Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places

Dark Places

by Gillian Flynn

Published: 10th June 2010

Publisher: Phoenix

Blurb

Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she had been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben’s innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her brother’s? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day… especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

Who did massacre the Day family?

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January Wrap Up and Favourites

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Hello lovelies – welcome to my January Wrap Up & Favourites

In my welcome back post at the beginning of July 2015, I mentioned a bunch of things that I was adding to my blog – if you’d like to read that and catch up with some of the changes, you can find that here: What To Expect. These monthly posts will focus on what books I’ve read this month, and what I’m currently reading. I’ll also share with you some of my favourite things from the month of January!

Here are the books I completed in January:

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Top 5 Wednesday: Disappointing Eye Candy

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Hello lovelies – it’s Wednesday so that means it’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday!

Top 5 Wednesday’s is a group on Goodreads that was created by Lainey from the booktube channel, GingerReadsLainey. This group is open to any Booktuber or blogger that would like to get involved. Basically, there’s a list of topics every Wednesday and you find five things that fit well for the topic.

You can find the group here: Top 5 Wednesday

This week the topic is: Disapointing Eye Candy

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Binge by Tyler Oakley

Binge

Binge

by Tyler Oakley

Published: 20th October 2015

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Blurb

Pop-culture phenomenon, social rights advocate, and the most prominent LGBTQ+ voice on YouTube, Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty, personal, and hilarious essays.

For someone who made a career out of over-sharing on the Internet, Tyler has a shocking number of personal mishaps and shenanigans to reveal in his first book: experiencing a legitimate rage blackout in a Cheesecake Factory; negotiating a tense stand­off with a White House official; crashing a car in front of his entire high school, in an Arby’s uniform; projectile vomiting while bartering with a grandmother; and so much more. In Binge, Tyler delivers his best untold, hilariously side-splitting moments with the trademark flair that made him a star.

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Favourite Movie Releases of 2015

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Hello lovelies – today I’d like to talk to you about my favourite movie releases of 2015

Going into writing this blog post, I thought that there weren’t tons of films that I loved. However, when I started listing the ones that I felt I enjoyed I realised there was a decent number released in 2015. Mainly, as it appears book to movie adaptations! Which, you probably know by now – I absolutely love watching them. Also, in this post you’ll find the releases that I watched but either didn’t like or thought they were average. Plus the films I didn’t get around to watching.

Anyway, here are my favourite movie releases of 2015:

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Buzz Words

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Hello lovelies – it’s Wednesday so that means it’s time for another Top 5 Wednesday!

Top 5 Wednesday’s is a group on Goodreads that was created by Lainey from the booktube channel, GingerReadsLainey. This group is open to any Booktuber or blogger that would like to get involved. Basically, there’s a list of topics every Wednesday and you find five things that fit well for the topic.

You can find the group here: Top 5 Wednesday

This week the topic is: Favourite Buzz Words

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The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne

The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting

The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting

by Holly Bourne

Published: 1st August 2014

Publisher: Usborne Publishing

Blurb

Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words.

But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born.

Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.

Review

I purchased this book in Waterstones upon recommendation from Abbey, who really rated this book highly. I’d already read and loved the newest novel from this author, Am I Normal Yet? – so I knew I’d love this book too. I read this book very quickly, once I started it I couldn’t stop and I flew through it. If it wasn’t for work getting in the way I’d have read this in one day. If I feel like I’m being forced to put my book down, I know that it’s done something right.

Bree is definitely not the most popular girl in school, and she’s perfectly fine with that. She’s an aspiring author and unfortunately her manuscripts are constantly rejected. After taking some advice she receives to the extreme, she opens a blog called The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting – a six step guide to becoming interesting. Not everything goes to plan, and there’s definitely plenty of drama.

In terms of the character, Bree – she isn’t one I fell in love with straight away. She’s a little cynical, and is down on herself. My opinion quickly turned around when I got to know her, and through her journey I felt very strongly for her. She transforms herself physically, moulding herself into the perfect popular girl, in a sort of experiment on the typical high school culture. In doing so, she finds out a lot about herself.

The plot was truly perfection for me it gripped me from start to finish. The experiment that Bree conducts truly highlights the dynamics of the social hierarchy and exposes some truths. She infiltrates the mean girls group of school and realised that they all had the same insecurities in the end. The author touches on a lot of issues that young girls (and boys) deal with on a daily basis, including self-harm, and I felt this book makes quite the statement about the norm that society has deemed acceptable.

Asides from the main narrative arc, the experiment and the repercussions, I thought the sub-plot lines were also fantastic. The one forbidden love plot line that weaves throughout the book I found to be particularly chilling. I’m very happy with how this was dealt with, and I felt it was an interesting addition to the already drama filled plot. One I absolutely was not expecting when I went into this book.

One thing I rate very highly with this author is that her writing is authentic. It’s truly believable – each character, each plot point, each piece of dialogue screams realism. I often felt I was back in high school and witnessing this next to Bree. Overall, I really loved this book – and I’d definitely be interested in reading the rest of the books in the author’s repertoire.

One of the best YA books I’ve read this year. Definitely recommend.