Review: For those of you who don’t know, Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, singer, author and YouTuber as well as being the sister of Tom from McFly. This book is a non-fiction book which basically consists of advice with her own anecdotes and is something that offers genuinely helpful advice and is most likely best suited for teenagers (probably better for girls than boys as well). It’s a book that is quite chatty with the reader and filled with references to things such as Harry Potter & Shrek and reflects Carrie wonderfully by having the book separated into Acts and also includes cute illustrations. The book, despite its chatty nature, does include topics such as love, sex, dreams (realistic vs unrealistic), the internet and self-harm and depression but it is done in such a nice and careful way yet she is also honest about her experiences and advice. She gives lovely reminders, such as to do things that make you happy and don’t necessarily do these things just to please our parents, as our own happiness is also so important and we need to look after ourselves. Not only does the book consist of anecdotes about her own life, but it also briefly delves into the life of Tom and sections of what his life was like as a teen (being in McFly, his musical talent, how she looked up to him and his diagnosis of bipolar). It also does include minor bad language, and although it is not overused, I did just want to put that out there as a warning. The back of the book also contains useful links for people who need help if they are suffering from depression, bullying or just need someone to talk to which I think is very sweet. Overall, I did enjoy this book. I saw things that I believe would be useful for me, and things that would be useful for other people and the inclusion of links to help readers is something very sweet and well thought out. I have loved Carrie as a YouTuber and I respect her so much as a person so for that reason I do recommend this book and hope that people can find use in the advice she gives.
Review: This is the final book in the ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy and my God it was a wild ride. Now with chapters, these are really long, and usually, it’s 1 perspective per chapter but here we had multiple perspectives per chapter. Not only do we experience the voice and thoughts of Todd and Viola, but also of an important Spackle too and readers will be aware of who this is. I feel that there is so much character development in this novel and that’s for so many characters including Mayor Prentiss but his character is still left so ambiguous, and I questioned what was real and what was fake with him and that made him a great villain character for the whole trilogy. I will also say now that this book contains a lot more death and violence and you really get into the heart of war here. There are many twists and turns and unexpected moments which can make the book quite tense in places and some parts are even irritating, so this book really gets you emotionally in some places, especially with the development of the relationship between Todd & Viola. Overall, I really did enjoy this book and this trilogy as a whole and I definitely recommend these books, even despite the semi-ambiguous ending.
Review: This is the second book in the ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy and so far I’ve been absolutely loving these books. I read this book in about 6 days (although I had some days where I didn’t read at all so realistically it probably took me about 4) and I loved it. This book switches perspectives, and by that I mean it switches between the points of view of Todd and Viola who are both lovely and amazing characters. Having this duel-perspective first person narrative in the book meant that we got to understand Viola’s character a little better, as we didn’t get to experience that in the first book, but we also got to see the character development of Todd. One thing I still don’t understand with the book though is the relationship between Todd and Viola, as they clearly have emotions for each other but their actual relationship is left quite ambiguous but I guess that that’s the point. This book had a lot more action in it and it was more emotional and violent in my opinion in comparison to the previous book which made it more suspenseful and kept a faster pace. Again I love the writing style of Patrick Ness and the two perspectives are made very clear by Viola’s spelling being much better (to demonstrate that she has a much better education than Todd) and I am seriously enjoying this trilogy and it may be becoming a favourite of mine. I highly recommend this trilogy and as much as I am looking forward to finishing it, I also don’t want it to end!
Review: This is the first book of the Chaos Walking Trilogy and I have to say that this trilogy has begun with a very strong start. The characters are very interesting and the plot is very action packed. This book is written from the perspective of Todd Hewitt so we know a lot of what is going on in his mind (the mind of a child raised in a world so different from ours). The backstory of the world is also so unique and interesting and I found it amazing. For those of you who have read this book, you’ll know what I mean when I say that the different viewings of the world is something so strange because there are all these different viewpoints depending on where you’re from. The one thing that irritated me a little was the spelling. Some words are spelt incorrectly and that is for the sake of the plot and the realism of Todd’s mind and showing his education but that’s like a minor thing and you get used to it and can get passed it in the end. Overall I am most definitely continuing with this trilogy as it ended on such a cliffhanger and I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. There is a lot of action in the book and the ideas behind it and the plot were so unique and fun and different and that’s something I did really enjoy, especially the talking animals, as I think my favourite character was Manchee. I would also like to know other opinions on it as well.
On the 17th of August 2017, I collected my A-level results. I’m not going to go into what I got because some of it I’m proud of and some I am a little disappointed in but never mind. I’m not going to university so I didn’t have as much riding on these results as other people but for me, it was still a very nerve-wracking day, or well, a portion of a day.
A lot of my friends and I did not sleep the previous night because of nerves and although this is something that a lot of people experience and it’s something I’ve experienced before with AS results and GCSE results, it still made me feel rubbish on the day. Mix lack of sleep with sickness from stress & nervousness, and I felt so so ill! However, the minute we got into school and collected and opened those envelopes we all suddenly felt better. Even if we did or didn’t get the grades we wanted/hoped for/needed, the initial relief of knowing what you got was there. For me, that was the end of the stress and I suddenly felt so much better.
For me, results day is actually more stressful than taking the exams. At my school, we did so many practice ones and homework tasks to prefer for certain types of questions that the initial idea of doing an exam wasn’t that stressful anymore. Of course, I’ve always been a little nervous about taking exams, I mean who doesn’t get nervous? But it’s the dreaded waiting to discover how you did which affects the majority a lot more.
In all, I have finished with education and I am happy about it. I may one day want to try to go to university but for now, I am fine with not having to do exams or wait for results ever again. For those who are awaiting results or just got them, I hope everything went well. For those who are still in any form of education, good luck for the future with learning and exams.
Review: This was a particularly sweet little book. I love reading real-life stories to do with extraordinary animals and little Norton is no exception. Norton is a Scottish Fold cat who is owned by Peter, who previously hated cats until this special little kitten came into his life. The book discusses their adventures and how different Norton is to the average cat. He travels with Peter everywhere, which reminded me of Bob (from a Streetcat Named Bob) and it was so so sweet. The book is between 200-300 pages long and is a short but sweet read. I feel like considering the book is about Norton though it focused a lot on Peter’s relationships which I wasn’t too fussed about, but of course Norton was heavily included. I do feel as if though sometimes the point of the writing went away from Norton a bit too much which is odd considering the book is about the cat! Overall though if you do enjoy books to do with animals and their real-life stories, I do recommend this one, but be warned to occasionally have it drift away from Norton and it is very short so I feel as if people could get through it very quickly.
Review: This is the second book in the Anna duology by Kendare Blake and I found it quite interesting. Once again it is from the point of view of our protagonist, Cas and is set about 6 months after the ending of the first book, Anna Dressed in Blood. I will admit I did not enjoy it as much as the first book as I felt that some sections dragged on too much. Chapters would be over 20 pages long and I’d feel as if nothing was happening for the plot and it was slightly irritating. The ending as well I did not enjoy as it was just so unexpected and that’s not in a good way. I don’t want to give spoilers but if you’ve read it you may understand what I mean by the effort the characters went to seemed pointless in the end because of Cas’ decision. Once again, the writing style I did enjoy, and I will warn you now that it contains violence (more descriptive than before) and bad language so if you do not like those, I’d recommend staying away from this duology. But if you like violence, horror and a hint of romance and you don’t mind descriptions of gore and bad language then you may enjoy these books. I do recommend them as long as you don’t mind the things I just mentioned and overall both books are quite good and I did enjoy them a lot, I did also like that it is purely supernatural and based on traditions. It was all very interesting to read.