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.

Book Review: The Little Shop Of Happy Ever After. By Jenny Colgan.

Hello, This is my review for The Little Shop Of Happy Ever After. I told you I was back and, more determined than ever!!

Synopsis(As is on Good reads): Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion… and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more.Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile—a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there’s plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that’s beginning to feel like home… a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (I have obviously been loving the books I have been reading recently haha)


Review: So as I have mentioned in my previous post about May Wrap Ups, there is a story that I will read countless times and the story is always about a bookworm who finds love. I have read so many variations of this story and I will never tire of it.

Jenny Colgan did not disappoint. She has such a way with words. This one was set in Scotland and for those few days I was reading the book, I really really wanted to move to Scotland. That is how powerfully descriptive she is. This is about Nina, a librarian who buys a van in Scotland and fills it with books. She lives in a barn conversion – which sounds stunning. She has some hilarious mishaps and some sweet moments with her grumpy Landlord Lennox. This guy reminds me of all the dashing heroes of yesteryear. He actually reminded me a little of Mr Darcy from Jane Austen’s classic; Pride and Prejudice. Nonetheless I really liked him from the beginning. Hes a hardworking farmer with a passion for his livestock.

Although the ending was predictable, this did not take away from the story. I loved it just as much as all the other 30684 stories I read that were similar. If you want a cozy read, then Jenny Colgan is your go to author. I mean, if you read The Loveliest Chocolate Shop In Paris; you’ll understand what I mean!!

She also does YA under the name of Jenny T Colgan, Resistance Is Futile is one of hers! 

Again, until next time… 🙂

Book Review: The Upside Of Unrequited. By Becky Albertalli.

Synopsis (As is on Goodreads):

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Review:

This book I read before Simon Vs. The Homosepian Agenda. Although there were a couple of cameos from Simon, it didn’t take away from how great the book was. There is just so much I want to say about this book and I do not know where to begin! You guys know that although I read absolutely everything, I tend to veer towards Young Adult.

For people my age, Young Adult is not seen as a genre that is important. It is really important though. This book had so many relevant references to how families and people are today that it made for a very relatable read. Molly the main character is an anxiety sufferer. This does not define her character. The fact that she has two mums does not define her either. She is Jewish and a donor baby with her twin. These are mentioned but they’re not the focal point of the story.

You would not have had such stories like these 10 years ago, even 5 years ago! It just shows you how much books have been shaped by our society.

I love that this can reach millions of kids and that it is the norm. It is just such a cute easy read about growing up and finding love. I related to Molly on so many levels. The premise is that she’s had a total of 26 crushes in her lifetime (in all of her 17 years haha). I was like this growing up!! I used to have so many crushes (mainly famous guys) and I would romanticise them so much!

The one underlying theme that comes across to me is that you love and you learn. You grow up and you change. Also, that you can count on the ones that you care about you and you care about in return! I highly recommend this book. It’s definitely one of my favourite contemporaries. I will read anything Becky Albertalli brings out. She has a fan for life in me. Hope you enjoyed this review. 

Until next time…. 🙂

Book Review: Simon Vs. The Homo Sepians Agenda. By Becky Albertalli.

Synopsis (As is on Good reads): 

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!!!!

Review:  I read this book after I read The Upside Of Unrequited. Everyone on booktube and bookstagram (yes, they really are a thing!) has been raving about how awesome this book is. I don’t usually jump on the bandwagon. Even if I do it’s always years and years down the line (Harry Potter being an obvious example). Anyway, I jumped on this Simon bandwagon, not only that, I was steering the thing! Haha. This book was so cute. Again, important too! 

Simon is this 17 year old boy that is gay and he has this blossoming friendship with a person he has never met. They email back and forth – these emails are ridiculously funny at times. The story goes on from there. I shall not give you any more information because you need to read it!!

 I usually do not become attached to a character. I did with Simon. I loved Simon. He is all that is pure and perfect with this world. Yes, obviously he is flawed but that’s what makes him great. I remember getting to a point where something was happening in the book that I didn’t like. So much so that I wanted to throw the book across the room! Haha. That’s how much love I had for Simon! Although, both of Albertalli’s books had a similar premise; they were also different at the same time. 

I wouldn’t mind if there was a sequel to this story. I would definitely love to see more adventures from Simon and his friends. Maybe even a story where both books meet! 

Simon Vs was a great read. So much so, it’s been turned into a film! I cannot wait until it airs! I highly recommend giving this a read if you want to smile, laugh and cry. Sometimes all at the same time haha. 

Until next time guys… 🙂

How I started blogging…

Hello guys!!!

Hope you are all having a great start to the weekend! This is going to be a long weekend with the bank holiday. This is one of the reasons that I love this time of year, all of the bank holidays in a short space of time!

Today I thought I would write about why I started blogging in the first place. So I guess you are wondering why my @ handle is @allisfairinloveandnails. This is the one I came up with a few years back, as I wanted to blog about books and nails (beauty). However, it never even came to fruition because I didn’t have much to write about and I was not confident enough to begin something.

I loved reading from a young age, it was something to pass the time for me. I was never one of those kids that liked to play outside. This was also the case for me as a teenager and a young adult. I would rather spend a weekend at home reading then go out with friends. I was never happier than I was whilst reading books.

Fast forward a few years, I was really into my reading, I was averaging a few books a month and I was obsessed with booktubers like Hailey In Bookland and Jesse The Reader. I wanted to do what they did, because they were not only reading and talking about reading but they were also receiving books to read and review. It looked like so much fun!

I was even encouraged by a lot of my friends and family to start this blog, but starting anything new is daunting so I did not start anything for a long while. This year though, I took the plunge and started writing a book blog. It started off slow because as I was not so sure what I wanted the blog to be like. I was scouring other people’s book blogs to see what type of content I wanted. What I came up with was to do it all! Bookish blogs and reviews and random posts. So I would say its a mishmash of all sorts about books.

So this is my story, I write because I love reading and I want the world to know! My posts have become infrequent the last few weeks but this is only because I am in a self imposed book slump (I am anticipating the release of ACOWAR). I cannot seem to read anything at the moment until the 2nd May! I am now going to make more of a concerted effort to post more and hopefully you will keep reading my content and take this adventure with me.

Lots of love xx

 

Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh. A Review. 

Helllllo guys!!!

 I’ve been away for too long I know! I feel like I keep getting back into a reading slump for some reason (I’m sure it’s something to do with ACOWAR’s release date looming!) So I haven’t being reading as much as I’d like to. So far this year I’ve read 10 books, my ideal amount would have been 16 (averaging 4 a month). Oh well! 

Let’s get into this review!! 

4/5 stars from me

Synopsis as in on Google Books: Mariko has always known that being a woman means she’s not in control of her own fate. But Mariko is the daughter of a prominent samurai and a cunning alchemist in her own right, and she refuses to be ignored. When she is ambushed by a group of bandits known as the Black Clan enroute to a political marriage to Minamoto Raiden – the emperor’s son – Mariko realises she has two choices: she can wait to be rescued… or she can take matters into her own hands, hunt down the clan and find the person who wants her dead.

Disguising herself as a peasant boy, Mariko infiltrates the Black Clan’s hideout and befriends their leader, the rebel ronin Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, Okami. Ranmaru and Okami warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. But as Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets that will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

My review: So this is my first book by this author Renee Ahdieh. I know she’s famous for her other series The Wrath and the Dawn. Which is a retelling of A Thousand And One Nights. I’ve not read this series. I didn’t have any interest for it, before Flame In The Mist. 

As soon as I had heard that there was a Mulan Retelling, I was so excited! I just had to get my hands on this book! As it isn’t out until the 18th May, I requested it from NetGalley and I was approved so thank you to them! 

I was not disappointed. This book was amazing, descriptive and full of Japanese folklore, magic and metaphors. Mariko was really relatable as it reminded me of my younger years. I, too was stubborn and sharp tongued! What I was surprised about is actually liking the co protagonist too! Okami, he was the possible love interest to Mariko but I was finding myself intrigued my his character and his actions! I wouldn’t mind reading a book just based on his history. 

There were many protagonists in this book but not so many that it was confusing to follow. They had a few paragraphs each. It was nice to dip in and out of their stories. The only thing that sorely disappointed me was finding out it was a series! I actually audibly sighed when I finished reading it! How is it I’m going to have to wait a year or so for the next installment?! Argh! 

That’s the thing with authors who captivate you with their stories. They pull you in and you try to get out. You try to act like you don’t care that there isn’t a satisfying conclusion but you do care!!! Excuse me whilst I cry into my pillow in frustration haha. 

All in all the book was great to read. It was nice to have a retelling of a story that doesn’t get spoken about as much as the other Disney fairytales. Mulan is my favourite and always will be. The author did this story justice. 

Ps: The cover is beautiful. Who would have thought that throwing stars fashioned into flowers could look so pretty!