book palette || the winner's curse

28 January 2015

the winner's curse came out. i read it. i loved it. the second book was published. i still don't have it. do you feel my pain? thankfully, for me, this book did not decive me with the pretty cover, the pretty cover just added to the pretty insides. and that's all i have to say, seriously. i reviewed the book and got all my thoughts out there! all i'm going to say is: sword fights, pretty dresses, piano music and spying. WHAT'S MORE TO LOVE? have you read it yet? what did you think?
"Think sword fights, sleek dresses, rising war and a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end - when your emotions hit you with one punch and you fall off your chair onto the floor; because the ending will do that to you. It will." -from my review

if i were a pin, this is what i would tack

25 January 2015

pinterest is the type of site that gets me addicted for a few weeks, then i decide i'm wasting too much time so i stop. when i need some inspiration i go back on pinterest, and the cycle repeats. some people use pinterest to find art/crafts to do. some just use it like tumblr and pin whatever they like the look of no matter what it is. some rarely use pinterest and just have it there to gather dust. and some people use it to make storyboards and character boards for their WIPs. now i've never used it for that. i mostly use it for craft, decor and art inspiration. however since my 'novels' always end up diving off a spring board into the land of the never-finished i think i'm going to start using it more for the creative purpose of writing inspiration. what do you use pinterest for?

BOOK REVIEW || Ruby Redfort: Feel the Fear by Lauren Child

19 January 2015

Series: Ruby Redfort, Book 4
Publisher: Harper Collins Children's Books
Publication Date: November 2014 

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Book Trailer: Feel the Fear
Summary: Ruby Redfort: Undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius.
The fourth book in the scarily awesome Ruby Redfort series, by multi-million-copy bestselling author Lauren Child.
This time Ruby must pit her wits against a seemingly invisible foe. How do you set your sights on catching a light-fingered villain if you can’t even see him…? -goodreads
The stakes are always high when a villain is around, but Ruby Redfort never loses her cool. No, she is one doughnut loving, banana-milk drinking whiz-kid. But the question is, are the stakes too high for pint-sized Ruby this time? You've got to remember, as much as she can outsmart you in a code-cracking race, she is still a 13 year old girl who attends school [sometimes] and has to listen to her parents when it comes to formal dress-codes. So, are all her wise-cracks just a bluff fourth time round? I only have one qualm against Lauren Child's books, and that is; I read them way too fast. The Ruby Redfort books are one of my favourite series of all time which means whenever I get my hands on a new one, I dive in, and only resurface once the last page has been turned. And then I just want more.
Feel the Fear was one of the best books I have read this year and, while the plot was as murky and unreadable as a dirty pond, I think I'm learning from Ruby Redfort. Usually I can never guess what on earth is going to happen at the climax, and although I admit to being fooled until the last moment, I actually worked a little part of a sub-plot out myself. Which is surprising as usually I can never even crack the codes of the most basic conversations Ruby and her best friend Clancy have. Sigh. I actually really want to know what they say, no matter how mundane, so I guess I'd better get cracking. The gem of the book, as always, is Ruby's character [and obviously her t-shirts]. Lauren Child seems to have created Ruby out of something addictive [Mrs Digby's baking?]; she is smart, she owns a lot of yellow notebooks, she can do origami, she is a loyal friend, she sketches [nothing to do with art] which actually sounds really fun, and is really illegal and, duh, she's an undercover agent. [Oh by the way the list goes on, there seems to be no end to her talents]. What's not to love?
Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.


14 January 2015

Honestly, the title is a lie because I have a lot more books that I am extremely excited for, but I've decided to randomly pick eight that are relatively near in being published, because if i tried naming them all the post would be more than a mile long, so without further ado:
MOSQUITOLAND by David Arnold | I heard about this book maybe about a couple of weeks ago and I skimmed a few reviews and read the premise and woah. I need this book in my life because it is apparently amazing and I wanna go on a road trip so-
ENSNARED by A.G Howard | Most of you all read my review of Unhinged. You should know why. 
THE WINNER'S CRIME by Marie Rutkoski | If my review of The Winner's Curse didn't shoot you right in the feels then I worry about you. BECAUSE THAT ENDING. And apparently the ending of this second novel does even worse on the heart than the first. *Buys bandages*.
CONSPIRACY OF BLOOD AND SMOKE by Anne Blankman | Surprisingly I loved the first in this series a whole lot more than I thought I would, mostly because it explored the character of Hitler's 'niece', which is very very intriguing.
UNDER A PAINTED SKY by Stacey Lee | The cover is as gorgeous as the premise sounds. #Nuff said.
RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard | Hadn't heard of this until about a week ago but it sounds intriguing and the cover is pretty and that premise has potential. Let me at it.
FAIREST by Marissa Meyer | QUEEN LEVANA IS COMING. *Would add gif but; coding effort*
BLACK DOVE, WHITE RAVEN by Elizabeth Wein | Read my reviews of Rose Under Fire and Code Name Verity and then try to explain why this book would not be on this list.


09 January 2015

apparently i read a lot of books in twenty fourteen. now as i don't use goodreads, i don't really keep track of the exact number, so my guess is i read nearly 200 books? probably about 150 in the months before i started college - because even though i now have hardly any time to read due to work and revision restrictions i always read at least one chapter of a book before i go to bed, and if i am re-reading [which i tend to do a lot now, especially in book slumps] i can read a lot faster than i usually do.


03 January 2015

admittedly i only joined instagram about a month ago, however i already have my few favourite bookstagrammers [that all probably hate me because i 'like' all their posts] whose photos i drool over, and who make me sigh at my own posts that are so sadly lacking in comparison. however something i aspire to do in twenty fifteen is make my photos prettier, and brighter, and more colourful, and everything the below photos are and mine i currently not. i have concluded, after indulging in pretty photos for twenty minutes in order to do this post, that i like bright clean photos, with 'props', so now i'm trying to find props to hand. i have none. sigh. but go ahead - take the pretty in.
.1 areadergeek's photos are impossibly bright and extraordinarily addictive. she has enough amazing quilts to make me jealous and frantically search a homeware shop and her bookcase people, it's just, i want it. oh and also, she has one heck of a good collection of books.                             .2 ofdustandstarlight is clearly on my list because a. daughter of smoke and bone series love. and b. she makes me yearn to own the vscocam app. which is never going to happen because i have too old a phone to be compatible with aforementioned app. so yeah, i just stare at her photos instead.
.3 ursula_uriarte clearly has a majestic instagram. if you can't tell you must have a vision impairment. seriously, take a whiff [whiff?!] . take a little gander among her snapshots and dare to tell me you dislike them. go on!    you can't can you.
.4 insidethebookreader is one daring girl. taking photographs of books on snow? who'da thought. [p.s no books were harmed in the making of that photo - it's a wonder what a little cardboard cushion can do]. but hey now; these photos all have ornaments to spice up the picture, or they are placed in various outside settings among nature where they just blossom like no other. and you know how i feel about props. i need some.

.5 wordrevel's pictures are bright, clean, colourful and feature cute props &/or food-- here i present to you the code words for good photography, as is clearly shown above. take notes people. i already have.
so who are your favourite bookstagrammers? (and why?) i'm always on the lookout for new additions to my feed. however in the words of sandra : "i really do love instagram because it's so pretty but i also hate it because it's so pretty, you know? i just want to know how."
p.s this post was inspired by this. check it out why don't you.