Wattpad reviews: A few of my favourites.

So for the people who don’t know what Wattpad is, here’s the wikipedia definition: Wattpad is a writing community in which users are able to post articles, stories, fan fiction, and poems.

Although I was a bit reluctant at first to try it out, I thought that I should experiment a bit and there are some absolutely wonderful writers and stories on there and dare I say that some of these stories are better than the published ones that we read.

Here I’m going to review a few of my favourite stories and that you should definitely read even if you’re not on Wattpad because they are just as excellent as published books and all the books I review today should be definitely be published.

1. Perfect Addiction by claudiaoverhere

This story tells a beautiful romance about two people with broken hearts coming together to fit together and become whole again. The story makes me scream, laugh and cry as every good story does and I must say this is an excellent story.

Without giving away too much we have Sienna who gets cheated by her boyfriend, Jax, and finds him and her sister together. Heartbroken and full of fury she finds her life entwinning with Kayden, at first they share a common goal of defeating the despicable Jax in underground fighting that Kayden and Jax participate in but as time passes feelings grow but so do insecurities.

I love the way the book isn’t just focused on the romance and the fact that the female lead is so strong is a bonus. She has a backbone and she’s strong, she has fire and passion that constantly makes me come back for more. There are only those few books with over 30 chapters that can keep me hooked since I feel like the reason some of these stories aren’t published is because they lose the fire that they started with but with 42 chapters and still going this story has kept me hooked even though I have to wait for it, it is absolutely worth it.

2. The Bachelor by greenwriter

The second story is The Bachelor. It follows the son of a billionaire, Zachary Astor, who thinks “love” is just a joke and to prove that he accepts a dare and enters the show ‘The Bachelor’ to ditch 25 women on live TV. But then there’s that mysterious Julianne Grey who hides her beautiful eyes behind her thick rimmed glasses and finds him absolutely unbearable which brings Zachary a whole lot of new emotions that he is not familiar with. So, will he win or lose this game of love?

I love this story and I’ve read it more times than I can count since it’s finished and each time I read it, it gets better. I know it sounds a bit cliché but when you read the story you’ll want to read it again and again with no doubt since the twists and turns it makes keep you hooked onto the book like a leech. I enjoyed the way the characters grow and change throughout the story and you can see and feel the connection and emotions as clear as day. You come to sympathise, empathise and love each character for the way they are (other than the few).

This is one of the stories that are actually published and I congratulate the author of this wonderful story and wish her the best of luck with her soon-to-be book.

3. Storm and Silence by RobTheir

We have Lilly Linton, a strong feminist, who’s goal is to be free and what better way to gain her freedom by working for one of the most powerful men? But there is an issue, she is a female. Being a female means that she’s expected to sit at home, look pretty all day and then marry. But what Lily has is a sharp mind which is valued by the powerful but mysterious Rikkard Ambrose. Will Lily get her job or will she be turned away for something that she cannot control?

This has to be the most fantastic historical fiction I have ever read. I can’t believe that I’m still keeping up with the updates when there are 78 chapters and still counting. I will congratulate Sir Rob on the excellent job that he has done with keeping me intrigued and so excited for each chapter that he updates.

I empathise with Lily since we are both females who want to be free and are chained to expectations. She isn’t asking for much just that bit of freedom that we should all be entitled to. Lily is a strong character which I admire, she’s fearless and determined to reach her goal of freedom. Since I am mostly a romance reader I am quite surprised at how much I love this story as the romance in this may be minimal. However, it is so well earned, and the frustration from anticipating it makes me want to pull my hair out. I adore this excellent book as it has just the right amount of everything; Romance, Adventure, Mystery which is why I think it would be right for many people.

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I definitely recommend any of these stories for anyone who has Wattpad, and for the people who don’t have Wattpad. What are you waiting for? Go join the community and read these stories!

– H.E

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Results Day!

Results day is a day that all students who have taken exams in England find out what they got. This year it falls on the 13th August (A-Level) and 20th August (GCSE). I  just finished my first year of A-Levels so my results come out on the 13th August. Am I nervous? Truthfully? Not really, either I don’t know what nervous feels like or I’m not nervous. I know a ton of people who are shaking thinking about their results and what they’re going to get.

So I want to give them a few tips to stay calm and not panic:

1) Do not think about it: I know this is probably really hard since you care so much about your results, I would advise you to immerse yourself in something you enjoy to take your mind off it (like reading).

2) Think positive: Don’t sit there calculating your results because it’s not good for you. No matter what happens on results day remember your results don’t define who you are and there’s always other options, for example, retaking modules to get the grade you want (A-Levels). For GCSE it’s a good experience and you shouldn’t worry too much about your results in hand, you’ve still got two years of exam to redeem yourself considering your results does not represent your true ability. Also, do not degrade yourself, do not sit there and tell yourself that you failed, that is the worst possible thing you could do.

3) Sleep: Since I went through this process last year for GCSE I think the best thing you can do the night before is just sleep. It will keep you awake and more optimistic for the day after and you may be surprised how it will change your view of things.

4) Be proud: And for the actual day of the results be proud of your results. You tried your best and that’s all you can ask of yourself no matter what they say, and what they feel about your results, it’s what you think about them. If you’re a bit disappointed with your results, ask yourself why and improve on it, make it into a positive matter. If you’re proud of your results and, lets say, your parents aren’t it’s your results and don’t be put down by them because you’re studying for yourself not for them and it’s your life not theirs. At the end, it’s you who’s going to be doing and enjoying what you do in the future not them but saying that don’t disregard them because they only care about you.

That’s the end of my tips that I think I’ve gathered from last year and the course of this year. I hardly ever become nervous unless it’s something that will massively involve my life and death and I know coming from an Asian background it probably is but as long as I’m fine with my results my parents reaction aren’t that much anymore after I’ve thought about it. I used to be so worried about what my parents think but it’s my life and although it affects them too, but if I came out with a degree that gave me a well paid job but I absolutely detest that job, it’s me living my life and it’ll be me who is miserable for the rest of my life and not them so I decided that it’s my choice what to do with my life and not theirs although I do take into account what they think.

Anyways, for everyone who is getting their results this Thursday or next Thursday or results whenever, I wish you good luck and best wishes for the future and for A2 students I hope you get into the university you want. And stay positive!

-H.E

Book Review: One Day by David Nicholls

One Day

‘I can imagine you at forty,’ she said, a hint of malice in her voice. ‘I can picture it right now.’

He smiled without opening his eyes. ‘Go on then.’

15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. 

So where will they be on this one day next year? 

And the year after that? And every year that follows?

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Where do I start? This has been one of my favourite reads so far during my summer and one hell of a emotional roller coaster. I applaud David Nicholls for writing such an excellent novel. It was a different and new kind of romance for me and I enjoyed every moment of this book although at one point David Nicholls was playing with my sanity and I really wanted to hunt him down and slaughter him. However, I really like the idea of the book, each chapter revolving around them each year on the day they met and it is such an excellent book because as you work your way through the chapters you grow along with the characters and watch them grow. Just like watching your own children grow and feeling that connection and love grow and I loved it.

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One Day also is a movie featuring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway, I watched it right after I read One Day and although it’s not as good as the book it is an amazing adaptation and I liked the movie immensely too and has now probably become my favourite movie. I loved the emotion and chemistry between the two actors.

Overall, I think it should become a modern classic. It was a great book and you should read it if you enjoy bittersweet romance or romance in general.

My Rating: ★★★★★

– H.E

Summer update (2nd August 2015)

For students in the United Kingdom (and probably America) it is currently the summer holiday, the six or seven week break from late July till early September. I am ‘relaxing’ during summer holidays (which means reading a lot) but I feel like this summer is intense since I am not going back home this year (which I am extremely upset about) I also have a list of things to complete.

Firstly, lets talk about my driving lessons. My driving lessons are downright stress, I can’t drive more than 30 miles per hour, I can’t even reach 30 miles per hour because I feel like it’s too fast even though I\m going granny speed. I can’t see over the steering wheel at times because I’m just so god damn short (4’11) and the fact that I keep stalling is frustrating especially when there is line of cars behind me. I always forget to step on the clutch before stepping on the brake and for the people who don’t know what I’m talking about, don’t worry it’s better if you don’t. I don’t hate driving but I feel so stressed about it since I have to get my licence before the end of the year and since I’ve failed my theory it’s not looking good and I still need to rebook it.

Secondly, I have volunteered at my local library to help out with their Summer Reading Challenge which is a program run by libraries to encourage children to read more often. Although I don’t hate it or even dislike it, it’s just that I sit there until a child comes up to me and then I file their name which is a pretty boring job as it’s not that busy. However, what cheers me up is that there are children who actually enjoy reading and their parents will spend time to ensure they read and there are around 400 children who have signed up for it. I genuinely think that children do not read much and that is very dissapointing to me since reading is such an amazing thing to do. I barely have any friends who even read which is disappointing but I do try to persuade them to read.

Although those things seem like pretty drab things to do during summer, my summer isn’t all too bad. My cousins have come over from Malaysia and one of them has the same passion for reading as I do and we’re also into the same books and for once in my life there is someone that I can discuss books with who doesn’t roll their eyes and tell me to ‘shut up’ but actually joins me in that excitement. Also them coming to England means that we visit more places since we take them out. We’ve visited Hampton Courts, Lavender fields and been out to London which we barely do if there is no one over. The pictures I’ve taken at Hampton Courts are beautiful and I absolutely love them.

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Last but not least is READING. I’ve read so much and I cannot contain my excitement. I nearly read a book a day now and it is amazing. My favourite books so far are One Day by David Nicholls and the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I will probably do a separate post and review them since I’m only on the 3rd book for the Lux Series so I’m going to do it after I’ve finished all five which is probably soon.

Anyways, aside from my unpredictable summer I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and enjoying their time off school unless you live in New Zealand which means you’ve started school and it is not summer.

– H.E