Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ultimate Fashionista- The Young Hollywood Style Guide by Alana Wulff review...

Title- Ultimate Fashionista. The Hollywood Style Guide.
Author- Alana Wulff.
Publish Date- February 1 2012.
Publisher- Random House.

Now for my review...

First thing you shall find in this handy book of fashion tips, places the stars shop at and the ultimate designers is a list of "30 Under 30"; it features many actresses I know of, okay I knew basically every single one of them right off, such as Dakota Fanning and her sister Elle, the Olson twins and their younger sister Elizabeth, Emma Stone, Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato; there were a lot of actresses I admire and a lot who's movies I enjoy watching, or music I adore. This section covers who they are, what their general fashion go to items are and their biggest sucesses. Then you'll be able to go through some of the US's most sought after shops, the featured 30's favourite haunts, and later you'll find out all about actresses come designers, and the all time designers!
Thank you to Random House for this review copy!

What I thoght:
I enjoyed this book much more than I may have; it was interesting to see all the different 'fashionable' items and some of them are truly beautiful, I can assure you, and the 30 under 30 was by far my favourite section. But even though I am quite interested in fashion and this kind of thing, there was the feeling that at times the author, Alana Wulff, pressing her opinions onto the reader and at some times got a little over the top about these major fashion mess up's and how some stars stared off awfully but are now blooming. And I get that, but it was a little too much said, at times, I thought.
I would definitely recommend this book to any young girls or boys interested in the fashion and acting/singing industry; it is scary how much time the paparazzi is around these people featured, so it's a really good insight on that side of things too, and as I said, some of the outfits featured are just amazingly pretty!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Language of Flowers a Miscellany- by Mandy Kirkby review...

Title- The Language of Flowers a Miscellany.
Author- Mandy Kirkby.
Publish Date- November 2011.
Publisher- Macmillan.

Now for the review...

The Language of flowers, a book I reviewed last year, was about a girl who wasn't sure of her place in the world, until she learned about secret messages flowers could tell and met someone else who knew the language also.
In the back was a dictionary including lots of different flowers and their old meaning, their language, and this book, The Language of Flowers- a Miscellany, is a beautiful, wholly new, dictionary featuring some very interesting flowers and their meanings.
It has information on the flower, ledgends they feature in and a beautiful picture of the flower in question.
And of course, their meaning.
Thank you to Macmillan for this review copy!

What I thought:
I found I wasn't fond of the Language of Flowers novel, but I was very interested in the language the flowers held, and loved the dictionary in the back about all the flowers and their meanings, so I pounced with joy when I saw this- a companion featuring heaps of different flowers, pictures and latin names included!
Delving into the pages you'll find the perfect flower to give to someone you miss, the right one to give if you need to say sorry and in the back there are suggestions on bunches you can give at birthdays, weddings and lots of other occasions!
I adore this little dictionary, it is definitely a winner with me!


Monday, January 23, 2012

Win the first two Keepers books on audio!

I've had, what I feel, to be a lot to do with the Keepers Books by Lian Tanner.
I Reviewed Book two professionally.
I went to the second book's launch. (My first ever!)
I wrote a little about it in my Good Reading Magazine Article.
It has a special mention (book 2) in my 2011 favourite book list.
I did a Q&A with Lian herself on this very blog.
And she was even mentioned, or her book, in my very first post.
As well as countless other mentions.
I think you could call me a dedicated fan.
So I think now it's time you all became dedicated fans also. To those our there who adore mystery, fun, adventure and competitions, go over to Lian's blog and look up all the details of her current competition, where you can win books one and two on audio...


Romi or... mwhahah, Goldie, as I like to be known now.
But that's just creepy weird. A bit.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin review...

Title- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.
Author- Michelle Hodkin.
Publish Date- Febuary 2012. (Australia)
Publisher- Simon and Schuster.

Now for the review...

Mara Dyer was in an accident. She was in a dangerous place and something terrible happened, leaving her best friend, boyfriend and his sister dead. And her seemingly unharmed.
But once Mara's family moves to Miami, in hopes of moving on from their old life, Mara starts to see her friends everywhere she goes, at her new school, when she's looking into a mirror and then people start to die after she envisions their deaths.
They start to die exactly as she foresaw.
And to top it all of, she's having to deal with a strange and mysterious boy at her new school, a certain Noah Shaw, who is trouble, she's heard, but who cannot seem to leave Mara alone. And Mara isn't sure she minds, because though he is desperately annoying, she doesn't think she can let him leave...
Thank you to Simon and Schuster for this review copy!

What I thought:
I had been absolutely desperate to get my hands on a copy of this for months, and didn't expect my review copy until March, so when it came very unexpectedly in the post last week I basically was over the moon. I squealed, just a little. Resulting in some strange looks from my mother and sister. (I don't think I've ever squealed.)
And so I started reading.
I was so captured by the story that I couldn't get to sleep for ages the day before I finished it, I was so in love with the story!
It wasn't quite what I expected, but so so so amazing; the downside for me was the swearing, which I thought was a little too constant, but not overly, because I don't like swearing in books, or in life, but that is a very tiny thing compared to my overwhelming love for this book.
It is amazing! It is swoonable! It is definitely a top for 2012!

I think I'd give it 19 stars out of five.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Battle Fatigue by Mark Kurlansky review...

Title- Battle Fatigue.
Author- Mark Kurlansky.
Publish Date- 10th January 2012.
Publisher- Bloomsbury.

Now for the Review...

Joel knows that his destiny is fighting in a war.
He knows this because his father, uncle and grandfather all fought in wars.
He knows this because he has grown up in the aftermath of a war, and in the beginning of another.
He knows this because he is a boy and all boys fight.
He knows all this and is not scared for a moment, because wars are what happen, they're what boys take care of.
But as he comes closer and closer to turning eighteen, the age he will be called up to fight, Joel begins to wonder why.
Why should he fight, in a war he doesn't believe in.
And what follows is, naturally, how to be free.
Thank you to Bloomsbury for this review copy!

What I thought:
This is no doubt a powerful book- a book that you know will effect you whole heartedly, because of it's subject, because of the way the author has made the character just like a generation we were either a part of or that our parents were.
And it is, no doubt, a book of choices, and wether we ought to be able to make our own. Wether we should always have been able to, or not.
But, through all that, I didn't like it- maybe it was the writing, the setting... a mixture of things combind to make it a story not for me- I found that overall I didn't get captured or bought in by this story, and really, I don't know why.
I was startled by it. Absolutely.
You couldn't not be.
It is, I think, a story of freedom and being able to decide who you are, without other opinions effecting you.

I'd give it a 2 out of five.
(It is suggested as a 12+ book, but one chapter is directed at the F Word and the whole theme, I think, would be at least 14+ at max.)


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pictures of Books to come...

Last year my booklist didn't fill a whole page.
This year I needed two pages.
So many Great books to read in a year.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Lovely Morning.

Wednesday Morning.
Cold and raining.
A Perfect Book haul.

Oh yes. Happy reading.

(I finished The Hunger Games yesterday, but added it to the pile- after reading it I went all out and bought the entire series on The Book Deopsitory. I mean- WOW)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I recently conducted a Q&A with a very amazing author...

The very lovely and inspiring Cat Patrick, author of Forgotten which I reviewed and which was also in the top ten for my favourite books of 2011, and basically all time. (see the list here.)  did me the great honour of answering some questions for me! I admire Cat greatly and I can assure you, to not read Forgotten is a very bad thing.
And she's also got a new book coming soon, Revived. Be sure to get it!
Now, for the questions and answers...

*When did you decide you wanted to be an author?
When I was seven...or younger. Truly, I've been making up stories for as long as I can remember.
*What was your first job?
My VERY first? Probably babysitting. My first real-world professional type job after college was in public relations; I worked at an agency in Boston.
*Was Forgotten your first go at writing a novel?
No, I wrote a (completely awful) novel about two years before I wrote FORGOTTEN. It will never see the light of day, but it was a good exercise for me. It taught me that I could actually finish a whole novel...I just needed the right idea.
*Did you think of it one day being published as you wrote?
Yes, with FORGOTTEN, I did. I've always just sort of thought that publishing a book would happen...I didn't know when or how but it was a dream that I just believed would come true. Then when I got the idea for FORGOTTEN, I really felt like, "This is it. This is the one." I wrote the first draft in a little over two months, feeling every day like I was working toward publication.
*What tops can you give to aspiring writers?
Well, I think it's really important to set aside writing time every day, because if you just think of it like a hobby that will fit in occasionally, that book's never going to get written. :) What works for me is to just write--no outlining. I allow myself to write whatever feels like jumping onto the page in that moment; editing is for later. And the best advice I've gotten so far is that if you're stuck, walk away for a while. I can't tell you how many times I've been stuck on an ending or something, walked away for two months, then just known immediately how to fix it.
*In a movie version of Forgotten (one that will soon be coming!) who would you imagine, without prior knowing, would star?
I can't go back and pick a new London because I think Hailee Steinfeld is perfect. In fact, after we watched True Grit, before the whole FORGOTTEN movie business happened, I told my husband that I wanted her to play London. I got my wish! As for Luke and everyone else, I think I'll leave that job up to the casting director.

Forgotten is currently published and Revived is coming later this year! Watch out for the film of Forgotten, which will also be about in a little while...

Thank you so much for answering my questions Cat!
Keep inspired,

Monday, January 9, 2012

Quotations Quotations.

“Goldie closed her eyes and tried not to think about how she had nearly died, waiting for someone to come along and save her. She shivered. 'I'll never do that again,' she thought. 'Next time I'll save myself.”
― Lian TannerMuseum of Thieves

“Tiny-perhaps." Rovender kept his eyes fixed on the rings. "Insignificant-never, Eva Nine. No living thing is insignificant.”
― Tony DiTerlizziThe Search for WondLa

“Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
― Lemony SnicketHorseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid

“Take pride in your pain; you are stronger than those who have none”
― Lois LowryGathering Blue

“I knew that there had been times in the past-terrible times-when people had destroyed others in haste,in fear, and had brought about their own destruction”
― Lois LowryThe Giver

“Reading is one form of escape. Running for your life is another.”
― Lemony Snicket

“Every minute you spend with someone gives them a part of your life and takes part of theirs.”
― Ally CondieMatched

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”
― Lois LowryThe Giver

“Once you want something, everything changes.”
― Ally CondieMatched

“I said I *liked* being half-educated; you were so much more *surprised* at
everything when you were ignorant.”
― Gerald DurrellMy Family and Other Animals

“It is strange how we hold on to the pieces of the past while we wait for our futures.”
― Ally CondieMatched

“They were maps that lived, maps that one could study, frown over, and add to; maps, in short, that really meant something.”
― Gerald DurrellMy Family and Other Animals

“How I wished I lived in a Jane Austen novel!”
― Dodie SmithI Capture the Castle

“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”
― Dodie SmithI Capture the Castle


Sunday, January 8, 2012

My Booklist for 2012...

I've finally (well A few days ago now...) sorted my booklist and counted it.
Last year I had a booklist of 36.
Guess what it is this year... 97!

So, without furthur ado- my Booklist of 2012.

Love Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur.
Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.
Marcelo in the real World by Francisco X. Stork.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart.

Moonstone by Wilkie Colins.
My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie.
Bleak House by Charles Dickens.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
A Tale of Two cities by Charles Dickens.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
The Mill on the Floss by Geroge Eliot.
Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte.
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.
Vilette by Charlotte Bronte.
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy.
The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy.
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson.
The Complete Poems by John Keats.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy.
Easy Virtue by R. J. Kaiser.
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens.
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell.
South Riding by Winifred Holtby.
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens.
Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie.
ABC Murders by Agatha Christie.
Tess of the Dubervilles by Thomas Hardy.

Click on the titles to be taken to the Goodreads Page! And you can add me as a friend (because I love being your friends!) Here and you'll be able to follow my reading progress!
And here's my 2012 booklist on Goodreads. (It's missing one or two books that weren't on the site.)

Happy 2012.

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Caroline Mackler review...

Title- The Future of Us.
Author- Jay Asher and Caroline Mackler.
Publish Date- 2011.
Publisher- Simon and Schuster.

Now for the review...

When 15 year old Emma gets a computer from her father in 1996, she's thrilled if maybe a bit intimidated by it- only half the students in America have ever used a computer, and to have one is a big step in the future for her, and it means she can have a little time to herself, away from her slightly clingy boyfriend and into a different world.
A very different world, is opened to Emma when her neighbour, and old best friend Josh, gives her an AOL disc that his family got in the mail, for her to use on her computer- once it's installed, the two find themself looking at Facebook, a website we know now, but that shouldn't have bee invented in 1996, and they make a strange and chilling discovery- they are looking at themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future, and the smallest thing, such as pouring water on a carpet, can change the two's future and not always in good ways.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for this review copy!

What I thought:
The story was most intriguing, the fact that I am slightly against facebook and don't have an account on it and never plan to, made me even more interested in this book- it's kind of a book about the effects of changing your future and what it can do to your present, or vice versa.
The story was all I hoped it would be, in the way it was easily readable and one that you had to find out what happened, what changes the two teens made without even meaning to, and the changes they made that they wanted to.
It was a good, easy read book; but it could have had a little more to the story, a little more backing story than there was.
It was a very quick read, and memorable, but not amazingly unforgetable because I just think it could have had a little more to it.
A definite read for users of Facebook. DEFINITE! And a absolute read for non facebook users also; it gives a big insight into how our lives are run using a social media site, not using our own intuition.


Friday, January 6, 2012

Follow Friday. (4)

Happy Friday!

Question for this week...

Go count the number of unread books sitting on your shelf. How many?

There are about 24, including two different copies of Emma by Jane Austen- I read so many of my unread books last year by imcorperating them onto my booklist that I'm fairly well up to date! The rest I think I'll be reading this year! YAY!

Have a lovely day!
(P.S. New followers, please don't follow via GFC- it's being disabled and I don't want to use it any longer...)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday... (no. 5)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight a book or books that you're super thrilled in intense amounts for, so everyone you know will thus end up being super thrilled for it too! (If they like the sound of them; otherwise they can share what ones they're super thrilled for!)
This week, I'm waiting on...

(Click the name to add it on Goodreads)

In a dystopian future, sixteen-year-old Leah Munro has been sold to a rich woman in a crippling mansion. Soon Leah discovers that there is something mysterious going on around the home, and with the help of three other girls, she attempts to uncover what is truly happening... what lies beyond all of the plexiglass windows and the hideous screams in the middle of the night? Leah will soon find out. The first in a two book series.  (from Goodreads)

Why I'm waiting...
I'm a fair old Dystiopian fan girl- I'm obsessed with those other worlds, that I would hate to live in, but that make me ever so more in love with my own world, and Hollow sounds like another fantastic dystopian novel- from the beautiful cover to the intriguing synopsis, it is pulling me to it more each time I see it!

What are you waiting on?