Review: The Graces by Laure Eve

This week’s train read/commute book has really stollen my heart…

In the week of my one year anniversary of moving to London it was so lovely to wrap myself up in a book that reminded me of my roots, even the slightly odd and alternative ones ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Author:ย Laure Eve

Pages:ย 415

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‘Everyone said the Graces were witches.
They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.
They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.
All I had to do was show them that person was me.’

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

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NaNoWriMo 2017

Well hello. This is different from my usual posts. Some of you may have noticed that I’ve had an empty space at the side of my blog for some time now – ‘Friday Fiction.’ As someone who has had aspirations of having a novel published since I knew what that meant, I set up this feature ready to share some of my writing journey.

It’s pretty self explanatory really. Every Friday, or at least as many Fridays as I can manage, I will post something for you to muse over. This may well be a short ‘episode’ (short story is pushing it a bit, but some kind of fictional scene perhaps), or a poem. Maybe even a writing update or some tips from one amateur wannabe author to the rest of us out there.

So, to kick this all off…I’m toying with the idea of partaking in NaNoWriMo 2017! For those of you who don’t know what that is, NaNo is an annual event – National Novel Writing Month. It’s a scheme set up to encourage people like us to complete a novel of around 50,000 words in 30 days. It happens every November and thousands of people around the world fulfil their novel writing dreams by whacking out a first draft.

I’ve wanted to do this for what feels like a million years but never quite felt it was the right time yet. However this year is different. I’m in a better head space, I’m flirting with a plot and characters I really believe in and I’m excited at the prospect of what I could achieve. At the moment I am spending time outlining and researching and planning so that, all being well, I can crack on properly in November. I’m not ready to fully commit just yet though because I’m just about to start my second year at university and November tends to be coursework season so we’ll see what happens.

This is however my public declaration and the voicing of my private promise to myself that one day I will get a book on the shelves of Waterstones. Right now I’m going to focus on building good habits and getting into the practice of writing every day until November to at least give myself a fighting chance against procrastination, illness and the will to give up when the going gets tough – which has bred several half-baked attempts at novels in the past.

Anyway, enough of my ramblings. That’s all I have to say this week. At the moment, NaNo I’m coming to get you!

 

My favourite underrated films #1 – Baby Boom

Here’s the deal, I’ve never been mainstream anything. Having said that, one thing I really do keep very up to date with is the movie and television world. I love to be the first to see new releases and essentially enjoy things before any kind of frenzy has had the chance to start. As such, my tastes are vast and with a cinema backlog nearing one hundred years it’s understandable that I have stumbled across a few wonderful films that aren’t mentioned on lists of classics. Looking back to my first statement, it’s also understandable that almost my entire list of favourites is made up of these films that most people have never heard of. So let’s change that.

I’ll start with one of my all time favourites for duvet night and a date with a bottle of wine and 5 kilos of chocolate.

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Baby Boom (1987)

Starring Diane Keaton, Sam Shepard, Harold Ramis and more.

Genre: Romantic Comedy

This film is about successful New York business woman J.C Wiatt whose life is flipped on its head when she inherits her cousin’s baby after he dies in a car accident. She has to adjust to life as a mother whilst juggling a career in a male dominated world. Naturally all hell breaks loose. A change of life warrants a change of scenery so she moves all the way to snowy Vermont and ends up starting a new venture. She finds herself having to choose between her old views of ‘having it all,’ and her new life where she realises she has found something she didn’t even know she was looking for.

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Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I have wanted to read this for a very long time and I’ve finally squeezed it in as this weekend’s commute book! It was a little different to what I expected and I have mixed feelings on it, but here’s what I thought.

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Title:ย Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author:ย Laini Taylor

Pages:ย 418

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In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole. Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.ย 

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Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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**WARNING – May contain minor spoilers for the series**

Title:ย King’s Cage

Author:ย Victoria Aveyard

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Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven continues weaving his web in an attempt to maintain control over his country – and his prisoner. As Mare remains trapped in the palace, the remnants of the Red Rebellion continue organizing and expanding. As they prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows, Cal – the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart – will stop at nothing to bring her back. In this breathless new novel […] blood will turn on blood and allegiances will be tested on every side. If the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

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Belle Notre Dame ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

When I visited Paris this June, mainly for a long-awaited first ever visit to Disneyland, I spent a day in the city and smashed all my deepest feelings of Wanderlust. I mapped out a crazy day of all the attractions I wished to visit and I planned it all for less than 10 hours. It was marvellous.

I’m a huge Disney fan and of course The Hunchback of Notre Dame holds a special place in my heart. I think it does with anyone who feels even slightly different or on the outside of a crowd. Naturally this means that Notre Dame Cathedral has been high on my list of things I would love to see in Paris for some time now.

So I went. And I lit a candle. It was everything and more.

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Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Title:ย Glass Sword

Author:ย Victoria Aveyard

Pages:ย 440

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If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different. Mare’s blood is red – the colour of common folk – but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court wants to control. Pursued by the vengeful Silver king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join the rebellion. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

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Series Recommendation: Designated Survivor

Designated Survivor first began airing on ABC in September 2016. It is an American political drama based on what would potentially occur should the United States President, and all major party members in the Presidential order of succession, be eliminated in some way leaving the country without an obvious candidate to take office. I came late to the party and binged this series over the summer on UK Netflix.

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: A Review

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Title:ย Red Queen

Author:ย Victoria Aveyard

Pages:ย 383

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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power […] Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart . . .

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Ink by Alice Broadway – A review

*CLAXON* I’m back in the swing of a reading schedule and I’ve actually finished a book! I’ve finally clawed my way out of the reading slump that uni caused and I’m ready to jump back to it.

So…

This week my commute book has beenย Inkย by Alice Broadway. I picked this up last week after hearing Alice talk about her book at Victoria Aveyard’s event at Waterstones Piccadilly (which you can read more about here).

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Title:ย Ink

Author:ย Alice Broadway (DEBUT NOVEL ALERT)

Pages:ย 366

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Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin forever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all.

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