Sunday, 26 June 2016

BOOK REVIEW: The Crown by Kiera Cass + PLAYLIST

I don't really want to write this post. Don't be alarmed: it'll just make the fact that The Selection series (sans a colouring book) is officially over. OVER. 
No more Maxon or America or Eadlyn...or Ahren </3

In the early hours of this morning, I finally finished this novel. I admit, I got swept up in a TV series and kinda dedicated all of my free time to that, rather than this novel (which was a bad idea).

Here's the official details and then I'll give a rundown of my thoughts:

26074181When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

GENRE: Romance, YA (Young Adult), Sci-Fi/Dystopia/Futuristic, Fantasy, Fiction
AUTHOR: Kiera Cass
SOURCE: Bought, paperback

RELEASE DATE: May 3rd 2016

Alrighty. I remember when I first bought this from Waterstone's, long overdue from when I originally anticipated (grrrr, exams).
I remember thinking three thoughts:
  1. Pretty cover
  2. ..Isn't it a bit short? (In terms of the amount of pages)
This novel took place straight after the events of The Heir (sniff). I'm gonna blatantly admit: Except for Kile and Henri, respectively, all the other guys seemed bleh and I had to work hard to remind myself who they were in terms of their personality. SPOILER ALERT: Luckily for me, those two were the male version of The Elite/final two

I was pleased with the novel, as a whole. 

I kinda hoped that Eadlyn would've confided in her parents a bit more (I mean, who wouldn't? Especially if they are Maxon and America! Maybe I'm the most ancient 18 year old on the planet lol).
Another slight criticism is that the last couple of chapters felt very rushed, and the wedding was not described. 
ALSO I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT EADLYN'S AND _____'S 'THING' WAS!!! This is an open letter to Ms Kiera Cass ^^

I really enjoyed being swept up in this world, and hope to come back whenever I can. 

It's also amazing at how different sides of history (or, the novels before this with America and Maxon) are told.

Cass did an utterly amazing job on this novel. Scratch that, with all the Selection novels! Moment of silence. Also, props to her for the amazing acknowledgements :p

The writing style was amazing; I felt everything Eadlyn felt and flippin' loved it! The novel was written in first person, Eadlyn's POV. 

I honestly loved this novel. I feel like this review is more of me fangirling than anything else. XD

I enjoyed sooo many elements: Maxon being a dad, Osten crushing and Lady Brice, to name a few.
Lady Marlee was kinda bleak though, I have to admit. 

I really, really heart Illea, man.

I can't say anything more about this novel; I cannot put it into words. It was so good. Just go check it out already!

If you click this link (<< That one right there) you'll be directed to a TwitLonger page. Now, this will give you a SPOILERed (?) reviewish-fangirl-freakout-thingimebob by me.
Please note that it contains HUGE SPOILERS!

I hope this review did the book some justice lol.

Now onto my playlist!!

Alrighty, so music is in my life now larger than ever, so here's an amalgamation of tracks for parts of the story. Enjoy!

The ending of The Heir & the beginning of this one: Numb, Linkin Park, Fix You/The Scientist by Coldplay

Being with Kile: Mary's Song/Everything Has Changed/Treacherous by Taylor Swift

Being with Henri: Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen, Adore You by Miley Cyrus

Marid's vibes: Thnks Fr Th Mmrs by Fall Out Boy, Bad Blood by Taylor Swift

Neena and Eadlyn: You're My Best Friend by Queen

America and Maxon (being parents): The Phoenix by Fall Out Boy

Eadlyn: Sugar, We're Goin' Down by Fall Out Boy, Teen Idle by Marina and the Diamonds

Eikko: Ours by Taylor Swift, Holy Ground by Taylor Swift, The Light Behind Your Eyes by My Chemical Romance

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 20 stars!!
Long story short...
Would I read it again?
Would I recommend it?
Only to some friends (tbh, they're reluctant with the whole 'princess' thing)
Would I be caught wandering (and being saved by the book guy) in this world in my dreams? 
*blushes then falls*

Who's your OTP in this fandom? 
Who should Eadlyn have married?
How many times are you gonna re-read this series?

I'm signing out now. Stay awesome
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Saturday, 18 June 2016

REAL TALK: Did Books Give Me Romance?

Today's post is a real talk one, wherein I stray away from books momentarily (i.e. the next post will be books, books, books).
I'm on a roll this Saturday, check out my other, more light and fun post from today

Please note this hasn't been revised/read by another person, so..yeah

As I sit here with a nearly empty box of Ben & Jerry's, I shall answer a question that has been mildly on my mind for quite some time 
Did books give me romance?
Now, this may be puzzling and slightly disturbing. What I mean for it to be is 'Has me reading slightly saucy books given me the substitute for romance that so many close minded (i.e. non-readers) crave?' Sorry for the bad English in that question, I'm British lel

So! My older sister (who luckily does not know the name of this blog,, or else I'll be minced meat fed to our goldfish-jk. That was a joke. And my goldfish is dying so) got into an almost Catfish situation at the end of last year and beginning of this year. Like, she met him once but he lived an hour or two away and they made it work? Long story short, when his brother went to jail, he blamed her and revealed his true colours, blah, blah, bleh.

The same but worse sitch is going on with one of my closest friends (what can I say, I attract the ones hungry for love. Jk..or am I?)
Alrighty, so my friend's situation is a Catfish special waiting to happen. Ish. 
She's a good kid- gets decent grades and is cool to talk to. Now, due to the ferocity of stereotypes in society and high school, she is branded a nerd (all she does is tie her hair back and wear glasses. So she's a bit on the chubby side too, so what?) Point being, no guys from school have showed an interest in her. Harsh, but true, unfortunately. I'm a nerd at heart, but kinda put more effort in for myself but enough that I'm not branded a nerd. Ya girl hung out with populars and geeks. I'm Switzerland.
Anyways, she asked me to apologise on her regard to her cyber bf (who lives in America and they've never met) and he may or may not have flirted with me and she thought he fell for me and vice versa and it got ugly. But now, it's all good. (They fought because- don't hate her- but she's religious and he's atheist and he's bi and she's...not). 

Straying away from my slightly disturbing anecdotes, I'll make my point: I read normal novels and sometimes pretty romantic novels. I'm not saying full on erotica (not that there's anything wrong with that).
I've been reading novels for a fair chunk of my life (I'm eighteen years young). I started reading slightly maturer books when I was roughly going through puberty.
Was that the right time?

It's no secret that when you're growing up, you're moody and crave attention and attraction.
So was reading the detailed work of authors keeping me afloat and away from getting myself tangled in cyber relationships?

I'm amazed if you're still reading this far down. The point I'm trying to stress is difficult. 
I guess I'm saying this:
I've read some amazing book series; Hush, Hush, Pushing The Limits, Fallen, The Selection, Lux and Perfect Chemistry, the Addicted/Calloway Sisters series to name a few, all of which secondarily focus on romance. But I'm trying to say, these have given me the romance I'd have otherwise thought I'd needed by human affection. Just reading alone.
Not just romance, have books substituted, but also adventures. They've opened up great doors in my mind, encouraging me to write.

I hope my point has been made and that I haven't offended anyone whilst trying to put it into words.

To conclude, could this be something valid? Am I overthinking this? Does reading substitute romance to a degree for YOU?

Please weigh in to make me believe I'm not mad.

This post will self-destruct in a week's time.

Here are my links : (if ya interested)
I'm even giving you my email address 


My Long Term BEAUTY Favourites!

Hello there!

I am so incredibly sorry that it has been so long! (But trust me, there's definitely a lot of embarrassingly depressing drafts).  
Today, I wish you a happy Saturday. I, however, am not having a good Saturday- on today's
checklist of bad sh*t, we got..
period pains 😑😒 TMI, maybe. IDC, definitely :p
To counter this, obvi I did the following lol
Ice cream (Oreo and Cookie Dough and anything Häagen-Dazs)
Marvel movie marathon (NO FAVES. ALL ARE BRILL)
Books (currently reading The Crown by Kiera Cass) REVIEW UP I finish it!
BLOGGING of course!
Listening to Taylor Swift’s Red album (Holy Ground is on repeat)
Now back to the topic at hand...My favourite cosmetics!

Okay, so although I don't mention it alot on my blog (because makeup has no relevance to cosmetics).
Let's get into it!

So these products are not in order of importance and superiority- just which my brain remembers 😁
Also, I'm too lazy to include pictures because on Blogger you have to save them and then attach them #effort This one's on you, Google smh. Dw, I'll include links
  1. Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer- Maybelline Ever heard the term 'Holy Grail'? Yep, this is it. Whether it's because you're up late studying, working or partying, this is for you. (Especially for people who aren't morning people..basically everyone. I enjoy using this as a highlighter (bridge of nose, middle of forehead and cupid's bow), as well as using it as an eyeshadow primer (set it with powder for greatness) and obviously, under the eyes.
  2. Great Lash Waterproof Mascara- Maybelline In Seventeen Magazine last year, I saw that they have a bubblegum pink colour of this, which sounds cool. Although I stuck with black because it was only in black at Superdrug (grrr y'all), I will look out for my pink and, until then, I will forever dream. This product is relatively new in my beauty case but it is a keeper. Love it and its brush.
  3. Make Me Blush Cream Blush- Barry M By, George, this is fantabulous! 'Nuff said. Jokes, I'll elaborate. This is my first (and last! Saying bye to all other blushes except this one!) cream blush and it's so nice and natural and not powdery!
  4. Nirvana- Urban Decay This was pricey (#birthdaymoney) but cool. The colours were picked by me so obvi I loved them and they stayed on for fiveever. This palette has turned into a daily product and who knows? I will probably definitely buy another, maybe mixing up the shades.
  5. Infallible Fixing Mist Setting Spray- L'Oreal ParisI cannot live without this fu*cking amazing spray. It saves lives, y'all. And is purrfect for my eight hour shifts at work. It's great especially for if you have oily skin. (And it smells great!)

Here's hoping you enjoyed this post :D
I will be back next time with a book review of The Crown by Kiera Cass- see if you can beat me to the last page?

Stay awesome

Here are my links : (if ya interested)
I'm even giving you my email address