*I received a copy of this book from netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review
KissnTell by Suzy McCoppin follows two girls, Vaughn and Anais who live in LA. They both attend a prestigious school filled with spoilt rich kids. They however have always been the outcasts being scholarship students. Vaughn strives to be part of the “in” crowd despite the fact that this groups has pulled disgustingly horrible pranks on her and her best friend (Anais). One day after a particular bad party Anais and Vaughn receive make overs and hit the clubs of hollywood. They are able to snap some celebrity pictures and from the advice of a hot young paparazzi they decide to create their own gossip website. The book focuses on how they keep the blog going and how their increased fame affects their friendship with the “in” crowd and each other.
The writing and general style has the teenage gossip feel which I really thought accompanied the story well. I found it a very easy and quick style to read which ultimately made this feel like a fast paced book. In regards to the plot lots happens, however sometimes it felt like the author was trying to squeeze too much in without giving enough thought to each theme. I really liked the whole blog and hollywood aspect of it. The author was previously a writer for a gossip magazine which i found very cool as she would have had experiences similar to the ones she wrote about. It does seem quite realistic in the hollywood and paparazzi aspect making it very interesting to read about.
My main problem with this book was the characters. The author does a very good job of making you absolutely detest Vaughn by the end of it. Her character is so annoying and ignorant it frustrated me to the point of not wanting to continue reading at certain points. There is romance for both of the girls and it is very insta love which made it so I wan’t able to connect with it at all. While I enjoyed this book for the majority (minus some of Vaughn scenes) ultimately it wasn’t very memorable. I would recommend it if it sounds like something you are interested in. I gave it a 3/5.
*I received a copy of this book from netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review
My De-Stress DIary is a diary that aims to reduce your stress significantly over a year. I obviously haven’t had the book for a year and therefore wasn’t able to do the program exactly as intended. Despite this using the tips Dr. Sorensen gives you did make a difference. I am someone who has to deal with anxiety so when I saw this book on netgalley I decided to request it in hope that it may help me.
This book is broken up into weeks. Each week you are supposed to do something to help manage your life and/or stress. It will tell you something to focus on accompanied with an explanation and a quote. A lot of the stuff this book tells you to do is something you may have heard before and you could find it on the internet. The thing that makes this book effective is its structure. You only have to do little things each week to help and there is such a variety of things this book makes you do so you can find what works for you. I had a go at a lot of the practices and sometimes I might do one a day or one every two days. If i find one thing wasn’t working for me I would look back at the things that did work.
The thing i really like about the diary is that it gives you options. I personally believe it is about over the period of the year finding out which strategies you personally like. Just to give some examples of things it would make you do is things like having a healthy smoothie, organising your desk, turning your phone off for a period of time.
I really think this is a great stress management tool however it only works if you are willing to put the time into trying it.
I give it 4/5 the only flaw being I wish it had a little bit more content in each weeks section.
Teasers Books is a fairly recent booktube channel and I only just discovered it. Jordan’s first video was only 2 months ago however she is very comfortable in front of the camera. A lot of booktube channels are very similar but I really like TeasersBooks due to the effective editing and speed. Jordan seems to enjoy making videos and it comes through on camera. Jordan so far has been uploading approximately once every 2 weeks. Normally I won’t recommend a Channel unless it has been operating for quite a while however I think that TeasersBooks still has quite a while to go and will continue uploading.
Check her out here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TeasersBooks/feed
Gaming With Jezdamayel
Gaming with Jezdamayel is one of my personal favorite gaming channels. When listening to Jezdamayel videos you are able to see how talented a lets player she is. There are very few “ahh i don’t know what to say” moments. She plays a variety of games in really all genres, some bad some good. She will have blind let’s play or let’s plays of games she has played before. I find when watching her videos she will make even the most boring of game play be entertaining to watch. She uploads almost everyday and sometimes multiple videos in one day. Even if you only watch one of her series I really do recommend it because she introduced me to so many games and genres i hadn’t tried before.
Check her out here : https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingWithJezdamayel/featured
*I received a copy of this book from netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review
We are introduced to Sam in this memoir, a women who was in the middle of an unsuccessful marriage and her life was a bit of a wreck. She was unemployed and generally unhappy. One of her friends tries to cheer her up with the idea to start a blog about love letters where the bench mark would be the ones written to her 20 years ago. When she and her bestfriend visited Paris, she fell for a man over there. Well more accurately he fell in love with her and she was still unsure. After she left Paris he wrote her seven very romantic letters that she still has to this day. Through re reading these letters she finds the want to reconnect with Jean Luc.
She is able to find him online and they start writing emails, these emails turn into phone calls and eventually visits. Through her communication with Jean Luc she is able to gain the confidence to ask for a divorce so she can try and have a more happy life. She then travels to france for a couple of weeks to meet him in person. Their old love sparks.
This is really a truly amazing story. This book is a memoir but is so romantic that you think it should be fiction. It is an amazing recollection, Samantha does a great job describing in detail the events that took place. Being able to hear her thoughts and doubts really makes this the book it is. Anyone with a romantic soul will take a hold of this book and devour it. There is also an amazing support that surrounds her from her friends and family. They all want the best for her and welcome Jean-Luc with wide arms.
Another I want to quickly point out is the humor, Jean-Luc speaks french (but is fluent in English) and Samantha speaks english (but is not so fluent in French). There are alot of funny exchanges when Samantha messes up her french and I thought even this little aspect that she recalled gave a nice break from the romantic side of the book.
Overall this really is a lovely book and incredible story
I give it 4/5
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So i know that I have not posted on here for a ridiculous amount of time and the last 3-4 months have been pretty disorganized. I am slowly trying to get back on track with my blog however lately by life has been crazy busy with assessments, auditions for a musical and getting a new job.
I can’t guarantee that I will be able to get back exactly to my posting schedule however I am trying to start writing things ahead of time so I have some back up. I am also hoping to be able to do a weekly post about what i am going to be reviewing in the coming week, this may or may not work however we shall see how it goes.
Thanks for sticking around with my blog while I still figure out how to manage it.
So I have made a YouTube channel. It is a pretty weird feeling and I was tossing up whether or not to actually post anything on my blog about it however in the end I decided I would. My channel is mainly about books however I am going to try and branch into a few different things that I cover in my blog. I am hoping to talk about anime or games at different points however its all just a learning process. Basically I try and get a video up about once a week however I am still learning the ropes. I don’t expect any of you to be interested in my channel however if you feel like looking it up I would appreciate it :)
For those who have read my blog for a while you may know that I really enjoy the sims games. Lately I have been marathoning some of the series. There is an array of series mostly sims related however lately it has been branching out onto other games such as dating sims and Alice: Madness returns. The thing I find really unique about this channel is the story telling element. Instead of just doing simple challenges she will adapt the challenge and create a story that you see evolve. I really recommend this channel if you are interested in sims gameplay and challenges. New videos come out about once or twice a day roughly 3 times a week.
Makeup Warrior 1
This is a really great channel that focusses mainly on school and college tips. There is an array of study tips that are specific to different subjects and general organisation helpers. It is interesting because you wouldnt think that when viewing the name however it is a really great channel to help you in your school or college work. Gabby uploads every 1 or 2 weeks.
*I received a review copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley.com
Before I begin this review I should warn you that this book doesn’t come out until the 5th of November. However I wanted to do this review now in order to submit it. I will be doing an update on the 5th of November that will link to this review.
The silence of six starts off right away. I read the first chapter and was already instantly interested. The story starts at a political debate located at a local high school. Max is a former hacker and student of the highschool. When a hacker that he knows hacks into the debate and posts a suicide video saying “What is the silence of six, and what are you going to do about it?” before shooting himself in the mouth. This leads max into re-entering a world which he thought he had left forever whilst running away from the government that has targeted him.
This book is very fast paced, a lot of stuff goes down. It is amazing how immersed I became just from the first couple of chapters. This is a book you will want to read in one sitting. There are some really cool aspects to this book. I don’t know why this entertained me so much but it uses a lot of references to different websites and programs that exist within the real world. Except for the main social network talked about the other programs are real. For me these little references actually made the story seem more realistic, its weird but i thought it added a nice touch. It goes into the hacking world a bit which I personally don’t have any experience with so I don’t know how accurate a representation it is.
The main theme in the book is cyber privacy and companies breaching it. This is quite a big issue in real life at the moment and this book actually makes direct references to the current issues. It also gets into hacktivists referring to the anonymous group. This book actually does make you think and their are a couple of plot twists where i had to stop for a moment and comprehend what i just read. Something I found slightly scary is that this story could be true, it might be true who knows.
The characters are well rounded but it was the one thing in this book that just felt average to me. I don’t have any reason not to connect to them it just seemed a bit fake at times. Saying this it didn’t ruin the experience for me. The writing is very easy to read and is similar to many YA books. Even though it didn’t have that much sophistication it was a nice break from the rather intense plot line.
I loved this book and it is so fun to read. I gave it 4.5/5
Special A is an anime that follows the top 7 students at a high school. These students are called the Special A and get special privileges within the school. They are all incredibly smart and specific talents; these talents range from being good with animals to singing. These talents and particular quirks that they have creates individuality for each character. The main character is Hikari who is the number 2 in the school. Throughout the entire series she attempts to surpass Kei (the number one student) in everything. This is a rivalry that started when they were young and first met each other. As the series progresses it begins to focus more on growing relationships between the characters. The plot is quite interesting especially when you get to find out a bit about each characters backstory.
First thing I want to talk about is the animation and design. The actual animation of this series isn’t anything extraordinary but is still good. It is very similar to something like Ouran Highschool Host Club, as it changes style to the emotions including going into chibi forms regularly. This type of animation is pretty common in these anime however I really liked it in Special A and it just suited. I really enjoyed the character designs as their was enough differences that you didn’t get characters confused however it was realistic because no one has over the top features.
Thats sort of where the positives ended for me. I disliked the main character because she is very ignorant and frustrating. Especially in the later half of the series you want to shake her and be like “HOW CAN YOU NOT FIGURE THIS OUT?!?!?!”. I don’t really think the side characters had very consistent or interesting personalities and it just irritated me. There are cute moments through out the anime but I found that Hikari just ruined them, A lot of time this was supposed to be humourous but it was just annoying. The humor through the series is mainly done by the exaggeration of strength or reaction. It was funny to begin with but it became tiring very quickly.
I liked the idea of Special A however in the end it just was frustrating to watch. I gave it 5/10
*I received a review copy of this game from SomaSims
I reviewed 1849 earlier this year and enjoyed it. Despite my enjoyment of it I found myself only playing it a couple of times after I had finished reviewing it. Originally I wasn’t going to review the expansion. However when I thought about it more and looked back upon my previous review and played the base game a bit more I decided to give it a go.
My problems with the base game where the lack of buildings you could place and the simplicity. This expansion helps both of those aspects by introducing more buildings and adding trains which gave the game an extra layer of depth. This game can be so much fun when you get into it. When I originally reviewed it I got a bit irritated by the two things mentioned previously which did dampen my overall experience, This expansion in my opinion puts this game one step higher. I still think it could have more buildings however there is enough variety introduced in this expansion to make the game feel much more complete and less like a mobile game.
In this expansion you get a whole new campaign to work through, one that is arguably quite a bit more challenging then the previous. It follows the same idea of the base game and comes with a new sandbox mode. One thing that I wanted to mention which didn’t occur to me in my original review was that there isn’t save slots, which ultimately means you can only have one save at a time. Having the expansion does help a bit with this because you are able to have two save games, one with just base game, one with both base game and expansion. As I originally played the campaign then looked at sandbox mode I never had need to switch between them.
Overall this is a great expansion which I think is almost needed to enjoy the base game to the fullest. I highly recommend going out and buying both 1849 and its expansions.
Combining both the expansion and base game I give it 8/10. It really is a heap of fun to play
You can get 1849 and Nevada Silver from most major online game stores ($15 base game, $4 expansion).
The steam link is: http://store.steampowered.com/app/290970/
For those who have been reading my blog for a while you may remember my review of the Baby Steps anime back in July when I had just found it. Since then I obviously kept up with the anime however it soon became necessary for me to read the manga because I was too impatient to wait each week for the anime. I am now up to date with the manga and if you are friends with me on goodreads you may have noticed that I added all of volumes last night.
Baby steps is a sports manga and anime about eiichiro an A+ student who decides to start tennis as a hobby. He begins to really enjoy and improve at a rapid but not impossible rate. This is really key as Baby steps is a more realistic take on sport then many similar manga. The fact that the main character can lose but be able to learn from his mistakes just makes this manga a really feel good manga. I enjoyed every arc I have read so far and am anxiously waiting for the next one to come out. There is a nice mix in this manga between tennis matches, training and character progression.
I really like all of the characters and the relationships that develop between them. This manga doesn’t rush things and changes to the characters are steady and realistic. They all have flaws and we view them in both their personal and tennis lifes (if they play tennis). As mentioned previously they all have to overcome obstacles and when they are able to get past them it is so satisfying as the reader. Even in some of the later chapters you have wanted both players to win the match because the manga allows you to empathize with the main characters AND his opponents.
The drawings are detailed enough without being over the top. I really liked the way that you can see in the movement in critical moments (as shown below). It is well thought out and you really feel like you are watching a tennis match despite it being in still frames.
I definitely recommend this manga. 5/5 stars