The start of me and you – Review

The Start of Me and You

Title: The start of me and you

Author: Emery Lord

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Publication date: March 31st 2015 (USA), June 29th 2017 (UK)

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

My rating: 3.5 / 5

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live? 

Yes, I know I said I’d broaden my reading material….. but I just couldn’t resist. There’s just something about YA romance I just can’t resit. I think it’s the predictability…… it never ceases to make me smile 🙂

This was no different. I felt like I could really relate with Paige (the main character), she hasn’t had it easy by any means, coming from a broken family. But when her boyfriend dies in a freak accident, she feels like her life will forever be broken.

From there, it’s all pretty predictable, she meets a boy (her crushes cousin)… falls in love…..  ext, ext. I just can’t help myself, I love romance, no matter how predictable and cheesy.

It really focuses on her actual feelings, about everything that’s going on in her life, and how a ‘typical’ teenage girl would handle the situations that she faces. So it’s not allll about the romance…


This is the second Emery Lord book that I’ve read, the other being ‘When we collided’. Although they are both classed as ‘romance’ they both focus on completely different subjects. Whereas ‘The start of me and you’ mainly focuses on falling in love, ‘When we collided’ talks a lot about mental health, and how that affected the main characters.


I hope you enjoyed this post, I know it was a bit higgledy piggledy, I’m sure as I write more reviews, they’ll get better and more well constructed.

Emillia, xx

Mini book haul!!!

Hello blogosphere,

So yesterday me and my nan (Ikr, how cool is that…) went shopping, as I had a bunch of birthday money burning a hole in my pocket. And me being me, couldn’t possibly put it in my bank account to save up, oh no I had to go on a shopping spree (which to be honest I only ever do once or twice a year at most).

The first place I had to go was to Waterstones, as we don’t have one in our little town. I had a list of books that I wanted to get, but there were two they didn’t have, so I went and brought three extra to replace them 🙂 Except for one, none of them are actually new/ published this year (actually two, but one of them was published first in America), but I hope you enjoy reading this none the less.


One of us is lying – Karen McManus

 

 

One of Us is Lying

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

 

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

I’ve heard loads of rave about this new release, and I knew I just had to read it. To be honest, I don’t tend to read many books like this (I just stick to romances), but I’m trying to broaden my reading material, and this really appealed to me.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan

Image result for will grayson will graysonWill Grayson meets Will Grayson. One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers are about to cross paths. From that moment on, their world will collide and lives intertwine.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve wanted to read this for soo long now. I meant it’s John Green, what more is there to love. The story really drew me in, I thought it was so original (it probally wasn’t, but again, broadening horizons). Can’t wait to read this.

The start of me and you – Emery Lord

Image result for the start of me and youIt’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live? 

 

I’m going to be frank here, the only reason that I initially looked at this was because there was a ‘buy one get one 1/2 price’ offer on. I wasn’t on my list. After I read the blurb, I loved it. It’s just what I love, romance.  I know I said I was going to broaden my material… but it just called out to me “Emillia, pick me up, you need me”. So I did. I love Emery Lord, so I hope I’ll enjoy this.

Crown of midnight – Sarah J. Maas

Image resultFrom the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

I wasn’t expecting to buy this one either, I was looking for another fantasy book (which they didn’t have), and when I couldn’t find that, found this. I’d heard about this series, and it sounds quite good.

Funny story: I brought this book and the 3rd in the series (thinking it was the 1st and 2nd), and when I realized, I went back into the shop to find that they didn’t have the 1st 😦 . That means that I need to buy it online (which is a lot cheaper actually) so I wont be able to read them for a while, as I spent all of my money 😦 I’d better turn to the bank of mum……

Heir of fire – Sarah J. Maas

Related imageCelaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Timesbest-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.

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I hope you enjoyed this post. I can’t wait to read these books, and I’ll (hopefully) write reviews for all of them.

Have you read any of these books?? If so, what did you think?

Emillia Xx

The Social Media Tag!

Hello blogoshere,

So I was nominated for this tag by the amazing Elm, thankyou so much, I’m really excited about this one. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of this tag before yesterday, it was created by Chloe last year (I think..) , and I love the way it was created to commend bloggers and their achievements, and make everyone just feel good about themselves. It’s based on social media and how different bloggers would fit that.


The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who tagged you.
  2. Choose a Blog or Blogger per category and explain why you chose them.
  3. Tag others to do this (up to you how many)

The categories:

Instagram-  A blog with a design you love

This one was pretty easy, I love the way that Jasmine’s blog is set out. Although I’m not a huge fan of pink, all of her color choices really compliment each other. I also love the way she designs her own graphics.

Facebook- A blog with a friendly blogger

This one is pretty hard actually, I’ve only been blogging just over a week, and all of the bloggers I’ve come across are amazing. There is one that really sicks out though, that’s Sparkle Fox . She was the first blogger who reached out to me, and we talk (mainly in the comments) as if we’ve known each other for years, whereas it’s only been a week 🙂

Twitter- A blogger who could just write 140 characters and you would still love them

There’s no doubt about this one. I’ve been following Elm for a while now, and am completely hooked.  I love her writing style (she’s so personal), and I feel that I can really relate to many of her posts.

YouTube- A blog which keeps you entertained

It was hard to just pick one blog for this, all of the blogs I read, I love reading, and really entertain me. I do love reading Sophie’s  Disney inspired poems, they’re so creative. I hate to admit it (actually I don’t hate it at all, I’m very proud), but I’m a Disney enthusiast myself…..

Snap chat- A blogger who’s updates you can’t wait for

I recently stumbled across Bex’s twitter account, and have fell in love with her blog. As you know, I’m a huge bookworm, and love anything bookish. I can’t wait for when Bex publishes a new post, especially if it’s a book review. I love finding new authors, and genres to read.

Tumblr- A blog which is very diverse and has variety

I instantly thought of Astrid(Hideaway girl) for this one. Much like Elm, I’ve been following her blog for a long while now. Her blog definitely has something for everybody; one day she’ll post a deep, meaningful poem (which I love reading), and then the next day she’ll express her feeling about old people 🙂

Pinterest- A blog which is full of creativity and inspiration

This one goes to Just A Blank Space . She creates the most beautiful diaries and journals, that I could only dream of creating. Whenever I feel down, I just read one of her posts, and I instantly feel better.

My nominations:

So if you’ve been mentioned in one of the categories, I nominate you to do the tag, If you’ve already done it, don’t worry if you don’t want to do it again.


I hope you enjoyed reading this- I definitely enjoyed writing it 🙂

Emillia Xx

To the stars and back Poem

So this is pretty emotional for me to write, I was having a bad night (like most nights nowadays), and I just wrote this little poem. I’m not sure if I’ll actually post it or not, maybe talking to you lot will help me. I was crying when I wrote this, and I’ll probably cry when typing it up.


When the night draws in,

Darkness prevails,

All I can think of is you.

 

My thoughts are encumbered by memories,

The good and the bad,

The old and the new.

 

I promise you ,

I will stop crying,

But maybe not quite yet,

 

For my heart has been broken in two,

I know I must never forget,

The times we laughed at silly things,

The jokes I used to tell,

The way you always cheered me up,

With your cheeky smile,

 

The stories I would read you,

To try and help you sleep,

Although you were to excited for what the morning might bring.

 

I’ll make sure mum gets through somehow,

Nan and Grampy too,

For I will always love them,

Just as much as you.

 

For now, so long , never goodbye,

I know I’ll see you again,

I love you to the moon and back,

That will never change.


Emillia Xxx

The Liebster Award!!!!

Hello blogosphere,

Yay my first tag!!!!

I was nominated for this by the amazing SparkleFox. Thankyou so much!! If you haven’t checked out her amazing blog yet, do (after you’ve read this of course 🙂 , she is an amazing person, and I love reading her posts.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Answer 11 questions from the blogger who has nominated you
  3. Nominate 11 blogs
  4. Ask them 11 questions

Sparkle’s Questions

  1. What is your number one song at the moment?

This is actually a pretty tough one. I haven’t really been listening to much music at the moment, and when I do it’s always pretty varied. I have been into 90’s music at the moment, from Oasis to Natalie Imbruglia. My most favorite band of all is ‘The 1975’, who are mainly Alternative/pop music.

2. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be and why?

I’d love to have a lion or a tiger, just to see peoples reactions when walking it down the street. Nobody would ever bother me again. An elephant would also be pretty cool, they’re so beautiful, plus he could remember all of my homework for me 🙂

3.What is the top thing on your bucket list?

I’ve always wanted to visit Venice, it’s so majestic and romantic, and unique, I love the fact that it has no roads, there’s no place like it. The timeless architecture never fails to draw me in. I’ve never been very interested in going abroad , but this is one place I’d love to visit at some point.

4. What is one thing that you’re looking forward to in the coming month?

Next week I’m going shopping with my mum and nan to spend my birthday money. As sad as it sounds, I’m really looking forward to it, we haven’t done much as a family over these past few months. Also, on Monday I’m meeting up with my friends, apparently they have some late birthday presents for me :), we were supposed to meet up  last Tuesday, but I was sick….

5. When writing a blog post, do you plan it in advance or just go with the flow

As I’m quite a new blogger, 4 days as I’m writing this, I haven’t really planned many of my posts in advanced. The ones that I have written, I haven’t planned, but I have got some awaiting in my drafts box, which will hopefully be up soon.

6. Are you someone who is easily distracted?

I’m normally pretty good at concentrating, as long as it’s a subject that I enjoy and am interested in. These past few months it’s been pretty hard for me to concentrate, for various reasons, I hope that this blog will help me return to my old self.

7. Do you have a plan in place for the future or are you just going to go wherever life takes you?

As I mentioned in my last post , I have helped out caring for my older brother my whole life, which has led me to experience things in the hospital world, I’d love to become a pediatric nurse, but I don’t have any actual plans. My only future plan is to care for people.

8. What is the one book that you would recommend to anyone?

Definitely ‘The Fault in our stars’. I’m a real sucker for romance.  But be warned, it’s a real tearjerker. It really teaches you that life’s to short to waste your time on people who bring you misery. You need to live your life to the full.

9. Do you believe in aliens?

I don’t necessarily believe in those multiple eyes, green tentacle things; but I definitely believe that there is some sort of other life-form out there.

10. Is there a particular genre of movie that you like to watch and if so, why?

I’m pretty well rounded when it comes to movies, I don’t necessarily have a favorite genre. At the moment, my favorite movie is ‘A street cat named Bob’, it’s really sweet and heartwarming. I do love Disney though, I can’t wait to see the new ‘Beauty and The Beast’.

11. What is the one piece of advice you would give someone?

Over these past few months, I’ve learnt that life’s to short to spend your time arguing with people, and wasting your time with people who just don’t bring you happiness. Live life to your fullest, because you never know what tomorrow is going to bring.

My nominations

As bad as it sounds, I don’t actually know many blogs who do tags, but if you want to do this tag, then go ahead!!

My questions

  1. Why did you decide to start blogging?
  2. What is your ‘go-to’ song, that can always cheer you up?
  3. Apart from blogging, do you have any other hobbies?
  4. Do you have a favorite author, if so who and why?
  5. Do you believe that there is life after death?
  6. When was the last time you were truly happy?
  7. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
  8. Have you ever been abroad, if so where?
  9. What’s your earliest memory?
  10. Do you have a favorite movie, if so which one?

I hope that you enjoyed this post, and feel free to do the tag whether or not you’ve been nominated or not.

Emillia Xxx

10 random things about me

Hello blogosphere,

So I wasn’t going to do one of these posts too start with, I didn’t want to be one of those really stereotypical bloggers, who post ’10 things you probably didn’t know about me’ for their first post. But this is my third post, and  I changed the name. So it doesn’t count…. right 🙂

Lets get on with this then:


  1. I live in ‘sunny’ Cornwall. Seriously, when people think of Cornwall, they tend to assume that its some sort of sun hot spot….. It isn’t
  2. I’m pretty much the most unsociable person ever, I’d much rather be at home with a good book.
  3. As you may well have guessed, I’m a massive bookworm, although I’ve been pretty lack these past few weeks :(. I’m planning a massive book haul next week when I go shopping though, so I’m sure that I wont be able to stop reading them 🙂
  4. For my GCSE’s, which I’m starting next year (year 10), I’m taking (apart from maths, English and normal science) I’m taking Childcare, Drama History and Business Studies (which I’m kinda nervous about, the only reason I took it was so that I didn’t have to take a language 🙂 )
  5. My best friend is my collie X ‘Mist’, she really think that she’s a human, hehe 🙂
  6. My MOST FAVORITE book of all time is ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ I’m a real sucker for anything romantic, or John Green.
  7. I wont let anyone see my feet, I don’t know why, I’ve just never liked them.
  8. I’ve only ever been out of the country once, when I was 7, to Disney Land Paris. I can’t remember much, but I’ve seen loads of videos :).
  9. From all of those videos, I looked like the most annoying kid ever 🙂
  10. All of my life, I have been a Young Carer to my older brother. He always has, and always will be my whole world. I’m definitely going to do a post about that, but not util I feel ready though.

I hope you enjoyed those random fact about me,

I’ll try to post tomorrow,

Emillia Xxx

Don’t let them in – Poem

Hello blogosphere ,

I was kinda skeptical of posting this deep of a poem, this early on in the blog. But then I thought that, as well as it being relevant in my life at the moment, I know that many people experience these emotions, and you never know, it might well ring true to someone.

It’s nothing super creative, it came too me last night when I was struggling too sleep.

Enjoy….


Paint on a smile, as well as your makeup,

Don’t let them see you cry.

Stand up straight, hold up your head,

Make them think your fine.

“They don’t know, they wouldn’t understand”

Don’t burden them with your thoughts,

Act like normal, whatever that is,

Don’t give them any concern.


Emillia xxx

P.S Thankyou sooo much for all of the support, I’m ill at the mo 😦 , making me feel better xx

A title that I can’t think of at the moment….

Dear readers,… no that’s wayyy too formal. Hai guys … no, too teenage American girl (If you haven’t already guessed, I’m definitely not a teenage American girl… I’m not even American!) . Hello blogosphere, that’ll do…. For now. *giggles too self*

Aywhoo, Hello blogosphere and welcome to my very own slice of the internet (gawd how cliche was that). As you may well be able to tell I’m not the most decisive person ever (as my mum will quite happily tell you) nor am I very good at making first introductions. How on earth I manged to gain and friends in my 14 years on this planet, I’ve really no idea.?? Now where was I?….. oh yeah hello.

As I briefly explained in my ‘about’ page, I’ve always had the urge to start a blog, and over these past few months it has become much stronger. In the past, when I’ve tried to set goals for my various blogs, I’ve failed miserably and consequently lost interest. This time’s going to be different. I’ve decided to go with a theme less blog, as wacky as it sounds, so I’m not really restricted in any way.

I guess I’ll just see where it goes.  I know it seems pretty bland and unorganized at the mo, I’m sure that, with your help, we’ll be able to create something to be proud of.

Adios for now,

Emillia Xxx