Red Queen {Book Review}

Red Queen Book Review

Name:Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart. 

I am currently reading this book and am quite enjoying it. Over the past few years there have been more and more books with strong female characters, and Mare is one of my favourite. She is strong but also human. 

This book draws on some real world problems we have and the fight to right the injustice. 

I can’t wait to finish this book and start the next. But that will have to wait since the new Sarah J. Maas book , Empire of Storms , was released today.

The Sponsored Content Conundrum

As a blogger, there is a need to stay in touch with regulations over content. An example would be the relatively new regulations related to sponsored content.

I don’t really post any sponsored content. My blog isn’t big enough and it doesn’t interest me. But this morning I woke up facing a bit of a conundrum.

Last night I attended a Foodie event. There were other foodies, drinks and food. All of it free. It was only after all the tweets and all the instagramming that it hit me – This was all sponsored content.

I didn’t have to pay for any of the food or the drinks that were being served… they were sponsored by the restaurant/ third party. This means that every tweet I sent, every instagram should have had #ad or #sponsored ….

You might be thinking -“But it is just a silly hashtag.”
Well this hashtag can save you from a fine or losing your credibility as an influencer.

For more information, check out Webfluential  or the Moz blog

Snapchat

I just don’t use Snapchat. I have it on my phone , have followed a few people, I even tried snapping some photos and a videos. All in all, I think I have posted 10 pictures… all of them of my cats, maybe a few of my boyfriend.

I love social media, but I am not all to big on sharing my personal life with people. Yeah, I have a food blog and I post a lot (i mean A LOT) of pictures of food on Intsagram and Twitter. But it’s not linked to my personal twitter or to me. I could use snapchat as a foodie but I’m not really into live streaming of me eating a pile of chips for lunch.

I also don’t have time to talk to my phone and “followers” on Snapchat. I have real people I do these things with and even then , I’m more of a listener that a talker. I can’t really snap a video of me listening to something… I’m not that weird.

Maybe I just need some proper lessons or maybe I need to be more “out there”. Either way I don’t think I’ll just start using Snapchat like a pro any time soon

Why Not me? by Mandy Kaling


Author: Mandy Kaling
Genre: Non-fiction, Autobiography

In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you.

I don’t read many Non-fiction books but this one caught my eye. I love Mindy Kaling – even though I haven’t watched all of The Mindy Project or The Office.

Mindy reminds us that everyone is human, even celebrities. I have even more love and respect for  Mindy Kaling. iIthink she’s the kind of awesome that can never be overrated. Hhe’s funny, she’s relatable, she’s empowering, and she feels so genuine.

This was a short read but a goodie. I would suggest this to everyone (including my guy friends). 

Throne of Glass {Book Review}

Throne of glass

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

I loved every second of this book. It wasn’t what I expected from the blurb but I still found it to be really good.

Celaena Sardothien is one of my favourite characters. And Choal. They both snuck into my heart very early on in the book. It is awesome to find a female character who has survived a lot and doesn’t try to kill herself to see her love (Yea, I’m looking at you Bella Swan).

In many of the reviews I read before I bought this book ,people hated on Celeana’s character. But I found she acted like a true 18 year old girl, but she can kick some serious ass. If she was a guy, people would not have complained.

This book has plenty of mystery, magic, humor and romance — a perfect brew for fans of good YA fantasy.

Just One Day {Book review}


Authour: Gayle Forman

Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.


A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.


I really enjoyed this book- partly because it was free on the Kobo store when I downloaded it. It was also a great read to get back into reading this New Year.

This is a coming of age story about a girl stepping out of her comfort zone and experiencing new things.

I loved the Fist half of the book, the escape to Paris with a Stranger and Allyson doing things she never expected. After traveling on a Train to Paris last year, I related to many of the scenes and it brought back beautiful memories of my own trip to Paris.

Allyson was a little annoying in the second half of the book, but she grew up in that part the most too. And there are some amazing new characters in this half of the book whom I wish I could meet in real life.