Spoiler Review: The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith

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August Wrap Up

This month has been really weird with my reading as I wouldn’t have read anything in a couple of days then i would just read a whole book in a few day. In total i have read 5 really good books, i do have reviews up for most of these books if you want to check more out.

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The first book I read in August is The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer giving it 4 stars. I was really excited to read this book as it has romance and a new love of mine which is a mystery. I liked that Alex was smart with the way she did things she didn’t go in blind using her past as working in a lab was an advantage no one else had. Overall this was a really good read that I wasn’t disappointed.

She used to be an expert now she is running for her life. She is offered a way out one that’ll give her, her life back, what she didn’t expect was falling in love with the man she was sent to kill.

Goodreads link.

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One Us Is Lying by Karen M.McManus is the second book I have given 5 stars to. This book was incredible I can’t put into words how much I loved it. We have a range of characters who have their own issues to deal with but I liked how they all came together.

Five student walk into detention. Only four walk out alive. Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate and Addy are all under investigation. The question is who wanted to keep their secret hidden the most.

Goodreads link.

Review: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch is the third book which I gave 4 stars. I was in a mood for a romance and this one definitely did that for me. A review will be up for this one so I’m not going to say too much but the review is going to be a spoiler as I have far too much to say. Basically I am kicking myself for not reading this sooner but if you haven’t read this book yet then i would highly recommend it to you.

Before Lina mother died she said she wanted her to go to Tuscany to meet her father. So that is what she is doing Lina is spending the summer in the cemetery with Harold. A journal is given to her one of her mothers as she is reading it sends her on an adventure. With the help of Ren, Lina figures out why her mum wanted her to go Tuscany.

Goodreads link.

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The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid is the fourth book I’ve read this month. I am surprised I liked this as much as i did as it’s a sci-fi which i don’t usually pick up, i think if there wasn’t any romance in it them i would have probably not have enjoyed it that much. I’m defiantly going to carry on with this series as i want to know what happens to Tyrus and Nemesis and to see where the plot is going.

Sidonia is summoned by the Emperor, Nemesis takes her place. As a diabolical it’s her duty to protect her at any cost. Can Nemesis survive in a world where she is impersonating Sidonia, a world where a family despise each other and finally where there is revenge. Nemesis and Tyrus team together to get what they both want.

Goodreads link.

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The final book I read this month is The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith giving it 4 stars. This series just keeps getting better and better for me i really enjoyed the first book Child 44 but The Secret Speech was just amazing. This book has everything in a mystery, family issues, kidnapping, revenge and betrayal.

Leo Demidov is trying to rebuild his past. Will the past let him? A wave of murders are happening all which Leo is trying to solve. His family is in trouble he would do anything for them even if that means going to the place where he sent all those innocent people.

Goodreads link.

Review: One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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Pages- 358

Genre- Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary and Thriller

Release Date- 1 June 2017

Published By- Penguin

Source from Goodreads

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

My Review 5 Stars

Detention. Five students attend, only four leave. Bronwyn has never broken a rule. Cooper a baseball star. Nate has broken all the rules. Addy is trying to hold everything together. Simon is a nobody he is however the creator of a gossip app at the school. All four of them have a secret just before Simon was going to share them he dies.

This book is the second 5 star read this year. It’s gripping, you just want to know what did actually happen that day in detention. I loved this book so much, the plot is well thought out. The author is clever by giving us hints which make you think throughout.

Reading the blurb you would think it’s just your typical school novel you have the good girl, bad boy, the sports star and the popular prom queen but it’s really not.

At the start of all this Bronwyn is more worried if her one detention will go on her record and if this will affect her chances getting into the best college. She does however make a valid point why are they in detention when they didn’t do any thing. Nate lives in a rough house, his dad had an accident at work so they both rely on social security. His mum has bipolar one day she left and never came back. Nate resorts to selling weed and painkillers just for some extra money. Cooper is the sports star all his dad is interested in is if he is going to get in the baseball team. In all honesty I wasn’t really interested in his chapters however that did change towards the end. Addy is the prom queen who has an amazing boyfriend Jake. Jake though calls all the shots. Addy has been keeping a secret though for months now that she has to tell him. I did feel sorry for her though at the end but i won’t go into detail as i don’t want to give anything away. Simon uses his app to get the attention he wants which he doesn’t get at school. He has shared so many secrets that many people didn’t like him. The one question i had was, why them four?

I did guess though what did happen but that didn’t affect how much I enjoyed it as I was not expecting everything else that came with the reveal. I was expecting this book to be really slow to get the point but it wasn’t. Overall if you haven’t already it i would highly recommend you read this one.

Thank you for reading, feel free to leave a comment down below.

 

Budget Friendly D.I.Y’S For Your Filofax

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Hello everybody today I have something totally different for you today I am going to show you three easy d.i.y’s for your Filofax. All of these are really cheap and easy to do you probably won’t even need to buy any of these things you might have them lying about.

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The first one being these cute little quote cards that are really fun to do. I have just dotted these around between my inserts, it is a unique way to decorate your Filofax you could customize these any way you want.

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Supplies:

  • Colored card or any paper of our chose.
  • Paper clips.
  • A hole puncher.
  • Scissors.
  • Washi Tape.
  • A pen.

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Step 1- The length of this paper is 6.4cm then the height is 9.7cm. Using the corner of the paper I just cut around it.

Step 2- The next step is to pick what ever washi tape you want to go along the edge.

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Step 3- Is to punch the paper I used a sheet of paper that i got with the Filofax. Using those holes as a guide i put it as evenly as i could in the middle.

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Once you have put the holes in I found some quotes from Pinterest.

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That’s it I really like these as you can be as creative as you want with these you aren’t limited with what you can do.

Page Inserts

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I have been looking at all the different inserts you can buy for your Filofax, you can also print off them which I have tried but it was a fail and I gave up after a couple of tries. My plan is to make my own then buy a few sets from Etsy just to try them out.

Supplies:

  • A4 piece of paper.
  • Ruler.
  • Pen.
  • Pencil.
  • Paperclips.
  • Washi tape or anything else to decorate the pages.

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Step 1- Fold your paper in half so you are left with two pieces of a5 size paper.

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Step 2- You can use some paper that already fits into your filofax as a template for where to punch the holes.

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Step 3- Once you have your holes punched in you can pretty much do anything you want. It’s why I liked making my own templates as you can set them out any way that suites you.

Washi Tape Page Markers

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Supplies:

  • Paper clips
  • Washi tape
  • Scissors

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These are really easy to do all you do is loop a piece of washi tape around a paper clip and cut a triangle in.

Thank you for reading, feel free to leave a comment down below.

Review: The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

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Pages- 344

Genre- Young Adult, Romance

Release Date- November 1st 2016

Published By- Delacorte Press

Source from Goodreads

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

My Review 4 stars

Natasha is being deported back to Jamaica with her family. She doesn’t believe in fate but fate seems to be playing a big part in her day. Daniel is the good one compared to his brother, he is doing everything his parents are wanting him to do. They both find each other Daniel thinks something incredible is going to happen.

What I liked about this book was that nothing felt rushed, also we got to know about the side characters who actually play a big part in the short time Natasha and Daniel meet. This book takes place in just one day what I learned with this book is that a lot can happen in less than 24 hours.

Natasha is a facts girl she always thinks that there is a reason for why you do a certain thing or why you feel the way you do. Natasha used to be close with her dad before one night she over heard him saying something unforgivable about her and her brother. This has put a strain on their relationship ever since. Natasha will do anything to stay in the country to stay with her friends so she goes to a lawyer who is known to be very good in Natasha circumstances.

Daniel is doing what his parents want him he’s going to be a doctor, even though he dreams of becoming a poet. Daniel has an interview he needs to impress so he can get into Yale. He believes in fate, he believes that things happen for a reason like him seeing Natasha for the first time, him deciding to follow her.

When they first meet Natasha doesn’t take much interest in him she doesn’t want to fall for him that is. Daniel suggests this thing where you ask questions to each other than you stare at each other for 4 minutes then you apparently fall in love with each other. This for me was unique and a great way to know the characters even more.

The ending was amazing one that I wasn’t expecting though. Overall this book was a good quick read with a story that will hook you in.

It definitely made me think about fate or if there is a plan out there for us and we just need to find the right path towards it. Do you believe in fate?

Thank you for reading, feel free to leave a comment down below.

Review: Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

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Pages- 322

Genre- Young Adult, Contemporary

Release Date- Macmillan Children’s books

Published By- 25 February 2016

Source from Goodreads

I was brave
She was reckless
We were trouble

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.

My Review 4 stars

Caddy and Rosie are best friends nothing can get between them. Suzanne is trying to be someone different by running from her past.

The themes that run through this book is abuse and family issues. I am so happy my friend gave me this to read. I don’t think I’ve read a book quite like this one.

Caddy is the quiet one however she wants to be more. Caddy goes to a private school, she has a good relationship with her older sister. I really liked her. Rosie goes to a normal school where she has her own group of friends. When Rosie first began to mention Suzanne Caddy was jealous at first I mean who wouldn’t be a little bit. Suzanne has had a rough up bringing there is no denying that. When Caddy discovers what has happened and why she lives with her aunt something clicks between them.

Over time they bond together Suzanne needs her even if that means walking the streets in the middle of the night so she can talk. However Suzanne makes Caddy do some reckless things stuff she wouldn’t have done with Rosie. Caddy parents don’t want them seeing each other any longer that might of done more harm than good. When Caddy parents were telling her this I really wanted her to speak up.

Something terrible happens at the end that I’m not going into it as I don’t want to give anything away but lets say that things happen for a reason.

Overall this book was a good read the pacing was fast and the writing style draws you in I would highly recommend this to you.

Thank you for reading, feel free to leave a comment down below.