Animal Farm by George Orwell

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I read this a while back. I can’t even remember. Before Christmas?

Because I went to a french school, I missed out on a lot of those classic junior high – high school english books. Animal farm was one of them.

This book was so small it took me one night to read it front to back and I was very surprised. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I just knew it was popular so I went for it. Now I understand why everyone does this book in high school and such. It was great!

It would be so easy to find some great materials for a book report. This is definitely a read between the lines kind of book.

I’m not going to spoil too much of the story but basically it’s about the animals on a farm that are fed up with being just that. They want to own the farm, run it themselves. So they do just that. Things happen obviously… The animal’s true colours started to show and things don’t go as planned… Those damn pigs.

It was a great book!

I’d give it a solid 7 out of 10. Good book. Not my go to style but easy to read and understand. Litterally anyone can bond over this book.

Summer Favorites 2015

wpid-wp-1438295569538.jpgIt’s been really hot these last few days. Like way hotter than anything I’m used to back on the island. I’m kind of missing the cool ocean breeze right about now. But hey, it’s summer! What did you expect? As I’m sitting here by my fan, listening to the cicadas outside, I thought it would be a great idea to post my favorite items that I’ve been into this summer.

So first on the list is my personal recommendation for a summer read, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes in one of my favorite books. It’s about a young woman who gets hired as a caretaker for a quadriplegic man, it was honestly such an amazing book. Perfect for your cottage weekend getaway or if you’re just tanning out in the sun!

Derek recently bought me Captain Toad for the Wii U and it’s such a great game! Each level is like a puzzle and Captain Toad has to find the stars but he isn’t capable of jumping so you need to rotate the map and move things around in order to complete each one. Though some levels are tricky and very frustrating, it’s a perfect way to unwind.

Next on my list is a Brumisateur by Evian. Basically it’s a water based facial spray that you will never regret buying. Basically if you’re at the beach, park, lake and you feel kind of sticky and gross just spray a bit on and it’ll cool you right off, without taking all your makeup off. (I recommend this for people who have weddings in the summer, don’t wanna look all nasty for those photos)

Though a cold shower would be nice right now, I still love taking baths late at night no matter how hot it is. I’ve always wanted to try LUSH beauty products but just never had the time or money to get any, but I finally made my way to one a couple weeks ago and ended up getting a few bath products for myself. The bath bombs are amazing. Like seriously, I feel like a queen while taking a bath with one of those bad boys. The one in the picture is Phoenix Rising which is a mixture of spicy apple and cinnamon. And I believe, now don’t quote me on this, but this bath bomb is going to be discontinued so now’s a good time to try one out if you haven’t already.

My favorite summer snack is obviously cherries. Actually I love all berries in the summer but I find the cherries are the ones I tend to gravitate to the most. The other berries in my fridge get a little neglected. Some people say the pits are just a pain, but they’re so delicious and good for you with their powerful antioxidants. But don’t eat too many too fast, your stomach won’t like you for it.

And how could this list be complete without a candle. The one I just bought from Bath and Body Works is called Pink Apple Punch. It’s amazing and smells just like candy or a freezie. I light this puppy up all the time and I might even buy myself a second one just in case the scent goes away forever. I definitely recommend these candles, the aroma fills my whole apartment up!

Oh also, not featured in this list is Spotify! Which I didn’t even realise was available in Canada, so please check it out. There are some great playlists for any time of the day or any kind of mood.

So there you have it, my list of Summer Favorites 2015. I hope you enjoyed the post and I hope you get a chance to try some of these products out!

Time is of the essence

I graduated two years ago and I’m turning 20 in two weeks. I thought it would be a good time as any to give myself an interview.

How do you feel about that last statement? I’m fine. It was bound to happen.

What have I done with my life for the past two years? Well, I completed one year of university, then took a year off to work, buy myself a car, write a book and successfully get into another relationship which is going very well. (Just celebrated one year together last week)

You wrote a book? Yes, in fact I did. I’m also very close to finishing the editing stage and will soon be putting it online.

So then what? I’ll write more books. Who knows what could happen.

So that’s your plan for the future? Essentially yes, I also plan on moving in the near future. And of course, going back to school.

Oh? So you’re going back to school? I personally think education is very important and I don’t want to give up on getting some kind of degree so yeah, I will be going back.

What will you be taking? I haven’t really figured that one out yet…

You said you’ll be moving out soon? How soon is soon? In less than two months actually!

That’s pretty soon, where are you moving? I’ll be moving the the Niagara Falls region.

How do you feel about it? I’m very excited! I can’t wait to have my own place, I’ll also be able to see Derek more often! But I’ll miss my family and friends here…

I think I’m headed in the right direction. That’s what life is all about though isn’t it? Trying new things to find what works best for you. Aim for your well being and happiness. If you’re unhappy, change what’s making you that way, no matter drastic it may be.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

red queenYou know when someone asks you what your favorite song is, and you never know what to answer because tehre are just so many songs out there that are good in their own ways. Well, I’m like that with books. It’s so hard to pick favorites because there are just so many genres and categories. Although, I this is the first time I can truly say that I have a favorite teen book. Which is kind of a big deal when you’re talking with a book lover.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard has to be my favorite teen book that I’ve ever read so far.

The book takes place in a world where there are two kinds of people. The Reds, low class people with red blood who are servants and mere pawns to the Silvers. The Silvers have silver blood, they are from noble or royal families. Each Silver is gifted with an extraordinary power. From mind-reading to fire wielding, there are many different kinds of powers and it’s easy to show the Reds their place in the world. The Reds are the Silvers’ servants, they are forced to go to work and to live in horrible conditions while the Silvers live extraordinary lives full of luxury.

It’s a cruel life for Mare, a Red who, like her brothers before her, will be sent to war when she’s of age. Mare is different though, she isn’t your average Red like you and I. She has a power too! A Red with a power? It’s unheard of, so the Silvers find their own way to deal with Mare.

The book is about loyalty, power and hope. Honestly, if you like anything like Hunger Games, the Selection, Maze Runner, Divergent… you’ll absolutely love this book. It’s so freakin’ amazing! The author’s writing style is on point. It’s clear, direct but not dry so it’s perfect for both readers who are just starting out in teen or those who have been faithful teen readers for years! This will definitely be a book of the year for 2015. I started the book over a month ago and I loved it so much that I just didn’t want to finish it. I don’t think I’ve ever done that with a book either. Have you ever loved a book so much that you didn’t want to finish it?  Gah! It was so perfect!

I could just keep going on and on but I’m sure I’ll spoil something so just go to your nearest bookstore right now and buy it! I’m serious, get out there ASAP. You won’t regret it! I mean just look at that cover. It’s gorgeous! Your bookshelf needs this on it!

10000 out of 10. Because it was that good!

When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid

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I had to read this when I heard about all the controversy behind it. Apparently, there is a petition that has started to try and revoke it’s GG award. Members of the public claimed it to be ‘too graphic’ and ‘not appropriate for it’s targeted audience’.

When I heard this was a teen title, I immediately doubted that it would be inappropriate. Not many people actually realize what’s in some of the teen books. Sure it might say teen, but there’s a huge gap between a 13 year old and an 18 year old books. You can’t possibly tell me that you would treat those two age groups the exact same right? It’s impossible. Besides, with all the stuff kids are exposed to on the internet and on television, it’s hard to believe that they would not already know what’s in the books.

The book is about a boy named Jude. Jude is a gay teen who loves to wear heels and lipstick. He also believes he is destined for the a-list celebrity life. Despite the cruel comments and gestures people in his town make towards him, he takes it all as paparrazzi. It’s publicity to him because he’s addicted to attention and fame. If they’re talking about him, whether it be good or bad, at least it’s focused on him. Jude imagines his everyday life as a movie or very dramatic reality show. His best friend, Angela gets around a lot (if you know what I mean) and together, they stir themselves the perfect storm which could end in the worst ways.

The book has a lot of sex, drama and drugs. The sexual content it also extremely graphic. Which, in my opinion might be the only thing that is setting people off about the book. I mean come on, many teenagers already know about all that stuff and it’s not like they aren’t used to crude language. You aren’t hiding them from anything. Now I wouldn’t be putting this into the hands of a 13 year old or anything but it’s fine for an older teen read.

Teens can also easily relate to this book due to it’s current references to certain celebrities and social media tools like Twitter and Facebook. It’s also a really quick read, I read it in like 3 hours.

I honestly don’t see the problem though. This kind of setting happens a lot nowadays more than ever. People can’t just sensor this kind of stuff out of the lives of kids. They need to learn to accept it and respect it. Everyone can make their own choices in life so who are we to judge or decide what’s wrong or right.

I don’t believe this book deserves all the hate it’s getting. It’s a truly sad story about someone just simply looking for acceptance and love.

I’ll be giving this book a 6 out of 10.

Only because contemporary isn’t really my thing. I know a lot of people are really going to love it and some might not. I recommend you give it a try. And if you’re below the age of like 18… you’ve been warned.

HAPPY 2015!!!!!!!!!

I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry!!!!!!!! I know it’s been a long time. I know I’m bad at making consistent posts. BUT WHO CARES. Let’s be honest, I haven’t been consistent for two years so why change now!

Oh wait, now’s the perfect time because It’s a new year and that’s what people do. They change their habits.

Not me! I’m going to keep going with the flow. Whatevs! You got a problem, you can call my agent. Lol just kidding. Don’t have one of those… YET. 😛

1. I’m in a great mood.

2. I’m going to New York soon to visit my Boo.

3. I’m finishing up some final touches on a book I wrote during the month of November.

What??? You may say. You wrote a book?

Yes. In fact I did. And I’m proud of it and all it’s apocalypse/alien-ness.

Also, I have big things planned for 2015…

Here’s a picture of a homemade cake my sister and I baked for my mom’s birthday. Love you mom!

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Is this a random post? I am feeling a little hyper…

GUESS WHAT!!!

poop.

The Deep by Nick Cutter

the deep

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review so here it is:

I don’t know why, but after reading The Damned by Andrew Pyper, I thought it would be a good idea to read The Deep by Nick Cutter. Another horror novel. I didn’t even get through this one. Which is why I’m tell you all right now, I’m never reading another horror story ever again. (unless it’s zombie related, or apocalypse related)

The Deep by Nick Cutter was an interesting book. It starts off with Liam, living in a diseased world where this plague has made millions of people forget everything they’ve ever known. It’s like a serious case of amnesia. They walk around aimlessly with no purpose until they die because they eventually forget to eat…

It started off great! I was going to love this book. Until it got to the ocean part. Liam’s brother was part of a team of scientists that were studying some unknown substance in the bottom of the Mariana’s Trench. They believed it would hold the key to curing whatever disease that plagued the earth.

When the base on top of the water loses connection with the team of scientists that are located all the way down the Mariana’s Trench in their own underwater research lab, Liam has to go down and see if his brother is still alive.

I just have this thing about deep water. I can’t take it. I just don’t like to imagine how deep the ocean is. I mean how do we know what actually lives down there? Exactly! We don’t. That’s why it’s so scary. That’s also why I had to stop reading.

The Deep is a psychologically terrifying book. If that’s your kind of thing than great, it’s just really not my thing. I couldn’t finish it and I’m not even ashamed to admit it! If you’re brave enough to read it, then go for it! I’m sure any horror lover could read this, it just proves that I’ve had enough with this horror stuff.

I give this book a 3 out of 10 because I have to stay honest!