Book Review – The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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Book: The Unexpected Everything

Author: Morgan Matson

Format: Paperback

Rating: 3/5

Review: For me this was a difficult one to rate. If I could rate the first half of the book it would be 2 stars, but the second would be a 4, so I’m going with 3, perfectly in the middle. The first half I didn’t enjoy but as someone who doesn’t particularly like to give up on books I continued with it and it did get better. The first 200 pages didn’t really have anything going on and I did not really like the protagonist (Andie) at all, it was Clark who made it better. I like that this book involved books itself and for me that was just an interesting thing. The cover matches an aspect of what goes on in the book perfectly as well and although ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ is something I do believe in, I just liked that little touch. Normally I’m conflicted with romance/contemporary books. Sometimes I enjoy them and sometimes I just find it a little cringey but I am trying to go through with this a bit more and keep trying them out and I’ll admit this was a cross between alright and cringe. I have read 2 other books by Morgan Matson, so I do enjoy her writing but this book I didn’t feel was as good as the others. I really enjoyed in this the mixture of normal writing and texts being involved, except I think the use of emoji’s as part of the plot or an aspect of one of the characters was a bit annoying and I didn’t enjoy that at all. I also think a few of the characters were annoyingly too stereotypical of teenage girls. It wasn’t good and certainly from what I’ve experienced in school and life in general, it didn’t seem realistic in the slightest. Overall, this book was only decent because of the second half, and I’m not too sure if I recommend this or not, but if you do like Morgan Matson, I recommend giving this a go.

-Laura

Book Review – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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Author: Gillian Flynn

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5

Review: Wow. This book to me was incredible. It had two points of view from a 1st person narrative. 1 is Nick and one is Amy, a husband and wife duo. In this book we get only Nick in the present and Amy in the past and present in diary form. It’s a really interesting story with so many twists and turns and I got so emotionally invested in this book. Opinions for characters changed throughout and it was full of emotion and drama and honestly I loved this book a lot. I’m the sort of person who reads the book before watching the film so I haven’t actually seen the David Fincher version of this film but I want to. I’m wondering how the book was transformed into a film because it seems like it would be difficult to do. The writing style for both Nick and Amy is pleasant to read but I will warn you that there is violence and vulgar language so if you don’t like that sort of thing or you’re younger, I do not recommend that you read this book. I definitely recommend this book as a whole and I have been telling my friends to read it because I enjoy it and I want to be able to discuss it (with spoilers) with someone. This book really did surprise me in some places, I expected sweeter things and the ending was just manic and odd. I’m not sure what I thought of the ending but it kinda matched the rest of the book, completely mental, slightly messed up and interesting. Seriously if you haven’t already I highly recommend picking up this book and I am ashamed of myself for leaving it on my bookshelf unread for so long!

-Laura

Photography Inspiration

In my opinion, for photography it is important to be inspired and find the things that inspire you. I tend to take a lot of pictures of nature and animals because those are things that I find wonderful and beautiful and unique so I like having the opportunity to take photos out there. I love living near forests and beaches and even a main city because there is so much out there.

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Book Review – Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

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Author: Katie McGarry

Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5

Review: This is a book I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy or not. I do like the occasional contemporary romance book but I’m quite picky with them but I genuinely did enjoy this. The characters to me are very different, from previous books I’ve read, the characters seem to be too rich or they’re in these glamorous lifestyles and it was genuinely interesting to read something with characters that have a darker past. Both Echo and Noah were different and I think that’s what made me enjoy this. The story itself was good, it didn’t necessarily focus on the love at first, it focused on the personal lives of both Echo and Noah and the backstories of the characters and why they are the way they are was slowly given to us, it wasn’t handed to us in one big chapter or anything, their past was slowly filtered to us. The book has two points of view, Echo and Noah and it switches between the two and you can tell a difference in the focalisation, meaning both Echo and Noah had their own little ways of writing which made Katie McGarry’s writing style something I found very interesting and fun. This is the first book in a series but I feel as if it can also be treated as a standalone novel, but I think because I did enjoy it and to me it felt very short because I got so engrossed in it, I will continue on with the series as and when I can get my hands on copies of the books. However for me it wasn’t a 5 star book and honestly I cannot put my finger specifically on what made it not 5 stars. As much as I enjoyed it, it just didn’t have a specific wow-factor for me which is why it is only 4 stars but I enjoyed it enough to want to keep it in my book collection and maybe even continue on with the series at some point.

-Laura

Nintendo Switch Review

On the 26th June I got a neon Nintendo Switch and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Since then it has kind of taken over my life. I’ve left school and finished my a-level exams now so I have more time to relax, more time to read, write and play games and spend time with the important people in my life.

11396090-1784485336392124The Nintendo Switch was released in March of this year (2017) and for those who have been hiding under a rock, it is a hybrid console. You can play the switch in a variety of ways, as a handheld, as a home console and each joycon can be used as a separate controller or they can be put as one controller. Now I can’t speak much in terms of games because I only have the one at the moment (Mario Kart 8 Deluxe) but I do love it and I can say that both on the TV and as a portable console it is fantastic. I think the graphics look beautiful, the console feels well-made and the joycons, although being small for my boyfriend, they fit perfectly in my girly hands!

So, what do you get in the box for your £279.99? Actually more than you may expect. You get the switch itself, which is about the same size as an Amazon 7 tablet, two joycons (left and right), 2 joycon straps (please look at the + and – when putting these on!!), the dock, an AC adapter which is USB-C, a HDMI cable and a joycon grip (dock? thing to turn it into one controller?). You’ve got everything you need to get set up and honestly the switch for both portable and home console mode is very easy to set up and it took me a matter of minutes. All the cables are tucked away nicely in the dock so it looks a bit nicer too. A word of warning about the dock though, please be careful. I myself am restraining from using the switch until I my glass screen protector arrives because there have been multiple people say that the dock has scratched their screen (which is a plastic one), so I’d recommend a screen protector or a dock-sock, which you can get from etsy and I’ll definitely be purchasing one at some stage.

Nintendo SwitchLike I said before, the graphics are great and although I’ve only had a full experience with Mario Kart, I have played demos for Puyo-Puyo Tetris and Snipperclips with my boyfriend and they are really fun and Snipperclips is a really funny and silly game. Out of what has been released so far I have seen a fair few games I want, but being the fresh-out-of-school human that I am, it’s gonna take me a while to get money to get games but my wishlist is full and I’ve seen a lot of great reviews for a variety of games and the lineup for what is to come looks amazing. Mario games are coming out this year as well as Skyrim and there are Kirby, Yoshi and Pokemon games being lined up as well. I also hope for an Animal Crossing game. That’ll be amazing!

Other than all that, all I can really say in summary is for the £279.99, this is an amazing console. I love it. I highly highly highly recommend it and I’m so excited to build a collection of joycons and games. Nintendo have done an amazing job on this and it’s really fun. I think my 3DS and Wii U are gonna be neglected for a while but the 3DS will still be one of my favourite Nintendo products. Let me know your opinions on the Switch, if you have one or want one!

A Girl for All Time – Lydia

The second doll I own from the ‘A Girl for All Time’ series is Lydia Peyton, who is from the Georgian era and comes from the same family that began with Matilda Marchmont. If you haven’t read my review of Matilda then please do so, but for anyone that hasn’t, the A Girl for All Time company has both dolls and books to do with historical eras of the UK and starts off with the Tudor era. The base line of dolls all come from the same family, but the company is working on expanding their range.

lydia_offer_dress_1024x1024Lydia Peyton is from the Georgian era (as previously mentioned) but instead of being a full UK girl, she goes to Boston. She doesn’t have a book out yet, although I hope soon she will have one so I do not really know as much about her history, but as a doll she is lovely. She’s a 16 inch doll with somewhat articulated joints and shes amazing for play and photography (although I only do the latter option) and she also makes appearances on my photography Instagram. I got her for Christmas a couple of years ago, but on the website she is £89.99 which I know seems like a lot but both she and her clothes are very well made and designed with such detail. Her clothes are all very detailed and beautiful and I own both the outfit she comes in and her riding outfit, both very high quality.

I definitely recommend this line for anyone who is into collecting or photography or history and even the books are wonderful and although they are more expensive I have seen that they are great for kids and they’re beautiful little things as well. I couldn’t recommend them enough!

-Laura

Tamagotchi – A Childhood Love

As a kid I adored Tamagotchis and even into my early teens I was just amazed by these weird little egg-shaped virtual pets. They were cute, some were in colour (only available in Japanese) and they were all different sizes and some did different things and to me they were just a fun thing to collect. Seeing the evolution from the 90’s ones which didn’t do much and there wasn’t much variety in terms of characters into these slightly more complex ones (still in greyscale) and into coloured ones was just amazing to me.
red_leavesSince I was a child I collected a fair few. Mostly tamagotchi branded ones but one was a vmigo and one is a pikachu one it means I managed to get a total of 18. Most of them do very similar things but there are 6 which stand out to me in terms of my collection. These being that of the v4.5 (the first one I got), the vmigo, the P’s, the v5, angel and the school version.

The v4.5 stands out to me because it was the first one I got and I’ve always loved it. The vmigo is very unique as it isn’t a branded one and you look after a dog instead of a fictionally designed creature. The P’s is interesting because of the pierces you can collect to get different content (I found this a little annoying though as the pierces seem quite expensive, especially now). The v5 is unique because you take care of a family instead of 1 single creature. The angel is special because it’s actually in English (rarer) and it’s so old and tiny and cute and the school one (I have no idea what the actual name is) is so special because of it’s unique shape and you take care of a school, not 1 single tamagotchi!

In all I find these to be something that I’m still interested in looking at, even now and I probably would consider trying to find more pierces for cheap if I can. I do love my little collection and they hold a lot of memories for me and I will continue to love them for a long time.

-Laura