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MY (BOOKISH) FRIENDS | FRIENDSHIP FAILS OF EMMA NASH BLOG TOUR

Hi everyone! A few weeks ago, I was approached to take part in the Friendship Fails of Emma Nash blog tour. I adored the first book, Editing Emma, so of course I was desperate to read the sequel and share my thoughts with you all. 


SYNOPSIS:

Now she’s in the sixth form, Emma’s expecting life to be a breeze but when her best friend Steph suddenly has a boyfriend who she’s spending more time with Emma’s not sure what to do with herself.


So Emma’s got a mission in mind: making new friends. Signing up for the school fashion show seems like the perfect opportunity. Although soon, through a series of mishaps that are absolutely not Emma’s fault (well, sort of), her world is teetering on the edge of disaster again.

Would going back to creating a life for herself online really be so bad?

We start where Editing Emma left off (no spoilers here) and it was easy to immerse myself into Emma's world again. Full of awkwardness and laugh-out-loud moments; this book was everything I was expecting, and more. What I love most about this series, is the smashing of taboo topics. Where other YA books purposefully avoid topics like periods and friends talking about sex, Chloe Seager embraces them - and I love that. Let's be honest, teenage girls do talk about these things, and it's about time books reflected that.

One of the central themes of the book is friendship. Creating and holding friendships is such a huge part of growing up, especially when you're a teenager, and this book definitely reflected that. I certainly remember being in Steph and Emma's exact situation. I was always the awkward dater, and my best friend got an "official" boyfriend - I felt replaced, hurt, jealous; all the emotions Emma is feeling. So I feel like this aspect of the book was done perfectly, and was very realistic.

Whilst we're talking about friendship; that's the theme behind my blog post today. Nina asked me to talk about a friend I've made through the online bookish world. Although I've met so many amazing people through the bookish community, two people spring to mind.

Me, Liv and Rebecca. The evil trio. The Slytherin Queens. Never did I imagine meeting two such like-minded, hilarious, best friends like you. You know you have a friend for every occassion? A friend to go out drinking with, a friend to gossip with, a friend to go to for advice etc. I've finally found friends that have it all. People who accept me for who I am. Every mood, every emotion, every chronic illness flare up, every moan, every celebration - these two have been there. Bringing out the best in me, and sticking by me when I've been at my worst.


Liv, we met up at Green Park tube station after speaking briefly online and attended the Beauty and the Beast afternoon tea together. From the first moment I saw you, something just clicked and I knew we'd be best friends. Not just because of our blogs, or our YouTube channels, or even because of books - just because I connected with you more in the first five minutes of talking, than I have with most people in my life. We've laughed together, cried together, got drunk together - so many of my favourite moments of the past year have been with you - so thank you.




Rebecca, never will I forget the tears that fell when I squeezed the life out of you in the Travelodge at Uxbridge. We had spoken for years online, which made our meeting even more emotional. I introduced you to the bookish world, and watching you grow into an amazing blogger, and now BookTuber, makes me so proud. A moment I'll always be thankful for is our 24 Hour Readathon together. When I struggled, you gave me the push I needed to keep going - and you've been doing that in my life ever since - so thank you.



I loved you both - and then you met, and loved each other too. And our trio was born. A trio I am so thankful was born. A trio that wouldn't have existed without the bookish world, but will continue to exist even if our time in the bookish world ends (don't worry - no one is leaving the bookish community anytime soon!). I love you both, and thank you both for being the best friends I could ask for. Genuinely having to wipe tears away here...


If you want to read a book full of laughs, loves and life-long friendships, Friendship Fails of Emma Nash is definitely the book for you!



Check out the other stops on the blog tour here:

TO THE PETER PANS OF THE WORLD


I'll be honest, growing up sucks. When you're a child, there's nothing you want more than to grow up and be a teacher, or an astronaut, or a doctor. Then when you're a teenager, there's nothing you want more than to leave the house and have your own independence; be free of being told what to do. And then it happens. And you're an adult.

You're working. You're tied down with bills. You're struggling to make ends meet. And you want to rescind your comments about growing up. Growing up is terrible, and nowhere near as great as it looked through your ten-year-old eyes.

I'm 24 now and I'm content. I've discovered that being content is far better than I thought. You're not happy; you're not sad. You're content. You're stable and you're coping. That's not to say I don't experience happiness or sadness; of course I do. But content is the overwhelming emotion. Plodding on knowing that you're financially, physically and mentally secure for the time being. It's a reassuring thing.

But what I want to talk about today is the people that don't grow up. This is something I find myself thinking about a lot. They do physically; their hairs turn grey and wrinkles start to form, but their mind remains the same. I would call them the Peter Pans of our world; because for the majority of the time, they're the best people to be around. They're happy and carefree. They make you laugh. But they don't know how to adult. And here's where I have my issue.

There are circumstances in life where you have to let people you love be free. Whether it's a child leaving home or watching a friend get married; their life is theirs, and even though it hurts that you're not the centre of their world anymore - you have to let them.

I'll talk about my circumstance. My mum was in a toxic marriage, and when I left home, she left shortly after. She found new love, and a new home in Lichfield; which is over 2 hours away from the place I call home.

I cried for days, weeks, even months. I have never been away from my mum for more than a few days, and selfishly I wanted to keep her nearby for myself. As the months went on, I saw her change. She was content; truly content. It was at this moment that I realised I'd never seen my mum content. I'd never seen her make jokes, or felt embarassed because she was being overly affectionate to her partner; or seen her completely relax and be herself. And that is the moment in which I grew up.

Holding people back to make yourself happy is selfish. And I'll admit that it took me months to see that. Some people it will take years. Some people will never see that. And they're the ones you end up growing apart from. The ones that can't take that you have another source of happiness in your life now, that isn't them. And those are the people that I'm fed up of.

You can feel jealousy. Almost 3 years down the line, and I still feel jealous - but don't let that change your behaviour towards a person. Don't lose something good because you're so encased in negative emotion. When I grew up and welcomed my mum's new partner with open arms, it was the best decision I ever made. I even now call him dad. You never know what you might gain by going into something with an open mind.

I still class myself as a Peter Pan of the world. It's knowing the moments that he needs to be stored away that's the most important thing. 

Me and My Dad

AMY McCULLOCH INTERVIEW | JINXED BLOG TOUR



Today I have the wonderful Amy McCulloch on my blog, to celebrate the release of her new book, JINXED
I quickly fell in love with this book (as ever with Amy's books) and you can find the full review here.
When I was approached to be on this blog tour, I couldn't have been more excited and I'm thrilled to share the chat I had with her about all things tech, bakus and what's next for Lacey...

CITY OF DUST BY MICHELLE KENNEY | COVER REVEAL

Today, I am super excited to be posting a cover reveal on my blog. I feel like I've been waiting for this book for so long. In reality? It hasn't been that long - but I am so hyped for this book, and can not wait to see what lies in store next for a world and characters that I have fallen so in love with.

I imagine some of you will be reading this at YALC, and if you are - this is extra exciting for you. Keep reading to find out why...

I reviewed a book last year, called Book of Fire by Michelle Kenney. I was absolutely blown away by it, and have been anxiously awaiting the sequel ever since. So today, I am very excited to be revealing the official cover for Michelle's brand new book, CITY OF DUST.


Isn't it absolutely gorgeous?! I am already obsessed.

SYNOPSIS:
Life in Arafel is no longer safe. Not since August’s disappearance, and whispers of a ghost controlling Pantheon.

Meanwhile, Talia stands torn between secretive twin, Eli, and best friend, Max.

Betrayal forces Talia to leave the sanctuary of her forest home as she pursues the stolen Book of Arafel. A book which could destroy the freedom of all those she loves if it falls into the wrong hands. And when she enters the ancient ruined city of Isca, she fights to protect the vulnerable from the iron grip of the Pantheon, while learning to fight for the man she loves. 

But with the shadow of the Black Aquila looming ever closer, will she put the freedom of others above her own, or will she follow her heart?

This is Michelle Kenney’s thrilling second instalment in the Book of Fire Trilogy.

And if you're at YALC? Here's where it gets exciting! Head over to the Harper Collins stand NOW where they're giving out free samplers of City of Dust, and have a chat with Michelle herself! I can't wait for this book and I highly recommend you delving into the first, before the second is released on 2nd October 2018.

You can pre-order the book here: CITY OF DUST

However you're spending this weekend, I hope you're having fun and staying cool! Until next time...