Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Clean, by Juno Dawson

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I'm nearly there with the reviews! I only have one left to do until I've finished them all! (Unless I finish It ahead of schedule, in which case I have two more.)
But, I am not one to dither on (on here at least) so here's my next review:
Clean, by Juno Dawson!


Title: Clean
Author: Juno Dawson
Genre: Contemporary
Release date: 5th April, 2018
Status: Standalone
Pages: 399
Blurb: "I can feel it swimming through my
veins like glitter... it's liquid gold.

When socialite Lexi Volkov almost overdoses,
she thinks she's hit rock bottom.

She's wrong. Rock bottom is when she's
forced into an exclusive rehab facility.

From there, the only way is up for Lexi and her
fellow inmates, including the myserious Brady.

As she faces her demons, Lexi realises love
is the most powerful drug of all...

It's a dirty business getting clean."

My Thoughts
So, going into this book, I didn't have much idea about what it was about, other than the blurb. And that's actually how I'm recommending everybody goes into this book. It's better, in my opinion, to know as little as possible, because then you'll get as full an impact of this book as possible.

The two words I would use to describe clean is hard-hitting. You kind of have to brace yourself for how graphic the story is. For example, when Lexi is shaking from cold turkey, you feel like you yourself are physically shaking. The reality of the words written feels like a knife on your cheek.

Saying that, maybe that's how it should have been written. It talks about so many important issues: sex, drugs, addiction, family, weight, eating disorders and gender issues. It didn't shy away from any one of these subjects, so I have some respect to Juno Dawson.  

As hard as the subjects matters were, it was so easy to fly through. I started it the 30th May, about midday, and I finished it 31st May, about ten minutes to midnight, which was why it wasn't on my wrap up for May.

Also, the characters were interesting. Not in like a thoughtful way, but the type of characters that you'd be impressed by, and more than a little bit intimidated by. There's a huge group dynamic within this story, which I thought were some of the best parts- they all felt like realistic, authentic people that fit in perfectly with the groove of the plot.

As for Lexi, she was the same. There was no way she wasn't going to go down fighting. At the start, she was convinced that she wasn't an addict, she wasn't going to leave. But throughout the course of the novel, she started to change; she needed to, or else there wouldn't have been a story. We started to see her for the person that she used to be, not the person the addiction had made her into. And that was where we found the story. (Of course there were other factors, like a romance between two people that I was kind of on the edge of my seat to find out what was going to happen between them, but Lexi's development was the main part of the story for me.)

Overall, I'm glad I picked it up and even though it may not be the book of the century, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and even though I doubt it'll make the top five books I've read this year, I'm glad I read it.
Also, don't read this if you are sensitive to the issues that I discussed at some point in the review, because there are a bunch of triggers.


Okay! So that was my review of Clean, by Juno Dawson! I hope you enjoyed it, and let me know in the comments if you liked it, if you hated it, or what you also think of the book!
I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you all on Friday!
Byeee!

-Abi xxxxx





Friday, 15 June 2018

Summer Book Tag!

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And for a bit of a break from the two reviews that I posted this week, I've decided to post a book tag!
I thought I'd do the summer tag today because I've pretty much finished my qualification and I shall soon be working full time! And because it's summer, of course!
Enjoy!

1. What book cover makes you think of summer? 
Although I don't really have that many books that fit this category, I did manage to find one. Songs About A Girl, by Chris Russell. It doesn't give much of a summer vibe, but it has more of one than any others on my bookshelf.

2. What book brightened your day?
This book feels like it takes a bunch of random things like quiz bowling and boyfriend drowning and lists, and then turns it into this really heart-warming story about people learning to face their fears, and learning to love themselves for who they are in the meantime. It definitely brightened my day when I picked it up last September.




3. What book cover is yellow like the sun?
Of course I'm going to pick this one. It literally has a sun on it.


4. What is your favourite beach read?
The first book that comes to mind is a book that I read in one day, on my holiday to Italy: Since You've Been Gone, by Morgan Matson. It was such a good book, and I was able to fly through it, but stay engaged at the same time.


5. What action book had you running for the ice-cream man?
I'm actually going to change the question for this one, and change it to 'what book had you running for the ice-cream man (because  the romance was so hot)?' And I'm going to go with Sephy and Callum's relationship from Noughts and Crosses because they lived so that they could love each-other. And the odds were stacked against them from the start, yet they would give up anything to be together. One of my favourite romances ever.  

6. What book left you with a bad or painful ending?
Of course, the first one that comes to mind is The Diary of Anne Frank. I'm really not surprised by this because I was in a play of it in my hometown, (playing Margot, not Anne), and I watched the 2001 version of a film the other day, so I'm not surprised this one cropped up as my first idea.

7. What book cover reminds you of a sunset?
I actually have not seen a cover that has a sunset on it, or reminds me of a sunset, so can I just opt out of this one? Thanks.

8. What is one book you hope to read this summer?
I'm going to choose another Morgan Matson book for this question as well: Save the Date! It's about a girl called Charlie, whose older sister is getting married, and she is really excited because for the first time in ages, all four of them (her, her sister and their two other siblings) are going to be under the same roof, before the house is sold and everything changes. But then, things start to happen that could send the whole weekend into disaster: Relatives that aren't speaking, a dreadful girl that her favourite brother has bought home, and a papergirl with a grudge. Not to mention a potential thunderstorm that might send the whole event collapsing down. No biggie. It sounds chaotic and amazing, which is something that intrigues me. Also the fact that I want to pick up more Morgan Matson, it seems perfect!


Tags
ANYBODY- I feel like this is sort of a cop out, but anyone that wants to do this tag should be able to!
Yay!


Okay, so that is the Summer Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed it and I am actually glad that I decided to take a break from reviews, so I could do this fun tag!
As always, if you have any thoughts, let me know in the comments!
Alright, that is it so I will see you all on Monday!
Byeeeeeeee!

-Abi xxxxx


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3), by Brandon Sanderson

Hey guys, this is Abi here, 
And even though I finished this trilogy towards the end of last month, I still have yet to post my review for the conclusion of this trilogy!
So I figured it was time! 
Enjoy!


Title: Hero of Ages 
Author: Brandon Sanderson 
Genre: Fantasy 
Release date: 14th October, 2008
Status: Book 3 in the Mistborn trilogy
Pages: 724
Blurb: "Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while 
attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new 
emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the 
assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the 
world."

This review will most likely contain spoilers from the first two books. 
My Thoughts
There are so many thoughts coming to my brain that I can't keep up. 

Okay. 

Leading on from end of the second book, there was something that happened that kind of shattered anything that has happened in the first two books. In fact there were several things. I'm not going to mention them, but there was instantly new plot line, and even though I thoroughly enjoyed everything that had happened within the first two books, I didn't realise that I was hungry for a new plot until the third book. 

Not an object, or a person, more a feature- something that has one goal- to destroy- has been unleashed upon the world, and Vin will stop at nothing to contain it. That was her main focus within this book and although there wasn't a whole lot she was able to do about it, she remained un-boring. Anybody else would have because somebody who lost their personality to pursue this one goal, but not Vin. 

One other thing that I will comment on is imagination in the head of Brandon Sanderson. How he comes up with such brilliant ways of keeping the reader hooked throughout the book is beyond me. He creates clues on top of clues that I don't really see, but then he makes it all super obvious with a plot twist. 

Also, there were themes introduced throughout the series that I don't usually like to read about, much less find myself looking forward to reading when they crop up. I think a big part of that is Spook, the fact that he was such a likeable character. I really liked him throughout the trilogy along with all his cute little quirks.

As for the ending, I thought that it ended pretty well, though I'm always a sucker for a happy ending. Take from that what you will. I thought the last book wrapped everything up splendidly and I think it did the rest of the trilogy justice.

I am so happy that I was finally able to pick this trilogy up. It is an absolutely fantastic trilogy and I think everyone, fantasy fan or not should consider picking it up. The characters are unlike anything you've seen before, the world building is phenomenal, and the writing is so amazing, you are literally able to jump into the story with minimal effort required.
Truly, it is one of my favourite trilogies I have ever read, so if you haven't, please pick it up!

So! That is my review of The Hero of Ages, by Brandon Sanderson- I hope you enjoyed it!
If there's anything you wish to discuss, as always, let me know in the comments!
I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you all on Friday!
Byeeeee!

-Abi xxxxx

Monday, 11 June 2018

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2), by Brandon Sanderson

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I am coming on this today with another review (shocker there!)
So, here's my review on The Well of Ascension!
Enjoy!

Title: The Well of Ascension
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Genre: Fantasy
Release date: 21st August, 2007
Status: Book 2 in the Mistborn trilogy
Pages: 764
Blurb: "EVIL HAS BEEN DEFEATED...
THE WAR HAS JUST BEGUN.

THEY DID THE IMPOSSIBLE,
desposing the godlike being whose brutal rule has lasted a
thousand years. Now Vin, the street urchin who has grown into
the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and Elend Venture, the
idealistic young nobleman who loves her, must build a healthy
new society in the ashes of an empire.

They have barely begun when three separate armies attack. As
the siege tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of
hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the
Well of Ascension, or what manner of power it bestows.

IT MAY BE THAT KILLING THE LORD RULER WAS THE EASY PART..."

BEFORE MY THOUGHTS, KNOW THAT THIS REVIEW WILL MOST LIKELY CONTAIN SPOILERS OF THE FINAL EMPIRE.

My Thoughts
So, the Well of Ascension. Reading through it, it took me a while to find my groove with this book.
After having defeated the Lord Ruler, the one obstacle that I think everyone was doubting the lovable group of misfits would ever defeat, I think I was left wondering... WHAT'S NEXT?
Well this book gave the characters that I have come to love plenty to worry about.

With the dynamic duo of Vin and Elend running the show, they were attempting to raise a healthy empire, one where there weren't any slaves, trying to make sense of the mist that has now started to arrive during the day as well as the night, and keep the (what can be considered the committee) happy, and not one, two but three armies show up to try to overthrow them?! God help them!

What's more, these characters! I did not think I could learn to care about these wonderful characters any more than I did so in The Final Empire, but it has happened! One character that I was surprised to start caring about was Elend. In the first book I was super intrigued by his character because I was that same kind of person that he was at parties: Reading my book in the corner, never really being taken seriously by people, due to not wanting to talk. But in this book I started to care for him, as he tried to lead a kingdom that was close to crumbling around him. Vin was as badass as the first book, I doubt that'll change.

All in all, Brandon Sanderson is an amazing writer. Just the world that he created that seemed to unfold before my eyes, the way the story flows, with seemingly no effort at all. He's such an amazing world builder. He can create suspense and intrigue, and create stories that are fast and entertaining to read, but are also thought provoking. I would recommend this trilogy to any reader, regardless of whether they are a fantasy fan or not.


So that was my review of The Well of Ascension, by Brandon Sanderson! I hope you enjoyed it, I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you all on Wednesday!
Byeee!

-Abi xxxxx



Monday, 4 June 2018

The Greatest Showman Film Review

Hey guys, this is Abi here, 
And I don't know how this escaped my notice, but I have yet to post a review about the Greatest Showman, which I went to see about 4 months ago!
But, the DVD is out, and I am re-watching it with my Class (to celebrate the end of the course) and it seemed like the perfect time!
So here it is!


I'm just going to go straight to the review for this one. 

Can I just talk about the soundtrack for a second. 
These songs never get old. There's just something about them that makes you want to listen to them over and over, until you have them memorised.

Saying that, they were created by the team that came up with the Dear Evan Hansen, which is a phenomenon in itself. (If you haven't heard it, go on YouTube and search the soundtrack. It's amazing.)

On the other hand, it kind of felt like I was waiting for the songs so I could become excited about the film again. The story itself, frankly was a bit underwhelming, to be honest.

I feel like the characters could have been a bit more fleshed out. I mean, there's no way two strangers would get together that quickly (the fact that they were from different levels of society aside), they barely said two words to each other before their lovers duet!
Sorry, that's just what I thought.

Overall, I thought that it was a decent film, but that it could have been done a bit better.
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So that was my review on the Greatest Showman! Admittedly, I may have been a bit harsh, but I thought they were justified.

Okay! I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you all on Wednesday!
Byeeee!

-Abi xxxx






Friday, 1 June 2018

June TBR (2018)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And there's nothing that I love more than a new month: because it means a brand new TBR!
Enjoy!

So if you are following me on Twitter, you know that I am currently in the process of reading every book that I own, before I buy any more (it's killing me because there are so many amazing releases coming out soon- or have just come out- and I did get one today), and one thing that I have got into the habit of doing is taking a picture of the remaining books on my TBR every time I finish a book.

I have five left.

So the books on this month's TBR are:

1. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
I was meant to read this last month, but after finishing the entirety of the Mistborn trilogy, I just wasn't in the mood to pick it up (I was borderline on a reading slump). But I read a quick book about addiction (Clean, by Juno Dawson, which I wasn't able to include on my wrap up because I finished it about 10 minutes before midnight last night) and now I'm in the mood to pick this up. I hope this is good, I've heard it is, and I will be definitely be posting a review on it when I finish it.

2. Children of Blood and Bone (Legend of Orisha #1), by Tomi Adeyemi
I got this last month in a moment of weakness (though admittedly I don't regret getting this for a second.) The hype is real for this, and I can't wait to pick it up because I haven't heard one bad comment about this novel. Shamefully, I don't know a whole lot about it. I know there's magic, and that it has been demolished. I know that it cost the MC a lot, and that she's determined to bring the land back to what it once was, when there was magic throughout the land. And I know that I can't wait to read it.

3. It, by Stephen King
Wow, this one's a chunker. I'm not kidding, it's 1166 pages. Something tells me that I just have to bite the bullet and pick it up, or else I'll never read it! It may scar me for life, but at least I can say that I've read a Stephen King book. I sure picked a creeper. I don't know how long this'll take me (hopefully not the whole month) but I'm determined to have it finished by the end of the month. I know that it's about a group of teenagers that stumbled across some unforeseen horror at the start of the book. They then leave and grow up, but they are unable to fully leave, and they eventually return to something perhaps even more gruesome...

4. Caraval (Caraval #1), by Stephanie Garber
I'm tacking this on to the end of my monthly TBR because I bought Legendary today (I know I said that I'm not buying new books before I read all the ones that I own, but Legendary was signed- and it looks so pretty). I read this last year, and I'm going to re-read Caraval to refresh my memory on what happened in the first book.

So those are the books that I'm including in this month's TBR! I hope you enjoyed today's post and feel free to let me know what you are reading this month!
Byeeeeeee!

-Abi xxxxx





Wednesday, 30 May 2018

May Wrap Up (2018)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And even though I was going to wait until the first to post the wrap up, (I wanted to give myself as much time as possible to finish a book because I fell behind) I have finished said book, so here it is, alive and on schedule.
Enjoy the wrap up!

BOOKS
Although I only read three books, I am super proud of myself, because they were absolutely HUGE! Each one was over 600 pages (in fact two out of the three were over 700.) And those books were:

2. The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2), by Brandon Sanderson
3. The Hero of Ages (Mistborn #3), by Brandon Sanderson
So, this month, I read the entire Mistborn trilogy! It was a hell of a whirlwind of a ride, and I thoroughly enjoyed every single one of them. If you haven't read them yet, then I recommend picking them up.
You may not want to marathon them like I did (I finished Hero of Ages yesterday and I am currently in a reading slump because I'm still mentally stuck in the world), or you might, but this is one series that I think, everybody should pick up.

I will be posting my reviews of The Well of Ascension and the Hero of Ages some time next month, (hopefully before I read a ton more and they start to tower again), so keep your eye out for those!


FILMS AND TV SHOWS
FILMS
1. Truth or Dare- I went to see this film in the cinema, and as a Horror, truthfully it wasn't actually that scary. The odd jump scare, the odd creepy moment, but works with this film is the things that the characters have to do in order to stay alive, because it's really this simple: Tell the truth or you die. Do the dare or you die. And the stakes keep getting higher.
And that's what works with this film.

2. Girls' Trip- I went to see this in the cinema a few months back, it's out on DVD, so of course I watched it again. It's one of my favourite films and I laugh for hours whenever I watch it.

3. The Help- I finally saw this film! It was an amazing film, and I'm so glad I got to see it. It was brilliantly done, and it's a film/book that everyone should read/watch.
Also, side note- the woman playing Skeeter's mother- she played Prudy in the Hairspray film! Like, she's in a tv show I'm currently watching, she's in The Help... I swear this woman is following me!

TV SHOWS
1. Thirteen Reasons Why Season 2- I'm on like Episode 4 for this, and I haven't finished it yet- purely for the reason that I do not have the time at the moment. It's halfterm for me now, but I am working every single day, I am finishing my course, and trialling for a job (fingers crossed for that.)
I need to get to the end of the season though, because so many YouTube videos for the second season keep cropping up on my YouTube feed!

2. Dance Academy- Yes, I am watching this again. For like the 10th time. I just wish Netflix would put the film on (that takes place a year and a half after the third season ends.)

WRITING
Yeah, I've started the third draft. Not the furthest into it, but there have been others things that have taken priority, unfortunately.


OTHER LIFE THINGS
HAIRSPRAY- I played Prudy (Penny's legendary mum) in the show this month! It was so fun to be able to play a quirky, funny character that makes people laugh- particularly with the things she says! (And is totally different to myself!)
I got to wear cool glasses too!

So that is my monthly wrap up! I hope you enjoyed it, and feel free to let me know what you lot have been up to this month! Anything you're excited about, let me know!
So that's me for the day, I will see you all on Friday with my June TBR!
Byeeee!

-Abi xxxxx