Saturday, 21 April 2018
Saturday, 14 April 2018
What’s surprised me the most is the people that I know. When I initially got the call about taking part in the trek everyone around me were telling me that £2000 would be easily achievable and that they’d take my sponsorship form to friends / work or they’d do fundraising in their own workplaces for me. Yet, now I’ve accepted my place the support from close friends / family has frankly been limited. I’ve been left pretty much on my own fundraising. I appreciate that I took on this challenge and it is my responsibility to raise the money but from the initial enthusiasm from people I honestly expected more help. Not one person has taken my sponsor form around their offices yet despite the countless promises before I signed up.
Thursday, 5 April 2018
Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Accidentally In Love tells the story of Sara and Ethan. The pair couldn’t be more different. Sara is a very successful lawyer who hasn’t had much luck in love and choses to live near her family in Brooklyn. Ethan on the other hand has been born into privilege. When his father dies he and his brother are left the successful business, however Ethan is too busy partying and drinking all of his money away in Manhattans trendiest spots. When Sara is appointed as Ethan’s financial legal guardian conflict is bound to happen due to the fact that they are completely opposites.
Sunday, 25 February 2018
Thursday, 15 February 2018
Fact – everyone loves dinosaurs. No matter how old you are I think you’ll always have a part of you that likes dinosaurs so when I received The Extinction Trials by S.M. Wilson in my latest Wildest Dreams book club box its safe to say I was excited to read it.
The Extinction Trails takes you to a land with dinosaurs. The human race is rapidly expanding so needs more space to expand so they host a series of trials to find willing people to go to the continent of the dinosaurs to collect eggs in order to try cause their extinction to make more space for humans. The book follows the story from two contestants point of view, Stormchaser and Lincoln. They both have their own reasons for taking part in the trails. Little do they know what will be ahead of them when they take part in the trials.
The book itself is being advertised as The Hungers Games meets Jurassic Park which is a pretty big statement in itself. However, now I’ve read the book I can honestly say this is the perfect way to describe this book. It’s a gripping story from start to finish – and did I mention it features dinosaurs?! The group of trialists are from a variety of backgrounds and I thoroughly enjoyed reading how they worked together as a team in order to collect the dinosaur eggs. However, like the Hunger Games it does feature multiple deaths so it may not be too suitable for younger readers.
Chapters are told from the point of view of Stormchaser and Lincoln. Now, normally I’m not a huge fan of chapters from multiple perspectives as I find it makes stories a little confusing and difficult to follow. However, this is the same story and it absolutely flows from two perspectives. To be honest, this is one of the few books that I thoroughly enjoyed being told from multiple perspectives and I felt that it really benefitted from it as you could read about what is going on in both of their heads. Aside from that they’re both very different characters but both equally as enjoyable to read about, normally with dual perspectives I majorly favour one of the characters but in this book, I really did enjoy reading about both.
As the synopsis suggests the book is full of danger where characters are willing to stab each other in the back in order to win. The story truly was addictive, I read this within a couple of days despite it not being a particularly short book. It was full of twist and turns and chapters that made you just continue reading as you just had to know what happened next. The continent the dinosaurs live on is so vividly described to the extent I kept checking out of my window every time I heard a noise just in case a T-Rex was lurking outside my window! I was transported to the world and as I read I found myself becoming more absorbed in this world.
The Extinction Trials is going to be a series but the book has a good enough ending that it works as a standalone. However, it still left me wanting more so I’m already eagerly waiting the next instalment in this book series! To be honest, if I saw this book on a shelf I admit I probably wouldn’t have picked it up, I received it in my Wildest Dreams subscription box and I’m so thrilled that I did because this book is brilliant. If you liked The Hunger Games (and dinosaurs!) you will 100% love this book and I can only recommend that you make it your next must read book.
Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival.
Welcome to the Extinction Trials.
In Stormchaser and Lincoln's ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win.
But in a land full of monsters - human and reptilian - they can't afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other...
Wednesday, 31 January 2018
I so badly wanted to love this book. From the synopsis it sounded like such a good book however it just wasn’t overly my cup of tea. Yes, I enjoyed it but personally it isn’t going to be my favourite book. The story is told in multiple perspectives and I don’t really enjoy this in a book. For me, sadly this is what I didn’t even this about this book as I found I just couldn’t get into the story as quickly as I’d have liked. However, I did enjoy the story and I did find myself invested in the characters as the book went on, but it did take me a long time to get into the story and to figure out which character was which.
I actually did enjoy all three of the characters. It was interesting to read about how different every individuals university life can be. What I enjoyed too is that Katie, Jill and Beatrice or not two-dimensional characters. They all don’t seem to be what you initially think about them.
To be perfectly honest, this is probably one of the hardest reviews of a book that I’ve ever had to write. I really don’t want to say that it’s a bad book because it isn’t, its just that for me I didn’t really enjoy each chapter being told from a different person’s perspective. I think if you do enjoy books split like this and you read the synopsis and it sounds like a book you’d like I reckon you probably would. I mean, I enjoyed reading the story and I did feel completely engrossed in the campus life and the characters are likeable. I just didn’t enjoy the different perspectives.
Goodbye, high school. Hello, Alpha Chi!
Somerville University. For freshmen Katie Brown, Jill Everson, and Beatrice Fritch, their approach to college-and relationships-couldn't be more different. They kick off freshman year with high hopes, but life doesn't always go as planned. One thing is for sure: no one wants to get caught on the Talk of Shame Instagram feed, the university's unofficial gossip site. One unsavory pic, and your reputation is shot. Unfortunately, that's a lesson learned the hard way...
Katie's earned admission into the private university through her hard work in high school. Her aunt is paying her tuition on one condition: Katie must join a sorority, specifically Kappa Kappa Theta (KKT.) There's just one problem. Katie was kicked out of the "cool clique" in high school. Now she's independent and afraid of losing herself if forced to become a sorority girl. But is she using independence to protect herself from forming relationships? Especially if it's with the gorgeous editor of Somerville University's student newspaper?
Jill chose Somerville for one reason: Alpha Chi Alpha (Chi Alpha), the most beautiful sorority house on campus, boasting the prettiest girls on campus. Jill has always been the southern belle who can "wear her weight well." Her confidence and humorous personality have won her lots of friends-and quite a few hook-ups. But she has yet to have a steady boyfriend. But that'll happen automatically once becoming a Chi Alpha. Right?
And then there's Beatrice. College wouldn't be complete without a frenemy: something that comes easy to the young, coed. A member of Chicago's wealthy elite, she wears only the best labels, drives only the hottest cars, and enrolls at Somerville-the most prestigious private university around. But her status comes at a price: lasting friendship. Beatrice has learned to manipulate others in order to protect herself, and her childhood friendship with Katie was the first one to suffer. Will Somerville give her the chance to reconcile and find her true self?
Katie, Jill, and Beatrice champion and struggle with the ins-and-outs of Greek Row, a life filled with hook-ups, heartbreak, backstabbing, and cheating. Both in and out of the classroom.
For fans of Bright Side by Kim Holden, Commencement by J. Courtney Sullivan, and the TV Series Gossip Girl.