Wednesday, 10 October 2018

What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera | Review

Book review of What If It's Us by Beck Albertalli and Adam Silvera. -  Kindle version shown on a phone.

I went into What If It's Us* without really knowing what it was about. Not reading the blurb and just jumping right in has become quite a habit for me with Young Adult books but so far it’s mostly working out for me! All I knew was that the authors were good and had written well known 5-star books before. However, at the time I’d only read Becky Albertalli’s book Love, Simon (Simon vs the Homosapien Agenda) before and none of Adam Silvera's books so I wasn't completely sold on the fact I'd love it.

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it. Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them? Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated. Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited. But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third? What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough? What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play? But what if it is?

Honestly, I began this book feeling a little awkward. It seemed a bit cliché and over the top in some sense with the boys meeting and then basically falling in love at first sight. Then add on the fact that Dylan seemed very over the top and touchy-feely for a straight guy (sorry if that’s a bit offensive and ‘square peg round hole’ type thinking but it’s what went through my head). It was a little must too soon into the book and I wasn't prepared for it. From that, I didn’t think I was going to like this book, but I continued and thankfully I did because it was excellent!

I both liked and disliked the idea of Arthur and Ben redoing their first date, so they'd do a second first date and a third first date. While it was a cute idea, let's face it they were on second and third dates. That added to the fact that they only had a summer, everything felt rushed. Like I mentioned before the love at first sight thing was a bit cheesy, and them meeting each other's parents after what was basically two weeks. If it was real life and not a cheesy YA rom-com it would feel weird and rushed.

Clichés and real life aside, I did enjoy it. I can’t really remember the last time I spent half a novel with a big cheesy smile on my face because of all the cuteness and relatable dorkiness. This was that and that’s why I ranked it as 5 stars, my first 5 stars for a few months now.  It’s been a while since I read some of Rainbow Rowell’s but even so, this book definitely gave me Rainbow Rowell vibes.

Are you looking forward to reading this? I totally recommend you do!

*This is a review copy provided by Simon & Schuster (Australia) and was released yesterday 9th October. While a review copy all opinions on this book are my own.


Saturday, 6 October 2018

Episode #005 | Overseas Opinions: Guests Erin and Ria share their favourite books

Episode 5 of Rants and Reviews is a guest episode. We're talking to Erin from A Natural Detour, and Ria from Thoroughly Modern Millennial about their favourite books.  - Lettering Overseas Opinions

(0:00) Welcome to another episode of Rants and Reviews. Are you sick of our voices yet? Well don’t you worry, we have two special guests with us this episode, so you don’t have to just listen to us. Erin and Ria are fellow book lovers and internet friends of ours. Once we got past the technical difficulties we had a lot of fun. Stay tuned to see how it went!

(0:40) Ria blogs at Thoroughly Modern Millennial and is a co-creator of Blogger’s Bookshelf.

(0:59) Erin blogs at A Natural Detour, as well as co-running Blogger’s Bookshelf.


Saturday, 29 September 2018

Book vs Movie review | Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Book and movie review of Wonder by R. J. Palacio - kindle flatlay

I am definitely late to the bandwagon with this book, Wonder has been out for a wee while and the movie came out late last year. I knew I wanted to read it before watching the movie but it was always sitting on my tbr, never really getting higher up the list with all the awesome new releases flying straight to the top.


Saturday, 22 September 2018

Episode #004 | Love Letters: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before review

Podcast episode 4, to all the boys I've loved before book and movie review hand lettering

(0:00) On your way to work? Doing a spring clean? Or maybe you’re just chilling at home with a cup of coffee. Whatever you’re doing, however you find yourself here, welcome to Rants and Reviews. In this episode we dive into the details of the Young Adult novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han, and discuss whether the 2018 Netflix movie adaptation lived up to expectations. Spoiler warning: we do talk in detail about both the book and the movie, so if you aren’t familiar with the story but are planning to read or watch it in the future, this might not be the episode for you. If you’re not fussed, stay tuned!


Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Four Fictional Worlds I'd Love To Visit

four fictional worlds from books I would like to visit. The Wizarding World from Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, Elsewhere, and The Oasis from Ready Player One.- Funko Pops and The Art of Harry Potter flatlay

One of the things I love most about books is immersing myself into a new world and forgetting about real life for a moment. Even though some of these new worlds have side effects (hello Voldemort) I would love to visit them properly one day. I know that's impossible but hey we can dream right? Here's a few I'd love to visit first: 

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Forget being flustered: How a daily routine works for me

forget being flustered - tips for working a daily routine into your life on a graffiti wall

Some people laugh when I say I'm in bed by ten every 'school' night, but the same people also don't understand how I'm so chill and organised under deadline pressure and other similar stresses. The tip, my dears, is routine. Well actually it's knowing what your body likes, and mine likes routine.

One of my most hated things is being rushed. I don't like being rushed at all and if you tell me we're going out at 9 when it's already 8.30 without any previous warning all things go downhill and my mood instantly switches. I'm flustered and annoyed and usually end up in tears or poking myself in the eye with my mascara wand also resulting in tears. But that doesn't mean I can't handle stressful situations and big deadlines.