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Review | Binge | Tyler Oakley

Review | Binge | Tyler Oakley

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I'm writing this post at 2am Monday morning because I have just spent two and a half hours speeding my way through Tyler Oakley's Binge and I need to get my thoughts down straight away on this fantastic memoir.

As a big fan of YouTube and social media, I have been aware of Tyler's online presence for a long time but I've never been a religious watcher of his videos until fairly recently, so when I picked up his book it was purely because I'm nosey and like to know about other peoples lives! And I can certainly say I now feel like I know a lot about Tyler's life!

Binge is a candid and unashamedly honest look at some of Mr Oakley's biggest slaying moments and some of his lowest cringing and trying moments. We are told about Tyler's childhood and family relations, his rankings of Disney Prince hotness and what he'd do if he became Queen Bey for the day; as well as a deep insight into how Tyler is winning at the YouTube game.

Binge had me laughing out loud as well as close to tears. Tyler puts all his cards on the table in this book and his rawness and sincerity is clear on every page. Reading felt like a natural conversation and there were times when I just wanted to interrupt and ask a question! Everything flows perfectly, with creative and hilarious chapter titles and outrageous anecdotes throughout. Each chapter of Binge could stand on its own as an essay but Tyler cleverly winds them together to create  a perfect mix of absurdity and honesty.

I would recommend anyone (unless you're easily offended) to read Binge; not only is it witty and creative, but the overall arching message of family, friendship and the desire to succeed whilst remaining true to yourself, is something which I think will resonate with many people today. Go on, just let yourself Binge!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Review | After Anatevka | Alexandra Silber

Review | After Anatevka | Alexandra Silber

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Not just a writer, but a renowned actress both here in the UK and across the pond, Alexandra Silber has successfully made an incredible transition from stage to page with her debut novel, After Anatevka. The novel is a study of love and tradition in Russia in the early twentieth century and is the perfect continuation of Fiddler on the Roof and Hodel's story. Silber's writing is stunningly eloquent and she conjures up images of the long gone world with a delightful flow and accuracy.

With the ever growing popularity of sites such as fanfic and wattpad, there seems to be a desire to continue the stories of our favourite characters, but whilst these can sometimes be cheesy and idealistic, Silber's is raw, truthful and gritty.

We last see Hodel, the second eldest daughter of Tevye and Golde, when she is leaving her father in Anatevka as she gets on a train to Siberia to work and be with her love, Perchik who has been branded as a political criminal by the Tsarist government. As the train approaches, Hodel promises her father that one day, she and Perchik will be married in a traditional Jewish ceremony although they both know Tevye will never see this happen as she says "God alone knows when we shall see each other again". This is the final time we see Hodel and are left to to deal with the heartbreaking reality of what she would have faced when she reached Siberia.  

After Anatevka tells us exactly what Hodel faced in the corrupt, violent world she was placed in on her mission to reach her fiancé. I think what's most heartbreaking about this novel is how much truth is in it. Whilst this is a work of fiction, the happenings are not fictional and many, if not all prisoners of the state were treated in the same atrocious ways. What's clear is how painstakingly meticulous Silber's research was and how she was able to weave this all in to create a shockingly truthful portrayal of Siberia in the early twentieth century. 

As well as showing the pain Hodel experiences in the present, Silber also throws in little anecdotes about her childhood and her relationship with her sisters, especially her somewhat combative but loving sister, Tzeitel. Their love is clear and provides moving passages showing the longing she feels to see those she left behind. Perchik's backstory is also particularly interesting and adds a layer which is not seen in the show and shows why he fights his way through the Gulag's challenges so ferociously.

After Anatevka is a profound debut novel. Alexandra provides a sentimental, insightful and truthful take on a world where change and tradition and forever at war with one another and a beautiful look at love. Silber's writing flows with an ease and simplicity that makes it a joy to read and she is an extremely accomplished story teller.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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*This book was sent to me by WW Norton Books for review purposes. All views and opinions are my own*

Review | When We Collided | Emery Lord

Review | When We Collided | Emery Lord

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When We Collided is the first book by Emery Lord that I have read and I adored it. I've been hearing amazing things about Emery's writing but had just never got round to investigating for myself, so when this surprise package came through my door from Bloomsbury I was very excited!

Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.
Vivi and Jonah couldn’t be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi’s zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there’s something important Vivi hasn’t told him.

I've been holding off on writing this review for a while now, not because I didn't like it or didn't know what to write. I just didn't know how to articulate it in a way which would do the storyline and writing justice so this is me giving it my best shot. 

The story is told from two perspectives: Vivi and Jonah. Each character is written uniquely and wonderfully. One of the main subjects broached in this novel is mental illness which is discussed delicately and beautifully. I don't want to give a lot away about the story but both characters are extremely layered and we find new things out about each one right until the end. 

Something I really loved was the passions of both characters. Being an extremely passionate (borderline obsessive) person myself, I love seeing characters who love something so much it almost consumes them because it just feels more realistic to me. Vivi's passion is art and fashion whilst Jonah's is cooking. I love how both characters aren't afraid to show what makes them, them.

I sometimes found Vivi slightly annoying but I sort of felt that I couldn't judge her for anything because her actions were because of her mental health. It was kind of difficult for me though because I didn't know what was the 'real' Vivi and what was the medicated Vivi but I think that confusion adds to the emotion of the book and adds to the realism of mental health and trying to escape from yourself. 

I loved Jonah and he's for sure a cutesy YA book boyfriend who kind of reminded me of Etienne St Clair from Anna and the French Kiss but he was sometimes a bit too perfect. Of course he had issues in the book but it felt like he was just too good and dealing with everything and it was kind of unrealistic. I still loved him but I would have liked maybe a bit more focus on his problems and thoughts!

Overall I would consider this a novel about change. The characters we meet at the start who fall in love with each other throughout are completely different from the characters we end with. Its a beautiful story of acceptance, love and development and I would recommend it for summer without a doubt.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

*I received this book from bloomsbury publishing. All views and opinions are my own.

Review | Unfiltered | Lily Collins

Review | Unfiltered | Lily Collins

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I recently went on holiday and although my usual beach-reads would be cutesy contemporaries, this time I was very into autobiographical books, reading three during the week, one of which was the beautiful, Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me by Lily Collins. I have been a huge fan of Lily for as long as I can remember and have always felt in a weird way, that we were friends. Lily's natural talent for writing and personal anecdotes further exemplified this feeling and it was delightful to read such a stunning and relatable book.

Lily is one of my favourite actresses; Love Rosie is my all time favourite film and whilst it's clear she is an incredible actress, I was weary as to whether her writing would be up to the same standard or whether she was just publishing a book for the sake of it. I'm pleased to say that Lily is a phenomenal writer and her book is touching, meaningful and useful to so many people, especially young women.

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me is a collection of essays detailing personal moments of Collins' life, as well as offering advice to those who read it. Lily's main focus is on her feelings of confusion and loneliness as a child which contributed to challenges she strived to overcome in her adult life such as her tendency towards unhealthy relationships and her eating disorder. She explains that if she'd realised that other people- namely the women and celebrity role models- in her life felt these same emotions, she may have felt less alone and would've found it easier to ask for help. Therefore providing this guide to be that role model for young adults.

I think it's really wonderful that Lily has used her platform as an actress to help young people and somewhat expose the falsities of the 'perfect' Hollywood to remind us that no matter what our status in life or where we are, we are not alone. Lily strives to shatter the idea of impossible beauty standards through her candid and sincere writing. Whilst Lily, as the daughter of an extremely successful musician, obviously didn't have the typical upbringing, her writing makes her seem extremely down to earth and gives off the general vibe of an older sister imparting all their wisdom on their younger sister (or brother).

I wouldn't say Unfiltered is a book which will drastically change your life, but it certainly makes you think and it's truly comforting to hear such relatable stories from a Hollywood star. Lily's extremely eloquent writing is touchingly honest and she is certainly wise beyond her years. Her continual positivity is envious but ultimately inspiring and infectious.

"You deserve happiness. You deserved to be loved just as you love others. You deserve everything."

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Interview | Jennifer Niven | Author of All The Bright Places

Interview | Jennifer Niven | Author of All The Bright Places

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Jennifer Niven, is the amazing author of All The Bright Places and Holding Up The Universe. Jennifer is not only an incredible author but also a lovely person and she was kind enough to answer some questions for an interview about her books, writing and her life.... enjoy!....

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?  
I heard that you wrote All The Bright Places in six weeks. How!? 

Actually, I’ve been traveling so much lately for my book tour—and I leave again soon for a few weeks—that I’d be right where I am now:  home. 

For Finch and Violet's geography project, they visit lots of 'wonders' of Indiana. Where/what/who are some of your own 'Wonders'? 

My greatest wonder/bright place was my mom. She died a few months ago, and I’ve taken solace in my other wonders—my fiancé, my three literary kitties, my best friends, my family, and Los Angeles, where I live. I’m giddy in love with L.A., and it will always be my favorite place to wander.

In All The Bright Places, Finch's mental illness is undiagnosed, what made you write him this way? 

Eighty percent of people with mental illnesses go undiagnosed, and bipolar disorder is particularly hard to diagnose in teens. I wanted to alert readers to the signs of this illness so that they know to pay attention, to reach out, that you shouldn’t try to hide what you’re feeling from others, that you don’t have to do this by yourself, and that there is help out there for those who need it.

You previously worked as an actress, can we expect to see you acting the film adaptation of All The Bright Places?

That’s up to the producers and director, but I’d love to have a cameo in the movie!

What's your guilty pleasure TV show? 

I love TV! But my favourite show is definitely Supernatural.

I really just wrote the story I knew. Years ago, I knew and loved a boy, and that boy was bipolar. I witnessed up-close the highs and lows, the Awake and the Asleep, and I saw his daily struggle with the world and with himself.  The experience was life changing, and for a long time I wasn’t sure if I could write about it. But once I started, I found I couldn’t stop.

You've written fiction, memoir and non-fiction, what made you move onto young adult? 

Even when I was writing adult fiction and nonfiction, I read young adult books for pleasure. Of all the genres, I’ve always enjoyed reading YA most, and I’ve always known I wanted to try to write a YA of my own one day. In the summer of 2013, I was finishing work on the last in a series of adult novels, and I knew that for my next project I wanted to do something new and different. So I decided to think of a YA idea, which led me to the story of the boy I knew and loved.

Which author would you love to collaborate with? 

I’d love to collaborate with David Levithan because he’s not only THE loveliest person, he’s a brilliant writer and I think we’d have a lot of fun. I’m also a huge admirer of Melvin Burgess and Phil Earle, and it would be terrific to work with them.

When writing All The Bright Places, did you cast the characters in your head for the movie? 

Yes! I always pictured Elle Fanning as Violet, and now she’s going to be playing Violet in the film version, which I’m so, so excited about! The person I pictured for Finch is Nicholas Hoult, although sadly he’s too manly and mature to play the role now. As for the other characters, here’s a link to a piece I did on my dream cast:

What advice would you give to budding authors?  

Write, read, and work hard.  Remember to enjoy it. Don’t get hung up on making it perfect, because there’s no such thing. Write the kind of book you’d like to read. Write what inspires you.  Write what you love.

A huge thank you to Jennifer for doing this interview. Be sure to check her out on sisal media as well as reading her books.

Review | All That She Can See | Carrie Hope Fletcher

Review | All That She Can See | Carrie Hope Fletcher

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If you haven't read this book yet then you won't understand the significance of me wearing my pyjamas as I write this review. Whilst this is partly because I just got back from holiday it's also my little nod to the character of Cherry!

All That She Can See is the third novel released by actress, singer, youtube and author, Carrie Hope Fletcher and her third work of fiction including her short novella. As a prominent youtuber and West End star, Carrie has a huge following who of course support each of her endeavours including her writing. However, Carrie's writing is heartfelt and truthful and this work especially stands on its own as a great piece of fiction and I'm sure would do well with or without her loyal group of 'hopefuls'.

"Cherry has a hidden talent. She can see things other people can't and she decided a long time ago to use this skill to help others. As far as the rest of the town is concerned she's simply the kind-hearted young woman who runs the local bakery, but in private she uses her gift to add something special to her cakes so that after just one mouthful the townspeople start to feel better about their lives. They don't know why they're drawn to Cherry's bakery - they just know that they're safe there and that's how Cherry likes it. She can help them in secret and no one will ever need to know the truth behind her gift.

And then Chase turns up and threatens to undo all the good Cherry has done. Because it turns out she's not the only one who can see what she sees . . ." 

As an avid Disney fan, it's not a surprise Carrie's book has got a magical twist to it but aside from giving a fairy-tale vibe, it's also a very unique and interesting way to tackle the topic of mental illness. Carrie brings forth the idea that positive feelings can be just as bad as negative feelings and questions whether seeing our emotions would make us as act differently to ourselves and one another.  

The story starts with a romantic, airy, Nanny McPhee-esque feeling but about two thirds of the way through we take a twist into a dystopian world which I was not expecting at all. This adds another level to the story, making it more than a fluffy contemporary read and also shows of Carrie's versatility as a writer. There were points where I was on the edge of my seat and really didn't know what was coming. However, in saying that, the switch from the airiness to the drama was very sudden and kind of felt like a different book. I enjoyed it but was a little confused when everything happened so fast and came out of nowhere.

All That She Can See isa wonderful story and unique world. The characters have depth and emotion and I love how theatrical Carrie's writing is. The idea of everyone having magic in them is very sweet and I praise how real Carrie made the character of Cherry. She is kind and generous but does make mistakes and really comes across as a real person with faults. As with Carrie herself, Cherry is genuine and a great role model for young people. Overall  All That She Can See is a story about unity and the importance of caring for one another which is so important.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

*This book was sent to me by Little Brown Books for review purposes. All views and opinions are my own*

Coffee Book Tag

Coffee Book Tag

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Now I am a tea person through and through but recently I have developed a love for coffee which I never knew could exist, Mr. Nespresso machine and Starbucks cold brew have seriously changed my life. I know that's dramatic but sometimes a good cup of coffee is all it takes to get your day back on track.

So now that confession of my undying love for coffee is done, lets get on with the tag...

1. Black Coffee: A series that's hard to get into but has hardcore fans.

For me this has to be The Mortal Instruments, I personally love it but I know a number of people who have found it hard to get into the world or who just feel daunted by the number of books in the series. But once you're a fan, you're stuck and now with the TV series, many more people are becoming hardcore Shadowhunter fans.

2. Peppermint Mocha: A book that gets more popular during winter or the festive time of year.

Let It Snow is for sure a popular festive book. I personally didn't like it but that doesn't stop it being extremely Christmassy and it sure does look beautiful in festive bookstagram shoots!

3. Hot Chocolate: Your favourite children's book.

I absolutely adored Michael Morpurgo when I was younger, it was his books which really got me into reading. I particularly loved Kensuke's Kingdom!

4. Double Shot Espresso: A book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

RED QUEEN. This book had me hooked throughout, the plot twists had me going crazy!!

5. Starbucks: A book you see everywhere. 

The hype about the film is dying down now but The Fault in Our Stars still seems to be all around. I think basically everyone on earth has seen this book.

6. Hipster Coffee Shop: Give some love to an Indie author.

I am a huge fan of Indie books (check out my Indie book haul here) and one of my absolute favourites is Saving Yesterday which is the first book in the Timeshifters series. I haven't had the chance to read the second book yet but the first was so wonderfully writtenand I adored the story.

7. Oops! I accidentally got Decaf: A book you were expecting more from.

I absolutely loved The Fifth Wave but the second book in the trilogy, The Infinite Sea really didn't live up to expectation. I've got the third book on my TBR so I just hope it gives a good conclusion and is better than the second!

8. The Perfect Blend: Name a book that was both bitter and sweet, but ultimately satisfying.

The first two books of the Did I Mention... series by Estelle Maskame are bitter, sweet and satisfying at the same time. If you haven't read them then you are missing out, they're perfect summer reads and just brilliant.

9. Green Tea: A quietly beautiful book.

This without a doubt has to be Sarah Crossan's One. Its one of the most beautiful books I've ever read, every time I see it in a book shop I urge who ever I'm with to read it! All of Sarah's books which I've read are glorious, if you haven't read them, put them on your TBR!

10. Chai Tea: A book or series that makes you dream of far off places.

New York is my dream home and every time I read Dash and Lily's Book of Dares (yes, I've read it multiple times) I just want to be in Central Park. The whole setting and the romance is just magical to me.

11. Earl Grey: Name your favourite Classic.

If you told me when I was doing my AS Levels that Jane Eyre would be considered my favourite Classic I never would have believed you. But after re-reading the book without the pressure of school, I really enjoyed it. There are parts which annoy me but it really is a beautiful piece of literature.

So there we have my coffee book tag. If you want to do it then do and be sure to send me a link! I tag you all!

Review | On The Other Side | Carrie Hope Fletcher

Review | On The Other Side | Carrie Hope Fletcher

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Words cannot express how brilliant this book is.

When I opened this package and a little orange sweet dropped onto my lap I had no idea of the significance but I can now say that I will never think of these sugary gems in the same way. In On The Other Side Carrie has managed to create the most stunning, heart-wrenching, beautiful world which I fell head over heels in love with every word I read. 

From the first page I was drawn in to the skilfully crafted world Ms Fletcher has constructed. There is a fantastic mix of true realism with twinkles of magic and fantasy. The characters are extremely likeable with deep backstories and personalities that you can't help but become emotionally connected to.

Carrie of course has a lot of young fans so they will most likely be the main audience but this is by no means a young adult book. The writing style and brilliant approach to serious and emotional issues are definitely to be enjoyed by adult readers too. Although the story is highly emotional, there are also extremely humorous and witty lines as well as a lot of mentions of tea.... what else would we expect from Carrie?! 

For me I know when a book is good because I just can't stop thinking about it. I read the last page about a week ago and I still find myself thinking back to it throughout the day now. For this being Carrie's first fiction release its one of the most triumphant debuts I've ever read!

I didn't want to write a long review because I really don't want to give too much away about the story and I worry that it will just turn into a babbling fangirl session so in short, this is my number one book of 2016 and you should definitely rush to your local bookshop to pick up a copy and binge read it. The whole novel is just beautiful, it will leave you feeling warm, content, happy, sad, joyful and so many more emotions but its so worth the emotional rollercoaster.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

*This book was sent to me by Little Brown Books for review purposes. All views and opinions are my own*

Review | Night Owls | Jenn Bennett

Review | Night Owls | Jenn Bennett

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I'm finding this book really hard to review because I just want to write random words and shout at you all to read this incredible book but obviously that's not the way to go so I thought I do a bit of a different review which will be to tell you 5 things I love about Night Owls...

1. LGBT Characters- I think its amazing when books include LGBT characters as both primary and secondary characters. In a world as diverse as we live in, I think its extremely important to show different people in books because it just makes it so much more realistic and less "cookie-cutter".

2. Everyone's Mental Health is Important- Mental health is studied quite a lot in books, especially YA but I feel like its still sort of taboo and I feel that it can often be looked at in a cliched way. What I love about Night Owls is that it adresses the fact that everyone has mental health and that everyone struggles in a different way, very openly but very sensitively.

3. Art- Now I am in no way an art specialist but this novel really makes me appreciate art in a way I haven't before. Both Bex's love for anatomical drawing and Jack's love for graffitti are incredibly infectious. Jenn's writing conveys her characters emotions so strongly that you can't help but feel as though you're going through the same emotions and throughout the book, both their passions become your own passions.

4. Romance- The build up of this relationship just seems incredibly realistic to me. Its not the insta-love which is featured in so many young adult books these days. The build up is slow and heartbreakingly real. Everything is raw and the characters discover themselves and each other all throughout the novel. There's so much tension throughout and I was rooting for Jack and Bex from the start, I was laughing and swooning throughout. Jack is officially my new book boyfriend!

5. Sibling Relationship- Realistic is a word I can't help but keep using when describing this book. Every relationship looks at so many of the ups and downs real life people face. The sibling relationship in Night Owls is really beautiful.

There are so many more things that I adored about this book but I really just want to urge everyone to read it for themselves and discover this stunning novel. I'm so glad I picked this up and I can guarantee you will be too!

Review | Did I Mention I Love You | Estelle Maskame

Review | Did I Mention I Love You | Estelle Maskame

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When I was contacted by Black&White publishing asking whether I would review this book I decided to do some research and was blown away by the massive fan base and hype this book was already receiving. I then found out that the story started out on Wattpad and after thousands of views, comments and likes, Estelle's story caught the eye of the Scottish based publisher Black&White.

Another amazing thing about this novel is that Estelle is only eighteen! Crazy right?!.... Also very depressing because we're the same age and she's super successful whilst I'm just lying in bed watching Netflix and drinking tea. Anyhow Did I Mention I Love You? was one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a while and I've already recommended it to several people!

The protagonist of the story, Eden, is incredibly likeable from the start and has lots of characteristic and quirks which make her a really interesting character to read. Her stepbrother Tyler is equally interesting and the way they play off of each other creates a very refreshing and engaging story.

The writing of the novel is incredibly cinematic, set against the backdrop of LA, with each of the unique characters stories intertwining, I could really picture every scene in my head. I would love, love, love for this book to be made into a movie- it would be the perfect teen romance that I would probably buy on dvd and watch a billion times until I knew every word!

Some aspects of the novel were somewhat unrealistic and seemed to me a bit cliched but to be honest, in this sort of book I think they just add to the story, creating an idealised world that readers can wish to live in. Ideal however, is not the word I would use to describe Eden and Tyler's fated relationship, from the start we know it will be tumultuous but every plot twist and new piece of information about the characters just added to the difficulties- creating a perfect 'will they, won't they' story.

This book is the first of a trilogy and from the cliff hanger at the end I can guarantee once you've read it you will be dying to get your hands on the next: Did I Mention I Need You? 

Overall, this book is incredibly enjoyable, the characters, setting, plot and everything else are amazing and I have no qualms in recommending it to all of my friends! So be sure to get a copy, and whilst not mandatory, I would highly suggest reading it by the pool or whilst sipping on ice tea... or potentially a cocktail to really get that LA feel!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

*This book was sent to me by Black and White for review purposes. All views and opinions are my own*

Review | Red Queen | Victoria Aveyard

Review | Red Queen | Victoria Aveyard

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Sometimes there's so much hype around a book that however hard you try and avoid it, it eventually becomes impossible and you have to cave. Red Queen was this book for me. Now don't get me wrong, its not that I didn't want to read it by any means, its just I didn't want to read it and be disappointed. But I'll let you in on a little secret: no disappointment was felt and I am officially in love with a book.

Red Queen is set in a world where society is divided not by wealth or looks, but the colour of peoples blood; with Silver bloods being the rich and royal class who all have special powers ranging from fire-making to extreme strength and all the in betweens; whilst the Red bloods are the lower, poorer class, considered commoners and only good for being soldiers by the silvers.

Whilst being introduced to this fantastical world, we meet Mare Barrow a Red blood from the area known as The Stilts. Mare has never expected anything out of her life, and where the only options are to get an apprenticeship, learn a trade or become a soldier, she decides she'll spend her days pick-pocketing until she eventually ends up being conscripted to the war effort. Theiveing is something Mare is extremely good at but one desperate day, something goes very wrong and Mare ends up becoming a servant to the royal family.

After some extraordinary events, Mare discovers powers she never knew she had, powers that a Red shouldn't  have. The palace, eager to keep their Red, Silver division, try to cover up Mare's abilities by creating a story that she is the daughter of an esteemed Silver general and is betrothed to the King's youngest son. Mare is thrown into a world where nothing is as it seems, she struggles everyday, creating a lie she must live for the rest of her life. Varying feelings for the kings two sons and a growing Red rebellion are just a few things on Mare's list of worries. Throughout Red Queen, Mare must decide what is right when protecting not only herself and her family, but all those around her, especially in a world where "anyone can betray anyone."

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and was captivated by the world and the characters from the get go. The steady pace throughout and the twists and turns in the story, kept me on my feet and had me whizzing through the pages. The tension built up through the novel, along with little tidbits of information we must link up at the end compelled me to read on and by the end I was fully invested in the story and the characters.

There were some elements of the story which reminded me of other books I've read, but I feel like this is extremely hard to avoid so I wasn't put off at all. Overall, I feel that Victoria Aveyard's writing style and creativity make this one of the best books released in a long time and I can't wait to continue on with this series to see where the characters go.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Review | All I Know Now | Carrie Hope Fletcher

Review | All I Know Now | Carrie Hope Fletcher

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Carrie Hope Fletcher is an actress, singer, internet star and now author. Her YouTube channel, ItsWayPastMyBedtime, has reached over 600,000 subscribers and she is currently playing Wednesday Addams in the UK Tour of The Addams Family.

I have been watching Carrie on YouTube for quite a few years now and she's one of my absolute favourite vloggers! I've been lucky enough to meet Carrie a few times when she was in Les Miserables and she is genuinely one of the sweetest people ever. Carrie always lovely and kind, just like she comes across in her  videos. Her love of tea, fab wit, friendly personality and all adoration of all things Disney makes her instantly likeable and you just want to be besties with her!

All I Know Now is a guide to growing up as well as a memoir and I am so glad to have read it. Carrie's writing is just like talking to a friend, it's thought provoking whilst being funny and witty in parts. Carrie doesn't sugar coat anything and her honesty comes across as genuine and truthful making it a very personal read. The overall message I found from reading All I Know Now, is that  everything will get better! Whatever happens, there's something great just waiting around the corner.

The whole layout of the book just reflects Carrie's personality perfectly sharing anecdotes and life tips throughout and I adore the illustrations dotted throughout. Carrie really comes across as the 'honorary big sister' that she is to Hopefuls with this book and embodies al the qualities of a genuine real-person role model. 

The book focusses mostly on questions which Carrie often gets asked by Hopefuls, such as how to deal with stress, bullying, how to make new friends and how to get over a broken heart. Not only that, but there's information on how to be a friendly internet user, and what internet lingo all means- this book really has it all and features nuggets of wisdom that will stay with you forever!

All I Know Now is the perfect book for any fan of Carrie, but not only that, its an absolute must read for all teenagers, or even those older who just want some friendly advice! It's the perfect read for how to get through your teenage years and if you need a little inspiration in life. I can't recommend reading All I Know Now enough, and although not compulsory, I would urge you to read it with a slice of cake and a good ole' cuppa!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

*This book was sent to me by Little Brown Books for review purposes. All views and opinions are my own*