Monday 25 April 2016

Blogging Tips with Faith | Tip #1

I always enjoy writing little posts like this, and I always find it a little bit difficult to write a lengthy post so I've decided to kind of have a series of mini posts containing one or two tips. This is also a way for me to post things when ever I don't have a book or movie review to post or another bookish related post. Hopefully these can come in handy. So let's get on with the tips!

Try not to copy others, be yourself.
Something I had to learn while creating this blog was not to copy others. I know people can have a lot of inspiration from their idols or other bloggers and while that is nice, to me it's not respectful to take someone else's idea without their consent or claim it as their own. It's honestly just really hurtful and a bit of a let down when someone takes your idea. For me, it is important to find your groove if that makes sense. Honestly, if you're constantly trying to make your blog look like someone else's or be like someone else's, it's not really going to be your blog. However, if you do take someone else's idea please tell the other person because it is the respectful thing to do and it would make all the difference.

A blog should be a place where you can express your own ideas, and not copy someone else's. If you're struggling trying to find your own style, it's okay. The idea's will come to you in time but the more you try and copy others the longer it will take. It's best to really just experiment with what you like and what fits with the theme of your blog. If you're like me, you'll have random spurts of ideas as you blog that can either turn out really good or really bad.

To me this is something that you should always remember because it is so important.

Also if you're interested, please leave a comment below on what topic you think I should do next!

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Sunday 24 April 2016

The Huntsman: Winter's War | Movie Review | Faith

Betrayed by her evil sister Ravenna (Charlize Theron), heartbroken Freya (Emily Blunt) retreats to a northern kingdom to raise an army of huntsmen as her protectors. Gifted with the ability to freeze her enemies in ice, Freya teaches her young soldiers to never fall in love. When Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and fellow warrior Sara defy this rule, the angry queen does whatever she can to stop them. As war between the siblings escalates, Eric and Sara unite with Freya to end Ravenna's wicked reign.

- Wikpedia Synopsis


Sunday 10 April 2016

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments | 1x13 | Review & Discussion | Faith


Jace makes the search for Valentine his main priority as he continues to reel from recent events; Clary and Simon's efforts to unlock Jocelyn's coma may impact the Downworlder peace treaty and Simon's relationship with Raphael.

- Goodreads Synopsis

This review WILL contain SPOILERS

You can view ALL of my Shadowhunters reviews HERE

Thursday 7 April 2016

March Wrap-Up | Raquel

The first book I read this month was Alliance by Mark Frost. This was the second book in The Paladin Prophecy series. I really found these books interesting, the whole idea of them being superior, but yet still very much human was fascinating. You really must read the whole series to truly understand the world that this story takes place in. It is a very unique idea that they present in a mysterious way that makes you want to read the whole book once you pick it up. It also has well developed characters and it really does provide time where you are able to feel and see the relationships develop between the characters. I really like this in books, especially with this type of story. I kind of wish they would make this into a movie I think it would be really cool to see it on screen if done well and properly. I rate this book 4.3/5 stars.

Now usually I am not really into these types of books. The whole youtubers making books craze was kind of ridiculous to me. Some of them made some good books, but many books appeared to just be made for money and the stories of the books seemed like a child's idea. It can be kind of frustrating to think about all the authors who have actual good stories and ideas but are overshadowed just because these people are famous and their name is on the book. However being a subscriber of Dan and Phil I decided to look at the book. It is The Amazing Book is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester. I will say it wasn't that bad as it was just a book made up of things from their childhood and other facts and lists. This book is literally what it says, it is kind of their version of a biography. The biography type books don't bother me as much because they are what they are. Many people have biographies. Your reading it to know more about those people. However when an inexperienced random famous person makes a cooking book for example it seems kind of dumb that their book gets to number one just because many people watch their videos. In that case it has nothing to do with the book being good. However I actually appreciated this book and the work they put in to tell their story. I rate it 4/5 stars.

The next book I read was Rogue by Mark Frost. This is the third and final book in The Paladin Prophecy series. It honestly didn't end anything like I thought it would. That is what I liked about this series was that you could never predict what was coming next. I really did enjoy this book and I want to try to find more books like this! I rate this book 4.5/ 5 stars.

This next book is Calamity by Brandon Sanderson. I had this book and for some reason it took me a while to get through the beginning. I think I was just in a reading slump as I got really busy and just didn't have time to really enjoy it. However once I got reading again I absolutely loved it! I always really like how you can never predict the ending like I mean I had not even a tiny bit of clue how it was going to end.. If you haven't read this series I highly suggest you do! The storyline of this book is just so unique and the world is very well developed. The books are odd in the sense that it's like each book there is a sort of new revelation and you get a new understanding of the world that it almost feels like they are all separate books. It is kind of weird and hard to describe however if you have read the first two books you would understand where I am coming from. I rate this book 4.8/5 stars.

The next book I read was Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I was waiting for this book pretty much since I finished reading her other two series and this book was announced. I will say I was nervous to read this book. It had been a while since I read one of her books in this world and I just was scared that I wouldn't like it anymore. However I will say I was worried for nothing because I really enjoyed this book. You can definitely tell that in each of her books her writing improves. In this book particularly I think them improvement is quite significant. Just the way that she describes the world and her character development I think has improved since her previous books. As for the story I liked how they brought characters from the other series in it and I really LOVED the short story at the end. I would rate this book 5/5 stars.

This last book was our book for our book club! It was Avalon by Mindee Arnett. If you haven't already join our group on goodreads to see what we are reading each month! Just go HERE. I was very surprised about what this story was about. I honestly pictured a completely different story when I first read this book. However it was a pleasant surprise. The story was very different from any of the books I have read before, but it was good nonetheless! It had a lot more to do with humans in space then aliens. It was kind of fascinating as we are starting to explore outer space now so it had a sort of potential future realism. It definitely wasn't my favourite book, but it certainly wasn't bad. I rate this book 3.6/5 stars.

Hope you enjoyed my wrap-up this month! I apologize that I still haven't got into a routine of posting regularly besides my wrap-up's but I shall try to work on that... until then just enjoy Faith's regular posts because they are always fantastic!

Saturday 2 April 2016

January/February/March Wrap Up | Faith

For some reason, I thought it would be a great idea to combine all three of my wrap ups. The reason I am doing this is so I don't spam people because I have been posting a lot lately.

The first and only book I read in January was The Alchemist by: Paulo Coelho. I read this book for school, and I have to admit when I first read it I absolutely hated it. However, after a few days I had a change of thought and I just completely fell in love in love with this book. I love the meaning and lessons that it is has, it's such a simple story but it is such a wonderful read and I highly suggest that you go and pick it up. I have to admit, the writing is not the strong point in the story. All of the teachings that are in this book is what makes this book The Alchemist. I would rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.


The first book I read this month was Winter by: Marissa Meyer. I started this when it first came out but I just haven't been able to pick it up. It's not that I thought it was bad, I just didn't have enough time. This was probably my favourite out of all of the books. I think Marissa is amazing because every time a new book of hers was released, it would quickly become my new favourite in the series. This was the perfect conclusion to the series! I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I can't wait to pick up Stars Above! I had no idea that it was coming out in physical format so I was pretty pleased when I found that out.

The second book I read this month was, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between. I was kind of disappointed in this book. I don't know what made me dislike this as much as I did, but it just wasn't what I was expecting. I have liked most of Jennifer E. Smith's books, especially The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. To me, it just didn't live up to my expectations. I would rate this book a 2 out of 5 stars.


The third book I read this month was In Order to Live: A North Korean Girls Journey to Freedom by: Yeonmi Park with Maryanne Vollers. I wanted to read this mainly because of Max from the Youtube channel WellDoneBooks. I have never read memoirs on my own, when ever I have read them they have been for school. Every time I read them, I always come out pleasantly surprised with how much I've enjoyed them. I never noticed how blind I was to what is really happening in North Korea, this book shocked me in so many ways yet it was so informative. I think I was only about three chapters in and I was already recommending this to my friends. In Order to Live is an incredible story that is so inspirational yet heartbreaking. I would rate this a 5 out of 5 stars.

Friday 1 April 2016

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments | 1x12 | Review & Discussion | Faith

Relationships are examined as preparations are made for the wedding of Lydia and Alec; Clary, Jace and Magnus search for warlock Ragnor Fell, who may possess an antidote to awaken Jocelyn. 

- Wikipedia Synopsis

You can read all of my Shadowhunters reviews HERE

This review WILL contain SPOILERS.