Thursday, 3 September 2015

August Wrap Up

On The Blog
Can I get a hi-five for being consistent in blogging this month? Blogging game on fleek tbh! Check out what I posted in August.
"Top Ten Tuesday"

Hear all about my trip to South Korea. I know I should shut up about it now

"Discussion Posts" 

September New Releases


Posts For Thoughts

Book Haul


Reading Time

Ok, I know I shouldn't brag but I am super proud of myself!! See what I've read for this month.


Favourites


Reviews

               

How Did Your Month Go?

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I Didn't Click With

Hosted By: The Broke and The Bookish
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish, where we list our top ten according to a topic of the week. Check out future topics here

Top Ten Characters I Didn't Click With


1. Alice from Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
I feel so mean writing this but Alice was not a character I could sympathise with, even though she was suffering from cancer. She was vindictive and manipulative, and I couldn't justify her actions.

2. Joe Goldberg from You by Caroline Kepnes
I didn't like Joe and I didn't like the book either. It's pretty hard to "click" with a psychopathic stalker.

3. Cath Avery from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Cath is such a controversial character to add to this list, but I just found her character to be irritating. Her stubbornness was probably one reason why.

4. Margaret Beaufort from The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
Nope to this overly ambitious lady who lived in her delusional world.

5. Frankie Landau-Banks from The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart  
I have a review for this book coming up soon, which will definitely outline why I dislike Frankie. Keep an eye out for that.


6. Catelyn Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R Martin
I didn't like Catelyn right from the get go. Her attitude to certain people around her and actions that may or may not lead to other events in the novel really annoyed me.

7. Chloe from Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
Chloe is an interesting character because she was written very realistically but her actions didn't sit well with me.

8. Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare
Tessa was an okay character to me. Nothing exciting - I felt like she added nothing to the story.

9. Tucker from Unearthly Series by Cynthia Hand
There's something about Tucker that, despite his rough yet sweet nature, I just can't seem to fall for. On the contrary I was all for Team Christian.

10. Dimitri Belikov from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead 
I'm not sure if Dimitri really belongs under this topic, but I loved his character right up until Blood Promise. From then on I just could not deal with him.

Who's On Your List?

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Sunday, 30 August 2015

The Waiting List: September

The Waiting List is a feature hosted by PrintedWordsAnd, where I list some upcoming releases for the month that I'm most excited about! 


Fantasy 

1. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
 I'm pretty sure this is one of my most anticipated releases for this year, and I won't be surprised if that's the same for several other people out there! 
2. Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum
 A retelling of Peter Pan before we knew him as the boy who lived? Yes please!! 
3. Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo
4. Menagerie by Rachel Vincet 
5. Zeroes (Zeroes #1) by Scott Westerfeld


Contemporary 


1. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
2. The Next Together by Lauren James 
3. Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales
A road trip contemporary is probably the best read for the upcoming Spring/Summer months. Hopefully it won't disappoint. 
4. What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler


Thriller/Horror


1. The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly 
2. Blood and Salt by Kim Leggett
3. Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics
I've never really read a horror novel before, but a girl who's just moved into a blood covered house and is carrying a baby? That sure spells trouble. 

What Are You Waiting For?



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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Black Cairn Point - Claire McFall

Title: Black Cairn Point
Author: Claire McFall
Publication Date: 6th August, 2015
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Two survivors, one terrible truth.

Heather agrees to a group camping holiday with Dougie and his friends because she's desperate to get closer to him. But when the two of them disturb a pagan burial site above the beach, she becomes certain that they have woken a malevolent spirit. Something is alive out there in the pitch-black dark, and it is planning to wreak deadly revenge.

One year later Heather knows that she was very lucky to escape Black Cairn Point but she is still waiting for Dougie to wake from his coma. If he doesn't, how will she prove her insanity, and her innocence?


Review

Black Cairn Point is a baffling read that has taken me awhile to wrap my head around. I'm impressed that Claire McFall manages to combine aspects of supernatural and thriller into one, which is not something that is commonly seen in Young Adult. However, I'm not completely sold on the entire package.

The story switches between present and past to reveal the mystery, and it's the type of set up that I really like when reading thrillers. There's a sense of anticipation, which really enhances my reading experience. Yet, I found myself more invested in the present than Heather's retelling of the event. Her emotions came across more strongly in those parts, and I could really feel her despair and isolation, especially from being labelled delusional by her friends and family.

In the flashbacks, whilst Heather's voice is still prominent, I wasn't fully engaged. The mystery started off strongly and I was really interested to see where it would go. I suppose being a reader who doesn't invest time in paranormal reads, the supernatural elements in this did seem a little far fetched to me. It was possible to sense the fear and danger the characters faced but I did rush a little at the end to reach the end and discover the actual truth. Emma, Heather's friend, made the fear most believable. Her reaction to the unnatural events were spooky and grabbed my attention again.

What I liked about this, and kept me reading, was that the entire time I had to constantly question whether I believed Heather's story or if she really did murder her friends. So when the ending rolled around I was completely blown away by the revelation. It left me baffled and I did have to back and re-read some parts to grasp the entirety of the novel. Even now I'm still slightly shocked about the ending, and I definitely think it made up for the other parts that didn't hold my interest. Now that I think about it, this was the gem of the novel.

McFall has devised a plot that, even though didn't run smoothly, has left me questioning the characters even weeks after reading it. The creepiness lingers because I'm still stumped at which side of Heather to believe in. I love that she is such an unreliable narrator and it opens up to so many possibilities. I would've liked to maybe understand more about Heather and Dougie, and a better explanation behind the ending, but I guess that just adds to the mystery of things. I would say read it, just to for the ending itself.

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of Black Cairn Point upon request from The Five Mile Press for review. This does not influence my view on this book. 

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: If I Taught Books to Film Adaptations 101

Hosted By: The Broke and The Bookish
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish, where we list our top ten according to a topic of the week. Check out future topics here.

Top Ten Books In My Syllabus For Books To Film Adaptations 101
If there was a subject which meant that I could read and watch some of my favourite books then I would hands down be in the class front row and centre. You get the best of both worlds really.


1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
One of the few movies that I can say is way better than the book. I loved the portrayal of Amy in this and excelled in her role.

2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
It's hard to find a list of "best move adaptations" that does not list To Kill A Mockingbird.

3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Everything about this, from the camera techniques, to music and costumes, is hands down amazing. Not to mention Leo.

4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The battle here is whether to choose the TV Show or the Film. Hmm.

5. Matilda by Roald Dahl



6. Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
I know the Tim Burton version isn't exactly like the original Alice In Wonderland story, but it is still a great movie to watch and really reflects the craziness that is Wonderland.

7. Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
One of the best YA adaptations I've seen to date.

8. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S Lewis

9. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
I remember studying this myself and found it to be touching and the emotions flowed through in the movie as well.

10. How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
Just for fun tbh.

Link Me Your Top Ten List This Week!



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Monday, 24 August 2015

Bout of Books 14.0

Bout of Books
Out of all the read-a-thons I've done I'm pretty sure this round of Bout of Books has been the worse for me. I started out wanting to finish around 3 to 4 books but alas, I only got through 1 and have about 20 pages left for my 2nd book. How appalling is that?!

Books: 1
Black Cairn Point by Claire McFall
Picnic At Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

Page Count:  495



I really don't know what to say besides the fact that I clearly did terrible. Hopefully next Bout of Books I read a bit more!


How Did You Guys Go?

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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Talking Personal: South Korea Travel Diary


If you guys didn't already know, although I'm pretty sure considering I've talked about it way too often, I went off an exchange trip to Korea! It was absolutely insane and every bit worth it. I loved almost every single moment I was there and I learnt so much more about myself.

I filmed three videos addressing a few areas about the exchange I wanted to share with you guys. I talk about (1) Places (2) Food and (3) Exchange Experience. There are a couple of video clips of the place and plenty of photos.

Travel Diary



Spotlight


Restaurants
Myeongdong Kyoja
Homemade noodles and steamed dumplings
29 Myeongdong 10-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Directions: Myeongdong Station (Line 1), Exit 4.

YooGaNae Ddak Galbi
Stir fry chicken and cabbage
Chain restaurant - various locations
Suggestion: Hongdae - Hongik Uni Station (Line 2). Exit 9.

Solbing 
Shaved ice dessert
Chain restaurant - various locations
Suggestion: Myeondong Statio (Line 1). Exit 4.

Suji's Deli
New York Deli
2nd Floor, 134 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Directions: Noksapyeong (Line 6). Exit 3.

Primo Baccio Bacci
Italian Restaurant
816-3, Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
Directions: Gangnam Station (Line 2). Exit 7.

Shopping
Gangman // Express Bus Terminal Underground Shopping Centre
Gangnam Station - Line 2
Express Bus Terminal Station - Line 3, 7 or 9.

Ewha Woman's University // Hongdae Street Shops
Ewha Woman's University - Line 2. Exit 2 or 3. Walk straight 5 minutes.
Hongdae (Hongik Uni) - Line 2. Exit 9.

Bars/Clubs
Ellui Seoul
129 Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
TIP: Keep an eye out for Free Entrance offered on Facebook

Club Syndrome 
578-1 Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
TIP: Head upstairs for Hip Hop if Dance/EDM isn't your thing. (Also don't jump into the pool)

NB2 (Noise Basement)
361-10 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
TIP: Go on weekdays to avoid suffocating crowds - Wednesdays are great!

Persian Land
Hongik University (Line 2). Exit 9.
This is in an obscure place but it's highlighted by a round yellow sign before walking down stairs.
TIP: $2 tequila shots.

Where Do You Guys Want To Travel To?



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