Monday, 25 April 2016

Book Review: Red Queen & Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Over the past month I have been reading this two books by Victoria Aveyard. I have just finished Glass Sword. So naturally, here is my spoiler free reviews on both of these awesome books.

I only just finished Glass Sword and I really can't put both book in to words. my mind has blown, you have no idea. It's just so good. How did I let Red Queen sit on my bookshelf for five months! What the hell! 

If you don't know what Red Queen is about, it's about a girl name Mare, and Mare is a red. Reds live in this world, where reds are the normal people. They have low income jobs, they are servants, they live in the slums and they really don't have the best life to live. Because they have red blood and aren't special like the Silvers are. Silvers are the rich people of society, who run the government, they are kings and queens and rule the courts and the lands. These people have silver blood which allows them to have super human abilities. They can control fire, water, earth, even your minds. They are strong and not to be messed with.

The story follows Mare who is a red blood. But she has the power to control lighting, which is unheard of from the red bloods. Red bloods don't have any special abilities, until Mare comes along and the royal family find out about her ability and they have to hide her. I don't want to say any more incase of saying to much. All I'm going to say is that Red Queen is pure gold. It's so frickin' amazing and I think you should go and read this book right now!

If you haven't yet read Red Queen then you may want to advert your eyes now...

Naturally as soon as I finished the first book I went picked up its sequel straight away. I was not disappointed one bit as I delved straight in and I purposely chose to read it slowly as I didn't want it to end...three weeks if you're curious. 

Glass sword starts where Red Queen ended. Mare changes a lot in this book good and bad. I feel like she all of a sudden becomes big headed, now that she has this ultra special ability that no one has heard of. I just wanted to slap her when she came across arrogant and all high and mighty. Now that she has a list of new bloods that she has to find before the new king, Maven destroys them all. 
I  like how Victoria has created this almost hostile environment, that sees Mare as a bit of an outsider, almost everyone wants to avoid her and approaches Cal with ease, who is a silver, an exiled prince and should be their enemy. 

Again I don't want to put huge spoilers in this review so I will leave it there. I adore this series and I can not wait for the third book to be released, because you just can't leave it with a cliff hanger like that!

Have you read these read books? What did you think?

Jenni x


Sunday, 24 April 2016

Jenni's Anime Recommendations


Today I thought I would do a casual recommendation post. And why not on one of my favourite topics Anime! If you still want a life then just leave now... If you would like to know what I suggest for first time Anime watchers, or you just want to know some of the Anime's I like to watch, then carry on reading...

I have watched a lot of Anime over the years. But these are some of the ones I really enjoyed. 
I will start with the real life, everyday experiences that may happen in our mundane world, known other than Slice of Life.

Glasslip - This is such a cute Anime to watch, if you want something light hearted with romance thrown in then Glasslip is a good one to start with and the art is amazing. Tōko Fukami's family runs a glass-working business in a small seaside town named Hinodehama ("Sunrise Beach"). She hangs out with her four best friends at a cafe called Kazemichi ("Wind Way"). During the summer break of their senior year in high school, they meet a transfer student named Kakeru Okikura, who claims that a voice from the future talks to him, and that it has led him to Tōko.

Golden Time - This was a really interesting one to watch. It's light hearted with drama and romance. Banri is the protagonist and is a freshman studying law in a private university in Tokyo. His hometown is in Shizuoka Prefecture, and he now lives alone in a small apartment. The day after his third-year high school graduation ceremony, he fell from a bridge, and now suffers from severe retrograde amnesia, unable to remember anything from before the accident. He missed the college entrance exam and one year of school because of his hospitalisation. 

If you like full blown high school romance, then look no further...

Wolf Girl and Black Prince - I loved this. Yes, it's a little cheesy but it is hilarious and I watched the whole season in one day. While the proud Erika boasts to her friends about being lovey-dovey with her boyfriend, she has never really had one for 16 years. Feeling the limits of lying, she took a picture of a cool guy she found in town and showed it to her friends as her boyfriend. But the person in the picture happens to be Sata Kyouya who is in the same grade in their school. While she was able to explain the situation and convince him to act like his boyfriend, he was not the nice looking boy she thought he would be

My Little Monster - I laughed all the way through this Anime. But at times I just wanted to shake Mizutani. Impassive girl meets trouble maker in a brand new love story! After Mizutani Shizuku, a girl whose sole interest is studying, is asked to deliver some handouts to Yoshida Haru, a boy who hasn't come to school after spilling blood on the first day, she finds herself the target of his affection.


If action is your thing...

Attack on Titans - Is terrifyingly brilliant with beautiful art and animation. Many years ago, the last remnants of humanity were forced to retreat behind the towering walls of a fortified city to escape the massive, man-eating Titans that roamed the land outside their fortress. 

If any of the above really aren't your thing then I really recommend these Anime's...

Sword Art Online - I absolutely adored this easy to watch Anime. It has likeable characters, wonderful artwork and a fantastic storyline. I even liked the romance in it as well as action and the whole Virtual Reality topic, which we are now heading towards. 
In the near future, a Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online has been released where players control their avatars with their bodies using a piece of technology called: Nerve Gear. However, if they die in the game, they die in real life. 

Charlotte - I had waited so long for this series to start. It's seems like a high school romance with science fiction and fantasy added. I really enjoyed this one. The only down side is that it's only one season. I wish they do another season. 
Very few adolescent boys and girls have an onset of special abilities. Yu Otosaka is one such man who uses his ability unbeknownst to others in order to lead a satisfying school life. Then one day, a girl named Nao Tomori suddenly appears before him. 

Well, that just about rounds up my favourites to watch as an introduction. There are tons out there and in all genres. All of the Anime's above I have watched on Crunchyroll which in my opinion is the best app to watch Anime on. 

Thanks for reading x

Do you watch Anime? What would you recommend?


Thursday, 21 April 2016

Top Ten Bookworm Delights

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week a different question is posed and gives us bloggers an opportunity to share our top tens on all different types of bookish topics. This week's topic:

Top Ten Bookworm Delights

As you may have noticed I love books. Not only do I love reading books, I love the whole experience that comes with it. There are some really lovely book related experiences that make me happy and these are what I turn to on any given day. I want to share and talk about the bookish delights that make me happy as a bookworm. 

1. Browsing for hidden gems: Don't get me wrong, I love finding out what the next bestseller is via watching YouTube or reading someone else's recommendations. However, there is that part of me who just loves to wander into a book shop and just have a look. I can spend all day reading backs of books, finding something that triggers the 'YES, I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW!' I also see it as a good way to find new genres that I don't normally read. Fifteen years ago, all I read was chick-lit, comedy and romance novels. It wasn't until I decided to explore the Fantasy and YA section at my local book store that I fell in love with these two genre's too. It's good to push the boat out see what you can find. It's a great experience knowing you have chosen a book, that you don't normally read, and that you love. 

2. Pretty Covers: I know, I know... Don't judge a book by its cover. But sometimes I can't help it. If I see a pretty book, I will always read the summary and see what it's all about before buying it. Nine times, out of ten I like what I read and will purchase the book. Sometimes, if I love a book I already have, and I see it has a new cover design or it is a limited collectors design (whatever you call it) and I love it, then I will purchase the book.

3. The smell of a new book: Yes, I am that weirdo in the corner sniffing books. I just love that new book smell. I don't know what it is about it, I just love it. As soon as I open a new book, the first thing I do is smell it. It's one of my favourite smells next to extinguished matches and petrol. 

4. It's raining out and you have your book and a cuppa: This makes me so cosy when I am reading and it's tipping it down outside. Equally, I also like to read in my garden in the sunshine. But my favourite is when the weather is horrible, and you just have the comfort of curling up on the sofa with a good book and a drink...maybe something to nibble on. 

5. New Favourite Book: I love it when I come a cross a gem of a book, and I think 'Yes, this is going to be a bloody good one.' I tend to go into fangirl mode when this happens and all I think about when I'm not reading it, is what is going to happen next, or when is the next book out? I also start instagraming pictures, searching the web to see which actors I think will suit certain roles within that book. I even create a playlist. Please tell me i'm not the only one who does this.

6. Meeting people who likes to read the same books or likes your favourite author:
I love meeting new people. Especially when they share the same interests and books as you. Some great friendship have been made over the years. I am part of the All Souls Trilogy fan group which formed after the author, Deborah Harkness published the first book in the trilogy 'A Discovery of Witches'. There's thousands of us all over the world and every now and again some of us meet up and visit places that are in the books. I have met a great deal of my friends this way and I just won't stop doing that.  

7. Meeting your favourite authors: I love going to book events and press releases with Q&A's. I have met quite a few of my favourite authors over the years and it just makes the whole book experience even better, especially when you are still reading their book(s) on meeting them. Two years ago myself and a group of the 'All Souls' Fan group decided to go to the 'Witching Hour Literacy' event at Foyles because Deborah Harkness was on the panel talking about her books, as well as, Katherine Clement and Karen Maitland. You can read all about it over on my old blog - Foyles Witching Hour Literacy Event

8. Someone loving a book you recommended: It makes me happy to see someone enjoy a book that I recommended to them. Even better if that person thinks they will hate it or dislike the genre. I sometimes like proving people wrong or opening their minds to explore more.

9. Staring a new series from the beginning: Nothing fills me with anticipation and joy when you find a new series from the day it is published. You and other readers are all in the same boat. Will this series be any good? What is it about? Will the characters be three dimensional and will I like them? 
I dislike missing out on new series when the ship has sailed and all the hyped up interest has died down.

And Finally...

10. Author/Fan made content: I absolutely love it when the book your reading has drawings of the scenes, characters, family trees, and maps, made for by either a fan or the author. These are either inside the book sleeve or on tumblr. It just makes it so visual and real and does all sorts to my imagination.

Do you relate to any of the bookish delights mentioned above or do you have your own?

Jenni x
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