Month: January 2015

Feature: Monthly Round-up! January 2015

Feature: Monthly Round-up! January 2015

Monthly feature, linking everything that has happened in the last month, posted on the last day of said month. I feel like January has flown by, with all the deadlines and events this month coming around far too quickly. For example today is the last day that vacation scheme applications for a lot of firms can be handed in (law work-experience for all the non-lawyers out there). These schemes have so many people competing for them that I am having to pray to the god of vacation schemes that I will stand out and get noticed! These schemes are so important as they can lead to a potential job, which would be nice.. I also have had exams and coursework in this month, which as you can imagine is super fun. But now that is over, all I really have left is one piece of coursework and six exams. But they feel a long way off at the moment so no need to panic. I’m hoping that in the following month I will be more proactive with this blog, I so feel like I ignored it a lot this month, but we will see what happens. I might even make […]

Review: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Posted January 30, 2015 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I Was Here by Gayle Forman Series: Standalone Published by: Simon and Schuster UK Children’s on 29th January 2015 Genres: Contemporary; Fiction; Romance; Young Adult Pages: 288 Format: E-arc Source: Netgalley Rating: **** About: Cody and Meg were inseparable. Two peas in a pod. Until . . . they weren’t anymore. When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question. I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story […]

Review: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Posted January 28, 2015 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Golden Son by Pierce Brown Series: Red Rising Trilogy Published by: Hodder & Stoughton on 6th January 2015 Genres: Dystopia; Fantasy; Science Fiction; Young Adult Pages: 464 Format: Hardback Source: Publisher Rating: ***** About: Ender’s Game meets The Hunger Games in this, the second in an extraordinary trilogy from an incredible new voice. ‘I’m still playing games. This is just the deadliest yet.‘ Darrow is a rebel forged by tragedy. For years he and his fellow Reds worked the mines, toiling to make the surface of Mars inhabitable. They were, they believed, mankind’s last hope. Until Darrow discovered that it was all a lie, and that the Red were nothing more than unwitting slaves to an elitist ruling class, the Golds, who had been living on Mars in luxury for generations. In RED RISING, Darrow infiltrated Gold society, to fight in secret for a better future for his people. Now fully embedded amongst the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his dangerous work to bring them down from within. It’s a journey that will take him further than he’s ever been before – but is Darrow truly willing to pay the […]

Review: A Heart Bent Out of Shape by Emylia Hall

Posted January 26, 2015 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: A Heart Bent Out of Shape by Emylia Hall

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. A Heart Bent Out of Shape by Emylia Hall Series: Standalone Published by: Headline on 13th March 2014 Genres: Contemporary; Fiction; Romance Pages: 377 Format: Paperback Source: Publisher Rating: **** About: From the author of The Book of Summers, picked for Richard & Judy’s 2012 summer book club, comes the story of a first love, a terrible tragedy, a snow-filled paradise; a year that will never be forgotten. For Hadley Dunn, life so far has been uneventful – no great loves, no searing losses. But that’s before she decides to spend a year studying in the glittering Swiss city of Lausanne, a place that feels alive with promise. Here Hadley meets Kristina, a beautiful but elusive Danish girl, and the two quickly form the strongest of bonds. Yet one November night, as the first snows of winter arrive, tragedy strikes. Hadley, left reeling and guilt-stricken, beings to lean on the only other person to whom she feels close, her American Literature professor Joel Wilson. But as the pair try to uncover the truth of what happened that night, their tentative friendship heads into forbidden territory. And before long […]

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #25- Can You Keep a Secret

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #25-  Can You Keep a Secret

Welcome to my  feature, Pastime Pleasures, posted every other Friday. Here I will look at books that have given me great pleasure in the past. These are books I can read over and over again. The only rule is that the book must have been published five or more years ago. This is a hilarious and witty read that will leave you in stitches! Perhaps best to not read it on public transport as you will laugh out loud. It is extremely difficult to maintain a straight face when reading this book. I think I went round with a permanent grin on my face, occasionally chuckling to myself, quite loudly…. There is so much humour, romance, drama, decision-making and so may secrets crammed into this book, that it is extremely hard to find a favourite part. There are also some extremely funny and outrageous characters – Jemima(!) an extremely loveable but clueless heroine, a sexy sounding love interest and some important life lessons to be learnt. This for me is the best line in the book and sums up the humour quite nicely: “Emma, I’m sorry, I can’t help you. This is a disaster. You’re completely vulnerable. It’s like going into […]