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Torn by Cat Clarke!

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Cat Clarke's novel Entangled is one of the most emotional, brilliant books I've ever read (I will review it one day!) so I was looking forward to reading Torn. It has a totally different story, and I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I enjoyed Entangled, but it was still an excellent read. I would rate this book 4 out of 5.

From Goodreads:
Four girls. One dead body. A whole lot of guilt.
Alice King isn’t expecting the holiday of a lifetime when she sets off with her classmates on a trip to the Scottish wilderness, but she’s not exactly prepared for an experience beyond her darkest nightmares…
Alice and her best friend Cass are stuck in a cabin with Polly, the social outcast, and Rae, the moody emo-girl. Then there’s Tara – queen of mean. Powerful, beautiful and cruel, she likes nothing better than putting people down.
Cass decides it’s time to teach Tara a lesson she’ll never forget. And so begins a series of events that will change the lives of these girls forever...
A compell…

Blogfests!

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Today I’m just going to mention a couple of blogfests that I’ll be taking part in over the next few weeks. First, there’s the What If? Fairytale Madness blogfest, which I got really excited about when I found it! This is taking place on August 13-17th, and the object is to pick one of your favourite fairytales and ask “What if?” You then have to write a scene from this fairytale in less than 300 words, based on which category you choose. There are four categories to choose from, and I chose Best Tragedy, because I like tragedies! The next blogfest I’m entering is Write Club, which begins on July 30th. I love the idea of this blogfest, and I love the book that it’s based on! I don’t think I’ll get very far in it, but it’ll be good for my writing experience. I’m also doing the August Camp NaNoWriMo, and I can’t believe it’s only a week away! I have no idea how far I’ll get in it, but I’ll definitely try my best. I haven’t done as much preparation as I wanted, but I don’t mind too much. …

Leaving: Flash Fiction Challenge!

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I found a new blog the other day called Flash FictionFlourish, where flash fiction challenges are set. It’s a great idea, and means that I can practise my flash fiction, and I tend to do this more when a challenge is set by other people! I also enjoy working with prompts.
I know I don’t usually post on Wednesdays, but I wanted to take part in this challenge, and this can also make up for me missing my Saturday post! This week, the challenge is to write 100-150 words about the following picture with the prompt ‘Leaving’, so here’s my attempt!
Prompt: Leaving


Lucy stood on the deck, watching the buildings get smaller and smaller until they looked like doll houses. Soon they would be so far away that she wouldn’t be able to see them at all, but she kept looking, knowing it would be a long time before she saw them again.
She could feel the fear settling in her stomach, gnawing at her insides. This was the most frightening thing she’d ever decided to do, and she’d had a lot of doubts about …

Angel by L. A. Weatherly!

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Today I'm going to review a novel that I finished reading last week: Angel by L. A. Weatherly. It's about a girl called Willow who is not like other girls - not only is she good with cars, she can see people's futures just by touching them. She doesn't know where she gets this mysterious power from, but Alex, who knows the truth about angels, does, which is why he considers Willow his enemy. However, the two are thrown together when others discover Willow's power, and the novel follows them as they try to keep hidden from the people who want them dead.
Favourite Character: this is a toss up between Alex and Willow. I love Willow because she is very likeable (unlike some other main characters I've encountered recently) and she doesn't depend on Alex to survive. In fact, at one point she protects him. It's nice to see a female protagonist who can look after herself.  I also love Alex, because as well as being really hardcore, he also has a soft side.


Least …

Awards!

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The amount of awards I've been getting have been steadily accumulating over the past few weeks, so I thought I'd post them today. A lot of them I already have, so I'll just link to my other posts. I'm a little depressed today, because my hamster had to be put down yesterday, so I thought it would be a good idea to post awards that I've been given, to cheer myself up a little.
L. G. Keltner, Jenn and Hazel have each given me the Sisterhood of the World Blogger award, so thanks guys! Be sure to visit each of their amazing blogs :)
L. G. Keltner and Jenn also gave me the Tell Me About Yourself award, so thanks again!
For both of these awards, I have to tell you all 7 things about myself - I've done this so many times that I'm running out of things to say! But I'll give it a go:

1. I'm going to be taking part in the August Camp NaNoWriMo, which means I'll be attempting to write a novel in August. I don't expect to actually succeed, but I figured w…

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto!

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Today I'm going to deviate from my normal routine of reviewing a series I've read, and review a book I finished a couple of weeks ago. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto is about three angels who come down to Earth on a mission to stop all of the bad things happening, most likely because of dark forces. Bethany, the youngest of the angels, then falls in love with a boy from the school that she attends, which is against the rules, of course!
Favourite Character: My favourite character was Xavier, the boy who Bethany falls in love with. Throughout the novel he's very kind and genuine, and cares a lot for Bethany.

Least Favourite Character: It would probably be Bethany herself, actually...she's one of those girls that, once she falls in love, she relies on her boyfriend for everything. At one point during the novel, Xavier and Bethany break up for a short period, and Bethany spends that time laying in bed grieving. What annoyed me most was that they broke up for a really stupid re…

Friday the Thirteenth!

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Ok, here's my short story for today! I decided that since it was Friday the Thirteenth yesterday, I'd write a little piece about that. It's kind of rushed, but I liked the idea behind it, so I hope you all do, too!



Friday the ThirteenthLavorna had always loved Friday the Thirteenth. So many superstitious, frightened people to play with! She had found that it was much more fun messing with people on a day when they expected bad things to happen to them, rather than on a normal day. It was especially fun to mess with people who didn’t believe in bad luck.
It was early morning, and she was busy searching for the perfect candidate. She flew above the busy streets, invisible to the human eye, and scanned the crowds of people making their way to work. Her eyes paused on a man just coming out of his home, looking confident as he made his way to his car. A quick scan of his mind showed her that Tony didn’t believe in the ‘superstitious nonsense’ about Friday the Thirteenth: perfect…

Winter!

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For the first time in about a month, I have no plan for the blog post I'm writing. At the minute I'm hoping that if I just keep typing, something will come to me! Schedules suck. I already feel bad for not posting on Saturday, so I had to post something today! It doesn't help that I was at work this morning, so I was up at 3.30, so I'm really tired! Finding it hard to concentrate on anything.
Ooh, thought of one! I'm really, really fed up of summer now. I've always been a winter person, but I do enjoy my summers as well, but this year I'm just fed up of it! It doesn't help that it's rained practically every day of summer so far, but still been stupidly hot! I don't mind the rain so much, it's the fact that none of my summer shoes are practical for rainy weather, and I'm not good with heat. I get heat bumps all over my fingers, and I get too hot rushing around at work (Asda seriously need to invest in some air conditioning). And it's …

The Immortals Series!

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I apologise for not doing a post on Saturday, I had a very busy day and couldn't fit one in! I went to spend the day with all my friends from uni, who I don't see very often these days! One of them recently had a baby, so we were all invited round for a barbecue and to meet her little girl - only a month old, so cute!
Anyway, today for my reading post I'm going to write about the Immortals series by Alyson Noel, which is well worth a read! Ever since the car crash that killed her mother, father and sister, Ever can see people's auras, hear their thoughts and if she touches them she can learn everything about their past. Because of this, she avoids human contact and listens to really loud music so as not to hear people's thoughts, and this behaviour has lead to her being branded a 'freak' at her high school. Enter Damen Auguste - the only person she can't get a read on, and whenever she's with him, the noise in her head subsides.

Favourite book: My fa…

My Goals for July!

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Here's my monthly post on how well I did on my goals for the previous month, and my goals for the next month. My goal post for June can be found here.
My first goal for June was to finish Game of Thrones, which I managed to do a couple of days after I wrote the post, so that was good!
My second goal was to finish decorating my bedroom, which was a little harder because of some problems with the wallpaper I'd gotten and waiting on a mattress, but as you can see in this post, I got it done in the end! I bought some new stuff for it today actually, so now I have a mirror, a picture and a fluffy beanbag chair in it too!
The next goal was to practise on my keyboard, since I hadn't been on it since January! I didn't do quite so well on this goal, and it took me most of the month to get started on it! However, I started the other day and have made quite a lot of progress, it just took a while to get started :)
My fourth goal was to write some more short stories, which you can…

House of Night Series!

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This week for my reading post, I'll be talking about another of my favourite series, the House of Night series. The series is about 16 year old Zoey, who has just been 'marked' as a fledgling vampyre. Throughout the series, we follow Zoey and her friends as they go to a special school for vampyre fledglings.
Favourite Book: I don't really have a favourite book in this series, they're all pretty awesome!


Favourite Character: Aphrodite, there's no contest there! I love her honesty, and I love how she always tells it how it is. She also has some very funny lines in the series. Also, once she becomes friends with Zoey, she sticks by her throughout the whole series, no matter what happens, whereas Zoey's other friends don't.


Favourite Villain: I'm going to say Kalona here, because although he's a villain, he does care about things, like his children, and Zoey.
Favourite Subject: Equestrian studies! I would have loved a class like this at school, because …