Thursday, 21 July 2016

Currently on Holiday! [Hiatus]

Hi guys! 

I just wanted to post something quick as an explanation for this sudden hiatus. In the next week and a bit I'll be in Spain with my best friend on holiday, so I won't be around the blogsphere or posting here at all! I was going to be organise and preschedule some things but well... it didn't quite work out - especially as I haven't really been on top of my blogging game lately. 

After that I'm going to be gone for another week in England. There I will have internet access but I might be enjoying the time too much to blog. We'll see...

Either way, I'll be back on the 7th of August and I'll see you all then for sure! Until then, toodles :3

(I'll delete this post later once I return!)

Olivia-Savannah x

Sunday, 17 July 2016

The V Girl [Review, Tour & Giveaway!]

Hi there! 

Title: The V Girl
Author: Mya Robarts
Publisher: Self-published
Publishing Date: 20th June 2014
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you to Xpress BookTours for the review copy*


Synopsis: In post-apocalyptic North America, rape and sexual slavery are legal. Lila Velez, desperately wants to lose her virginity before the troops visit her town and can take it away by force. She makes plans to seduce her only friend, Rey, the most attractive man in her town. Lila does not love him but he is the only man who has shown her true affection, an affection she is willing to take as a substitute of love.

Lila’s coping mechanism to her mother’s rape and kidnapping is her secret. A secret that will bring her closer to Aleksey, a foreign, broody man. Lila does not trust him because his links to the troops and his rough, yet irresistible appearance. Aleksey offers Lila an alternative to her plans, a possibility that terrifies her…and tempts her in spite of herself. 

All the while Lila will have to find a way to live in the constant company of death, slavery, starvation, sexual abuse and the danger of losing the people she loves the most.

Due to mature content, this book is intended for +18 readers.


Review: The V Girl by Mya Robarts was a book that took me completely by surprise. I’d read reviews of the book before. I knew what it was going to be about. But I wasn’t quite prepared for the avalanche of emotions and strong opinions that were going to hit me. And by strong opinions, I don’t mean the right or wrong opinion of the author. But the author explores the ideas of sex and rape in positive and negative ways alike.

You can tell that this book is set in the future, but it shares some relations to the world we know as well. This combination makes it possible for us to really understand the situation, but the author also includes some ideas that are entirely foreign to us as well. All of it is well described so that it was easy to understand without it becoming info-dumpy in the process.

I really liked the main character, Lila. I might not have agreed with everything she was doing, but I could see things from her point of view and understood her reasoning. Which was all that mattered, really. Lila is a character who is strong, independent and sassy sometimes. She wants to find love, but at the same time she wants to be safe and doesn’t want to compromise one for the other. Besides her goals in life, it’s also evident that she truly values her family. She is always watching out for her cynical younger sister, Azzy, and her younger brother Olmo who has fibrosis. On top of all that, her father is disabled as his legs have been crushed through abuse. She really takes on the role as the head of the family.

The book is incredibly graphic when it comes to descriptions of torture, rape and also any violence people have to experience in this book. The author writes in the synopsis that this is one for eighteen year old readers and above, and I have to agree. It clearly shows the true horrors behind the violation of rape and the abuse that some people experience just for being born the way they were. Other themes such as racism, friendship and also religious viewpoints are discussed in this book.

Despite this one being so heavily focused on the idea of civil war and rape, there is also making love in a positive matter mentioned too. That’s the kind of thing Lila is looking for in this novel, with the right person. She has two main options open for her – so yes, there is a little bit of a love triangle in this one. Both men are stark opposites of the spectrum and because it isn’t Lila trying to lead them on – she clearly states what she wants from both and gives them the chance to give it to her – I didn’t mind it too much. A little bit at the end I did, but otherwise I was fine with the love triangle.

And let me just say – when making love was mentioned or described in a positive manner, the tension between the couple was palpable. It was incredibly steamy >.> That’s all I am going to say about that :D

There was a little bit of banter between Alesky and her (one of the love interests) and this novel – despite covering all those themes – is really about coming of age. Virginity can be related to that, but this novel also really relates it to her personal growth as a person, as she realises when she cares about and what she is willing to risk her life for.

The novel is also centered on the human touch. In a world where rape is legal and everyone is poverty stricken, is there such a thing as human love and kindness anymore? The author cleverly poses this question and we see the theme develop and unfold throughout the novel.

I really enjoyed reading this. It was a bit much to center an entire novel on, but I raced through it in the matter of a few days. I appreciated the way the author slowly revealed the main themes of this novel and more and more about the situations in the story as well. Well written!


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Olivia’s Question: Do you think it is possible to overcome hate in order to reach love?

Olivia-Savannah x

Thursday, 14 July 2016

The Grisha Photo Challenge [Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon]

Hello everyone! 

I'm back again today with the photo challenge for the Grisha series! You know how much I love taking picture of books which you can see from my instagram... so of course I wanted to try and take photos that have to do with the Grisha books as well!

Show us all your Grisha books!

Seems like we're starting off easy in this challenge. Don't you think the Grisha spines are gorgeous?
You’re on the hunt with Mal for the stag. What do you pack?
It's time for a fandom crossover! Now, this is a photo I took with equipment from the Percy Jackson series, and if we could combine these two books it would be epic. I would take the winged converse shoes from Percy Jackson because I definitely won't be running after a stag... I'll just wing it. That way, I can cover a lot of ground much faster! I'll also have pens and paper, because I'm going to want to write letters to people if I am gone for a long time. Also, the pen is stronger than the sword (I don't really have access to any kind of weapon I could photograph.)

You’ve just arrived at the Grisha palace. What’s in the first room you want to go to?

The library of course! When Alina was describing it in the book I fell in love with the room and wished I was there myself. Of course it would be my first room of choice to enter!

You’re a mapmaker with Alina. Show us your artist utensils or books with maps in them!

I'm not really much of an artist so I'm going to show you the map in my Spiderwick book. Honestly, Spiderwick contains my favourite drawings.
The Darkling’s colours - Show us some black books.
My black book collection for you all :) Black is one of my favourite colours, combined with white.
Are you an Etherealki, a Corporalki or a Materialki? Choose one and show us what you work with.

I would be Etherealki! And I would be a Squaller, so here is me using my air pressure powers to raise The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski!
Feature the book with a favourite quote from the book as well!
I may not have included the quote in the picture but in this one The Darkling says. "Fine, make me you villain." It's probably the most well known and stereotypical quote for this series but I STILL LOVE IT ANYWAY.
Link up your own as well!
Olivia's Question: What is your ideal fandom crossover?
Olivia-Savannah x

Monday, 11 July 2016

The Grisha Playlist [Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon 2016]

Welcome to the first post on Olivia's Catastrophe for the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon! Today we are going to have the ULTIMATE Grisha playlist. Here goes!

Heartrenders and Healers - A theme tune for the Corporalki.

Controllers of the winds - A theme tune for the Etherealki.

Controllers of metal - A theme tune for the Materialki.

A song for when your scared to soothe you while crossing The Fold.

A song of grandeur - You’ve just arrived at the palace.

A song about traveling - You’re a mapmaker with Alina.

A song that represents Alina’s character as you perceive her.

A song that represents Mal’s character as you perceive him.

A song that represents The Darkling as you perceive him.

A song about light - The power of light.

Link up!

Olivia's Question: Do you know any of these songs?

Olivia-Savannah x

Sunday, 10 July 2016

June 2016 [Monthly Wrap Up]

Happy Sunday everyone! 

Welcome to my pretty late wrap up post. I hope you enjoy it anyway xD

So... life lately. I haven't been around the blogging realm a lot and I think you've probably noticed. Or maybe you haven't - which is perfectly okay too. I have fallen head over heels in love with instagram and the snapchat (I'm ocatastrophe there. Add me!) bookish community which means I haven't been around here an awful lot. All my time goes into those two and making videos for my channel. Which means I have been neglecting my blog. Which is a shame, in my opinion, because this blog was what was made first. I contemplated giving up blogging but I have ultimately decided I am going to continue working on it. I'm going to be coming back, I promise!

Also, the Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon for 2016 started today! Yay! I've been reading a lot already and it makes me happy :D I have had the habit of starting a lot of books and just not finishing them... so hopefully with this read-a-thon I can finish up all those books I've started and enjoy reading some new ones too. 

As for the difficult period I was having last month or the month before, things have cleared right up. I'm mostly getting enough sleep nowadays and feel like myself again ^.^ Thank you for all the people who asked me about it. 

I had exams this month - and I passed them all. Some went really well, and one of them I literally passed by the skin of my teeth (maths, if you were wondering. Those pesky numbers...) 

I went out to dinner with some friends, and also out to dinner with my mother once. With friends I saw Independence Day: Resurgence which was surprisingly a really good movie. Maybe the first one is still my favourite but this one did a pretty good job of it too. 
My other older sister is back from Paris and staying with us for two whole months. We're having writing sessions, working on finding her a literary agent for her novel and just enjoying each others company. 

I have been planning a lot of posts and videos which I can't wait to get out there. On instagram I reached 1000 followers (I have a giveaway over there which you should all enter!) and was chosen to be a rep for Inspire Fandom as well, which made my day. Be ready to see an unboxing video and also post coming up soon.

We had a school trip to Amsterdam which was nice, and I got to visit a bookshop. Oh, and then there was also me getting my hair done all in singles... which took forever! But I love the results :D

Lastly, I started The Review Chain which is a blog tour/review company. Interested in receiving books to review? Head over there to see how to become a part of the team. 

I read six books last month. The Cleansweep Conspiracy by Chuck Waldon, The Reluctant Sacrifice by Kerr-Ann Dempster and The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen are all books I wrote reviews for. 

The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey turned out to be pretty good! I'm not saying too much about it because I have a review upcoming for that one. I watched the movie afterwards which was terrible...

Twilight: The Graphic Novel Part 2 by Young Kim and Stephanie Meyer which I just loved as much as part 1. Gorgeous pictures and so well adapted. 

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro was okay. It was clever, but pretty slow paced which left me with mixed feelings. I studied it for school.

You may or may not recognise this photo from my Fantasy Favourites Read-a-thon TBR and intro post. Needless to say, what I plan to read throughout this week is pretty much my main reading goal of the month. 

Popsugar 2016 Challenge:26/40
2016 #BustleReads Challenge: 9/20


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Olivia's Question: How was June for you? What did you do and what did you read? Anything you plan to do in July?

Olivia-Savannah x

Monday, 4 July 2016

Secrets, Lies & Scandals [Book Review, Tour & Giveaway!]

 Hi there!

Title: Secrets, Lies & Scandals
Author: Amanda K. Morgan
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published Date: 5th July 2016
Rating: 3 Stars

*Thanks to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for the review copy*


Synopsis: In the tradition of I Know What You Did Last Summer and How to Get Away with Murder, five teens must overcome their paranoia in order to keep their teacher’s death a secret in this fast-paced suspense thriller.

Nothing ruins summer vacation like a secret…especially when it involves a dead teacher.

Ivy used to be on top of the social ladder, until her ex made that all go away. She has a chance to be Queen Bee again, but only if the rest of the group can keep quiet.

Tyler has always been a bad boy, but lately he’s been running low on second chances. There’s no way he’s going to lose everything because someone couldn’t keep their mouth shut.

Kinley wouldn’t describe herself as perfect, though everyone else would. But perfection comes at a price, and there is nothing she wouldn’t do to keep her perfect record—one that doesn’t include murder charges.

Mattie is only in town for the summer. He wasn’t looking to make friends, and he definitely wasn’t looking to be involved in a murder. He’s also not looking to be riddled with guilt for the rest of his life…but to prevent that he’ll have to turn them all in.

Cade couldn’t care less about the body, or about the pact to keep the secret. The only way to be innocent is for someone else to be found guilty. Now he just has to decide who that someone will be.

With the police hot on the case, they don’t have much time to figure out how to trust each other. But in order to take the lead, you have to be first in line…and that’s the quickest way to get stabbed in the back.


Review: Secrets, Lies and Scandals was a book I wanted to pick up because it reminded me a bit of The Secret History by Donna Tartt when I read the synopsis. Sadly, I wasn’t able to love that book so I was hoping I could read this one and enjoy it even more than that one! Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be… Although I did really like this book at the beginning, it fell kind of flat for me at the end.

I just want to clarify that although this book does share the same premise as The Secret History, it’s also noticeably different. For starters, it’s a YA book and that’s already a pretty big difference. As well as that, this one is a group of five students who aren’t friends being involved in a murder, instead of a number of friends who are. And I think it’s just that much harder to trust people who aren’t your friends to not turn you in.

This book deals with multiple points of view – all five of the friends. I wasn’t too worried about this because you managed to get a good taste for each of the characters and the way in which they acted. I never felt a lack of depth due to the switching of points of views.

There’s Ivy, the popular girl who has fell from her pedestal. Mattie who is gay and has a long distance boyfriend he feels he can’t trust when he isn’t there. Kinley is a confident, goody-two-shoes with a big family reputation to live up to. Tyler is a juvenile delinquent and Cade is the rich kid.

All of them are very different and have different attitudes. But more importantly, each of them has a secret they are protecting or worried about protecting that is separate from the murder. I found those secrets to be incredibly interesting and I love how the author dragged out the suspense in those cases. And quite a lot of the discoveries were pretty scandalous, actually. And I was impressed.

The blame game going on, when they all agreed to keep the murder the secret but then were going crazy from paranoia was so interesting! It made things all the more suspenseful and the anticipation built as I wondered who would take the fall.

But I have to be honest. This book was building up to be a strong four stars, which was watered down to a three stars because of the flop of an ending. It’s not terrible, but for the level of suspense the book was arousing – it was pretty disappointing. I wish it could have ended in another way. What a shame >.>


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Quotes: “Delinquency… is an art. It’s all about the things you do wrong versus the things you’re caught doing wrong.”

“There was actually a certain freedom in total destruction.”

Olivia’s Question: Are you good at keeping secrets?

Olivia-Savannah x