Saturday, November 29, 2014

Tori Talks #10: Book Heights

Tori's very own feature where we let her run wild and rant! GIFS USED ARE NOT OURS.

Charli's Note: This is an interesting one, because I've spoken about this before... We are slightly too similar. 



I find different book heights to be VERY ANNOYING.


 What I ABSOLUTELY hate is when you have a lovely series with the first four books nice, standard paperback size but then the last two books are the size of a hardback.





If I could, I would get them all the same size but when the book first comes out, it is usually as big as a hardback but it is a paperback.  Or they only come out as a hardback, which I do not mind, the other books are smaller paperbacks. Can’t they be released in both sizes? 

 
They have to go at the end of my shelf because it looks even more horrible otherwise because it goes: same size, same size, same size, MASSIVE DIFFERENT SIZED BOOK!



Basically, I do not like different book heights.



Let us know in the comments about if this annoys you! We've both voiced this annoyance and we can't be the only two! Also... can anyone see a recurring theme in what gifs we use...?

Friday, November 28, 2014

Discussion: Youtubers Writing Books

 Today we're discussing famous YouTubers writing books and getting book deals. This is a special discussion because we're having this as an actual conversation. Purple is Charli, blue is Tori. 

 To quickly disclaim: We both absolutely adore these YouTubers and are so excited about them! This is just to discuss the matter of how they have come about.

So, quite a few youtubers have told us about them having books out in the future or have had them out recently.

Like Zoella, Alfie (PointlessBlog), Tanya Burr, Hannah Hart and Grace Helbig.

Yeah. So to first talk about Alfie, the first of the British Crew to have his book physically out. The Pointless Book has been in the charts for weeks and has been very successful. I think this is great but I feel like it's only gotten into the book charts because Alfie is such a popular Youtuber.

To be honest, Alfie's book is quite a lot like Wreck This Journal and although it has personal touches and the app, it feels like a bit of a rip-off.

Yeah. Coming onto the matter of Zoella, she was approached to write the book and didn't have to write the book first to get the deal like all other authors. As much as I think this is great; it kind of annoys me as an aspiring author that she didn't have to find the publisher and agent etc.

True. I love the idea of our favourite YouTubers releasing books because they are awesome people, but I'm not sure if writing is for them.

That's something we can find out in time. I also think the fact that they are approached, like Zoe, means they are just looking towards their audiences.

Hannah Hart's book, My Drunk Kitchen, is good, because it's based off her YouTube feature. I don't really watch her but it's a good idea.

Definitely. It's like I want them all to write books but sometimes it's all off views.

If there's anyone I want to write a book, it would be Tyler, Troye, Dan and Phil.

Same!

So there you have it! This is so hard to word because we are so excited about these books but we were trying to explain our frustrations about it too.







Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Charli Reviews: The Year of the Rat

Grappling with grief is hard enough without repeat visits from the deceased. Pearl deals with death, life, and family in this haunting, humorous, and poignant debut. The world can tip at any moment…a fact that fifteen-year-old Pearl is all too aware of when her mom dies after giving birth to her baby sister, Rose. Rose, who looks exactly like a baby rat, all pink, wrinkled, and writhing. This little Rat has destroyed everything, even ruined the wonderful relationship that Pearl had with her stepfather, the Rat’s biological father. Mom, though…Mom’s dead but she can’t seem to leave. She keeps visiting Pearl. Smoking, cursing, guiding.

Author: Clare Furniss
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date of Publication: April 2014
Pages: 320
Source: Review copy via NetGalley
Goodreads | Amazon

I received a free copy of this book from S&S via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you S&S and NetGalley!

I read this book one evening and it was beautiful. It's poignant and heartfelt; and I absolutely adored it. This book is so emotional and I almost found myself crying - something I have never done at a book.

I felt so much empathy for Pearl; for her loss and then taking that hatred out on something close to her loss. You would normally hate a protagonist like Pearl; call them bratty, spoilt, but it's not the same situation for Pearl. Furniss lays out her characters amazingly and my heart reached for the whole family.

The concept of her mum visiting her was beautiful, too, and I became so emotionally invested in the story. I loved the idea of our lost loved ones shadowing us, helping us to do right and telling us when we need a bit of a push to go on with life.

I don't think I've ever felt for a character more than I have for Pearl. I just wanted to hug her continually, I wanted to run to a teacher and tell them to help her, I just wanted to do something. Furniss has written a stunning debut that will stay with you for a long time.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Charli Reviews: Afterworlds

 Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she's made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings… Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the 'Afterworld' to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved - and terrifying - stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date of Publication: September 2014
Pages: 640
Source: eARC from NetGalley
Goodreads | Amazon

I received a free copy of this book from S&S via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you S&S!

This is probably the hardest book I've ever had to review, because essentially, this book is two books in one. One that I loved, and one that I didn't.

I loved the start of the book; especially when I realised it was about publishing and books. My issue then was the fact that I'd gone into this book not remembering the synopsis - "Told in alternating chapters is Darcy's novel..." - so some of my first notes about the second chapter are "the two stories seem so unrelated" and "I'm a little confused by the person changes?"

Once I'd got over this, I really enjoyed both books; I loved the interesting, contemporary mixed with adrenaline of the thriller. I particularly loved the romance element of the contemporary side with Darcy.

I think the reason I stopped enjoying "Darcy's book" was because I found myself wanting to know more about what happened to Darcy herself, about the publishing industry and BEA; all about book bloggers and what authors have to do. Thrillers aren't my usual genre anyway, so once one is combined with a whole other book, I'm unlikely to enjoy it.

Another issue was definitely the length. Because this was two books, it comes to an almighty 640; and I only have the attention span of around 400. It took me quite a long time to read this as I found myself only able to read about 5 chapters at a time.

In no way was "Darcy's book" bad; I thought the writing was beautiful and the story intriguing. But I found myself skimming over it and willing for it to be over.

This book has provided me with one of my favourite quotes for my own writing, too: " 'You wrote a book,' said Imogen. 'That's real, whether it's a bestseller or not.' "

I did really enjoy this; it just didn't quite work for me as two books told alternately. Westerfeld's writing is gorgeous and I loved all the themes running through the book.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

101 Things Tori Loves...

If you haven't seen it already, Charli did this yesterday. This was started by the wonderful Amber, and now it's Tori's turn!

  1. Familyyyy.
  2. Friends (Charli&Kyra)
  3. Christmas.
  4. Cookies especially the double chocolate chip ones from Subway.
  5. Winter and the snow.
  6. Hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream.
  7. Books (well duh)
  8. Stationary from Paperchase.
  9. Maths- don’t judge.
  10. Pierce The Veil- seeing them in concert in April with Charli&Kyra eep
  11. Vic Fuentes <3
  12. Sleeping With Sirens.
  13. My Chemical Romance.
  14. Fall Out Boy.
  15. Young Potatoes :)
  16. Blink 182.
  17. Nirvana (I’m not a hipster, I do actually listen to their music)
  18. All Time Low.
  19. Paramore.
  20. Book shopping or clothes shopping but I can’t stand food shopping.
  21. #IMRA5EVER
  22. Snapchat because it is life.
  23. Instagram.
  24. Tea! Yes, I am British.
  25. Cakes made by my mum because she makes the best.
  26. Brownies made by my mum (they are literally heaven)
  27. Watching Christmas movies in the dark with my mum and sister and hot chocolate.
  28. Reading when you can hear the rain.
  29. Snow globes.
  30. Birthdays.
  31. Harry Potter (who doesn't love Harry Potter?)
  32. Eyeliner but I am not a professional at putting it on me or other people.... Sorry Charli :)
  33. Pens. Every single pen.  Felt tip, fountain, biro, I don't care I just love them all.
  34. The school library- it is quite good just not some books recommended by the librarian...
  35. My phone. I cannot live without it.
  36. Chicken and Bacon Paninis and a chocolate donut from school :D
  37. BLUE BANANA! That shop is the best.
  38. Pizza with ham, sweetcorn and mushrooms.
  39. Seeing peoples reactions when I say that I'm allergic to Rolos.
  40. The beach and going in the sea.
  41. Holidays- especially the Christmas holidays.
  42. Random half-days.
  43. Blue hair.
  44. Red hair.
  45. Purple hair.
  46. Multi-coloured hair.
  47. Seeing children's reactions to people with blue hair. It is hilarious.
  48. Random things my sister says that are stupid and funny.
  49. This joke- How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh? Ten tickles.... XD do you get it?
  50. This joke- What do you call a fake noodle? An impasta! XD I'm laughing so hard right now.
  51. Elfyourself. This gives me life at Christmas.
  52. Having full battery on my phone... That's not weird, is it?
  53. Shipping people. Real people or fictional characters, I will ship them all.
  54. The fact that I'm over half way through this.
  55. Tumblr.
  56. Youtubers such as Zoella, Danisnotonfire, AmazingPhil, Tyler Oakley, Troye Sivan, PointlessBlog etc.
  57. Sitting in my pjs all day watching youtubers.
  58. Watching Doctor Who on a Saturday (but it is finished now and I'm devastated)
  59. My zebra onesie :D
  60. My new Christmas socks! They're so awesome!
  61. Will Herondale (he is my husband)
  62. The Infernal Devices.
  63. Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus series!
  64. All the book fandoms.
  65. Band merch.
  66. Fandom merch. I don't have any but I hope I'll get some for Christmas.
  67. Wearing skinny jeans.
  68. Wearing leggings with jumpers.
  69. Christmas jumpers or any jumpers. I went around New Look with my mum last week and felt all of the jumpers...
  70. Getting new stationary.
  71. Popping bubble wrap.
  72. Sherlock (the TV program but we are reading A Study In Scarlet at school!)
  73. The number 9 because I was born on the 9th March :D
  74. The number 49... It is 7x7 and that's cool... Gosh I sound stupid...
  75. Using ellipsis.
  76. Chocolate milkshakes from this place in Brixham... We go there nearly  every summer holiday
  77. Chocolate brownie ice cream sensation when I'm having a Carvery.
  78. CHINESE FOOD! I can't believe I've only just remembered this.
  79. Boots (the shoes). I live in boots because I don't like wearing anything else on my feet.
  80. My leather jacket- I've had it for 2 years :o.
  81. The colour black- no I'm not an emo.
  82. The colour blue but it has to be a bright blue.
  83. Going on big rollercoasters! The Smiler at Alton Towers is good, and Air and Nemesis.
  84. Mean Girls and Mean Girls Quotes (we should all just stab Caesar!)
  85. Tippy Tap- it is the best game ever.
  86. Playing Monopoly with my cousin because I always win :p
  87. Going to my aunts house in Devon and playing games like Mario Kart with my cousins.
  88. Owls.
  89. Monkeys.
  90. Penguins.
  91. Small puppies because they are so cuteeeeeee.
  92. Playing with peoples hair.
  93. Making peoples hair look a mess by backcombing it :D
  94. Having lazy days where I just stay in my bed and read or watch Doctor Who non-stop.
  95. Wearing 3D glasses.
  96. Gifs (pronounced g-ifs not j-ifs)
  97. The book of quotes from the school library :D
  98. Using emojis especially the laughing crying face :')
  99. Having long, random conversations with friends
  100. Making the last letter of a word longggggggg
  101. Going into the Apple shop and taking loads of selfies on every device :)

Friday, November 21, 2014

101 Things Charli Loves...

I was tagged to do this by the amazing Amber! I've been feeling a bit low recently so I hope typing all the things I love will help me to reflect. See the bottom to see who I tag!

  1. Fandom t-shirts, hoodies, wristbands. I now have quite a bit of merch which is awesome and I never want to wear anything else. 
  2. Stationary. 
  3. Blogging. 
  4. Books. 
  5. History. I find it so interesting and I love looking back on what has happened before me. 
  6. The smell of both brand new and old books. 
  7. Kyra and Tori! 
  8. All my blogger friends
  9. Scouting. I've been in the movement for 4 years now, which is crazy. I've done some amazing things there including conquering a fear! 
  10. Camp fires! 
  11. Photography. 
  12. Sitting in the school canteen. That sounds weird but sitting at the tables eating pizza and cake has some memories for me and it's oddly satisfying. It also tends to be funny! 
  13. Waterstones Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield! I could spend my life in these two shops, okay? 
  14. Book club meetings
  15. YouTube
  16. Brand new sharpened pencils
  17. Unused rubbers
  18. Libraries! 
  19. Giving away books
  20. Posters
  21. Binge reading and watching the Harry Potters books and films
  22. Music
  23. Sticking stuff on my walls
  24. Getting post! 
  25. Pizza
  26. Nail polish 
  27. Tumblr 
  28. The Apprentice! They're all so annoying this time... They always are... But I still watch it. 
  29. Recommending books to people
  30. My family (obviously). 
  31. Skittles
  32. Chocolate fingers
  33. Sitting on the benches outside with a bunch of people from various forms at lunchtimes
  34. My dad coming to see me
  35. Quotes. Gotta love a good quote. 
  36. Films
  37. My fleecy purple spotty pyjama bottoms! 
  38. Art! No matter how bad at it I am 
  39. Making people laugh
  40. Crossing books off my to-review list. I always feel like I've accomplished something then. 
  41. Ticking off homework in my planner! Similar feeling. 
  42. Ordering my own food and drink. This is another odd one but I've never been able to do it in restaurants, coffee shops etc so I've been trying to recently... With interesting results...
  43. Bagels with cream cheese
  44. PicMonkey
  45. Pillows! 
  46. Meeting authors. Before 2014 I'd met one, maybe two, but this year I've met about 14 or so, which is amazing.
  47. Sending parcels! I love sending parcels with what I've told them I'm sending them, then lots of little things like postcards, bookmarks and sweets :D 
  48. Debating with people, whether on a given topic or just in general
  49. Nail polish. I barely ever paint my nails, but I have around 50 polishes? 
  50. Sharpies. I have 25. 
  51. Sticky notes!
  52. Lying on my bed. It's under a slanted roof, so I can just look out of it up at the clouds which is nice sometimes
  53. Wearing odd socks
  54. Jacket potatoes with beans and cheese. A favourite since I was a baby
  55. Big, oversized hoodies.
  56. Costa lemonade in the summer!
  57. Youth club. I've been going for 4 years. I used to play table tennis and draw, and even though now me and a couple of the others just sit and talk and listen to music, I love it a lot. 
  58. Writing. I'm trying to start writing more again recently and it's going okay. 
  59. Chocolate before the siblings go to bed
  60. Shipping. Need I say more? 
  61. Pretty covers and spines! Especially ones for series with a theme that look amazing shelved, like Stephanie Perkins' Anna books. 
  62. Pencil cases
  63. Forests. I hate the walking aspect, but I love the trees and the freedom. 
  64. Sarcasm
  65. Going back to old bookish reads 
  66. Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, All Time Low, Pierce the Veil, Sleeping with Sirens, My Chemical Romance
  67. Having things to look forward to, like the Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens concert in April and going to France in July. (Both with Tori and Kyra)
  68. Lindt chocolate and After Eights at Christmas
  69. Inside jokes (ones that aren't offensive to people outside the joke, anyway). 
  70. Seeing people stick up for others. 
  71. Finding people IN REAL LIFE in the same fandom/s as you. 
  72. Non-Pupil days where I can go out with my friends and just have that extra day of not worrying
  73. Those teachers that just UNDERSTAND who you are, and what you need from them. 
  74. Friends who just accept you and love you for all your quirks. 
  75. Buying and putting up new posters! I love rearranging my walls which I just did this week and I love it. 
  76. Seeing my GoodReads challenge percentage creep up. 
  77. Planning new blog stuff with Tori
  78. Irony 
  79. Puns and other plays on words. I tend to be the only one who gets them in films and I look like an idiot. 
  80. Finally understanding something that I didn't before! Like stuff in maths. 
  81. Watching DVD's on my own
  82. Earphones; just plugging them in and shutting everything out. 
  83. Finishing an exercise book and starting a new one
  84. Curly fries!
  85. Moments when you have a big realisation. 
  86. Hot chocolate. 
  87. Sniffing candles. Okay, this is a new one... I hate candles and being around them, but we spent like 40mins in a shop the other day smelling them. We're odd. 
  88. TRXYE
  89.  My camera! It's probably my most prized possession
  90. Hugs! I hug everyone. When it's appropriate. 
  91. Feeling like I've helped someone
  92. Crossaints in the morning
  93. Getting a piece of work back that I was really happy with and getting a good mark/grade
  94. When I randomly get into a mood where I can read 3 books in 3 days. I've begun to coin it a reading rush". 
  95. People liking the blog and telling me so! 
  96. When I have a positive mood for once in a practical lesson 
  97. Going to get chocolate before school 
  98. Postcards! 
  99. Handmaking cards
  100. Cheesecake :D 
  101. Feeling infinite. 

 You may notice a lot of those were food or bookish things. I'm predictable, okay? 

 I tag Tori who will be doing it tomorrow, and anyone else who wants to do it because I know we are doing this late!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Charli Reviews: Frozen Charlotte

We're waiting for you to come and play. Dunvegan School for Girls has been closed for many years. Converted into a family home, the teachers and students are long gone. But they left something behind...Sophie arrives at the old schoolhouse to spend the summer with her cousins. Brooding Cameron with his scarred hand, strange Lilias with a fear of bones and Piper, who seems just a bit too good to be true. And then there's her other cousin. The girl with a room full of antique dolls. The girl that shouldn't be there. The girl that died.

Author: Alex Bell
Publisher: Stripes
Date of Publication: January 2015
Pages: 368
Source: ARC from the publisher
Goodreads | Amazon

I received a free copy of this book from Stripes in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you Stripes!

Before I read this book, I hadn't touched a horror book in about four years. So, not to sugar coat it, I was extremely nervous. And correctly so - this was scary. I'd recommend it to anyone wanting a scary read; although this is probably mild compared to some stuff!

It starts out with Sophie and her best friend playing on a Ouija board app in their favourite cafe, and it all starts to get a bit freaky. Sophie then goes to stay with her uncle for the summer; and from there, it only gets freakier. Bell describes the setting of the house and all the rooms in a delicious amount of detail which made it all the scarier for someone like me!

Although I think the plot had a few holes, it was easy to follow and everything linked up. There was a small element of mystery which was interesting, as well, and I loved trying to work everything out.

I wasn't particularly keen on any of the characters; for they were all a bit on the odd side; but I did have a soft spot for Lilias, as well as Cameron, two of Sophie's cousins. Cameron seemed like the genuine one of the family whom actually had an ounce of common sense.

This book made me jump at times and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I had to make sure to read it in a well-lit room where there were other people around! And even so, I kept looking around for the dolls around me...

So, this book wasn't mind-blowing, of course, but it had a great plot and was scary enough to make me have a few mild nightmares! It was also really interesting and had a couple of fun themes weaved through it.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Bookish Confessionary: Attention Spans

Welcome to The Bookish Confessionary, where I confess all my bookish sins! GIF'S USED ARE NOT OURS.  

*sighs*

This is one of those things that really bugs me about myself...

 
I either read books in two hours, or in like a month. I either have one book on the go or 20. 

I can go through 3 books in a day, or none in 3 weeks. 

And it's not even slumps! It's just attention span. 


Like why?! Why do I have this thing? Like I can be reading a PHENOMENAL BOOK and want to put it down, but I could be reading a REALLY HORRIBLE BOOK and just get through it in two hours flat?! 

 
 I could be in the exact same mood, it wouldn't matter, I just... I don't even know. 

I JUST WISH THERE WAS SOME CONSISTENCY TO IT. 

Like if I knew I could only read one book at a time or I can read 4, but 3 of them will take weeks to finish, I COULD PLAN ACCORDINGLY. BUT NO. 

If I go on car journeys, it's literally the worst if my head won't focus on reading, because I have nothing to do. 

But the good news is.... sometimes in a period of 3 days, I will finish 3 books AND write a whole bunch of blog posts! 

 That's it for today! Anyone else have this trouble? Let me know! 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Charli Reviews: To All The Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 

Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date of Publication: August 2014
Pages: 422
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Goodreads | Amazon

I received a free copy of this book from S&S in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you Simon and Schuster!

I have an extremely mixed view on this book; I found it overly petty and cliche to begin with, but I enjoyed it a great deal as well.

I don't think there was really enough romance in the book for a romantic contemporary. The romance is obviously not the only theme in the book; but it wasn't prominent enough, even amongst the well-done themes of family and sisters. 

Lara Jean was a bit of a wet character and I found it a bit odd that she was "in love" with her sister's ex-boyfriend. She's childish, naive and a bit spoilt, to say the least. She read like a 13-year-old, not a 16-year-old. These type of characters are never for me; and I did find her slightly annoying throughout the book.

I don't think this book needed 400 pages. I found myself turning the pages and loving some of it, but I felt like there were elements that weren't needed to the story.

Like I say; I actually enjoyed this, even though so many aspects annoyed me. I found it interesting and I did want to know what happened, particularly in the romantic aspect with the crushes whom the letters had been sent to.

The concept of the letters themselves did intrigue me; which was why I picked up this book to begin with. This was the theme I enjoyed the most, I think, seeing who sent the letters, reading them and seeing how the different boys reacted.

I don't think this was a bad book by any stretch; it just isn't a favourite of mine. I loved some parts and hated others, and I was unfortunately put off by the voice.

Monday, November 17, 2014

"All YA Readers are the Same."

We've heard it all before. There's a certain age for YA. Adults shouldn't read YA. All YA readers are girls. It goes on forever. Let's help some narrow-minded people out. 

Dear Narrow-Minded Reader or Journalist,

My name is Charli. I've been reading teen books since I was eight, and Young Adult literature since I was ten. I didn't even know it was YA then, it was just what my librarian said I could progress to. Some stuff I would skip over, some stuff I found too scary. And some stuff I absolutely adored, and have continued to do so for years.

Now, this is just one example of where YA is read by someone out of the man-made age range of YA. Adults are also mocked for reading YA, but why? It's all down to preference, really. When The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was a huge book earlier this year, no adults were slandered for reading or going to see the film of it. Was this just because it was a film? Because TFiOS is a YA book. There was a similar case for The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.

Perhaps the reason for this is because both The Book Thief and The Fault in Our Stars handle tough topics and use a wide range of vocabulary and philosophy. But honestly, most YA books do. In fact, if you take any dystopian read (including another YA phenomenon, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins), it may seem like they are just a weird futuristic world, but they in fact have a huge message to the reader. And sometimes, this reader is of my generation; and this is a great thing because we can put ourselves into the position of these characters and imagine our future this way. We can look at what needs changing.

Many also seem to believe that all YA readers are all 14-18 year old girls. Both aspects of this are wrong. The age, as specified before, but also the gender. I attend a book club once a month. There are about 10 of us, perhaps? Some of us are my age, 13 and 14. Some are older, 17 and 18. Dani, who runs it, is in her twenties. And guess what..? One of our attendees happens to be a boy. He's one of the older ones; and he's into music and books and nerdiness just like the rest of us. He comes out with some incredibly insightful things, just like the rest of us, if not better. It's no different; I promise you. Another YA boy I can mention is one of the bloggers I know, Jack. He is another boy who comes out with some fantastically insightful things, some of which I could never think of myself.

And yes, maybe a high percentage of us are female teenagers. But we are not all the same. Some of us are adults. Some of us are males. Some of us are of other ethnicities and religions and cultures. Some of us aren't heterosexual. It's what makes our community so special; being different. It's what makes us appreciate our reading and what makes our books so diverse. So many people are afraid to talk about mental health and LGBT and racism in adult books; but that will never happen in YA.

So before you take judgement on our readers, and our community; take a moment. Read some of our loved stories, watch one of our adaptations (one of the good ones, don't go near some of them), look at our blogs, check out our twitter conversations. We are diverse, and we are proud.

Thank you,

Charli
14 year old YA reader and blogger.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Tori Talks #8: Instant Romance (Instalove)

Tori is back with yet another bookish rant! GIF'S USED ARE NOT OURS



 
This is a thing that I absolutely despise.

With a passion.


By instant romance (aka instalove) I mean love that happens as quick as a flash. For example, if a girl meets a boy one day and it is love at first sight then the next day they’re dating, telling each other that they love them and are kissing then it is instant romance.

Obviously I love romance in a story because it is cute and I can fangirl over a new ship and they can be my OTP and feels *cries* but that love has to blossom over time… IT CANNOT HAPPEN IN A DAY! I just love that feeling at the end of a book or series when they kiss for the first time or they FINALLY get together!



However, if that romance happens in one day, it doesn’t feel real and I won’t feel as attached to the characters or their relationship. That rarely happens in real life and if it does then it doesn’t end well. It just really annoys me to read about bad relationships and how they get together if it isn’t realistic.

Please say someone agrees with me and comment reassuring me!


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Charli Reviews: Every Second Counts

The heart-stopping sequel to Split Second. Nat and Charlie are on the run, and in more danger than ever...

Nowhere is safe for Charlie and Nat. They have each other, but Roman Riley's networks could reach them at any time. Charlie believes the only option is to go undercover in Riley's team, and sneaks away from Nat to pursue her plan alone. Nat is desperate to find Charlie, but his family are in danger and Riley is coming ever closer. Even if Nat and Charlie can find each other again, could being together be even more dangerous than being apart..?

Author: Sophie McKenzie
Series: Every Second Counts #2
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Date of Publication: July 31st 2014
Pages: 256
Source: For review via NetGalley
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I received a free copy of this book from S&S via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you S&S and NetGalley!



Let me take a moment to collect my thoughts on this. This is the sequel to Split Second, which I read with Georgia last year and absolutely adored. So it was only natural that I would also love the sequel. I was nervous, in case I didn't, but of course, I did.

Now, if you know me, I am a massive Sophie McKenzie fan. I have an entire shelf for her, and fangirl when she has new books out. So every time she brings out a sequel, I'm always a tad nervous in case it isn't as good. Every time, she proves me wrong.

Every Second Counts picks up where Split Second leaves off; with Charlie and Nat in hiding and wanted for terrorism. Instantly, McKenzie makes the mood dark and ominous, and introduces the characters again. There was also a quick feeling of adrenaline and the action was quickly built up.

It's an extremely unpredictable book with an extraordinarily complex plot. But amongst all of this is the amazing romance between Nat and Charlie, built up gradually since Split Second. I absolutely adore the two together, and without spoiling the ending, I love the idea of the two of them together. The romance also just brings a light edge to the book.

Again without spoilers, I loved the ending, as well. I felt like there could have been more to it, but it was definitely needed after the complexity of the rest of the book. When I read this, I felt like I was there and it physically wore me out reading it, if that makes sense. I adore it when books can do this. 

As you can tell, I loved this book wholeheartedly and I feel like McKenzie's writing only strengthens every time she writes a book.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Charli Reviews: Better than Perfect

Derek has a perfect body, THE sexiest smile and a car - Ashtyn's only way to escape from her crazy life. But Derek likes to play by his own rules and is keen to take Ashtyn on a ride she'll never forget. As they spend more and more time alone together, will Derek's flirty games drive Ashtyn wild?

Author: Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Date of Publication: This Edition - August 2014
Pages: 344
Source: Review copy via the publisher
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I received a free copy of this book from Bloomsbury in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my review/opinions in any way. Thank you Bloomsbury!

I decided to read this on a day where I felt that I needed a cute contemporary read, and it definitely was! I really enjoyed this and devoured it in a day; and even though it wasn't flawless, I'd totally recommend it to someone wanting a fluffy fix.

I actually really disliked Ashtyn, the main character. I'm not really sure why, but I found her a bit shallow and really indenial. There wasn't quite enough background and formation, for me personally, to get along with her. I also wasn't keen on Derek until about halfway through the book.

Throughout the book I found that there was little description and not much to set the scene; which is something I like in a book. However, the romance was amazing and wasn't too instant, which I really liked. I really liked was the fact that it had small themes running through it, like the purple skittles.

Another thing I commend the author for was that Ashtyn was a sportswoman, and this was a main theme. Elkeles didn't try to put it on the down-low and made Ashtyn a strong character, one who didn't need a man, just wanted one.

I really enjoyed reading this as a quick, contemporary book even though it was slightly cliche and had a few faults. It was funny and genuine, with several themes that I loved. 

Sunday, November 09, 2014

David Levithan Book Photography







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Hi guys! I wouldn't normally do photo-heavy posts but this is the first book shoot I have ever done, so I thought I would share the results. Turns out David Levithan has some very photogenic books.

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