Adam Silvera – An Evening with. 

 

Hello guys, hope all is well and you are reading all sorts!

I thought I would do a short blog post about a book signing I went to the other day in Waterstones Piccadilly.

I was perusing through Instagram a few days ago and happened upon Adam Silvera’s latest post. Not only was it his birthday in June 7th but he was coming to London for the first time ever. He was going to be in Waterstones answering all our questions, revealing his UK edition book cover for They Both Die At The End and just generally being awesome.

I was nervous to go because I was going by myself and also meeting and speaking with someone who I hold in such high regard. However, I should not have felt like this in the first place. Not only was the atmosphere friendly but it was so cozy!! I even made friends there, I wasn’t the only fan girl there apparently.

He spoke about all three of his books and the inspirations for them. His latest inspiration for History Is All You Left Me was inspired by a break up – very Taylor Swift haha!

I liked that he was really honest with his answers regarding some of his main characters mental health issues and his candid talks about sexuality in YA. I also loved that he has an unabashed love for Harry Potter, especially Cedric Diggory… haha!

All in all it was a great evening and I got my book signed! Made some lovely new friends which I am sure I will see again because this is definitely not my last book signing.

May Wrap Up and June TBR – I am back!!

Well hello every, how is everyone doing? Happy June!! Can you believe it’s June already? Where did the time go? So I am sure you have noticed that my blog has been a little quiet in the month of May.

I want to start by saying that obviously it was not my intention. I absolutely love writing and reviewing books and talking about all things bookish! I am an anxiety sufferer or what my doctor likes to call a ‘high functioning’ anxiety sufferer. It just means that I can get on with my day to day stuff. However, at the beginning of May, for me things seemed to get harder and harder to handle. The first thing I did was see a doctor who advised me to take some time off work and relax for a little. I cannot stress this enough, if you are suffering please do not suffer in silence.  If I had just spoken with someone maybe I wouldn’t have had the issues I had. I feel it is important to speak out about these things in order to help each other out.

Anyway, after my little break, normal service is resumed.  So in the month of May I finished one book from April and started and finished three others. So essentially I finished four books.  They were:

  • Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda – Becky ALbertalli
  • The Upside OF Unrequited – Becky Albertalli
  • The Little Shop Of Happy Ever After – Jenny Colgan
  • The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chobsky

First of all, I absolutely adored both of Albertalli’s books. They were funny, relevant, relatable and life affirming. Although they were easy reads, they did have a strong message of tolerance and acceptance. She sets up worlds where everyone is accepted for who they are regardless of colour or orientation. If not, there is a lesson where it teaches you about tolerance. I think everyone should read them. I understand that YA aren’t to everyone’s tastes but sometimes books transcend their categories because they are that powerful! All in all, I just wanted to be friends with Molly (Upside) and Simon (Simon Vs.). I felt like I could relate to them on so many levels. Simon Vs. is actually been turned into a TV show which I am so excited about. I just hope they do the book justice.

I have a type of story that I love reading again and again regardless of how similar each story is. The story is about a girl who loves books so much, works in a library and/ or bookshop. I have read so many books like this and I never get tired of them. The Shop OF Happily Ever After is no exception. Regardless, I loved it!! I fell in love with Nina and afterwards Lennox, I loved how bookish she is and the scenery in this book was spectacular. It made me want to go and live in Scotland! Jenny Colgan is great at writing such cute and immersive stories. If you like books like this, I would also recommend The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris .

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky was a recommendation my friend gave me. I tried reading this in the middle of May and I felt Charlie – the main character – read a little too young for me so I just put it to the side and started reading Jenny Colgan’s book.  When I told my friend, she said to persevere and I will make more sense of it as I read on. Boy was she right. This book took my heart, ripped it in half and then stomped on it with Doc Martens repeatedly, so yeah thanks for the recommendation! Haha! It’s about a boy growing up and learning about life’s up and downs. The good thing about this book is that it is open to interpretation. I feel like if there were more people like Charlie in this world, it would be a happier more loving place.

So these are my books that I have read in the month of May. Now on to my June TBR (To Be Read) pile. This pile is an ambitious one because I am not the fastest reader and I can barely read three books a month let alone the four I have on this list!

TBR:

  • Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling (For the first time ever, I know! Shocking!)
  • Throne Of Glass by Sarah J Maas (Queen)
  • A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J Maas (I need to start this soon!!!)
  • Waking Lands by Callie Bates (Advanced Reader Copy – Thank you Hodder and Stoughton)

So this is my list and I hope to finish these in the month of June! I will also have spoiler free reviews of the books I finished in the month of May if you are interested in reading any of them.

So until next time, keep reading!!

P.S. From Paris by Marc Levy. A review: 

Hello all!! 

How’s your weekend going? I’ve just finished the book I am about to review. I thought I would do it as soon as I finished so it was fresh in my mind! 

I requested this book from Netgalley and I was approved to read. So thank you! 

This book is PS From Paris by Marc Levy. This is his 17th (?) book. As described on the internet, he is the most read French author alive today. And now I understand why. I go on to explain after the synopsis. 

The novel is out on the 1st September 2017.  

Here is the synopsis for this novel as is on Google Books: 

On the big screen, Mia plays a woman in love. But in real life, she’s an actress in need of a break from her real-life philandering husband—the megastar who plays her romantic interest in the movies. So she heads across the English Channel to hide in Paris behind a new haircut, fake eyeglasses, and a waitressing job at her best friend’s restaurant.

Paul is an American author hoping to recapture the fame of his first novel. When his best friend surreptitiously sets him up with Mia through a dating website, Paul and Mia’s relationship status is “complicated.”

Even though everything about Paris seems to be nudging them together, the two lonely ex-pats resist, concocting increasingly far-fetched strategies to stay “just friends.” A feat easier said than done, as fate has other plans in store. Is true love waiting for them in a postscript?

It’s 4.75/ 5 stars. 

This book was just amazing.  I’m an absolute sucker for a romance story. Especially if they take place in Paris. Sometimes the problem with this type of story can be that its a little cliche and cheesy. 

This story was definitely not!! First of all, it’s a story about a novelist and a film actress, they both quote books and authors. That was really enticing for me! Haha. 

Secondly, there wasn’t just one protagonist, it had co-protagonists. The story flowed so well that the change of characters (every other paragraph or so) was seamless. Although this may be my bias because I loved them from the beginning. 

Thirdly, the story was so funny at times and had me gasping at other times. I found myself actually rooting for these characters to get together! Mia and Paul are so sweet and funny and smart.

The writing was great, I loved that both characters had the weirdest quirks. Including one where they both mutter under their breath. This made for some excellent and comical situations. 

And the writing within the writing? So romantic. It was a sweeping kind of romance that you really don’t get often anymore unless you’re reading Nicholas Sparks novels. But sometimes, those can get tiring! (There is only so much death a girl can endure! Haha) So this book to me was such a breath of fresh air!!

I liked that the characters were fully rounded individuals. They seemed to all fit together. Even Daisy, the best friend and Mustache the restaurant owner, Arthur and  Lauren, the other best friends; were a joy to read. 

I literally cannot express how wonderful this book is without spoiling it. It’s perfect as a cozy read with funny and serious elements. I think when the book comes out it is perfectly timed! The autumn would just be starting and the leaves start fallling…it’s great and sooo romantic.  

I am definitely now  a fan of Marc Levy and although this was my first book by him. It’ll definitely not be my last! 

A Review: Geekerella By Ashley Poston

Hello all!

I hope you are all fine and well! This is my review for Geekerella by Ashley Poston. This will be out on the 4th April 2017. img_2400

Synopsis (As is on Amazon):

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad s old costume), Elle s determined to win unless her stepsisters get there first. Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons before he was famous. Now they re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again? Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

4/5 Stars 

Review: I was sent this for review by the publishing company, so thank you to them.

If you have been following this blog for a while you will know how much I love fairy tale retellings. This is a Cinderella retelling, this is not my favourite of the fairy tales but I thought I would see if I liked it.

This book did not disappoint! It fulfilled all my geeky fantasies whilst being funny and current. I loved that the pumpkin was a vegan food truck! I really like the dual point of view it took. Elle and Darien were so meant for each other and it was nice to see both aspects of their life. I do not think you see the male point of view in most (not all) fairy tales.  The only thing I would say the book lacked was a continuation. Imagine if this became a trilogy? I would read them in a heartbeat!

The writing was great too, although it was heavily based on fantasy/sci-fi, it was accessible. Someone who is not into all things ‘geeky’ would be able to read it and enjoy it just the same.

This book is definitely a love letter to all fandoms and their people, I love this. I do feel we are underappreciated and misunderstood sometimes. There is nothing wrong with being a huge fan of something! Poston did this perfectly. As I have said before, can we please have a sequel to this book? All in all I loved it!!!!!