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Publisher: Allen and Unwin

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

Writing Clementine follows the story of Clementine Darcy who feels like she is lost and doesn’t fit in with her friends. The story is written as multiple journal entries to her teacher, Ms Hiller. Throughout the story she grows as a person and discovers who she really is.  

I really enjoyed this story a lot. I didn’t really know what expect from it as I’m not a huge contemporary (though I’m slowly branching out), but I was surprised how much I loved it.

I loved Clementine’s style of writing and I loved the additions of poems throughout the story. Clementine’s love interest, Fred was an interesting character, but he truly did help Clementine find her true self. It was nice to see that they added Steampunk into the story and I loved it when Clementine went to all the events organised by the Steampunk Society.

As for Clementine’s two “best friends” Chelsea- Grace and Cleo, I thought that they were similar to a lot of teenagers because they were more interested in boys and how “cool” they were. They slowly learnt to accept Clementine for who she was and their personalties both changed throughout the book.

The only problem I had with it was that everything turned out so perfectly, but that might just be me reading too many dystopians and fantasies.

Overall I thought it was a very entertaining read and would definitely recommend to children of all ages.

 

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Bout of Books

Welcome to the Bout of Books Read-a-thon! Here are goals so you can come back and check how much I’ve been reading and what I’ve been reading.

BOOKS YOU’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO CHALLENGE:

My list is going to be of extremely hyped up ya books that I have not read yet. (This is in no particular order)

  • The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
  • Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis
  • The Host by Stephanie Meyer

There are definitely a lot more very hyped books that I have not read yet, but these are just some that I really want to read. 

Time Devoted to Reading : I’ll try to read at least two hours per day as I have school.

Currently Reading: Unravel Me by Taherah Mafi

 

GOALS: I plan to read at least one book per two days, and I’d also love to review all the books I read.

Books I’m Reading: 

 

Updates:

I’ll try my best to update as much as possible.

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I was very fortunate to win tickets to the advanced screening of The Fault in Our Fricking Chicken Licken Stars and I was over a hundred million gazillion moons. I went with two of my wonderful fangirling friends and well we did what fangirls do, we fangirled. I was wearing an okay? okay. Tshirt that my awesome friend had made me.

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We all queued up to get in, and people were pushing and shoving their butts to get to the front. (I may or may not have been one of them. Shh)

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We had to place all our electronic devices into a little plastic baggy as there was no recording allowed while watching the movie. I was scared that they were going to take away my phone and never give it back. Thankfully they were nice people and returned my belongings after the movie finished. Heuf or is it Hewf or Heugh or Houf? Well you get the point. It’s the sigh of relief.

Finally after waiting in the squished, butt shoving  line they let the magical doors open, and we all ran in screaming. My friends and I managed to get a perfect seat, and we got to sit in the middle (I was so worried we would have to have a seat on the side). We settled down and took our snacks to munch on while watching the movie. Well I ate most of it before the movie, but it was just so tempting. I can’t help myself.

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I was very glad to see some nerdfighters in the cinema (DFTBA by the way). After a lot of waiting the screen was on and we saw the John Green on the screen (yay that rhymes)! He talked to us about his experiences in Australia, and how he found out that his wife, Sarah (The Yeti) was pregnant 20 minutes before they were leaving Australia. He was very funny and after that, the one and only Ed Sheeran gave us a little message about his new song, All of the stars, and yes the song was spectacular and is voice is asdfghjkl.

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Finally the actual movie started and there was a lot of screaming, shouting and asdfghjkling. The movie was perfection, but also heartbreaking. Shai, Ansel and Nat were perfect in their roles. I loved every scene and I laughed and cried with everyone else, and that eye sex that Gus was giving to Hazel was too hot to handle. I cried so much and unfortunately I didn’t bring any tissues with me. So I looked like I had planted face first into a puddle of feels and tears. (Just picture that in your head). I don’t want to spoil anything, but I did mention the word perfection quite a few so times, so maybe that might give you a hint of how I felt it was. *lifts eyebrow*

gracesss* Someone call a doctor I got a case of the feels

 

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After the movie was over we left the cinema and were given the chance to be interviewed. My friend and I decided to go get interviewed, and let me tell you, the answers I gave were terrible. I wasn’t even thinking, they just splurted (is that even a word) out of my mouth. I hope they don’t put me on television or anything. Then it was time to leave and the amazing, fantabulous (why does the dictionary not think that fantabulous is a word!), incredible, once in a life time experience was over.

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Thank you so much to the guys at Bookworld. I have no idea why you liked my entry as I thought it was terrible, but thanks anyway. I really don’t know what else to say so I’ll leave you with  one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking gifs ever.

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and finally I’m going to let out all my emotions on my keyboard. be prepared.

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This is my first time doing the bout of books readathon. It seems like lots of fun and I’m very happy to participate.

 

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If you don’t know what it is then here: The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 12th and runs through Sunday, May 18th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 10 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

-Kate


Welcome to the last hour! Unfortunately I’m no longer reading as I have a lot of homework to catch up on. I don’t think I’m going to get it all done. Whoops!

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Probably the first hour because that began it all
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? John Green books
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? None that I can think of… at the moment
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The amount of participation
  5. How many books did you read? 1 and a half. Sad. I read really slowly and just didn’t have time
  6. What were the names of the books you read? The Hunger Pains and Razorhurst (half of it)
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? The Hunger Pains (because I actually finished it)
  8. Which did you enjoy least? Not being able to finish my homework. At least my excuse was that it was educational
  9. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I’d definitely take part again and maybe do it with some friends. I would love to also be a cheerleader as I thought there weren’t enough for the amount of readers.

Have a fun last hour!

3-2-1 Action Challenge:  I am a ghost from the book I’m currently reading, Razorhurst. I’m so creative.

Jenga Book Challenge: Mine was going so well, but then it fell so I changed it into a TFIOS shrine. photo (10)photo (9)   Book Balancing Mini Challenge: John Green Style I am balancing paper towns on my head, looking alaska is between and my teeth and I am just using my hands to hold TFIOS and Let it Snow photo (8)   I’m sorry that I couldn’t stay up for the 24 hours, but teenagers need their sleep. I can’t believe it’s already the 20th hour! Goals: Read 2 books and read a good chunk of 1 book Pages read:  220 (60 from Razorhurst,160  from the Hunger Pains) Time spent reading: 5hour/s and   30 minutes Titles finished during read-a-thon: 1 1/2 Snacks: Gum, chocolate, dinner Where I have been reading: bed and couch Currently Reading:   Reader Q&A!

1) What part of the world are you reading from today? Australia

2)What book in your stack are you most excited about reading? The Hunger Pains by Harvard Lampoon. It’s a Hunger Games parody book. Also Writing Clementine by Kate Gordon. I received it for review and it looks like a fun ya contemporary read.

3)Which snack are you most looking forward to? Chocolate of course!

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m 13 years old.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to.

This is my first read-a-thon and I am super stoked about doing it this year. I’m looking forward to getting through all these books that have been on my tbr list for goodness know’s how long. As well as all the snacks!

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I am participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon this year. I signed up for it without even knowing what to do as it just seemed like loads of fun.

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It is being held on the 26th of April at 11pm for Australian Eastern Standard Time. The aim is to read as much as you possibly can for 24 hours! You also need to update your blog, goodreads, twitter etc. telling everybody things like, what you are reading at the moment, how many pages you are through this book, how much time you’ve spent reading and anything else really. YAY I”M SO EXCITED!

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I myself will not be staying up for 24 hours, but will try to stay up for as long as I possibly can. I will try to update every few hours if possible.  I mean I could probably pour milk all over myself to wake myself up:

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I plan on finishing Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier.

I was sent this for review and have only read a few pages. I will also be reading The Hunger Pains by Harvard Lampoon.

 

This will hopefully be a quick and comedic read for me, and if I have time I will be reading Writing Clementine by Kate Gordon because I also received this for review.

 

 

Let me know if you are participating, and if you are then maybe we can cheer each other on, and if you haven’t joined already… JOIN! It’s bound to be lots of fun and plus there are tons of prizes and such. So are you going to join?

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See you guys when the readathon starts!
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For now I’ll leave you with a Jlaw gif!

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

4 out of 5 stars

 

Review: The first thing that drew me in about this book was the gorgeous cover. I am a generally not a fan of covers with people displayed on it because you can’t imagine how the characters look like yourself, but with These Broken Stars the cover looked beautiful. Lilac’s long wavy red hair was just as I imagined, and her huge ball gown was bigger than I could have ever thought. 

This book has been labelled as “The Titanic in space,”. After reading it, this phrase is kind of true…. read and you shall find out. 

At first I assumed that this was another one of those cliché love stories…



but thank goodness it’s not!

I’m not going to lie, it did take me quite some time to get through the start of the book. I just wasn’t that interested, but I soldiered on and I am very glad that I didn’t put this book down. (I would say that it was just around the first 100 or so pages that I didn’t find as interesting. )

*to long; didn’t read

The two main characters (though there aren’t very many characters in this book), Lilac and Tarver are the only two survivors from their spaceship (which they lived in) that crashed. They end up on a planet with no signs of life form. Well that is what they think.

Nothing was very surprising about this book at the start, but near the end I was shocked. I didn’t expect what happened, to happen. I’m not going to spoil anything, as this is a spoiler free review, but I guess you could say that my face looked something along these lines:



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It was a very beautiful book and I love both Amie’s and Megan’s writing. I feel like this is a very strong start to a wonderful series and it definitely deserves all the hype that it is receiving.  Oh and the romance was just perfect. All of it! Plus there’s plenty of action and suspense.

If you loved the Titanic, and if you like anything to do with space… go buy this book now! It definitely deserves it’s four star rating!

Oh and don’t worry, of course there’s some frickle frackle in this book. 






Good job Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner! And I can’ wait to read the rest of this series!

 

check out my similar review on goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/794069124