Friday, 11 July 2014

Bookifyed Song - BEST POST EVER

So, a while ago Rita and I somehow created a TFiOS version of Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus. We had so much fun making it so we decided to bookify (yes, it's a real word) another song. I don't like One Direction, but we thought we could revamp their new song and make it blog themed.


Even if you hate One Direction (*cough* like me), there is a chance you might like this since it's extremely bookish! Above is a youtube video (DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT OWN THIS VIDEO/SONG.) of the instrumental version of the original song so that you can sing along! Lyrics are below! ENJOY!

MAYBE IT'S THE WAY I TYPED,
STRAIGHT ONTO THE PAGE AND WROTE IT,
THROUGH BLOGGER AND ALL THE STATS,
JUST LIKE I WAS MEANT TO OWN IT.

I SAID "CAN YOU GIVE ME BACK MY LAPTOP?"
SHE SAID "NEVER IN YOUR WILDEST READS."

AND WE DANCED ALL NIGHT TO THE BEST POST EVER
I WROTE EVERY LINE, NOW I CAN'T REMEMBER
WHAT GIF I USED BUT I KNOW THAT I WON'T REGRET IT,
BECAUSE WE DANCED ALL NIGHT TO THE BEST POST EVER!

I THINK I WENT: BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS
I THINK IT WENT: GIFs, GIFs, GIFs

I THINK IT GOES BLOG.

SAID HIS NAME WAS WILL HERONDALE (WOW),
AND HIS DADDY WAS A SHADOWHUNTER,
SAID I HAD A LOT OF BOOK BOYFRIENDS (I GOT A LOT OF BOOK BOYFRIENDS),
BUT HE MADE ME FANGIRL LIKE HE MEANT IT.

I SAID "CAN YOU GIVE ME BACK MY LAPTOP?"
HE SAID "NEVER IN YOUR WILDEST READS."

AND WE DANCED ALL NIGHT TO THE BEST POST EVER
I WROTE EVERY LINE, NOW I CAN'T REMEMBER
WHAT GIF I USED BUT I KNOW THAT I WON'T REGRET IT,
BECAUSE WE DANCED ALL NIGHT TO THE BEST POST EVER!

I THINK I WENT: BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS
I THINK IT WENT: GIFs, GIFs, GIFs

I THINK IT GOES BLOG.

YOU KNOW, I KNOW, YOU KNOW I’LL REMEMBER WILL,
AND I KNOW, YOU KNOW, I KNOW YOU’LL REMEMBER ME.

AND YOU KNOW, I KNOW, YOU KNOW I'LL REMEMBER WILL,
AND I KNOW, YOU KNOW, I HOPE YOU'LL REMEMBER HOW WE BLOGGED, HOW WE BLOGGED.

1, 2, 1, 2, 3

HOW WE DANCED ALL NIGHT TO THE BEST POST EVER
I WROTE EVERY LINE, NOW I CAN'T REMEMBER
WHAT GIF I USED BUT I KNOW THAT I WON'T REGRET IT,
BECAUSE WE DANCED ALL NIGHT TO THE BEST POST EVER!

AND WE DANCED ALL NIGHT TO THE BEST POST EVER
I WROTE EVERY LINE, NOW I CAN'T REMEMBER
WHAT GIF I USED BUT I KNOW THAT I WON'T REGRET IT,
BECAUSE WE DANCED ALL NIGHT TO THE BEST POST EVER!

I THINK I WENT: BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS
I THINK IT WENT: GIFs, GIFs, GIFs

I THINK IT GOES BLOG.


BEST POST EVER,
IT WAS THE BEST POST EVER,
IT WAS THE BEST POST EVER,
IT WAS THE BEST POST EVER.




*sigh* We are so talented.

Thanks to Rita for having the lyrics at the ready so we could DM each other the rewrites. You're awesome. :')

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Mini Reviews: Persephone (Daughters of Zeus #1) by Kaitlin Bevis + Arabelle's Shadows by Fleur Gaskin

Persephone (Daughters of Zeus #1) by Kaitlin Bevis

Synopsis:

There are worse things than death, worse people too

The “talk” was bad enough, but how many teens get told that they’re a goddess? When her mom tells her, Persephone is sure her mother has lost her mind. It isn’t until Boreas, the god of winter, tries to abduct her that she realizes her mother was telling the truth. Hades rescues her, and in order to safely bring Persephone to the Underworld he marks her as his bride. But Boreas will stop at nothing to get Persephone. Despite her growing feelings for Hades, Persephone wants to return to the living realm. Persephone must find a way to defeat Boreas and reclaim her life.


Review:

I LOVE Greek mythology. I've always been intrigued by legends and myths, and it was the Percy Jackson series that made my love for Greek mythology grow and grow. Therefore - naturally - I accepted Persephone for review straight away.

Humour is a main feature in this book, which was a pleasant surprise. When Persephone finds out that she's a goddess, she reacts in the normal way by not believing her mum and freaking out, but it is also hilarious. Sarcasm and general funny situations make the story much more interesting, including Hades being kind... it was so strange that Hades turned out to be the love interest.... o.O I'm used to a terrifying, evil monster from Rick Riordan's books, not a charming and attractive man! That was definitely amusing.

The reason why this book is a 4/5 instead of a 5/5 is because that it didn't really blow me away. Greek mythology has been used many times in fiction so I don't think it can really be made original. Some parts of the dialogue were unrealistic too, and certain actions made by characters were slightly odd. I still enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it as a light read for mythology enthusiasts. :)

RATE: 4/5

Publisher: Musa Publishing | Pages: 237 | Publication Date: 6th July 2012 | Edition: Ebook | Source: For Review | To buy click HERE.

Arabelle's Shadows by Fleur Gaskin

Synopsis:

Everything in Arabelle's life is coming together. She has confidence, great friends, she's even dating Naak, a wealthy Thai socialite. But there are too many models in Bangkok. Arabelle’s broke, she can’t find an agent in New York, and Naak isn’t as wonderful as he first appears. Slowly the Shadows creep back into Arabelle’s mind, bringing with them thoughts of hopelessness and despair. The vile Shadows know something Arabelle’s refusing to remember and, if she’s not careful, they’ll use it to destroy her. Based on a true story, Arabelle’s Shadows takes us on a journey through the struggles of growing up, not quite making it as an international model, and attempting to overcome a crushing depression. From Goodreads.

Review:

I have very mixed feelings about this book.

Firstly, I'll start with the positives. Arabelle is a fascinating character as she is very hard to describe, partly because she doesn't know who she is herself. She battles against the 'shadows', the voices in her head telling her she is no good, and learns life lessons. This is a brilliant example of character development: Arabelle's journey is a rollercoaster and she is a very different person at the end to who she was at the beginning. Gaskin did a brilliant job of making the characters come to life.

Although my complaints are partly things wrong with the book (the time scale was confusing, as the dates went back and forth), my other complaints are things that I didn't like but should still be kept in the book. Some parts of this book drag on for a bit, but they do so for a reason. As it is set out in a diary/memoir format, there are sometimes pages and pages of Arabelle's morose emotions. Since this book is about dealing with depression, those pages are required. But it got tiresome after a while.

Overall, Arabelle's Shadows is nothing mind-blowing but is still an interesting story. It is a very poignant novel about a woman who tries to find her way in the world which can relate to many people. In my opinion, this isn't a YA book as it contains adult themes but if you're not offended easily, I'd suggest to give it a go.

RATE: 3/5

Publisher: Self | Pages: 268 | Publication Date: 25th November 2012 | Edition: Ebook | Source: For Review | To buy click HERE.




Friday, 20 June 2014

The Book Sacrifice Tag

I was tagged by the awesome Rachel over at Booktastic Reviews - thank you for tagging me, Rachel! This tag was made by Ariel Bissett and it involves hypothetically sacraficing books in certain situations. I'm very lucky in the fact that I hate hardly any books. Most of the books I read in general are at least over 3.5 stars, so this tag took a lot of thinking!

 1. An Over-Hyped book: Let's start this off with a Zombie Apocalypse! Let's say you're in a book store, just browsing, when BAM! ZOMBIE ATTACK. An announcement comes over the PA System saying that the military has discovered that the zombies' only weakness is over-hyped books. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you really hated do you start chucking at the zombies knowing that it will count as an over-hyped book and successfully wipe them out?!

Prepare yourselves. Although I love, LOVE The Hunger Games films, I'm not a massive fan of the books. I gave Catching Fire 4.5 stars, but I rated The Hunger Games and Mockingjay 2 stars. I couldn't connect to the characters and found the writing so boring. I really wish I could see the awesomness in them that everyone else does, but unfortunately I didn't enjoy reading them.

2. A Sequel: Let's say you've just left the salon with a SMASHING new haircut and BOOM: Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

 Crossed by Ally Condie. I really enjoyed Matched, the first book, but the sequel was such a disappointment. Nothing happened. This is the reason why I have been putting off the final book in the trilogy - Reached - even though I have owned it for a while. For those who have completed this series: is the final book worth it?

3. A Classic: Let's say you're in a lecture and your English teacher is going on and on about how this classic changed the world, how it revolutionized literature and you get so sick of it that you chuck the classic right at his face because you know what? This classic is stupid and it's worth detention just to show everyone how you feel! What classic did you chuck?

This is a hard one. I haven't read as many classics as I want to, but the ones I've read haven't been too bad. I really need a bigger aray of options for me to answer this question! :3

4. Your least favourite book of life: Let's say that you're hanging out at the library when BAM global warming explodes and the world outside becomes a frozen wasteland. You're trapped and your only chance for survival is to burn a book. What is the book you first run to, your least favourite book of all life, what book do you not fully regret lighting?

The library location is convenient, since my least favourite book was borrowed from the library a few years ago. And that book is: Evermore by Alyson Noel. Shudder. I couldn't finish that book and found the main character so annoying and the plot is too cheesy. I'm really sorry if you like this series, I don't mean to hate on it!

5. (polandbananasBOOKS's added bonus question!) Bad Ending: You're about to go up on stage when you realise you're chewing gum. You have all your favourite series backstage to steady your nerves before your performance and you realise you have to rip out the last page of the last book in one of your favourite series to rid of your gum BECAUSE YOU CAN'T GO ON STAGE CHEWING GUM! What book do you choose to rip out the last page of?

This one isn't exactly a bad ending of a book, but I didn't enjoy the book itself. For this scenerio, I chose Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke. Inheart is awesome, Inkspell is okay but I found the final book in the trilogy to drag on for so long. I strongly believe that this series should be a duology or Inkheart should have remainded a standalone.

What books would you happily sacrifice? This is a really fun tag. I didn't mean to offend anyone - if you like these books, you're awesome! They just weren't my cup of tea. Sigh.

I TAG:
- Sophie from A Day Dreamer's World
- Debbie from Snuggling on the Sofa
- Rita from Weaving Pages
(Sorry if you've already been tagged!)

Monday, 16 June 2014

GUEST REVIEW: Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess

I received this book for review a few months ago, but due to my stupid eyes I was unable to read my copy of the book. Why does the font have to be so small?! Fortunately, the amazing Fionnuala offered to write the review for me. Thank you so much, Fi, you're the best <33

Synopsis:

Pia is living the dream: fresh out of college and sharing a house in Brooklyn with her best friends. So why is everything so complicated?

A drunken indiscretion has led to the loss of her boring office job, while her love life is a dizzy mess of accidental hook-ups and heartbreak...

Her parents don't trust her and, if she doesn't sort her life out soon, they're going to make her move back in with them...

But all that's nothing compared to the kind of trouble she's about to face.

At least she can rely on her friends - Coco, Angie, Julia and Madeleine. But how much can she really expect them to put up with?
From Goodreads.


Guest Review:

Brooklyn Girls is by far one of my favorite YA contemporaries, it made me laugh; it was really relatable (well, I think so, but seeing as I’m not 22 I can’t actually make an accurate comment on that...), and direct in the best way possible.

There are chapters that consist of a lot of dialogue between characters and this could have gone horribly wrong but Burgess made them feel like real conversations and there were no physical pauses, everything flowed very smoothly. I thought that that characters were well executed, and although I liked Pia (the main character) well enough, Angie was my favorite character, I’m so happy she got her own story – I haven’t read Brooklyn Girls: Angie yet, but it’s on my wishlist!

Brooklyn Girls has a plot that I think is really original, especially the developments with the food truck, it seems so awesome in my mind but it’s portrayed perfectly, struggle and reward. To surmise; I thought this book touched in all the right places, made me laugh, had good flowing dialogue and well written characters; I’d definitely recommend this if you’re a fan of contemporary, and really, I’d just recommend it in general If you’re looking for a read that’s filled with promising content but not too intense.

(Sorry that this review isn’t longer or more specific, but it has actually been a while since I read this book and I haven’t had the chance to re-read it before reviewing it for Zoe!)

*Thank-you to Quercus for sending me a review copy of Brooklyn Girls: Pia by Gemma Burgess – this in no way affected my review.*


RATE: 4/5

Publisher: Quercus UK | Pages: 292 | Publication Date: 2nd July 2013 | Edition: Paperback | Source: For Review | To buy click HERE.

What do you think? Do you agree with Fionnuala?


Sunday, 15 June 2014

The Book Blogger Test

I didn't hear about this until Sherlyn from Mermaid With a Book tagged me! Thank you, Sherlyn! :) I hope you enjoy this post. And the Supernatural GIFs.

What are your top three book pet hates?

1. Bland characters with absolutely no emotion. So boring.

2. Cover changes mid series, and height changes for different versions of the book. Grr.

3. When people bash on YA fiction. IT IS GOOD LITERATURE. HMPH.

Describe your perfect reading spot.
My bed. <3 No explanation needed.

Tell us three book confessions.
1. I prefer The Hunger Games films to the books. DON'T HURT ME.
2. I haven't read the Uglies, Shatter Me, Legend, and The Song of Ice and Fire series.
3. I sometimes go weeks without picking up a book. This can be due to my eyes, but sometimes I just don't feel like reading. 


When was the last time you cried during a book?

About a week ago when I read City of Heavenly Fire. Oh man.

 
How many books are on your bedside table?

Two; the one I'm currently reading (Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion) and the one I will read next (the prequel, The New Hunger).

What is your favourite snack while you’re reading?

Does tea count as a snack?

Name three books you would recommend to everyone.

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (you guys knew this was going to be on the list, didn't you?)
2. The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak
3. Wonder by RJ Palacio


Show us a picture of your favourite bookshelf on your bookcase.

If this means a shelf of my favourite books, I don't have one. I just have a mixture of books everywhere! But this is an awesome shelf because it does have a few of my favourites:


Write how much books mean to you in just three words.

Escape from life.

What is your biggest reading secret?

Uhm, I'm not sure I have a big reading secret. What even is a secret when it comes to reading? I mentioned stuff I'm ashamed of in my confessions previously so I honestly have no idea.
Sometimes I skip paragraphs. I love beautiful writing and melodic prose can make me feel warm and gushy, but sometimes it's just too much. I'd much rather be reading action than reading a long paragraph on the description of a chair.

I TAG:

- Hawwa from It Was Lovely Reading You
- Erika from The Red Bookmark
- Kyra from Blog of a Bookaholic
(Sorry if you've already been tagged!)