Tuesday, 25 February 2014

A High Wind In Jamaica (Book Review)

Hey there! Time for another book review and a suggested read?

I’m taking it back now to a classic. It’s a small, not as a well-known one as my favourite, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. I haven’t read many classics at all – apart from this one and my fave, just Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. (Do not read Wuthering Heights… but that’s a story for another day.) The book I recently read is called A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes.
The story follows a group of children. They set off from Jamaica after a devastating hurricane sweeps through the land and blows away their house. Their parents who are driven by their worry for their children’s safety, puts them on a boat to send them to England. But on the way that boat is intercepted by pirates, and so the children’s adventure begins.

When I read the blurb I was like, hold up, not another pirate story. (I haven’t read many pirate stories though, so I have no clue why I thought that…) but this story is different and unique, and I love it. The children are realistic and act their ages. You get to see some piracy through the child’s eyes, and it’s interesting to note what children see is important and what they don’t think is important. They understand some things and they don’t. But most of all they are children, and can be manipulated. This book was so interesting because I think it captured the mind of some children wonderfully, and very realistically. And that’s what kept me reading and hooked, as well as Richard Hughes awesome writing skills.

The main characters of this are the children themselves. But there is one child I was most interested in, and that’s Emily. At the beginning of the voyage she is quiet, and withdrawn. But then she on the ship she comes out of her shell and you can see how she is wild and reckless. You can see how she is careful and cautious. Her childlike character is more grown up then some of the others, but it was still intriguing. Especially as I mentioned before, what she saw as important, and what she was able to pick up on. Emily also has a lot of ideas, and the process of her comparing their likelihood and cancelling them out is compelling to read. Another more bizarre but definitely a character to watch for is Margaret. You can really see how being on a pirate ship changes her, because she is older and can understand more than the little ones can.
Most of all, what I love about his book is the journey that you go on with the children yourself. At first in Jamaica, you can see how their life is peaceful, but boring. Then they get on the ship and they forget all about their past life in Jamaica. And you yourself forget about it until the story mentions it one more time, just because you’re embarking on the same journey with the children. You can see the stages of the journey at the end, and you can’t help but admire the skill that Richard Hughes used to carry you through it.
I hope you take a chance on this novel and try it out. I would read the first two chapters and give it a shot ;)

Have fun reading! Any books you want a review on particularly? What are your favourite classics?
Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Liebster Blog Award!

I was nominated by Jess: http://beingmejess.blogspot.nl/

I've seen this award post on so many blogs, and I was always thinking: wouldn't it be nice to join in? Of course, I would need to be nominated first though xD And I am surprised that I have been! Pleasantly though ^^ The idea of The Liebster Blog Award is it's only for bloggers with less than 200 followers on bloglovin' which allows smaller bloggers to get a bit more recognition and to talk to other fellow bloggers which I think is a lovely idea.
  • List 11 facts about myself
  • Answer the 11 questions put forward by the person who nominated me (Lauren)
  • Ask 11 new questions to 9 bloggers, that have 200 or less followers themselves
  • Go to their blog and inform them that they have been nominated
11 Random Facts:
1) I don't like bread. Or pizza. Let's just say I'm a picky eater.
2) I have a youtube channel based off this blog, here.
3) I could quite easily spend a whole week doing nothing but reading and writing. And perhaps a few episodes of my shows.
4) I have a keen interest in just watching people and how they interact, I just find it pretty interesting. Although you know, not in weird way xD
5) I love undergoing personal projects, and if it's something I like, that's when you'll get my full attention easily. Or when I'm doing my nails. Because I love them and then I focus ^^
6) I try to read at least five other peoples blogs a day, and more than just one post. I subscribe to many people's blogs by email. So if you comment on one of my posts, it's likely that I will have dropped by yours very soon!
7) I really enjoy rollercoaster rides... and yet I'm afraid of heights and it can take ages for me to be convinced to ride them :P
8) I can't sing well at all. And yet I am always singing.
9) When I'm older I want to be an author and a magazine editor. Although there are so many other jobs I wouldn't mind trying out...
10) I have a huge bucket list. I intend to start a new category for this blog called 'my bucket list' but I'll only put things I've done from the list on it. Otherwise it seems to daunting, such a long list of things to do.
11) I am pretty introverted. I dread social events, then go and have a lot of fun! Then go home and hole up for three days. I also cancel a lot -.-
Questions I answered from Jess
1) What is your favourite restaurant? Hmm I'd have to say the American Grill in town. Those lamb chops... mmm...
2) Who inspired you to make your blog? Er, I don't know. It was more a spontaneous thing, because I didn't read or even watch vloggers before I made my own. I'd always wanted a blog and a Youtube channel, but I'd always been to shy to start one. Now I love it, and it's so great to be in the blogging world.
3) Do you prefer winter or summer? Summer definitely! I hate snow so much, and love the sun and everything :)
4) Who is your favourite music artist? If you know me, you know I am rubbish at favourites. I listen to something in about every genre of music, and have no faves.
5) What one thing do you want to achieve in your lifetime? I would like to publish a novel and hopefully see it get popular.
6) What beauty product have you bought and been most impressed with? Haha, me and beauty products don't go too well. But my Rio professional nail polish kit was definitely worth my money.
7) What country would you love to live in/visit? China to visit! It's probably my favourite country at the moment, and I hope to go in the summer!
8) Do you take part in any sports? If so which ones? I cycle to school every day, and I play basketball. I love it! <3 span="">
9) What was/is your favourite subject in school? English... I like writing.
10) If you could change anything about yourself what would it be? Er, this is hard. I know there are things I don't like, but I was made by God, so I guess this is how I'm supposed to be. I would change my thumb nail. It's so thin, it's not ideal for the nail art I always do. But I change my designs to fit it.
11) What is your favourite accessory? My cross necklace and my black watch. By far.
Questions I propose:
1. If you were a superhero, what would be your power?
2. Favourite television show/movie?
3. Favourite animal and why?
4. Tea or coffee?
5. What would be the first thing you'd put on your bucket list if you had one?
6. What accent do you have? Do you like it?
7. What is your favourite word?
8. What do you like/dislike most about your blog?
9. How big is your family?
10. Beach or museum on holidays?
11. What are your interests?
Blogs I nominate:
See you on Tuesday! Olivia-Savannah x

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

The Cons of Blogging - Part 2

Hello everyone!

This post was notably harder to write than the pros to blogging, because well... blogging is something I love! I had to really dig down a bit and see what I don't like so much about it, but all these things really depend on the person. In my opinion it is very:

Time consuming. You've got to be prepared to stick to a blog and make time for it. Not just doing things worth writing about and posting. But you need social media sites for advertising, you need to be active online constantly and reading blogs! There's so much to do and when I set a time limit for blogging-stuff, I sometimes wonder where the time has gone!

Be honest. But don't me down right rude. There's too many blogs I've seen where people state their opinion in a rude way, and down talk other people's thoughts and dismiss feelings so quickly. Be wary around controversial subjects, so you state your opinion but don't point out that anyone else's is wrong, because maybe YOU are in the wrong after all. Remember, you might be on the internet but the people reading can be just as offended as in real life.

Competition. I put a lot of time into gathering followers and reading other peoples blogs through other social media sites. And still it is hard to find people who read my blog continuously as well as subscribe by email :( If you are reading this, you should! Just on the bar to the right :D But really, there are a lot of blogs out there and it is hard to find people willing to read yours ^^ Nowadays I see a lot of popular blogs just getting more popular. ;) The quote there is for those struggling with their blog getting noticed :)

Really, there isn't more to it. I can't think of anything I don't like about blogging. If you want to see my pros list it's a lot longer. In my opinion a blog is definitely something to start. So what if you don't get many views. It's still fun ;) Have a good week!

Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 15 February 2014

High end vs. High street: 2014 blogger challenge

Hey you all!

So... yesterday I got hit by a car, and I'm perfectly alright, thank the lord! Let me just tell you it's not fun, and when you cycle be sure to check even when you know you have the right of way. Or when there is rain. And drivers, if you hit someone, do stop, whether they look okay or not!

Anyways, back to the blogger challenge for this week. It's high end fashion for me, vs. high street. Now I didn't even know what those words meant until now even though I'd seen them plenty of times. So here goes:

High end fashion: It basically means the expensive and technically sophisticated. According to this site dictionary.com at least. So big brands that you have to pay a lot of money for, or the latest Iphone? That is high end.

High street: According to wordreference.com it's the type of shops that you would see on your average high street; for example, Topshop, H&M, or Primark. These shops are affordable for the average person, but also keep up with the fashion trends.

I buy high street, because for me it's more affordable. I have yet, if ever, to step into the world of brands when it comes to clothes. (Nails is a totally different story ladies). So! I decided to choose out some outfits from each of the two categories to round up this post.

High end:
High street:

I think high street is more my type of thing, even though high end looks pretty cool sometimes too. It can be over done though. Which is your favourite?

Olivia-Savannah x

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Pros and Cons of Blogging - Part 1

Good morning ^^

The more I do it, the more I realise just how much I do love blogging! I started in August and since then my eyes have been opened to another whole part of the internet through blogs. I never knew there were just so many, and Zoella and vloggers weren’t the only popular ones! I’ve even created my own little huddle of followers, and it makes me happy to know I’m sharing my stories/opinions with someone. Anyways, from what I’ve figured, here come the Pros and Cons of blogging. Always start with the positive.

You’ve start doing interesting things with your life. You realize that you want to do more interesting things that you don’t usually do so you have something worth blogging about. And even when you don’t manage to, you still think deeply about an idea or an opinion so that you have something to post. Having a blog makes me actually do things I would’ve postponed without it.

You learn so much, because you find the world of blogs! There are just so many out there, and with bloglovin’ I’ve found some pretty amazing blogs. There is just so much out there to acquire and learn… and I’ve discovered it through my own blog :D
You meet awesome and inspiring people. Just hear some of the stories people tell. They can be funny, sad, ambitious… so many different things to read.

You get organized. Blogging has made me get a lot more organized. I mean, I need to write a post by a certain day and get it up, and then find time to advertise advertise advertise on social media sites. And of course I like reading blogs so commenting and maybe adding my link? Takes time! I’ve learnt to schedule in time to blog in my daily routine, and I feel a lot more organized most times.
You’ve got an audience. The more followers and followers who actually read your blog, the bigger your audience. If you’re a writer this can be important, because if you publish your book, you already have a potential group of people who might want to try it out. This works the same with business releasing a product or what have you ^^

You can help others: If a commenter requests a post, you can help them out! Morally, emotionally or maybe just through reviewing products or films, you can help other people make decisions.
Express yourself: That’s the most important one to me. You get to express yourself and your feelings!

My next post is dedicated to the 2014 blogger challenge, but after that shall come the cons of blogging, in exactly a week!
Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Red Riding Hood (Film Review)

Hi there! Time for another movie review. Today I’ll look at Red Riding hood (2011). It’s a twelve plus film based on the book of the same name by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright. I will review the book another time. The movie follows the same plot as the book does.

The movie is set in the village called Daggerhorn. Many years the villagers have lived in fear because a werewolf haunts their area every full moon. They leave an animal sacrifice out every moon to be eaten. But one night something terrible happened which changed the stakes – the wolf kills the younger sister of Valerie (Amanda Seyfried). Valerie is promised in marriage to Henry (Max Irons) while in love with another (Shiloh Haas). Valerie puzzles between the two as she tries to figure out who the werewolf is, and why they are so interested in her and her family.

This film had a great use of scenery; it is set with a perfect match as to how it is described in the book. The costumes were perfect too, and because everyone else was wearing dark colours, it made Red Riding Hood’s blood red cape stand out even more.

I had seen Amanda Seyfried act wonderfully in Les Miserables, and although I did not like the film Mama Mia I saw she did a good job. Again, she acts just as well in this film, bringing the character of Valerie to life in the exact way it should be. I was not as pleased with the impersonation of Peter. I thought Shiloh could’ve had a bit more expression, and I didn’t think he did such a good job in this role. Henry, played by Max Irons was great, but he is not a character you get to see very much of.

Judging by its title you can tell this film is loosely based on the tale of Red Riding Hood. The film managed to incorporate the classic lines of “what teeth you have, Grandma … all the better to eat you with.” So they did not stray completely from the fairytale.

Rotten Tomatoes (a known movie critic website) says: "Amanda Seyfried is magnetic in Red Riding Hood's starring role, but she's let down by her uninspired leading men and a painfully cliched script."

The film is much compared to Twilight, and it’s often suggested that if you liked that movie, you will like that one. True, it has been directed by the same person. But I really liked the Twilight movies, and personally I found this movie did not match up. It didn’t have enough drama and it, and it seemed much too cliched. There was nothing different or special about this movie that was exceptionally capturing enough for my attention.

The film ran for 96 minutes approximately. It’s a Warner Bros production. It was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who also directed Twilight. It was also produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, Julie Yorn and Jennifer Davisson Killoran.

I would rate this film a two out of five.

I hope this helped you decide whether it’s something you would like to watch or not! Have you seen it? What did you think?

Olivia-Savannah x

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Nails: Pink colour

Now it’s time to talk about something I love… nail polish! Last week I painted my nails a bright pink that was bought in Primark. I decided to review it and test how good the nail polish was.

While painting I noticed it leaved little black streaks, and that didn’t go away with a second layer either. But after a while of drying those lines weren’t as prominent anymore, and it looked like the nail polish alone. I did paint two layers and a top coat, so its durability is as reliable as that. The nail polish lasted about three days completed without a single chip that was obvious. It slowly got worse, but I think three days in perfection is pretty good. And that’s going through washing up powders as well (which usually removes nail polish faster.
What I think is great about this nail polish is that you can get it in a pack with three other bottles of nail polish too in Primark for only two pounds. It’s cheap, affordable, and has good enough results. ^^
Olivia-Savannah x

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini: 2014 Blogger Challenge

Hey Lovelies. I have a book I suggest for you a thousand times over. ;) It’s called The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It's a book that is one of the top at the you should cry reading this list (I didn't but you know, it was still extremely good!) I started this book after reading a later novel by Hosseini. I did not like it as much, but this one was very good.

This story follows through the like of Amir, a boy born in Afghanistan to his father, Baba, with a good friend called Hassan. As the story continues he grows into a man and has many trials or difficult situations in his life. But all through it he doesn’t forget those that matter most to him: Baba and Hassan. It’s a story of a person who battles with his own morals of good and bad, and battles with his own cowardice or bravery; it is always hard to tell which is which. What I find truly aspiring in this novel is how he goes about putting these internal battles into a compelling story while still showing us the world of Afghanistan.

There are many themes and messages you can take away from this book. But the theme that stood out to me the most was love and regret. You need to overlook the small things and forgive, to truly be with those you love. And if you don’t, you’ll always have your regrets. You can try to amend them, and in the end what you really need to also do is forgive yourself. That is the message I took away: forgiveness is always necessary, especially when you cannot forget.

My favourite part of the novel would have to be the end. I am not going to tell you what happened, but I will say that throughout the story I was going on a journey with Amir, his life journey. And I was constantly learning and listening and feeling what was happening in his life. The ending was promising. The ending was hopeful. That made me smile. 

I will say Khaled Hosseini did write one book that I read (called And The Mountains Echoed). That is his latest one. It was alright and I don’t think it quite reaches the standard of this one. I highly suggest this book, and hope you enjoy it. I cannot wait until I’ve gotten the movie in my hands and see if it matches in comparison to the book.

Have you read this? What did you think?