Today I turn 21 and I remember a whole year ago thinking ‘Now I’m officialy no longer a teenager’. I moved out to go to university and I even lived on my own during second year. But, I just dont feel like I’m being an ‘adult’ properly still, even with my full time work placement.
Remember when you were little and you thought once you were an adult you would have your whole life sorted? Yeah… me too.
I thought I would be eating healthy meals, 3 times a day (Home cooked of course). I often skip breakfast, buy lunch out and rush together something for tea because I forgot to buy the proper ingredients needed to actually cook. Since I’m working 9-5, I will be working on doing big weekly shops with a pre-written and planned list of meals (for everyday including lunch and breakfast). But ultimately, I’m not doing what I expected an ‘adult’ to do.
My house would be immaculately clean all the time, with minimal effort because I’m just so good at tidying as I go about my day. My room (I only have a room) is in a constant state of disarray and I lose things under other things all the time. I never have the effort to actually clean up after myself, the only positive is that I’m just messy and not dirty. I don’t leave food or rubbish out, it’s just clothes, books, makeup etc. I will need to start setting myself specific time per week to clean my room because it just gets messier and messier.
Career-wise I thought I would know exactly where I wanted to be and I’d be working towards it. I still have no idea what I actually want and even with my placement I’m still trying to figure things out. I’m going to continue taking on opportunities this year and in my final year of university so hopefully I’ll have thought more for when I graduate.
I also thought I would be completely organised in all aspects of life. I am only organised when it comes to the ‘planning’ stage of any project, I can plan a months worth of blog content but I rarely write all of it on time. I’m going to have to plan certain times to do things when in my planning stage so I know I have the time to complete tasks. This is probably more of a ‘I need to be stricter with myself’ problem though.
I’m also going to have to start budgeting a lot more, at the moment I still end up ‘treating myself’ and it’s a really bad idea. I need to save money so I’m a bit more secure when I actually graduate.
Who else thought they would have their act together by now?
My Side of the Diamond follows Jazmin as she reiterates the story of how her best friend Becky died. She didn’t just die though, she vanished. Just like magic, as Becky jumped from St Pauls Cathedral but her body never hit the ground. The same thing happened years earlier to Skye and Lazarus, but nothing was ever solved.
I went into this book knowing nothing as my ARC copy didn’t have a synopsis and I accidentally sent the publishers note back to my mums house inside the other book I received. This is probably both a good and a bad thing. The good thing was that I was so intrigued about what this book was about. The bad thing is that I was totally not ready to be reading about aliens. This completely threw me and I feel like I need to reread to understand what was going on a bit more. It’s been a few weeks since I finished and I’m still not fully sure what was going on.
My Side of the Diamond is short but also quite mysterious. I finished reading it in one evening because I wanted to find out who Icarus is and what happened to Skye and Lazarus. Plus, of course, what happened to Becky. Throughout there’s dropped hints as to what happened or what will happen as the characters are talking about their past. There’s multiple narrators and My Side of the Diamond is written as if they’re talking to the interviewer, Mr Jones.
I found Jazmin, the main narrator quite irritating at times. I understand she’s young but at times she just seemed unable to sympathise or empthasise with Becky’s anxiety and eating disorder. This just made me think she was a horrible person and I preferred reading the other narrators more even though they contributed less. She was also shoe-horned into a very unbelievable romance which just got in the way of the plot.
I enjoyed the plot of the book. There’s aliens, secret agents going after the aliens, and also some kind of evil robot which enjoys murderous rampages. There’s not much action and a lot of the book is taken up of talking but it’s still very fast-paced. If I was in a ‘Let’s read about aliens’ mood then I think I would have enjoyed this My Side of the Diamond even more.
I received My Side of the Diamond* by Sally Gardner from the publisher, Hot Key Books. This is an unbiased and honest review.
Kylie Strange up and moves to the town of Moody Bog to open a Tea and Herb Shop. When she arrives however, she’s thrown into the supernatural after finding the Booke of the Hidden. With the help of the local Wiccans, and a demon she must hunt the monster that’s escaped the Booke.
Westerson mentions at the end of the book that this plot came to her as a dream. Which I think is great, but a lot more re-writing may have been needed. I enjoyed the premise of the book and the plotline of a chosen person need’s to hunt the demons and write them away into the book. But the book as a whole suffered from tropes and cheesiness.
First, the names. Kylie Strange and Erasmus Dark. Pretty sure Erasmus is the international exchange programme at university? No? Anyway… even the character points out that their names are weird. And you never get used to them throughout the book. Personally, I think there should have been a little bit more thought put into creating better names.
It also fell into many tropes of Urban Fantasy. The chosen one moves to a new, often quaint town. Weird supernatural things start to happen and she realises she’s the only one who can fix it. Love triangle occurs, oft between a good guy and a bad guy, but obviously the bad guy is much more attractive. Bad guy is also a massive jerk to the chosen one. Sound familiar? Yeah… too much trope.
The good thing is that the characters were often interesting. I really enjoyed the Wiccans and how different they all were. There’s a plotline with other town people who will probably appear in future installments. It was nicely set up as a series and the town was written to be quite open for this. I just personally won’t be reading it because I disliked the tropes.
I received Booke of the Hidden* by Jeri Westerson from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an unbiased and honest review.
It’s four days to Halloween and I’m all ready for the Halloween weekend! With lots of creepiness, the darkness falling before work ends and of course the sweet treats it feels fully autumnal today. I’m ready to snuggle up tonight and binge watch films, have snacks and of course get some reading done. I’m also ready to dress up and go to a fancy dress party this weekend!
From so many to choose from, I’m going with watching The Addams Family tonight! Followed by Hocus Pocus and maybe the Craft… I’ll keep you updated as to how many films I binge watch okay?
Of all the Stephen King and James Herbert books I own, none of them are with me in Guildford. So this year I’m going to be reading The Dark Net by Benjamin Percy. It’s supposed to be quite creepy and sinister. It is also Black Mirror-esque as it is thought provoking. I’ve been excited to read this one for quite some time now as it’s been sat on my TBR pile.
This Halloween I’m going as Little Red Riding Hood but a little bit more dead. I’m going to a Halloween party with some similarly fairy tale themed people and I’ll get some photos of my outfit so watch out for my Instagram post. I’ve spent a bit too much money this last month so I had to go for a fairly cheap Amazon ordered costume this year… but I’m sure I’ll be able to pull it off!
My trick to motivate today is that I’m going to reward myself tonight! After a long week at work I’m feeling super tired and need to recharge before I go to the Halloween party. I’ll also be tricking myself into being positive by treating myself to sweets from my desk drawer.
And my treat is… Pizza. Plus, lots of snacks to go with my film night. As I don’t particularly feel like cooking, looking forward to a nice Pizza from Papa Johns is keeping me going today!
What’s everyone else’s plans for Halloween?