recent playlist definitely had a strong role in the development of Penny and Professor Hunter’s relationship.

3) What advice would you give to aspiring writers? 

Start writing!  Come up with an idea and go with it.  You’ll be surprised by your own imagination.  It’s such a creative process, and so fun once you get into it.           
                          
4) What are four interesting facts about yourself?

1.  I’m a ginger, but I also have a soul.
2.  I can write about 10,000 words a week when I’m not distracted by other annoying, superfluous crap like my primary source of income.
3. I didn’t find Fifty Shades of Grey (the movie) sexy.  #NotMyChristian
4.  I’m surprisingly good at predicting the outcome of European football matches based on the team colors, however, my success rate pales in comparison to Paul the Octopus.

5) Why do you think girls drift their imaginations to having affairs or secret relationships with professors or teachers?                  

Everyone’s had that one sexy teacher that they can’t help but daydream about in class.  It’s such a forbidden dynamic.  We want what we can’t have.  It’s taboo and it’s dangerous, which makes it that much sexier.              
                                                    
6) If you could be the author of a popular book, what would it be and why?

The Hunted, because that would mean that my book was popular!

7) When you’re not writing, what do you spend your time doing?

Mainly snuggling and eating Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream while watching episodes of The Mindy Project, New Girl, Shark Tank, The Bachelor, Castle, The Goldbergs, Modern Family, Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Game of Thrones, and tons of other shows.  And I also own an ecommerce business, but let’s be honest, I’m usually writing erotica or watching TV.

8) When you’re suffering with writers block, how do you overcome it?
I skip to a different part of the book that I’m more excited to write.  Often times I’ll find that the reason I had writers block was because the part I was working on wasn’t actually necessary to the story and is better off being left out.  A good example is that I got writers block while trying to answer Question 4, so I jumped down and answered this question instead.

9) It must have taken some courage to begin erotic stories, and especially making them effective. What helped you along this process?  

When I started writing fiction a few years ago, I found myself holding back in scenes.  A kiss and a closed door wasn’t enough.  I wanted the reader to be able to experience what was happening in my imagination.  But I was definitely hesitant to write erotica at first.  If I was going to do it, I wanted it to be effective.  So before I started writing The Hunted, I read an inappropriate amount of erotica for motivation and research in the genre.  And my fiancé has been very encouraging.  I’m not sure what his real motivations are…

10) What are your plans for the future?

I just finished Part 3 of The Hunted (available April 1st) and I’m in the middle of writing two more series.  I have one pretty solid idea for another, and then I also have a 20 page word document filled with sexy situations that could be turned into books.  It’s a lot like Miles Finch’s notebook from Elf, only it’s filled with stories about whips and chains rather than personified carrots and tomatoes.

11) Have you learned anything about yourself when writing The Hunted?

I’ve learned that I’m a lot kinkier than I thought.  Who knew I had such a dirty mind?  A few years ago my fiancé asked me what my fantasies were and I said that I didn’t have any, which at the time I thought was the truth.  Then I started writing The Hunted and found out that I actually have quite a few fantasies.  I would give an example, but you’ll just have to read The Hunted to find out what they are.

Happy reading 🙂

The Hunted review: Part 1

Author: Ivy Smoak
Wow. What a gripping story from beginning to end! 

Firstly the characters are so realistic, you can connect to them from the get go!
Usually it takes me 3 whole chapters before I get into any story, but with this I was hooked in the first! You know nothing about the characters, yet you know so much! The whole idea of the story has a huge effect on you.

This book was something I’ve needed for a long time, and it ticked all the right boxes. It’s probably one of the easiest most captivating story’s I’ve read in months!

The idea of a secret romance is just so exciting and enchanting, you pick it up through every word, even though it’s not very long, it still gives a great effect and definitely leaves you Hungry for more and more!

Let’s face it most girls have fantasised about a secret love affair with a professor, well I know I have ;).

It’s  definite 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 five gold stars, and I recommend to go on amazon and buy yourself a copy! It’s not dear and totally worth every penny!
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Happy Reading!:)