Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Night School by C.J Daugherty

Title: Night School
Author: C.J. Daugherty
Published by: Atom Books
Publication date: 1st January 2012
Pages: 454
Genres: Young Adult/Mystery/Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought.

Allie's world is falling apart...

She hates her school. Her brother has run away. She's just been arrested. Again. And now her parents are sending her away.

But instead of hating boarding school, Allie is happy. She's making friends. And there's Carter, a brooding loner with whom she feels an instant connection.

Cimmeria Academy is no ordinary school. Her classmates - and maybe some of the teachers - are hiding a secret. And soon it begins to feel like a very dangerous place.

Yes, I get it, I am very late to this. I remember getting this for review back when it was published and then giving it to the charity shop because it didn't look like my kind of thing. Something was quite obviously wrong with my brain because this is definitely my kind of thing. Honestly, people, this book is on the same level of awesome as The Mortal Instruments and you know how obsessed I am with that.

Why I didn't read this sooner, I don't know, but waiting for each book to come out would have been excruciating so perhaps it's better that I didn't. Because this, my friends, is one of the most incredible, exciting books I have ever read. Immediately after finishing this book I ordered the other books in the series and, let me tell you, I wouldn't usually do that because I'm so poor you might as well call me a peasant (don't). It's just... AHH. Basically.

I'm not going to tell you about the plot because it's right up there, and the less you know about it, the better your final reading experience will be. So, can we talk about Carter West, the main love interest? As if I needed yet another book boyfriend to add to my list. Why isn't he real? *flips table*

I just wish I could read this book for the first time all over again. This took me about eight hours to read with no breaks - yes, it was that good - and I didn't get bored once. None of it was slow, none of it dragged, and I was 100% immersed in the story from start to finish. Also, bonus point for the inclusion of panic attacks, as always.

Finally, if you haven't read this book, PLEASE DO. The tension, the suspense, the mystery, the twists... it's incredible, and with one of the best YA romances to boot, it's not one you'll want to miss. My rating system only goes up to five stars, but if I could I'd give it all the stars in the sky.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

6 Reasons I Unfollowed Your Blog

1. Your posts don't have dates.

Seriously. This is SO annoying. Don't mess with your readers like that. So, you last posted on Sunday? Which Sunday? There are 52 weeks in a year. I want to know if the information I'm reading is up-to-date or if it's from the dark ages.

Actually, y'know what? That's it. This is too much effort. I'm unfollowing. Sorry.

2. Your blog plays random music.

This is not 2004. Unless you're a music blogger, people come to your blog to read, not to listen to music. Not only can random noises out of nowhere be extremely triggering for some people, especially if their volume is up high, but also... music is personal. It sucks, but people might hate the music that you love, and if it starts blasting out of their speakers, they're going to leave. And you don't want that.

3. You have a pop-up which covers the entire screen.

The other day I was on a blog and just as I went to scroll down to read the rest of the post, a box filled my entire screen. 'Enter your email address for more updates!' it screamed. If you're going to have pop-ups, make them non-intrusive. Think about it: if you're covering my screen, I can't read your content. And you want people to read it, right? That's why you blog. Needless to say, I never got to finish what I was reading.

4. The writing is tiny.

Some of us have eye problems. I know you want to be hipster, but I'm trying to read your blog - please don't make me spend hours trying to find my glasses. And yes, I could zoom in, but I shouldn't have to.

5. Most of your links are broken.

I clicked on your archive... why has it taken me to your about page? And why doesn't your contact button work? I think I'm hyperventilating.

6. You use cursor trails.

Again - not 2004. If I move my mouse and it shits glitter, I'm off.

What makes you unfollow a blog?

Monday, 29 June 2015

May and June Favourites | 2015

Due to exams, I didn't get a chance to gather my May favourites, and so I've bundled those and my June faves into one post. It sucks but, hey, I'm officially done with school forever! Silver linings.

If you're not familiar with this feature, every month I show you the stuff I've been loving recently. It can be anything from books and beauty products to music, apps, and even places I've been and memories I've made. It's meant to be a chance for you to see what things I recommend other than books, but they always sneak their way in somehow. Can't think why.

The Library of Fragrance Cologne Spray in Jasmine // £15 // Boots

See? I told you; books make their way into every aspect of my life, right down to the fragrance I wear which is by The Library of Fragrance. I could go on about this one for ages; it smells exactly like the Jasmine flowers we used to have in my garden when I was little, and unlike most fragrances there is no hint of chemicals lingering in the air when this is sprayed. It's the most beautiful scent ever.

What I love about The Library of Fragrance itself is, not only do they not test on animals, but it is an actual, proper library of fragrances. They have so many scents, from ordinary perfumes and colognes that you would usually expect to see on the shelf to completely random ones like Paperback, Pizza and Play-Doh. If you ever see these around, you must smell all of them - some sound weird, but they're good! They even have a scent called Amber; I can't imagine what that smells like. And Sunshine! I really want to try that one. I could go on. Sorry.

The Library of Fragrance very kindly sent this to me but I was under no obligation to post about it. I'll definitely have to buy a replacement when this runs out.

All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher, The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan and The Baby by Lisa Drakeford // The Book Depository

Ignoring Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella because I just realised I've already included that in a favourites post - I guess that proves how much I enjoyed it! - these are my favourite books read in May and June.

You can read my full review of All I Know Now here, but I'll tell you now it really is like a big sister in book form and you won't want to put it down. I met Carrie in May, and I'm hoping to see her again at YALC next month. We'll see!

The Opposite of Loneliness is non-fiction and I still haven't got over how beautiful it was. It's truly inspiring and just about kept me sane during exams. If you want to know what I thought of it in more detail, click here.

The Baby by Lisa Drakeford is what I described as being 'the epitome of good UKYA' in my review. It's not live yet, but spoiler: I loved it.

Macarons // £1.25 each // LadurĂ©e

I know this is lame but I don't even care. Macarons are my favourite food, and when I went to see Carrie Hope Fletcher in May, I realised there was a macaron shop pretty much across the road from her event. The joy I felt inside as I looked at all of the beautiful, brightly coloured macarons laid out in front of me was probably a bit over the top and pathetic. They just look so pretty and they taste so good that I nearly cried with happiness. THERE WAS EVEN A MACARON TOWER IN THE WINDOW. HELLO. LOOK AT IT. Also, the shop itself is the tiniest space ever, has walls like a cave and is gold. Completely gold. Every surface including the walls, ceiling and floor is gold. So that was an experience. God, how have I written so much about such tiny desserts?

Slide The City London North // 13th June 2015

A few days ago I went to Slide The City. It's a worldwide thing and this time it was in London, and seeing as it was three days after my exams finished, I thought I'd better go. I mean, is there really any better way to celebrate than by chucking yourself face first down a slip n' slide the length of three football pitches? It was so much fun and it was only when I got home that I realised the boy next to me in the queue and then on the slide had been none other than Brooklyn Beckham. I guess you could say that I have swam (well, slid?) with a Beckham. So that's a thing? *dead*

What have you been loving this month?