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Book Review: The Night Circus

Friday, 17 June 2016

Firstly, I just want to say a massive thank you to the lovely Milly from Milly Writes for recommending me this book as part of our collaboration. We decided a while ago to collab on a post through a blog chat, and as we both love reading a virtual book exchange seemed like the best idea. I recommended Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, you can go and read her review of it here. Milly recommended The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which she told me was a bit of a slow burner to begin with, but not to give up as it picks up and when it does you won't put it down.
‘The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.’

I didn’t actually find the book to be that much of a slow burner at the start, but then again, I am a self-proclaimed bibliophile. To me, most books you read these days are fairly predictable in a way, within the first few chapters you can guess how the overarching story will play out. With the Night circus you honestly don’t have a clue how everything will go, all of the twists make for a gripping story. You invest in each individual character arc because you simply don’t know what will happen to each of them, well at least I invested anyway.
At first what I will say is that some of the plot strings do start out slightly disjointed from the story that drives the book. I initially wasn’t sure at first how they would all connect into the tale between Marco and Celia, who are linked right from the very beginning. In some ways it can be a little confusing with the time jumps and viewpoints it is written from, but as the book picks up pace Morgenstern slowly intertwines them all in a way that appears as though they were together to begin with. That being said, it's a little confusing with the 15 (I know, 15!!!) different view points used throughout the book. I mean it makes a nice change to the usual continuous first person of the main character, at times however, it can be a little much.
These are the different characters if you were wondering:


3.Tara Burgess
7.Mr. Barris
11. Widget
12. Mr. Murray
13. Lainie
14. Tante Padva
15. Tsukiko

Anyway, I adore her the flow of her written style, the wordplay is simply gorgeous. This is one of the reasons it saddens me that she hasn’t written any other books. On her website it says she’s working on another novel so fingers crossed it’s released this year or next. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, thank you Milly for recommending it as it is definitely one of my favourites now. I recommend it to anyone who loves a good fantasy novel, because despite the romantic plot driving it, a fantasy is what it is at heart. I’ll give it 4/5 as even though I loved it, there were some issues I had.

If you enjoyed my post and want to find out what Milly thought of 'Me before you', you can head on over to her blog, milly writes.
You can keep up with her on twitter here and if you want to make sure you never miss one of her brilliant posts then follow her on bloglovin!

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Travel With Me To... Moscow

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Hello, and welcome to another installment of my travels! Two in one week? Wow, I seem to explore more than Dora... or maybe I just visited two cities in one school trip. That one is more likely, I mean I speak better french than I do Spanish so I doubt I could even challenge Dora the explorer. Moving on... after a folk show aptly named 'feel yourself Russian' which was brilliant despite earning a few giggles from us at the name we took an overnight train. After an almost 8 hour train journey, hardly any sleep and hitting my head on the ceiling more than once, we were in Moscow.

Travel with me to... St Petersburg

Saturday, 27 February 2016
Last week, I went to Russia with the school and despite being flipping cold it was amazing. Although apparently it was warm enough for a woman to sunbathe in a bikini... even though she was stood next to a frozen river and it was -1 degrees. Shoutout to her for being brave enough to do that when we are all in massive coats and thermals. It was such an amazing experience though as we have studied it in history for the past 6 months, and I recommend it to anyone as a holiday. It was stunning, anyway I went to Moscow too on the trip but as I took so many photos I thought I would split the trip post in two. On a sidenote, if you ever go to St Petersburg then go to the Yusupov Palace, you have to pay to take photos in there so I have no photos of it but it is stunning.

Things to do when you're feeling a little lost

Thursday, 11 February 2016
Feeling lost isn't exactly seen as healthy, but it's a part of life. Everyone encounters it at some point, and when it does happen it can be scary. Really scary. I mean we haven't even finished 2 months of the year and I've felt it on a good few occasions. Not knowing what I'm doing. Where I am going. There are some things that help me when I get that way, so I thought I would share a few of them with you.

1. Remind yourself what you want from life, what can help you achieve that or get you there.

I'm not shelf-ish, 5 books I recommend

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Cecilia Ahern- If you could see me now
I read this book as I had read PS I love you and my sister told me this was even better than that. (Sidenote, don't judge PS I love you based on the film, it's not like the book at all). I love this book because it takes a simplistic. fairly childish concept and turns it into so much more. If you fancy a cry and a little giggle too then this book is definitely a good one to pick up.

Be the Leslie Knope in whatever you do

Friday, 5 February 2016
Why I think you should try and be like this beautiful, fictional lady. She's just wonderful. If I could be anyone in life, it would be her.

If you are more like Leslie, then you are one of the best friends anyone could ask for. I mean seriously, the love this woman has for her best friend is beautiful. I love my friends so much, but if I could even be 50% of the friend she is to Ann I would be happy.

Thirteen Thoughts Of A Year 13

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Sorry for the photo, the lighting was awful...

Now if you follow me on Twitter then there is a good chance you have seen me complaining or mentioning about various things that happen during my day. Now I go to sixth form and as a year 13, I am in the oldest year of the school. (I'm king of the world *pretends to be Leo Di Caprio in Titanic*)

1. This class has been going on for ages, surely it's nearly over *checks time* WHAT? It's only been 13 minutes, has time stopped? I guess I'll check again in a bit.... 21 minutes? Well, only 39 minutes to go. Ugh.

2. Why are there so many year 7s, do they not know to get out of the way? I swear they multiply everytime you aren't looking.

3.Why is it so cold?

4.I'm hungry, it's got to be lunch soon. I'm starrrrrving. Oh, it's only 11:30?

5. Why is it so hot in here? I mean do you have all of the heating in the department?

6. Why are there year 12s in the year 13 area, it says year 13 for a reason. Study elsewhere.

7. What? The essay is due tomorrow, what's the title again? I lost the sheet...

8.CAKE FRIDAYYYYYYY. Wait, who's baking it next week? We need the cake guys.

9. I am so tired, they should have a nap time here. Just let us sleep for an hour or so.

10.WHY ARE THERE SO MANY LOWER SCHOOL KIDS IN THE CANTEEN? It's a sixth form area. JFC, they took all the curly fries?!

11.My phone is on 44%??? It's only 12:00 though, how am I supposed to revise? *Puts phone on low power mode and prays someone has a charger*

12. I wish we had lockers, my bag weighs the same as a year 7. Pls help me.

13. I don't get this. At all.

Make Up | Urban Decay Shadowbox

Saturday, 30 January 2016
In this palette are a mixture of shimmery and matte shades ranging from creams, browns and pinks to more colours that you would use for nights out like purples and greens. It also comes with a small mirror in the lid which makes it perfect to have in your bag on a night out due to the size of it. At £23, it is by far the cheapest palette of the urban decay range but it's price doesn't mean it is any less pigmented than the Naked palettes or the Vice palette.

The eyeshadows are very highly pigmented, but obviously this is expected of Urban Decay as the brand is practically led by the sales of the eyeshadow palettes and how high everyone rates them. Personally, I would recommend this to anyone who wants to start buying high end brands as with 12 shades it covers a lot of looks you may want to experiment with. I personally love doing a smoky eye when I go out with friends, but my go to is a neutral bronze gold shimmer as it just brightens up any make up look at this time of year. 

My favourite shades in the palette are probably 'Smog' and 'Baked Cowboy' which I also think work really well when you blend the gold into the light bronze which makes a quick look in the morning. I use this look constantly before school. (Mainly because I wake up waaaaay too late to do anything that requires more time, I should probably set an earlier alarm...)

Even if you have all 4 Naked palettes in your collection at home I would still recommend buying this palette just because it is fantastic to travel with. I mean this is probably going with me to Russia when I go. (less than 3 weeks aaaaahhh) The shades are just be-auut-ifuuull so if you have the funds, go and buy it, you will honestly not regret it. I bought mine from Debenhams but you can get in on the Urban Decay website too.

Would you recommend any palettes? Or if you already have this palette, what do you think?