Thursday, 21 October 2010

SUN! finally....

Yes. It's half term in this wonderful ABSOLUTELY FREEZING country of England which for me started about an hour ago...yay.

I've had a pretty intense day. I went up to London to the Imperial War Museum with my school to see the Holocaust Exhitibition, something we studied last year. It was...incredible. We were allowed to go around by ourselves, something most teachers are scared of. And well...I didn't finish seeing everything because of the hunger of my fellow students who had. And yeah I'm annoyed but...it was amazing. I was just so...caught up in it all. For those that have gone, yes, I did cry to myself. It's just such a moving story but I'm so glad I went. And actually, really enjoyed it. It really makes me value my life now. And it's only been a few hours.

Moving on. Tomorrow I am going on holiday to...America. Yes. You American followers, Rebecca is going to Florida. I cannot wait to get on that plane. So here are my lovely collection of books I am bringing avec moi.

- Star Crossed - Rachael Wing
- The Summer I Turned Pretty - Jenny Han
- The Lady In The Tower - Marie-Louise Jensen
- The Betrayal - Mary Hooper
- The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen

Have a lovely week! I'll be back on Halloween :)

Monday, 18 October 2010

'the big screens, the plastic made dreams, say you don't want it...'

I saw The Legacy by Gemma Malley today in one of those lovely corner shop bookshops, The Lion and The Unicorn Bookshop in Richmond. 


I WANT IT SOO BADLY. 
IT'S BEAUTIFUL. 


whoa. So yeah. I want it. 
Oh and I sorted out my Halloween Hermonie Granger costume, I'm so happy with it. There will of course be pictures, don't worry. :)


Also I have some big fetish for One Night Only's new song, Say You Don't Want It, hence the title... Watch it, Emma Watson's in it, she looks gorgeous as ever.
And then there's The Wanted. Ahhhh...they are lovely aren't they? 


When I saw them at the Help the Heroes concert :)

Sunday, 17 October 2010

On My Bookshelf (2)

This is my version of 'In My Mailbox' because honestly, I'm not known well enough to have publishers and authors to send me books - and I'm still working out how that can happen.
So here a few things that I have required this week:


Belt; £1.99 - charity shop

From the Library:

Okay so I know Star-Crossed looks like some really young teenager book about love etc etc. But I've read it so many times before, it's actually really good. And it's very different; it's done all in Second Person (You were...)
The Betrayal, I can't wait to read :D

Bought:
So I walk into the library, cold and find a book sale. YES. My favourite. So I look through the books and I find this for...10p! So I got it of course. It wasn't till I got home that I realised that it was actually signed too. So I'm so happy about this one :) And it's in the hardback cover I prefer.

Wicked - Gregory Maguire
As I had a bit of charity shop slesh, I found this for £1.75, and called my friend who loves Wicked. I mean LOVES. So I got it for her. And I shall nick it off her once she's read it. Watch this space. :)



Cardigan; £12.50 - charity shop
Top; £7.99 - H&M
Leggings; £9 - New Look
So I bought this looovely cardigan yesterday in....a charity shop. I have some fetish for them at the moment...it's weird, I know. And I'm so proud of it. It's lovely and woolen so should keep me warm this winter with a long sleeve top and leggings. So I was so happy :)
By the way, I don't normally take pictures of myself....I think it's a bit vain and stupid but it was easier for this. 

Have a great week! :)

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Infinity - Sarah Dessen

Yes. Sarah Dessen is BACK. With a vengance.
I heard about this a couple of months ago and I saw it in Waterstones, thinking about adding it to my current Sarah Dessen collection of books on my bookshelf. While relishing in how much I love this woman, I turned it over to find it was £3.99 for 94 pages. Then, opening it to inspect whether it was worth it, I realised that Infinity is actually only 33 pages long, which I read in one sitting, the rest are extracts from her other full length novels, Just Listen and That Summer.
Anyway, pronoucing it a bit of a rip-off, you can imagine my happiness when I saw it in the library when I went to get The Resistance. Without even looking at the blurb, I picked it up and rushed to the counter.

First Sentence: Lately I don't dream about Anthony. I dream about the roundabout

This SHORT story is all about making choices as a 16 year old teenager. The girl in Infinity has just passed her driving test and new on the road. There are two things in her life that she has to make choices about soon. 1. Her boyfriend, Anthony, wants to have sex with her but somethng it making her push him away, making their relationship suffer. 2. The roundabout. The roundabout in her town, is a massive chaotic roundabout that's left her mother avoiding it completely. Will she go around it or like everything else, take the shortcut out of it?

Even though it was petty 33 pages long, this book somehow was good. It doesn't particularly have the potenical to be a full-length novel but Sarah Dessen still somehow established the characters and the scene in those 33 pages. The only person in the whole story who was given a name was Anthony. I don't know particularly why Sarah Dessen did this - maybe to show that he's not the unique character, that he's just an ordinary boy that every girl will meet once in a while - thank god, it hasn't happened to me yet.
The girl in Infinity is never named which adds a bit of intrigue. The idea of the roundabout it great, it reminded me of a few around here that are sometimes chaos and how I watch my mother's concentration as she somehow gets around the mass of cars going in the same direction. It's incredible - and definitely makes me fear becoming a driver in 2 years time. That itself is just weird.

This is a very short story about growing up and basically being a teenager.
I give it 3.5/5

Author's Website: http://www.sarahdessen.com/

The Resistance - Gemma Malley

To any regular followers, they will remember my excitement and loving for the first in this fantastic series, The Declaration. To see my review on that, click here.
WARNING: THERE MAY BE SPOLIERS FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T READ THE DECLARATION.

Anyway, that was a great book. And because I really wanted to know what happens next, I looked on the council Libraries website, typed this in, saw it was avaliable at three of my local libraries. Then, realising it was a Sunday, and that libraries are annoyingly closes on a Monday & Sunday, I was so happy when I realised that one of these open every day! I mean...that's never heard of in Library world. So I got the bus there and like they say the rest is history.
Anyway, it's due back today so I thought I better write a review as it's sitting next to me.

First Sentence: Overhead lighting, bleak and uncompromising, shone down in the small room like a prison guard's searchlight, picking out every speck of dust, every mark on the cheap carpet, every smudged fingerprint on the window sill.

The year is 2140 - a couple of months after the events of The Declaration. Having escaped the horrors of Grange Hall, Peter and Anna are living freely on the Outside, trying hard to lead normal lives, but unable to leave the terror of the Declaration—and their experiences as surpluses—completely behind them. Peter is determined to infiltrate Pharma Corporation, which claims to have a new drug in the works; "Longevity+" will not just stop the ravages of old age, it is rumored to reverse the aging process. But what Peter and Anna discover behind the walls of Pharma is so nightmarish it makes the prison of their childhood seem like a sanctuary. Shocking, controversial, and frighteningly topical, this sequel to Gemma Malley’s stellar debut novel, The Declaration, will take the conversation about ethics and science to the next level.
(From Goodreads.com)

    I thought that The Declaration was good but this I think was much much better. Most of the story is taken from Peter's point of view, unlike only Anna in the first one. To be honest, I think he was much more interesing, there's more mystery behind him, things we don't entirely know about. In this one, they also focus on Richard Pincent, Peter's grandfather and the founder of Pincent Pharmas, the main maker of Longevity. We find out more about Peter and the company and about the past actually. There was new characters, Jude, Maria, Dr Edwards. And the oldies, Anna, Peter, Pip. All have things about them, that we keep you hanging on, wanting to know more.
In addition, I think it was also better because it was longer. It's 317 pages, unlike the 200-odd of The Declaration which I must admit, did have a few tedious bits (This had none at all). I love books where you're constantly finding things out and this is definitely one of them. Things are said that could have two meanings, to keep you guessing. There were also things I guessed right, which made me happy.
Gemma Malley has successful made this novel so she is always playing with the reader's mind and opinions which is an incredible skill. I know I'm going on about how it's written, but really, it does kind of 'make' the book.
Unlike, other reviews I've read about this one, yes, the topic is quite hard-hitting and you do have to concentrate a bit, I think the excution was better than The Declaration.
But like most books, I think this one is prefered by different people. I would recommend this to anyone that likes a bit of guessing, mystery and finding out all the possiblities of the future.

I know through reading this series so far, I've thought about what my future could be like and could I be around for tablets that make you live forever, cure cancer. It's a nice thought and recently I have found myself in the middle of lessons thinking, 'In another life, I may not be here. What will it be like when I do die? Do I want to die?'

The idea of Longevity is very appealing, but if it was reality, would you actually sign The Declaration, and live a long life, forever?
What do you guys think - what option would you go for?


Author's Website: http://www.gemmamalley.com/
 
The Legacy, the third in the series is out now in Hardback.

Friday, 15 October 2010

ASK REBECCA MONTH! (New)

Me in Brighton :)


Okay. I know I'm not the most creative person in the world, neither am I the most interesting or have some amazing life story to tell.
So this is why I'm launching *drumroll* ASK REBECCA MONTH. 
And I also know some of you will be thinking 'Hang on, it was launched a few days ago. But the form link, doesn't work so I'm going for traditional methods. The Comments Box. Ah. I love it :)
All you have to do scroll down to the comments box, ask your question about me, leave your name, and add a link to your blog, website, Facebook, Twitter - whichever one you want more visitors for. Easy. If you don't have any of those and still want to ask a question, just ask ahead and leave your name. It's fine :)
I'll try and see all of them, depending of course how many people actually bother. This is your chance to advertise your blog on (according to my Stats) one of the most looked at pages on Rebecca-Books. 
I will be drawing them from a hat if I get loads, so there are a few ways to get more entries in:
 - A post of your blog (+4)
 - Twitter (+1)
 - Facebook (+1)


Please state which ones you have done with a link to it with your question, name, and address.
Now, those lovely Terms and Conditions that no-one looks at but PLEASE read these, there are only a few, Don't worry about it. I'll keep it brief...sorry, try.

1. If there aren't enough questions by the end of the month, then, it will roll over to the next until I get the amount of questions I want.

2. Please, nothing offensive or stupid, I'll only ignore it when I read it...don't be like the boys at school.

3. If there is an incredible amount of questions and I can't use all of them then, I'm going to put them into a hat and draw the amount I need.

4. There is no prize but if you advertise this on your Blog, Twitter or Facebook, you will be put in the draw the amount times you talk about it.

5. Please don't enter twice. If you do enter and think of another question which you would prefer to ask, just leave your name, address that you left and question in the comments below.

6. This is INTERNATIONAL. And ends November 10th 2010....but may go on a bit longer if necessary. :)

To enter, comment in the comment box below :)
Thanks and have fun :)

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Ramblings #1

Okay I just need to get this off my chest. Well a few things. *Cue long list of things that is happening in my brain at this moment.* Let me commence. 


1.  So. I FINALLY finished this Statistics coursework that I've been getting stressed over for like FOREVER. And it's a Mock. YES A STRESSFUL MOCK. Because I wasn't told what I was doing. Anyway. I'm so proud I finished it 4 days early. YAAY. 


2. I hate it when people who are normally so lovely and compliment you on how pretty you look today in dreary school uniform and then behind your apparently 'pretty' back, go and bitch about you to YOUR TWO BEST FRIENDS. I mean, who does that? And the things it was about. The most pathetic things I have heard in my whole bitching experience. They just don't like the fact I'm friends with them. AND, I talked to them when no-one else did and I hardly appreciate it when they're like that, do I?


3. Halloween. I cannot wait. It's my first Halloween in the country, normally I'm away as it's in half term usually. So I'm away this half term (sorry guys. Going to AMERICA :D ) but come back on halloween morning so I can go to my friend's HARRY POTTER themed party. Oh yeah. You heard it. Joey is also attending. I shall put pictures up. Don't worry. 
BUT my one problem is I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO WEAR. I might go for a blue jumper and a black skirt with patterned tights and my friend, Abbi is lending me a Hogwarts 7-8 aged robe. But still...does anyone know where I can get something like this, just comment below:
The Jumper part? 

 4. I've been thinking this for a while because now I'm hooked on blogging. Seriously. I am, it's weird I know. SO. I've decided that this is going to be not only a Book Blog, but a Fashion and like 'My Life blog' too. Of course, it will be mostly about Books but they would be an add on. So. The Fashion part will have like Latest buys, my love for Vintage clothing and jewellery and anything in that department that I get excited about. The Life part will be like, well, this. And I shall include pictures of any exciting moments in my life. So...you have that to look forward to. To come in the not too distant future :)


5. Erm...is that the end? I think so. Oh the competition link isn't working, thanks to Joey telling me, so when I have some free time, I'll change it and make a whole new post.


6. Urgh. Still fuming after this crappy week. 


Sorry about the word 'bitch'. Best word to describe it and let's face it, it isn't the most offensive word.
If you've got this far, Thanks for reading :)

Monday, 11 October 2010

How I want to live in America right now....

Bright Young Things is one of the most eagerly awaiting novels of the year. The next series for the personally amazing Anna Godberson who stunned teenagers....including me, with her 1) amazing front cover and 2) great series of The Luxe Series which included four novels, Luxe, Rumours, Envy, Splendor featuring four young women in 1900's New York and the things they get up to. It was an amazing series and most YA bloggers have heard of them, in America and England.

To see my review of Splendor, click here.

Now on to the point. In the 'blogosphere', everyone is gearing up for the realease of this on the 12th October, tomorrow. But for us English folk as this is an American novel, we have to wait until 1st JANUARY 2011.
I'm not joking. I am so annoyed.

I mean, I know we're a different continent and it's the same for America with English authors but still. I think they should really be realeased at the same time in both places. Then, you don't have English readers waiting and waiting for it while seeing reviews like 'OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS BOOK.' and vice versa.

What do you think? Hm.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

The Declaration - Gemma Malley

I got this off the wonderful as ever, Joey when I was at her house. If you have no idea, who I am talking about, click here for an explaination.

First Sentence: My name is Anna. My name is Anna and I shouldn't be here. I shouldn't exist. But I do.


It's 2140, a Nazi-like era where no-one dies because of Longevity drugs. Sign the Declaration, agree not to have children and you too can live forever. Refuse, and you will live as an outcast. For the children born outside the law, it only gets worse – Surplus status, lowest of low - repaying your parent's sins for having you.
Surplus Anna, six months away from being released from Grange Hall and becoming a Valuable Asset, is about to meet Peter, who tells her shocking things about the Outside and makes her start to question the rules and want to try and find a better future. They both find out secrets about themselves, each other and the world that the generations before them have created.

The amount of times I have seen this novel and wondered about it. There was always something there, making me not quite want to read it. Maybe because it's set in the future, a setting I have something against. Probably because of my love for historical books. Or it just sounded too complex. Which it is. But Gemma Malley takes you into that world and understand everything.
I really enjoyed it. It was a definite page turner and made me think about the world a little bit. I mean, think about it. I probably wouldn't be here at 15, writing this if there was Longevity drugs - or be a Surplus. It also made me think about all the problems in the world today and in the book. I worry about homework and coursework and boys and that, but what about possible 'Surpluses' now, how are they being treated? Similar to the book?
This didn't explain every foreign word used but you still got the gest of what was going on. I loved Anna and Peter's relationship. It wasn't not friendly but still not too friendly if you know what I mean. AND I realised that Anna and Peter were the main characters in Auslander, a book set in Nazi Germany which made me smile as they are pretty similar.
This book I also found out is part of a trilogy. The second one is going to be read next, The Resistance. And the last one was released last week, The Legacy. So I'm look forward to reading those :)
I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't mind a bit of fantasy. It's such a gripping book, I promise that you'll love it from start to end which lots of twists and turns throughout...seriously. The amount of times I was like 'Oh my god!'....

Author's Website: http://www.gemmamalley.com/