Sunday

Beauty And The Beast 2017 adaption

Hola Lexicans! Last weekend, I went to see the new film Beauty and the Beast with my Nanny and my sister. I really enjoyed this film and as lots of people want to see it, I thought it would be perfect for me to do a review!

Now, as I mention at the beginning of a lot of my film reviews - I am not a movie junkie. I do go and watch a lot of films, but unless I'm really enjoying the film, I just don't have the attention span for it. So, I wanted to go and see Beauty and the Beast, but I wasn't really that fussed, despite the fact that I loved the modern version of Cinderella.

I think practically everyone knows the story of Beauty and the Beast, so I'm not going to explain it here. One thing I loved about this modern twist on the film is how Belle (played by Emma Watson) is portrayed. She is very 'different' to the other girls in her town, curious, intelligent and always reading, and this film has a hidden message in about not letting your differences let you down and to embrace them instead, which I thought was a great message to send out, particularly to young girls watching this film.
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I also thought that the songs in Beauty and the Beast were amazing. One of my best friends was so excited for the BatB release and had been signing the songs from it weeks on end before the launch and I can see why. Be Our Guest, one of the most famous songs from the original, was definitely my favourite, and the scene whilst the song was playing was also amazing - so bright and vibrant; my favourite part of the movie.

I did think that towards the end, the film got very long-winded and could have been cut down a little bit, there were a couple of unnecessary scenes but apart from that, I absolutely loved the film!

I would definitely recommend it for anyone who enjoyed the original or saw the modern Cinderella and Maleficent movies and enjoyed them, and I hope Disney do more modern versions of original films in the future.

Xxx

Saturday

The most popular YA books these days

Holalalaa Lexicans! How is everyone? I feel so disconnected from the blogging world at the moment - I haven't been checking out as many blogs or chatting to my blogger friends lately and I really miss it. So definitely hit me up guys either by commenting or emailing (whatlexieloves@gmail.com) because I want to chat to more of you guys:)

   Anywayyss enough with my cheesy lil rant, today I'm going to be chatting about what I call the 'typical YA book'. These are the books, that if you look up one on Amazon, the others I mention in this post today will usually all come up on the search, will be in Customers Who Bought This Also Bought or will be on your Recommend For You section. I think of it as this 'YA book circle' and whilst I haven't read all of the ones that come up in this circle (e.g. The Sun Is Also A Star) I'm going to be giving a small summary on the ones I have read.

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

So I've mentioned this heaps and will not go into much detail, but not only is this my favourite YA book, it's also my all-time favourite book! It's about the power of a strong female friendship and I would highly highly recommend it to anyone aged 12+ (including adults, I'm getting my mum to read it soon!) I absolutely ADOREDD this book.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I've mentioned this in a post before and this is a highly popular YA book. It was included in Zoella's Book Club, so my friend (who read most of the books in the ZBC) recommended it to me. It's a beautiful love story featuring a girl who is basically allergic to the world, but is also in love. However, when you're housebound and have been for the last decade and a half or so, being in love is harder than normal...
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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

This is probably one of the most iconic YA books in this little 'YA book circle' and yet, is probably one of my least favourites. YES it was a good book and YES I would recommend it. However, it didn't blow me away like a lot of the others in this circle did. If I was making a list of the Top 20 YA books, I'd definitely include this, I just didn't feel as connected to it as I do with other books.

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

After my disappointment with ATBP, I was slightly cautious when buying this one and honestly, at first I was disappointed again. (Note.. I'm currently reading this book, so haven't finished it, but have only got a small amount of pages to go) However, I have now changed my mind. It is still quite confusing in places, and drags on a little but I did like this a lot more than ATBP and would highly recommend it, particularly if you liked ATBP, as it was probably the fact I'm not keen on Niven's writing style. Full review coming soon!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

I. Loved. This. Book. It is about Cadence and the summers that she spends on her grandfather's island with the Liars (her cousins and close friends) as well as the rest of her large family. But then in Summer 15 (her 15th summer), there is an accident and Cadence loses all memory of that entire summer. No-one will tell her what truly happened, and she has to piece together the clues herself. This is a beautifully written book, and whilst I found the ending slightly confusing at first, I absolutely loved this story.

There are some more YA books in this 'YA book circle' so if you'd like a Part 2, let me know. Have you read any of these books? What other books have you read that you consider to be in this typical YA book circle?

Xxx

Tuesday

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder

Hola Lexicans! How are y'all? Today I'm going to be posting a book review on a book that I read recently - A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard. Now, you may recall a book review on Beautiful Broken Things (which you can read here) in which declared it my favourite book. AND THEN I FOUND OUT THE AUTHOR HAD WRITTEN ANOTHER BOOK YES WHAT* So, obviously I had to pick it up. Here are my thoughts...

*finding out that the author who wrote your favourite book has written more books is the best thing ever**, I was so happy
**oh and pizza. duh.

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder tells the story of Steffi. Steffi suffers from selective mutism and social anxiety, meaning she never speaks in public. Her school life is lonely and miserable, shutting herself off from everyone else, other than her best friend and family. Until Rhys comes along. Being deaf, he doesn't need Steffi to physically speak to her for them to connect. They understand each other perfectly.

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Isn't this cover just gorgeous!! I'll be honest, it's what drew me to the book
before I realised it was by the same author who wrote Beautiful Broken

I found this book so sweet and moving. I've been reading and reviewing lots of romance books lately and every time I say, 'I'm not that into romance' but honestly, with the many I have read lately my opinion of it is definitely starting to change. The connection between Steffi and Rhys is so beautiful and well-developed, I loved watching their relationship grow.

Another thing I thought was great about this book was how light-hearted and funny it was, without clashing with the sadder topics this book touches on. I love books that can make me laugh whilst still be touching, and this book did that perfectly. It also had a wide range of diversity, with Rhys being deaf, Steffi's selective mutism and social anxiety, divorced parents and characters with a range of different races and nationalities. I think it's so great that more and more YA books these days are very diverse - I love it!

Overall, I loved this book! I would 100% recommend it to teenagers and adults alike, romance lover or not!

Xxx