Thursday, 10 November 2016

REVIEW: The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

Title: The Sidekicks
Author: Will Kostakis
Publication Date: February 29th, 2016
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The Swimmer. The Rebel. The Nerd.

All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac's gone, what does that make them?


Rather than being a story of each boys lives after the death of their best friend, The Sidekick was a subtle way to explore the depths of friendship, acceptance and grief all in a very short time frame. This contemporary didn't pack a punch, which at first I was slightly disappointed about, but it's more of a slow burning and memorable read that even now I am still mulling over.

I liked that it depicted the bonds of friendship and how it can extend to those who seem so different but underneath all their veneer is still human and share the same emotions as ourselves. There were some really touching moments that I can still remember despite finishing this about two weeks ago. I liked that the different aspects of grief was depicted, and that there is nothing wrong if your own way of coping with loss is not deemed as "normal". I liked that the characters preconceived notions of each other were challenged until they realised that they never really gave each other a chance because they were consumed with their own worlds.

All three characters - Ryan, Harley and Miles - were written with some depth and because their narrative is from their perspective it was interesting to be in their heads and understand how they felt. However, it did become a little disjointed as I jumped from one person to another and I kept wondering what the other character was thinking while being with another. The character I found hardest to connect with was Miles and I think that came down to how his section was written. It was almost script like, which made me feel like I was just a viewer peering into his life and I just felt disconnected. I definitely found Harley to be the most real and personal, and maybe that's because I think Harley and I would've been great friends is he was real (haha).

The Sidekicks is relatable, touching and carries importance about friendship. It works towards delivering a message and I think on this point Kostakis has succeeded in doing that with his writing. It's a short read and worth discovering because I feel like this one will give everyone a different experience.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I've Added To My To-Be-Read List

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

Top Ten Books I've Recently Added To My TBR List
It was so hard to decide on which books to add to this list! I added my most recent purchases along with books that have peaked my interest and want to read ASAP. 
1. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas
I know, I know. How have I not read this one yet?! But I'm getting there guys, I'm getting there.

2. Zeroes (Zeroes #1) by Scott Westerfield, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti 
I do have high hopes for this series - a group of teenager with super powers who have goes on missions - so fingers crossed it pulls it off. 

3. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta 
Such an Aussie YA classic, I really hope that I'll enjoy this - getting ready for sentimental High School moments. 

4. Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow 
I'm surprised this caught my eye because I'm not a huge contemporary reader, but I do feel like this could be a tear jerker. 

5. The Thousandth Floor (The Thousandth Floor #1) by Katherine McGee
Gossip Girl set in the future can go two ways - I'm hoping it's the good way.
6. Learning To Swear In America by Katie Kennedy 
I'm pretty sure this book has nothing to do with swearing but I swearing is part of my vocabulary and I can't just let this one go?

7. Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake
Three sisters with three different powers ready to battle it out for the crown. Strap me in peeps, I'm ready.

8. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Gothic retelling of Jane Eyre?! I'm there. 

A fictional recount of the history of the 70s-90s criminal scene, this appeals to my love for History and Crime History.

Rarely do I read non-fiction but again history buff in me, I really want to check this out because a customer at my workplace actually introduced this to me. 

What Books Are On Your Recent TBR List?

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Thursday, 3 November 2016

A Very Overdue Wrap Up

It is now the end of October and it's been almost 3 months since I've last shared with you guys what I've been reading/enjoying. Although to be fair I actually haven't read that much. I'm just going to do a collective wrap up of what's been on my blog and the books I've read! 

Catch Up On

Before 2016 ends check out what I enjoyed the most during the first half of the year 

I write all about why Sirius Black is my favourite character and the role he plays in the series 

It was #LoveOzYA during July and I, along with other Aussie bloggers, celebrated it through a blog hop

Get to know me more!

I shared 4 reasons why I love blogging and 4 blogging tips and celebrated with a giveaway!

See what I got up to while I was away. Trust me, there was a lot. 



Reading Time

For Darkness Shows The Stars by Diana Peterfreund 
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan 
The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

I am currently working on more content so hang tight! I feel like August-October is always the month that I disappear from the blogging world and whilst excuses will always be excuses, life really does get in the way! I hope you guys have been fantastic though. I've missed you all!

How Was October For You?

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Thursday, 27 October 2016

Talking Personal: Hi, It's Me Again

Hi guys. It's me again. It's been almost 2 months since my last post and about 5 months since my last "Talking Personal". Much to catch up on, so shall we get started?

Let's make a checklist of major events just to keep things short.

The Sound of Music Musical 
I was actually slightly disappointed that I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would BUT the singing was amazing. 

Phillip Island Trip 
I headed off to Phillip Island for a girls weekend trip, which was fun albeit freezing. 

Graduation Ceremony 
My graduation was official! I was so nervous I was going to slip on stage, it was actually terrifying.

Vietnam Trip 
My Vietnam trip was a huge highlight for this year. I got to see my family again and I managed to travel up to Ha Noi - I'd never been before - and it was beautiful. 

Truth be told, despite how "busy" I was, I fell into that black hole of a reading slump as well as blogging slump and it was horrible. I couldn't bring myself to even look at my blog. I'm glad I was building memories in the real world with my friends and family but I really missed being here. I think working 6 days in a row for the past month or two has pushed me to come back because I really need to learn to find a balance. It's progress in the making, but consider me back. 

Let me know how your past month has been and what was your highlight. I'm excited to be back and talking to you guys again!

Tell Me How Your Month Was?

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

The "My Hogwarts Story" Tag - Imagining Life At Hogwarts

Original Tag Created By: Underland to Wonderland

The wonderful Underland to Wonderland created such a fun tag based around Harry Potter, and after seeing it circulating I was super excited to give it a go!

The jist of this is to imagine being part of this world and how your life would be! Basically what I think about everyday because let's be real, Harry Potter is life.

My Harry Potter Story

1. Are you a Pure-Blood, Half-Blood, or Muggle-Born?
I would say Half-Blood. I'd like to think I have an ounce of Magic in me, don't I? Don't I?!

2. Which wand chose you?

3. Did you take an owl, cat, rat or toad with you?
Definitely an owl. I love the idea of such a loyal companion as well as trusted creature who can send and deliver things for me. A snowy owl for sure!

4. Where did the Sorting Hat put you?

5. What House did you want to be in?
I think I was lucky to be sorted in my favourite House. I definitely have respect for all the other houses, but there's something about belonging in Gryffindor that just proves how brave and courageous you are. Or at least I try to be. 

6. Which lessons are your favourite and least favourite?
This is a hard one! Would definitely be a toss up between Transfiguration and Charms because that's pretty much what I thought Magic would be like. Least favourite would most likely be History of Magic just because of how Professor Binn supposedly teaches the class, or probably Divination. 

7. The form your Patronus takes is ... 
I don't have a favourite animal per se, but rabbits or guinea pigs are the cutest! A butterfly would be nice as well. Imagine the Dementors being distracted by them fluttering through the air. Ooo. 

8. When confronted with a Boggart, what does it look like to you?
Cockroach. I have a huge phobia of cockroaches and I would have no clue how to riddikulus it away.

9. Do you partake in any school sports or magical hobbies?
In high school I participated in pretty much every single school sport, so Quidditch is something I would interested in. Otherwise, definitely some type of book club!

10. If you have free time, where would you be found hanging out?
Soo many places to discover but for sure Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley when possible. Still, I'm such a home body so the Common Room would be the best place to lounge with my friends. 

11. You are most likely to get detention for what?
Talking back to the teacher, because that's actually what I would get detentions for. Occasional duels maybe? Or wondering off school grounds. Oops. 

12. What career do you want after leaving Hogwarts?
As any aspiring witch or wizard, being an Auror would be amazing, but something fun like coaching a Quidditch team or being a professor at Hogwarts. Because Hogwarts really is home. 

Have a go at this Tag if you want to, I found it really fun! Leave a link down below for me to take a read as well, I've been reading everyone else's and they're all so unique! 

How Will Your Life Be At Hogwarts?

(Images from Pottermore)
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