Sunday, August 7, 2016

{REVIEW} Binge by Tyler Oakley

Title: Binge
Author: Tyler Oakley
Series: Stand-alone
Genre: Nonfiction, Humor, Biography
Publication: October 20th, 2015
Rating: ★★★★☆

Pop-culture phenomenon, social rights advocate, and the most prominent LGBTQ+ voice on YouTube, Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty, personal, and hilarious essays.

For someone who made a career out of over-sharing on the Internet, Tyler has a shocking number of personal mishaps and shenanigans to reveal in his first book: experiencing a legitimate rage blackout in a Cheesecake Factory; negotiating a tense stand­off with a White House official; crashing a car in front of his entire high school, in an Arby’s uniform; projectile vomiting while bartering with a grandmother; and so much more. In Binge, Tyler delivers his best untold, hilariously side-splitting moments with the trademark flair that made him a star.
I've loved Tyler ever since I saw one of his videos on Youtube. There's just something so incredibly captivating about him ... he's adorable, funny and besides that he's also very inspiring and creative. This book proves just as much - he shares intimate stories with his readers/viewers and talks openly about the things he learned in life. His school time, relationships, casual hook-ups, his internet presence, different jobs he's had over the years and so much more.

I have to admit, I never read a biography before nor am I really into nonfiction books but this one might change my opinion about them - especially biographies always seemed very boring to me. This one definitely wasn't and I think what made me love this book so much is that you could totally see/feel/read that this was Tyler Oakley. I mean, everything in this book just screams his name and didn't feel fake or like it's written by someone else. If it was - which I doubt, really - they did a great job. I just felt so connected to him and even could relate to a few things he told us about. It gives (me) hope and shows that even "failures" can lead to something so much better.

The readers got a really deep insight into his life - present and past - and to see that he's just as normal as everyone else actually makes him even more likable. He's been through a lot but still managed to become a happy person and to live life to its fullest. Honestly, I'd love to have a friend like Tyler Oakley ... I mean, who wouldn't? This guy's great and I love him! Also, we can definitely learn a few things from him ... I think I certainly did.

Fact is, Tyler is an amazing human being and I'm sure with the topics he talks about and all the things he's shared so far, he's helped more than one person. No matter if it is to make them smile, actually learn something or help them through a hard time of their lives - Tyler is inspiring, admirable, intelligent and just an overall interesting person. I'm really glad I read Binge & personally, I think, if you like his Youtube videos or even are just curious/interested in him as a person, you'd surely enjoy this book - it's definitely worth a read!

★★★★☆
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*** Also, I'm so sorry for not posting anything in ages ... I haven't forgotten but I've been in a huge slump? Kind of? I thought taking a break would be best because I didn't wanna force myself into posting stuff I'm not happy with or interested in. Ah well. I hope my blog will be back to normal really soon though, I miss all of you so much! ♥

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Zombie Apocalypse Book Tag

What? We're talking about zombies? DAMN RIGHT! These days anything can happen and I do believe that sometime in the future there might be a zombie apocalypse. Do I want that to happen? MAYBE?! But honestly, I'd be dead within 24 hours ... I think. I have a lot of knowledge to brag with and theoretically I'm be the most badass zombie slayer you can think of but ... weeeelll, I'd probably trip while running away from zombies and die really soon. Ha. Maybe my awesome team of book characters will help me though - let's find out who joins me!

What to do?
  • Pick 5 books (favorites or random but know the characters).
  • Write the name of the books on strips of paper.
  • Draw one piece randomly for it to be your book/choice
  • Open to a random page and use the first name you see to answer question 1.
  • Use the same book for question 2, but turn to a different page.
  • Repeat the steps 2-5 till you answered all the questions.

    Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban

    1. The first person to die: Hermione Granger

    NOOOO. I REFUSE TO BELIEVE AND ACCEPT THIS. What's a world without our brave and amazing Hermione? *sobs* Actually, I have a hard time believing this ... she's so clever, I doubt she'd be the first to die.


    2. The person you trip to get away from the zombies: Ron Weasley

    I mean ... he kinda wants to die anyway now that Hermione is dead, no? Maybe I did him an honor, who knows? He can't possibly want to live without Hermione ... so, oops? I STILL FEEL SO BAD, OH MY GOD.


    Crown of Midnight

    3. The first person to turn into a zombie: Chaol Westfall

    I'm okay with that? I mean, Chaol's nice and all but I didn't care much about him in the books I've read so far, hahah. I'm sorry? *hides from all the Chaol fans*


    4. The person that trips YOU to get away from the zombies: Dorian Havillard

    WHY?! I LOVED YOU. I feel so betrayed, Dorian! I never thought you would do this to me!! You were one of my favorite princes ... I'm no. I'M SHOCKED. HOOOOW?!?!?


    The King Slayer

    5. The idiot of the team: Malcolm

    Would I want him on my team? I think, even though he can be seen as some kind of an idiot (that sounds so mean!), he still has his good sides. Okay, he has no clue about the world around him but he can easily adapt - and if there's something to fight for, he'll stay by your side. Okay, I take him. Let's go, Malcolm ... and please don't get us killed.


    6. The "brains" of the team: Schuyler

    JACKPOT! Schuyler is actually the best I could've gotten ... seriously, he's the best help I can imagine and I'm so happy to have him on my team. Also, he an read other people's mind, which obviously makes him "the brains" of our team ... if that isn't freaking awesome and extremely helpful, I don't know.


    Six of Crows

    7. The team's medic: Nina

    Nina as our medic? Hmmm, would that work out? I think so, considering that she helped some of her friends already ... definitely better than no one; I trust her to do this!


    8. The weapons expert: Jesper 

    Okay, that's awesome! If I remember correctly he's great with guns, right? I mean ... they'd make a hell of a noise so we'd probably attract A LOT of zombies but I have faith in Jesper, haha. I'm sure he's good with loads of other (more silent) weapons as well and can teach us a few things.


    A Court of Mist and Fury

    9. The brawler: Mor

    Mor as a brawler? Hmmm, I could imagine that somehow. I mean, if it's about the people she loves, I'm sure Mor can kick ass. She would, actually. And if she concentrates all her wrath on you ... well, basically you're screwed. Better think twice before doing something she doesn't like! :P


    10. The Team Captain: Rhysand

    I TRIED IT A COUPLE TIMES WITH THIS, OKAY? But it all came back to Rhys. Seriously, it's like my eyes are searching out his name. I tried getting someone else but ... actually I don't mind. He'd be a great team captain so ... I'M AT YOUR SERVICE, CAPTAIN RHYS. For more private things than just fighting zombies ... ahem.

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    I'm not tagging anyone in particular but I ENCOURAGE YOU DO TO THIS TAG! It's so much fun and I'd love to know what YOUR team would look like! :D

    Sunday, July 10, 2016

    WRAP UP: June

    A very belated wrap up for June is coming your way, hola! I'm so sorry but I completely forgot to post this ... and also I haven't took any pictures these past few weeks. I was so inactive on EVERY social media site and couldn't be bothered to change it, ugh. But here it is, even though it's not that exciting anyway - I only finished 2 books last month; the third one took me almost a month to finish so it doesn't count anymore ... ah well. Let's have a look at my "sad" reading month, shall we? :D

    The Crown by Kiera Cass and Binge by Tyler Oakley
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    Reviews can be read by clicking on the title of the book! I linked them all! :) Reviews to come!
    1. The Crown by Kiera Cass - ★★★★☆
    2. Binge by Tyler Oakley - ★★★★☆

    On the brighter side, I started BONE GAP by Laura Ruby and it's AMAZING so far! I really like the beautiful writing style and that everything seems so mysterious ... it's captivating and very, very interesting! I'm halfway through and still have no clue (ha, rimes!) but I love it! ♥ Have any of you read it already? Or plan on reading it soon?

    How was June for you guys? How many books have you read and which ones? Leave me the link to YOUR wrap up!! :D

    Tuesday, July 5, 2016

    {REVIEW} The Crown by Kiera Cass

    Title: The Crown
    Author: Kiera Cass
    Series: The Selection #5
    Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
    Publication: May 3rd, 2016
    Rating: ★★★★☆ or less?

    When Eadlyn became the first princess of IllĂ©a to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

    Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.
    What is it with those Selection books that make me like them even though I don't  really like them? This doesn't even make sense to my own ears. They're addictive and sometimes really bad and cringe-worthy but I still KIND OF enjoy reading them??? Either way, I'm happy this is the last book of the series ... and I really hope it stays this way. It should've ended after the third book but then again I ended up giving The Heir 5 stars anyway (don't even ask me HOW I could do that; I have no idea!! Need to change that ...) and this one didn't get a bad rating as well. Hmm.

    I remember I was rooting for my beloved Erik / Eikko because he's just adorable and made the story somewhat more interesting, in my opinion. I just couldn't help but fall in love with him - HE'S SO SWEET AND I LOVE HIM! Kile was my second favorite but I never quite felt the chemistry between Eadlyn and him? Like, no? Okay, I admit, there also wasn't THAT much chemistry between Erik and Eadlyn at first but there were little hints to where this could lead ... it just felt better to me. 

    As of Eadlyn herself, I have to say that she was okay in this book. I absolutely couldn't stand her in the beginning of the first book but thank goodness she changed a bit (as well as in this book) - she's still selfish and mostly thinks about herself first but ... especially towards the end she realized how wrong she was all this time and actually starts to change her behavious and all that. I don't approve of all her decisions and I certainly don't think she's the best character ever but ... I don't know, maybe this book just mushed my brain and I can't think straight anymore. HELP!!!

    The plot was almost non-existent, which is sad because this series had potential. There were rebel groups and attacks and she could've definitely told us some more about these things, make this a whole lot more interesting ... but she didn't. Instead she focused on Eadlyn and her duty and finding a husband and many other "unimportant" things. Seeing it that way is actually disappointing and yet I still enjoyed it most of the times ... oh my, oh my. There was one big plot twist that I absolutely didn't see coming - it would've probably been a really good one but it came out of no where and therefore I was like "Ummm, okay? REALLY?! NOW?!", so yeah. Without sounding mean, Kiera definitely has potential but I don't think she quite knows how to use it properly? She could've done so much better.

    So, am I happy with the ending I got? Let's just say I'm glad Eadlyn chose the right person but she could've done that within one (a bit longer) book as well and we wouldn't have needed to wait so long - it was quite obvious to me, haha. Also, it didn't feel like a conclusion - there are unanswered questions about the kingdom, the people, the rebel groups and all I wanted of Kiera was to give us a GOOD explanation. A good ending ... oh well. I still had lots of fun reading this series and thought the books weren that bad but ... don't write any new books to this series, Kiera. 

    ★★★★☆

    And before I end this, please check out Maaike's hilarious review - just so you know, she gave the book +0.5 stars; bear this in mind! I agree with many things she said but still couldn't give the book a lower rating ... maybe because I'm actually pleased with who Eadlyn ended up, maybe because I have no common sense or because I just turned off my brain while reading, haha. Either way, I LOVE HER REVIEW!