Thursday, 31 March 2016

The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass (#3) | Book Talk

Hello Lovely! I'm back again! After three posts this week, I bet you completely sick of me!
Yesterday I posted a little book recommendation of City of Bones and City of Ashes, book #1 and #2 of the mortal instruments series! Today I am writing a book talk about City of Glass, which is jam packed with spoilers, so if you haven't read the first two, back away from the book talk!!!

*Lots of spoilers!!*

City of Glass

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?

City of Glass has to be my favourite of all the books in the series so far, I honestly loved it!

These are a few comments I had, and some of my favourite bits!

Okay, I spoiled myself on the big plot twist, by reading the synopsis of the next book, which told me that Jace was finally Clarys boyfriend. So I figured either incest was taking place, or they were not in fact brother and sister! Knowing this, I had kind of figured out who Jace was at the end of the last book, with the whole inquisitor business. This is why through pretty much the whole book, I was screaming at Clary and Jace every time they wanted to be with each other but thought they couldn't. I'm not kidding, I did screech a couple of times! I did not however, have a clue who the real Jonathan Morgenstern was!

You know the scene, during which Jace and Clary have just jumped out of the Morgenstern manor, and Jace was covering her so she didn't get hit by debris? I was fangirling so much, screaming, not just at how frustrating the forbidden love was, but screaming because they said screw that and finally let their feelings out! Oh, and because they had a cheeky make out sesh! But, to make me seem less desperate and weird, lets just say I was aww-ing at them letting their feelings out, and not them making out! Haha.

Lets just take a moment to talk about Sebastian. Even though I was spoiled, I had also heard that Clary dates another boy for a while. When reading this book, I figured they meant Sebastian. So yeah, I thought he was quite sweet and mysterious and that he would end up helping her get over Jace... yeah, no, boy was I wrong there! Even when the hair dye came of in Clary's hands I hadn't picked up on what was really happening.  It took me until he bopped Isabelle over the head with a hammer to realise that 'hey, maybe this guy isn't sweet and mysterious, and is actually a psychopath!'

I really liked how Jocelyn arrived into the series. You don't really see much from her side of the story throughout the first books, of course because she's in a coma, so some of it was guess work, and hearing stories from other people. I was surprised at how happy I was with the fact Clary didn't immediately forgive her mother, because you wouldn't, would you? After she hid this whole other part of you away, you wouldn't simply forgive her right away. You would want some explanation of what happened. And that's what Clary got, and I really enjoyed hearing about Jocelyn's side of the story, and how she dealt with these problems that Clary is only just finding out about.

I loved the ending of this book! Everything ties together so well, with Jace going after Sebastian, and Clary going after Valentine, to be reunited in the midst of it all. When Jace was fighting, I knew something bad was going to happen, and then, well, it did. Jace died. But of course I knew he was somehow going to come back, because the synopsis of the next book was all about Clary dating Jace, so I wasn't too worried. I just didn't really know how she was going to bring him back! After all that Clary has been through, she brings up the courage to write that last rune, and stop Valentine. When Valentine died, I was so confused, because I thought the whole series was about them trying to kill Valentine - but then he just died. I was okay with that though, because that meant Clary got to have her wish and bring back Jace! At the time though, I just wasn't too sure how the rest of the series would play out.

Most of the mystery seems to be tied up, Valentine is dead - so where do I think its going? I think that Sebastian isn't dead, and that he will come back to get his revenge on Jace and then all hell will break lose. If you can't find the body of the bad guy, that usually means they aren't dead! I think that Simon will run into trouble with the whole 'mark of Cain' and being cursed business, but also with the ladies, as he is such the little ladies man now!

Well, that's all for today! I will be posting a new book talk when I finish the next books in the series! So keep an eye out for those! Until next time,

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

The Mortal Instruments: #1 & #2 | Book Recommendation

Hello Lovely!
Today I thought I'd venture into the unknown, and do something - that I've admittedly done before -but something new to this blog!

This blog used to be a book blog, as I've told you a bazillion (yes I'm making that a word) times! Back then, I used to do book reviews all of the time. But of course, nobody was really there to read them, except my best friend, who often commented to make me feel like someone was in fact reading it... sad times, haha! I haven't done one in a really long time, so you will have to bear with!

I am halfway through the mortal instruments series, and I am loving it! As I haven't done reviews for any of the other books, I thought I'd do a quick overview of the first one, ask my best friend, who has just finished the second, to do a little review, and then tomorrow a little review for City of Glass (book 3)!


City of Bones  

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

City of bones follows the story of Clary Fray. After witnessing some questionable acts in the downtown club, her mothers disappearance, and demons in her downtown Brooklyn apartment, Clary isn't too sure whats going on. I mean Clary is just a normal girl, in a normal city, with normal friends, and a normal life. Right? Wrong. Clary's mother has been keeping some secrets from her daughter. And like all secrets, they will be shattered, and Clary's world as she knows it, will come shattering down with them.
Everything in this book is put there for a reason, something you took for granted in the first book may crop up and be a huge plot twist in the next, you never know what will happen! Cassandra Clare's books are like one big rollercoaster, twisting and turning. You may think the ride has stopped, and everything is okay, but then it suddenly starts up again with a new plot point that you completely missed in the previous books!

I really enjoyed City of bones, however, it is by no means my favourite one in the series so far. Cassandra is constantly building upon the world and the characters she is creating, but, like most series, book one is often about laying the ground work for what follows. That's why, if you don't particularly enjoy the first book, I would completely recommend you carry on until the next! I personally didn't love city of bones, but after watching the TV Show (I have a little recommendation HERE) I went out and bought all of the books, and fell in love with them! Again, I have admitted to my book buying issues!


City of Ashes 

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

This is my friends little review, as I couldn't remember much of city of ashes, and she had just finished it!

So much has happened in this book, I don't even know where to start! I rated this book 5/5 stars, due to the fact that I enjoyed it SO much more than the first one; when I was reading the first one, I actually found it quite boring and couldn't get my head around the different aspects of the Shadowhunter world. 

However, this one was sooo much better and more action-packed! I especially loved Jace's character and his ever so charming personality, along with his hilarious sarcasm! The only thing that bugged me a little bit was the long length of the chapters; it would be quite hard to be able to finish a chapter at school when I only have a limited amount of time to read. Sometimes the chapters were like 50 pages long aha! 

But, despite that, it was possibly one of the most action-packed and exciting books I have ever read, and Cassandra Clare was amazing at creating interesting and complicated relationships (*cough cough, Jace and Clary) haha.

This was a very long post, but hopefully tomorrows will be much shorter! As I said,  i will be posting a book review of the third book in the mortal instruments series, tomorrow! So if you could just go out and read them all by then, that would be great! aha. Until next time,

Monday, 28 March 2016

Monthly Music Favourites | March

Hello everyone! Its time for a new segment of my *cue dramatic music, and man with a deep voice* monthly music favourites! That was weird!

You are probably wondering why I'm posting on a Monday, and if you weren't, you are now! Please. wonder. As its spring break, and I'm not really getting up to too much, except procrastinating over revision (lets not talk about that!), I thought it would be nice to post a bit more during the week! So in my little planner, I've written lots of ideas, and I'm hoping to post 4 times this week - but don't hold me to it, I may stop procrastinating!

I actually accidentally used my free Spotify premium trial, so went a bit crazy with downloading songs, so there are quite a few more than usual.

I know that these aren't my most popular posts, but I really enjoy writing them, and keeping a note of what I've been listening to! I won't ramble on like I usually do, so, here are some of my favourite songs this month! (songs in bold are my absolute favourites!)

Lost Boy - Ruth B
The Sound - The 1975
Grow - FrancesHymn for the weekend - ColdplayRenegades - X AmbassadorsRemains - BastilleFlaws - BastilleIt gets Cold - Eliza and the Bear
I've actually been listening to a bit classical music when I revise, as I think it really helps me concentrate and be in the right mood for studying. I thought I'd give you a few I've been listening to, so you can see if they help you out with your concentration!
Classical musicSwan Lake Op. 20: SceneSwan Lake Op. 20: WaltzMeeting Miriam - Cater BurwellAmbre - Nils FrahmQuiet Joy - Rachel Currea
What have you been listening to this month?That's all for today! I will see you on Wednesday and Thursday! Until next time,

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Easter Cupcakes | A Collaboration With Sophie Jane

Hello Lovelies!
Its that time of the month again! No, not that time of the month! Haha, I am so not funny. Moving on!

If you're new around this neck of the woods, I should probably explain what todays post is in aid of! My amazing blogger buddy Sophie Jane and I decided that we would do a whole segment on both of our blogs every month this year! You can catch my last post, where you can get to know Sophie bit better, in my blogger interview. They are so much fun for us to plan and create for you, and this month we decided an Easter themed post would be in order!

We both attempted to make some cupcakes, so make sure to go over to Sophie's blog to check out how her baking went! Better then mine? Most likely!

I honestly think that I'm a terrible baker, te-rri-ble! But, I paired up with my friends, and with their baking genius, and my mixing skills, we made a few cupcakes for you! I didn't have my camera with me, so I had to take these pictures on my phone, sorry about the quality!

Sophie used the same recipe as I did, and over on her blog she posted in detail about all of the ingredients you will need, along with each step, which is much more helpful than my post!
We made Vanilla Cupcakes using the BBC Food Recipe, and they were so delicious!  I really recommend for you make these over spring break, they are super quick and easy, and so fun to decorate! Mine don't look particularly eastery, but I think they are still super cute!

Well thats all for today, I hope you have an amazing Easter. Make sure to check out Sophie's creations. We will be back next month on the 30th of April, and we have some very exciting posts coming up! Until next time,

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Shows to Watch on Netflix!

Yes, that is a heart of popcorn. Creativity. The upside to getting popcorn all over my bed to take this picture? Getting to eat all of the popcorn... no, seriously I ate half a bag in the making of this!

Welcome to Netflix anonymous. My name is Lauren and I am a Netflix addict.

Hello lovely! Today is the day when I show you how bad my Netflix obsession is. I will be sharing with you some of my favourite shows that you definitely have to go watch!
P.S, the gifs have made a return! God help us all, when I get my hands on a gif! Whew theres no stopping me.

The Vampire Diaries
Elena Gilbert has a fairly, unfortunate, life. Just after the loss of her parents, a new guy, Stephan Salvatore, comes to town. However, with Stephan comes trouble. Trouble that goes by the name of Damon Salvatore.

This has to be my favourite show at the moment. Elena used to get on my last nerve, but after recent events, I've started to really like her. Come on, we all know about my boys Stephan and Damon, I must mention them in every post. I am totally a Delena shipper *insert heart eye emoji*, and Damon is just the sweetest little thing.
I recommend this show to everyone I meet, it has everything you want in a show, romance, mystery, a bit of comedy. I have to say, season 6 has just gotten so funny... mostly because of kai, I mean come on, the sass on that boy! haha. I definitely recommend this show, there are currently 7 seasons, so it will keep you going for a while... unless your me who watched a whole season in a week.

Pretty Little Liars
Do I even need to explain this show? Everyone and their dog knows about what its about!

Oh, we all know this! I used to absolutely love it! And the nostalgia I get when I watch the new series is unreal! I am by no means a hardcore pll fan, I haven't dedicated years of my life to the show, back in the summer I marathoned all 5 seasons. So I wasnt as invested in the revealing in A, and I was happy with how everything turned out, unlike quite a lot people. I cant say I think highly of the new season though, I'll watch it, but I think they are dragging it out a wee bit.

Orphan Black
Orphan Black is  is a dramatic conspiracy thriller, about the lead character, Sarah Manning,  an orphan (hence the name of the show), who witnesses the suicide of a woman (Beth Childs) who looks. exactly. like. her. Sarah decides to ditch her outsider status, and assume the identity of Beth, only to meet some interesting people who lead to the uncovering of some nasty secrets about her past. Who was Beth? And why are they identical? 

I mentioned this in my last post. My new OBSESSION, breathe Lauren. I didn't really think I'd like this program, but as you can tell from the caps lock thats on its way, I DID!! This program isn't like anything I normally watch, to be honest most things I like must have some aspect of a gushy romance. But this definitely has no gushy romance! The lead, well, many, many, of the leads, are played by Tatiana Maslany, who in my opinion is an acting queen - who can nail any accent given to her! If you've seen this show, who is your favourite character? Mine has to be Helena, she's absolutely hilarious!

Once Upon a Time
Once upon a time is a fairy tale drama. Set in the fictional town of Storybrooke, each character is  fairy tale being, who find themselves transported into the 'real world'. Only, nobody remembers who they really are.

I'm not as into this show as I was last year. but, the new season has just premiered and I'm really enjoying it so far! 

Clary Fray has just turned eighteen. That night, however, her mother is abducted from her home, by a cause unknown to Clary. That's when she learns a vital part of her history that her mother had hidden from her, Clary is descended from a line of Shadowhunters. A race of humans born with angelic blood that fight to protect our world. But with these new discoveries come new relationships, relationships with those like Jace Wayland. 

I also mentioned this in my last post... do I ever not talk about Netflix? The answer is no. I never stop talking about Netflix. This girl got issues. :D
I have this show to thank for getting me into 'the mortal instruments' books! I have to admit that it isn't as good as the books, and a lot has changed, but I still enjoy sitting down every Wednesday to catch the new episode! I personally think that the lines for Alec should be for Jace, so in the show I'm basically in love with Alec - Mathew Daddario is too cute! I'd just watch it for him if I were you, aha. And hey, if you wanted to know more about this book series, there just might be a little review coming for you next week!

I thought  would just list a few other shows I have been or am currently watching!

Other shows to watch:
Life Unexpected
How I Met Your Mother
The Big Band Theory
Gossip Girl
Making a Murderer

Well, thats all for today! What are your favourite TV shows? Until next time,

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

How to Get Out of a Reading Slump

(Let's just take a moment to appreciate how I blurred the background in this photograph... I am way to proud about that. Not going to lie, took me about an hour.)

According to my trusty adviser, aka Goodreads, I have only read 6 books this year, which I'm really sad about. I know that a lot of people would be really proud with that, but I set myself a really high reading goal, and so far, I'm failing. As you can probably tell, from the number of books I've read towards my reading goal, that I am in a reading slump. Every reader's nightmare, and the bane of my existence!
(I found a little definition for you on urban dictionary, for any of you who don't know).

Hello lovely people!
Today I will be giving you some quick tips on how to get out of that reading slump. I wasn't planning on writing this, but I feel like giving you some tips will force me to take my own advice and get out of my own!

Don't Start New Shows
I am currently obsessed with the show Orphan Black, I really recommend it (as long as you read a book!) This however, is not a good thing. When I get obsessed with a show, as my friends will tell you, I get really obsessed. I then end up watching around 5 episodes per day, and for my reading life, this is really bad. So, if you want to get into reading again, hold off a bit, don't start any new shows, or just restrain yourself from watching as many as you want!

Don't force yourself to read
If you force yourself to read, you won't enjoy that book. Give yourself a little reading break, and then come back when you're motivated!

Go book shopping
Not going to lie I think I have book buying issues, someone pay for a shrink. I spend all of my money on books. I think going book shopping could really get you out of your dilemma, go buy a book that you've wanted to buy forever. I wouldn't buy one online because it will arrive and just go on your shelf, not really helping the issue. Go to a real bookstore and browse until your hearts content, maybe you'll discover a few new books you want to read!

Go somewhere different
This is something I really want to do! It can sometimes get boring to always read in your bedroom, sat in the same position for hours. So just grab your book and go on an adventure! Go to your local coffee shop, or the park (preferably not in this weather, eek),  plug in your headphones and get lost in your book!

Reread your favourite book
I think this is the best way, reread your favourite book and go from there. If its a series, even better, reading that whole series will make you fall in love with reading again!

Read a small book
Read an light book, not something so thick that the thought of it makes you want to curl up into a ball and cry. Maybe there's a cute contemporary or a comedy book you want to read, well go and pick it up, I promise you'll enjoy it!

Read/watch some book reviews 
I'm a sucker for some booktube. Some of you  have probably never heard of it, but booktube was one of the reasons I started blogging! This used to be a book blog you know. I find that reading or watching some reviews where the reviewer is pumped for that book will get you just as pumped. I recommend some of my favourites: Sasha, Tasha and Kristine.

Watch the movie/ TV show adaptation 
Nowadays, lots of books are becoming movies or shows. I know this tip completely over rules the first tip, but watch the movie trailer, or even a few episodes of the show. I find that this gets you into the spirit of that world or situation, and makes you want to know more! I started watching 'Shadow hunters' on Netflix and then went and bought every book in the mortal instruments series... as I said, book buying issues. Cant be helped.

Make time
Clear out a whole afternoon for reading. Sit down with a hot chocolate or a cup of tea, put on some relaxing music, and enjoy your free reading time!

I know that this post may not really appeal to some of you, but I thought I'd write it for future reference for myself! I hope that if you're in a reading slump, you will now know exactly what to do! What are you reading at the moment? I'd love to know. If you want to see what I'm reading, my link it here - My Goodreads

Saturday, 5 March 2016

February Favourites

Hello everyone! Can you believe its MARCH already?!

 I'd first like to say how annoyed I am at, well, winter in general. It's so dark by the time I get home, so I have no time to take any decent photos for you *cries internally*, that is why I have recently been going all out with the brightness filter, and I feel no shame, aha. Hopefully in a few weeks it will be light out, and I can get posts to you on a regular basis, with good, unfiltered (lies) photos!

 I can't promise this will be a monthly segment on the blog, as I completely fail at favourites posts, I have one for December and January in my drafts that were just too bad!
Today I thought I'd do a little posts on some of my favourite things over the month of February. I didn't want to include too many items today, so here are just a few!

Collection - No Clumps Mascara
I found out about this mascara through andlaurenanne (an amazing blogger and youtuber who I absolutely adore!), and had to go try it out for myself. It is dirt cheap, and as I don't really wear a lot of makeup it is perfect for me!

Baby Lips -Peach Kiss
Baby lips lip balm was the thing to have back in year seven, you were a nobody if you didn't own one. And me being the little rebel I once was vowed never to get one... Until the end of the year when I found myself owning at least five. I still love this lip balm though, the peach kiss has always  been my favourite. I like that it's not very pigmented, but still leaves a slight peachy nude sheen on your lips. plus it smells heavenly!

MAC Velvet Teddy
Do I even have to say anything, really? We all know that the obsession is real with this lipstick. For my full (failure of a) review, click HERE.

Body Shop - Mango Body Mist
I really love all of the body shop products I've tried. Overall, the mango scent is my favourite! I went through a stage where I was obsessed with mangos - yes that happened - and I would buy anything that even remotely smells like mangos. I was a strange child, ha.

Avon - Luck for her Perfume
I'm not too sure when I actually got this, or who bought it for me, but cheers to whoever that was. I wear this scent to school, I find that it's quite subtle, and smelling a lot like vanilla, it's perfect for me! So, on the Avon website, this perfume is described as being 'Sparkling Citrus and luscious red berries blended with creamy white florals and warm sandalwood.', but as I said, I think it smells a lot like vanilla!

The Last Summer Of Us - Maggie Harcourt
This book had to be on my favourites, and not just because I'm a failure and this was one of the only three I'd read in February. I just really liked it! It is by no means the best book ever written, and isn't in my all time favourites, but I did really really enjoy it!  I was forced asked to read this book for school, and wasn't really feeling up to it, but it was so good! I also got to meet the author, and get a signed copy, so all was good in the world, and Maggie was so lovely! I would definitely recommend you adding this to your summer reading list, as it is totally a summer read.

What were your favourites this month? Can you recommend anything?

Well, thank you for reading my February favourites! I will see you next Wednesday for something new!
P.S, don't forget to give the blog a follow if you enjoy it, I'm aiming high for my march goal!
Until next time,