Ceri’s Random Posts (#32)

Hello! I hope everyone that’s on half term is having a great time! I’m definitely enjoying doing nothing. I’m not sure what to do today… I think I’ll go for a good old fashioned list post. I remember my first Tuesday post was putting celebrities into factions, so I could give celebrities an actual character this time.

Ok, this is how it’s going to go- I’m going to pick a celebrity e.g. Michael Jackson and choose a well-suited character for them e.g. Moon Face then explain why… I’m going to do the first five people I know that come up with random celebrity generator so I don’t always write posts including the same sort of people! The explanations will probably be quite short sorry because I’m v busy.

First up is Robert Pattinson! Ok well I know I talk about Twilight a lot but he was the first person that came up so… I’m not going to be boring and say Edward. Instead I’m going to go for someone from Tapas and Tears by Chris Higgins (I’ve decided to use a random generator for the book too). I shall choose Pablo because that is the only guy from it that I remember the name of. I actually think it’s quite fitting because he is the leading man and he is really cheeky, like sort of naughty and I can imagine RP being like that. Especially as he was basically a killer in Twilight.

Next we have Kate Winslet and I am not choosing Rose from Titanic. Instead I shall be picking someone from City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. Thank god at least I remember the characters in this book. I think I will choose Jocelyn because Kate Winslet is quite a motherly figure. She is very pretty like Lena Heady is in the movie as well.

Ooh and next is Drew Barrymore, aw she is such a sweetie. I love Drew Barrymore! Ok so she has to be a nice character obviously and that character is going to be from… Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. Oh my god I thought I’d never have to mention that book again. Drew can be Fantine because she’s absolutely beautiful. Fantine is such a caring, devoted mother like Drew is in ‘Blended’.

Ok so now we have Christina Aguilera who is going to be a character from Out of My Depth by Helen Bailey. Out of My Depth is part of the Electra Brown series for those of you who don’t know and Helen Bailey is a lovely author. Christina can be Electra because Christina is always centre stage and full of energy like Electra! I imagine Christina having a hot boyfriend like Electra as well (I have no idea who she’s going out with).

And lastly we have Ryan Reynolds who stars in one of my favourite movies- The Proposal! The book he has to be chosen from is… I Love Genie: Wishful Thinking by Rose Wilkins. God it’s been a while since I read that book. I think Ryan would make a good Ash because he would be very good at being hot and sarcastic. I bet Ryan would love popping out of a ring to grant wishes- he should be cast if they make it into a movie.

That’s all for now, so I hope those of you on half term enjoy the rest of the holiday! Bye!

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Ceri’s Updates/Reviews (#36)

Les Misérables is certainly a book that I will not be reading ever again. It is the most challenging book I will ever read, but I’m glad that I have read it because I feel as though I have just finished climbing a mountain. I’m in a state of shock that I actually managed to read all of it. Reading Les Misérables is one of my life’s greatest accomplishments, however I did not enjoy 60% of the novel. I chose to read Les Misérables, mainly because it was a huge challenge for me. Of Mice and Men links to Les Misérables because both are philosophical and have themes of poverty, death and companionship.

Les Misérables tells the story of an escaped convict Jean Valjean’s ongoing battle to become a better man. Along the way we get to know many other characters’ stories of poverty and near death experiences in late 18th/early 19th century France. There are many events in the story, all linking to the struggles in French society, as well as the importance of love.

My main problem with Les Misérables is Hugo’s verbose, often mundane and irrelevant writing. I find it very difficult to understand why he needs to be so extensive all the time, when mostly it does not add anything to the story. The characters often go into thirty page long monologues that are more confusing than enlightening. Hugo will often say “we must now describe this event in some detail (to progress the story)”, which makes me want to tear pages out of the book because he does not need to write another fifty pages of nonsense in order for the story to progress. There is no way for me to be able to engage with the book when I have to frequently trudge through endless meaningless tales. I have to say, I was not impressed by the fifty page description of The Battle of Waterloo.

In addition to this, I felt like I had to know the entire history of France to understand much of the book. There were many names thrown in such as Robespierre and Fouché, which only made vague sense to me because I had studied The French Revolution in history lessons. When I read Of Mice and Men, I wasn’t bombarded with important historical names or tales of battles, yet I could still understand the story and its context as there were ‘simple’ allusions e.g. Curley’s wife was not given a name so I know women were treated badly at the time. I would also like to point out that if I wanted to read an in depth historical book, I would choose to read an encyclopaedia- not a fictional book. It would be much more beneficial to the reader if Hugo focused more on giving detailed character profiles so I can actually keep track of the many characters Hugo throws at me.

There was one thing that I actually liked about Les Misérables and that was the beautiful portrayal of compassion and love. I was particularly moved by Fantine’s love for her daughter Cosette as well as the extreme kindness of Jean Valjean. There were moments when I thought: “Finally, this is an amazing book.” These rare moments were ones when Hugo wrote especially powerful lines- “This was the lark that never sang”- or wrote very touching character “break-through moments” as I call them. This is when I felt the characters showed true human emotion, instead of Hugo’s idea of what human emotions are. My favourite part of the book was at the very beginning when Jean Valjean broke down in tears because he realised what a monster he had become. Firstly, I was just glad that he was reacting normally, plus I was glad he was crying because he had just stolen a little boy’s money. After this first wave of emotion had passed I wept along with Jean Valjean and that was when I realised there was more to this verbose book than I initially thought.

I formed an attachment to Les Misérables whilst we were on our never ending journey together. I would describe Les Misérables as my sister in book form; I complain about her all the time but I love her really. It was impossible for me to spend so much time reading that book without falling slightly in love with it. The massive problem is the length of the book, but if Hugo worked on that it would be perfect, if a bit confusing. Jean Valjean told me his life story.

I’m so, so glad that Les Misérables has been adapted into a musical because I want as many people as possible to hear the incredible story that is Les Misérables. I have learnt so much from reading this incredibly tough book and although I hated it most of the time, I do not regret reading it. Having spent so long hating this book, I now appreciate what a sensational job Hugo did in bringing Jean Valjean’s story to life. If a book makes me cry I know it’s a good book and I definitely cried at Les Misérables.

Ceri’s Random Posts (#31)

Heya! Today I felt like creating a quiz. Of course it is all about books! I was wondering if on Tuesdays I should have some regular post fixtures like I just started with the spotlight on an author post. I might start featuring a quiz or poetry regularly if people would like that… let me know in the comments. It would be easier for me as it’s hard to keep coming up with new ideas for my Tuesday posts! I’m not sure if the quiz will be too easy but it’s just a bit of fun! All the answers can be found in my previous blog posts.

1) What are the names of the two main characters in ‘Forever’ by Judy Blume?

  1. Katherine and Ralph
  2. Julia and Patrick
  3. Katherine and Michael

2) Fill in the missing word of the title of this Cathy Hopkin’s book: _______ For a Broken Heart

  1. Playlist
  2. Songs
  3. Music

3) Where is the fourth Million Dollar Mates book mainly set?

  1. a) India
  2. b) Florida
  3. c) London

4)   Who does America choose in ‘The Selection’?

  1. a) Aspen
  2. b) Maxon
  3. c) Carter

5)   Where does Bea tell Toph to meet her a year later in ‘Nobody’s Girl’?

  1. a) Pont Neuf
  2. b) London Bridge
  3. c) The Eiffel Tower

6)     Which Novella was written by Rebecca Serle?

  1. a) Star Drops
  2. b) Ella
  3. c) Locked

7)     What game did Noah and Jude play in ‘I’ll Give You the Sun’?

  1. a) They divided up the world between them
  2. b) They took turns adding entries to their Grandma’s bible
  3. c) They tried to make pictures out of the stars

8)       How does ‘New Moon’ end?

  1. a) Bella punches Jacob
  2. b) Bella and Edward tell Charlie they are engaged
  3. c) Edward proposes to Bella

9)     What is Beth Reekles’ (author of The Kissing Booth) nationality?

  1. a) English
  2. b) Welsh
  3. c) American

10)   Who wrote ‘Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging’?

  1. a) Samantha Mackintosh
  2. b) Chris Higgins
  3. c) Louise Rennison

So I hope that quiz was ok! I might do some more in the future!  Byee…

Ceri’s Updates/Reviews (#35)

Hello! This week I shall be reviewing Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti, who I just wrote a post about! Warning: This is a very emotional book and is more than likely to cause tears.

A romantic and empowering book about bullying

Noelle’s life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn’t know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle’s kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her long time crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she’s terrified. Surely it’s safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it’s time to stand up for herself–and for the love that keeps her holding on.

I really like Keep Holding On but it is actually my least favourite of Susane Colasanti’s books. The only reason it’s my least favourite is because the other ones were less distressing and I’m very sensitive so I found myself enjoying the others a bit more. However, I do think that it is really important that this book was written because it is written for people who have had a really tough time. The dedication at the beginning of the book already had me in tears especially the part where she said: “For every other teen who felt like they couldn’t hold on anymore”.

This book is so emotional. I could not believe what I was reading and there was definitely no holding back. Just thinking about what happened has made my eyes brim with tears. As soon as I finish writing this I’m going to spend the rest of the evening reading it, it’s so amazing I can’t wait. The thing that sticks in my mind was that Noelle (the main character) had a box filled with a pack of razor blades, an X-Acto knife and two boxes of sleeping pills. I’ve never been suicidal so I had no idea what it was like to be in that position. It was beautifully written.

Aw Julian (the main guy) was my fav. I liked him because it showed how there are people that care in this world. Noelle was treated in such an awful way it was practically unimaginable. I was ecstatic that Julian went out with Noelle because she deserves some happiness in her life. Julian was incredibly thoughtful! It is really important to reach out to people suffering from bullying and I really appreciate Susane Colasanti for doing that. Yes, it was very upsetting to read, but it is definitely important to read about things like this. It is definitely worth the read!

I hope some people after reading this will choose to read Keep Holding On! This beautiful book will always have a special place in my heart. It gives me hope and reminds me that there are other people who are going through much worse than me. This book gives people a reason to keep holding on.

Ceri’s Random Posts (#30)

Hi! So I have come up with a new idea for my Tuesday posts (finally). I’ve decided every four weeks (commencing now) I shall be putting the spotlight on a different author. This will normally consist of a list of their books and what I think of them. If I’ve met the author before I will talk about my experience of meeting them. This should be pretty cool! This week the spotlight is on one of my favourite authors: Susane Colasanti. indexFact File Name: Susane Colasanti Born: May 1, 1973 (age 42) New Jersey Lives: New York City Previous Jobs: High school science teacher Amount of books published: 9 (as of May 2015)       So what books has she written? She writes books targeted at teenage girls/ young adults about love, friendship, karma, warm fuzzies and typically New York City. Her first eight books are singular books but the characters sometimes link in with other books. These books are: When it Happens, So Much Closer, Something Like Fate, Now and Forever, Take Me There, Waiting For You, Keep Holding On and All I Need. Last month the first book in a trilogy, City Love, was published and I am SO excited for the other two books to come out! What is my favourite book of hers? Obviously, I love all her books but my favourite so far is All I Need. I am obsessed with it and it is in my top ten books. The whole concept is sooo cute! After reading Something Like Fate (in my top fifteen books!) I thought none of her other books could top it but it is truly sensational. Just the perfect book to curl up in bed with, especially after a crappy day. Parts of All I Need reminded me of The Beach House by Beth Reekles, which is a super cute novella set after The Kissing Booth. What else can I say? I LOVE IT. Do I have any experience of meeting her? Unfortunately, not yet- I’m hopeful that I will get to meet her one day! The closest I’ve come is having an email from her. She was ultra-amazing and lovely. I was so excited when she replied! Before I went to New York City I had asked her if she had any recommendations of things to do and of course she had plenty of awesome suggestions. I had a great time in New York visiting all the places in her books! What got me into her writing and what was the first book of hers I read? We had a book fair at school a couple of years ago and I saw When it Happens on display. It was love at first sight. The cover was soo good I just had to buy it. After that I read all of her books. Are there any books coming out soon? Yes, as previously mentioned, there are two more books coming out following on from City Love. I know I’m going to love them! In the mean time I suggest that you read So Much Closer if you have never read a Susane Colasanti book. So Much Closer is one of her better books (in my opinion), even though they are all amazing but I don’t think it’s the ultimate best book so it’s a nice introduction to her writing. At some point you HAVE to read All I Need. I think the rest of my author posts will follow this structure. Hopefully, one of you readers out there will go and buy one of her books now (seriously you need to)! Bye!

Ceri’s Updates/Reviews (#34)

Hello! Today I’ll be reviewing an unusual book- Just Henry by Michelle Magorian. The book itself is not unusual, it is just very very unusual for me to read and ENJOY books like this. So here goes…

From the award-winning author of “Goodnight Mister Tom” comes “Just Henry”: a gripping mystery-thriller and an insightful snapshot of time, set in post-war Britain. It’s 1949 and life is bleak for Henry. He misses his father who died a war hero, and whenever he can he escapes from his annoying stepfather and stepsister by going to the cinema – his passion. One day in the cinema queue he meets Mrs Beaumont who also loves films, and lends Henry a camera for his school project. Henry is disgusted that he’s been put in a group with Jeffries, the son of an army deserter, and Pip, who was born illegitimate; but he’s about to learn that tolerance and friendship are more important than social stigmas, and Henry will need his new friends when he makes an alarming discovery. Like a bomb waiting to explode, Henry’s world is about to unravel.

I picked this up when I went on holiday three years ago because I had read Goodnight Mr Tom in school and was interested in what Magorian’s other books were like. I had been pleasantly surprised when Goodnight Mr Tom turned out to be a nice read so I wondered if Just Henry would be the same (the other books in the hotel looked dodgy as well).

Just Henry is about a teenage boy called Henry set around world war two. It features a lot of trips to the cinema and has a rather thrilling ending. That is all I can recall and there is no plot summary on Wikipedia to help me. I remember it taking me quite a while to get into the book, but with most books I have to read a couple of chapters to get into them. It makes sense because you have to get to know the characters first, also you can’t just launch straight into the action. Once I did get into Just Henry, I could not put it down. There was some sort of mystery that I HAD to solve/find out what happens. (I really hope I remember the right book…)

This book revolved around the cinema. Well the cinema definitely featured heavily in the novel. I liked this because I am a huge movie fan and enjoy frequent visits to the cinema. It was nice there was something simple and peaceful going on in the story amongst all of the turmoil. There was no sugar coating in the story, which I greatly appreciated; in stories I want to know the truth. It allowed me to learn more about that period of time and delve deeper into the story.

The only thing I remember disliking is that it was really long, it’s probably in the five longest books I’ve ever read. I’m not a fan of huge books- it puts me off reading them because it looks like too much effort. I don’t get why huge books aren’t split into two books, because that seems more approachable to me. Otherwise, it was a great book. It is very rare I find a book set in a different time, with virtually no romance that I like. Hats off to Michelle Magorian! I strongly recommend you read Just Henry, even if you think you won’t like it.

Ceri’s Random Posts (#29)

Hey guys! Whilst I rack my brains for what to do for the next few Tuesday posts, I thought I could just answer the questions I asked at the end of the Liebster award post. I don’t think anybody will answer them so I might as well.

 

  1. What character would you like to be your boy/girl friend?

I would like Simon Lewis from The Mortal Instruments to be my boyfriend. He is so adorable and funny. If he looked like Robert Sheehan in real life then that would be great. I’m not too sure on the new Simon, but I’m going to be open minded and respectful because he is probably a great actor even though Robbie will always be Simon to me.

 

  1. Do you read any classics, and if so what is your favourite classic book?

Recently I’ve been trying to read more classic books and now I’ve been giving a reading list at school with lots of great classic books on there so I hope to read them soon. My favourite classic book so far (bearing in mind I’ve read hardly any) is Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë although I still haven’t finished it!

 

  1. What poem got you into poetry? If you don’t have one, what is your opinion on Because by James Franco?

Funnily enough, Because by James Franco is the poem that got me into poetry. It isn’t a real stand out poem, but it was the first poem I read that was honest and cut to the chase.

 

  1. Are there any books that you are desperate to be made into movies?

Definitely my top three books: The Kissing Booth, Soulmates and I’ll Give You the Sun. I bet there’d be loads of gorgeous men in there. I think the film rights have been sold for Soulmates and I’ll Give You the Sun! Katherine and I have always said Famous in Love would be a totally awesome movie and I think it is being turned into a TV series. I would prefer it as a movie, but it would still be cool as a TV series.

 

  1. What is the shortest book you’ve ever read?

I can’t be completely sure on this, but my Auntie has these little Felicity Wishes books that are really small and cute- so probably one of those.

 

  1. If you could only take three things to a desert island, would you bring a book with you? Why/why not?

No I wouldn’t, because if I was bored I could make coconut bikinis and I would rather bring water, food and a tent there so I could survive. I don’t need a book, I could use logs to make a fire.

 

  1. Do you have any friends that deserve to have a book written about? What would it be about? (If all your friends are really boring then what book would you write about yourself?)

I have a lot of interesting friends. To be honest, I’d rather write about myself because obviously I know myself and it’s hard to imagine kissing scenes about your friend. If I had to, I would write about my best friend Molly because I probably know her the best out of anybody I know. We have a lot in common too.

 

  1. Do you remember the first proper book you ever read i.e. Chapters, one hundred pages or so? If you can’t remember what was your favourite childhood book?

The first proper book I read was Twin Tales by Jacqueline Wilson. I remember my Dad reading this to my sister and I when he got in from work. After that I read every single Jacqueline Wilson book as well as the Rainbow Fairies books.

 

  1. Is there a certain genre that you will never read?

Horror, crime, war… most things that aren’t romantic, dystopian or a good YA book. I’ve read books before with no romance in and actually really enjoyed them. I’m definitely not into gruesome things though.

I was struggling to answer the two questions I missed, but I’ll try to answer them in another post some time. Bye!

Ceri’s Updates/Reviews (#33)

Hey!

I actually wrote this review straight after I finished reading I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, which would’ve been a few weeks ago. I was so so SO excited to write this review because I fell in love with this book.

From the author of The Sky Is Every­where, a radiant novel that will leave you laughing and crying – all at once. For fans of John Green, Gayle Forman and Lauren Oliver. Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close – until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don’t realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.

I hardly ever buy books in store but I saw this book in Waterstones the other day and I was mind blown. It was love at first sight. When I saw Soulmates in Waterstones, I just knew I would love it and I had that exact same feeling. The cover is absolutely stunning and I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, whaattt. That is just the best title omg I was having a mini breakdown. THEN I read the blurb and it said it was a LOVE STORY with a boy called NOAH in. That was when I thought: this is the one. I then realised it was by the author of The Sky Is Everywhere, which I’ve wanted to read since forever.

I was prepared to read a lovely teen love story and still absolutely love it (like Soulmates and The Kissing Booth) but oh no- this book was so much more than that. For once in my life (fav song) I had no idea what was going to happen, or what sort of story it was the whole way through; I was captivated. There was no way that I would have guessed any of the events in the book. I was still trying to work out who the two boys were that the twins would fall in love with when I was halfway through the book. I mean all of this is a good way, I think it’s unbelievable that somebody could write as well as this. Oh and the words, THE WORDS. Wow wow wow. It was so beautiful. I kept crying because it would say things like: “You say you are so sad, maybe that is why. No sun. No trees.”

“I lost the stars and the oceans too,” I tell him.

 

The ideas though. Woah. Noah and Jude dividing the world between them was the best. I loved the things Noah came up with and how he painted things; I wish I had his mind. I really want the cubist drawing of Oscar Noah drew, I would have adored it. THE DESCRIPTION MY OH MY. The way they described the characters was sensational. I love how Oscar’s face was broken and whatever else he was described as… like his eyes- one brown, one green. UGH.

I so wish I could just upload a voice recording because I can’t formulate words that explain how amazing this book is. I haven’t even got started on Noah and Brian’s relationship or Jude and Oscar’s relationship. How about goals? Why can’t these people be alive? Those two couples are just perfection. They could not be paired with better people. Oh and the bible that Jude always goes on about… that is so something I would get into it. It’s awesome. All those little things that it says: “If a boy gives a girl an orange her love for him will multiply”. I love that.

I could go on forever but it’s difficult for me to string together sentences… PLEASE READ IT. You just have to read it and then you will understand what the hell I’m going on about. God, I cannot wait for Katherine to read it so we can talk about it. If she doesn’t like it, I will be her slave for life.

Read it.

Ceri’s Random Posts (#28)

Hello! Sorry for not posting the last instalment of the court case last week. I couldn’t resist doing the Liebster Award. I’d quite like to do that again actually, and I want to see some readers do it too! I love answering questions because I have a lot to say most of the time!

Just to recap what’s happened so far:

  • Edward Cullen is accused of domestic violence against Isabella Cullen
  • Both prosecutors and Defenders gave an opening statement
  • The prosecutors questioned Charlie Swan
  • The defenders questioned Carlisle Cullen
  • Today marks the end of this case.

The prosecutors will now give their final statement:

Edward Cullen is a dangerous man. Charlie Swan is uncomfortable with Bella living with Edward as he is concerned for her safety. There is no question that Bella severely injured herself on two separate occasions whilst with Edward. There are pictures and documents showing finger shaped bruises on Bella’s body as well as broken bones. It has not escaped our attention that the pair married at a very young age after knowing each other for a short period of time. A close high school friend said ‘Edward is very intimidating and he probably pressurised Bella into marriage’. It is not safe for Bella to be around Edward.

The defenders will now give their final statement:

There is no conclusive evidence to show that Edward Cullen has ever hurt Bella. Bella claims that Edward has never hurt her (Okay I know this wasn’t in the thing but still she would say this) and she was not even the person to get in contact with the police. I have no concerns about her safety with Edward. They are living only a short distance from the rest of Edward’s family, and there presence provides Bella with a safe and secure environment. There have not been any severe injuries directly caused by Edward. Edward is seen as a role model at his high school, with outstanding grades. Charlie doesn’t like Bella living with Edward yet he gave them his blessing to get married. I cannot find any issues with their current relationship.

Okay so that is the last we will hear of the prosecutors and defenders. The jury will now give their verdict.

The jury think Edward Cullen is innocent of domestic abuse against Isabella Cullen. There is inconclusive evidence to support this accusation.

AND FINALLY, let’s hear the judge pass Edward’s sentence…

Edward Cullen is to be given a restraining order. He must stay away from Isabella Cullen and Charlie Swan. The restraining order shall be removed when there is conclusive evidence given.

Whoo! So that’s the end of the court case! I’m sorry if it seems a bit rushed, but I’ve been so busy with homework all weekend and it’s 10:30pm now (at the time of writing). I shall have to think of something new to write about next week. I look forward to next Tuesday! Ooh, and does anybody think that Edward is abusive in the books towards Bella, regardless of this case I’ve written? Let me know in the comments. Bye!

Ceri’s Updates/Reviews (#32)

Hello! Today I am reviewing Hereafter by Tara Hudson. This is the first in a trilogy but I have only read the first one. I look forward to reading the next two books, because I loved reading Hereafter. I know it didn’t really click for other people, but it certainly did for me!

Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Let me start by saying- this wasn’t a stand out book for me, there are many other paranormal romance books out there that I love, but it was still an amazing book. As I’ve said in previous posts, I feel like most paranormal romance books these days are vampires Vs werewolves. I actually haven’t read any other books about ghosts or heard about any except for Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. Anna Dressed in Blood sounds really good so I’m excited to read it in probably about two years to be honest. I have so many books to read but I always find myself doing something else! It was different and less predictable to read a ghost story. I don’t tend to have a problem with books being unoriginal because I like reading similar books but it’s nice to read something different every once in a while.

I like Amelia because she went on a journey and we only found out pieces of information about her past in different stages of the book. Strangely, for a person that doesn’t like the reading the unknown, I enjoyed the mystery and suspense Hudson created in this novel. For me, the main point of the book was to unravel the mystery of Amelia’s past so I’m glad it was written in this way. Josh definitely added to the story. It wouldn’t have been anywhere near as good without romance in. Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think there was anything from Josh’s point of view so that would be something nice to have in the rest of the trilogy. I don’t mind if it doesn’t happen- it’s just a thought. My rating for Hereafter is 4/5 stars because I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It isn’t five stars because I rarely give out five stars to books. Five star books don’t exactly have anything in particular about them except I love romance so they need to have romance in them. Otherwise they’re just books that strongly resonate with me and have a wow factor.

Next week’s review is of one of these ‘wow factor’ books- I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I’ve already written this review and I’m SO excited to share it with you.