The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles | BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone! Today I’m here to share with you all a spoiler-free review of The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles. Thank you so much to Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me a copy of The Edge of Everything for review purposes.

The Edge of Everything was one of my most highly anticipated young adult releases for 2017, and I also mentioned it my recent Top 5 Wednesday blog post where we discussed our top five most anticipated debut author releases for 2017.

Unfortunately in 2016 I didn’t read that many (if any) debut author releases, and it’s definitely a goal of mine for 2017 to remedy that. I’m so thankful to have been given the opportunity to read and review Jeff Giles’ debut, and am happy that I’ve already made progress on one of my reading resolutions for the year. So, let’s get into the spoiler-free review of The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles.

The Edge of Everything (Goodreads): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31170713-the-edge-of-everything

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S U M M A R Y
For those who want a summary of The Edge of Everything, the story follows 17-year-old Zoe as she struggles with the death of her father and the murder of her elderly neighbours. One night during a particularly fierce blizzard, Zoe ventures out into the forest to search for her eight-year-old brother Jonah, who had been playing outside with their two dogs, but soon encounters a man- and an entire world- that she didn’t expect to find.

One thing I will say about this book is that the blurb doesn’t give away an awful lot about it, which is good in my opinion. The summary provided on Goodreads seems very in-depth, long and full of spoilers- in typical Goodreads fashion- so I would say that if you’re interested in reading The Edge of Everything, maybe stay away from Goodreads until after you’ve finished reading it. The more vague and mysterious The Edge of Everything is, the more I believe you’ll enjoy what it has to offer along the way.

C H A R A C T E R S
I’m not exactly sure how I feel about the characters in The Edge of Everything. Sometimes I feel completely connected to them and at other times I feel like I don’t understand them at all, which might be because of how different X and Zoe communicate. X is a very old-fashioned character, raised by a woman from another era, and Zoe’s a teenage girl from the 21st century. Where X brings the more fantastical elements to The Edge of Everything, Zoe elicits a contemporary element.

X was probably my favourite character. He had intrigue, mystery and an innocence about him that had me wanting to defend his actions and handle the consequences later. I wanted to learn more about him as the book progressed- where he came from, what he does and the mystery behind the boy with no name.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Zoe and Jonah. I love sibling relationships that are portrayed well and considering the age gap between Zoe and Jonah, as well as Jonah’s ADHD and their father’s death, I felt that the bond between them was very authentic and honest. Jeff Giles showed how siblings argue and fight but also how they reconcile, and he wasn’t afraid to bring up hard topics around young children. I appreciated that Jeff Giles highlighted how fierce a relationship between two siblings can be.

I wanted more of the side characters in The Edge of Everything. I loved the representation of LGBTQIAP+ characters, and Val was one of the best. Even though we didn’t get too much of Val or her relationship with Gloria, what we did see of her stood out. I also enjoyed Dallas’ character, but at times I found him a little hard to handle. Although Dallas was sweet and adorable at times his character wasn’t entirely necessary to the overall storyline- I think he was introduced simply to be Zoe’s ex-boyfriend and not much else.

There were some relationships that I couldn’t get on board with. Zoe and X’s relationship developed very quickly that it was practically insta-love. Within 72 hours of meeting one another X and Zoe were devoted and willing to die for the other, and determined to only be with the other forever. X, a character who has never known love or companionship, becomes attached to Zoe very quickly, and Zoe herself practically forgets that her family exists because she’s so consumed by X.

The relationship between Zoe and her father was also disappointing. I’m not in any position to assess how accurate (or inaccurate) Zoe’s grieving process is because I’ve never lost a parent before, but there were certain times throughout the book where I felt that Zoe acted somewhat irrationally. Sometimes she would forget her father was dead, and I wasn’t convinced that her behaviour could be justified as grief. Zoe vacillates between missing her father and hating him, which only confuses the reasons for her behaviour. Overall, the relationship between Zoe and her father was frustrating.

W R I T I N G
The writing in The Edge of Everything is easily its strongest element. It was clear to me very early on that Jeff Giles is an extremely talented writer, and the writing style throughout the book was very impressive for a debut author release. The way this story was written made sure that my attention was captured the entire time, and the story itself was very fast-paced. I finished this book within a matter of days because I kept needing to know what was going to happen next to these characters.

I also appreciated how the writing made it so that the reader could easily jump into the story and understand what was happening in each scene. The way that Giles laid down the foundation(s) of the world made the plotline build on itself seamlessly, and made me even more interested to see what happened next. The mythology behind the Lowlands also made me eager to see what the consequences would be for some of the character’s actions. Giles’ writing is descriptive, lavish and beautiful in the way he established new scenes and settings (i.e. the Lowlands), and I imagined these places very clearly in my head whilst reading.

There’s something about the writing- particularly the dialogue- that seemed simultaneously old-fashioned and contemporary, which correlate to each of X’s and Zoe’s voices. X and Ripper are both old-fashioned characters yet we had characters such as Zoe, Jonah, Val, Dallas and Banger to contrast them with their modern, teenage ways of communicating.

O V E R A L L
Overall, The Edge of Everything was such a fast-paced read and I really enjoyed learning about the Lowlands and about X as a character. Jeff Giles is a very talented writer, and the writing style kept me engaged and wanting to know more throughout the entire book.

The Edge of Everything is a breath of fresh air in the genre of urban fantasy, and I found a lot of originality with regards to the characters and world-building. However, I couldn’t get on board with the main romance in this book and also had trouble believing in some of the other relationships, romantic, platonic and/or familial. Although The Edge of Everything was one of my most anticipated releases of 2017, the insta-love overshadowed my enjoyment of some of the other elements of the book, and so it overall fell a little bit flat for me.

I rated The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles 3.75 out of 5 on Goodreads, and I will continue to read from Jeff Giles, and from this series.

Once again thank you so much to Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me a copy of The Edge of Everything to review. If you liked this review and are now interested in purchasing your own copy of this book, I’ll leave a few links down below.

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Let me know if you’ve read The Edge of Everything down below in the comments, and whether or not you enjoyed it. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about this one and would love to discuss it some more.
Until next time, happy reading!

emilyp0tter
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The Edge of Everything:
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Edge-of-Everything-Jeff-Giles/9781408869079?ref=grid-view

Booktopia: http://www.booktopia.com.au/the-edge-of-everything-jeff-giles/prod9781408869079.html

Dymocks: https://www.dymocks.com.au/book/the-edge-of-everything-by-jeff-giles-9781408869079/

 

 

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY | Current Favourites [February 1]

Hello everyone! Today I’m here to share with you all another ‘Top 5 Wednesday’. This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is ‘Current Favourites That Aren’t Books’. I’m super excited about this week’s topic, as I think that it’s a great idea to share anything and everything you’ve been loving recently, and not just those in a specific category (e.g. books, TV shows, movies, makeup items etc.). I chose something from five different categories for this week’s topic, and I hope that you all enjoy!

1. This Is Us (TV)

Oh My God. This Is Us has absolutely, 100% without a doubt sky-rocketed to my most favourite TV show of all time. I wanted to watch this show the second that it aired (in the US, we all know how behind Australia is with these US TV shows), but I was in the middle of my final semester exams at university, and so I completely forgot about it. However, now that it’s summer I’ve binge-watched This Is Us for the past few weeks and I am absolutely obsessed.  This is one of the most- if not the most- real-to-life TV shows that I’ve seen in a long time. It so accurately portrays the everyday struggles of family life, and portrays your not-so-typical family dynamic. It has heartache and heartbreak, humour, sadness, spirit and a lot of love in it, and I so highly recommend it to everybody.

2. Better Than Sex (Mascara)

Another thing that I’ve put off, the Better Than Sex mascara from Too Faced cosmetics. I was a little bit skeptical about trying this mascara, as the bristles and size and shape of the wand aren’t what I typically go for when choosing a mascara to purchase. But, when my brother bought me one of the limited edition Too Faced Christmas palettes, a sample size of the Better Than Sex mascara came with it, and so I had no reason not to try it. I love it. I love it so so so so much. I only have the sample size still, but I think that as soon as it’s run out that I’m definitely going to have to purchase the full size. This mascara gives me everything that I want; it gives volume to and separates my lashes without making them look clumpy, and coats on extra layers without making them feel heavy.

3. Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran

If you don’t know, Ed Sheeran is my all time favourite musical artist. I first found his music in 2010, and I’ve seen him live in concert three times now (well, as of February 1st 2017). So, naturally, when it was announced that Ed was finally releasing new music after a year of social media hiatus, I had my countdown at the ready. When Ed released ‘Shape of You‘, I really loved that song, but when he released ‘Castle on the Hill‘ I found myself sitting alone in my car with tears running down my cheeks. Listening to that song for the first time instantly transported me back to his concert, where I first heard his song ‘Photograph‘ live. It was my 19th birthday, and I finally got to hear my all time favourite song sung live, and Castle on the Hill brings back all of those memories for me. I’ve had this song on repeat everyday since it came out, and I already know that it’s my favourite song from his to-be-released album Divide. 

4. Jacquelyn Lovene (YouTube Channel)

I recently stumbled across this YouTube channel when I found myself in the deep, dark hole of beauty and makeup videos. Based on the recommendation of another beauty YouTuber that I subscribe to, I found myself looking up ‘Anti Haul’ and ‘decluttering’ videos on YouTube, and Jacquelyn’s channel was one of the first that I found. Soon, I found myself watching her videos late into the hours of the night (even if I had work or my internship the following morning), and adding even more of her videos to my ‘Watch Later’ list- just to have them there for future notice. I love how absolutely down-to-Earth Jacquelyn is, and how unafraid she is to be honest about what you do and don’t need in your makeup collection. I’m not a person who likes to own excessive and unnecessary amounts of anything, and watching Jacquelyn’s videos has definitely helped me with that.

5. Plunkett’s Vita E Natural Vitamin E Cream

It’s summer, so I’ve been moisturising at least once a day everyday for the past few months. I don’t get sunburnt all that easily, but when I do this is what I use to settle my skin and prevent my skin from peeling (and my sunburn from turning into a tan). This moisturiser has Vitamin E in it, which is a great ingredient to have if you have problems with acne scarring or other blemishes and marks that just haven’t faded. I’ve had a lot of struggle with acne and pimples since I was 12-13 years old, and this is one of the few products that I’ve used that’s actually made a noticeable difference to my skin. This product isn’t too pricey for what it is, and I find that it’s definitely a good investment to make, especially if you deal with such problem skin.

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Let me know your ‘Top 5’ favourite things that aren’t books, I’d love to check them out (especially if one of them involves a YouTube channel- like I said, I’m in a deep, dark hole on that front). Do you love Castle on the Hill as much as I do? Or do you prefer Shape of You?

2017 Debuts (YA): https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/88440.YA_Debuts_2017

T5W: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/118368-top-5-wednesday

emilyp0tter
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JANUARY WRAP-UP | 2017

Hello everyone! Today I’m here to share with you all of the books that I read in the month of January. Now, somehow I managed to read a total of 10 books this month which I think is the most I’ve ever read within one month in a very long time.

I read pretty wildly this month, from paperbacks to hardbacks, e-books and even an audiobook. I read some new-to-me books as well as an old favourite, some books that I absolutely loved and some that were just okay to me.

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
4 out of 5 stars

The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #2) by Rick Riordan
3 out of 5 stars

Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5.5) by Rick Riordan 3 out of 5 stars

Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (Pottermore Presents, #3) by J.K Rowling
4 out of 5 stars

Addicted To You (Addicted, #1) by Krista and Becca Ritchie
3.75 out of 5 stars

The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3) by Marie Lu
4.75 out of 5 stars

Am I Normal Yet? (The Spinster Club, #1) by Holly Bourne
4.5 out of 5 stars

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
4 out of 5 stars

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare
4.5 out of 5 stars

Saga (Saga, #1) by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
4 out of 5 stars

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Let me know down below what books you managed to read in January, and which was your favourite. My favourites were definitely Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne and The Midnight Star by Marie Lu. I’m so looking forward to reading the rest of the Spinster Club series next month, and I’m definitely satisfied with the conclusion of the Young Elites series.

Also let me know what you’re most looking forward to reading in the month of February!

emilyp0tter
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SERIES I STARTED, CONTINUED & FINISHED | 2016

Hello everyone! Today I’m here to share with you all the series that I started, continued and finished in the year 2016. Now, when you read these lists you may become a little bit confused but let me explain. There will be a lot of repeats between these lists. I started a lot of series in 2016, I continued a lot of series in 2016 and I also finished a lot of series in 2016. Some series I started and continued, some I started and finished entirely, some I continued as well as finished in 2016, and some I merely continued in 2016 and that’s it. So, there will be some repetition here but I hope that I’ve explained this well enough so that you won’t be confused

So, without any further explanation here are all of the series I started, continued and/or finished in 2016:

SERIES I STARTED:

The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski

Fever by Karen Marie Moning 

Harry Potter (Illustrated) by J.K Rowling (Illustrated by Jim Kay)

Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Star Wars Illustrated Novels

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event by Mark Millar, Steven McNiven, Dexter Vines and Morry Hollowed

The Androma Saga by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

Deathnote by Tsugumi Ohba, Yuki Kowalski and Takeshi Obata

The Selection by Keira Cass

Pottermore Presents by J.K. Rowling

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima – DNF

The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff – DNF

Addicted by Krista and Becca Ritchie – DNF (I finished this one in 2017)

SERIES I FINISHED:

The Infernal Devices (Manga) by Cassandra Clare and Hye-Kyung Baek

Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare and Robin Wasserman

The Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The Selection by Keira Cass

SERIES I CONTINUED:

Fever by Karen Marie Moning 

The Infernal Devices (Manga) by Cassandra Clare and Hye-Kyung Baek

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Young Elites by Marie Lue

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Pottermore Presents by J.K. Rowling

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – DNF

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan – DNF (I finished this one in 2017)

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So there we have it! Let me know the series that you started, continued and/or finished in 2016, and which you loved or didn’t love. I’d love to know 🙂

emilyp0tter
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STAND-ALONES I READ & ‘DID NOT FINISH IN 2016

Hello everyone! Today I’m here to share with you all the stand-alone novels that I read in 2016, as well as the stand-alone novels that I did not finish (i.e. ‘DNF’d’) in 2016. I didn’t read as many stand-alone novels as I would have liked to last year, so I’m hoping that in 2017 I can get the number up a little bit higher. Nevertheless, some of those that I read were absolute stand-outs, and I can’t wait to share them with you all.

STAND-ALONES I READ:

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden

Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

Too Late by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and J.K. Rowling

Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

November Nine by Colleen Hoover

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

Simon vs The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (The Original Screenplay) by J.K. Rowling

STAND-ALONES I DNF-‘D:

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

SHORT STORIES I READ:

The Staff of Serapis by Rick Riordan

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover

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So there they are! The stand-alone novels that I read (and did not finish) in 2016. Let me know which you finished last year, and if any of them are the same as mine.

emilyp0tter
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Most Anticipated Movie Releases | 2017

Hello everyone! Today I’m here to share with you all some of my most anticipated movie releases of 2017! There are 15 on the list today, but trust me there are so many more that I’m eager to see, some of which I’ve actually already seen in theatres (so don’t panic if a favourite of yours i.e. La La Land isn’t on here, I’ve already seen it and loved it). I’ve included the Australian release date for all of these movies, as well as the director and some featured actors and actresses.

So here’s my list:

Lion
Release Date (AUS): January 19
Directed By: Garth Davis
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara
Run Time: 118 minutes

Patriot’s Day
Release Date (AUS): February 2
Directed By: Peter Berg
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons
Run Time: 133 minutes

YU-GI-OH!: The Dark Side of Dimensions
Release Date (AUS): February 2
Directed By: Satoshi Kuwabara
Starring: Shunsuke Kazaa, Kenjiro Tsuda, Runa Endo
Run Time: 130 minutes

Hidden Figures
Release Date (AUS): February 16
Directed By: Theodore Melfi
Starring: Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson
Run Time: 127 minutes

Jasper Jones
Release Date (AUS): March 2
Directed By: Rachel Perkins
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Toni Collette, Angourie Rice
Run Time: TBA

A Monster Calls
Release Date (AUS): March 9
Directed By: J.A. Bayona
Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones
Run Time: 108 minutes

Beauty and the Beast
Release Date (AUS): March 23
Directed By: Bill Condon
Starring: Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor, Dan Stevens
Run Time: TBA

A Dog’s Purpose
Release Date (AUS): April 6
Directed By: Lasse Hallstrom
Starring: Britt Robertson, Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid
Run Time: 120 minutes

Before I Fall
Release Date (AUS): April 13
Directed By: Ry Russo-Young
Starring: Zoey Deutch, Jennifer Beals, Elena Kampouris
Run Time: 99 minutes

Gifted
Release Date (AUS): April 27
Directed By: Marc Webb
Starring: Jenny Slate, Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer
Run Time: TBA

Wonder Woman
Release Date (AUS): June 1
Directed By: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot, Robin Wright, Chris Pine
Run Time: TBA

Spiderman: Homecoming
Release Date (AUS): July 6
Directed By: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Donald Glover, Roberty Downey Jr.
Run Time: TBA

Dunkirk
Release Date (AUS): July 20
Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles
Run Time: TBA

Thor: Ragnarok
Release Date (AUS): November 3
Directed By: Taika Waititi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch
Run Time: TBA

Star Wars: Episode VIII
Release Date (AUS): December 14
Directed By: Rian Johnson
Starring: Carrie Fisher, Tom Hardy, Daisy Ridley
Run Time: TBA

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What movies are you most anticipating this year? I’d loved to know 🙂

emilyp0tter
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2016 READING STATISTICS

Hello everyone! Today I’m here to share with you all my 2016 reading statistics! At the end of each year, Goodreads compiles all of the books marked as ‘read’ (in that same year) and comes up with a neat list of reading statistics. I think this is a really neat and fun way to reflect and look back on your year of reading, and to see which book(s) stood out the most.

A lot of people I know manage their own reading statistics and have a much more varied spreadsheet at the end of each year, but for me personally I’m happy enough to stick with what Goodreads gives me. So, here are my 2016 reading statistics:

Books Read (Total): 64

Pages Read (Total): 19, 488

Shortest Book: Pale Kings and Princes (Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy, #6) by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman

Longest Book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling

Average Length: 309 pages

Most Popular: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling

Least Popular: A New Hope – The Princess, The Scoundrel and the Farm Boy (Star Wars Illustrated Novels, #1) by Alexandra Bracken

My Average Rating: 4.2 stars

Highest Rated on Goodreads: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling (Illustrated by Jim Kay) (4.89 average)

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So those are my 2016 reading statistics! If you have a Goodreads account please feel free to leave a link to it down below, I’d love to check it out! How was your 2016 reading year?

emilyp0tter
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GOLDEN GLOBES 2017 | BEST DRESSED

Hello everyone! Today I’m here to share with you all some of my favourite looks from this year’s Golden Globe Awards. Now I know that the Golden Globes was more than a week ago, but to be honest I’m still reeling from such an eventful and exciting night. So many of my favourite actors and actresses were honoured and awarded for their work, and it was so nice to see all of them in the same room together. It was a night of celebration and of fashion of course, so here are some of my favourite dresses from the famous Golden Globes red carpet.

Lily Collins

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Mandy Moore

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Anna Kendrick

Sofia Vergara at The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in LA

Jessica Biel

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Sarah Hyland

The 2017 InStyle And Warner Bros. 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party - Red Carpet

Emma Stone

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Sophie Turner

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Maisie Williams

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Blake Lively

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Hailee Steinfeld

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Let me know down below in the comments who you think was immaculately dressed at this year’s Golden Globe Awards. There were so many lovely dresses as well as pant suits and tuxedos, but these 10 are definitely my ‘stand out’ looks of 2017.

emilyp0tter
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TOP 5 WEDNESDAY | 2017 DEBUTS [JANUARY 11]

Hello everyone! I’m here today to share another ‘Top 5 Wednesday’. This week’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is ‘2017 Debuts You Are Excited For’, which I’m actually super excited about. It’s no secret- and be honest- that a lot of them, we can fall into the trap of sticking to the same routine authors that we already know and love, and so we ignore new and upcoming authors and their work. Especially in YA, where there seems to be an endless number of trilogies and series (especially in the genre of Fantasy), this happens to me a lot, and in 2017 I’d really like to give some new authors a chance. The authors that I’ve chosen for this topic are in no particular order, as I obviously haven’t read from any of them before and so I feel it would be wrong to order them in any sort of way.

This topic is so important, and it gives us all the opportunity to discuss some upcoming authors and to also showcase their work. I’m an avid watcher of book-related videos on Youtube, and so I’ve heard about many 2017 debut authors, and the ones that I’ve chosen for this topic are only a small look into just how many there are.

I’ll leave a link to a Goodreads page down below where you can check out some more 2017 debut authors. There may be some hidden gems in there just waiting to be read! I’ll also have the link to the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads group down below, and thank you again to the creators and managers of Top 5 Wednesday.

Caraval (Caraval, #1) – Stephanie Garber
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Page No.: 416
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27883214-caraval

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From what I’ve heard about this book from trusted reviewers, Caraval has been advertised as The Night Circus meets Laini Taylor, and while I haven’t read The Night Circus or any of Laini Taylor’s work, the concept intrigues me so much. Essentially, Caraval follows the story of sisters Scarlett and Tella, who for their entire lives have dreamed of attending Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance that engages its audience and leaves its audience awestruck. However, when Scarlett’s long-dreamt invitation to Caraval finally arrives, she soon starts to question if the show is what she thought it would be. When the organiser of Caraval kidnaps Tella and announces that whoever finds her is the winner of the show, Scarlett truly begins to wonder whether everything about Caraval is really just a performance.

Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1) – Elly Blake
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Little Brown
Page No.: 384
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27827203-frostblood

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I’ve been craving a Fantasy novel like Frostblood for a while now, and I’m so highly anticipated its release. Frostblood follows the life of 17-year-old Ruby, a fireblood who must hide her abilities from the ruling and cruel frostbloods, that threaten to destroy all that is left of the firebloods. However, when Ruby’s mother is killed, she agrees to help a rag-tag group of rebellious firebloods to kill the rampaging frostblood King. Frostblood tells the story of Ruby as she tries to understand and control her abilities as she becomes a more important player in the game to kill the King- a position that Ruby feels exceed her desire to avenger her mother’s murder. But these plans are quickly soiled when Ruby is instead captured by the King himself, and forced to compete in the King’s tournament that pits fireblood prisoners against well-trained and blood-thirsty frostblood champions.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page No.: 464
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32075671-the-hate-u-give

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The Hate U Give is one of the most important and relevant books I think I’ve ever heard of, and it hasn’t even been released yet. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate U Give follows the story of 16-year-old Starr who lives caught between two worlds: the poor neighbourhood in which she was born and raised, and the lavish high school that she attends in the suburbs. However, when Starr becomes the one and only witness to the fatal shooting of her best friend Khalil by a police officer, whatever Starr says (or chooses not to say) could destroy one or both of her worlds. This book has already been optioned for film, with the rights for it sold to Fox Studios, and is set to star Amanda Sternberg (most renowned for her role as Rue in the Hunger Games franchise).

The Edge of Everything – Jeff Giles
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Page No.: 368
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22296822-the-edge-of-everything

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Of all of the books I’ve listed here, this is the one I probably know the least about. However, I’ve heard wonderful things about this book and once I heard the premise of it I knew I had to read it. The Edge of Everything follows 17-year-old Zoe and X, a bounty hunter sent from a hell called the Lowlands to claim souls. When Zoe’s father suddenly dies in a caving accident, and her neighbours mysteriously disappear, her and her brother are attacked in the woods, and saved by none other than X, who’s forbidden to reveal who and what he is to anyone but his victims. However, X wants to cast this rule aside for Zoe, but the differences between them threaten to tear them apart.

A List of Cages – Robin Roe
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Page No.: 320
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25613472-a-list-of-cages

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I’ve seen countless reviews about A List of Cages on YouTube and 100% of them have been incredibly positive, so much so that I’m forcing my brother to buy this book for me and bring it back to Australia when he travels to the US later this month. A List of Cages has been compared to and recommended for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, and I absolutely adored that book and so this is definitely high on my radar. A List of Cages follows two lead male perspectives, Adam and Julian, who were once foster brothers but who haven’t seen each other in over five years. However, when Adam takes up an elective in his senior year of high school to serve as an aide to the school psychologist, he’s reunited with Julian and learns that his once foster brother has new secrets, and Adam becomes more determined than ever to help him- even if it might cost both of them their lives.

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2017 Debuts (YA): https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/88440.YA_Debuts_2017

T5W: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/118368-top-5-wednesday

emilyp0tter
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resolutions | 2017

Hello everyone! Today I thought I would share with you all some of my 2017 resolutions and goals. Now, unlike most people that I know 2016 actually wasn’t that much of a disaster for me personally. The world lost a lot of great people and a lot of other bad things happened environmentally, socially, politically etc., but I think I accomplished a lot of incredible things in 2016. However, that being said, from December last year I’ve had this weird feeling in my stomach that 2017 is going to be my year (excuse how disgustingly cliche that sounds). The end of last year bought with it the end of a lot of things in my life, most importantly the end of my undergraduate university degree, so 2017 will serve as the starting line for a lot of exciting and new things. I have a lot that I want to do in 2017, both academically and personally, so I thought I would share 5 of my resolutions and goals for this upcoming year. I hope that it’s a great one for all of us.

1. P O S T G R A D U A T E  S T U D Y

For those of you who don’t know, I graduated from university on 14 December 2016 with a Bachelor of Psychology and Criminology from RMIT University. Without a doubt that was one of the greatest and most satisfying accomplishments of my entire life. I graduated with distinction (or ‘honours’, depending on where you’re from), and that propelled me forward into being accepted into post-graduate study for 2017. I’ll be starting my post-graduate diploma in Psychology in March of 2017, and I know that the workload will be a lot more intense and research-focused than the entirety of my undergraduate degree, but I feel extremely ready and capable to tackle this challenge. I’ll be completing my studies at a different university than RMIT, and surprisingly this doesn’t scare me at all. If you’d asked 17-year-old Emily who was just about to enter into university for the first time, she’d be mortified at the idea of having to drive to a university that’s almost 40 minutes out of town, but almost 21-year-old Emily is ready for a change in scenery.

I know that I’ll get a lot out of this one year of an intense workload, and although I’m a little nervous about having completely new classmates, classes, tutors, lecturers, professors etc., I know that I need to put myself out there in order to get the most out of my time. I made so many wonderful friends throughout my undergraduate degree, and I know that I’ll be able to find some really great new friends this year too. Where my undergraduate degree consisted of more than 200 people, my post-graduate diploma has less than 100, and so being surrounded by a close-knit community of like-minded and motivated classmates will really help me both in my academic life, but also in my social life. 

2. I N T E R N S H I P

The day after I graduated from university I had an interview for one of the most exciting internship positions that I’ve come across. On 5 January 2017 I was officially offered a position with Headspace as a part of their Youth Mental Health Advocacy Group, which I will be starting in less than two weeks time. This position lasts the entire year, and I’m so excited to be starting this journey while also continuing on with my studies in psychology. The Youth Advocacy Group proposes, organises, manages and carries out a whole range of activities for the young people who attend Headspace, as well other side projects. Although I haven’t yet met the other members of the YAG, I know that they must be just as passionate and just as motivated about psychology and mental health as I am, and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together throughout 2017.

I’ve never been the best at time management, and so completing an internship alongside an intense post-graduate and research workload won’t be easy, but I’m going to have to teach myself how to manage my time more efficiently this year. I’m equally excited about my internship as I am for going back to university, and so I have to find that balance between the two of them to get the most out of both. I’ve never had an internship before and so I want to dedicate so much of myself to it this year. I’m so ready and willing to jump right into anything that the YAG proposes, and to hone the skills I’ve developed throughout my undergraduate degree. This field is one that I care so much about and have been affected by personally, and so my passion for mental health- particularly among young people- is so important to me, and a subject that I think deserves a lot more recognition and awareness. That’s what I hope to accomplish foremost at Headspace in 2017.

3. W R I T I N G

It’s no secret at all that I almost completely abandoned Little Talks in 2016 (and 2015 as well, let’s be honest here), and that makes me so sad. I’ve loved writing since I was 11 years old, and the fact that I have such a wonderful platform to express my opinions and display my writing and I’m not utilising it as much as I could be? That makes me even more sad. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I want to make this year the year that I really make the most of Little Talks. I want to review more books and more movies, show you what I’ve been loving and hating in recent months, what TV shows I’m currently obsessed with and which authors I’ve recently discovered. I want to use this platform for so much more, and to just use it so much more overall, and that’s not going to happen unless I knuckle down and just do it.

4. L E A R N  G R E E K

When I started kindergarten at the tender age of 3 I couldn’t speak English particularly well. My entire family is Greek- both of my parents, all four of my grandparents etc.- and so I was literally raised to speak Greek, but over the years (i.e. since I was 3 and now that I’m almost 21) I’ve retained next to nothing of the language. I can say the alphabet, can mostly understand my parents and grandparents when they speak Greek and can use the most basic phrases such as ‘yes’, ’no’, ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome’, but other than that my knowledge of the language is dismal at best. So naturally I really want to start re-learning the language again in 2017, not just because it’s cool to speak more than one language and because it looks good on your CV, but because without it, I won’t be able to communicate with my grandparents as well as I’d like to. Of my four grandparents, only one can speak English to a decent extent, so I think it would be a lot easier for me to learn Greek rather than force them to speak English on my account.

I’d also love to travel to Greece at some point in my life, and although English is now widely spoken throughout Greece by most people, I’d still love to be able to travel over there and be able to communicate properly and in the traditional language. I have a lot of family that live in Greece, and it kind of scares me to think that if I ever see them while I’m over there, our time together would become awkward and full of basic hand gestures. So, I’m enlisting the help all of my relatives for this resolution in 2017.

5. M O R E  R E S P O N S I B I L I T Y

I want 2017 to be the year that I become a lot more responsible, financially, socially, around the house, and in every other way you can think. I like to think that I’m a pretty responsible person already, but there are a lot of adult purchases that I want to make during this upcoming year, and a few other adult things I’d like to save up for, including a holiday that I’d like to go on in 2018. In 2017 I’m going to have to be a lot more responsible with my time anyway, what with managing school, a social life, my internship, family time, reading, writing, exercising etc., so I think I should be able to fit in some other responsibilities too. In particular, I’d love to help my parents out some more around the house and my mum on days that she decides to work from home, and I’d also like to help my cousin out some more by babysitting her children. I think it would be nice to give her some time alone with her husband, or for her to have a day to herself even, so I’d definitely like to be around some more for my family in 2017.

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So, there they are, my five (main) resolutions for 2017. I really hope that this year I’m able to really focus on all of these resolutions, and that at the end of the year I’m able to say that I accomplished each and every one of them.

Let me know what your 2017 resolutions are down below, and until next time …

emilyp0tter
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