Monday, 20 November 2017

WHAT I LOVE ABOUT WINTER/CHRISTMAS

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And since Winter is fast approaching,
I thought I'd talk about something slightly different today.
MY LOVE FOR WINTER/CHRISTMAS
Here's why I love it so much.
Enjoy!


1. All the Christmas books, i.e. Harry Potter
Books like Let It Snow (which is being made into a film), and Harry Potter are just the right fit to read for this time of the year. There's just something about the Harry Potter series that screams family, and love and happiness, which is what Christmas is about.
Also, for me. Something about Christmas makes me want to read fluffy contemporaries. I don't know if I'm alone in that, but I'm never in the mood to read anything too depressing.
With the exception of If I Stay. Maybe.


2. All the films.
Okay so, films like Wizard of Oz, and The Holiday, Elf, The Grinch and The Nightmare Before Christmas are on constantly. And at this point, I just love it. I'll even watch one or two tear-jerkers. (For example, I have The Theory of Everything recorded and I'm waiting for Christmas to watch it).
But these films are a big part of why I love Christmas, just because It's nice to sit, and watch with your family.


3. All the Disney films.
There's nothing like having a whole day dedicated to Disney.
I wouldn't know... I've never had the chance, but I would love to try it. Like, I am a huge fan of Disney, I know (most) of the soundtracks off by heart.
Not all of them, but when I discover a new soundtrack, I get obsessive.
But, Disney. Disney, and Winter, and Christmas just go together hand in hand.


4. All the lovely hot beverages.
Not just the hot chocolate with HONEYCOMB, but the spiced gingerbread lattes. Those drinks are LIFE.
Who else agrees?


And finally...
5. LAYERS.
The amount of layers you put on during winter is ridiculous. (In a good way). Like, there's barely any fashion trend, but just being comfortable. Scarves, hats, gloves, I just love it.
Don't ask me why.


So that is : What I Love About Winter/Christmas!
I hope you enjoyed it, and hey! Let me know what you love about winter/Christmas in the comments below and we can chat about it!
I know this was a bit different, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I hope you did too!
Byeeee!

-Abi xxxxx

Friday, 17 November 2017

Books 61-70 of 2017

Okay, so, it's been a while since I've done one of these...


Oh, hello!
How have you guys been?
So, this is a post today that I've more or less neglected...
Today I'm doing a post on Books 61-70!
I say I've kind of neglected this post. but really, I'm one book finish off from having to do the next one after this!
So, I really have been putting off this post!
Here's Books 61-70 of 2017!
Enjoy!


These two! I finally realise the hype. This trilogy deserves everything that has been said about it and more, because believe me when I say- there is nothing else like it. I can't believe how long I waited until I picked it up, but I am so happy now I have. Links to my reviews in the titles.
:) :) :) :)

63. We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart
If you've read this book, you'll understand. You don't even realise half the things that are taking place within this book until close enough the ending. Your mind basically breaks when you realise, and then you scan through all the clues that you totally and completely missed when reading it through, and it all makes sense. And you kick yourself for not getting it sooner. But that in no way lessens the enjoyment of this book. Like, I'm remembering this book now, when I'm typing this, and the wrench it my gut to pick it up again is almost overwhelming. Just, pick it up.
64. The Start of Me and You, by Emery Lord
Okay, when I first saw this, I wasn't totally obsessed at the start. I'd heard of Emery Lord, from last year's release, When We Collided. I'd heard he was good, but he just wasn't on my radar, really. And when I saw this, I wasn't really all that excited. I'd seemingly read a bunch of books similar to this only recently, and I wasn't that keen to repeat that experience. But, on a random whim, I picked it up. And I finished it in, I kid you not. One afternoon. Not even a day. Because it was absolutely amazing, that's why.

65. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1), by Cassandra Clare
Cassie Clare has done it again. I didn't soar through this as much as I did TID, but it was a supreme read, if I say so myself. This book pulled at my heartstrings, caught between the struggle that is Emma and Julian, and everything that's going through the story. I think I'll leave Lord of Shadows until 2018, but I can't wait to divulge into the wonderful Shadowhunter world, and see what happens next!

66. The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson
Not the best cover, but I still enjoyed it immensely. It kind of creeps up on you, really. Having read I'll Give You The Sun first, I can tell that Jandy Nelson got better between the two novels, but it was still an enjoyable read, and one that will stick with you long after you finish the final page. Maybe not an absolute favourite read, but I have to say it's close. And I loved the way the music tied into the whole book too.

If you want to see any more in depth thoughts you could check out my (spoiler-free) review. No, but if you are in the mood for a Sci-fi, virtual reality book, pick this up. It's fairly short, so you don't have to battle your way through too much, (or anything at all, really, because it's so easy reading). But whether you're a gamer or not, this is a must for any YA reader!

68. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
This was... odd. It shared a likeness to Harry Potter, and there were a bunch of nostalgia moments that I absolutely loved, but there was something different and almost silly, and goofy about it. The characters had an unexpected funniness about them, Harry in particular, I thought. It was super easy to fly through, I read it in an afternoon, but I just wasn't blown away by it. By all means, read it if you want to, and I don't regret picking it up, but it just wasn't what I thought it would turn out to be.


69. The Chemist, by Stephenie Meyer
Although this took me a fair amount of time to get through, I thought it was worth the time. Stephenie has gotten so much better with her writing, and she took you on the journey with this. It was so smart, the way she wrote it, and even though I didn't form that strong a connection to the characters, it was an action-packed, mind blowing read that I thoroughly enjoyed. If you get the chance, and you like spy, technological reads, then definitely consider picking this one up.

70. The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2), by Rick Yancey
You start on a trilogy... you end on one. This was book two in the 5th Wave, and even though it was super underwhelming compared to the 5th Wave, it still held promise for the third book and the wrap up of the trilogy. Not much happened, though we did get introduced to a few more new characters. It was an okay book, and it did take me longer than I thought it would, but I got through it.

So, that was my Books 61-70 of 2017! I hope you enjoyed it, and let me know in the comments if you had any thoughts about any of the books I mentioned.
So! I hope you have an amazing weekend, and I'll see you lot on Monday!
Byeeee!

-Abi xxxxxx








Monday, 13 November 2017

Gemstone Book Tag

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I know that it's been a while...
Yeah, that's an understatement.
Last week was just so crazy, I didn't have a spare moment to do anything but my course, and rehearsals, because Anne Frank is actually this week! (Tomorrow, actually, and it scares me so much, thinking about it now).
But I'm back! And I'm back with a tag!
I'm back with the Gemstone Book Tag!
Enjoy!

(Also, did you know that it's #WorldKindnessDay- this tag has nothing to do with that, just thought I'd mention it).
Enjoy!

1. Garnet: Name a book with the darkest/evilest character you can think of.
The person I came up with surprised even myself. I think I'll go with Flora's mother in The One Memory of Flora Banks. I can't go into why because it's a HUGE spoiler, and what's interesting about this choice is that, once you realise this flaw to her character, you can't really fault her in it. But I'm still choosing her, because what she did is unforgiveable, really.



2. Amethyst: Name a book with regal qualities.
I think I'm going to have to go with Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake. There's just something regal about how the book, the courts, the regality of how the whole thing is arranged. There's just a constant theme of regality throughout the course of the book, and even though the princess' don't really follow that, which I thought was a good thing, but it was definitely a prominent factor in the book, which I actually thoroughly enjoyed.
I should really get on and read One Dark Throne...


3. Aquamarine: Name a character that is 'wishywashy' (not strong). Can also be a follower.  
I think I'll go with Jess, from Last Chance Angel for this one. She doesn't really change much in her story, and she never shows any sign for strength. Not only physical strength, but emotional strength. Not a very likeable character, all in all, if I'm honest.


4. Diamond: Name a book you love that is not very well known.
I think I'll go with Not If I See You First, by Eric Lindstrom. This was a book that truly surprised me by how much I ended up enjoying it. The main character is super blunt, and that's not a trait you generally expect in blind characters. What I loved about it was that it didn't shy away from the awkward subjects. And for that reason, it's one of my favourites.


5. Emerald: Name two characters that are good for each-other. Balance each-other out.
It seems that the perfect duo to choose for this question is Scarlett and Tella from Caraval. One's impulsive, the other is sensible and responsible. One gets taken. The other comes after her. Polar opposites, but they are tied to each-other no matter what. There is no stronger bond than these two, I don't think.

6. Pearl: Name a character that is loyal to the very end.
I think I'm going to pick dear old Rudy Steiner in this one. So tragic, but you can't help but love his character. He is loyal to the end, and I can't help but cry when I think about dear Rudy Steiner. When reading The Book Thief  I was rooting for him from the get go. And, if you've yet to read The Book Thief, what are you doing with your life?


7. Ruby: Name a book that made your blood boil, a book that made you mad.
No brainer. I'm going with The Circle. Just, eurggghhhh. The ending. Why?
This left me so mad. I can't even explain why. Just read the book, and then come and talk to me and we can rant about it together.

8. Peridot: Name a side character you like more than the more character
Ermmm... Twilight, I suppose?
Actually, can I just opt out of this one please?

9. Sapphire: Name a book that had a calming effect on you
After looking through my books, I think I'm going to go with After You, by JoJo Moyes. This leaves me happy, and looking forward to the future, with infinity possibilities. It's not a big unhappy ending, but a peaceful, positive ending. And one heck of a book along the way too. Nicely consistent. Calming.



10. Opal: Name an iridescent (beautiful) book
I can't not put the British version of Strange the Dreamer for this one.


11. Topaz: Name a book with a resilient protagonist.
Yeah, I'm going with Katniss Everdeen. She's been to hell and back and still remains strong. And she's not without scares, which makes her all the better resilient protagonist.

12. Blue Zircon: Name a book with a friendship you wish you were a part of
Okay, so I feel like people are going to say something about this choice, but I have to.
I want to be part of the Perks group! Yes, they aren't the most perfect of human beings, they all have their anxieties and they all have their issues, but just that bond, that freedom. Like, they all have that... thing. And it's so beautiful. I can't even explain it.
I'll just use this quote.


So, that was the Gemstone Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed it, and comment below about any of my choices if you feel the need to!
I hope you have a wonderful day and I will see you all on Wednesday!
Byeeee!

-Abi xxxxxx



Friday, 3 November 2017

Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I finished this book yesterday, and I felt like it was the perfect post to do today because... well just because!
I hope you enjoy it!

Title: Wonder
Author: R.J Palacio
Genre: Contemporary
Release date: 14th February, 2012 
Status: Standalone
Pages: 313
Blurb: "My name is August.
I can't describe what I look like.
Whatever you're thinking,
it's probably worse."

My Thoughts
How do I even begin to sum up what this book accomplished? It had just the right balance for such a sensitive subject. And it was done with a lightness that was just right. Not too harsh, but definitely not all butterflies and rainbows.

One of the best things about this book was that it gave you a chance to take a step back and think about what your reaction would be, based on the people around Auggie, and their different reactions to him. It's also really easy to put yourself in Auggie's shoes, to see what it's like from his perspective.

Which brings me to Auggie as a character. Strong, never even thinking of letting the stares and whispers get to him, never giving up, losing hope. Nope. Humorous, intelligent and focused, he is by far one of the best characters I've read about this past year. I'm not going to say he doesn't have those points in this book, his ups and downs, but that's just what makes him human, because nobody's perfect.

But this book is more than just being perfect, it shows that the insecurities is what makes us human.

 The thing that will nail you to this book is how beautifully it was written, and the narrative will take you on an emotional rollercoaster, it will make you laugh, and it will make you cry. I was almost crying on the bus with this book, I was definitely getting some strange looks.

And a big part of why this book got to me was how far Auggie came in this book. Like, normally with a character, you get to see an emotional journey, but with this it was more than that. You really got to see Auggie grow up, and mature, from a little boy, completely shielded from a society that judged him, to this strong young man that took it all in his stride, hopeful for the future. And that was just lovely to see.

Of course, Auggie wasn't the only main focus: there were perspectives of his friends, his sister, that gave a different side to a story that had just been told from a different perspective, and it really made you look at things a different way.

One quote that I absolutely loved in this book was:
"Be kinder than necessary."
It's said by Auggie's English teacher, and it love what it means, really. Just that kindness doesn't cost us anything, so why not be kinder than necessary? It pretty much illustrates the entire message of the book.

So overall, this is a heartfelt, humorous and beautiful book that I think everyone should read, regardless of whether they are adult or child. This will for sure be on my Favourites List for 2017, so look out for that!

So that was my review on Wonder! I hope you enjoyed it, and let me know in the comments if you have read this and have some thoughts on it, so we can chat about it!
So, I hope you have a nice weekend, and I will see you on Monday!
Byeeeee!

-Abi xxxxx









Wednesday, 1 November 2017

November TBR (2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here, 
And although I didn't have the best reading month last month, I remain optimistic that I will be able to reach my Goodreads goal for this year (80 books). 
With the start of a new month, a new TBR is in order. 
Enjoy!





1. Wonder, by R J Palacio
This was just a spur of the moment pick, having read my current book, Turtles All The Way Down, when I had planned to keep reading that on the way home from college today. But, it is on my Want To Read list, and I figured this would be a nice quick read to take in over the next couple of days. There is also a movie come out in the near future, and I would like to read it before I see the film. This is about a boy with breacher collins going to his first day of school. This book is supposed to powerful and lighthearted and I am very much looking forward to reading this later today!






2. Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1), by Laini Taylor
I'm not even going to say anything. This is getting ridiculous. I need to read this, which is why it's second on my TBR for the month. I'm going to be reading this this month. End of story. 




3. THE SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT SERIES, by Derek Landy
Yes, I am aware that Halloween was yesterday, but I so badly need to read the spin-offs in this series, as well as the new release, Resurrection, which came out in May. So I figured, why not just enjoy the massive experience that is the Skulduggery Pleasant series? Also, because this is such a long series (10 books with two spin-offs along the way), I need most of the month to commit to it, which is why this is going to be the last point on my TBR for the month!
But just to show you exactly what I will be reading, here's the list of books I'll be reading in the series!
1. Skulduggery Pleasant
2. Playing With Fire
3. The Faceless Ones
4. Dark Days
5. Mortal Coil
6. Death Bringer
7. Kingdom of the Wicked
7.5- The Maleficent Seven (Spin-off)
8. The Last Stand of Dead Men
8.5- Armaggadon Outta Here (a collection of short stories set way back as far as I know)
9. The Dying of the Light
10. Resurrection
This is a middle grade series, where you will laugh out loud. This was kind of like the Harry Potter phenomenon for me, because this was the series that I grew up reading. The first book came out in 2007, and in 2009, at the age of twelve, I read the first book. The end of the first series was released in 2014, when I was 17, so you can see why I make such a big deal about this series. It has kick-ass characters, such a dry humour to it, which for me, equals a first class series that anyone could get a kick out of. I can't wait to read this, and if you think this is something that you might like, PICK IT UP!


Right, so that was my November TBR (2017)! I appreciate that it was very short and there aren't many books on it, but I want to leave the month open to re-read one of my favourite series. If I possibly have a spare moment, I might pick up something Christmassy, like Let it Snow, or If I Stay, but if not, that's it for this month!
So that is all I have for you today! I hope you are having a good week, and feel free to let me know what you will be reading this month in the comments!
Byeeeeeeee!

-Abi xxxxx


Monday, 30 October 2017

October Wrap Up (2017)

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I'm sorry it's been so long! Really.
Last week was just so crazy!
But, it's calmed down a bit now, finally.
And I have some time to write on here!

So, here's my October Wrap Up (2017)!

BOOKS
So, this month I did okay, but nowhere near as good as last month. I read a total of four books, one of which was a re-read, but I am still on track to reach my *new* Goodreads goal of 80 books.
Here are the books that I read this month:

1. The Chemist, by Stephenie Meyer
With this, the pacing was kind of crazy. I'm not going to say it was all over the place, because it wasn't. But, it took a while to get into it. Also, you need to go into this book with the mind-set to concentrate, because it'll take forever to get through this book if you don't. At least, that's what it was like for me. Let me get this straight, I did enjoy it , Stephenie truly did surprise about how good she'd got, but there was something stopping me from giving it 5 stars, which I think is the pacing. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who does enjoy spy, scientific with guns and explosions.


2. The Infinite Sea, by Rick Yansey
3. The Last Star, by Rick Yansey
...How do I begin to explain these two? Did I love them? No. But were they a solid two part to the end of the trilogy. Yes. Some parts were slow as death, and by that I mean very. But other parts were like meh. And then some parts were just... crazy good. It ended differently to how I thought it would, and even though it wasn't the best way to end the trilogy in my opinion, it is only my opinion and I am satisfied with how it all wrapped up. Do I recommend it? To the right reader, this has the potential to be one of their favourite trilogy's. But to the majority, I think they'd be a bit more picky.


4. My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult (Re-read)
I'm pretty confident I have a review somewhere on my blog. If not, this is one of my favourites and it had been a while since I've read it. You should read it.
End of description.
Also, there's a film for this. It's about a girl called Anna, who is suing her parents for the rights of her own body. Basically, she was created in a dish to save her sister, who has leukaemia. She is a perfectly matched donor, and she's had enough. Now, what I love about this book is you get the whole family's perspective. I love it. As I said before, it is one of my absolute favourites.


OTHERS
So, just because this month has been so, so hectic with college and rehearsals, I have had zero chance of writing.
As for watching...

Dance Academy
I'm legit watching Dance Academy as I work on this now. I got the urge to re-watch it again!
Don't judge me...


So that is my October Wrap Up (2017)!
I hope you enjoyed it, and if you have any thoughts about t-shows, or books, or...
If you're competing in NaNoWriMo, let me know!
I hope you have a wonderful day, and I will see you all on Wednesday!
Okay, byeee!

-Abi xxxxxx

Monday, 23 October 2017

How To Read More

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And even though I never claimed to be an expert on how to read more, I thought- why not do a tutorial on something I like to read myself...
how other people read so much!
I hope you enjoy the post!


Top Tip #1: Carry a book around with you-everywhere
Even though other people may find it annoying when you slip a book into your bag everywhere you go- it has been proven that if you take a book with you, you are more likely to pick it up and read it! And even though it might not make a huge amount of difference, it will spark your interest to hopefully continue the book at home.


Top Tip #2: Prioritize reading
This is actually really really hard! If you ever feel like watching Netflix, pick up a book. If you want to watch a film (unless it's like the Hunger Games etc haha), pick up a book. It's hard, and it may risk you losing interest in the book altogether, but if it doesn't, it should make picking up a book and reading automatic. And soon you'll be doing it without even knowing it!


Top Tip #3: Juggle multiple books
Now, this option isn't for everyone. Personally, I just get confused, and it just takes too long to finish, especially if I have to keep track of two completely different plots and character arcs. But if you can juggle twice as many books, you can finish twice as many. Which means that you'll get to read and meet twice as many stories and worlds, which is great!


Top Tip #4: Carve out a specific time to read
This is especially handy if you have a typically busy day. Maybe getting up an hour earlier, or going to bed a little bit earlier so you can read before you fall asleep can really be helpful if you want to read just that little bit more. And each night or morning you do it, that's another productive reading time that you've managed. And if you can stick to it- even better!


Top Tip #5: Get excited to read- do whatever you need to do!
Whether that's going on YouTube and watching a video about books, looking up your favourite blogger's latest post, or listening to a song, or whatever, try to do whatever so you become excited about reading!
If reading feels like a chore, there's no way your going to feel inspired to pick up a book and read! So you talk to a reader friend! You read a book post! Just get excited!


So that was my "How To Read More" Tutorial! I hope you enjoyed it and I will see you all on Wednesday!
Byeeee!

-Abi xxxxxx




Friday, 20 October 2017

#SpookyQuilling Entry 2: Prompt 3

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And this is my second entry (Prompt 3) for the #SpookyQuilling // A writing meme for those that love blood, gore and the undead by Savannah @The Book Prophet!

Here's the prompt that matches this story, I hope you like it!
"Prompt 3 – October 17:
Put together a narrative of survival. This can be anything from surviving from a kidnapping or even surviving oneself. Use your creativity in this one. You’ll need to rely on who your character(s) are and how they deal with the circumstances you put them in."

Here's the story:

"They’re after me. Left, right, up above. I’m surrounded.
Think, think. What do I do?
I scan the area. I’m in a corridor, stretching out in front of me as far as I can see. Which isn’t much considering the tear gas they used the minute they figured out what we were doing here.
They’re right behind me, I can feel it. I need to run, get away, before they do to me what they did to the rest of us.
I feel the hairs stand up on my neck at the thought.
Cort’s voice rings in my head, The time is right. We’ll strike, take what we need and then, be out of here before they know what’s hit them.
We thought it would be true.
That’s not what happened.
I close my eyes, a brief second of grief for those that we have lost along the way. Header, Yatu, Slath.
I don’t think about their end, but the laughter and drinks we shared, bonding over a shared enemy.

And then I’m off, leaving my memory of them behind.
Get your head in the game, Nate. Or this will all be for nothing.
I run down the corridor, trying to keep the level of panic down to a minimum. Running on the balls of my feet, I’m trying to find something, anything, for whatever the hell I might need it for.

Finally, I come to the end of the corridor. Grasping the corner wall, I peer back the way I came. Nothing.
Nothing, really? I could have sworn they were right on top of me, just a mere moment ago. Could they really have lost interest so quickly, or are they just leading me into a trap?
What the hell have you led us into Cort?!

I hear gunshots in the distance. Can’t tell what sort just from the noise, and I can’t tell if it’s from two sides, or if some poor person is being butchered.
Should I retreat or go and investigate.
I make a decision. Cursing myself for being the compassionate one, I run towards the sounds of gunshot, running the months and years of battlefield training through my head as I go.
Keep your head down, be smart, stand with your back to the wall, eyes wide open. Relax the muscles in your arms. If they’re stiff, you’ll hit a lucky shot, where you would have hit ten otherwise. Then he’d smack my head. RELAX YOUR ARMS. Take a deep breath when you shoot, it makes you concentrate just enough to get that head shot when you can. And sometimes, when’s it going tits up, that tiny bit of extra concentration can be the only thing saves you.
Thanks, Cort.

The gunshots are near. Just around the next corner. Taking a second my calm myself, I take a peek. Be smart. Don’t go running straight in before you get a good idea of what’s going on.
Quick and agile, I take a second glance.
And I see the last thing I expected to see. I’m so surprised that I almost lose my footing.
It’s Marcus, the last remaining member of our squad. And more than that, we were in the same class at training. He’s got a pistol in his hand, so small yet so powerful, like an extension of his hand. I remember he used to favour this gun in training, and I smile at the memory.
I thought he was dead.
Shaking my head, I try to focus. God sake Nate, get your head in the game- and keep it that way.
I run my fingers over my body armour. Gas in one pocket, explosives in another. For a last resort.
I draw my own pistol, check the bullets. 7 left. How many are there to shoot at?
Okay, 9. And with the two of us, hopefully I won’t run out. Hopefully.
I scan the scene. There are enough places for me to hide out so I can get a good vantage point at each of them. Gritting my teeth, I launch myself into the room of gunshot and yelling.
I take out, one two. Aim for the head, the heart if you get the chance.
Marcus hasn’t seen me yet. I risk a quick glance at him. He’s protected behind a desk. His head pops out, he shoots, then back to position. Polished and clean. He’s got that familiar crease between his eyebrows, the one that means he’s concentrating.
Head down, Nate. Come on.
And then, suddenly the bullets are flying in my direction too. God, they’ve spotted me.

When they’re all dead, I wait, unsure of what to do next.
Until I’m eye to eye with Marcus.
And then we’re a metre apart, Marcus having jumped the minute I reacted.
We lock eyes, neither of us wanting to make the first move.
And then I flash a smile of relief, and he does too.
And then we’re hugging, just out of relief and comfort.
And then I hear the words: “Come on, I’ve got something to tell you about this place.”
And I follow him out of the corpse infested room.

We sit down on the boxes. We’re in a storeroom, which I’m surprised to discover looks completely normal, like we weren’t just in a shoot-out only a minute ago.
“So, what did you find out? What’s with all this?”
“Okay, here’s what I got. They’re fighting us because they discovered something… twisted about the program.”
“What? That’s absurd.”
“It isn’t. I don’t know all of it, but apparently there’s something… that controls your brain. It looks like you’re acting this way, but it isn’t. And it slowly drives you insane.”
I can’t quite comprehend this. “But… there are security measures that ensure that that doesn’t happen. Isn’t there?” I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this.
“I don’t know, but that’s what they thought we were planning to do.”
Then something occurs to me. “But how did you find out all this so quickly?” We all got separated so quickly, I don’t know how he could’ve.
“I got separated from you guys, and I was trying to find my way back, and then I heard some voices, and with my telecom, I listened in. They saw me before I could escape and that’s when you found me. Simple.”
One nod in reply. “Okay… so say I believe you. Where’s the proof?”
He looks around, even though there’s only us in here. His body language says, nervous. Why is he nervous?
“Okay, fine I’ll show you. Do you trust me?” His question hangs in the air, begging to be answered.
Slowly, I open my mouth. “Yes.”
“Follow me.”

* * *

“Stealth.” He whispers into my ear. I nod my head once to show it’s understood.
Walk on tiptoes. Like you’re walking on air, Cort said to me once.
“Just down this corridor, third door on the right.” After looking around, I think: Why are all the corridors the same?
And we’re off.

I put the safety back on my gun and push it back into my armour.
Scanning the room quickly, I see a bed, a wardrobe, and a computer.
Marcus sits down and starts to type. I pop myself down on the bed.
“Now, I found out here. Look.”
I learn into the screen of the computer and see.
MIND CONTROL. SEVER TIES. ELIMINATE TARGETS.
A brain. He clicks to another screen. Then another and another.
It all looks like jumble at first. I don’t know about science-y stuff, I was a soldier first and foremost.
But I can see what he means. It would be pretty hard to face this cold evidence.
“Wait here. I’ve got to get something.” And he leaps up, quick as a leopard. He’s gone.
I lean further towards the camera screen, eager for more details to take back later.
And then I see something in the corner of the screen. A message. I click it.
And I see Marcus’ profile.
He’s one of them.
Click, click, click. Things that don’t make sense. He said he’d eavesdropped, not on a computer. The computer was already on.
We didn’t encounter anybody on the way here. Where he got his favourite gun when we ran out of that model months ago.
Was it all a setup?

I’m jolted out of my thoughts as I feel the gun pressed against my temple.
“Don’t. Move.” His voice is hard as steel.
“Okay. But just answer me one thing. Why?”
“Why? Because it pays to be on the winning side.”
“But why make all of this up?” I can’t help asking.
“Mind control. Taking over the world. And I’ll live forever. Say goodbye, Nate.”

And the last thing I feel is the impact of the bullet hitting my brain."


So that is my entry! I hope you enjoyed the story, let me know in the comments if you enjoyed it, or any writing tips that you think could help, either's good, as I do enjoy writing!

So that is all I have for you today, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all on Monday!
Byeeeee!

-Abi xxxxx

Monday, 16 October 2017

Finally Fall Book Tag

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And even though we, here in England call Fall Autumn, this is what the tag is called, which is why it's the title for the tag!
So, on to the tag!

To be honest, I am so glad that it is finally autumn, because I can wear my boots, you wake up to those days when it's crispy and cold, but still beautiful, and there's people drinking spiced latte and hot chocolate everywhere.
And don't forget all the great book releases!
But, on to the tag!


1. In fall, the air is crisp and clear: name a book with a vivid setting.
I think I'm going to choose Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard for this one, just because we get to see a bit of the world outside the story in the first book, and even when it's all in ruins, it's still super easy to picture the world for the story.


2. Nature is beautiful... but also dying: name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy book like loss or grief
This is the first book that came to mind when I saw this category. And beautifully written, but with a heavy subject matter is the perfect way to describe this book. I flew through this, and even though it didn't exactly live up to the hype, I still really loved the characters, and especially Griffin's journey as he struggles to live his own life in a world without Theo.






3. Fall is back to school season: share a non-fiction book that taught you something new
I really don't read non-fiction books, so I'm not going to choose one. But if you have a non-fiction book that taught you a lot, let me know in the comments and I might pick it up!


4. In order to keep warm, it's good to spend some time with the people we love: name a fictional family/household/friend-group that you'd like to be part of.
Now, normally I'd go for the easy choice and pick the Weasleys, because they are the ultimate loving family, but I think I'm going to go with Scarlett and Silas (and Rosie) from Sisters Red, the first book in the Fairytale Retellings series, by Jackson Pearce.
Even though they are their own people, I know that Scarlett and Silas have eachother's backs, no matter what, and they prove it in this instalment. And Rosie completes that group, they are all at the their best when this trio is together, and the fact that they all have their own strengths in the group is what elevates their speed, their power and strength as a trio, and they are one of the main reasons why I love this series so much!


5. The colourful leaves are pilling on the ground: show us a pile of fall coloured spines!
Not the best picture, but I tried to get the colours to match the leaves changing colour. The subject has nothing to do with this, it's just purely for the cover. This isn't the biggest picture, especially as I don't have that many books that look like the leaves do in autumn. But hopefully you guys like and appreciate it!






6. Fall is the perfect time for some storytelling by the fireside: share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

And who's telling the story? Death. I don't know why this story creeped into my head, because it's only really a part storyteller. It's more of like a character's perspective inside of a story. We get to see the story of a character, inside like the over-all story. So this is the book that I chose. (And also because I love this story, and I might re-read it next year).






7. The nights are getting darker: share a dark, creepy read.
I think I'm going to choose Aaru for this one. This book isn't the creepiest, like it isn't the classic horror book, but there is a twisty and dark undertone of maybe this isn't quite real, and if it, how is it possible. Plus the ending has one the darkest, most creepiest scenes I've read in a long time. So, if you think you can stomach it, pick this one up for Halloween.

8. The days are getting colder: name a short, heart-warming read that could warm up somebody's cold and rainy day.
It's been a while since I've read this, but I know that even though it's sad, it's also so heart-warming, and definitely teaches you to not take anything for granted, and to cherish the people around you. This is a story of love, and loss, and even though I read this a couple of years ago, it remains one of my favourite contemporaries ever.

9. Fall returns every year: name an old favourite that you'd like to return to soon.
MIND GAMES. I read this last year, and I actually think that this is maybe my favourite Teri Terry book! It is by far my favourite Sci-fi book, and put in Teri Terry's ability to tell an amazing story, and create a unique world, and you have Mind Games. This world takes place in a virtual world. The people live in a world where they are constantly online, but they aren't aware that they are, and that's used in the plot so well, that I can't help but love it.




10. Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: share your favourite cozy reading 'accessories'.
  • Headphones (though that's really, all year long)
  • Hot chocolate (or pumpkin spiced latte)
That's it really!


11. Spread the autumn appreciation and tag some people!
Norees @ NoReadsTooGreat
Cassie @ Cassie Winters
Katie @ ReadWithKaty


So that is the Finally Fall Book Tag! I hope you enjoyed it, and even if you aren't tagged, feel free to take part!
So that is all I have for you today! I hope you have a wonderful day, and I will see you all on Wednesday, when I will post my second entry of the Spooky meme, by The Book Prophet!
Byeeeeee!

-Abi xxxxx





Friday, 13 October 2017

Warcross (Warcross #1), by Marie Lu

Hey guys, this is Abi here,
And I read this book a while ago, but I still want to post a review because it's new and exciting, and I have a lot of thoughts on it!
Also It's been a while since I posted a review and this seems like the perfect fit.

It's Warcross
(Which you can see from the title).
Enjoy!


Title: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Sci-fi
Release date: 12th September, 2017
Status: Book 1/3??? in trilogy
Pages: 353
Blurb: "FOR THE MILLIONS WHO LOG IN
EVERY DAY, WARCROSS ISN'T JUST
A GAME- IT'S A WAY OF LIFE.

Teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty
hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet
on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world
is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy.
Struggling to make ends meet, Emika takes a risk
and hacks into the opening game of the Warcross
Championships- accidentally glitching herself into
the action.

Now an overnight sensation, Emika is whisked off
to Tokyo to meet the game's creator, the elusive
young billionaire Hideo Tanaka. He needs a spy in
this year's tournament to help uncover a security
problem... and he wants Emika for the job.

Thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she's
only dreamed of, Emika's investigation soon uncovers
a sinister plot, which could shatter the entire
Warcross empire."

My Thoughts
When I first head about this book, I was a bit... meh about the whole thing, to be honest. I had enjoyed the Legend trilogy, but from what I knew it just seemed like any videogame sci-fi book.
But then, after hearing about all the people reading and raving about this book, I decided to pick it up.
And... it was pretty amazing, I have to admit!  

First things first, the visuals: it was all too easy to see the scene and the world spread out before you, a world that you wish you could live in, but is only a figment of your imagination. It was so, so easy to see the rat-ridded slums of New York, and with that, it was easy to visualise and picture the life that Lu had created for our protagonist, Emika.
But I'll get to that in a minute.
And then she makes the journey to Japan, and all of that changes.
This world is a lot more advanced than ours when it comes to technology, but it is no less easier to picture all of this, even though none of it exists!
The world was just so graphic, so (not realistic, but also realistic), Like it seemed surreal, just because the technology is the world. It's the whole world!
And the best part is how insanely possible this type of world might be not too soon from now1
Which you'll see what I mean when you read it!

Warcross. The game.
Primarily, it's capture the flag.
But with each new round, one team goes up against another, the world changes. You put on the glasses that Hideo created, and you're able to see in it, live in it. And the glasses create the world as well. There are things you can throw, which could potentially hinder the other team. For the teams, everybody has a job. And one thing I liked about Emika's team was that they weren't just a team for Warcross, but they were there for each-other in real-life as well, which I didn't really get from the other team.
And they played Mariokart! That was just the icing on top of the cake.

On to the characters.
Throughout the story we follow Emika Chen- bounty hunter. She finds people who are using Warcross illegally. And it gets her by, but every penny is tight.
One thing that I liked about Emika was that even though her character had an arc, a journey, character development, her personality never changed. She's always consistent, like she stays focused on the task at all times, which is something that I like about her. Also, she has RAINBOW HAIR.  
And she's in kind of a desperate situation, but before she knows it, she is being contacted by none other than the creator of this big ginormous Warcross game- Hideo Tanaka, and she's on her way to Tokyo to work for him.

Now, Hideo is an interesting character. He seems almost not real- just because how successful he is, mixed with the spine-tingling thing that there's something not quite right (that I got from the get go, let me just say.) Hideo, the genius boy that invented virtual glasses at the age of thirteen, is now, at the age of twenty, like the boss of everything. And he wants Emika for a job.

One word to describe the relationship between these two: Conflicting.
I can't even describe it.
There aren't words!
I'm literally tripping over them.
Just, there's the business, the job that Hideo hired Emika for, and then there's their own personal relationship.
Just read it, and you'll understand.

So overall, this was an amazing read and I cannot wait for the sequel!
This is definitely one of my favourite reads for 2017.
(There's getting to be a lot of those...)

:)

So that is all I have for you today!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I will see you all on Monday!
Byeeee!

-Abi xxxxxxx