The things they don’t tell you about university

*Disclaimer: all opinions are my own. Any calculations made are rough figures and for more accurate information you should search for the official information on the relevant websites*

University is a period of any young adult’s life that they greatly look forward to. This opportunity for further education presents itself as a way to find yourself and further define the rest of your life it terms of career and lifestyle expectations. For many people it is the first time they have moved away from home and we relish the freedom this will give us. Often it’s just one massive three year party alongside lectures whilst you’re essentially living out the weird social experiment that is university halls. However, as much as all of this appeals to us, there are plenty of things that are left out when you’re in the process of university. I may only be in my second year but I know that these overlooked details can make or break your university experience. Before you make the biggest investment/decision of your life, maybe have a little look at the things you should be prepared for that not a single UCAS event will mention.

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Review: The Graces by Laure Eve

This week’s train read/commute book has really stollen my heart…

In the week of my one year anniversary of moving to London it was so lovely to wrap myself up in a book that reminded me of my roots, even the slightly odd and alternative ones 😉

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Author: Laure Eve

Pages: 415

Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles

⭐️ 5 / 5

‘Everyone said the Graces were witches.
They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.
They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.
All I had to do was show them that person was me.’

Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

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Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

I have wanted to read this for a very long time and I’ve finally squeezed it in as this weekend’s commute book! It was a little different to what I expected and I have mixed feelings on it, but here’s what I thought.

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Title: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Author: Laini Taylor

Pages: 418

Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles

⭐️ 3 / 5

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole. Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought. 

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Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

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**WARNING – May contain minor spoilers for the series**

Title: King’s Cage

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Pages: 528

Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles

⭐️ 5 / 5

Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven continues weaving his web in an attempt to maintain control over his country – and his prisoner. As Mare remains trapped in the palace, the remnants of the Red Rebellion continue organizing and expanding. As they prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows, Cal – the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart – will stop at nothing to bring her back. In this breathless new novel […] blood will turn on blood and allegiances will be tested on every side. If the Lightning Girl’s spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?

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Belle Notre Dame 🇫🇷

When I visited Paris this June, mainly for a long-awaited first ever visit to Disneyland, I spent a day in the city and smashed all my deepest feelings of Wanderlust. I mapped out a crazy day of all the attractions I wished to visit and I planned it all for less than 10 hours. It was marvellous.

I’m a huge Disney fan and of course The Hunchback of Notre Dame holds a special place in my heart. I think it does with anyone who feels even slightly different or on the outside of a crowd. Naturally this means that Notre Dame Cathedral has been high on my list of things I would love to see in Paris for some time now.

So I went. And I lit a candle. It was everything and more.

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Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Title: Glass Sword

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Pages: 440

Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles

⭐️ 4 / 5

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different. Mare’s blood is red – the colour of common folk – but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court wants to control. Pursued by the vengeful Silver king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join the rebellion. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: A Review

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Title: Red Queen

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Pages: 383

Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles

⭐️ 4 / 5

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power […] Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart . . .

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Ink by Alice Broadway – A review

*CLAXON* I’m back in the swing of a reading schedule and I’ve actually finished a book! I’ve finally clawed my way out of the reading slump that uni caused and I’m ready to jump back to it.

So…

This week my commute book has been Ink by Alice Broadway. I picked this up last week after hearing Alice talk about her book at Victoria Aveyard’s event at Waterstones Piccadilly (which you can read more about here).

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Title: Ink

Author: Alice Broadway (DEBUT NOVEL ALERT)

Pages: 366

Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles

⭐️ 4 / 5

Every action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin forever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see her father remembered forever. She knows he deserves to have all his tattoos removed and made into a Skin Book to stand as a record of his good life. But when she discovers that his ink has been edited and his book is incomplete, she wonders whether she ever knew him at all.

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BBC Proms 2017 – Prom 65

This year I’ve decided to branch out my theatre habits.  Anyone who knows me well will have no trouble telling you just how much I like musical theatre and I am very good at clocking up some serious theatre hours in the West End.  However, I am less inclined go visit a play or other stagey event that differs from the jazz hands, tap breaks and power ballads that seem to bleed through my veins.  Since moving to London in the last year I am trying to make a conscious effort to change that and branch out my theatre interests. It is so important that all of the arts are supported equally and I cannot contain my love to just one corner of the stage.  So this weekend, I went to the PROMS!

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Victoria Aveyard at Waterstones Piccadilly!

Good morning!  Happy Monday (or not…we all have a grudge against this day of the week).  Today I’m going to give you some book-spiration by telling you about the exciting YA event I attended in central London last week.  It’s given me a couple of extras for my TBR (when doesn’t this happen…?) and hopefully you’ll see something you like too.  I have read some of the books I’m about to mention here, and I will post reviews as soon as I can. For those I haven’t read, I will read and review those as quickly as I can. Until then…let’s get on with it!

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