Review: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

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Title: Radio Silence

Author: Alice Oseman

My rating: 5/5

Goodreads rating: 4.57/5

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult

Publisher:  Harper Collins Children’s Books

Summary (Goodreads):

What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.

But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.

Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past…
She has to confess why Carys disappeared…

Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.

It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.

Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.

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Why I Do Not Get ARC Envy

Hello guys!I hope everyone is happy because IT’S FRIDAY! I am hoping to get loads of writing and reading done because I am in the intense writing and reading mood! I mean I just finished a 400 page book in two days. WHAAAT? I KNOW RIGHT!

img_9223Anyway, I know this is a tried and tested topic on blogs because lets face it- ARCS are an important part of the whole blogging but,weirdly, I do not get the buzz for ARCs. Well I do because ARCs are AWESOME! I mean imagine waiting a whole year for a book and realising that you can get it for several months early! Of course that’s a thing to get excited about, but I do not feel the envy or frustration when I see other people with ARCs.

I’m going to list down three reasons why I do not get ARC envy! And hopefully this will help any of you guys who occasionally get ARC envy.

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Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

 prodigy_marie_lu_bookTitle: Prodigy

Author: Marie Lu

My rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads rating: 4.30/5

Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult

Publisher:  Putnam Juvenile

Summary (Goodreads):

Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?

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Top Ten Tuesday- Books That I Should Read Because I Love Magical Realism

Hello guys! I hope life is treating you very well and your reading is going strong this month. I’m going to finish prodigy today or tomorrow so a review (FINALLY) should be up on Wednesday.I am enjoying it a lot, but I’m finding it hard to describe it to other people so I kind of say ‘It’s like the Hunger Games’ when I really isn’t but people seem not know what the word dystopia means so I’m not left with a lot of options.

Anyway, it’s Tuesday so this is my Top Ten Tuesday post! The theme this week is ‘Ten Books That Every X fan should read’ basically, but after reading so many other amazing TTT posts, I decided to go back to my old ways and do a TBR post  today! These books all have magical realism elements to them I believe and I LOVE magical realism but sadly I have read not a lot of them. Hopefully this post makes me roll my sleeves and get some!

Without further ado, here are some books to slobber over!

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The Harry Potter Tag!

Firstly, SORRY FOR NOT POSTING OVER THE WEEKEND AND MISSING OUT ON ALL OF YOUR POSTS! That wasn’t the plan but I basically had to do 24/7 revision over the weekend so there really wasn’t much time to write up a post and read your posts and to READ! Gosh it feels like I haven’t read IN AGES! I’m going to try and finish Prodigy tomorrow so that I can finally post a review soon.

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ANYWAY! I HAVEN’T DID A TAG IN AGES! As you can tell by the title, I’ll be doing The Harry Potter Tag which is a lovely tag created by the even lovelier Trang and Lashaan @ Bookidote. Check out their post and their blog because they are AWESOME! I was always tagged by Being A Book Nerd. Thank you and everyone should check out

The one rule is that you can’t use any Harry Potter books to answer the questions.

Let’s not dillydally anymore, so let’s get to the questions!

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Fem(+me) Friday- Celaena Sardothien

Hello guys and I hope you are having a terrific Friday. Oooh I haven’t used the word terrific in ages! Anyway, is it only me who is super excited for YALC? They announced some authors who will be coming to the Young Adult Lit convention and boy does the lineup look good. You have authors from V.E Schwab to Darren Shan to Holly Bourne to Derek Landy. Such a wide variety! I’m going to try every way I can to get tickets.

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Back to topic, Fem(+ me) Friday is a variation of Femme Friday and is a series of fortnightly posts which just talk and celebrate females in the book business from booktubers to cover designers to fictional characters to authors.

Today we are talking about everybody’s favourite assassin, Celaena Sardothien.

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Celaena is one badass girl I have to say. I know people throw out the term ‘strong female protagonist’ which decreases the value of the term, but Celaena is the exact definition of a strong female protagonst. Firstly if you were ever to get in a fight with her there is a big chance that you would end up dead because of her sheer skill. She’s head strong, stubborn, smart, vicious and lethal. But one thing I really do value in Celaena is her loyalty to her friends. When she trusts you, she trusts you and will do anything to protect you, including put her own life at risk.

“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”  

“I name you Elentiya.” She kissed the assassin’s brow. “I give you this name to use with honour, to use when other names grow too heavy. I name you Elentiya, ‘Spirit That Could Not Be Broken.”
“I have no name,” she purred. “I’m whoever the keepers of my fate tell me to be.”
Another thing I love about Celaena is that she has a girly side too! I read too many stories about girls just dismissing anything girl, so this was refreshing, seeing a girl-an assassin, love dresses and frills. Though at the start she was damaged and broken, Celaena has developed and became whole again with the help of friends. She is strong, fierce and such a kickass character.
If there’s ever a character to root for, Celaena Sardothien is the protagonist to get behind.

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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How Do You ‘Read’?

Hello everyone! The title is a little bit mysterious right? Or it’s just point blank obvious and I fail at my attempt to be mysterious.

This discussion post is going to be about how you ‘read’ books or really the form of a book that you are ‘reading’. So we are going to be talking about paperbacks, e-readers/e-books and audiobooks. I’m not aware of any of form of books so if there is drop it in the comments, but for now lets discuss!

This isn’t really going to be a PAPERBACKS ARE BETTER THAN E-BOOKS or AUDIOBOOKS ARE BETTER THAN PAPERBACKS discussion. I’m just going to be talking about the pros and cons of all three of them and some of my experiences with them


 

So let’s talk about the lovable paperback first!

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This form of reading is universal around the world. Everyone (well smart people) know not to disturb you when you have your nose in a book and you look very intellectual if you are in a public place reading a paperback (not that it matters). I think the real argument to why people still buy paperbacks is because of the feel of the book, the smell of books and just being able to see and feel the pages between your fingers when you turn the pages. These may seem like arbitrary reasons, but all of those things really resonate with us readers. Not to mention if no one read paperbacks we wouldn’t see the beautiful rainbow shelves we see on Bookstagram!

But of course there are some drawbacks to the humble paperback. Firstly they can be easily damaged, secondly they can be really expensive- especially if you go for hardbacks and they are heavy to handle if you take books everywhere with you. All of these problems would be solved if we switched to e-readers and audiobooks, but nothing can beat the smell of a new books and pretty shelves right?

Now onto e-readers/e-books!

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Nobody can disagree that some e-reader look so cool! They are sleek, cute and compact and the e-readers have many pros- even more then our lovable paperback. Firstly you can get hundreds of books on them, but that doesn’t mean extra shelves on the wall as they are all stored in the reader (and that means no lost books as well). Also some of the e-readers are becoming waterproof, which means no danger from water and no one can deny that e-books are waaaay cheaper then physical books, though the initial cost of the reader might outweigh that fact.

But there are some cons. As I said the cost of a good e-reader can be expensive in some cases and if you are not looking at e-readers, but in e-books then many people (including myself) complain about reading e-books on phones or tablets because of our poor eyes. Also it won’t be very easy if you want to give your friend a book to borrow as all of your books are on a e-reader soooooo you’ll be giving them your whole library….

And lastly, the audi0book!

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Audiobooks are new and shiny compared to the paperback and e-reader. The popularity for audiobooks has been soaring for the last couple of years and for good reason. With audiobooks, if you have good concentration, you can really do anything while getting through your ‘book’ which means having more time to do things other then reading. Like e-readers, your phone (in most cases) is your library which means easy access and no missing ‘books’ and no heavy book lifting. You can get through books quickly and  big books don’t seem so long. There are also many audiobook services but one of the most popular services is Audible, which is a pay monthly service where you can get one audiobook free every month.

But of course there are cons. Audiobooks can be very expensive, almost double or even triple the amount of the book you can get if you buy it in physical form. Also the borrowing problem again and if you can’t listen to something while doing another activity (like myself) listening to an audiobook might be hard, so your not reeking the benefits of all that extra time. Moreover, I personally can never find the right speed, so the narrator is either too slow or too fast.


So how do you read? I personally will have to stick with my lovable paperback, but I know a lot of you guys dabble in the other forms as well. Remember to leave a comment down below telling me your favourite and why and let’s chat!

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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Top 5 Wednesday- Rainy Day Reads

Hello everyone! I haven’t did a T5W in AAAAGEESSS! I don’t really know what happened but I saw the topic this week and thought why the hell not! I don’t think I’ve did a recommending post in quite a long time, so this was a brilliant topic for me!

Top 5 Rainy Day Reads

1) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes– This book is so great  and the writing is as cozy, authentic and enjoyable to read as Rainbow Rowell’s own writing. If you haven’t read this book I think you need to get on it as it’s such a great read to curl up with a thick blanket with, not to mention the characters are spot on.

2) An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa TahirIf you want an epic, high fantasy novel with characters you want to root for then you need to pick up An Ember In The Ashes. The writing and world-building is so fabulous and immersive.

3) All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven– I liked reading this book so much and I feel like I don’t talk about it enough on this blog. Though I didn’t love Violet, my love for Finch was enough for both of them. Sometimes I find that contemporaries can be a tad boring, this one hooked me right away.

4) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo– I can basically spend this time talking about how swoonworthy the Darkling is and all but I have to talk about the brilliant world Bardugo created! From the Russian influences to the magic, Shadow and Bone is such a fun, but suspenseful read and the perfect book to read while it’s pouring it outside.

5) The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen– I feel like I talk about this book way too much, but I’m just compensating for the lack of love for this book I’ve seen. I just loved it so much and it’s lovely high fantasy setting is brilliant at transporting you from your rainy day to an epic, fantasy world.


Those are my rainy day reads, what are yours? Tell me below which books you would read on a rainy day (which is 80% of the time in the UK) and recommend down below and let’s get chatting!

I’ll write soon!

-Astra

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Top Ten Tuesday- Book Bloggers/Booktubers/Bookstagrammers That You Need To Check Out Now!

Hello guys! I hope everyone is doing fabulous Tuesday! I quick update on me reading Prodigy- I am actually really liking it! I didn’t really have any major issues with Legend, but Prodigy has just started much better. If I binge reading it later on I might be able to finish it today/early morning of tomorrow.

Anyway, it Tuesday, so it’s Top Ten Tuesday of course! The theme for this week is Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On Twitter/Instagram/Youtube/Snapchat/Facebook. In my Top Ten Tuesday list I’m going to list 4 book bloggers, 3 bookstagrammers and 3 booktubers! Let’s go!

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I’m Wittier In Writing- Chapter 4: Outlining + Pinterest= Drake Dancing GIF

Hello bibliophiles and bookworms! I hope everyone is doing splendid. I think it would be appropriate to say good luck to anybody participating in Camp NaNoWriMo! I’m not participating but I do relate to the struggle and excitement after doing NaNoWriMo last year!

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For anybody who don’t know, I’m Wittier In Writing is a post fortnightly meme created by me, Astra, so that I could share my trials and tribulations that might have happened over the past two weeks connected to my writings. I just this might be a good place to express my feelings over my writing experience and hopefully these might be a little bit relatable.

Here are my past ‘chapters’ if you want to check them out:

Chapter 1: Suffocation, Frustration and Inspiration?

Chapter 2: Poems and Plagarism

Chapter 3: Fifteen Minuets of Not Procrastinating

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