Review: Girl Online: On Tour by Zoe Sugg a.k.a Zoella.

Girl-Online-On-TourThe Blurb:

When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can’t wait to spend time with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend.

But, between Noah’s jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she’s really cut out for life on tour. She can’t help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot . . . and her blog, Girl Online.

My Thoughts:

Again, as with Girl OnlineI thought that the sequel Girl Online: On Tour was also extremely predictable but that didn’t mean that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy to read it. Again, I think that the cover and design is in fact the best part of the book, and is definitely an incentive that draws readers in!

The plot itself is your typical boyfriend-and-girlfriend-have-troubles story which is more than likely what made the book so predictable (maybe I’ve just read too many stories). Nonetheless, that doesn’t make Girl Online: On Tour any less worth a read, and is definitely one to try, particularly if you have already read Girl Online (who can resist finishing a series), Zoella fan or not!!

Until next time…

Keep reading xox.

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Review: You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day. 

  
  

 The Blurb:

From online entertainment pioneer, actress and ‘queen of the geeks’ Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is a funny, quirky and inspiring memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet stardom and embracing her weirdness to find her place in the world.

My Thoughts:

I discovered Felicia Day when she played the amazing Charlie Bradbury on Supernatural and since then I discovered more about her life by watching and subscribing to her YouTube videos and also by watching The Guild. Felicia is an absolutely magnificent human being and so when I heard she was writing a book I knew it would be physically impossible for me not to buy it. 

Even if you are not a fan of Felicia Day this book is still so worth the read! Felicia is the like the quirky best friend that you never knew you had, but upon reading you will quickly and irrevocably fall in love with her. 

This biggest defining characterstic of her book is that if you are a blogger or thinking of being one or simply if you want a presence on the internet then this is the book to inspire you to get moving and make the most of your originality and weirdness!

I’ve have never been so enthralled by a memoir before and I’ve never wanted to improve myself through the reading of a memoir. Felicia Day does all this a more, reminding you that you’re not the only misfit in the world and even if you were that’s okay!! 

This is most definitely the best book I’ve read all years and I encourage  everyone to give it a read!!

Until next time…

Keep reading xox. 
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If you’d like to know more about Felicia head on over to her website or go and check her out on Twitter @feliciaday

Review: Beneath The Surface by John Hargrove. 

  
The Blurb:

As a senior orca trainer for SeaWorld’s multi-billion-dollar company, John Hargrove has had elite access to some of the most dangerous killer whales in captivity. For over two decades, he worked with 20 different whales on two continents, building intense relationships with these mystical creatures. However, as his understanding of the whales deepened, Hargrove came to doubt that their needs could ever be met in captivity. And after the horrific deaths of two trainers by SeaWorld owned and trained orcas, he was certain that SeaWorld’s wildly popular programs were both detrimental to the whales and increasingly dangerous for trainers. 

Since leaving SeaWorld, Hargrove starred in the award-winning documentary Blackfish. The enormous success of the film and the advocacy movement in which Hargrove is involved has caused an outcry across the nation.  

Beneath the Surface explores the dark corners of orca captivity. Hargrove gives a heartbreaking account of the psychological and physical damage caused by captivity – and contrasts it with orcas’ lives in the wild. His journey is one that humanity has just begun to take – toward the realization that the relationship between the human and animals worlds must be radically rethought. 

My Thoughts:

When I was a child I, much like John Hargrove, dreamed of being an orca trainer; but as I grew older I knew that everything was not right with the most majestic animals this Earth has the honor of housing. John Hargrove had the inside scoop on captivity and finally came to understand all the problems. 

I have read many books slamming SeaWorld for their treatment of the orcas and demanding the parks to be shut down. This is the first book on the subject that has not demanded that and still recognises the other good work that they do, not to mention the fact that the orcas can never be released into the wild and therefore only SeaWorld and other marine mammal parks are capable of looking after them; albeit preferably in sea pens, that offer the orcas a higher quality of life to the tanks of SeaWorld. I have never been so impressed by a book that says here are all the bad things but here are also the good; and I’m so glad that this book, in my opinion, doesn’t encourage radicalists that know nothing about orcas or their natural lifestyles and eco types!

I thoroughly enjoyed following John Hargrove’s story and I believe that if this is a subject that interests you, or if you are in fact one of those radicalists, then please pick up this book as there is so much you can learn about orcas and their natures, both in the wild and in captivity, allowing more sensible decisions about releasing the orcas of SeaWorld into the wild!!

In the end it is all about what is best for the whales, and that is something both myself, John Hargrove and many others around the globe have in common. 

Until next time…

Keep reading xox. 

Review: Paper Towns by John Green. 

  
The Blurb:

Quentin Jacobson has always loved Margo from afar. So when she climbs through his window to summon him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow. But the next morning, Q turns up at school and Margo doesn’t. She’s left clues to her disappearance, like a trail of breadcrumbs for Q to follow. 

And everything leads to one unavoidable question: WHO IS THE REAL MARGO?

My Thoughts:

I’ve owned Paper Towns for years after I read The Fault in Our Stars I went on a John Green spree, but then I read Looking for Alaska and I hated it and so I never really decided to read any more of his books. Then a few months ago I read An Abundance of Katherine’s and I really liked that and so thought that I may as well give Paper Towns a try.

I liked Paper Towns but it isn’t a book that I would read over and over again, overall it seemed pretty average and without much thought put into it. 

I found Q to be a very boring character and Margo to be stereotypical and clichéd, which is something I have noticed about the girls that feature in John Green books. 

I do not think this book lived up to hype it received, but again you cannot fault John Green’s writing (just maybe the story). 

Other people may enjoy this book but unfortunately, it just wasn’t for me. Yes, it was a good read; it just wasn’t a ‘wow’ read!!

Until next time…

Keep reading xox. 

Review: Solitaire by Alice Oseman. 

  
The Blurb:

‘I don’t ever remember not being serious. As far as I’m concerned, I came out of the womb sprouting cynicism and wishing for rain.’

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do. And I don’t care about Michael Holden. I really don’t. 

My Thoughts:

I bought Solitaire after reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and also Girl Online by Zoe Sugg. I thought this book was also going to be about a girl finding herself though blogging; but oh, how wrong I was. 

The main thing I really liked about this book is that it is set in modern Britain and me, being British, felt like I could really relate to this book in terms of school and sixth form. Many books set in Britain actually fail to correctly portray how I experienced school and I’m so glad that Solitaire has finally filled that gap. 

Tori Spring’s character is well written and is like what most modern day fictional teenage girls are like; a loner with an intriguing backstory. Yes the character of Tori Spring is very clichéd but that doesn’t mean that I love her any less!! 

Again, this was another story where I could guess the plot as I was reading it, but maybe that is more to do with me than it is to do with the author. 

Besides from the somewhat predictable plot, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Solitaire and would encourage others to do the same. Alice Oseman has done a great job with this book and it would be a shame if it wasn’t read by many people. 

Until next time…

Keep reading xox. 

Review: Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski.

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The Blurb:

What would you do if everyone could hear your thoughts?

Your best friend. Your worst enemy. Your secret crush.

No secrets. No privacy. No escape.

Sounds like your worst nightmare, right?

We should know.
It happened to us.

IMG_0341My Thoughts:

Well first up, the cover is absolutely amazing, not only is it eye-catching and gorgeous, it feels spectacular.

The story itself sounded like it was right up my street, high school sci-fi, and I wasn’t disappointed. Don’t Even Think About It had me hooked from beginning to end and I haven’t found a book that has done that in such a long time. This was probably the first book since Harry Potter that has kept me up at night reading.

When I reached the end of this book I was so incredibly disappointed and disheartened that I had finished, I just wanted it to carry on forever. I haven’t fell in love with characters for such a long time.

I think the shining aspect of this book is that because of the way it is written, you feel like you are a character in the book, rather than just watching from above, and that is something that is truly spectacular and shows the writing ability of Sarah Mlynowski.

If you are going to be picking one book up this month please for the love of God make it Don’t Even Think About It. 

Until next time.

Keep reading xox.

Review: Dream A Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher.

Hey Junkies, it’s been a while since my last post which I believe was around the end of June, and now here we are at the end of July. I’ve had a tough time with my health lately (head on over to my sister blog to find out why) and so haven’t had much time for blogging.

However, in that time I had plenty of chances for reading (which lets face it, is never a bad thing) and so the first book that I’m reviewing is going to be this wonderful masterpiece from the ever improving Giovanna Fletcher. So in true Gi style I’m gong to review her book the same way she reviews others.

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The Blurb:

Sarah is doing just fine…

Sure, she’s been single for the last two years, and has to spend an uncomfortable around of time around her ex-boyfriend, his perfect new girlfriend and all their mutual friends. And yes, her job as a PA to one of the most disgusting men in London is mind-numbingly tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mother. But it’s really okay. She’s happy(ish).

So it’s not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins to look forward to falling asleep every night. Reality isn’t nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger make an unexpected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Because no one ever really finds the person of their dreams…do they?

My Thoughts:

I’ve been a dedicated Giovanna Fletcher fan since she first cropped up with Billy and Me. After then reading her second novel You’re the One that I Want I was still a fan but was disappointed that I much preferred Billy and Me. But now I’ve read Dream A Little Dream I have found a new favourite.

At first I didn’t love Dream A Little Dream as much as I loved Billy and Me, but the further I read the further I fell in love. Dream A Little Dream is everything you could ever want from a book, and is so heart-warmingly brilliant that you will want to scream about it from the highest building you can find.

Sarah is such a relatable character for so many people out living life in the real world, stuck in dead-end jobs that weren’t at all what they expected, and stuck surrounded by exes with no way to escape them. What really draws you to Sarah though is her will and her determination. It doesn’t matter that she’s in a dead-end job and plagued by her ex, she still has a positive outlook on life. In the end, it is this positive outlook that carries Sarah from beginning to end.

Giovanna’s writing has also increased in leaps and bounds from Billy and Me till Dream A Little Dream, as I feel that Dream A Little Dream flows so much better and has much better transitions than Billy and Me did. Also, got to give Giovanna props that with each novel she releases she just keeps improving and improving, and definitely will keep hitting the best seller list with each new release she has. I’ll definitely be buying (so will my Gran, she’s always asking when there’s a new Giovanna Fletcher book out)!!

Dream A Little Dream is the book that you didn’t know you wanted until you read it, and it is a book that absolutely anyone can fall in love with.

Keep reading xox.

Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.

I know I have been absent a lot recently and if you follow my sister blog Saxoobeat you will know why, but with all the spare time I’ve had in hospital, I’ve had plenty of time to read. Therefore, it’s time that I review one of the many books I have read recently.

An Abundance of KatherinesAn Abundance of Katherines is a YA book about Colin Singleton; a child prodigy who is now afraid of now ‘meaning’ anything in life. He also has a particular type in girls, that type being Katherines. This book tells the story of how Colin learns how to get over a difficult relationship and how to deal with the prospect of not being famous and not being known in the world. An Abundance of Katherines Back

This is the third book I’ve read by John Green, the first two being The Fault in our Stars and Looking for Alaska respectively, and I didn’t really have high hopes as I felt that Looking for Alaska was a serious drop from The Fault in our Stars and I had suspicions that An Abundance of Katherines was going to suffer the same fate.

However, I was pleasantly surprised; okay it wasn’t anywhere near as good as The Fault in our Stars was but it wasn’t overly bad either. An Abundance of Katherines was a nice medium between the two (just Paper Towns to read now).

I would recommend this book, but only to readers who find it easy to get absorbed into a book, as An Abundance of Katherines took me a while to get absorbed into!

Keep reading xox.

Review: Girl Online by Zoe Sugg a.k.a Zoella.

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When I bought this book, I honestly didn’t have very high hopes, what with Zoella being a blogger and a YouTube star, I really didn’t think she could succeed in the book writing business too.

With that in mind, I still purchased the book, because I am a Zoella fan, and I hoped that she would do well. I do think that the book was good, but it wasn’t excellent, and I was slightly disappointed after hearing all the hype about it.

IMG_0099Girl Online is the story of a young blogger named Penny who, when visiting America with her parents, falls in love with a young American. However, not all is as it seems and after falling head over hells in love, all hell breaks loose. Girl Online is certainly very quirky and a easy and reasonable read, with a very easy to follow (although somewhat cliche) storyline.

The cover itself is probably a huge selling point of Girl Online as it matches the story so well, and honestly, it is so pretty and relaxing to look at. I love how Zoe Sugg has designed this cover and how well it plays in with the plot.IMG_0100

I do think that this book is okay, but it’s not really for me and isn’t one that I would be re-reading. With that said as a debut book it is above the average but is slightly too cheesy and too based off her own life for my liking. Also, I think that the ending was a bit predictable as it is your typical girl meets boy kind of story and so I knew where it was heading ages before I got there. However, if you are looking for a book that makes you happy and helps you to deal with anxiety issues and just to pass the time, then this is definitely one to pick up.

Keep reading xox.

Review: Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira.

IMG_0001I got this book as part of the Amazon I deal I posted about at an earlier date; and to be honest, it was the book that I wasn’t really excited to read as I didn’t think it was going to be good, basically.

However, Ava Dellaira proved me wrong, by writing this heart-wrenching and beautiful coming of age novel.

Love Letters to the Dead is about a young girl, Laurel, just starting high school with a terrible secret involving the death of her sister, May. Laurel begins writing love letters to the dead as an English assignment, however, this turned into something much more for her. The love letters are her way of revealing her soul and helping to improve herself. IMG_0002

This book has everything: tragedy, love, secret relationships, a broken home, a broken family and so much more. When Stephen Chbosky said that “Love Letter to the Dead is more than a stunning debut. It is the announcement of a bold new literary voice.” He was so right, and I am so excited to read more of Ava Dellaira’s work. IMG_0003

Keep reading xox.