Friday, 9 June 2017

How To Be A Bawse by Lilly Singh || This book has literally changed my life


I don't normally read self-help books, but since I adore Lilly, I decided to read it. This isn't just another YouTuber book, oh no. It's a guide to conquering life, so if you were going to pass by this book because of the whole 'Every YouTuber is coming out with a book!!' thing, think again. This book will literally change you. I was not prepared for how it changed me. Sounds cheesy, right? But it's true. Some words I would use to describe this book are: motivating, inspiring, fun, helpful. Besides that, Lilly is also one of the most relatable people on the internet. I mean, just look at these gifs and tell me that they are relatable AF:










- I think what I loved most about this book was just how positive and energetic it was. I came away from each segment feeling so motivated and positive about myself.


- This book isn't just good advice and motivation, it also (obviously) includes plenty of humor, which made very fun.

- The book is very colourful, with lots of pictures and fun, bright, happy colours. I always like it when a book is aesthetically pleasing.
- At the end of some segments, she put interactive exercises for you to do, and they were so great! Here's my favourite:

- At the end of each section she put a short part called 'Out of the Blue' and basically they showed her life before and after, and how much happier she's become and how everything changed. I may or may not have cried.
- My favourite chapters are: Get Uncomfortable, Schedule Inspiration, Don't Survive, You're An Investment, and Promote What You Love. My favourite Part of the book was Part 2: Hustle Harder.

-Some quotes that I loved and will definitely be putting on my wall:

"Lack of motivation isn't permanent or a sign of weakness. Expect it and proactively schedule time to be creative."

"Be The Dumbest: Challenge yourself by surrounding yourself with people who know more than you do. It's a vital way to learn and improve."



"Think of discomfort as currency-- it's the price you pay to learn some pretty crucial things."

"Mistakes don't exist just to make us feel bad about ourselves; they are opportunities that we should not ignore or shy away from."

"Don't just try to pass your classes; try to ace them. Don't just aim to pay your bills; save enough to travel. I don't want you to write a script just to see a movie get made; I want you to win an Oscar. That's the difference between settling like a survivor and conquering like a Bawse."



- IT WAS TOO SHORT I WANTED MORE! I WANTED IT TO NEVER END. I WAS SO SAD WHEN I FINISHED IT.



In conclusion, this was a truly amazing book, one that I will be buying, re-reading over and over again, and treasuring forever. I highly suggest that you all go out and get yourself a copy!
SO. ARE YOU ALL FAMILIAR WITH LILLY (AKA SUPERWOMAN) ON YOUTUBE? HAVE YOU READ HOW TO BE A BAWSE? LEMME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

May Wrap Up || In Which I Read A Pitiful Amount of Books.


This month I read a truly pitiful amount of books. Wait for it....three books. THREE. WHAT IS THIS?????????? School and theatre is what happened. I had a ton of final projects due, and I was also in a play (which went really, really well) and so I had hardly time to even think about books.

BOOKS I READ:

-The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare. I loved this book, it was so fun and I really loved reading about Magnus. 5/5 stars

- The Wonder of Us by Kim Culbertson. This was a sweet, fun (and quite angsty) book about two girls' friendship that is going on the rocks. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't amazing. 3/5 stars

- awkward by Svetlana Chmakova. I picked this middle-grade graphic novel up on a whim while at the library, and it was quite entertaining. 3/5 stars.


WRITING NEWS:
I finished Gearbound! I'm currently starting editing it and cringing, because it's so horrible. But, I do have tons of ideas about what will make the second draft better. I will be cutting a ton of stuff, but adding more than what I'm cutting. Draft 1 finished at just over 20,000 words, just as I predicted it would.


FANDOM NEWS:
(I feel like Fandom News has turned into music news, but whatever)
- Salt To The Sea by Ruta Spetys. Honestly, I am so excited for this, since I adored the book. They better do a good job of it. http://www.thefandom.net/movies/salt-sea-adapted-fault-stars-scribes/
-We got a first look at a piece of concept art for Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Mortal Engines series: http://www.thefandom.net/movies/first-mortal-engines-concept-art/
- Disney is currently casting for their adaptation of Artemis Fowl.

MAY PLAYLIST:
- Strangers by Halsey ft Lauren Jauregui. AHH WHAT A FRICKING AMAZING SONG I LOVE IT SO MUCH.
- Kill V. Main by Grimes. I recently got into Grimes' music, and WOW. It's amazing.
-Idle Worship by Paramore. This song is such a bop.
-Forgotton City (RiME soundtrack) by Lindsey Stirling. Lindsey does it again. This song is so beautiful and I can't stop listening to it.
- Nice2KnoU by All Time Low. Another good pop punk-ish song, and I'm living for it.


And that was my May! What was your favourite song that you listened to in May? Any exciting fandom news? Did you manage to read more books than I did? Tell me all in the comments!



Thursday, 18 May 2017

April Wrap Up || Books Galore, Plus All My Favourite Bands/Artists Are Releasing New Music And I Can't Even

So I read quite a few things this month! I also died because Fall Out Boy AND Paramore both released new songs and they are AMAZING. I am all kinds of emo right now.
Also, I'm going to a Comic Con in my city, and I'm going to be cosplaying as Tauriel. You know what this means......COSPLAY UPDATES OH YEAH. Once a month I shall be updating you on how my cosplay is going. I have till October 14th to complete it, and I shall start updating you come May. NOW ON WITH THE WRAP UP:
EDIT: I realize that I forgot to post this until today, the middle of May. I've had a very tough month, with exams and mental health issues and just complete exhaustion. Also there are no pictures, because blogger is being silly and won't let me upload them.

BOOKS I READ:

- A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro. I bought this book back in February, but never got around to reading it, because of books that were due very soon at the library. However, once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. 5/5 stars

- Tales From Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Sara Rees Brenan and . I AM SO GLAD I READ TALES FROM SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY. If you haven't read them, I highly suggest you do. They are so fantastic, and add so much to the world that Cassandra Clare has invented. Plus it's got a story all about Malec and it's literally not angst, but fluff! Yay! 5/5 stars

-Amulet: The Stone Keeper by Kazu Kibuishi. I saw that lots of people liked this graphic novel series, so I decided to try it. It was okay! I liked it. I thought the art was very quirky, with a hint of steampunk. The story was kind of eh, so I hope the next book is better. 3/5 stars

- Valiant Lesley Livingston. AHHHHHHH LEMME JUST SHRIEK ABOUT THIS BOOK FOREVER. You MUST read this book. It's about a Celtic warrior princess who is captured by the Romans and sold to a gladiator school for women. Basically it's amazing. However, I did feel it was rushed, just a little towards the end, and I didn't like the romance in the latter half of the book. 4/5 stars

- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. OMG. HOW did I not read this book before now? I kept putting off, and to be honest that wasn't a smart decision, because I ABSOLUTLY LOVED SIX OF CROWS. 5/5 stars

- Geekerella by Ashely Poston. Fandoms +Cosplay+Conventions+ Cinderella = a truly amazing book. I did a review for it HERE

-Missing by Kelley Armstrong. I don't read thrillers, hardly ever. But I always, always will read Kelley Armstrong's. I did a review for it HERE

BOOKS BOUGHT:
 I was sent an ARC of Geekerella by Quirk, so thanks for the ARC, Quirk! I also bought The Death Cure by James Dashner from my library.

WRITING NEWS:
GEARBOUND IS NEARLY DONE. I hit 19,000 words, and as I write this, I'm nearly at 20,000 words. Naturally when I do re-writes, there is going to be a much higher word count.

FANDOM NEWS:
-All the bands are releasing new music. I also heard that Gerard Way is going to be writing new music. #shook
-Shadowhunters got renewed for season 3!
- Apparently there might be a season 2 of Thirteen Reasons Why? I have no idea how that will work because there's only one book??????????? What is going on?
-Taherah Mafi's Shatter Me series is getting three more books!
- The Silver Chair has a director
- Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3 has a cover
-The Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer dropped, and it's amazing.
-Remember how Peter Jackson is adapting the book The Mortal Engines? Well Hugo Weaving (he played Elrond in LOTR and The Hobbit) has joined the cast!
- THE RAVEN CYCLE BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER IS GETTING TURNED INTO A TV SHOW IM SO EXCITED YOU HAVE NO IDEA.
- The Thor: Ragnarok trailer dropped and. OH. MY. GOD. I LOVE IT.

APRIL PLAYLIST:
-Life of the Party by All Time Low. It's slightly more pop than Last Young Renegade was, but it's still amazing.

-Hard Times by Paramore. OMG. I have not been able to stop listening to this song.

- Young and Menace by Fall Out Boy. The first time I heard it, I was like, 'what'. And then after I listened to it some more, I was like 'I have no idea what is happening but I love it'. And for all those haters who are all like 'EW SELL OUT BOY! THEY AREN'T EVEN PLAYING INSTRUMENTS!' Did you know that actually they are playing instruments? It's just that they are pitched differently, which is why they sound more electronic.

- Heaven by PVRIS. I LOVE PVRIS. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. To be honest, this is probably my second favourite song of April (next to Hard Times). It's just so amazing.

- 6/8 by Blink-182. It's Blink-182, that's all you need to know, to know that it's great.

- Told You So by Paramore. It's not as good as Hard Times, but it definitely is a cool song.

- Longview (Green Day cover) by All Time Low. GAH. IT'S SUCH A GOOD COVER.

- Coming Clean (Green Day cover) by Pierce the Veil. It's Pierce the Veil, of course I loved it.


And that's my (very late) April Wrap Up! What was your April like?

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Missing by Kelley Armstrong || Kelley Armstrong Does It Again


Here's the thing: I don't read thrillers. I don't like them. BUT I love Missing, and also Armstrong's other YA thriller, The Masked Truth, which I guess means that they are the exception to the rule. If you are like me, and don't like thrillers, I highly suggest you try Armstrong's YA thrillers, as they are amazing and will truly blow your mind. Also they just have really great characters in general. Go read them.
I won an ARC of Missing last July at a signing she did.


- Winter Crane is a truly amazing character. She felt so real to me: she had her vices and her virtues, her quirks and habits, basically all the things that make a person. Not only that, but she was survival savvy: she can hunt, trap, track and lots of other things. I also related very much to her need to escape from her tiny home town.

- It's so fast paced and exciting I literally couldn't put it down. I love that type of book.

- The ending was insane, and the bad guy was definitely not someone I suspected. It was mind boggling.

- The romance was super cute, and I totally ship it.

- All the other characters were well fleshed out, and like Winter, felt real.

- THE VILLAIN OMG. SO CREEPY AND EVIL. 10/10 awesome villain.


I think I should explain here that Gemma is my real name. Mironiel is the elvish translation of Gemma. I'll explain this in more detail in my April Wrap Up.





- So you know how I said I thought the romance was cute and I shipped it? Well although it was cute and all, I did feel that it was very rushed. Almost to rushed to be realistic, but maybe that was also the fault of the pacing, which was very fast (which was a good thing, as mentioned earlier)

- I really didn't like Lennon. I don't know why, but ugh. I just didn't.


And those were my thoughts and opinions on Missing by Kelley Armstrong! Do you like thrillers? Have you read any of her books? (you should) Have you read Missing? Do you want to? (you do.) Tell me all in the comments!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Geekerella by Ashely Poston || Fandoms Meet Fairytales and I'm So On Board


Now here's the thing, right: I am an absolute sucker for contemporary books about fandoms and fangirls! (e.g Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Queen of Geek by Jen Wilde, The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson) So OBVIOUSLY I had to read this Cinderella retelling, except this one has a hole ton of fandom. And conventions. And cosplaying. Basically everything I love. There will be slight(?? maybe?) spoilers.
I received Geekerella as an ARC from Quirk Books in exchange for an honest review, so thanks to Quirk for sending me a review copy !




- SAGE. OMG. I loved her. She was such a sarcastic, adorable cinnamon roll. She has green and piercings, and thinks she's a badass. Oh and did I mention that she's obsessed with Lord of the Rings and drops references to it every other line?? Me and Sage are basically 'kindred spirits' to quote Anne of Green Gables.

- It's SO geeky. I LOVE IT.

- One of the settings of the book is a convention, and it's great.

- This book doesn't make fun of or trivialize fandom life and fangirls. It's very respectful of how wonderful fandoms are, and how other people in your fandoms can be like family. I really liked that, because so often in pop culture, fandoms get made fun of, and that really makes me upset.

- It was a quick, easy read, and I read it in about three days. I had a lot going on at the time, otherwise I would probably have read it in less.

- Danielle, or Elle, our main character, is a blogger and it's great.

- I really loved how the ballroom scene played out, and also the way he found her and put the shoe on her foot. It was a 'YESSS' type moment.

- The acknowledgements. Now I know these are not part of the actual story, but I don't care. Ashely talks about how magical fandoms are, how they are like a family, and how powerful fandoms really can be. Because I believe that what she says is important, here's part of the acknowledgements for your enjoyment:

"This story would never be possible without fandom. And I would never have picked up a pen if not for fanfics. That was my community, where I grew up- in the midst of flaming reviews and shipping wars and OTPs and AU!fics and headcanons and songfics and half-baked homages to My Immortal. In high school, when I felt sad or helpless, the commenters and reviewers and friends I met in fandom helped me realize I wasn't ever as alone as I thought.
And yeah, there might not be real magic in this world, but there is the power of fandom-- the power of passionate people who, when working together, can birth movies out of canceled one season sci-fi shows, resurrect fictional towns like Stars Hollow, and create endearing fan musicals that will last far longer than its Muggle counterpart- and that kind of magic will never disappear.
So I want to thank you. You the reader. You, who cosplays and writes fanfiction and draws fanart and runs a forum and collects Funko Pops and must have hardcovers for all of your favourite book series and frames for your autographed posters. You, who boldly goes.
Never give up on your dreams, and never let anyone tell you that what you love is inconsequential or useless or a waste of time. Because if you love it? It that OTP or children's card game or abridged series or YA book or animated series makes you happy?
That is never a waste of time. Because in the end, we're all just a bunch of weirdos, standing in front of other weirdos, asking for their username."  



- The romance was SO cliché. I mean, I know it's a retelling of Cinderella, but their entire relationship was based off of text messaging (they didn't even know what the opposite person looked like! And they also never even phoned each other, and yet they were both convinced that they loved each other. Weird, right?) However, once they met, they got together, and then when it cuts to about a year later, they are still together, so I guess things are working out for them. Which is good, because I do ship them. You know what would really have made this book stand out more than it already does?? Making the prince a girl, so that it was a f/f relationship. (That's a good idea for a story. I might write a f/f Cinderella tale one day.)

- Elle was a little...weak. Like, it took her a long time to stand up to her horrible stepmother and step sister, and when she did, it didn't really end well for her because she was kinda weak about it. BUT it's all part of the Cinderella story tropes, and I guess if you are writing a Cinderella story, those tropes are necessary.





Geekerella by Ashely Poston was pubished on April 4th, 2017 by Quirk. Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield
fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.


So, have you read Geekerella? (HINT: YOU SHOULD) Do you like contemporary books about fandoms and fangirling?? Tell me all in the comments below!

Monday, 10 April 2017

March Wrap Up || I've found a new favourite book. Help.


So I read a nice number of books this month! I also discovered a new favourite series! Let's get into this wrap up.

BOOKS I READ:

- The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman. LET ME SHRIEK ABOUT HOW GOOD THIS BOOK WAS. So I really liked the first book, but I was unsure of how and where it was going. The Dark Days Pact vanquished those feelings. It was wonderfully dark and stabby. 5/5 stars.

- The Young Elites by Marie Lu. BE STILL MY BEATING HEART. I finally read The Young Elites. It was SO dark and stabby. Clearly there I have a penchant for dark, stabby books. 4/5 stars.

- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkensass. What's this? An adult fantasy? YUP! And this book, my friends, is part of a new favourite series. It's called the All Souls trilogy, and it's paranormal. It's got witches, vampires and daemons. It's got huge libraries, and the main character is a historian who reads lots of old manuscripts and books. Basically I love it. 5/5 stars

-Optimists Die First by Susin Nielson. Sadly me and this book do not like eachother very much. I didn't like it's representation of anxiety, nor the cliché trope-ish romance. However, it was very quick and easy to read, and I did like the side characters a lot. I did a review for it HERE.

- We Are Okay by Nina de la Cour. Well um...that was simultaneously well written and deep, but boring. 3/5 stars



BOOKS I BOUGHT:
NONE! Because I'm saving my money. This is extremely hard, as there are so many books I want to buy.

FANDOMS NEWS:

-The 13 Reasons Why Netflix show premiered, and everyone so far is adoring it.
- Fall Out Boy confused all their fans recently by uploading an old video of them playing Sugar We're Going Down Swinging live from like, 2005. What does this mean?! A NEW ALBUM?? ARE THEY GOING BACK TO THEIR OLD PUNK/EMO ROOTS?? I NEED TO KNOW.
-Danisnotonfire released two videos in the space of two months. What have we done to deserve this. Also, did a robot replace him? (fyi the videos were hilarious and great)
- On the DanandPhilGAMES channel, they played a RPG game that Phil made when he was 14, and it was a work of art. Honestly. It had an amazing(phil) plot, insane plot twists, well developed characters and tbh I would totally fund a remake/sequel with original music and art this time.
- Frank Iero released a new song and it's great.
- The new DanandPhilCRAFTS video was highly entertaining and then suddenly very disturbing. #softandneat


MARCH PLAYLIST:
So this category was originally named Music Recommendations, but I though calling it *name of month* Playlist would be cooler. And here's what I've been listening too. I highly recommend you check these songs out on Spotify.  
  • Mirrors by PVRIS. I love PVRIS, they are such a great band, and Mirrors is an amazing, haunting song.
  • Some Say by Sum 41. I can't believe it's taken me this long to get into Sum 41. I kept putting off listening to them. BUT I've listened to all their albums and I now consider myself a fan.
  • Little Ways by Moonlit Kit. I found this band because the key boardist is the key boardist for Lindsey Stirling, and she was promoting their first song, Little Ways. It's a great song, and honestly I'm really excited to hear more from this band.
  • What's It Feel Like To Be A Ghost by Taking by Sunday. I love Taking Back Sunday, and this song is such a jam. I love it.
  • Dirty Laundry by All Time Low. Okay, I didn't like this song at first. It was really different from their other stuff. But I gave it another chance, and now I'm obsessed.
  • Last Young Renegade by All Time Low. ANOTHER ATL SONG. Honestly this song was a lot more like their older stuff, and I really love it. I'm so excited for the album.
  • Loud (Fuck it) by Motionless In White. THIS SONG IS MY ANTHEM.
  • Outlaws by Green Day. Amazing song.
  • Getting Into Heaven Can Be Hell by frnkiero. GAH A NEW SONG IM SO EXCITED I LOVE IT. ALSO HE'S RELEASING A NEW EP SOON CALLED 'KEEP THE COFFINS COMING' AND I LITERALLY CANNOT. EVEN.
  • Liability by Lorde. I relate so much to this song and also I'm so excited for her new album.
AND THAT WAS MY MARCH WRAP UP! Have you listened to any good songs/albums this March? Any good books?? Anything exciting happening in your fandoms?? Tell me down below!


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielson || In which this book totally befuddled my thoughts on it.


Did I love this book? No. Do I hate this book? No. *cue book reviewer crisis* I literally have no idea how to review this book, but I shall endeavour to try. I recived this book as an ARC through Netgalley (so thank you to the publishers)




- It was funny. The characters make some good jokes, and there are some hilarious situations (mostly involving cats.) 

- The characters were well done. The side characters that is, particularly Koula. She was my favourite character. I think Susin should write a whole book on Koula. I want to know so much more about her; I want to see where she goes in life.

- CATS CATS CATS! I kinda adore cats. There were a lot of cats in this book, and they were all named after book characters. #COOL

- Petula loved to read! yay for bookworm characters!

- Petula's parents were pretty awesome, very understanding and supportive. #YAY FOR GOOD PARENTS

-I really enjoyed Susin's writing style!



- Petula's 'anxiety' was not a very good representation of anxiety. It felt more like OCD (for example, she washes her hands for two rounds of Happy Birthday every time she washes her hands) I have  rather severe anxiety (it fluctuates. Sometimes it's really bad, and other times I feel more okay) , and I just....did not feel any connection with how it was represented. But I do also know that anxiety affects people in different ways, and that means that everyone's experiences with anxiety will be different. I have seen people say that they thought it was well represented, so do not take my word for law. This is simply my opinion.

- THE LOVE TROPE. This has got to be the most over used, annoying trope EVER. Basically it goes like this: Girl has mental illness. Girl meets boy. Girl falls in love with boy. Boy somehow magically cures girl of mental illness (or something similar). And that's exactly what went down in this book. Please allow me to roll my eyes.


I gave Optimists Die First two stars because I did like it. Apart from those two major problems. However, I also did enjoy Susin's writing style. I will definitely try Susin's other books in the future. 
                                                                              
AND THAT WAS MY REVIEW OF OPTIMISTS DIE FIRST. Have you read it yet? If so, what are your thoughts on the representation of anxiety? Have you read any good books about anxiety? TELL ME ALL IN THE COMMENTS.