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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Hufflepuff

 


Retro dress
£16 – newlook.com

Aéropostale button cardigan
£18 – aeropostale.com

Socks
£11 – dailylook.com

Rocket Dog flat shoes
£22 – 6pm.com

Yellow purse
£2,260 – runway2street.com

Charm bracelet
£35 – amazon.com

Opi nail polish
nelly.com

Opi nail polish
£4.32 – overstock.com

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.

DIMILYEden

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

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

I seem to be on a roll when it comes to reading Rainbow Rowell books (three books by the same author in the past month is something of a record for me). However unlike Eleanor and Park and Fangirl Landline is aimed at an adult audience (although bizarrely it was in the YA section in Waterstones).

Anyway I’m a big fan of Eleanor and Park and Fangirl and although Landline was a great book in its own right it didn’t live up to my expectations. Although I hasten to add that I had very high (and probably unrealistic) expectations of this book.

I wouldn’t consider myself to be an expert on adult fiction (although I do enjoy reading Jenny Colgan and Carol Matthew’s books), I prefer to stick to the YA section of the library. But what better way to start reading adult (namely chick-lit) novels than to start with an author whose books I’ve already started reading?

I’ll be honest, I was losing interest in the book towards the very end because it seemed like all Georgie did was complain about her marriage and I felt like she was giving up on her career as well as her marriage. How is talking to your twenty-two year old husband on a magic telephone supposed to help anyone?

On a positive ending I did like the plot that she can speak to her twenty-two year old husband on a magic telephone, but my lack of interest in the characters meant that I rapidly lost interest in the book.

However admittedly I did enjoy the cliché ending (namely because she was doing something for a change) and the appearance of Cath and Levi (or two random people if you haven’t read Fangirl) was quite a nice ending. Although when I first read it I totally missed the fact that it was Cath and Levi (at this point I just wanted to finish the book), so that was a nice surprise when I re-read the chapter.

I would give this book around 3/5, it’s a good book with an original plot however I feel like the characters let this book down.

Also, side note why is it that every adult book I read that the main character is either an author, journalist or someone with a really cool job? I’m waiting to read a book where the main character is a computer scientist or something…

Character Spotlight: Fleur Delacour

Fleur Delacour (Harry Potter)

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the ‘Character Spotlight’ section of Climbing Inside books, and today the character that I think is one of the most understood and underappreciated is Fleur Delacour from the Harry Potter series. Fleur first appears in the Goblet of Fire as the champion for the Beauxbatons Academy of Magic in the Triwizard tournament.

But what makes Fleur so awesome as a character?

  1. She loves Bill, many people (namely Ginny and Molly) believe that she only marries Bill because he’s handsome. However during the battle at the end of the Half-Blood prince he is badly scarred, and despite this she still marries him.
  2. When she first starts dating Bill, she gets a job and tries hard to improve her English, but she still had to deal with Mrs Weasly, Ginny and Hermione who were incredibly against her and had clearly stereotyped her as a dumb blonde.
  3. She risks her life when she Polyjuiced herself into Harry at the beginning of the Battle of Hogwarts.
  4. She also takes in the trio, Luna and Griphook and she and Bill made their home a safe place for them.

Things people forget about Fleur Delacour:

  • She fought alongside the Order in the Battle of Hogwarts.
  • She loved Bill unconditionally.
  • She really loved her sister- in the second task the person she cares about most is her younger sister. This shows that she is fiercely protective of her loved ones especially when we see how pleased she is when Harry saves her sister.
  • She worked for Gringotts.
  • She’s also pretty talented especially at charms, in the first task she used a sleeping enchantment and the Aguamenti charm and in the second task she used a bubble head charm.
  • She cared about Harry as a person.
  • She never forgot that Harry saved her sister during the second task.

And so here are just a few of reasons why Fleur Delacour is awesome, and more people need to recognise her awesomeness and the important part she plays in the series especially in the latter books.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Hey everyone, so far today has been a good day, it was the refreshers trade fair at my University today so I got a lot of free stuff and treated myself to toffee flavoured tea (which is very nice) and I may or may not have accidentally signed up to be an organ donor. After my fun-filled antics at the trade fair I felt inspired to write a review for the book I only just finished; the Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

Unlike many other books which I generally chose because I knew authors or the fact that it was recommended by authors I like, I chose ‘the Naturals’ completely at random. Although it has been recommended by Ally Carter (author of the Gallagher girls) whose books I used to love. It is primarily a novel about spies and the FBI, something I haven’t read a lot of recently; although I remember devouring the Gallagher Girls and the Alex Rider series when I was younger.

For the first few-hundred pages I was captivated by this novel, however towards the end of the book I began to lose interest, mainly because I wasn’t overly keen on the main character and partly because it was yet another YA book with a love triangle. Have I ever mentioned how much I’m beginning to hate love triangles in YA? (Unless they’re written well and add something more to the book that is).

The characters were okay, however I felt like their special abilities (i.e Lia’s ability to detect lies and Michael’s ability to read emotions) were neglected after they were introduced, I think Lia was a good character who was sadly a background character for the majority of the book. I would’ve liked to have seen more of Sloane, especially when she’s not sprouting out statistics and facts; it would’ve been nice if she had a personality, or maybe if her kleptomania was used at some point in the book (otherwise what is the point of mentioning it?) Michael was a good character and I liked the fact that he was an emotion reader which I found really interesting.

Also I found the love triangle was somewhat forced in the book, I feel it was there mainly because love triangles are so popular in YA books.

Some areas of the book dragged on, and we don’t get to the real climax of the story until about 200 pages in, and even though the end captivated my attention I felt like it was rushed and I found myself missing bits of the story and having to reread it again so as not to miss anything.

The plot is of course very implausible, but I think it was quite a clever plot; the FBI hiring people who had natural instincts and training them to help them in cases in the future. I just wish that more of the book focused on the murders, instead of the predictable love triangle between Michael, Cassie and Dean which was kind of wedged in the middle of the book.

Overall I enjoyed the book, even though I thought the beginning dragged on for too long and the ending was rushed. However I did like the mystery and  some of the characters, all I can say is that I’m glad I didn’t give up on this book, otherwise I would’ve missed the ending which was undoubtedly the best part. To conclude I’d give it 3/5 stars.