I Dare You Book Tag


I was tagged by Jess at bookendsendings in the I Dare You book tag.  The rules are:

  • You must be honest
  • You can’t not answer a question
  • You have to tag at least four people

Here are my answers

  1. Which book has been on your shelves the longest?

The Sesame Street Players Present The Little Red Hen. I’ve had it since I was very small and would never get rid of it. I loved this story so much when I was younger.

  1. What is your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next?

I’m currently in the middle of two books I need to reread for my English Alevel; In Cold Blood and Jane Eyre as well as reading The Outliers for pleasure. My last read was the Auctor Trilogy (amazing by the way – my review is coming soon). The book I’ll read next will be The Scattering (the sequel to The Outliers).

  1. What book(s) did everyone like and you hated?

I tried to read the Hobbit and literatly couldn’t get past the second page.

  1. Which book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

The Divergent series, it’s been on my shelf for years but I never reach for them.

  1. Which book are you saving for “retirement”?

I’m not saving any for actual retirement (that’s a long long way off). I am however, saving loads of books for summer after my exams are finished including The Bone Season, Rebellion and The Hate You Give.

  1. Last page: read it first or wait till the end?

People do that?? How could you read the last page first?? I don’t understand. I always wait until the end.

  1. Acknowledgements: waste of ink and paper or interesting aside?

I think the acknowledgements are a lovely idea. I don’t always read them but when I do they can be quite interesting.

  1. Which book character would you switch places with?

Hermione’s daughter. She gets to experience Hogwarts without any of the dark lord stuff ruining the magic and awe of it.

  1. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life?

The Series of Unfortunate Events remind me of the time in year 4 when I made a fuss at school as a boy in my year had got to read the series which was on the year 5 shelf and I didn’t. I read them because of this. I did not like the fact he was allowed to read year 5 books and I was not.

  1. Name a book you acquired in some interesting way.

I got Robyn Silver from being the first to run to the Scholastic stand at YALC 2016 and saying the special word. Not that interesting but I cannot think of anything else.

  1. Have you ever given away a book for a special reason to a special person?

Not that I can think of. Though I wanted to give a copy of Am I Normal Yet? to all of my friends last year when I read it, but I didn’t as that would have been very expensive. I did recommend it though.

  1. Which book has been with you to the most places?

Jane Eyre. I took it to a Uni offer holder day to Exeter and it’s been to college and work. It goes with me incase I need to read something in my free time as it’s then productive and revision too.

  1. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I hated Shakespeare in school due to reading King Lear, but now that I’ve read Much Ado About Nothing, I have realised he’s not too bad.

  1. What is the strangest item you’ve ever found in a book?

A receipt?

  1. Used or brand new?

I prefer brand new when I can. However, growing up I normally brought used books if they were in an okay condition.

  1. Have you ever read a Dan Brown?

He was on my shelf for a couple of years but I never wanted to read it over my other books. I loved the movies though and would like to one day.

  1. Have you ever seen a movie you liked better than the book?

Jane Eyre. Much Ado About Nothing. Literally just classics.

  1. A book that NEVER should have been published.

I’m not sure how to answer that as everyone likes different things. But if you forced me to answer, Trainspotting. I thought it was an awful book that I can barely understand and it is just disgusting.

  1. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks being excluded from this question?

The feast in the Hunger Games before they go into the arena springs to mind. I’m not sure if it actually made me hungry though.

  1. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

Amber from The Mile Long Bookshelf.

That’s all 20 questions. Thanks Jess for tagging me, it was fun. I tag:

EDIT: If you’d like to tag yourself, feel free to. And please send them to me (comment below or @butterflybourne on Twitter), I’d love to read your answers.

Note: Many of the books mentioned are in the image at the top of the page if you wondered what they were. 

Marvin’s Curse – Short Review

marvins curseHow would you handle the dead?

After losing his dad, 17 year old Marvin finds he can see and talk to the dead, an inherited ‘gift’. Bonus, you might think, but Marvin hates it. It makes him different and he just wants to be ‘normal’. He meets Stella in the graveyard that backs onto the house he’s just moved into.

‘My name is Stella, Stella McCartney. It says so inside my trousers.’ (!?!)

A mysterious business card reveals that Stella has lost her memories and all signs point to Moghador, a gateway to hell where a pawnbroker holds the answers.

Having lost his dad and been forced to move house, Marvin is understandably distraught. With his new start, he wants to ‘fit in’ just like any other teenager. Wants however aren’t always achieved and Marvin discovers he can see and talk to the dead. After befriending a ghost called Stella, Marvin has to travel to hell to get the answers he’s seeking.

Marvin’s Curse by Debra Edwards is unique, creative story; I’ve never read anything like it. I really loved the idea of the plot and the relationship between the characters. It was well written and the characters were well built and allow us as readers to feel different emotions towards them. Marvin’s annoyance was completely understandable and his want to fit it is completely relatable to most teenagers. I felt sympathy for Stella and her situation and a lot of hatred towards Old Kendigan.

Sometimes I found it difficult to pick up but once I did pick it up, I wanted to know what was going to happen. Overall, it was a good read with unexpected twists and I personally loved the ending.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I originally read it a couple of years ago and posted a 4 star review on Amazon where you can also buy an e-copy.

The Scarecrow Queen – Review


 Warning! Contains small spoilers.

As the Sleeping Prince tightens his hold on Lormere and Tregellan, the net closes in on the ragged band of rebels trying desperately to defeat him. Twylla and Errin are separated, isolated, and running out of time. The final battle is coming, and Aurek will stop at nothing to keep the throne forever . . .

I was so excited to finally get to read the final book in this fab trilogy, and it was so worth the wait. This book was flipping amazing. The ending was perfect, it couldn’t have ended it a better way. I’m so pleased that Twylla got her happy ending.

I was a tad bit nervous to read the book as Melinda Salisbury isn’t exactly a known softy and from Twitter talk I was expecting there to be something horrible it the book. Unless I have no heart, I never felt like it was majorly ripped out. Yes, there were sad and gruesome bits but nothing that you wouldn’t expect from a war/rebellion. There was nothing like I was expecting – thank goodness! (I was imagining some real horrors).

I loved that the narrative was split between Twylla and Errin. I still couldn’t tell you my favourite between them; I love them both.  The most annoying (and very clever) part was that each character section ended on a cliff hanger. It meant I couldn’t put it down. Everything went on hold, including my homework. Homework was not the priority when there was a war raging between the Sleeping Prince and the Rising Dawn. I needed to know.

I feel like I need to have a little shout of to Sister Hope. I feel like she’s such an underrated character. Leif, however, is such a confusing character. By the end I still couldn’t work out whose side he was actually on but I am glad that he can cause no more trouble.  In this book I thought Merek was a great character although in book 1 I thought he was a bit of a selfish stereotypical prince – his return made me smile though and I thought it was brilliant that he got to become friends with Errin and get to try again with Twylla.

Filled with myths, history, battles and suspense, this book was the perfect end to an amazing series. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. If it’s on your TBR and you haven’t read this series yet, why not??? If you’ve read the series, let me know whether your heart was ripped out at any point.

The Scarecrow Queen is the final book in the Sin Eater’s Daughter trilogy and can be brought online or in bookshops.

Missing the old blog??

As you may or may not know, last year I wrote my blog http://www.18thingsbefore.weebly.com. I decided to stop writing it as I had turned 18 and was unsure what to do with it so I decided to start this blog. However, recently I have been missing it and the types of posts I used to post. So I am excited to start posting a mixture of posts again.

However, due to exam season looming, I won’t have the chance to write a lot of new content from April onwards.  I’m really excited to have the time in summer to blog without feeling guilty that I should be working. Until then though I won’t be having zero posts. I’ve decided to share some of my old posts from my old blog http://www.18thingsbefore.weebly.com. I hope you guys enjoy them.

Let me know what types of things you would enjoy reading on my blog.

Remade – Review

remade.jpgLeon and his younger sister, Grace, have recently moved to London from New York and are struggling to settle into their new school when rumours of an unidentified virus in Africa begin to fill the news. Within a week the virus hits London. The siblings witness people turning to liquid before their eyes, and they run for their lives. A month after touching Earth’s atmosphere the virus has assimilated the world’s biomass.

But the virus isn’t their only enemy, and survival is just the first step . . .

Since I read the first Time Riders book, I’ve loved Alex Scarrow’s writing, so when last year I saw he was releasing a new series, I got really excited. I’ve finally got round to reading it and OMG it is terrifying. It seems that, currently, I am drawn to books/TV where a deadly virus spreads quickly. And jeez this one is horrific. Alex Scarrow does not hold back on description (the toilet scene) and it really is disgusting, gory and creepy. I didn’t overly understand all the science bits but it did make the virus seem more real, which is terrifying; this virus is the scariest, most unnatural thing. We’d all be dead if it was real. *shudders*

I love the relationship between Leon and Grace. I feel like it’s a sibling relationship done right with the correct balance of love, hate and teasing. Leon steps up to a leadership role when things go wrong and wants to protect his sister with all of his heart. It was so nice to read. As someone who has a younger sibling, it made me realise I would do anything to keep them safe. The ending, however, was heart wrenching. WHY DID YOU HAVE TO DO THAT SCARROW?! WHY?? I think I sobbed like a baby for a good few minutes. I was glad however when karma was served. I don’t want to spoil anything but the character in question is a very rude word I shouldn’t put on here.

Whilst it ended on a cliff-hanger, I didn’t feel too annoyed. I think I was too sad to feel anything else. I really enjoyed this book and thought it was amazingly written with description so detailed I was afraid I might throw up if I imagined it too much. Reborn (book 2) is out in June and you can bet that I will be getting my hands on a copy to find out what other horrors Alex Scarrow has in store for the characters, and us readers, next.

How to revise maths?

With exams just around the corner (GULP), I’ve decided to do a slightly different post and give you some tips for how to revise maths.

1) Ask your teachers for advice – it may seem scary or embarrassing or make you feel stupid but I can guarantee you that it’s perfectly fine to ask for help. As someone who has offers to study maths at some great universities, I still often ask for help from my teachers. Just a few weeks ago I went back twice to my teacher for help on the same question she’d already helped me with. It was awkward but I now understand how to answer that type of question. It’s great for them to clarify something you don’t understand and it can often stick in your head better if you hear it again.20160404_103931

2) Do loads of practice questions and papers – for maths it isn’t just the case of memorising a few formula; you have to know how to use it. Because of this, it is a good idea to do practice questions for each topic. It is especially important to do practice papers as often the questions on one paper will be very similar to questions on another paper. This can be a great advantage if a question comes up that is similar to one you’ve seen before. (Note: I know this will be harder for those starting the new GCSE’s and A levels where there are not a lot of past papers available)

3) Repeat a formula out loud multiple times – some people work better with audio methods of learning. If you repeat the formula to someone, they can correct you if you get it wrong. I personally find this a good way of memorising formula’s; you want to show that person you can get it right so you are more likely to remember it. If you don’t have someone to do this with, why not make a voice recording of yourself repeating the formula and listen to it whilst on the loo or walking to school.20170225_155519

4) Make revision cards and posters for key formula – by writing out the formula you have to know, it is more likely to stick in your head than if you just read it from a text book. Once you’ve created these resources why not stick them around your room so every time you go past it you can read it. I like putting them next to my light switch so when I turn the light on/off I can read it. (Regarding the picture: yes, I have a dimmer switch – it’s very old)

5) Watch online tutorialsexam solutions or maths and physics tutor (for A level) are brilliant online resources for maths. They have great guides and video tutorials on how to answer maths questions. It will help you to know how to answer the questions for different topics.

Good luck to those of you who have maths exams soon, I hope these help. Please remember that these are just suggestions and might not work for everyone. If you have any questions about maths revision please feel free to comment below.

Solitaire Review

solitaire.jpgIn case you’re wondering, this is not a love story.

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year – before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of A-Levels and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people – I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now.

Now there’s Solitaire. And Michael Holden.

I don’t know what Solitaire are trying to do, and I don’t care about Michael Holden.

I really don’t.

Tori Spring is a sixth former who hates life. She doesn’t care about most things, except for her brothers. This story shows her as she tries to survive sixth form, her thoughts and her friends. Alice’s writing was really gripping, I was constantly wondering who Solitaire was. I had a few suspects in mind yet I was wrong. No surprise there – I’d be a pants Sherlock Holmes. I was a tad surprised at who the culprits were but I’m not sure whether I believed they could have gone to that extreme for the stated reason. But as this is fiction, it added to the shock of who and why.

I liked having the insight into Tori’s thoughts. I’ve never seen the thoughts of a pessimist before so it was interesting for me to see how careless they were. It is great to see a book where mental health isn’t romanticised. It seems like Alice really did her research. I also liked the fact that Tori goes to sixth form. It really resonated with me as someone who is of a similar age at a sixth firm college. It was nice to have a character take both maths and English A levels like me. I find this as a rare thing (or so institutions told me when I applied). Above all though, my favourite part of the book was Tori’s relationship with her brothers (especially Charlie). Not only is she there for them, they are there for her. It made me have all the feels. All the feels I tell you.

This is the first book I’ve read from Alice Oseman and it certainly lives up to the hype. I will definitely be reading more books from Alice in the future and I recommend that you pick one up too.