The Liebster Award (again. . . again)

Hi there,
So I know I’ve done this twice already but I was nominated again by Salha Abuhayer over at The Journey’s of a girl. Her blog is amazing and she talks about a really cool range of things including her own travel experiences. So if you haven’t seen my last two posts about this go and check those out to find out the rules. Okay so the questions to be answered are:

1) What is your ambition in life?
My ambition in life is to travel as much as I possibly can, to see as much of the world as is possible, and to write a book. I really want to be a writer and I really want to travel and those are my ambitions in my life.

2) If you could have any superpower, what one would it be?
I thought long and hard about this question actually and I came up with the perfect answer. I would have the superpower to manipulate probability. Imagine that! Whats the probability I have a million dollars? Up to 100% please! Whats the probability I achieve all my goals in life? Up to 100% please! It would be the best power and I could have anything I wanted.

3) What was the last book you read and what where your thoughts on it? 
The last book I read was All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and I really enjoyed it. It reminded me somewhat of I’ll Give you the Sun and it was just so beautiful and poetic. I felt a real connection with the characters in the book and it’s become one of my favourite stand-alone’s.

4) Do you have any pets? If yes, post a picture of them (optional).
I do have pets. I have a cat named Princess and she is the love of my life. I don’t have any pictures of her right here though, sorry. I also have five goldfish. Their names are: Colin, Rosie, Frank, Alfie and the Flash. Pretty strange names for fish but I love them.

5) Tea, coffee or hot chocolate?
I don’t actually like any of them. . .

6) What’s your favourite season? Why?
Summer. Heat. Sun.

7) Your favourite quote?
I have a lot but right now one of my favourites is “no one can make you feel inferior without your consent” but I don’t actually remember where I heard it.

8) If you had to only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
I’d have a big fat slice of chocolate cake. That would be it, I love a big of cake.

9) Which book(s) have had an impact on your life? Was it positive or negative?
Loads of books have had an impact on my life and all where positive.
Harry Potter: really got me into reading
Divergent: made me see the bravery in myself
The Storyteller: made me see the Holocaust in a really real light
The Mortal Instruments: brought me closer to my friends
All I know Now: gave my hope and inspiration
Nineteen Minutes: made me see killers in a whole new light
Thirteen Reasons Why: made me see suicide in a whole new way
Leaving Time: made me think about death differently.
Heroes of Olympus: brought back my childhood at a time when I really needed it.

10) A book you would recommend?
I have a lot of books I would recommend. Check out my post on recommendations and my monthly wrap-ups to see.

Alright so I won’t nominate anyone because the people I nominated before are the people I would nominate again. So thanks again to Salha for the nomination and I’ll see you all later in the week for my first post for my new segment.

Signing off, Verity

Change

Hi there,
This post is going to be different from usual posts I make. I want to make some changes on this blog. I’ve been operating now for over a year and it’s time to change some things. First and, I believe, most importantly I have decided to reveal my real name. If any of you follow the blog NerdyChampagne you will have realised that my name was already accidentally revealed over on that blog. So it’s probably time I reveal my name to you.

Hi, my name is Verity. So now you know. I’d like to explain why I used an alias in the first place. I hid my true name because I wanted to remain anonymous. I used the name Charlie because it is a unisex name and so you would not know my gender either. Anonymity was important to me because I did not yet know what would happen to this blog, whether people would interact with it or not and whether it would take off, As it is I have gathered a fair few followers and have a lot of views every day. So now it’s been revealed. My name is Verity. Nice to meet you.

The second change I want to make is in the content of my blog. Now I still want to blog about books and fandoms because I love blogging about that stuff. But I’d also like to start a segment every once in a while about more serious issues. Bullies, friends, school, love. I don’t have much authority to give any advice at all but I might be able to help someone.

The third and final change I’ll be making is how often I upload. Now I want to upload more, so, twice a week I’ll be uploading. Once, to share a book review or book tag, and the second to write for the new segment. I hope I can stick to this because I really want to upload more for all of you.

I hope you welcome these changes because I’m really excited to start making over this blog. See you in the changing future.

Signing off, Verity

Disney Book Tag

Hi there,
So today I discovered the Disney book tag and, having an infinate and insane love of Disney and books, I just had to do it. The tag was created by youtuber Katytastic, you should check out that video and then the rest of her channel because she is really awesome and has some really good book recommendations. Alright so without further ado, lets get started.

1. The Little Mermaid – a character who is out of their element, a “fish out of water”
Mare from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard is definitely a character who is a “fish out of water”. She is a commoner from the Stilts and is put into a really unreal situation, going undercover in the palace after she discovers she has a deadly ability. That was one of the funnest “fish out of water” themed books because she just kind of rolled with it.

2. Cinderella – a character who goes through a major transformation
For this question I would have to go with Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Charlie started out self-conscious, shy and very co-dependent on others. As the story progressed, particularly towards the end, Charlie was more out spoken and independent and the transformation he went through was really significant in the story.

3. Snow White – a book with an eclectic cast of characters
I’ll have to go with the characters from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor. There are so many amazing characters in that story, so many we get a point of view from and I loved all the detail in the angels and chimaera. They are really interesting characters and there were such an abundance of them, still giving us pieces of vital information about them.

4. Sleeping Beauty – a book that put you to sleep
All I Know Now by Carrie hope Fletcher, but not because it was boring. Carrie is one of my all time favourite youtubers and reading her book I imagined her voice. Her inspiring words just washed over me and really calmed me greatly. I loved the entire book and I also felt sleepy and at piece while I was reading it.

5. The Lion King – a character who had something traumatic happen to them in childhood
What character from YA literature didn’t have something traumatic happen to them in childhood? I suppose I have to pick one though so I’m going to choose Ruby from the Darkest Minds trilogy (if you haven’t read the series skip to the next question there will be spoilers). Ruby was only 10 I think when she was taken from her home to Thurmond, the worst camp there was for children like her. Before that she literally erased herself from her parents memories and had to live with that for the rest of her life. Then only a year later she erased herself from her best friends memory too. It’s insane! And very traumatic of course.

6. Beauty and the Beast – A beast of a book (a big book) that you were intimidated by, but found the story to be beautiful
I was very intimidated by A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin when I first picked it up because it is a massive book! It’s around 800-900 pages I think. It was a gorgeously written book though and I loved the story and all the characters. I’m looking forward to reading A Clash of Kings later this year.

7. Aladdin – a character who gets their wish granted, for better or worse
For this question I’ll have to go with Karou from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor. Basically Karou doesn’t know who she is or where she comes from and wishes to discover that. For better or worse she does and it kind of turns out to be a bit of both.

8. Mulan – a character who pretends to be someone or something they are not
For this one I’ll go with Augustus Waters from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green just to throw something sad into the mix. I assume you all know the story but if not, leave now. So Augustus Waters gets really really sick. . . with cancer. . . And he can’t be cured. He pretends to be healthy and well for a while to protect Hazel Grace but ends up dying anyway. . . thanks John Green. 

9. Toy Story – a book with characters you wish would come to life
Obviously the characters from the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. The characters in those books are some of my all time favourites and I absolutely wish they could come to life and then bring me back to their world. . . Oh the dreams of me.

10. Disney Descendants – your favorite villain or morally ambiguous character
For favourite villain I choose two groups of villains. The first, the aliens from The Fifth Wave series by Rick Yancy and the second, the angels from the Angelfall trilogy by Susanne Ee. They both really interest me and I love reading about them and learning the ins and outs of how they work. It is really intense reading scenes that include them and I think they’re both so clever, particularly the aliens.

Alright so that is it for the Disney Book tag, I hope you enjoyed it and feel free to comment your own answers down below (not that any of you ever do).

Signing off, Charlie

April Wrap-up

Hi there,
I sincerely apologise for my absent of late, I have been super duper busy and have also just not been in the mood to be blogging. Today I thought I’d do something relatively easy and just tell you what I read last month. In the month of April I managed to read a great total of 6 books, all of which were amazing. I don’t think I read a single book this month that I didn’t like. Today I’ll be sharing which books I read, I’ll give a brief description and then share my thoughts.

1) Prodigy by Marie Lu
At the beginning of the month I read Prodigy, the second book in the Legend series by the incredible Marie Lu. This series is a Les Miserable re-telling and it was absolutely amazing. It was so fast-paced, really exciting and the characters were kick-ass. I recommend this book to lovers of dystopian novels, it was really fantastic.
Rating: * * * * *

2) Champion by Marie Lu
After finishing Prodigy I went straight on to reading Champion, the final book in the Legend series. This was probably my favourite book in the series. The action was so intense and I loved the characters even more. The ending was incredibly sad and I cried for ages but I really did love this trilogy, it’s one of my favourites.
Rating: * * * * *

3) Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Daughter of Smoke and Bone, as you may know, is one of my all-time favourite series and this month I got the final book in the mail and finished the trilogy! It made me smile, it made me cry and I loved every last second of it. This series is high fantasy and it’s based around Karou, a girl who was raised by Chimaera in a world where there are angels. It is intensely high-fantasy so more mature fantasy readers should definitely read this.

4) I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
This is a young adult contemporary novel and it has become one of my favourites. It focuses around twins, Noah and Jude, who, after their mothers death, become distant and changed. This book really moved me in so many ways. The writing style was so poetic and beautiful and the story and characters were so rich and enveloping. I recommend this to everyone, I think everyone can get something out of it.
Rating: * * * * *

5) Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
This is a modern take on the classic wizard of Oz story. Amy Gumm, a teenager from Earth gets whisked away to Oz by a powerful tornado. She discovers that Dorothy has become evil and must take the scarecrows brain, steal the lions courage, snatch the tin mans heart and then Dorothy Must Die. It was a little too clumped up in the beginning and the story moved far too fast but at about halfway it slowed down and I got really into it. It was pretty fast-paced and it was really easy to read. I enjoyed it and I recommend it to people that like fairy-tale re-telling’s/mash-up things.
Rating: * * * *

6) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
This story is based around a society that is seperated by blood colours; red or silver. The silver bloods has special abilities so they are the ruling empire. A 17-year old red girl from the stilts has resigned herself to a life at the war front when she discovers she has a deadly ability of her own. This book was amazingly good. The plot was deep and dark and I couldn’t trust anyone yet I trusted everyone! The characters both confused me and drew me in for more. The plot twist at the end blew my mind and I just couldn’t get enough. I recommend this to lovers of dystopian novels who want a little something more than just ordinary people.
Rating: * * * *

And that is what I read in the month of April. I shan’t be doing a May TBR because as you can tell I didn’t really read any of the books in my April TBR because situations change and other books present themselves. I hope you enjoyed this and again I’m sorry for not posting for a while.

Signing off, Charlie