Zenith Review

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Can you see the story breathing?

Imagine
A mountain so great it takes a year to travel from base to summit.
A sun so powerful it drives you into madness if you look at it.
An ascent so vital it determines the fate of the world.
A summit so precious it holds the key to the divine.
The world of the great Mountain is unstable. Giant pillars erupt from the surface and yawning chasms form unpredictably underfoot. Since the Maelir first stood on its slopes in the distant past, they have sought to still its anger and control its power. Each year, twin brothers are chosen to make a perilous journey to the summit. If they survive they will be witness to Zenith, and the secrets will be revealed to them.

When Atreu and Teyth embark on their Ascent, their Talismans lead them onto conflicting paths that will ultimately set brother against brother. And this time the Ascent itself is in peril as unknown forces that have long craved the power of Zenith will stop at nothing to make it their own even if it means destroying the very thing that sustains all life the Mountain itself.

Review

When I first heard about this book, I was unsure what it would entail, or whether it would be something I would enjoy or not. Zenith is the story of a journey of a young man trying to reach the Summit in order to complete his training. Again with this description I didnt know whether it would be my cup of tea or not. But I always give books a go, so I began Zenith.

Starting I was slightly confused by the concept on Zenith itself and why no one could look at it, but the fact that the main character and his twin could reveal the answer intrigued me. So they set off on their journey's to find the answer, and this is were the singular narrative came in. With this book we, the readers are following Atreu's Ascent and seeing all the obstacles that he faces. 

I enjoyed the narrative of this book, it felt like one of those old myths we were told as children, this also applied to the tone, as it felt like the story of a brave knight (Arteu) on a journey (Ascent) who faces evil along the way (Faemir) I love the feel of this book, the adventure, the characters within the story and the ending. Though I did wish I could have read about his twin's Teyth Ascent as well as Artue's. All in all I enjoyed Zenith and would recommned it to anyone who loves books filled with adventure.

Write again soon.

Holly x      

















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Back to School / Autumn Lookbook

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Its no surprise to anyone now, that it is Autumn, which means leaves falling, colder and darker nights, and going back to school or university, which for me means one thing ; new clothes! Autumn is such a great season for fashion because you can wear almost anything as it is still warm but with a slight chilly breeze so you can wear everything from dresses with tights to jumpers and jeans, and I love it. Because I adore going shopping and finding new clothes in this season I thought I would show you three of my favorite looks for Autumn. Hope you enjoy!  


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The Luthier's Apprentice Review

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Title : The Luthier's Apprentice
Author : Mayra Calvini
Genre: YA Fantasy/Mystery
Release Date: May 15, 2014 ebook; August 15, 2014 print
Formats Available, e-book, Paperback, Hardback: ebook and paperback
Publisher Information or Self-Published:Twilight Times Books
ISBN Numbers: 
*Print ISBN: 978-1-60619-029-6
*eBook ISBN: 978-1-60619-028-9
Prices of Each Format: ebook $2.99, paperback $15.95

When a psychopathic violinist starts kidnapping other violinists around the world, 16-year old Emma must hunt her down before her own beloved violin teacher is killed!

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840), one of the greatest violinists who ever lived and rumored to have made a pact with the devil, has somehow transferred unique powers to another…  

When violinists around the world mysteriously vanish, 16-year-old Emma Braun takes notice.  But when her beloved violin teacher disappears… Emma takes charge. With Sherlock Holmes fanatic, not to mention gorgeous Corey Fletcher, Emma discovers a parallel world ruled by an ex-violinist turned evil sorceress who wants to rule the music world on her own terms. 

But why are only men violinists captured and not women? What is the connection between Emma's family, the sorceress, and the infamous Niccolò Paganini?  

Emma must unravel the mystery in order to save her teacher from the fatal destiny that awaits him.  And undo the curse that torments her family—before evil wins and she becomes the next luthier's apprentice…

Review 

When I first came across this book, my mind was completely blank as to what it was about, as I had no clue what a Luthier was, never mind what an apprentice to one did, so I I was hasty to start reading it, and how glad I am that I did. The Luthier's Apprentice is a YA fantasy/ mystery novel, which I absolutely love so I couldn't wait to read it.  

This ya novel follows a determined, headstrong violinist called Emma ( already love her from the fact that she plays violin) as she tries to investigate her teacher's disappearance with her deductive skills she has gained from The Sherlock Holmes ( again Sherlock Holmes, solving crimes, music, what's not to love with this book) with the equally Sherlock obsessed Corey, until they come across a centuries ago mystery, male violinists have been going missing and Emma's teacher is the newest victim.

Personally I enjoyed it, the mystery, fantasy, the references the Sherlock Holmes and a lot more factors made this book very enjoyable to read. It is very quick paced, never a dull moment and surprising plot twists when you don't expect them. I recommend this book to anyone from ages 13 + and any fans of fantasy and mystery.

Write again soon

Holly x    


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The Shakespeare Problem

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              The Shakespeare Problem


Shakespeare. I bet now that I have mentioned him some people are going to lose interest or fear anything to do with him. And why is this? Because some people hate him, and No hold your horses I don't actually mean William Shakespeare himself, I mean his work, people have truly grown to hate Shakespeare because of many things such as they were taught it in school, and we usually hate any text we are taught in school, the language is too complicated and so unlike our own that we simply can not be bothered to sit and try to understand its complexity. And lets be honest most people today hate it because they don't understand it. 

I know many people who are like this, my own friends and family included. In high school and university, my friends detested Shakespeare because it was so unlike our lives now a days, and the language was abnormal, I cant tell you the amount of times I have heard " Why couldn't he have just spoke normally instead of using this language, its confusing" I couldn't tell you because I've lost count. I even asked my mother who is very much a bookworm like myself if she wanted to go see a Shakespeare play next year and she answered " No, its boring" I told her it wasn't and asked her why it was boring and she replied " its too complicated why cant they talk normally" again so many people shy away from Shakespeare because they don't understand it, and it really infuriates me, and you know why ? 

Because I love Shakespeare.

 I always have ever since I was little, and yes that may make me seem like a complete nerd but I don't care, throughout my life I have been surrounded by Shakespeare from when I first saw Romeo and Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio when I was nine, doing a scene from Macbeth when I was in Year 6 , learning A Midsummer's Night Dream in year 8, and watching the ballet, Being in productions of Romeo and Juliet, Doing my year 10 coursework on Romeo and Juliet, going to see A Midsummer's Night Dream performed in my city with my Drama Group and studying both Othello and Macbeth for my A-levels and then seeing Macbeth performed and even now in university, one of the English exams was on Hamlet.And I loved every minute of it.

So I think it is pretty clear to say I am a fan of Shakespeare and it does annoy me when people say they don't like Shakespeare for reasons as "it's confusing" "its boring" or even "it's depressing" I can assure you these are completely false, Shakespeare is different that is true but it is not confusing if you just listen to or read the words its easy to understand, I have never come across any of Shakespeare's works that were boring so give them a chance you might like them. Okay some of them can be depressing but that's because they are tragedies, they don't have happy endings, but Shakespeare did write comedy plays which one of my favourites is "Much ado about nothing" trust me watch it or read it and you'll love it, it was even performed by David Tennant and Catherine Tate so it cant be bad. So if you think you'll always be depressed by Shakespeare definitely give that one ago and you will definitely change your mind. Even if you're starting Shakespeare, it is a really good starting point, the language is easy to understand, its funny and its the age old story; two people are perfect for each other and everyone knows it but them, so give it a go, and next time you see a Shakespeare play advertised or have to study his work for school don't be to quick to judge it because I promise you Shakespeare is not boring.

Write again soon.

Holly x        

     




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The Liebster Award!

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                      The Liebster Award!

I have been nominated for the Liebster Award by the absolutley lovely Giselle, so thank you so much Giselle for nominating me!



The Rules
1. Thank the blogger who nominates you.
2. Answer the 11 questions she/he asks of you.
 3. List 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
5. Ask these 11 bloggers 11 questions of your own. You can't nominate those who nominated you.
6. Let them know you have mentioned them.


Giselle's Questions 
  1. What made you start blogging? Did anyone inspire you? If so who and how?
I started blogging because I wanted to document my life in a sort of diary-like way, but then I discovered book blogging and thats what I do now I talk and discuss books becuase I love them and I dont know where I would be without them, the person who actually inspired me was Lucy from Queen of Contemporary and becuase of her and her amazing blog I decided to turn my normal blog into a book blog so I cannot be more grateful to her. Thank you sooo much Lucy!

    2. What is your dream cast for your favorite book?

Oh God! This is hard enough picking a favourite book! But all of my top favourites have already been made into movies and their casts are perfect. But one of my favourite books that hasn't been turned into a movie yet is Life Swap by Abby McDonald and I doubt it will get made, but my dream cast is Indiana Evans as Em, Phoebe Tonkin as Natasha, Skandar Keynes  as Will and Matt Lanter  as Ryan. (This took me sooo long to decide)

     3.Top played song on your iPod?

I actually havent actually listened to my Ipod in a while because I just listen to my Itunes, so my top played song on that is All of the Stars by Ed Sheeran from the TFIOS soundtrack, I absolutley love that song as (obviously) it's from the TFIOS film and Ed Sheeran sings it and he is one of my favourite singers ever.

       4. Which book characters would you be friends with and why?

I would like to think I would be friends with Sydney Sage, because we are quite similar in personalities, so we would get along easily. Also Hermione Granger simply becuase she is Hermione Granger and she is awesome and I would love to have her as a friend. Celeana Sardothien becuase she is amazingly loyal will stand up for what she beleieves in, and thats something I love in my friends. And also I would love to be friends with Eddie Castile becuase he is so sweet and so nice and you can have a joke with him and I love him he is one of my favorite male characters.

   5.What book can you re-read and re-read and always love? Why?

Harry Potter!!! Easiest question ever, I can re-read the Harry Potter series over and over again and love without ever getting bored of it. It is ultimately my childhood, and if you ask anyone who knows me they will tell you I am obsessed with Harry Potter.

    6.Strange Reading habits?

I don't know whether this is strange or not, but if I listen to music when I'm reading I can only listen to the Pride and Prejudice (2005) soundtrack because the classical feel of the soundtrack always makes me feel in a read-y mood, I don't know why it's only that but I cant read if I listen to anything else.  

   7.If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?

I think It would be the Rennaisance period, as I love anthing to do with that time period, the clothes the etiquette, the life at royal court, just everything. So that would be the time period I would like to live in :)

  8.Name a quote that describes you best.

I dont think just one quote can ever describe someone so here's a few that describe me :

  • "To wish you were someone else wastes the person you are" - Unknown
  • "Hope is the only thing stronger than fear" -THG
  • "If you can dream it, you can do it" - Walt Disney
  • "When writing the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen" - Harley Davidson
   9.What book made you cry the most and why?

The one book that does make me cry the most is The Fault in our Stars, I tend to cry at different points in the book but I always without fail cry at Augustus' letter at the end, because it's just so beautifully sad I cant help but cry.

 10.Favorite Disney movie?

Beauty and the Beast. Enough said.

  11. Coffee or Tea?

Neither, I am not a fan of hot drinks, so I will happily drink any kind of fruit juice like Oasis as a substitute :)

  
 11 Random Facts 

  1. Through High School one of my nicknames was Kermit the Frog
  2. I went to an all-girls performing arts high school
  3. If I could move anywhere I would either move to Italy, New York or London
  4. My favourite singers include Ed Sheeran, Panic! at the Disco and any song from a Musical
  5. I adore Anime 
  6. My Patronus is a horse
  7. I have danced for the English National Ballet
  8. I am obssessed with Greek mythology
  9. I am studying English Literature and Creative Writing at University
  10. My favourite number is 13
  11. Within the next year I want to learn how to play the Guitar or Ukulele 

I nominate :
  1. Holly from Lost in a Library
  2. Shazina from The Book Chapter
  3. Anna from Enchanted by YA
  4. Emma from Emma Louise Book Blog
  5. Holly from Bookaholic Confessions
  6. Orli from Blame My Bookshelf
  7. Amy from Amy Bookworm
  8. Becca Jayne from Pretty Little Memoirs
  9. Tilly from Hardcore Heroines
  10. Charli from To Another World
  11. Imogen from Imogens Typewriter


My Questions:
  1.  What was the first book you read?
  2.  Who is your book OTP?
  3.  If you could only read one book/series for the rest of your life what would it be?
  4.  How many books have you read this year?
  5. What your favourite genre?
  6.  Have you ever read a book in another language?
  7. What book made you love reading? 
  8. What literary character would you love to cosplay as?
  9.  Where do you get your books?
  10. What book do you wish you could change the ending to?
  11. Recommend some books for me to read? (Thanks!)


Thank you so much to Giselle for nominating me !!!!

Write again soon

Holly x








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