Hufflepuff Inspired Fashion

For the Character Inspired Outfit of the week I have decided to create a Hufflepuff inspired outfit, which was a great stress reliever after finishing my assignments. So, hopefully if you decide to cosplay as a Hufflepuff you can use this outfit as a guideline. Which house would you like to be featured next week? Ravenclaw, Gryffindor or Slytherin?

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Retro dress
£16 –

Aéropostale button cardigan
£18 –

£11 –

Rocket Dog flat shoes
£22 –

Yellow purse
£2,260 –

Charm bracelet
£35 –

Opi nail polish

Opi nail polish
£4.32 –

Character Spotlight: Heidi

So apologies for the late update, anyhow the character who will be featuring in this week’s character spotlight is Heidi from Along for the Ride which is the book I reviewed on Tuesday. Unlike the other characters who have been featured here, Along for the Ride is a standalone book and not a series, but there are many great reasons why Heidi (Auden’s stepmother) should receive more credit than she gets.

Heidi mayn’t be the main character in the novel but she plays a prominent role in the story. So what makes Heidi such a good character?

  • At the very start of the novel Auden is reading an email from her stepmother Heidi, who seems very enthusiastic at the thought of Auden spending the summer with her and Auden’s father. Throughout the novel we are reminded by how she genuinely makes an effort to get on with Auden.
  • Half way through the novel when she has an argument with Auden’s father, and when Auden’s father questions why Auden is staying with them, Heidi ends up defending Auden.
  • She is the sole caregiver of a new born, because let’s face it Auden’s father doesn’t do anything to help her in anyway.
  • She learns from her mistakes and changes, when Auden learns about Heidi’s history we learn about how she changed as a person.
  • She somehow finds time to organise the Beach Bash, as well as look after Thisbe and make sure that her business stays afloat.
  • She has her own business, and she makes an effort to make sure that her employees are paid on time.
  • Although she may’ve lost the battle for her child’s name (Thisbe) she fought hard enough to ensure that her second name was vaguely normal (Caroline) which was more than Auden’s mother achieved.

So there you have it, seven reasons why you will love Heidi from Along from the Ride, so why don’t you pick up the book and give it a go and discover why Heidi is such an underrated character!

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Hey everyone, and this week for my review of the week I will be reviewing Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen. First off, I would like to mention that I love Sarah Dessen books (or at least the one’s I have read) and Along for the Ride would probably be my second favourite after Just Listen.

If you are looking for the perfect book to read during a lazy summer at the beach then you’ve found the book; Auden the main character is spending the summer with her father, step mother and step-sister and the story follows her summer as she prepares for college (or University).

The only problem I had with this book was the plot; the plot followed the same cookie cutter mould as all of Sarah Dessen’s books. The girl meets a boy, they fall in love, something happens and the girl pushes the boy away and each book finishes with the girl and the boy reuniting.

The main character is Auden whom I liked despite her social incompetence, what I liked about her is that Sarah Dessen made her more likeable by giving her flaws i.e. Auden is quick to make judgements on others and she has a tendency to push people away. Side note: I seem to prefer characters whose flaws are clearly defined since that makes them more relatable.

One thing that I really enjoyed about this book was even though I didn’t particularly like Auden or her parents at the beginning of the novel, however by the end of the novel I really liked Auden as a character due to how her character develops over the course of the book.

Of course as with any Sarah Dessen book the highlight of this book is the characters; even if you read the book and you don’t particularly like Auden there’s bound to be another character you do like, for me this was the characterisations of Maggie and Heidi.

My favourite character was Heidi; Auden’s step-mother, Heidi has just given birth to Thisbe; Auden’s stepsister yet she still tries her best to make sure that Auden gets to spend some quality time with her dad.

Another character I liked was Maggie; whilst she may seem like a typical girly girl at first (Auden is quick to judge based off the office of the shop) we slowly learn that there is more to a person than just by the way they look. She is smart like Auden, only Auden chooses not to see this when they first meet once again illustrating how Auden is quick to judge.

Also another reason why I love reading Sarah Dessen’s books is that they are all set in the same universe, i.e. in Along for the Ride Jason makes an appearance (he is Macy’s old boyfriend from ‘The truth about Forever’) so it’s quite fun to find links between all the different books.

Overall I would give this book 4/5 stars, due to the wonderful characterizations, however I would mark it down one star due to the repetitive formula that is used in most of Sarah Dessen’s books

Character Inspired Outfit: Eden

Hello everyone, and welcome to my new weekly blog posts: character inspired outfits, every week I will be posting a different outfit inspired by a character from a book series. This week the character I have chosen is Eden who is the main protagonist from the Did I Mention I Love You trilogy.


Also make sure to decorate your converse with lyrics on the rubber like Eden does.

Get the outfit here 

Character Spotlight: Mags

First of all I want to apologise for the fact that there was no Character Spotlight post on Friday- I went on holiday with my family. So, without further ado here is the next installment of the Character Spotlight posts: Mags from the Hunger Games trilogy.

Mags is one of my favourite characters in the series even though she only appears in the one book (Catching Fire), I can only hope that one day Suzanne Collins will write a novel about Mags and District Four. I think as soon as I read the scene where Katniss, Haymitch and Peeta are talking about the reapings I fell in love with Mags. Here is just a few of the reasons why:

  1. Mags won the 11th Hunger Games and she would therefore have been alive during the Dark Days making her one of the few characters who was alive before the Hunger Games began (the other being President Snow).
  2. She mentors a young Finnick Odair who later wins the Hunger Games, and according to the book she is ‘half his family.’
  3. She volunteers for Annie Cresta at the 75th Hunger Games, even though she knows that she’ll probably die in the Games and she’ll have to face her former student Finnick during the Games.
  4. She shows Katniss how to make a fish hook, this and the fact that she volunteered for Annie helps her form an alliance between District Four and Twelve.
  5. She (and Finnick) also make bowls and a hut in the Arena to hold the water from the spile.
  6. And most importantly of all, during the fog she sacrifices herself and walks into the fog so that Peeta, Katniss and Finnick could live.

So, there you go, hope you enjoyed this post and please stay tuned for new updates, also please recommend and suggests characters you would like featured!

Book Inspired Fashion

Hello everyone! I’m very pleased to announce that on Sunday I will be starting a new addition to this blog: Book inspired fashion, this is where I will be posting Polyvore created outfits inspired by our favourite characters! So stay tuned for the first installment coming this Sunday, although don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the weekly ‘Character Spotlight’ post. 🙂

For those of you who don’t already know here is my updating schedule:

Sunday- Character inspired fashion.

Tuesday- Weekly review.

Every other Friday- Character Spotlight

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The Jewel by Amy Ewing

Hello everyone! Hope you have all had a great week, and to make your week even better here’s another weekly review. This week I’m going to be reviewing ‘The Jewel’ by Amy Ewing.

The Jewel is the first in yet another YA dystopian trilogy, don’t get me wrong; I love dystopian novels but lately to me they’ve been a bit like marmite; I either seem to love them or hate them, and sadly for me The Jewel for me fell into the latter category.

I bought this book on iBooks, and despite the fact that I didn’t have a physical copy of the book I still felt drawn to the beautiful cover that reminded me of The Selection series by Keira Cass (to a casual observer you could easily mistake the Jewel as another book in the Selection series). Anyway, despite the lovely cover before reading it I was partly worried that it would be a bit too similar to the Selection series judging by the similar covers.

The novel started off very well; the main character is Violet (who has violet eyes a fact that we are constantly reminded of throughout the book) and she is going to lose her identity when she is sold at the Auction.

In this dystopian world, the rich can’t have kids, so they auction off surrogates to carry their children, the surrogates also have magic powers such as helping the baby grow and changing what the baby looks like. I couldn’t help but be intrigued by this dystopian world as we follow Violet through the auction, where she has her own stylists (whom I’d probably like if he didn’t remind me so much of Cinna from the Hunger Games).

It was only after Violet has been bought and she lives with the Duchess that I began to lose interest in the book. First of all a good portion of the book is made up of Violet describing her dresses and other people’s dresses and secondly for the first half of the book Violet doesn’t seem to do anything; all she does is wander around the house doing whatever she likes.

Another thing that made this YA dystopian novel stand out to me was that for the first half of the book there was no love interest for the first half of the novel. However my problem with the Jewel was that when the love interest was introduced Violet instantly fell in love with him, and he was all she would think about which kind of made me dislike Violet even more. If there is a love interest then I only enjoy the relationship if they build a relationship before confessing their love straight away.

Something that annoyed me was that at the beginning I had lots of questions about the dystopian world such as why couldn’t the rich have kids, why did Violet and her friends have magic powers? And throughout the book I was asking more and more questions, the annoying thing? At the end of the book, I had loads of questions and no answers…

However the book does improve by the end of the novel and there is finally some action, however it finishes on a cliff hanger which partly wants me to read the second novel to see if it is any improvement on the first…

Rating: 2/5