Hereafter Review

Hello! Today I am reviewing Hereafter by Tara Hudson. This is the first in a trilogy but I have only read the first one. I look forward to reading Afterrise and Elegy because I loved reading Hereafter

Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Let me start by saying- this wasn’t a stand out book for me, there are many other paranormal romance books out there that I love, but it was still an amazing book. As I’ve said in previous posts, I feel like most paranormal romance books these days are vampires Vs werewolves. I actually haven’t read any other books about ghosts or heard about any except for Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. Anna Dressed in Blood sounds really good so I’m excited to read it in probably about two years to be honest. I have so many books to read but I always find myself doing something else! It was different and less predictable to read a ghost story. I don’t tend to have a problem with books being unoriginal because I like reading similar books but it’s nice to read something different every once in a while.

I like Amelia because she went on a journey and we only found out pieces of information about her past in different stages of the book. Strangely, for a person that doesn’t like reading the unknown, I enjoyed the mystery and suspense Hudson created in this novel. For me, the main point of the book was to unravel the mystery of Amelia’s past so I’m glad it was written in this way. Josh definitely added to the story. It wouldn’t have been anywhere near as good without romance in. Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think there was anything from Josh’s point of view so that would be something nice to have in the rest of the trilogy. I don’t mind if it doesn’t happen- it’s just a thought. My rating for Hereafter is 4/5 stars because I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It isn’t five stars because I rarely give out five stars to books. Five star books don’t exactly have anything in particular about them except I love romance so they need to have romance in them. Otherwise they’re just books that strongly resonate with me and have a wow factor.

Next week’s review is of one of these ‘wow factor’ books- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I’ve already written this review and I’m SO excited to share it with you.

Love, Sydney

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Gingersnaps Review

Hello! Today I shall be reviewing Gingersnaps by Cathy Cassidy. I’ve never written a review for a Cathy Cassidy book but I love all of her books. She’s an awesome person and it was really nice to see her win Queen of Teen when I was there. She is actually the person that got me into reading, I suppose you could call them, romantic, teenage books. Thank you Cathy! Seriously, Cathy rocks.

Is Ginger’s best friend really her biggest rival?

‘You can make a wish come true, if you’re determined . . .’

Gone are the days when Ginger was an outsider, always on the fringes of friendship. She’s swapped puppy fat and pigtails for make-up and hair straighteners and never looked back – until now. Ginger and Shannon are best mates, but when they befriend lonely Emily, everything changes. Even the saxophone-playing boy in the trilby hat can’t help – he’s part of the problem. Are Ginger and Shannon drifting apart or can they stay best friends forever?

The first Cathy Cassidy book I read was Sundae Girl and I thought it was the best thing ever. It still is pretty good, I have to say. After that, I read all of her books, which I loved but they weren’t quite as good as Sundae Girl. When I read Gingersnaps I was so excited because I haven’t decided if I love it more than Sundae Girl, but it was more in the style of Sundae Girl and I instantly loved it. Only a few months ago I re-read Gingersnaps, so I still think it is a really good book. Mostly it’s a nice book to read because it’s not over complicated at all. It’s strange to think I first read this seven years ago. God I’m getting old.

I love Gingersnaps because of Sam the saxophone player. Personally, I think saxophones are really vibey and I wish I could play one. The saxophone in Careless Whisper is the best. Sam is a really nice person, and I like how he tries to bring out the best in Ginger. They make a cute couple, it has to be said. He is pretty smart for, what- a twelve year old? Sam and Ginger seem older but in a good way because when I was younger I liked how it showed that some of us younger people are mature even though there are a lot of immature idiots at that age.

Was there blue lemonade somewhere in this novel? I vaguely remember something about it, so if there was blue lemonade in there then that’s fab. It’s all the little quirky things I love about this book. I love the title ‘Gingersnaps’ because I thought it would be a book about starting a baking thing or something BUT it isn’t. Ginger is a swaggy name as well. Thank god Sam wasn’t called Spice otherwise that would be the end of that relationship. The house boat thing is awesome- not that I want to live on a boat. Oh, and let’s hear it one last time for Sam’s saxophone!

Even if you aren’t eleven anymore, I was actually eight the first time I read it, I think you would still adore this book because the cuteness factor is off the scale.

Love, Sydney

Liebster Award- Questions!

Hey guys! Today I thought I could just answer the questions I asked at the end of the Liebster award post. I don’t think anybody will answer them so I might as well.

 

  1. What character would you like to be your boy/girl friend?                                                         I would like Simon Lewis from ‘The Mortal Instruments’ to be my boyfriend. He is so adorable and funny. If he looked like Robert Sheehan in real life then that would be great or Alberto Rosende! They both bring Simon to life so well and I love him as a character because he’s so enthusiastic and loyal.
  2. Do you read any classics, and if so what is your favourite classic book?                Recently I’ve been trying to read more classic books and now I’ve been giving a reading list at school with lots of great classic books on there so I hope to read them soon. My favourite classic book so far (bearing in mind I’ve read hardly any) is ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Brontë although I still haven’t finished it!
  3. What poem got you into poetry? If you don’t have one, what is your opinion on ‘Because’ by James Franco?                                                                                                      Funnily enough, ‘Because’ by James Franco is the poem that got me into poetry. It isn’t a real stand out poem, but it was the first poem I read that was honest and cut to the chase.
  4. Are there any books that you are desperate to be made into movies?                            Definitely my top five books: ‘The Kissing Booth’, ‘Soulmates’, ‘Love Like the Movies’, ‘The Sky is Everywhere’ and ‘I’ll Give You the Sun’. I bet there’d be loads of gorgeous men in there (just saying!). I think the film rights have been sold for Soulmates and I’ll Give You the Sun! I have always said Famous in Love would be a totally awesome movie and I think it is being turned into a TV series. I would prefer it as a movie, but it would still be cool as a TV series.
  5. What is the shortest book you’ve ever read?                                                                                 I can’t be completely sure on this, but my Auntie has these little Felicity Wishes books that are really small and cute- so probably one of those.
  6. If you could only take three things to a desert island, would you bring a book with you? Why/why not?                                                                                                                             No I wouldn’t, because if I was bored I could make coconut bikinis and I would rather bring water, food and a tent there so I could survive. I don’t need a book, I could use logs to make a fire.
  7. Do you have any friends that deserve to have a book written about? What would it be about? (If all your friends are really boring then what book would you write about yourself?)                                                                                                                                                     I have a lot of interesting friends. To be honest, I’d rather write about myself because obviously I know myself and it’s hard to imagine kissing scenes about your friend. If I had to, I would write about my best friend because I probably know her the best out of anybody I know. We have a lot in common too. I’ve always said one of my other friends is very writeable because she has such a complex personality as well.
  8. Do you remember the first proper book you ever read i.e. Chapters, one hundred pages or so? If you can’t remember what was your favourite childhood book?            The first proper book I read was ‘Twin Tales’ by Jacqueline Wilson. I remember my Dad reading this to my sister and I when he got in from work. After that I read every single Jacqueline Wilson book as well as the Rainbow Fairies books.
  9. Is there a certain genre that you will never read?                                                               Horror, crime, war… most things that aren’t romantic, dystopian or a good YA book. I’ve read books before with no romance in and actually really enjoyed them. I’m definitely not into gruesome things though.

I was struggling to answer the two questions I missed, but I’ll try to answer them in another post some time.

Love, Sydney

Forever Book Review

Hiya! As promised I am going to be reviewing ‘Forever’ by Judy Blume.

Katherine and Michael meet at a New Year’s Eve party. They’re attracted to each other, they grow to love each other. And once they’ve decided their love is forever, they make love.

It’s the beginning of an intense and exclusive relationship, with a future all planned. Until Katherine’s parents insist that she and Michael put their love to the test with a summer apart…

So I know that this is a much loved book but I have to say I didn’t really like it. Forever had a lot of good reviews, which made me really excited to read it. Unfortunately I didn’t like this book much at all. There’s not anything specific that made me dislike it, but if you compare it to other books then for me there are many better books.

I really didn’t like Michael. I think he was described as ginger with a mole on his cheek. I think the charity shop has my book now so I can’t check that but I’m pretty sure that’s what he looked like. I’m used to having Theo James as the leading man in the books I read not George Weasley or something so I wasn’t impressed. For me it’s important to have leading men like Four, Edward Cullen and Thomas (from The Maze Runner) in books because when I read books I imagine myself as the leading female. Just to clarify, I have nothing against ginger people (my best friend’s ginger).

What even happened in this book? Not much probably as I can’t remember it. The first thing that comes to mind is Katherine wanting to go out with her tennis teacher at the end. Now that should have been the story. I would have loved to have heard about how that relationship went. Michael and Katherine were pretty boring together; it didn’t make for an exciting story. This book is supposed to be realistic but from my own knowledge this isn’t actually realistic. At least other YA romance books go way over the top and don’t pretend to be reality. The writing was so bland all those ellipses got on my nerves. I’ve always had a problem with ellipses because so many people overuse them.

I’m not being funny, but this book really chose its moments be descriptive. It went into detail about the wrong things and that’s all I’m saying about it. And the Ralph thing? Just gross. You’ll understand me if you’ve read it. I know this was like a hugely important book at the time so well done for that but times have changed and it really just didn’t cut it with me in this day and age. Even if I read this in the seventies I probably still wouldn’t like it though because of the characters. I can’t empathise with them at all; I wish they weren’t so mundane, it actually pains me.

Next week I’m going to review Ginger Snaps by Cathy Cassidy, which I actually like. Thanks for reading!

Love, Sydney

Liebster Award

Hi guys! Today I am going to be doing The Liebster award. I’m not sure if this is a regular thing, but anyway I was tagged in this before- so here is my post from last year!

The Liebster award is a chain award that was created by bloggers and is a tradition to make new friends in the blogging community.

 

I was nominated by my friend that runs the previous blog I used to write for. So thanks! I’m really excited to do this…

 

Here are the rules:

 

– Link back to the person who nominated you

 

– Give 11 random facts about yourself

 

– Answer 11 questions from your nominator

 

– Nominate 11 bloggers

 

– Come up with 11 questions for them to answer

 

– Inform your nominees

 

 

So here are 11 facts about me:

  1. I’ve always secretly wanted to be in a musical but I can’t sing for toffee
  2. If I could go back in time I’d visit the 80s
  3. If I had three wishes I would get a scholarship to Melbourne University, become slim and marry Jack Johnson (only if he wants to)
  4. My favourite colour is orange because I feel bad that not many people like it
  5. My favourite place in the world that I’ve visited is my Auntie’s old pink bathroom
  6. The best smell ever (excluding Jack Gilinsky) is freshly baked bread
  7. If I had a superpower it would be to read people’s minds
  8. Interestingly, frogs are my favourite animal
  9. I aspire to be a CEO of an international company
  10. There is a playlist on my ipod to suit every mood
  11. My favourite song that isn’t by Jack and Jack is For once in my life by Stevie Wonder

My questions:

  1. What book character is most like you and why?
  2. This question had me stumped for ages. There are many characters that have similar characteristics to me that my friends would probably imagine me as eg. Bridget Jones, America (from The Selection) or other feisty people. Even though I’m not a guy (woah get out) I was struggling to choose between Jace from The Mortal Instruments and Brian from I’ll Give You the Sun. I actually think that everything about Brian is exactly the same as me apart from he’s a boy and he’s gay. Brian is a bit nerdy and different, yet he can still hang around with the ‘cool kids’ and I’m not saying I’m popular, but I definitely have a lovely group of friends. He stands up for himself, like I always do. Also, he gets deeply hurt by other people but manages to always get over it and turn it into a positive thing that makes a difference.
  3. What drink/snack do you like to consume when reading?
  4. Interesting question! Well I tend to not consume anything whilst reading because it is extremely difficult and there is a chance you will spill something on the book. However, around my reading time I will tend to have tea and biscuits. Sometimes I might be adventurous enough to have crackers or cheddars.
  5. Why did you choose to start blogging?
  6. My friend started a book blog and asked for a guest blogger and I wasn’t going to be left out! It actually seemed like a really good idea, especially as I love writing so I thought it would be a good experience to do something like this, as it might be useful in the future. As well as this being a fun experience, I thought it would look good on my CV or university applications in the future. As I was writing all these book posts, I kept thinking of other posts I wanted to write to do with movies or daily thoughts and I couldn’t post those on her blog so I decided to make my own. I did not actually write on this blog for ages as I was still writing for my friend’s blog. Now I don’t write for her, I thought it would be a great idea to start writing on this blog to share my ideas with the world.
  7. What’s the longest book you’ve read?
  8. The longest book I’ve ever read is ‘Les Misérables’ by Victor Hugo, which was a mountain to climb. It was so tough to read it; I’m still in shocked that I finished it. Reading it was such a gruelling process because it isn’t a light fluffy story at all, it is incredibly deep and thought provoking.
  9. If you could only ever re-read a single book, what would it be? (You can read new books though)
  10. I would re-read The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles. The Kissing Booth is in my top five books and obviously I want to re-read one of my favourite books. I didn’t want to re-read Soulmates (another top 5 book) because the ending makes me cry and it is such a magical book- I don’t want to ruin it by re-reading it. It is also more intense than The Kissing Booth, which is a happy, chill story. I’ll Give You the Sun and The Sky is Everywhere (also top 5 books) are just too beautiful for me to continuously re-read them, especially with all the drama in them. I’m perfectly happy to re-read The Kissing Booth forever (I know it’s already in my two most read books).
  11. What is the most popular book that you own but haven’t read?
  12. Ooh, I’m not sure about this one. There are so many books in my room that I need to read and I’m slowly working my way through them. I guess the John Green books that I haven’t read (I’ve read TFIOS and Paper Towns).
  13. Who is your favourite author that you’ve met?
  14. Chris Higgins. I was fortunate enough to escort her to the Queen of Teen awards, where I met lots of other famous authors. Chris was so lovely to me and it was a pleasure to meet her. I was lucky enough to meet her a second time when she came into my school and she was very happy to spend time talking to my friends and I as well as helping us to become better writers, so I thought that was generous of her!
  15. Have you written anything?
  16. Of course I’ve written many stories and poems before as any aspiring author has! At the moment I’m into poetry and I am collating a writing journal. I hope to soon publish a better Wattpad story than my previous story on there as well!
  17. What is, in your opinion, a completely underrated book?
  18. Oh I don’t know. I’m surprised that Matched and Soulmates haven’t been turned into movies yet because they are amazing books. I think I’ll go for the Ask Amy Green books by Sarah Webb. I never really hear people talking about these books or people pass them off as a nice chick flick, but I think they are actually really good books that tell a story. They’re brilliant and Sarah Webb is such a nice author.
  19. What is your favourite dramatic scene from a book?
  20. I have to go for the scene in Insurgent when it turns out Tris isn’t dead and she escapes with Four. I was just so happy she wasn’t dead I was like GO TRIS! It was awesome in the movie when they managed to broadcast the message from the box as well.
  21. Book or Movie? What is your favourite book to movie adaptation?
  22. Movie, because I can just watch the movie and decide if I want to read the book of it. Even if I’ve already read the book, I love the movie because there may be people like Theo James in the movie and it’s so exciting to see it come to life on the screen. My favourite adaptation is The Fault in Our Stars because when I saw the movie I thought it was the realest thing I had ever seen and it is now my favourite movie (although I do love The Holiday).

Bloggers I Nominate:

I guess I am going to just nominate whoever reads this because I’m cool like that 😉 You could still do it even if you don’t have a blog, you could do it on Good Reads or even in a word document. Leave the link to it in the comments because I’d love to read it!

Nominee’s Questions:

  1. What character would you like to be your boy/girl friend?
  2. Do you read any classics, and if so what is your favourite classic book?
  3. What poem got you into poetry? If you don’t have one, what is your opinion on Because by James Franco?
  4. Are there any books that you are desperate to be made into movies?
  5. What is the shortest book you’ve ever read?
  6. If you could only take three things to a desert island, would you bring a book with you? Why/why not?
  7. Do you have any friends that deserve to have a book written about? What would it be about? (If all your friends are really boring then what book would you write about yourself?)
  8. Assign a book to each colour of the rainbow and give reasons (just red, orange, yellow… not azure, turquoise, crimson)
  9. Do you remember the first proper book you ever read i.e. Chapters, one hundred pages or so? If you can’t remember what was your favourite childhood book?
  10. Which fruit would you put on the cover of the other three Twilight books e.g. New Moon- banana, Eclipse- pineapple, Breaking Dawn- Mango and why?
  11. Is there a certain genre that you will never read?

Okay guys, so that’s it and I want to say thank you for my nomination and say good luck to my nominees…

Love, Sydney

Eclipse Book Review

Hello!

The only book I can find in my room beginning with ‘E’ is Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer. I have googled books beginning with ‘E’ but I can’t find any others that I’ve read apart from Expecting to fly by Cathy Hopkins but I can’t remember it. I have Elegy by Tara Hudson, which I’m really excited to read! I know I’ve written a lot about Twilight but I really have no choice but to review it today. I’m going to make a compilation of everything I’ve ever said about… Don’t worry, next week I shall be reviewing Forever by Judy Blume, so it’ll be a bit different!

In the dead silence, all the details suddenly fell into place for me with a burst of intuition.

Something Edward didn’t want me to know. Something Jacob wouldn’t have kept from me…

It was never going to end, was it?

 

As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob – knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella has one more decision to make: life or death. But which is which?

This book was basically a filler book. I wasn’t engaged as much as I was with the other Twilight books; it was just an unnecessary book. You could have put half of the contents in the other books or just cut it out. I didn’t like how the book focused on Victoria coming back to kill Bella when in the end it took like 5 minutes for Edward to kill her. Victoria’s extremely irritating!!

Plus, this book didn’t have much substance and I was- not bored, but- again- just not engaged as much. At the end of New Moon Victoria’s death could have been worked in there, so could Bella and Edward’s engagement. It really didn’t need that filler book- it would’ve been the perfect trilogy. I’m just saying I’ve only watched Eclipse about 5 times but I’ve watched the others except for New Moon like 20 times.

After Edward proposes at the end of New Moon, you’re left gagging for the next book (well I was anyway). I could not wait to get my hands on Eclipse to see what Bella’s decision would be… then it fell a bit flat. Breaking Dawn was more what I was hoping to read after New Moon. It felt like the pace slowed down a lot and I wanted the pace to stay fast/constant. There’s a lot of action in the other three books so it feels as though something is missing.

It was in Eclipse that I began to realise that Edward wasn’t all I thought he was. When I first read and watched Twilight, I thought Edward was flawless. After watching and reading Twilight many times, I’ve come to realise that actually Edward is subtly abusive. No one can deny that Edward is extremely controlling. Come on who would break their girlfriend’s car to stop them from seeing their best friend? Sometimes he doesn’t seem to even have any emotions, like when Bella and Jacob kissed in Eclipse he was just like ‘ok’.

I do still like the Twilight series as a whole, I’m just not very fond of Eclipse. Anyway, I would still encourage you to read the other books in the series. You don’t miss much if you don’t read Eclipse!

Love, Sydney

Edward Cullen Trial- Part 4

Hello! Happy April Fool’s Day! So we have finally reached the last instalment in the Edward court case. The aim of today is to hear the closing statements from the prosecutors and defenders then Edward’s sentence shall be passed.

Just to recap what’s happened so far:

  • Edward Cullen is accused of domestic violence against Isabella Cullen
  • Both prosecutors and Defenders gave an opening statement
  • The prosecutors questioned Charlie Swan
  • The defenders questioned Carlisle Cullen
  • Today marks the end of this case.

The prosecutors will now give their final statement:

Edward Cullen is a dangerous man. Charlie Swan is uncomfortable with Bella living with Edward as he is concerned for her safety. There is no question that Bella severely injured herself on two separate occasions whilst with Edward. There are pictures and documents showing finger shaped bruises on Bella’s body as well as broken bones. It has not escaped our attention that the pair married at a very young age after knowing each other for a short period of time. A close high school friend said ‘Edward is very intimidating and he probably pressurised Bella into marriage’. It is not safe for Bella to be around Edward.

The defenders will now give their final statement:

There is no conclusive evidence to show that Edward Cullen has ever hurt Bella. Bella claims that Edward has never hurt her (Okay I know this wasn’t in the thing but still she would say this) and she was not even the person to get in contact with the police. I have no concerns about her safety with Edward. They are living only a short distance from the rest of Edward’s family, and there presence provides Bella with a safe and secure environment. There have not been any severe injuries directly caused by Edward. Edward is seen as a role model at his high school, with outstanding grades. Charlie doesn’t like Bella living with Edward yet he gave them his blessing to get married. I cannot find any issues with their current relationship.

Okay so that is the last we will hear of the prosecutors and defenders. The jury will now give their verdict.

The jury think Edward Cullen is innocent of domestic abuse against Isabella Cullen. There is inconclusive evidence to support this accusation.

AND FINALLY, let’s hear the judge pass Edward’s sentence…

Edward Cullen is to be given a restraining order. He must stay away from Isabella Cullen and Charlie Swan. The restraining order shall be removed when there is conclusive evidence given.

I know that a lot of people have picked up on Edward’s abusive manner in Twilight or you could argue lack of. I personally find some of Edward’s actions abusive, for example he broke Bella’s car once to stop her from seeing her best friend. Personally, I do actually approve of their relationship though because I do think that he cares for her. I would be very interested to hear if anybody thinks that Edward is abusive in the books towards Bella, regardless of this case I’ve written? Let me know in the comments.

Love, Sydney