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Hang On In There

Hang On In There

I made two realisations last night.

1. I’m frustrated at the lack of content on my blog. 2. I have the power to change the amount of content on my blog.

I’m still finding it hard to get back into writing, most sentences are difficult to form at the moment. My travel posts sound like wikipedia articles, and my reviews seem to skip the bad parts. All whilst I’m seeing people being honest with their audiences, and I can’t help but think that I’m too honest too often, you don’t come here to see me publish content moaning about my lack of content, or to be informed that I’m taking yet another break.

If you happen to be here for that reason I encourage you to quit the window, or close the tab that currently displays these words, because I’m not doing that anymore. No more rebranding, no more “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I don’t need a schedule” Because I do. I want my posts to make impressions, create discussions and get people talking. But I can’t do that without an audience, and people aren’t going to read sporadic content that has been made with the least amount of effort possible, just so the creator gets to press the ‘publish’ button. I hope you’ll stay whilst I get some content sorted and establish a schedule.

Exciting times ahead, just hang on in there.

A special thank you to Matti, who helped me realise that I am actually capable of writing more than messages and emails. She’s pretty great. 

Now You See Me by Emma Haugton | A Review

“They say when you are missing someone that they are probably feeling the same, but I don’t think it’s possible for you to miss me as much as I’m missing you right now.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

I read this book 3 months ago, but my journey doesn’t begin here. Around a year ago I had just finished a book on my kindle and a rather interesting recommendation came up, needless to say I was apprehensive to buy book, so I downloaded the sample. After reading it I still couldn’t decide, so I left it on my kindle for a while. Somehow I still managed to keep going back to the book,  everyone and then the images I imagined when reading the opening few pages would occur in my mind, so after much deliberation and being unable to get them images from reoccurring I decided to buy the book. I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

Now You See Me is based on a true story, which makes it that bit more breathtaking. The book steps where no book I have ever read before and explores the emotions and aftermath of a disappearance. Danny, a 13 year old disappears without a trace, leaving his family and friends behind without so much as a shred of information to go on. Leaving a family and his best friend reeling from his sudden exit, the book focuses on his best friend Hannah and how see picks up the pieces with Danny’s family in the months after his disappearance.

The structure of this book is clever to say the least, split into two parts the first flits between the past and present so you see an insight into life now for Hannah, and how it was immediately after his disappearance. The  first person narrative enables Emma to confront the reader with raw and fresh emotions not often seen in contemporary novels, most notably the confusion of Hannah regarding past events and how they might (or might not) connect with Danny’s vanishing act.

I loved this book, it’s great for people who love physiological thrillers particularly fans of Sophie McKenzie or people like that. The writing of this book was flawless and engaging once I had started I couldn’t put it down, as the realistic characters with a splash of uncertainty made for a fabulous read. That’s why I’m happy to award this book the first 5 dragon rating for Miss Backwards, therefore setting the benchmark for all other books.

5 Stars

If you liked this review, come back for tomorrow for a surprise, you won’t be disappointed! As usual let me know what you think if you have read this book and what you thought, and if you want to see more reviews like this make sure to give this post a like so I know.

Happy Reading,
Ellie

Review: You’re The One That I Want by Giovanna Fletcher

“Don’t let two men fall in love with you, girls. It’s not the sort of thing that ends well.”
-Uncle Charles, Ally Carter, Uncommon Criminals 

I’m a big fan of the Fletcher family, I like McFly’s music, I like Carrie Hope Fletcher’s YouTube videos, and it seems that I also like Giovannas writing. This is the third book I have read by her if you count her short Christmas one, that I certainly had mixed feelings about, but I’ll save that for another review.
The journey starts at the back of a church with Maddy about to marry her long term boyfriend and best friend Robert, but she is having great difficulty looking straight ahead, with her other best friend Ben who is standing to the side. If your marrying the man of your dreams, why does she keep looking to the side?
There is a strong chance that if it wasn’t Robert standing at the altar waiting, it would be Ben. With a undying unconfused love for Maddy Ben has always had.
The structure of this book is really quite clever, with the story of the affectionately named ‘the tripod’ through snapshots into their lives as a group and how they got where they are. This is done through Roberts best man speech and how each little bit relates to a part of their lives.
After enjoying ‘Billy and Me’ last summer, I had high expectations for this book, despite falling down at points it was an overall good read. The character were developed, and the detailed descriptions really help to form and understanding of who they were and how they composed themselves, Ben has to be my favourite character as he is constantly friends-zoned which makes him a bit cuter at points.
What I think helped developed my love for this book, and certainly made me think about it from a more analytic perspective was an interview Giovanna did before the book came out. She stated that she wanted to toy with the idea that you can love more than one person at once as love comes in many forms, so I encourage anyone who is looking to embark on their own journey with the tripod to keep that in mind as I think it might shift your viewpoint just enough to see another angle of the book. so go pick up a copy of this lovely novel, I promise it won’t disappoint and if it does, please don’t tell Giovanna as she is one of the nicest authors out there and I wouldn’t want to be the cause of her being upset! I give this book a well deserved 4 out of 5 dragons.
4 Stars
As usual let me know what you think if you have read this book and what you thought, and if you want to see more reviews like this make sure to give this post a like so I know.
Happy Reading,
Ellie

Trust In Me, I’m An Accidental Rebel

Happy Tuesday, it’s actually Tuesday this week. Proud moment!
Haven’t really got an introduction for you this week, but I hope your having a good week so far. As mentioned before, Tizzy Tuesday’s  are now fortnightly so I can explore some more diverse content on my blog. So shall we begin?

Trust In Me by Sophie McKenzie:
Sophie McKenzie is one of my favourite writers of all time, I have read most of her young adult novels. So when I heard that she was releasing another adult novel following the roaring success of Close My Eyes in 2013 I grab the chance to buy it last week when I had to make up the money of a Amazon order (we’ve all been there) and luckily it arrived at the weekend. It’s all good you knowing about how I acquired the book, but what is it about?

Trust in Me tells the story of two close best friends who know everything about one another, or McKenzie would like you to think! When Livy’s sister dies fifteen years previous, her and Julia begin to tell each other everything, they are the friends that the other would turn to in a time of need. Or so Livy thought. When Julia is found dead in her home, Livy struggles to come to terms with the idea that her best friend has taken her own life and sets out to clear the image that has been created of her and prove that Julia in fact was murdered. Little does Livy know that what she will discover will tear her own life to shreds, and make her question everything she thought she knew about her best friend.
I am intrigued by the cover of this book, personally it makes me think of The Great Coat by Helen Dunmore, a very spooky read indeed. The water, that look like glass at a first glance, on the front cover makes me think that Julia may have drowned herself, or perhaps was drowned by someone else, as the hands look as if they are struggling to breath and stay above water. Is this a clue as to how the mystery may unravel?

Rebels By Accident by Patricia Dunn

I stumbled across this book as if by chance after reading a post over at ‘The Book Wars’, you can find the post here, they were comparing the covers of this book and I noticed the more contemporary one and was immediately drawn to it. Upon reading the post I discovered that Yash, one of the bloggers, commented that “The straining paper clip, literally “the weakest link”, holding to unyielding sides together is pretty damn eye-catching.” I couldn’t agree more with her on that one, it really is quite intriguing and made me wonder about what it represented in regards to the plot. So with a little GoodReads research it wasn’t long before I has added it to my To-Read shelf.

‘Rebels By Accident’ tells the story of a young girl who’s life is turned upside down when her first party ends in jail and her parents send her to Cairo for the summer with her grandmother. Although it isn’t as bad at she thinks it will be, that’s until she finds herself in the middle of a revolution. Whilst running from tear gas and guns,she has found the cutest guy she has ever seen and falls in love for the first time.

I’m not going to lie the synopsis i’ve just typed doesn’t want to make me read the book, however it’s not a stones throw away from the blurb, my prediction for this book is that it will be quite unrealistic, but then again someone could argue that it’s a love story set on the backdrop of a revolution. Now that’s something that interests me. So if you aren’t one to judge books by their covers I urge you to this time and give it a try, I will be.

That’s all for this week, hope you enjoyed this weeks installment of Tizzy Tuesday. As always if you have any recommendations or suggestions let me know, but for now have a great week and I’ll see you Sunday with a little treat for you all. Oh and whilst you’re over at ‘The Book Wars’ give their posts a perusal, cause their quite cool and post some awesome stuff, and in my case help you to discover interesting books.

Happy Reading,
Ellie

Looking Back At A Changing Year

Hello,
Not a quickie to today so I suggest you make a cuppa and grab your favorite bickie, I’m partial to a Highland Shortbread myself and a milky coffee, two sugars, just if you offering. Oh you’re not, that’s a bit rude!  Moving on swiftly, I found these questions on Tumblr and thought that they would be a great way not only to share and insight with you but to reflect in detail on the past year. So to mark the week anniversary of my relationship with 2015, that so far has been stressful, thanks for asking, it’s not them it’s me. I welcome you to pull up a chair and enjoy

1: What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

I did more than one thing this year that I’m I have never done before, here is my list:

  • I achieved the grades I wanted a GCSE’s
  • I joined a sixth form and make some great friends.
  • I met the mayor of my local area representing my school alongside two amazing people.
  • I started this little corner in the internet that despite its small following I cherish.
  • I became more confident at social events.
  • I didn’t fall down any stairs, just up them. Don’t judge, it’s a personal achievement.

And lots more that I can’t think of.

2: Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I haven’t actually made any new year’s resolutions this year (gasp) I’d just like to carry on doing what I’m doing, oh, perhaps take more photos to share with you guys. That sounds good.  And email people that I don’t see that much more.

3: Did anyone close to you give birth?

Nope.

4: Did anyone close to you die?

Human, no. Animal, yes.

5: What countries did you visit?

None.

6: What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

I dunno really, I would kinda like to have a coke bottle with my name on, I can never find one! I have specially made one, but it’s just not the same as getting excited in the shop and being two so you can drink one and save one!

7: What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

June 28th, the date of my Prom.

I don’t really remember dates, I just remember moments.

8: What was your biggest achievement of the year?

GCSE’s, it was great to finally be finished, and revision was by far one of the best things ever, I created so many memories in that time its crazy!

9: What was your biggest failure?

Falling up the stairs, in public, with people, everywhere.

10: Did you suffer illness or injury?

I discovered I had a Vitamin D deficiency, but that’s about it.

11: What was the best thing you bought?

My laptop, although it has since been replaced by this beauty on which I type now.

12: Whose behaviour merited celebration?

Huh? That’s English I don’t understand.

13: Whose behaviour made you appalled?

Nothing springs to mind on this one.

14: Where did most of your money go?

Books and clothes.

15: What did you get really, really, really excited about?

My birthday, and my art coursework really, sad I know.

16: What song will always remind you of 2014?

Happy by Pharrell Williams

17: Compared to this time last year, are you: (a) happier or sadder? (b) thinner or fatter? (c) richer or poorer?

Happier, fatter probably, I actually think I’m richer.

18: What do you wish you’d done more of?

Laughing at the little things.

19: What do you wish you’d done less of?

Texting, I prefer to talk to people voice to voice or face to face. Expression is everything.

20: How did you spend Christmas?

With my family at home.

21: Did you fall in love in 2014?

Yes, with multiple famous people who have no idea I exist, success!

22: What was your favourite TV program?

Must you ask? Our Girl, by far.

23: Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I don’t think so.

24: What was the best book you read?

Ah! That’s really difficult; I’m going to have to say… either The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern or Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood

25: What was your greatest musical discovery?

The indie/alternative genre.

26: What did you want and get?

I wanted time, and I got a three month holiday!

27: What did you want and not get?

I wanted Ben Aldridge for Christmas. I’m sad to say that I didn’t get a Ben Aldridge for Christmas.

28: What was your favourite film of this year?

Again, there is so many. To name a few, About Time, Divergent,

29: What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

New surroundings, that was even more inspiring.

30: How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?

Jeans and converse. Although I feel like I matured last year with my style sense.

31: What kept you sane?

My family, Emma (who you can find here), and my old art teacher.

32: Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Ben Aldridge, Prince Harry, Ed Sheeran, Danny O’Donoghue, Dougie Poynter, and many other guys who I won’t bore you with.

33: What political issue stirred you the most?

I’m not really into politics, but probably Scottish independence.

34: Who did you miss?

My Aunties cat, some of the staff from my old school.

35: Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.

Always write and talk, because there is always someone listening to what you have to say.

Thanks for bearing with me on that extremely wordy post, after all this is WordPress! Get it? Back to normal next week with the first installment of Book Banter! Excited? Oh don’t show too much enthusiasm will you? It’s like getting blood out of a stone. Let me know if you enjoyed that, and I invite you to perhaps answer these questions yourself, I think you’ll learn something. I certainly did.

Happy reading,
Ellie

New Year, New Things

Happy new year dear reader! I hope you had a nice time seeing the new year in whatever it is that you decide to do, and that you have set realistic resolutions (something I never seem to be able to do) So to welcome the new year in style I would like to introduce a some new things that will be coming up here at Miss Backwards.

Book Banter:
In order to keep the content fresh and different I have decided to change the Tizzy Tuesday posts to fortnightly as I find it rather repetitive to write and upload the same type of thing each week, so to fill the gap I have invented a new interview type post for your perusal. Book Banter is a set of questions that me and friend/ family members along with other bloggers will discuss, then I will be typing it all up and revealing to you guys. Hopefully if all goes to plan I will eventually be making these into a type of video for you to watch rather than read as I feel that it would be a better platform, but I might wait until I get a slightly bigger following for that! This should be a fun and interesting project for me to look forward to.

Branching Out:
Although I have always made this blog out to be about books, I have found in 2014 that I rather like writing about lifestyle and sharing with you guys what I do on a day to day basis, so you should expect a lot more Saturday posting of general life-ness. If you have anything you’d like me to explore and write about let me know!

Reviews:
Okay, you’ve caught me out, I know that book related blog mainly attract attention and a following for reviewing books, and there appears to be a distinct lack of reviews on here… I can explain, no really I can, I hate reviewing books I just find it so difficult to explain my thoughts about books without giving anything away! So in order to tackle this wall that seems to have appeared whenever I try to review a book I thought I would start reviewing other things such a TV, music, and objects. This should hopefully ease me into the world of reviewing, so watch this space.

Favourites:
I have a lot of favourite things in this world, and I love sharing them with people, so as of 2015 I will be uploading a lot more favourite lists, such as summer reads and places to visit.

Take-Over Thursdays: 
Yep, I typed that write. I will be letting someone takeover my corner of the internet every now and then for a post of their choice to be uploaded by me on a Thursday. I will only be writing a small introduction to these so I’d prepare for the funny, the bad, and the damn right weird every Thursday just in case it’s a take-over day!

With your continued support and publicity, 2014 has been a great year for me. But i’d like to make 2015 even better!
Happy new year and happy reading,
Ellie

What A Year It Has Been…

Tis’ the season and that can only mean that I have reflective ramble for you all…

The season has been and gone, the curtains on pantomimes finally drawn, turkeys cooked and eaten in household across the nation and gifts exchanged all across the globe. But as I sit here on my family sofa that is my bed for the night, I’m not thinking off all of the gifts that I have recieved today, although listening to ‘Now That’s What I Call Music 89’ which was opened this morning does grant a mention. I am thinking of all of the family and friends that have entered and left my on this chapter of my life.

No doubt about it 2014 have been a big year for me, but one that I think has fitted me well, I have worn it well and got a lot from it, especially when it comes the changes in my social circles. I have met a great amount of new people this year, and each and every person that has entered my life in the second part of this year, I like to hope that they can stick around for a few more chapters, as I have a strong feeling that they will make stories even better to tell in the future. As for the people that have left this chapter before it’s end, I thank you, each person didn’t left without celebration. Some left parting gifts, some simply said a goodbye, but each and every person I still think about now, they might reappear in the future but for now they have said their last goodbyes, and taken their part of my story with them.

As this is primarily a book related blog, I think that 2014 has definitely ticked the box for character development, I feel that I have matured a lot this year, I have tackled problems and aspects of my life that I wasn’t happy about head on and not backed down for a second. That’s something I am proud of. I have learned to live for the now, not worry about the future, and look at the little things, appreciate the things that go unnoticed sometimes. But most of all I have learn’t a lesson that I hope to take on with me at the forefront of my mind in 2015, that’s not to doubt myself and abilities, because I have proved this year that I can do anything I can put my mind to.

Here in this little, tiny, corner of the internet I call home a couple of times a week (if i’m lucky) has played a big part in the second half of the year. So thank you, yes you reading this, thanks. You no longer make me feel like I am rambling into the universe, people are actually listening, all 20 something of you, I am deeply grateful for all of your support.

Right, i’m going to spend some well earned time with my family and A-Level revision packs.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas, I hope you got everything you wanted, and a Happy New Year. Most of all thank you.
Happy reading,
Ellie

Coming Soon: A report of all of my festive gifts! Share some of yours if you want in the comments!