August has been a long and short month. It feels like more than a month ago I was in Spain enjoying the sun and the heat. My little sister became an adult and turned 18 at the beginning of the month, seriously when did she grow up? When I turned 18 I felt old, I mean I know I was young and still am but I just felt very mature, now that one of my best friends has a little baby boy I actually feel immature. I can't imagine having a whole other life to look after right now but this little man is very lucky to have 2 incredible parents. Last week my friend convinced me to start watching Grey's Anatomy and it has been the best and worst thing, I love it and can't believe I never watched it before now but it is taking over my life.

I hope you all had a great August.
xo Natasha
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Life Lately: August

31.8.13


August has been a long and short month. It feels like more than a month ago I was in Spain enjoying the sun and the heat. My little sister became an adult and turned 18 at the beginning of the month, seriously when did she grow up? When I turned 18 I felt old, I mean I know I was young and still am but I just felt very mature, now that one of my best friends has a little baby boy I actually feel immature. I can't imagine having a whole other life to look after right now but this little man is very lucky to have 2 incredible parents. Last week my friend convinced me to start watching Grey's Anatomy and it has been the best and worst thing, I love it and can't believe I never watched it before now but it is taking over my life.

I hope you all had a great August.
xo Natasha
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The prologue of the novel begins with the question "Is it possible to keep loving somebody when they kill somebody you love?”. An initial curiosity is swept over my mind when I read such a matter-of-fact statement; it grabs your mind and is the sentence that holds you down so that you continue on. Said by 13 (nearly 14) year old Iris who lives in the countryside with her semi-alcoholic father and older brother, Sam who becomes troubled after their mother leaves the family. One day a family of travellers move onto the paddock of their home, Iris becomes fascinated by the travellers, unlike her father who wants to get rid of them. She makes friends with Trick, a teenager of the traveller family. It is clear that Iris develops feelings for him over time like any young teenager would, while her father and brother keep warning her that she should stay away from them but continues to see Trick in secret. Events begin to unfold, revolving around her father, Sam and friends with a big collision; this tests the already struggling family. 


The story-line is different to other young adult books I have read before, it is written beautifully. I feel that Flood really illustrates the mind of a young teenage girl, it reminds me a little of how I thought about things at that age, confused, slightly naive but understanding. It is not a simple tale of first love, it is far more complex like a lot of teenagers and their families. Over the Summer it shows the struggles, the reality of issues that people now face such as loyalty even if you do not agree with what those closest to you are saying. I particularly liked the detail of the dialogue between the characters and the description of the way the travellers speak, it added an extra layer to the characters. The way the reader is left to decide how they feel about Trick made you feel like you were Iris and you were following her on the journey and you felt what she was feeling. Although predictable due to the start of the novel it was enjoyable, if the prologue was taken out I think it might have been a more powerful story. If you like young adult books that make you feel something then I think this is for you. 

xo Natasha
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Book Review: Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood

14.8.13

The prologue of the novel begins with the question "Is it possible to keep loving somebody when they kill somebody you love?”. An initial curiosity is swept over my mind when I read such a matter-of-fact statement; it grabs your mind and is the sentence that holds you down so that you continue on. Said by 13 (nearly 14) year old Iris who lives in the countryside with her semi-alcoholic father and older brother, Sam who becomes troubled after their mother leaves the family. One day a family of travellers move onto the paddock of their home, Iris becomes fascinated by the travellers, unlike her father who wants to get rid of them. She makes friends with Trick, a teenager of the traveller family. It is clear that Iris develops feelings for him over time like any young teenager would, while her father and brother keep warning her that she should stay away from them but continues to see Trick in secret. Events begin to unfold, revolving around her father, Sam and friends with a big collision; this tests the already struggling family. 


The story-line is different to other young adult books I have read before, it is written beautifully. I feel that Flood really illustrates the mind of a young teenage girl, it reminds me a little of how I thought about things at that age, confused, slightly naive but understanding. It is not a simple tale of first love, it is far more complex like a lot of teenagers and their families. Over the Summer it shows the struggles, the reality of issues that people now face such as loyalty even if you do not agree with what those closest to you are saying. I particularly liked the detail of the dialogue between the characters and the description of the way the travellers speak, it added an extra layer to the characters. The way the reader is left to decide how they feel about Trick made you feel like you were Iris and you were following her on the journey and you felt what she was feeling. Although predictable due to the start of the novel it was enjoyable, if the prologue was taken out I think it might have been a more powerful story. If you like young adult books that make you feel something then I think this is for you. 

xo Natasha
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I think I can safely say that July has been my favourite month of the year (so far). It was just golden. Firstly in England we were granted some decent weather, sunshine and warm heat, although a little unbearable in the night it is more than what we are usually granted.


This past month has been 31 days of nothing but goodness. Starting off with the first of two day festivals, over the two Saturdays I saw bands and artists such as Mumford & Sons, The Rolling Stones, Vampire Weekend, Jake Bugg, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. During the gorgeous days I have been out in the garden reading a book, I started Infinite Sky by C.J Flood, I'm liking it so far but I have a bad habit of reading multiple books so it might be a while before I actually finish it.

Then my graduation day arrived, my sweet Grandparents came all the way from Scotland for it, even though I had to wake up at 6am it was one of the best days to celebrate with my friends and family. After 3 years of stress and hard work while having fun along the way, it all came down to that day and the diploma. Days later it was my 21st birthday, I can't believe in the space of a week I have been catapulted into the real world and adulthood. It honestly feels like just the other day I was wearing my school uniform and my biggest issue was if my poker straight hair was still straight or something equally as silly. Finally, to end the month I went to the south of Spain with my sister where my Dad was waiting for us at my Uncle's apartments to spend some time by the pool and the beach for a few days.

I hope your July was as fantastic as mine.
xo Natasha
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Life Lately: July

3.8.13

I think I can safely say that July has been my favourite month of the year (so far). It was just golden. Firstly in England we were granted some decent weather, sunshine and warm heat, although a little unbearable in the night it is more than what we are usually granted.


This past month has been 31 days of nothing but goodness. Starting off with the first of two day festivals, over the two Saturdays I saw bands and artists such as Mumford & Sons, The Rolling Stones, Vampire Weekend, Jake Bugg, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. During the gorgeous days I have been out in the garden reading a book, I started Infinite Sky by C.J Flood, I'm liking it so far but I have a bad habit of reading multiple books so it might be a while before I actually finish it.

Then my graduation day arrived, my sweet Grandparents came all the way from Scotland for it, even though I had to wake up at 6am it was one of the best days to celebrate with my friends and family. After 3 years of stress and hard work while having fun along the way, it all came down to that day and the diploma. Days later it was my 21st birthday, I can't believe in the space of a week I have been catapulted into the real world and adulthood. It honestly feels like just the other day I was wearing my school uniform and my biggest issue was if my poker straight hair was still straight or something equally as silly. Finally, to end the month I went to the south of Spain with my sister where my Dad was waiting for us at my Uncle's apartments to spend some time by the pool and the beach for a few days.

I hope your July was as fantastic as mine.
xo Natasha
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