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...

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!

Thank you to Macmillan for this review copy!

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...

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.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for this review copy!

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,

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...

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.


Thank you to Simon and Schuster for this review copy!

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)

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?