TV Post: Epic Soundtracks and Musical Moments

I think that one of the things I love about TV and films is the use of music. It’s something you just can’t experience so readily in a book and a song can utterly change a scene and send shivers down your spine. This post is a look at some of the musical moments in TV and film that have stuck with me. I have a whole playlist on Spotify of songs I have discovered through TV shows and films and I often find new bands and singers I love through this. Obviously due to copyright, I cannot include clips of the actual shows, however hopefully you guys will still enjoy the post and maybe even seek out some of the songs for yourself. The Hanging Tree- Mockingjay This was always going to be a hard scene for the film crew. […]

Posted February 9, 2015 by chooseyabooks in tvpost / 0 Comments
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January Wrap-Up

I can’t believe it’s February already, once again time just seems to be passing me by so quickly. This year I’m hoping to post monthly wrap-ups and keep to them, I have some short codes and ways that should hopefully make these a lot simpler to write. Reviewed in January Non-review posts in January What I’ve Read This month I managed to read 15 books and make some progress on my reading challenges. 1. Yes Please – Amy Poehler 2. Only Ever Yours – Louise O’Neill 3. All Fall Down – Ally Carter 4. Us – David Nicholls 5. The Murdstone Trilogy – Mal Peet 6. Don’t Ever Change – M. Beth Bloom 7. Frozen Charlotte – Alex Bell 8. The Minaturist – Jessie Burton 9. Simon vs the Homo Sapien Agenda -Becky Albertalli 10. Mind Games – Teri Terry […]

Posted February 4, 2015 by chooseyabooks in monthly wrap-up, Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Review: The Illusionists by Laure Eve

Review: The Illusionists by Laure Eve

Review: I really enjoyed Fearsome Dreamer so was excited to read the conclusion, The Illusionists. I think Laure Eve has a beautiful writing style and I love her prose. What really makes this series standout for me is the world building and how vivid the setting feels. Both World and Angle Tar are so well described and so easy to visualise. This really made a difference for me reading the books as I was able to fully immerse myself in the world. It was great to see more of World as well in The Illusionists as in Fearsome Dreamer most of the plot takes place in Angle Tar. Seeing World through Rue’s outsider eyes worked really well as well because she was as new to this as the reader. The characters are really strong in the Illusionist and Wren in particular stands […]

Posted January 30, 2015 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Review: Captive by A.J Grainger

Review: Captive by A.J Grainger

Review: I was really intrigued by the concept of Captive, which tells the story of Robyn, daughter of the prime minister, who has been kidnapped. I read Captive very quickly and within a couple of sittings. I thought Robyn’s first person narration worked well, as did the interweaving of a past incident with her father through flashbacks, as Robyn tries to work out what is going on and why. The overall plot was fairly tight and I thought there were some good twists and developments. There is very little time before the action starts so the reader is immediately pulled in and shocked. In terms of characters, I thought that Scar was just as creepy as his named implied and Grainger really depicted that danger well. Feather felt flat at times, and a little too obviously unhinged however overall the characters were […]

Posted January 28, 2015 by chooseyabooks in reviews, wow / 0 Comments
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Review: Juvie by Steve Watkins

Review: Juvie by Steve Watkins

Review: I was lucky enough to be invited to Walker Books blogger brunch last November and had a wonderful time chatting with bloggers and publishing people, eating yummy food and hearing all about the upcoming books from Walker. One of them immediately caught my attention with its striking cover and compelling concept: Juvie. Described alongside Orange Is The New Black comparisons, Juvie tells the story of Sadie who is accidentally caught up in a drug deal. To keep her sister out of jail, and niece out of care, Sadie confesses despite being innocent. What was meant to just be a slap on the wrist turns into a six month sentence and when we meet Sadie she’s just about to start this. Juvie surprised me as I read it. It is far more about Sadie’s own journey and growth than action. The […]

Posted January 26, 2015 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 1 Comment
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ChooseYAtrope: Grief, Loss and Suicide in YA

ChooseYAtrope: Grief, Loss and Suicide in YA

  ChooseYATrope is an original feature at ChooseYA discussing, examining and analysing popular tropes and trends within YA literature.  ChooseYAtrope is back. While my survey is still open on the blog, currently 100% of participants have suggested they would like to see more posts about YA trends and tropes so I’m brushing the dust off this feature and hope to make it a regular occurrence. Today I’m talking about something I’ve noticed in a lot of early 2015 titles I’ve been reviewing: suicide. Obviously, this is a potentially very triggering topic and therefore I have put my standard content warning and would advise readers who may be affected to use their discretion and be careful. I would also like to add this post may contain spoilers for several recent or upcoming releases and while I’ll try to tag those who don’t reveal this […]

Posted January 23, 2015 by chooseyabooks in chooseyatrope / 0 Comments
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Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Review: The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

Review: I enjoyed Samantha Shannon’s debut The Bone Season and was excited to see what was in store for Paige next. I found The Mime Order even more engaging and intriguing than The Bone Season. There’s definitely a very different tone and atmosphere to the Mime Order, whereas The Bone Season was Paige forced into a very difficult situation and fighting to escape, now she’s fighting the society she lives in and has developed as a character into more of a leader. We don’t see much of London in the Bone Season, it’s the secondary location and most of the book takes place in Oxford, so it was great to see and learn more about it in the Mime Order. We learn a lot more about the world and rules and politics behind in the Mime Order and I thought this really […]

Posted January 21, 2015 by chooseyabooks in britishbookschallenge, reviews / 1 Comment
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Review: The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet

Review: The Murdstone Trilogy by Mal Peet

Review: I was very intrigued by the concept of The Murdstone Trilogy and Mal Peet is an author I’ve been meaning to read for a while so was really excited when I was offered the chance to review Peet’s latest novel, especially as the main character is a YA author and it looked very original. Peet’s narrator, Philip Murdstone is being forced by his agent to write a fantasy novel and fit in with the latest trends. Murdstone who writes about sensitive boys with problems is unsure where to start and at the beginning very dismissive about fantasy. This did concern me at the start a little as I worried the book would be ‘antigenre’, however as the plot progressed Murdstone’s reticence recedes. There is a really great darkly comic and cynical tone to this book and a lot of humour. In […]

Posted January 19, 2015 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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Very important notice for current wordpress/ email subscribers

This post is just for those of you who subscribe to my blog via email, specifically through wordpress, feedburner is unaffected by this as far I as am aware. I’ve recently started using the UBB plug in which I love and I’ve noticed that Jetpack doesn’t let me keep the short codes in my emails so you guys just get the review body of text. As I’m not happy with this, I have removed Jetpack email subscriptions from the sidebar and replaced with a different email subscriber widget.  I would ask any current subscribers getting email subscriptions from wordpress please transfer to feedburner as I am deactivating Jetpack subscriptions as of now (Friday 16th January 2015) TLDR: If you subscribe to ChooseYA via email/via wordpress and wish to continue this you WILL need to resubscribe via feedburner using the widget in the side […]

Posted January 16, 2015 by chooseyabooks in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Review: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

Review: I had heard a lot about The Walled City and was really intrigued to read it, especially when I discovered the real-life inspiration of the city of Kowloon. The Walled City is a gripping read and one I found chilling too. Exploitation is a central theme and there is some disturbing content around Mei Yee’s character. I thought Jin was really strong and her desire to save her sister, along with the dangers she was placed in herself were well written and sympathetic. The only character who felt a little flat to me was Dai. There are some interesting developments and motivations for Dai  I thought his self-destructive and self-loathing streaks were well evoked however. I found Jin’s chapters the most compelling personally and Mei Yee’s were very emotional. I did think Dai’s plot was interesting, it was just his character […]

Posted January 16, 2015 by chooseyabooks in reviews / 0 Comments
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