Thursday, 15 October 2015

Monsters: One Hell Of A Disturbing Read, A Very Pleasant Ride

Title: Monsters
Author: Emerald Fennell
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A twelve year old girl spends her summer at Fowey with her aunty and uncle. She's always been a little different, obsessed with murder cases. So one day when a body is washed up on shore, she is overly excited. Then she meets Miles, a twelve year old who shares the same interest in murders that she does.

They begin to investigate the murder, questioning town members and digging for their own clues. But there's no better way to understand these killings unless you re-enact it ... right?


If you think you know what Monsters will be about, think again. I was extremely surprised at how far off my prediction of this story actually turned out to be.

Monsters follows two 12 year olds and their adventures on a summer holiday. Except I would never recommend this to any young children to read. This is by far one of the creepiest reads I've come across in awhile, only because it is very disturb. I was engrossed in the story because I kept wanting to know more. But I didn't realise that I was being pulled into this small town and their seemingly perfect lives. I liked that as soon as I started reading, I felt like I was part of the town and was getting to know everyone and everything about the place. The more I read, the more secrets were revealed - about the town, its people, and its history. It made for a believable plot amongst all the intrigue and creepy events.

The characters were all unlikable, written with undesirable traits. I felt some sympathy towards the main character, who had no name, but it was her friend who irritated me. I suppose though that they written in a way to convey some sort of message. All the characters though, portray some type of effect from traumatic experiences, which adds to the depth of the story. Rarely are mental disorders of any kind addressed in novels, so I like that Fennell has introduced this aspect into Monsters. I also love how she went about it. Fennell writes about these traumatic effects in a subtle way so that I was left thinking about the disorders and the consequences it had on the characters. It's not thrown in your face and saying "pay attention to me, I'm important as well," but is noticeable enough to actually bring out a response from me.

Overall, the story gave me a lot to think about. I definitely did think the grotesque/dark humour went too far sometimes. However, the general feel of the novel was intriguing and entertaining. I don't think the ending was satisfactory - in fact if I could I would change that. Monsters was surprising and very dark, but I think it makes for a somewhat fascinating read.

Do You Like Creepy Reads?

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

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Friday, 2 October 2015

September Wrap Up

September has come and gone. Check out how I went this month!

On The Blog
"Top Ten Tuesday"
I talk life back at home and what I've been up to!

Other Fun Stuff

Posts For Thoughts

Reading Time





How Was Your Month?

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Brownlow 2015: The Night of Nights To Shine

Every year when the Brownlow rolls around I get super excited to see the WAGs hit the red carpet. I'm not a huge fashionista myself, but I do love admiring these gorgeous girls shine - at least for the the night.

It amazes me how much effort goes into one night, and how often these girls nail their look year after year. No Brownlow night would be the same without the appearances of Rebecca Judd and Nadia Bartel. These two are pretty much known as queens of the carpet, although this year they both strayed from their usual style.

Judd's Egyptian inspired dress was made 24 hours prior to the event, with beads swinging below her knees. Rarely do I see her in anything but classic and sophisticated, so this surprised me. I'm not entirely sold on the dress but I do like that she went for something interesting on what is supposedly her last Brownlow ever.

I loved how Bartel glowed in her pale pink number, perfectly fitted for her pregnant body whilst retaining elegance. The intricate detail on the sleeve and train keeps the dress from being boring.

Recently engaged Jessie Habermann wore perhaps the most extravagant gown on the night. Whilst I love the back, I'm not particularly fond of the front or the feathering hem. I still think she looks stunning though and the ring shone throughout the night. I can definitely see her as being the next big name for the red carpet in years to come.

My personal favourites though come down to Keely Meehan and Clementine McVeigh. Some people would disagree, but the lace detailing on Meehan's shoulder is something that drew me to the dress.

McVeigh was by far the best dressed of the night. Her turquoise gown had a deep neckline that hugged her bodily perfectly before flaring out at the bottom. It was classy and elegant, and the colour was different to many other dresses. I also loved that she kept her accessories minimal, and her hairstyle emphasised her sophistication.

Still, no one could go past Nat Fyfe and his cane. He looked absolutely dapper and I just thought he deserved a shoutout - also the fact that he won the actual aware of the night says a lot.

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Who Was Your Favourite?

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Risk & The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks || Great Concepts, Not So Great Execution

Title: Risk
Author: Fleur Ferris
Publication Date: July 1st, 2015
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Taylor and Sierra are childhood best friends, but now that they're in Middle School Taylor is tired of living in Sierra's shadow. Sierra gets everything, including what Taylor wants. One day Taylor meets a charming boy online but before she can tell Sierra all about him, she finds out Sierra is about to meet him in real life.

Sierra asks Taylor to cover for her, but after days of not coming back. Taylor begins to get worried. When she decides to tell Sierra's family, Taylor is exposed to a darker world online and the dangers that are lurking behind a screen.

Title: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks
Author: E. Lockhart
Publication Date: March 25th, 2008
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Frankie Landau-Banks is exposed to the privilege society of her prestigious college after dating gorgeous senior Matthew. She's denied access to this secret society, but Frankie doesn't take 'no' for an answer anymore. She's ready to prove them that she's smarter than them, especially when it comes to the pranks that are about to happen.

Frankie could be a criminal mastermind. And she could get away with it as well. 


I have a double review for you guys! Just some quick thoughts on two books that had good intentions, but not the best ways of relaying the messages. If you've read them let me know what you thought!

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR List

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 On My Fall Spring TBR
Living in Australia means our seasons are a little different to the States, but nonetheless I've got a list for the books I really want to get through this Spring! I'm determined to bring down the number of books I haven't read on my shelves, so these were the choices. 

1. The Diviners Series by Libba Bray
2. Night Film by Merisha Pessl
3. Splintered by A.G Howard
4. Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes
5. The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Curse #1) by Marie Rutkoski

6. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
7. Fractured by Teri Terry
8. The Year of The Rat by Clare Furniss
9. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
10. Chasing The Ace by Nicholas J. Johnson

What Are You Planning To Read This Season?

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Saturday, 19 September 2015

Talking Personal: Life Back At Home

Hi guys!

So it's been almost three months since I came home and a lot has been happening. Most of them very exciting!

I managed to find a fantastic job and I've fallen in love with it. It's definitely not anything in my area of expertise but all the same, I love the company and the brand so I just enjoy going to work.mOther than that, I've also started University again. I did a Winter class followed by my last semester, and it just made me feel so much productive than when I was in Korea.

Last year of University also meant it was the right time to finally attend a uni ball. I haven't dressed up and attended anything formal in a long time, so it was nice to have a night out with the girls. Seeing my family and friends was probably the best highlight since coming home.

I definitely also enjoyed all the food I missed whilst away, including my mum's food!

Last night I went to see "The Lion King" Musical and it was amazing. The stage set, costumes and music were all brilliant. It was so creative to watch and my favourite scenes were the opening and Mufasa's death. My favourite songs were the "Circle of Life" and "They Live In You." Stand out performances were by Rafiki and Scar. If you haven't watched it there are still tickets available!

 What Have You Done This Month?

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Thursday, 17 September 2015

Queen Of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas Shines With Fierceness And Intensity

Title: Queen of Shadows
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: September 1st, 2015
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Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.


Queen of Shadows was an intense but extremely satisfying read. Everything about this was the perfect instalment that I had been waiting for. The story predominately focuses on its characters and their development. There is a lot of character progression, which is so good because it creates another dimension and makes them so much more believable and relatable. Celaena's story arc just keeps getting better and better. It's still possible to see her old self, but her new maturity and resilience really strengthens her character. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of exploration of Dorian and Chaol's character, although Maas does set up for possible development in the next part. Plotwise, events are clarified to fully understand the direction of the rest of the series. There were also hints of what could potentially happen, which I'm excited for!

Much like the previous books, Maas writing excels, being able to draw me in and keep me engrossed in the world. I do have some trouble concentrating during the first 100 pages or so, but that's probably because it was awhile since I read Heir Of Fire. There's so much creativity, it just breathes magic. 

If you have not read Queen of Shadow or even the series get on it! This is an amazing series that has an epic storyline and badass characters. Trust me, you won't regret it. 


(Warning: Spoilers)


It's amazing to witness Celaena the Assassin (both in Throne of Glass and The Assassin's Blade) transform into the mature and passionate Aelin, Queen of Terrasen. I love that she's found her true identity without losing her confidence and sassiness. I cannot wait to see her claim her own throne back and rule with her new found strength and maturity. I'm so proud of her!
“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.” 
I don't particularly like how Chaol's character arc was dealt with though, even if he isn't a favourite of mine. He's sort of diminished entirely from the brave captain to someone filled with doubt and hopelessness. In the scheme of things, it does make sense. You have someone who's blindly followed an evil tyrant and was unwilling to accept anything different. Once the world he knew crumbled he was pretty much at lost. Still, I would like to see some of the old Chaol come back in the next part.

Rowan is fast becoming a swoon worthy character. His physical appearance and personality is pretty much perfection. I don't particularly see his current purpose besides protecting Aelin, but there's this bond between them that does make their relationship development almost believable. Almost. 

Manon annoyed me so much until the last third of the novel. I like that Maas is using her character to explore the issues of morality and values versus obedience and pride. I'm super excited to see what her role will be considering she's now found some humanity and compassion.
“You and I are nothing but wild beasts wearing human skins.” 
Surprisingly, Lyssandra has now taken a place in my heart. She is wickedly awesome and her friendship with Celaena is so fun to read. I like that they can both rely on each other now after being manipulated against their each other all their lives. Very heartwarming.


The world has expanded significantly and will continue to do so. This gives the plot so much more potential and I'm loving the setting of each area. I'm curious as to see how big Terrasen will be and it's actual environment. 

Finally figuring out who the Duke really is and his and the King's actual purpose in breeding the Wyverns and relying on the witches help was actually fascinating. It really broadened the potential of the plot, and how much can take place in the future. I wasn't particularly interested in Elide's storyline   just because I didn't see a purpose. It's still early days for her though. 

The romance element is something I like only because it's the most realistic account of dating between characters. Well, "dating." She's able to date who she wants and see the relationship development before deciding if her partner is compatible and what she really wants out of a relationship. There's no instal-love that has stretched across the four books, thank gosh. I want to see her relationship with Rowan as stemming from their lengthy time with each other but also a pull from their fae heritage.

Something that didn't sit well with me though, was how Chaol and Aelin treated each other with hostility after their history. It was a little extreme even if their relationship ended badly. Still, I loved almost every part of Queen of Shadows. The wait was worthwhile and I cannot wait for the next part. I want it already *cries quietly.*
“They joined hands. So the world ended.
And the next one began.” 

Who Is Your Favourite Character?

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