Monday, 20 March 2017

Chaos Walking trilogy (Patrick Ness) review

Hey guys! So I am back with another book review. I have decided to try and post at least one book review a month! I actually finished this trilogy last night (Friday night) and I really wanted to write this review even though I won't be uploading this until my usual posting day, Monday. If you saw my what I got for my 20th birthday post you would have seen I received a load of Patrick Ness books from my boyfriend. After reading a Monster Calls last year I wanted to read more of his books! I read and reviewed "More than this" last month, you can read the review here.

"Tom Hewitt is the last boy in Prentisstown. But Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in a constant, overwhelming never ending noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Or are there? Just a month before the birthday that will make him a man, Todd unexpectedly stumbles upon a spot of silence. Which is impossible. Prentisstown has been lying to him, and now he's going to have to run." 

As a whole, I loved this trilogy! I was a little worried it would be too young for me, I would say it's probably aimed for about 12+ age whereas More Than This I would say is more YA. I would say this is so good for anyone of any ages and I will definitely be passing it into my mum to let her to read! All three books are really fast pace and they are all hard to put down. I will say that for me I thought the first book started a little slowly, it takes a while to get used to and to work out what's happening. I loved the concept overall, I love futuristic books and just like More Than This, this book is set in the future.

Patrick Ness is such an amazing writer, he's probably my favourite writer at the moment but he's a writer you can't really trust! In that, throughout these books, I had no idea what was going to happen! The plot twists are so difficult to second guess and I do love that but I was so scared for my favourite characters as I do not trust him to give a happy ending! Having said that I did like how the trilogy did end and I am so glad it didn't have a disappointing ending. These books are not exactly a light read, they're very dramatic and they made me cry a few times and I feared for the characters throughout the books. Ness is the king of cliffhangers and there were so many in these!

I really liked the characters in this trilogy, I thought they were very vivid and 3D. Ness does not use any description of the main characters, other than skin colours, he does not tell you what the characters look like which I guess is good, it allows you to imagine for yourself what the characters look like. Having said that, I do think that Viola could have been explored more throughout the books, Ness did not disclose what she was thinking and when he started to use her as a narrative in the second book, he just used her to tell what was happening, rather than her emotions. At least that's the impression I got. There were no annoying love story lines between the characters, you guys know how I feel about love in action books and I really liked how it wasn't explicitly talked about for the most part of this trilogy and focused more on the important storylines.

Overall I would really recommend these books for anyone of any ages! If you love dystopian futuristic style books you will love these. They were gripping and also quite gritty and I loved the topics Ness tackled too including misogyny, growing up, war, and his writing style is amazing and just gah. Yeah go give these books a read!
Have you read this trilogy? What do you think?
Lots of love,

Monday, 13 March 2017

My Netflix recommendations/ to watch list

Hey guys! So today's post is all about Netflix, my recommendations and what I want to watch! I am super stressed at the moment I have exams in a few months and three really big deadlines coming up in the next month or so too so I love just having some chilled out and relaxed time watching films and shows on Netflix. If you are like me and love relaxing and watching Netflix or are wondering what to watch next I think you will enjoy this post!

1) Gone girl.
If you haven't seen this film I would defo recommend it! I loved the book and read it about two or three years ago and I was so excited to see it on Netflix! One of the rare occasions where I think I enjoyed the film more than the book which is unusual for me! Either way I would go and check this out.

2) The D.U.F.F
This is such a fun light feel good film and it really makes me laugh! If you want a fun chick flick sort of film I would recommend this!

4) Fight Club
This is quite recent to Netflix and I shamefully have only seen this recently. This is a classic film and I loved it. I would really recommend going and watching this especially if you don't know the big twist!

5) Kingsman
So I talked about this film in my favourite film post I did absolutely ages ago and I still love it and they finally put it on Netflix! I love this film I could never get bored and would seriously go watch it!

1) Orange is the new black
So OITNB is my favourite show! I cannot wait for the new series and if you're looking for a new show to get into and wondered about this then go for it! I love it!

2) Stranger Things
I really enjoyed this series! While I'm not sure it was completely up the hype I really did love it and I would still recommend watching it.

3) Fresh Meat
I haven't finished this series yet but I am loving it so far, it's a good mix of funny and drama and I love anything with Jack Whitehall! It's all about a group of students starting uni for the first time and if you're looking for something new to watch I would recommend this.

So my to watch list is so long! But these are the TV shows on Netflix that I really want to start watching soon!
1) The Crown
2) Gilmore Girls
3) Skins
4) Jessica Jones

What films and shows do you like on Netflix?
Let me know I always want recommendations!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Monday, 6 March 2017

What's on my reading list?

Hey guys! Today I am doing a "what's on my reading list" post! I love reading and I love to get inspiration of what to read by reading other people's reading lists! I will end up reading a lot more books than these of course but my aim is to read all of these by the end of this year.

1) We were liars - E.Lockhart.
I have been wanting to read this for ages so i am defo going to finally get round to it. I don't know much about this book other than I have heard it's good to read it without knowing much so I am really excited to give it a go.

2) Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children- Ransom Riggs.
I know this came out as a film but I haven't seen the film yet but I thought the trailer looked amazing! I want to read it before I see the film. It looks pretty creepy and exciting.

3) The Rosie Project & The Rosie Effect- Don Tillman.
I've been fancying reading these two books for ages too but I've finally made it my aim to read them. There was quite a big hype about these a while ago so I know I'm quite late to read them!

4) My true love gave to me: 12 holiday series - Stephanie Perkins
This book is written by loads of different authors writing different stories and I love these kind of books! Christmas is a really long way off but I'm already planning on reading this book this holiday season!

5) My not so perfect life- Sophie Kinsella.
I have a confession... I have never read confessions of a shopaholick! I have read finding Audrey and remember not being its biggest fan actually. But I have heard so many good things about this book so I definitely want to read it this year! Hopefully one day I'll get round to reading the shopaholick series but it's not on my list at the moment.

I hope you enjoyed this post! If you guys liked it I might do another one of these once I've read some of these books and written an updated list! Have you guys read any of these books? What did you think?
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Monday, 27 February 2017

My February in pictures

Hey guys! Today I am doing a relaxed chatty what I've been up to in February/ my February in pictures. This month has been quite busy and I've been up to some really amazing things so I thought I'd show you through my pictures, in quite a similar way I used to do over on my life blog.

Firstly, as you guys know it was my birthday on the 5th of feb and I came home from uni for the weekend. On the train home I started reading "A little something different" which made such a lovely train read!
For my birthday weekend, I went for afternoon tea with my mum at Hotel Chocolate which I loved! It was so nice! Then later that day I went to jump arena with my boyfriend, friend and her boyfriend which was so much fun. In the evening they came back to my house and we played loads of games and had a good laugh!

On my actual birthday, I opened all my presents and had a lovely Sunday dinner with my family and picked out a cake, which was so yummy!
Unfortunately, I had to go back to uni on my birthday, back for a stats exam! I get the results back this week so fingers crossed.

After my stats exam was over I went out with my flatmates and had a lot of fun.
Then it was valentines day and me and my boyfriend celebrated by going to Annie's Burger Shack in Nottingham which was amazing, they have loads of cool burgers. I got a fajita burger and my boyfriend got a Sunday lunch burger which came with roasties and a Yorkshire pudding! After we went down to the bar underneath and they have board games and an old fashioned video game console there so we stayed for a drink and played some games which was lovely.
Later on in the month (The weekend just been) I went home again to see Cirque Du Soleil which was fantastic! I would recommend going to see it if you ever have the chance!

I also have some really exciting things coming up next month! Firstly, I am helping to run the @abunchofgirls twitter account so it would mean a lot if you went over and gave it a follow! Also I may be auditioning to be an extra in a film this month! It's a bit up in the air so I'll let you guys know how it goes over on my twitter (@ellie_smithxo). Another exciting thing is I'll be starting my volunteering this month, for a charity in Nottingham called Improving lives. I am quite nervous as I have my first shadowing session on Thursday. Finally, my boyfriend's band have their album launch this month that I am going home for so that will be nice!

I hope you enjoyed this post! What have you been up to? Do you have anything exciting coming up?
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Monday, 20 February 2017

Elysium MUA eye shadow palette review and swatch

Hey guys! Today's blog post is going to be a review and swatch of MUA's Elysium palette! If you read my what I got for my 20th birthday post you will have seen a received this from my friend for my birthday and I wanted to do a review of it. Also, can I just say, I'm writing this at 5 and it's light outside still I can't believe it! I love watching the nights stay lighter for longer and not waking up at 8 and it still being pitch black. I am so excited for summer. Anyway on with the review.

First of all, I really like the layout of the palette, kind of split into a "day" and "night" section which I think is the point but I love matching the colours. I love these colours too, my favourite two are the two browny matte crease colours in Charm and Refine they're so lovely for a transition or crease colour. I also love the dark pink colour Astral. The only colour I am not a fan of is the light pink colour Cherub as I don't find it as pigmented as the others (you'll see what I mean in the swatches) but the other ones are so pigmented and blend so well.

This palette also comes with an eyeliner and highlighter both of which seem really good. I prefer to highlight with a shadow and to eyeline with my Rimmel kohl but I still like it in this palette as it makes it really nice to travel with. You can create a lot of different looks with this palette too and it's been really fun to experiment with.

I have done some swatches of this palette, first of all the "day section"
From left to right, these are the colours Air, which you can barely see I could not get this to show up at all! Cherub which as you can see is very sheer, It's a pretty colour and I love shimmer eyeshadows but this is almost too shimmery and chunky, I think it would have to be used on top of a matte light pink colour instead as on its own on the lid it's too sheer and bitty! Next is Charm, Astral and Grace.

This is the "night" side of the palette! These colours are a lot darker so they can be seen more!
The first colour refine which I talked about earlier is probably my favourite colour in the whole palette such a lovely taupe brown that's almost a little purple. Then we have Entrance which is similar to Grace and I don't use this colour too much. Then Adore which is a nice deep purple and Smoke which is a matte black and is so useful to have in every palette! Finally, Seraphic which I obviously love! Although I haven't been wearing golds so much recently they'll always be my thing!

I Also thought I'd swatch the eyeliner and highlighter,
The eyeliner is a nice matte black and the highlighter is a champagne peachy colour! I like this more than if they'd included a brush, I never use the brushes palette come with and have so many flat brushes I never use so I like that they put this in instead!

I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you tried this palette? You can follow me on twitter @ellie_smithxo or instagram @littleblogsfromlittlepeople to find out when I post and more!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Monday, 13 February 2017

More Than This (Patrick Ness) book review

Hey guys! Today's post is a book review of "More Than This" by Patrick Ness. If you saw my what I got for my birthday post last week you will have seen I asked for lots of Patrick Ness books and straight away I had to jump into More Than This because I've been wanting to read it for a really long time! This review will include a few minor spoilers so if you don't want any spoilers I would not read this post! No major plot lines or twists are reviled though.

Seth wakes up in his childhood after having died and has absolutely no idea where he is but he's pretty sure he's in hell. It does seem like hell, there's no one around and not much food or water. He's covered in these strange tapes and covered in bruises. I love the premise of this book. It's so interesting and really keeps you on tenterhooks as you learn all about this strange world. I really liked the main character and I love how Patrick Ness keeps a lot of information from you at the beginning so you really feel like Seth, no idea where he is.

As the book develops you meet two more characters, Regine and Tomasz who are always show up at exactly the right time, nd who conveniently have all the answers something which Seth does comment on a lot. In fact, Seth often wonders if he's imagining this place and that's why he's always luckily saved. I think it's good in a way that Ness notices this fact, and actually comments on how contrived the story is to the point that he thinks he's imagining his own film. But it is almost like Ness can't help himself but make the story follow a "happy film like line" where the bad guys die and the good guys live.

In terms of emotions, I wouldn't say the book was happy or sad, it's somewhere in between. It has sad moments definitely and I love the flashbacks to Seth's previous life and of course the massive twists made me actually gasp out loud sometimes but they aren't exactly happy. The book does raise some really big questions about humanity and technology that I found really interesting and I would really recommend reading this.

I personally wasn't the biggest fan of the ending. It's quite ambiguous and kind of leaves it on a cliffhanger for you to make your own ending so to speak but I personally like a clean cut ending! But that's just personal choice, if you quite like those endings then you will really like this book. Despite not really liking the ending I loved this book and honestly it's so hard writing this review without spoiling some of the main points in this book they just want to explode out of me! It's just one you have to go out and read!

Have you read this? What did you think? I will be posting two times this week you lucky things so I will be back later this week. You can see what I get up to daily by following my twitter @ellie_smith or my Instagram @littleblogsfromlittlepeople.
Lots of love,
Eleanor x

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

What I got for my 20th birthday

Hey guys! Last sunday was my birthday and I turned the grand age of 20! It's really insane to think I'm not a teenager anymore! I had a lovely weekend which I went home for to spend time with my family. I wanted to show you guys what I got so I hope you enjoy!

Firstly, as you can see I got this lovely candle from my sister. It smells so good and I can't wait to burn it.

My main present was my pandora bracelt. I hummed and hawed about what I wanted for my birthday and I never really jumped on the pandora bandwagon but I've finally given in and I love it! The bracelt came with the heart charm with the amethyst because it's my birthstone. My boyfriend bought me this lovely rose gold charm.

My boyfriend also got me lots of books and some tassimo pods for my coffee machine. I am currently reading "more than this" by Patrick Ness and i think I'll do a review of it when I finish it! I also can't wait to start the trilogy and I am loving the blogger book!
I also got some chocolates, Ted Baker goodies, a debanhams giftcard and a new perfume, Aura by Swarovski.
From my friends I got some really nice things. From my friends at uni I got this personalised glasses case with my initials on and a nyx blush!
 And finally from my friend Lucy I got this MUA Elysium eyeshadow pallet (review comming soon!) and this makeup revolution lip lacquer in the colour "keep trying for you."

And that is what I got for my birthday! I hope you enjoyed this post!
Lots of love,
Eleanor x