Asking For It by Louise O’Neill

Asking For IT

Asking For It

by Louise O’Neill

Published: 3rd September 2015

Publisher: Quercus Books

Blurb

It’s the beginning of summer, and Emma O’Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy and confident. One night, there’s a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma.

The next day, she wakes up on the front porch of her house. She doesn’t know how she got there. She doesn’t know why she’s in pain.

But everyone else does. Photographs taken at the party show – in great detail – exactly what happened to Emma that night.

But sometimes people don’t want to believe what’s right in front of them, especially if the truth concerns the town’s heroes…

Review

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The Grown Up by Gillian Flynn

The Grown Up

The Grown Up

by Gillian Flynn

Published: 5th November 2015

Publisher: W&N

Blurb

A young woman is making a living faking it as a cut-price psychic (with some illegal soft-core sec work on the side). She makes a decent wage mostly by telling people what they want to hear. But then she meets Susan Burke.

Susan moved to the city one year ago with her husband and 15-year-old stepson Miles. They live in a Victorian house called Caterhook Manor. Susan has become convinced that some malevolent spirit is inhabiting their home. The young woman doesn’t believe in exorcism or the supernatural. However when she enters the house for the first time, she begins to feel it too, as if the very house is watching her, waiting, biding its time…

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Kill My TBR update

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Hello lovelies – today I thought I’d update you with my project Kill My TBR progress

You may remember in 2015, I began a little project to take the number of books I had yet to read down to a manageable amount. You can read my first post about that here: Project ‘Kill My TBR’ This was in no way going to be easy, as I’d got over 200 books on my to be read pile. As it has been just over a year since I began this project, I figured I’d let you know how I’m getting on with it.

Step One: Un-hauling

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Was Spoiled For

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Hello lovelies – it’s Wednesday so that means it’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday!

Top 5 Wednesday’s is a group on Goodreads that was created by Lainey from the booktube channel, GingerReadsLainey. This group is open to any Booktuber or blogger that would like to get involved. Basically, there’s a list of topics every Wednesday and you find five things that fit well for the topic.

You can find the group here: Top 5 Wednesday

This week the topic is: Books I Was Spoiled For

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Girl Online On Tour by Zoë Sugg

Girl Online On Tour

Girl Online On Tour

by Zoë Sugg

Published: 22nd October 2015

Publisher: Penguin

Blurb

Penny’s bags are packed.

When Noah invites Penny on his European music tour, she can’t wait to spend time with her rock-god-tastic boyfriend.

But, between Noah’s jam-packed schedule, less-than-welcoming bandmates and threatening messages from jealous fans, Penny wonders whether she’s really cut out for life on tour. She can’t help but miss her family, her best friend Elliot . . . and her blog, Girl Online.

Can Penny learn to balance life and love on the road, or will she lose everything in pursuit of the perfect summer?

Review

When Zoë Sugg revealed she was releasing a sequel to her debut, Girl Online, it’s safe to say I felt a little apprehensive. There was a fair bit of drama revolving the fact it was ghost written, and I wondered if this one would also be ghost written. As far as I know, this is a novel written by only Zoë.

I should begin by saying that I had enjoyed the first novel, as I had gone into it without a ton of expectations. As many of you probably already know, Zoë Sugg is a well-known vlogger on Youtube amassing 10million+ subscribers. With that being said, Zoë has a demographic that is mainly younger girls, and so I believe the Girl Online books are targeted for that audience. I’m a 26 year old female, and so I will not likely have the same reading experience. I’ve written this review with that in mind.

Girl Online On Tour picks up a few month after the previous instalment left off. Penny is anticipating seeing her famous musician boyfriend, Noah, for the first time in a while. She will be joining him on his tour across Europe. We find out that Penny is continuing to blog, but none of the posts appear online because of backlash she suffered through in the previous novel.

At times I found the book to be overly descriptive, going past the purpose of creating a scene for the reader. This frustrated me a little. Otherwise, the language and metaphors seem appropriate for the target audience. I liked that Penny references social media outlets etc., it reflects the generation nicely and will be relatable.

Regarding the plot, I felt it had a few devices that made the story a little more interesting – including a blackmailing troll and drama with her boyfriend. With that being said, it was incredibly predictable and at times far-fetched. I suppose because it’s a contemporary that borders on a dream world. The vast majority of 16year olds don’t get to jet off with a famous musician, and it kind of reminds me of fanfiction you find online.

Usually when I read book, it’s easy to take on the narrative, characters etc. independently from the author. However, with the Girl Online books, I find it hard to separate the material from the author’s notoriety. I’m a viewer of Zoë ‘s and the protagonist, Penny, is basically an extension of Zoë. They say to write what you know, and I suppose that is exactly what the author has done.

All of the quirky, likeable qualities that I see in Zoë shine through in her protagonist. Penny is a nice enough character, but I don’t see Penny – red hair, freckles and all – I see the 25 year old Zoë instead. That’s why I feel it seems really young, because I’m seeing Zoë instead of her character, and there’s nearly a 10 year gap in age.

Overall, it was a quick read – and despite it being predictable and at times over written, I feel like I enjoyed it for what it is was. My 13 year old self would have loved this for sure! It would have been great escapism when I was younger.

I’d only really recommend this to younger readers, in their teens and fans of Zoë.

Movies I’m Anticipating in 2016

movie releases 2016

Hey lovelies – today I’d like to share with you the movies I’m looking forward to seeing in 2016

I felt like 2015 was a decent year for movies, granted I didn’t go to the cinema a ton – unfortunately. It was such a decent year for films, because it featured the final movies of series, such as The MockingJay pt 2, and the continuation of series. I’m always sad when I know those series have ended and that I’m unable to watch anymore from that particular world. For example, when the last Hobbit installment was released I was excited but also really sad!

This year there are lots of films I’m looking forward to, and here are a selection of them:

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Top 5 Wednesday: Biggest Badasses

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Hello lovelies – it’s Wednesday so that means it’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday!

Top 5 Wednesday’s is a group on Goodreads that was created by Lainey from the booktube channel, GingerReadsLainey. This group is open to any Booktuber or blogger that would like to get involved. Basically, there’s a list of topics every Wednesday and you find five things that fit well for the topic.

You can find the group here: Top 5 Wednesday

This week the topic is: Biggest Badasses

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