Firstbooklove’s 2nd Giveaway!

Hello my bookish friends! I finally found time to organize the giveaway I have been talking about!

First things first, a big THANK YOU for all of your support! Without you guys, I would have never even started book reviewing or felt that my opinion mattered!

It’s awesome how a year ago, I created this blog on a whim and since then, it has grown and changed me so much, making me love more books and making awesome bookish friends!

A ton of people say blogging isn’t about the numbers, but it’s because of the numbers that keep me blogging regularly and know that my reviews make a difference!

THANK YOU FOR:

I can’t thank you guys enough and I hope the numbers keep on increasing because I want to meet more awesome bookish people and bloggers out there!

I couldn’t have continued on so long without your support and in return, I’m hosting my 2nd giveaway!

This time round, there will be 3 winners! And the prizes are:

1st – 1 book, 1 notebook & 2 bookmarks

2nd- 2 notebooks & 2 bookmarks

3rd- 1 notebook & 1 bookmark.

This giveaway is going to be open INTERNATIONALLY! So don’t fret and just join away! This giveaway will end on 1st December 2018 to celebrate (my hopeful success) and anyone else’s success with NaNoWriMo! (Psst, there are additional entries if you are taking part in NaNoWriMo this year!)

Join my giveaway over here.

‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ Review

Unlike a lot of my other reviews where I usually start off with the series’s genre, number of episodes/seasons before rambling on about the rest of the review, I wanted to start this one off a different way.

I binged-watched Voltron: Legendary defender in the matter of less than a week, and I must say, I have fallen head over heels with this cartoon. I never watched the original one (it wasn’t a thing in my country), but I was glad that there was a remake, because if not I would never have watched this cartoon.

I mainly like cartoons that are pretty romance-centric like Miraculous Ladybug, Star vs the forces of evil, Tangled: the series and etc… But Voltron: Legendary Defender didn’t actually have much of that and it wasn’t romance-centric at all. I fell in love with the characters and the plot of this cartoon and even after a few days, heck, for the rest of my life, I don’t think I’ll ever forget this cartoon, that was how inspirational and how in love I was with it.

So even before I start the review, I’m just going to ask fans of sci-fi and adventure genres and those who like friendship-centric shows to definitely give this series a go!

It ripped my heart out and sew it back, and before I knew it, it ripped my heart out again, tossed it into a black hole before my heart worm-holed back to me. So, I was practically and basically a mess of tears.

*May contain some spoilers, but I’m trying my best to review all seasons without any spoilers. So there may be mention of names and revelations but not in detail, of course.

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Genre: Cartoon, Comedy, Sci-fi, adventure

Number of seasons/episodes: 7 seasons (Last one underway) and around 6/13 episodes per season

Rating: 5 stars (If I could, I would give all the stars in the universe to this show)

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NaNoWriMo 2018 – November (Part 3)

Hey guys, it’s the end of week 3 of NaNoWriMo, how are you doing so far? We’re so close to the end so keep up the awesome work and don’t give up!

I just finished hitting my daily goal since I’ve adjusted my usual writing schedule since I realised I actually write better at night! (I start at like 10pm on the previous day and write until 1-2am for the actual day’s count!)

Here are my stats for this week!

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(12/11) – chap 14 – 35,794 (+2,526) I literally wrote a scene where Kyllan (my deuteragonist) was scolding a cadet that was giving attitude while shadowing him and was having so much fun being sassy and scolding his ass off.

(13/11) -chap 15 – 38,300 (+2,506) Officially halfway through the book! Eek! Heading to a book sale tomorrow! (I ended up with only one book and a colouring book!)

(14/11) -chap 16 – 40,951 (+2,651) Writer’s block, but I looked through things that could be elaborated on and managed to get this chapter done!

(15/11) – chap 17 – 43,172 (+2,221)

(16/11) – chap 18 – 45,710 (+2,538)

(17/11) – chap 19, 20 – 50,738 (+2,729 + 2,299) *A personal double up day and  finished in one shot! Usually one at previous day night and other follow day after sleep, but my brother hadn’t slept yet so I accompanied him and just got writing done!

(18/11) – chap 21 – 53,373 (+2,535) Teared up & felt so angry for Mei! (Today’s scene) Wrote pretty fast since I managed to get into the mood for the scene, the anger and things slowly hitting the climax!

I can’t wait to hit the climax but I’m also sad that I’m 9 chapters away from the end of this book! I also noticed some errors that I have taken note for future drafts (If I ever return to edit them lol)

Hmm, I don’t have anything nice this week, so I’ll share a quote from the chapter I just wrote:

On most days, my demons and monsters raged the war within me. But today, it was him.

And I’ll drop a pronunciation guide that I developed along the way while writing the story ever since I questioned my brother on how to pronounce Xiel (Kyllan’s best friend)’s name and I was the author and I didn’t know how to pronounce the name XD

Mei = Meh-e (pronounce quickly)

Kyllan = Ki-llan

Sylla = Si-lah

Xiel = C-elle

Okay, so here’s me signing off! Good luck for all you taking part! Don’t forget to check out my giveaway over at http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/7996e9f32/?, it’s international and ends on 30th november! It’s the last lap before NaNoWriMo is over, so keep pushing on even if you spot any mistakes or logic flaws! Get the first draft done and worry about everything else later!

Top 5 favourite Disney princesses

Hey guys, if you already didn’t know, I’m a big sucker for Disney movies (who isn’t?) and of course the Disney Princesses. I grew up watching Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, but mainly Little mermaid (Because my sister was so obsessed). So for today’s post, I thought it would a be cool idea to list down my top 5 favourite Disney princesses!

I actually feel that by knowing a person’s favourite Disney Princess(es), you can tell a lot about them! Like most of the time they usually like the Princess they can relate to, A LOT or the Disney Princess that possesses the qualities they desire.

  1. Rapunzel

    Out of all the Disney Princesses, I probably relate to her and Belle the most. Rapunzel is trapped in the tower with an extremely overprotective parent.

    Most of my life I’ve felt that trapped. With expectations and how society tells us how to act and all. My mum is also really overprotective to the point it scares my friends. Everytime I want to go out, I need to tell her the exact time and location of where I’m going, who I’m going with and what time I’ll be back. Once it hits 8pm (which I think is my curfew), I get a ton of calls asking when I’m coming home. I’m also not allowed to travel overseas with my friends or keep my own bank card AND my personal identification card. So yep, I have to say I relate to Rapunzel, A LOT. Not to mention a ton of people liked to call me Rapunzel because of my hair, I mean, it’s not even that long, it’s just at my stomach length, that’s all.

    Anyway, I got this post idea while watching the Tangled: The series cartoon. If you’re not watching the Tangled tv series, what are you doing?! It’s even better than the movie! So dramatic and fun! The villain in this series deserved better! And I thought Tangled stood great on it’s own, but this TV series was AMAZING!

    – Also, that Royal Wedding tho 😍

  2. Belle

    I think all bibliophiles can relate to Belle, after all, she’s a Disney Princess who loves reading as well! But not only that, she’s brave and sees past so much more than just the Beast’s appearance.


    I really admire Belle because she’s really brave and selfless. I think I really like her because of her bravery the most. (But I disliked the live action remake though)

  3. Elsa
     
    I think a ton of people know that Elsa is one of the INFJ Disney Princesses and when I went to watch Frozen and heard her belt out Let it go, I immediately knew she was going to be one of my favourite Disney Princesses (Yes, I am one of those people who actually LOVED Let it go, at least the Demi Lovato original version). She door slams Anna A LOT, can I really relate to that, she just doesn’t want to see the people she love get hurt by her powers.

    I think out of all the Disney Princesses, in terms of personality, I’m a lot like Elsa. Always having to act like I’ve got my act together and pushing anyone who comes too close away, so that they don’t get hurt.

  4. Anna

    For Anna, she’s too much of an extrovert for me to relate, but what I do relate is that she’s a hopeless romantic. She’s such a hopeless romantic that’s it’s kinda cute, until the whole betrayal happens. She’s so excited that the palace gates are finally going to be open and she can’t wait to meet ‘the one’. I really admire that she’s really optimistic too.
  5. Pocahontas

    If I’m not wrong, Pocahontas is potentially the other INFJ Disney Princess, she’s brave, fearless and willing to go to any length to protect what she loves and believes in. (I was sorely disappointed in the 2nd movie.) But I really admire her a ton!

And with that, here is the end of my post! Who is your favourite Disney Princess? Do you have more than just one? Let me know in the comments below!

Book review: What I lost by Alexandra Ballard (3.5 Stars)

“You never see anything good about yourself.”

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What I lost by Alexandra Ballard

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Mental Health

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Elizabeth has lost a lot of weight to get to a size 0, but she ended up with an eating disorder, anorexia. She goes to Wallingfield treatment centre to be cured, but she’s intending to restrict her diet once she finally gets out of the place. Elizabeth also believes that her mother, who has a size 0 obsession needs treatment too. Elizabeth starts receiving packages, possibly from her ex-boyfriend or even a secret admirer.

I personally couldn’t relate to having anorexia, but I do understand the pain of not being able to eat a lot, especially when my anxiety kicks in. And the peer pressure of people kinda forcing you to finish your food and make it seem that you’ve sinned against the entire world by not finishing the food on your plate. On most normal days I probably only eat 3/4 of a meal and with anxiety I even even lesser than that and urgh, I’ve had so many bad experiences with people forcing me to eat.

It’s clear that Elizabeth’s mother has an obsession with being a size 0 and it negatively affects Elizabeth. But her mother is good at masking it and her father is kinda of in denial of the entire thing. I was really upset since the main problem seemed to have stemmed from Elizabeth’s mother’s poor choice of words and actions.

I love that this book addresses sensitive issues and also the prejudices against eating disorders. It also straightforwardly brings the negative aspects of eating disorders to light.

I love that Elizabeth finds support in the people at the treatment centre and you can see throughout the entire book that she’s really trying. Also, I like that there is a subplot of the romance, but it doesn’t distract you from the main story. Elizabeth slowly overcomes her eating disorder, but not for a guy, she does it for herself and by herself. I really liked the character arc and story progression of this book.

Also, I really LOVED the use of Kelly Clarkson’s song, ‘Stronger’, because that song really helped me through a tough time as well!

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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Movie Review: A wrinkle in time (2018) (2 Stars)

“Love is always there, even if you don’t feel it.”

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Title: A wrinkle in time (2018)

Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Rating: 2 stars

Review:

Meg’s father; a scientist, disappears. So with the help of three magical beings, Meg, her younger brother and their friend are sent on a journey to find him.

The music was mainly inspirational and the story mainly followed the heroine’s journey. This was also a book to movie adaptation based on the book by Madeleine L’ Engle.

I actually felt that it really portrayed great themes and character arc, I felt that the problem was in the execution of the movie. Overall, I felt that the movie was okay, but not very memorable. It did bring me to tears a few times, but I felt that the story was pretty meh in the way it was executed since this was one of the book to movie adaptations that had a ton of hype surrounding it.

Have you watched this movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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Book review: The problem with forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout (4 Stars)

“You’re safe, Mouse. And I know you might not believe it, but I’m going to keep you safe forever.”

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The problem with forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 4/5 Stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Mallory grew up knowing the key to survival was not speaking. Four years after her nightmare ended, she is going from home schooled to spending her senior year in public high school. On the first day, she comes face to face with her first love and protector, Rider.

Immediately I could relate with Mallory, I’m painfully quiet, especially around guys and strangers. She also gets panic attacks, Mallory is a character after my own heart.

I did feel that Rider was leading Mallory on with his touches and meetings, but I did really ship them together. Urgh, I also didn’t understand why he was dating Paige.

I really liked the story progression and Mallory’s gradual progression of her character arc. This story really broke my heart, it was like Kami Garcia’s books combined with Brigid Kemmer’s! I really liked the message and Mallory as a character, it was one of the best character arcs I’ve ever seen.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

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