In Your Face, Fear!

33967063Title: Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway

Author: Susan Jeffers

Dynamic and inspirational, FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY is filled with concrete techniques to turn passivity into assertiveness. Dr. Susan Jeffers, teaches you how to stop negative thinking patterns and reeducate your mind to think more positively. You will learn: the vital 10-Step Positive Thinking Process; how to risk a little every day; how to turn every decision into a “No-Lose” situation, and much more.


Hey! Have you ever felt completely frightened to do something important, and to put yourself out there, even though you knew deep down that it could lead to much greater things for you?

Yeah, me too! Quite often actually.

Fear is something that holds practically everyone back at some point in their life. No one is exempt from it. Not even those who you think are the most confident people in the world, because even they have felt nervous about something.

All you have to do, is figure out how to handle that fear, and use it to your own advantage, as opposed to letting it beat you.

Thankfully, there is a way to do so. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway is a guide that was first released in 1997, but has now been redone, refined, and re released as one of the books for this years QuickReads selection.

It involves an easy to follow, up to date guide, which allows for us to be equipped for situations that we would have probably avoided beforehand. For me, that was applying for Apprenticeships, which since reading this book, I have done so, and even absolutely aced the phone interview.

In your face, fear!

Also, to gain more insight, the author talks about her own previous experiences, as well as sharing stories of others she has known, including that of her own students. It’s even possible you may find a story that resonates with you on a personal level. Who knows?

I do have to say this though, my mom was right. She used to pester me to read this book, and now that I have, I know it to be one of the greatest and most important books I have ever read, although only 110 pages long. It really makes you feel as though you can beat whatever fears and worries are currently in your way and staring you down.

Seriously, anybody who needs to figure out how to reach that next step in life (and maybe wants to say IN YOUR FACE, FEAR), read this book. Your entire perspective on fear might just change.

Chloe Lauren x

Say Hello 2017 With ‘Hello Life’

25360968Title: Hello Life!

Author: Marcus Butler

Publisher: Headline

Marcus Butler’s irreverent YouTube channel has long combined laughs and comedy sketches with thoughts on more serious issues. What sets him apart from the rest is his ability to mix light-hearted banter with a deep empathy for the problems facing young people today. Thanks to his experiences of family illness, his parents’ divorce, weight issues and catastrophic hair days, Marcus is in a unique position to share everything he has learned about healthy living, relationships and dealing with the daily pressures life throws at us all. Working with journalist and writer Matt Allen, in HELLO LIFE! his part-autobiography, part-self help guide Marcus shares his trademark big-brotherly advice and unveils his roadmap to success for anyone navigating the trickier aspects of modern living.

Funny, cool, fully illustrated and totally readable, this book is the ultimate must-have for fans of Marcus Butler.’


Marcus Butler, is a British YouTuber who most people love, so when I finally heard that the book was coming out, I was so excited. Thankfully, my mom ended up winning a signed copy of the book which I would say is seriously AWESOME! I even ended up reading the whole book in just over a day.

This was last year by the way.

Anyway, from this book you see Marcus has such a vast and astounding knowledge on varying subjects and I really had no idea that he had been through as much as he had. Some people give advice without actually knowing anything about what another person is feeling or going through, but he really does, and because of this, I really felt like I needed to take on board what he was saying.

This book was full of so much insight and ideas on how to live your best life today and be the best you can be. I felt really inspired and actually left the book wanting to change myself and adapt in order to reach my full potential.

He even makes you feel as though you are not alone, as he along with many others have surely felt a similar way or exactly the same as you have. It was comforting and put me at ease, more so than I have been before. Probably one of the main reasons I loved it as much as I actually did.

The final chapters look into his success, as well as how he thinks we can turn things around or work harder in order for us to do the same, in which ever things we choose. The step to step guides within each chapter help to break things down and make it easier to see how each individual goal can actually be reached.

It is a book for everyone who has ever felt anything ever. He is one YouTuber whose book I definitely think is worth picking up and reading.

Chloe Lauren x

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell | Book Review

17322949Title: Eleanor And Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Orion


 ‘Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn’t stick out more if she tried.

Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book – he thinks he’s made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor… never to Eleanor.

Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.’


Two words for you, amazingly beautiful! In fact, probably one of the best books I have read in the last few years. Oh and that cover. Isn’t it just absolutely stunning?

Rowell has such a unique style of writing which compliments the voices of the main characters, Eleanor and park, in such a way that you feel so involved with the story that is being built around them. It allows for both of their personalities to shine, and characteristics to be developed so well throughout the course of the book.

She manages to bring to life a new kind of love story, one which personally I think is more relatable than what some other books, as well as movies and TV have done in the past. Falling in love doesn’t consist of accidentally bumping into someone a bookstore perhaps, and knowing straight away that they are the one for you. NO! Just no! Real love takes time and effort to build into what it is. In this case it goes from hate to friendship, and then into love.

Something I love is that they are not exactly the archetypal romantic duo that you would usually see. In fact, they seem to be on the completely opposite ends of the spectrum with who they are. They are so imperfect, that it just seems to work. If these are the characters Rowell creates for this, then what are her other characters from other books like? I can’t wait to find out, especially now that I am getting excited to read Fangirl, the book that has been on my shelf for quite some time now. Bring it on!

The only problem I really had with this, was actually getting into the story in the first place. The beginning in particular was so slow to get through, and dragged, that I found it difficult to get into. If you have read it, you may know what I am talking about, but you will also be able to agree that once you do get into it, it is AMAZING!

Chloe Lauren x

My Summer Reads 2016

My Summer Reads

Summer is finally here, and although I am in the UK, the country which never quite understands what that word means, it actually feels like Summer, with the heat getting the upper hand already.

At least if it gets too hot, I can always run to my room and read. Saying that though, I probably won’t get to read as much as I normally would, especially not now because tomorrow I am beginning my first day of volunteering at the Cafe in my town. I am terrified but at the same time excited.

That is why I thought I would plan five books that I will definitely read this Summer, whether this month, or next month. Perhaps I will even take one or two of them on holiday with me in August. Who knows?

Fiction:

12805941Title: Perfect Escape

Author: Jennifer Brown

Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers


‘Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines. The only way Kendra can stand out next to Grayson is to be perfect, and she has perfection down to an art — until a cheating scandal threatens her flawless reputation.

Behind the wheel of her car, with Grayson asleep beside her, Kendra decides to drive away from it all — with enough distance, maybe she’ll be able to figure everything out. But eventually, Kendra must stop running and come to terms with herself, her brother, and her past.
With undeniable grace and humor, acclaimed author Jennifer Brown explores OCD, the pressure for perfection, and the emotional highs and lows of a complex sibling relationship.’

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Title: Chasing The Stars

Author: Malorie Blackman

Publisher: Penguin Random House


‘Olivia and her twin brother Aidan are heading alone back to Earth following the virus that wiped out the rest of their crew, and their family, in its entirety.

Nathan is part of a community heading in the opposite direction. But on their journey, Nathan’s ship is attacked and most of the community killed. Only a few survive.

Their lives unexpectedly collided, Nathan and Olivia are instantly attracted to each other, deeply, head-over-heels – like nothing they have ever experienced. But not everyone is pleased.

Surrounded by rumours, deception, even murder, is it possible to live out a happy ever after . . . ?’


28383534 Title: Thanks For The Trouble

Author: Tommy Wallach

Publisher: Simon and Schuster


‘Parker Santé hasn’t spoken a word in five years. While his classmates plan for bright futures, he skips school to hang out in hotels, killing time by watching the guests. But when he meets a silver-haired girl named Zelda Toth, a girl who claims to be quite a bit older than she looks, he’ll discover there just might be a few things left worth living for.

From the celebrated author of We All Looked Up comes a unique story of first and last loves.’


Non Fiction:

27799078 Title: Mind Your Head

Author: Juno Dawson

Publisher: Hot Key Books


‘We all have a mind, so we all need to take care of our mental health as much as we need to take care of our physical health. And the first step is being able to talk about our mental health. Juno Dawson leads the way with this frank, factual and funny book, with added information and support from clinical psychologist Dr Olivia Hewitt. Covering topics from anxiety and depression to addiction, self-harm and personality disorders, Juno and Olivia talk clearly and supportively about a range of issues facing young people’s mental health – whether fleeting or long-term – and how to manage them, with real-life stories from young people around the world.


https://03fcd67fd51850d3ba6b-6cb392df11a341bce8c76b1898d0c030.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/large/9781/8452/9781845285524.jpg Title: How To Write Your First Novel

Author: Sophie King

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group


Have you always wanted to write a novel – but don’t know where to start? Novelist Sophie King will guide you through the first steps from finding ideas that will keep the plot going, to crafting the perfect ending. It will help you create characters that sing from the page and unravel the mysteries of dialogue and viewpoint. Each chapter also contains exercises to hone your skills.’


These five books have been on my to be read pile now for quite some time, and I feel it only right to force myself to get to them in the next two months. I like to just pick and choose sometimes, but I will definitely get to them. Hopefully!

What Are You Planning On Reading This Summer?

Chloe Lauren x

Your Fears Can Hold You Back

29910648 Title: Love and Other Man-Made Disasters

Author: Nicola Doherty

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group


Juno is scared of a lot of things. Climate change, urban foxes, zombies – the usual. So when she goes on a skiing holiday with her mum’s adrenaline-mad new husband and his tearaway twins, she doesn’t hold much hope of surviving. Then she meets Boy. Gruff, hairy and thrill-seeking, he’s everything Juno doesn’t like. Or is he? Juno’s about to discover there’s nothing more scary than falling in love.’


Review:

Firstly, I would like to thank the publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this book for them.

When I first started this book, I felt a bit weird, nostalgic if you will, but I will just stick with weird. This was mainly because a lot of what was happening, had happened to me before. They go on a skiing trip to Austria for a week during Easter. So did I, a few years back. Juno, the main character, finds the bad in everything, and was terrible at skiing for the entire first day. So was I. Oh and she is seventeen and enjoys Horrible Histories. So did I (I still do). I can’t remember the last time I came across a book so reminiscent of that of my own life.

The one thing that didn’t happen to me though, was getting involved with a skiing instructor like Juno does. How that is not on her list of things to be worried about, I don’t know.

Talking about this romance between Juno and Boy (it’s a nickname), it was very sweet, but I felt it to be slightly rushed. One minute they seem annoyed with each other (mainly Boy with Juno) and the next, they have fallen for one another. Oh and then back to annoyance, and then of course back together again. This sudden roller coaster ride of emotion takes place over the course of about two weeks. In a way, I get that there can be a sudden attraction, but with what happens between these two in particular, it seems a bit too quick.

Something I did enjoy, was how Juno manages to gain a new outlook on life, from constantly worrying over the little things, to realising that she will never get to where she wants to be, or have the life she wants, until she steps out of her comfort zone and finally faces her fears. This is such a great concept to include into the book, as it is a life lesson that everyone needs to realise and learn, just like me, especially recently. I was never one for facing my fears due to anxiety, but lately I have taken myself out of where I feel most comfortable, and am now challenging myself, and I have never felt more proud or happier. Once again, I find myself being able to identify with Juno.

A book for fans of cute romances, as well as thrill seekers who want more out of life than they already have.

Chloe Lauren x

The Accidental Life Of Jessie Jefferson | Book Review

28669317Title: The Accidental Life Of Jessie Jefferson

Author: Paige Toon

Publisher: Simon and Schuster


‘Meet Jessie, the daughter of Johnny Jefferson, as featured in Johnny Be Good and Baby Be Mine…

My fifteenth birthday was the worst day of my life, and it’s inconceivable to think that any single day in my future will ever be as bad. My mum was killed in a freak accident on her way to pick up my cake. Even when there was still no sign of her after two hours later, and my friends started to arrive at our house, it never occurred to me that she wouldn’t be coming back.

That was six months ago. My mum died without telling me who my real dad was. And for a while I hated her for it. I thought she’s taken the secret of my father’s identity with her forever. But she didn’t. Holy hell, she didn’t. Because three weeks ago I found out the truth. And I’m still reeling from the shock of it. My dad is none other than Johnny Jefferson, mega famous rock star and one-time serial womaniser. And now I’m on my way to LA to meet him and his family.

My tiny little world has just got a whole lot bigger…’


Review:

Firstly, don’t you just think Paige Toon is just the most amazing name for an author? I am not sure if it is her real name, but if it is, then wow! Well done to her parents for that. I think I might just use her name as much as possible in this review, just because I can.

Anyway, this book was Paige Toon’s first delve into the world of YA fiction, after being a well loved adult fiction writer. I do have to say, it was definitely the right choice, because it was such a fun read, one that is perfect for getting you into the summer mood. I am extremely glad there is a second, and soon to be third book, so I can jump right back into this, and reunite with the characters that made the story what it was.

To begin with, I wasn’t the biggest fan, especially not of Jessie (she was annoying to begin with), and I will be honest (honesty is what you want anyway), I wasn’t sure I was going to like it at all, but my doubts vanished quicker than you can say Paige Toon (subtle). I practically flew through it, which I was over the moon about, until the last chapter when I knew it was coming to the end. Frankly, it was upsetting, so the moment it was over, I looked online at one of the libraries I am signed up with to see if they had a copy of the next book, which it turned out they did, and reserved it instantly. BAM! I am waiting for that email to tell me it has arrived.

This book will definitely appeal to music fans everywhere, as well as anyone who just wants to know where they fit into this big world we live in, just like our main character, Jessie, who is unsure even when she finds her family.

Life can be confusing, and decisions can be difficult to make, and that is what I love about what Paige Toon has done with this book, showing the harsh truth about life, even when it looks like you have everything made for you.

Chloe Lauren x

A New Twist On A Well Loved Classic!

25663516 Title: Beastkeeper

Author: Cat Hellisen

Publisher: Square Fish


Falling in love means becoming a monster.

Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She’s grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn’t know that it’s magic her parents are running from.

When Sarah’s mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have tried to hide from comes rising into their mundane world. Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to her grandparents—people she has never met, didn’t even know were still alive.

Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family bloodlines, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast . . . unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.’


Review:

Growing up, you probably remember the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, right? Of course you do, because there is soon to be a new version featuring Emma Watson coming out in the near future, which I know many people will be excited for.

The reason I bring it up, is because Beastkeeper is a book which manages to capture the essence of the well loved classic, but with a modern twist added, for a new age. For some reason, this style of book seems to be really taking over at the moment, giving the stories we fell in love with when we were younger, a new lease on life.

The book itself isn’t particularly long, around about 200 pages, but I found it to be quite slow paced, at least for the first half anyway. It took a while to get to the main point of the story, which made it slightly hard to get into. I had to keep putting it down because at times I felt my eyes beginning to close. However, once I surpassed the halfway mark, I felt things turning round, and I ended up getting the enjoyment I wanted from it.

The twist in the book, is not what I originally expected. When I first read the synopsis I thought it was going to be something else, but no, it was almost completely opposite. I did like it the more I read, but I just thought it would have been better if it was what I thought. I was a bit disappointed with that.

My favourite thing about this book was the involvement of magic in a land which at first appears to have none, as well as how the different characters seem to react to it. Our main character, Sarah, was at first reluctant to believe, but was well developed in the short amount of pages, and really grew on me, as she learned to accept what she is, as well as the people around her for what they are.

If you are looking for magic, curses, and the love of family all in one place, then this is the book for you.

Chloe Lauren x


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The Reason I Jump | Book Review

21259527 Title: The Reason I Jump

Author: Naoki Higashida

Publisher: Sceptre


‘A story never before told and a memoir to help change our understanding of the world around us. 13-year-old Naoki Higashida’s astonishing, empathetic book takes us into the mind of a boy with severe autism. With an introduction by David Mitchell, author of the global phenomenon, Cloud Atlas, and translated by his wife, KA Yoshida.’


Review:

This is a hard book to review, because of it being based around the idea of autism, as well as there being quite a bit of controversy around it, but I thought I would give it a go anyway.

The book was written from the perspective of a 13 year old boy suffering with autism. Originally I didn’t know this, so I read the book thinking it was actually from the mind of an adult. In fact, I literally only just found out that it was from a 13 year old, and now I am wondering how a 13 year old could have written this book, especially to the level it was at, but then again, some people are very good at what they do, and in this case it is writing. Still, I am slightly skeptical, because of reading other reviews prior to writing this. I don’t know what to think now.

Every chapter is set as a frequently asked question revolving around the idea of autism, with which the author answers in as best a way possible. There is a lot of important information which I found to be seriously interesting, as I didn’t really know anything about autism before. However, it may not be the full story, as it just a memoir, meaning that it is mainly what has happened in his life, and how he has felt with it. There are obviously people similar, but autism is a large spectrum so it will obviously vary dependent upon where on the spectrum a person is.

The information may be of interest, but even the author does not know to the full extent why certain things happen, but then again, who really knows how everything works? Saying that, I still managed to learn from what was given to you. The only way is up when you don’t know much on a subject, so even a little, was a lot.

This is a book I am still trying to figure out. I am stuck in the middle with my feelings towards it, but if you want to read it, there is a lot you can get out of it, but don’t take everything as the be all and all. There is always more to a story, than just one person’s view of it.

Chloe Lauren x


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Our Song By Ashley Bodette Release Day Blitz

OUR SONG Release Day Banner

OUR SONG E BOOK COVER Title: Our Song

Author: Ashley Bodette

Publisher: Ashes Press


Becca:
I broke up with Trip four months ago. But with the exception of my parents, I haven’t told anyone why. Not my friends, not my little sister, not even Asher.

Asher:
I’ve been missing my best friend every day for the last nine months. Even though Becca broke up with Trip months ago, she’s still been distant, even when we’re in the same room.

Trip:
She thinks she can break up with me and then go on a “family” vacation with him? I’m going to prove to both of them that she never should have left me.


Teasers:

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About The Author:

Ashley Bodette is a soon-to-be MA publishing graduate from Kingston University London. She started her venture into the book world as a book blogger, never imagining that one day she’d write a book. Now, you couldn’t stop her from writing if you tried.

Along with writing and providing editing and other author services, you also might find Ashley crocheting, watching British television shows on Netflix, playing piano, singing around the house, or, of course, curled up with a good book.

Buy The Book:

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon CA


I would like to say a quick thank you to both the author, Ashley Bodette, as well as Faye Rogers, the organiser of this, for letting me be apart of the books release day.

Chloe Lauren x


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This Or That Book Tag

Hey Guys,

I was tagged before to do the This or That tag, but I can’t remember who it was who tagged me. If it was you, please tell me in the comments, so I can link to your blog. Sorry!

This tag took quite a bit of thought. It was a kind of like a clean version of would you rather, but revolving around my reading experience and books in general. It was very enjoyable actually.


This Or That:

Reading On The Sofa Or On The Bed

I will read anywhere if it means I get to read, but most of the time I am on my bed because it is just extremely convenient.

Male Main Character Or Female Main Character

I’m not sure this makes a difference and I know I have to pick one, but I really can’t. However, I think I have read more books with female main characters than I have male main characters.

Sweet Snacks Or Salty Snacks Whilst Reading

Oh… I don’t usually eat anything whilst I read, but I do drink a lot of tea, because it tastes so great, and it makes my reading experience much more comfortable and relaxing. There is nothing better than a cup of tea to make my reading time perfect.

Trilogies Or Quartets

I love both, but in this instance I would have to say trilogies, although some aren’t always carried on in the same way as the first book and that is not just my opinion.

First Person Or Third Person

I think most books are set in first person, so as a reader I am more used to that point of view. Also, I find it easier to get used to first person, because you feel closer to the story line because you are reading as the character and seeing things through their eyes.

Reading At Night Or In The Morning

For me, I prefer reading at night, because it helps me unwind before I go to bed, rather than lying there awake, but I must say, I will read at any time of the day because who doesn’t just want to pick up a book and be immersed into another world.

Libraries Or Bookstores

Buying books is great, and I do love it, but I have a soft spot for libraries. I will literally travel to find different libraries, to the point that I now have 4 library cards. My favourite isn’t the biggest, but it has the most amazing family feel to it, making people feel at home when they are there. You really feel part of the community, which is something not all bookstores can offer.

Books That Make You Laugh Or Make You Cry

Both! It doesn’t really matter. It just depends on how I am feeling at the time, or what I am in the mood for. I love to laugh, but I don’t mind getting emotional over a book either, because it clearly shows how much I am in love with it. Actually, if I love a book enough, I will probably get emotional when it’s over, even if it was funny. That’s just who I am. I get attached too easily.

Character Driven Story Or Plot Driven Story

Obviously both of these are important for a story, but I have to say plot. The characters have nothing to work with if the plot is weak. Weak plot means a lack of chance to develop the characters, making it harder for a character driven story anyway.


If you would like to do the tag, feel free to do it, and then tell me so that I can take a look at your answers as well.

Chloe Lauren x


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