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Movie Review: To All The Boys I've Loved Before


Release date: 17th August 2018
Where to watch: Netflix
Genre: Rom Com
My Rating: ★★★★★

I've never written a movie review before, but I can't help but want to share my thoughts on the latest YA book-to-movie adaptation that came to our laptop screens via Netflix last week.

Before watching To All The Boys I've Loved Before, I actually did think that I had read the book by Jenny Han but I'm not sure now. I definitely don't have a hard copy of it, but I had thought I had maybe read it on my old Kindle. I think I might have been getting it mixed up with The Summer I Turned Pretty though - but I am not disappointed in the slightest because now it means I have an excuse to buy a new book and enjoy it all over again!!!

Because of this, I can't comment on how well it stuck to the events of the book but from what I have seen on Twitter, it is pretty accurate with how it portrays the characters and the main events. Of course, there will be bits cut out of it I'm sure, as the movie only lasts just over an hour and a half and it would be impossible to include absolutely everything. That said, it didn't feel rushed or like there was too much crammed in there.

One of my favourite aspects of the movie was its simply stunning cinematography. Some of the scenes were just so exceptionally beautiful in their set-up and colour. I particularly loved the design of Lara Jean's bedroom. If you follow me on Twitter then you will know that I wish this bedroom existed in real life, aka right here in my home.

Bookish This or That Tag


Hello everyone! I am back today with another tag post (I absolutely loved doing the book blogger tag, Behind the Screen, which you can read here. I have been tagged in quite a few different ones recently so I will slowly be working my way through them in amongst my book reviews and other chatty discussion posts and may be caught up around, oh, say next year sometime.

A massive thank you to my friend Noly from The Artsy Reader for tagging me in this one! There were some seriously hard choices in there but I struggled through this "torture" tag, as Noly very aptly named it.

I am also going to cheat and not tag anyone in particular to do this (lol lazy I know, don't hate me), because I have so many tags to get through that I don't think I even know that many bloggers!! So, I am taking the easy way out and just saying that if you fancy doing this tag, then help yourself, and leave a link for me to have a read. It's a good one, even if was so incredibly hard.

Now, without further ado, here are my answers...

10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started University

Oh, uni. Supposedly the best few years of your life. You are meant to make tons of lifelong friends, become a responsible adult and find your ~true self~.

What isn't in all the handbooks is the ridiculous stress you will find yourself under and the several pounds in weight you will put on from endless takeaways, nights out, and lack of mum's good cooking.

The start of the next university year will soon be upon us, whether you are returning after a long summer off, or just heading off for the first time.

I am about to enter my fourth and final year, and I can't believe that is even a sentence I am able to say yet. The time has absolutely flown in - I am 100% not ready for whatever comes after this period in my life. While university - and education in general, for that matter - is not for everyone, it is for me. I have had the most amazing time at university, met the most amazing people that I can call some of my best friends, and grown immensely as a person. My confidence has absolutely soared and I can now strike up a conversation with just about anyone, and voice my opinion where I would have before kept quite and very much to myself (mind you, I still make my mum phone and make my dentist appointments for me. We can't all be perfect). It was definitely the right choice for me after school, and I want it to keep going forever (ok, maybe not forever, but a couple of years longer at least). For me, the stress of essays and exams and assignments is totally worth it for what I am getting in return.

As you may or may not know, I am studying English, journalism and creative writing. I also wrote a post on my top tips for studying this at uni (and also WHY you should study it) which you can read here.

That said, there are a few things about university that turned out a little different to how I expected. I think you leave school with such an image in your head of what university is going to be like, but there is really no preparing yourself completely until you actually there and experiencing it.

Luckily for you lot, I have compiled a very handy list of a couple of tips and tricks so you are that little bit more prepared.

ARC Book Review + Excerpt: UNBREAK MY HEART by Lauren Blakely


*A copy of this was sent to me for review purposes. This did not affect my opinion of it, or this review, in any way.*

Good morning, all! Monday again. I have a busy week ahead of me with all sorts of exciting things happening, including a laser eye surgery consultation tomorrow (!!!) and signing the lease on my flat for another year so it is all-systems-go for me. Of course, I will definitely be able to fit some reading time in there... I lost the charger for my kindle for ages so I haven't been using it, but I came across it during a clear-out (honestly, the things you find when you actually reach the bottom of drawers) and it has barely left my hands since. I'm loving how much reading I am getting done, especially because I read so much quicker on there than a physical book. 

Anyway, we are here today to discuss Lauren Blakely's latest release, Unbreak My Heart

SYNOPSIS

I didn't break her heart, and she didn't break mine - we broke each other's.

I never stopped loving her, but time and distance played its cruel role in ripping us apart three years ago when she moved halfway across the world. Now after all those endless miles away, she's returned... but I'm not the guy I was before. 

Beautiful, kind, and loving, she's the same - my hope. The only one who can make a day better, who can make me feel again with one kiss, one touch, one night. 

There's so much I have to put back in place now that I'm alone and on my own. Things I never wanted at the age of twenty-five. When I receive an unexpected letter that might hold the clues to everything I desperately need to understand about my family, I'm sure I have to follow it. But that means leaving her once more. 

She says she'll come with me, and having her by my side will unbreak my heart.. or destroy it. 

That's the chance I have to take.

COVER REVEAL: Love Sincerely Yours by Sara Ney and Meghan Quinn


Love Sincerely Yours by Sara Ney and Meghan Quinn

Release date: 9th October

A sexy, smart, and heart-swooning romance about a girl who has nothing to lose when it comes to flirting with her boss. 
This seductive contemporary romance from bestselling authors Sara Ney and Meghan Quinn will keep you on the edge of your seat as you fall in love with the first novel from this dynamic due releasing October 9th. 

(And woah, talk about tall, dark and handsome. He is exactly what my dad aptly calls The Jaw.)


Synopsis

Dear Mister... **strike out** no, too formal.

Hey there sweet cheeks **strike out** no, too forward.

To whom it may concern,

Full disclosure; before we move forward with this email, I would like it to be known that I have consumed an adequate amount of alcoholic beverages to intoxicate myself tonight. Three margaritas, two shots, and one beer - because it was free.

I think it's important to be open and honest with your co-workers, don't you?

So here I am, being honest. Drunk but honest. Or just drunk with lust? You decide.

WWW Wednesday #2


WWW WEDNESDAY is a weekly meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words


THE THREE W'S ARE:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

CURRENTLY READING

I caved and started reading A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas. I'm trying not to read it too quickly like I did the first two because then I just end up skipping lines and missing important bits. Although I guess that means it gives me an excuse to go straight back and read it over from the beginning! Then again, I have made some very delightful Twitter friends that share my newfound love for Rhysand so I guess the quicker I read this the more gushing we get to do. 

My current ARC read is by Lauren Blakely, called Unbreak My Heart. It will be published on the 13th of this month, so you will see my review appear on my blog that day too! 

RECENTLY READ

I have just finished reading When Light Leads to You by C.R. Ellis (ARC) which you can read my review for here. It is a steamy contemporary romance that is perfect if you want some light-hearted (but sexy) reading. 

READING NEXT 

Next up is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. I really want to start it now, but I am trying not to fall into my usual trap of starting loads of books all at once and then never finishing any of them, or taking so long that I forget what happened. However, I am very much a mood reader so what I read next may very well change. 


What are you reading right now? 

If you take part in WWW Wednesday then please feel free to leave your links below!


*This post contains some affiliate links. Help a fellow book gal out - shop your TBR list on Book Depository here or using one of the links above (free delivery worldwide!!!). Thank you so much! Will pay back in long rambly blog posts and overly enthusiastic book reviews. 

ARC Book Review/Blog Tour: WHEN LIGHT LEADS TO YOU by C.R. Ellis


I'm not going to say happy Monday to you all, because is there such a thing? Even if it is a good day, it's still a Monday and that always makes that little difference. And to make things worse, I am coming down with a bad cold and sore throat (cheers to my brother for that one) and still struggling after a weekend partying (I blame the pink gin). So...hello.

Today I am pleased to bring you my first ever spot on a blog tour for the release of C.R. Ellis' latest release in the Forget Me Knot series, When Light Leads to You , a standalone contemporary romance featuring a sexy former detective, a wedding planner and her best friend, and a childhood crush.

And, better yet, if you read to the end you will find a giveaway to win a signed copy of book 1 in the series and a $10 Amazon gift card!


Synopsis

JASMINE
Once upon a time, there was a girl who had a crush on a boy. Eventually, they fell in love. They lived happily ever after. 
Except they didn't. Not even close. 
I'm the girl, but that's not my story. 

Once upon a time, I fell for a boy, but we didn't have a happily ever after. In fact, we crashed and burned. Which turned out to be for the best because it forced me to grow up and realise the only wedding bells in my future are the ones I orchestrate for clients. 

For six years I've been perfectly content with meaningless, short-lived flings and running from anything that resembles a real relationship. 

That boy? He's my best friend's brother, and he's no longer the boy I fell for - he's a man I can't stand. 

Oh, and he's also my new neighbour. 

DEAN 
Seemingly overnight, Jasmine Winters went from being my sister's best friend to being the girl I couldn't get enough of. But like most things, it didn't last. 

Things fell apart so suddenly, I'm able to convince myself that summer never happened. At least, I was, until the only distance between us is a hallway instead of a time zone. 

Six years ago, I let Jasmine slip through my fingers without an explanation because I was convinced we'd be better off apart. But now that we are neighbours, our unspoken vow of apathy has unwittingly been shattered. Our exchange consist of trading insults and icy staredowns. But in-between, I catch glimpses of the way she used to look at me, glimpses of the girl I fell for years ago. 

Things are different now, though. This time...I won't let her walk away without giving me answers. 

WHEN LIGHT LEADS TO YOU IS THE SECOND FULL-LENGTH NOVEL OF THE FORGET ME KNOT SERIES, BUT CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE. 

*DUE TO THE STRONG LANGUAGE AND THE SEXY TIMES BETWEEN THESE TWO, THIS BOOK IS RECOMMENDED TO READERS AGES 18 AND UP.*