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Mini Reviews #3

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This post is going to be more mini reviews for you, because I've been enjoying doing them so much recently. Hope you enjoy!


The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot Publisher/Year: June 25th 2015 Macmillan Children's Series: The Princess Diaries #1 Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Macmillan Children's!) Rating: 3 stars out of 5 I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
I'd been wanting to read this book for years and years, because it's a classic in YA, but I found myself to be quite disappointed with it. The book is quite old, and it just felt really dated, which I guess it can't help but because of that I couldn't really connect to the story or the characters. I also found most of the main characters to be quite childish, even though they're meant to be in high school. I don't think I'm going to continue with the series, sadly.
Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger
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Top Ten Fictional Families I'd Like To Celebrate Thanksgiving With

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Fictional Families I'd Like To Celebrate Thanksgiving With.


1. The Benedict family - The Benedicts series
I feel like with the amount of people in this family, Thanksgiving would never have a quiet moment and would be full of fun and thanks.
2. The Weasleys - The Harry Potter series
This one is a given, and even though technically none of us would be celebrating Thanksgiving (we're all English), it would still be great.
3. Blue's household - The Raven Cycle
I can just imagine the whole ordeal being manic and full of surprises, which I would love.
4. Charlotte's Family - The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets
Again, we probably wouldn't even be celebrating it, but I think I would feel instantly at home with Charlotte and her brother and her aunt.
5. Cath's family - Fangirl
Although it might be slightly tense at the beginning, I feel like everyone would war…

Lorali by Laura Dockrill: Book review

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Publisher/Year: July 2nd 2015 Hot Key Books Genre: YA Fantasy Series: No Pages: 352 Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Hot Key Books!) Rating: 4 stars out of 5

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
*This review may contain spoilers!*
Synopsis
Looking after a naked girl he found washed up under Hastings pier isn't exactly how Rory had imagined spending his sixteenth birthday. But more surprising than finding her in the first place is discovering where she has come from.

Lorali is running not just from the sea, not just from her position as princess, but her entire destiny. Lorali has rejected life as a mermaid, and become human.

But along with Lorali's arrival, and the freak weather suddenly battering the coast, more strange visitors begin appearing in Rory's bemused Sussex town. With beautifully coiffed hair, sharp-collared shirts and a pirate ship shaped like a Tudor house, the Abelgare boys are a …

Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So.

1. "I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday." - Every Day by David Levithan

2. "Being interesting isn't important. But being happy is. As well as being a person you're proud of." - The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne

3. "I know now that I don't want to love or be loved in half measures. I want it all, and to have it all, you have to risk it all." - P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

4. "The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain." - Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

5. "You is kind. You is smart. You is important." - The Help by Kathryn Stockett

6. "What I mean to say is, the more you remember, the more you've lost." - Station Ele…

Series review: If I Stay duology by Gayle Forman

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I binge-read this duology a little while ago, so I thought I'd group the two reviews into one big post. Hope you enjoy!


Book title/Author: If I Stay by Gayle Forman Publisher/Year: May 13th 2010 Definitions Genre: YA Contemporary Series: If I Stay #1 Pages: 233 Source/Format: Paperback | Bought Rating: 4 stars out of 5
*This review may contains spoilers!*
Synopsis
In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family.
My review
This book is extremely popular in the YA world, and like with many other well-loved books, I held off on reading it for so long, even though I owned it for a couple of years. However, …

Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch.


1. Eragon
This film came out almost 10 years ago, which is a LONG time, and even though I haven't read the series I'm still surprised that I've never gotten round to watching it.
2. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief
This film is a good couple of years old but I have only just read the first 2 books in this series. As of writing this, I have just managed to find the DVD for 70p so of course I picked it up!
3. The Book Thief
Everyone raved about this film when it came out 2 years ago, and from the trailer it looks absolutely beautiful, but it completely passed me by.
4. Beautiful Creatures
I'm quite ashamed that I haven't watched this yet, as I've read the book and even my mum and dad have watched it!
5. The Scorch Trials
I actually quite enjoyed The Maze Runner when I watched it, albeit mainly bec…

Stacking The Shelves [10]

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you're adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual, buying or borrowing. This meme is hosted by Tynga's Reviews and I'm excited to continue partaking in it!


Bought:

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (I couldn't resist this beautiful copy for only £2!)
For review:

Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic by Iain Reading

Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces by Iain Reading
Both of the books I bought are charity shop finds, which makes me so happy! What did you guys buy this week?
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The Baking Life of Amelie Day by Vanessa Curtis: Book review

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Publisher/Year: September 9th 2014 Curious Fox Genre: YA Contemporary Series: No Pages: 178 Source/Format: e-arc | NetGalley (Thanks NetGalley/Curious Fox!) Rating: 4 stars out of 5

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.
*This review may contain spoilers!*
Synopsis
Amelie Day loves to bake – cupcakes, biscuits, bread, tarts and muffins – so she’s thrilled when she’s invited to compete in Britain’s Best Teen Baker of the Year. But Amelie has Cystic Fibrosis and some days she can barely breathe. Determined not to let her condition or her mum stop her, Amelie musters all her flour power, but will it be enough to get her there?
My review
As soon as I read the title of this book, I knew I had to read it. I don't think I've shared this yet on the blog, but I absolutely LOVE reading books about baking, or just food in general. I don't really know why, because I'm not much of a baker or a cook, but food is one of my fav…

Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel.


1. Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower was such a life-changing novel for people that I'm sure I'm not the only one anxiously waiting for something else by him.
2. Erin Morgenstern
I don't need to explain this one, you all know about my love for Erin.
3. Joann Swanson
I was pleasantly surprised by Tin Lily when I read it, and I'm intrigued about what she has in store next.
4. Liz Maccie
Despite the shortness of Liz's book, I really enjoyed it and I'd like to see if she could do something similar a second time around.
5. Helena Coggan
The Catalyst was unlike anything I'd ever read before and I want to experience her stories again.
6. Sarah Benwell
If Sarah writes anything set in the same world as The Last Leaves Falling, I will be sure to pick it up.
7. Tommy Wallach
Whe…