You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

Thank you to netgalley and St. Martin’s Griffin for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is going to be a short review as I don’t feel like I have much to say about this. It was really sweet and I enjoyed it so much more than I expected to.

You Know Me Well follows two people who go to the same school but aren’t friends who meet at Pride and decide to be friends after their love lives seem to be sinking.

I tried reading Two Boys Kissing a few months ago and I just couldn’t, so I was a bit wary of David Levithan’s books, but I really liked this. The chapters alternate POVs, which I’m assuming means each writer did a character themselves, however, despite this, it wasn’t obvious when reading that it was cowritten. Everything worked well together and it didn’t feel disjointed at all. Along with that I loved seeing a boy/boy story t the same time as girl/girl it was nice to read.

I read some criticism saying that it felt contrived that Mark and Kate just decided to be friends, but that stuff happens all the time, especially when LGBT stuff is involved. I think I’ve just decided to be friends with people in the past. There’s nothing wrong with it.

This book wasn’t just about relationships it was about kids experiencing life and trying to figure everything out. It felt like their lives were falling apart at the same time as their love lives, and there was some interesting themes in this book.

Overall it was just a sweet read and I’m glad I eventually read it.

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October Wrap-Up

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I MET SARAH J. MAAS. I had planned to write a blog post about it but I never go round to it but now it’s too later after the fact. Long story short she’s wonderful and so smart and her brain is just on another level and I told her that I was so happy she wrote about periods.

I got my first ever FairyLoot this month which was so great, I’m so excited to get more. I’m currently in Australia, so if you would like a post card let me know.

This months I read books:

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
The Martian by Andy Weir
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
How to Find Love In a Bookshop by Veronica Henry
Half Wild by Sally Green
Champion by Marie Lu
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Lost Stars by Lisa Selin Davis

I posted reviews for last month’s reads:

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
My Heart & Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Prodigy by Marie Lu
The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
As I Descended by Robin Talley

I hosted 2 blog tours:

Inferno Blog Tour
Lost Stars Blog Tour

I bought the next 2 books in the Vampire Academy series and a couple of books thanks to bookbub but I’ve done quite well for not buying anything, probably because I’ve been so stressed about everything else.

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As I Descended by Robin Talley

Thank you to netgalley and Harlequin UK for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

To put it simply this is a lesbian, YA MacBeth retelling. It’s set in a private school in the States and there’s ghosts and deaths and a lot of other weird, creepy shit.

I thought this would be a really good read for me as I am a huge fan of MacBeth and Shakespeare and studied it in school, but I think that actually made me less open to this book. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would, and I don’t think that’s because the book is not god or the writing is bad or anything it just wasn’t what I was expecting.

I think part of my issue with this novel was that it is a YA novel so the characters are all kids, they don’t feel nearly as evil, horrible and driven as their counterparts in the original. I didn’t find Maria as convincing as MacBeth and I didn’t feel like her “reign” was much of a reign at all.

It was interesting to see how certain events of the play were interpreted for the new setting and environment, and certain things I had forgotten about had me quite shocked when they turned up in the novel. And God, I absolutely adored that Talley decided to make the MacBeth couple lesbians, however I didn’t find them a great couple and I was often left feeling like they weren’t an actual couple. There was a lot of diversity in the book, which is great, but I just wish I had enjoyed the book more.

The book is supposed to be spooky but I didn’t find it so, but I just don’t find many things spooky to be honest. I get more freaked out over strange coincidences than “ghosts” unless its real people with really weird ghost stories.

This is my first time reading Robin Talley, though I do have her debut novel on my ipad to read eventually. I found her writing style interesting enough to still want to read more of her novels despite this one not being a bit of a let down for me.

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The Goodreads Book Tag

Thank you to Jesse for the tag! When this is posted I will be in the air on my flight to Australia, so this may be slightly old compared to my actual goodreads page as it’s written in advance.

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

What are you currently reading?

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A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe

What was the last book you marked as TBR?

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Cogheart by Peter Bunzel, I recently won this in a twitter giveaway

What book do you plan to read next?

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, I wish they would let you do halves though

Are you doing a 2016 Reading Challenge?

Yes and I said I wanted to read 30 back at the beginning of the year as I wasn’t so into reading then and so I easily managed it.

Do you have a wishlist?

Yes, if you’re interested

What book do you plan to buy next?

I’m trying not to buy books right now as I have a large pile but you know

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

Uhhh not really, I’m not a great one for remembering quotes.

Who are your favorite authors?

Have you joined any groups?

I’m in Polls for Our Souls and of course Hype or Like.

I tag:

Annie @ themisstery
Amanda @ hangingwithamanda
Angel @ bookheartsforever
Nicola @ thoughtsaboutfantasy

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The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

I love the Magisterium world I really do. They’re such fun, quick reads for me.

I don’t know if I would say that I enjoyed this one as much as The Iron Trial, as it was a lot faster paced and there was less about the Magisterium itself. There was a fair bit of world building in the first book and it felt more about the school and the learning whereas this was more about the kids and chasing the bad guy. Which would be fine but it happened over a very short period of time but the whole book is to count towards their second year in the school. I would just really love to see more of their learning being spoken about. Everything felt rushed.

What I thought was adorable was seeing Call’s first run in with romantic feelings towards someone. It was written in a really sweet way, like him being uncomfortable and nervous at the same time and all those wonderful, awkward feelings you feel when you have your first crush.

As with the first book, the writing is seamless, I couldn’t tell who was writing what. The descriptions were perfectly written and the action scenes made me feel like I was in them. I may have seen the “twist” coming but I think it would be pretty obvious to anyone who pays attention.

I’m not going to lie, there are many similarities with Harry Potter, but there are also a lot of differences. It does give me some nice throwback to reading HP for the first time feelings. I am intrigued to see where the rest of the books go as some loose ends were tied up but now there’s so many things that could happen or go wrong.

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Prodigy by Marie Lu

I’ll just jump right in with this review as I can’t think of a preamble to be honest.

So, this felt a lot slower than the previous book, however that was because there was so much world building. Seriously so much world building. Like all good dystopians you find out there is so much more than you think going on and who you think are the good guys aren’t the good guys.

The side of America that is being fought is the main power in America, unlike what is portrayed by the government of the Republic. The colonies are hugely commercialised, which is something I’ve never really came across. Everything is sponsored or owned by huge companies. I found it similar to the way the Capitol was all about looking absolutely ridiculous in The Hunger Games, I found it super interesting to read as a concept and it was quite disturbing to think about as something that could happen to the world.

I really enjoyed the way that June was portrayed as unsure about the path she had taken and that we got to see inside her head like that.

I’m not really sure what else to say. I felt like the set up for the rest of the story was really good and that we seem to actually be learning what these characters are all about. I do wish it had moved a lot faster but hey ho. Again this is still not the greatest dystopian I’ve ever read and there are some typical tropes in it but there are some different concepts that I liked reading about.

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Bridget Jones’ Baby

When I first started this blog I had aimed to make it mainly book reviews with the occasional other media review, but currently the only other type of review on my blog that isn’t books is my review of The Cursed Child Play. I was so pleasantly surprised by Bridget Jones’ Baby that I just felt I had to write a review.

I’m a huge Richard Curtis fan, HUGE. Love Actually is my favourite film, I adore Four Weddings & A Funeral, and Notting Hill and I grew up watching The Vicar Of Dibley and Blackadder. So with that in mind, knowing that he wasn’t going to be involved in this entry in the Bridget Jones series made me uncertain of how good it would be. I went because my mum wanted to go and I can’t say no to a bit of Colin Firth (who I grew up loving because my mum was so in love with him and we watched his version of Pride and Prejudice all the time).

Lets be honest, the second Bridget Jones film was not great, this one, was more in line with the original film. It was light, funny and heartwarming.

If you didn’t know and didn’t see the trailers, Bridget Jones’ baby follows Bridget after she discovers she’s pregnant and doesn’t know whether it’s Mark’s or a random she shagged at a festival.

It’s been 12 years since the second film, but this film still managed to be funny with the same old humour but with a modern edge. Bridget is of course older and has trouble trying to balance trying to keep up with trends but also taking the piss out of them all.

The whole cast just really worked well together. The old group of friends were still fantastic despite being old married parents, Mark is still wonderful, and Bridget’s new friend from work, Miranda, is fucking hilarious. Of course Patrick Dempsey had some tough boots to fill being the new rival to Mark Darcy, but he brought his own charm to the film and fit right in with the British humour and I was quite impressed with him. Ed Sheeran had a cameo in the film and it was so funny every time and I don’t want to ruin it for everyone but I was howling.

Something that really jumped out at me as I watched it was the feminist undertones throughout the whole thing. Of course Bridget doesn’t know who the dad is and whilst characters make a joke about it, it’s made very clear that this is ok. Bridget has some moments where she feels like a bad person for it but she’s always reassured eventually by either herself or a friend. There’s even a scene where she has an absolute go at her mother about “family values” and I had to stop myself from clapping.

If you like the classic British rom com films you should go see this because it was just so good.

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