The Scrapbook Of My Life by Alfie Deyes | BOOK REVIEW

I am a huge Alfie Deyes fan. A lot of people will probably have not heard of him but he is actually quite a big part of my life. Alfie is a British YouTuber and boasts a main channel of 5 million subscribers, a daily vlogging channel of 3 million AND a gaming channel of a little over 1 million subscribers. His main channel, Pointless Blog has a whole load of challenges and funny videos. I love his daily vlogs, in which he records his life.

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Alfie recently wrote a book called The Scrapbook Of My Life. It is literally that. A book full of stories about his life before he became a YouTube star. I pre-ordered the book and managed to get a signed copy, which I was so happy about. I mean seriously, he actually touched that paper! (fan girl moment!)

The Scrapbook of my life signed

I am sad to say that the happiness ended there. In fact, I was quite disappointed with the book. Alfie mentioned it was very much a scrapbook, so the font is all different, there are spelling mistakes that have been crossed out – basically it does look like an actual scrapbook. I love that about it and I love the cover. It has such a nice glossy feel to it, plus the red and gold looks pretty cool. What I didn’t like was the style of writing. I am a huge fan, so I purchased the book because I wanted to read about his life. I want to know what he was like when he was younger and fun memories he had. Unfortunately it is written in a way that is perfect for young children. I mean, the 11-16 range. I was getting frustrated when reading it, because it just sounded so… childish!

I know that a lot of his fans are actually girls in that age group, so maybe this way of writing was aimed towards that, but I am sure there are hundreds of other people in my age bracket as well! (Any 26 year old Pointless Blog fan’s out there?!) I want to read a book that flows nicely, that has humour and a serious element. Even being a scrapbook, he could have achieved that!

Another thing that I disliked even more than the writing style, was the blank pages. Alfie left blank pages on almost every other page, where you could fill in your memories. The idea was that it meant the scrapbook would be both his and yours. Whilst I smile at the thought, I didn’t buy a book to get blank pages in it. He mentioned in his daily vlogs that he would have a few, but I didn’t realise it was literally on every other page!

I am disappointed but I should have known better. I have purchased his other book – the Pointless Book – which you fill in the blank pages – and I thought most of it was quite childish as well. Regardless, I know he worked hard on it and it is signed, so I don’t regret buying it! I would recommend this to younger girls who I know will enjoy reading it.

 

Until next time!

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The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare | BOOK REVIEW

Oh my Angel. Wow. Initially, I was just going to review the first book in The Mortal Instruments series but I ended up reading all 6 in 2 weeks. I literally could not put the books down. In this review, I will talk about the series as a whole.

My sister had all the books and used to go on about it all the time, but for some reason I just didn’t get round to reading them. I was browsing on Netflix for something to watch and came across Shadow Hunters, the TV drama based on these books. Honestly, it was shocking. I thought the acting was awful but the story intrigued me. I then borrowed the first book from my sister, fell in love and now own and have read all 6 books.

The Mortal Instruments is a 6 book series about Clary Fray and the world she discovers. Clary thinks she is an ordinary girl, trying to get into art school and arguing with her mother. Out at a nightclub she finds herself in the company of some strange people and along the way finds out that she was never ordinary at all. Clary is a Shadowhunter. Part human, part angel – to protect the world from demons. When her mother goes missing, Clary’s world changes forever.

It’s quite a complicated world. The characters themselves are so intense and they have so many depths to them. You have Clary who is such a likeable character in my eyes. Normally in other books I hate the female lead, who always acts like she needs to be in the middle of everything. In this series, not every chapter is about her. Her love interest and male lead in the book is Jace. 100% my favourite character. He is all the male leads you have ever known, rolled into one. Then you have Simon, Clary’s best friend. I didn’t like him at first but started warming to him as I kept reading more about him. He’s a normal human being who gets pulled into all the drama. Then you have Isabelle, Alec and Max – Jace’s siblings. My favourite character overall has to be Magnus Bane. He is a warlock and also happens to be bi-sexual. I just love his personality and how funny he is.

I think what stood out to me in this series was the humour. The author writes in such a fluent way and she had me laughing out loud to so many different parts of the book. It’s dripping with sarcasm! Sometimes I find myself skip reading descriptive parts of books. I love getting to the point, reading the dialogues (which didn’t go in my favour when Prim died in the 3rd Hunger Games Book and I didn’t realise because it wasn’t in a dialogue!) but I enjoyed reading about the different dimensions, the descriptions about the Shadow Hunters home etc.

I have now purchased the Infernal Devices trilogy, which I believe Cassandra Clare wrote as a prequel. I am sure that I will love it as much as I love The Mortal Instruments and I think I may even go back to Netflix and carry on watching the series, just because I miss the characters so much.

Until next time!

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Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg | BOOK REVIEW

Girl Online On Tour

I could not wait till Zoe’s second book in the Girl Online series arrived in the post.  Why?

  1. Because I enjoyed the first book so much I wanted to see what happened to the characters
  2. I managed to get a signed copy!

Girl Online On Tour Signed

When it finally did arrive, I had to give myself a few days to fit some time in read it. In reality, once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down and finished it in one day! I just want to say that I am NOT disappointed. I absolutely loved everything that she did with the characters and in my eyes, the ending was perfect. Maybe not how people wanted it to end, but it was realistic and I love that about books.

For those who haven’t read Girl Online, Penny is back and her bag’s are packed! She is off to spend 2 weeks on tour with her rockstar boyfriend Noah. Unfortunately with his busy schedule, unwelcome band mates and a possible stalker, Penny starts to miss home, her friends and wonders whether this lifestyle is really for her.Girl Online On Tour Blurb

I can’t stress how well written this is. Last time there were a lot of issues with people claiming Zoe did not write the first novel herself but this time she was clear that she did write it, with help from her editor. Regardless, I loved it. I think she stayed true to the characters. It’s quite a bulky book actually, but there is so much to say and so many characters story lines that I think it is the right length.

My favourite character will have to be Penny and Leah. Leah is Noah’s “fake” ex girlfriend, who is a mega star in her own right and of course Penny is the main character.  They are both likeable and you cry, laugh, wince and moan with Penny! At some points in the book, Penny really started reminding me of Mia, from The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot.

I would rate this 5 stars! Weldon Zoe, you’ve really done us proud!

Mum On The Run by Fiona Gibson|BOOK REVIEW

Mum On The Run

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What a great book. There is nothing worse than sitting down with a new book to find that it starts off boring, gets more boring and ends PLAIN BORING. I’m so glad that didn’t happen with this book! From the get go, it is entertaining. Laura is your average mum, looking after 3 kids and a husband. It show’s the journey that she goes through, trying to lose weight and trying to rekindle the romance in her relationship.

I loved the fact that there were so many little storyline’s spinning off the main one. You have the story of Laura and her husband Jed. There are also other characters like Danny – the man Laura run’s with – and Celeste – the very attractive woman Jed works with! You also get to read about the kids and normal household tasks.

It’s such a down to earth book. I was a little unhappy with the ending but actually it was very realistic. The characters are ALL loveable and the humour is spot on. You can’t help but to sympathise with Laura as couples do drift apart when they have been married for so long and have kids. Her efforts to have sex are pretty funny!

When I purchased the book I wasn’t sure, as it did focus a lot on running and fitness. I have no interest in that whatsoever but I found that I didn’t skip those parts.

Also, isn’t the cover of the book just beautiful! It does make you want to pick it up and read it. It gives you an insight as to what the book is actually about. The scales, the race, lunch boxes (as the kid’s always hate what she makes for lunch!) hairdressing scissors (she is a hairdresser) and trainers!

Username: Evie by Joe Sugg|BOOK REVIEW

Username Evie

I honestly was not expecting much from this graphic novel. I don’t know why, but I assumed it was either going to be boring or too complicated to follow. I used to LOVE graphic novels – particularly Buffy the Vampire Slayer ones! I guess I just grew out of them or stopped looking for them in the library. Anyway, my expectations were not that great.

How wrong was I.

Seriously. Username Evie Blurb

I finished this in under an hour. I genuinely could not put the book down. The storyline was really good! So emotional but parts were actually really funny. The illustrations were amazing. When you have to tell a story with just pictures and a few words it can seem quite hard but I think Joe and his team did it really well.

Username: Evie is about a young girl who finds she doesn’t really fit in well anywhere. Bullied at school, ignored everywhere else, she just wants a chance to be herself. This story follows Evie, as her father creates a virtual world for her where she can be just that.

It’s quite a bizarre story and not realistic at all, but you still find yourself gripped into the storyline and wanting to find out what is going to happen next! I will say that there were a lot of predictable parts but equally there were parts I completely did not expect and a few emotional ones.

My favourite character has to be Unity. I like Evie as well but I feel that Unity has quite an interesting character in this graphic novel! The cover of the book is fantastic, as is everything inside it.

Well done Joe Sugg! You should be really proud.