GCSE Results

Just a quick note to all those receiving their GCSE Results tomorrow: I wish you all the very best of luck! I hope you all went out there and absolutely smashed it, and you’re now all set to pursue the future that you had in mind. There will, of course, be some disappointments for some, but just know that there are plenty of other options available, and who knows, maybe someday you’ll be thankful that things turned out this way. The last thing I want you to know is that you are a blessing. You are so loved and cared for that be it good or bad, you will be able to have the comfort and support of those around you. And not only are YOU blessed, but whatever happens tomorrow is a blessing in disguise. Maybe it’s a wake-up call. Perhaps it will lead you down an unexpected path in your life. So just embrace it. Own it and take charge of your future!

I am so proud of every one of you!

A final GOOD LUCK! from me!




Quote Of The Day #1

“Some people think the strongest thing is holding on, but I think it’s letting go…” – Unknown

The perfect song for this quote: Let Go by Lawson

Between the Lives: Review

Between the LivesBetween the Lives by Jessica Shirvington

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The perfect life or the perfect love. You choose.

For as long as she can remember, Sabine has lived two lives. Every 24 hours she shifts to her ‘other’ life – a life where she is exactly the same, but absolutely everything else is different: different family, different friends, different social expectations. In one life she has a sister, in the other she does not. In one life she’s a straight-A student with the perfect boyfriend, in the other she’s considered a reckless delinquent. Nothing about her situation has ever changed, until the day when she discovers a glitch: the arm she breaks in one life is perfectly fine in the other.

With this new knowledge, Sabine begins a series of increasingly risky experiments that bring her dangerously close to the life she’s always wanted. But if she can only have one life, which is the one she’ll choose?

A compelling psychological thriller about a girl who lives two parallel lives – this is Sliding Doors for the YA audience. – From the synopsis on the Goodreads page for Between the Lives

So I borrowed this book from my local library. I was immediately drawn to it, the storyline seemed so interesting and I was desperate to start reading it after having been in a reading slump on holiday, with only access to Kindle books. I wanted a physical book to read as I found the adjustment to electronic books quite challenging, and have that effortless ease of reading when I can hold that book in my hands and flip the pages.

Oh my goodness – this book brought everything, the feels, the heartbreak, the hope and the hunger for more. I devoured the majority of this in one night, one broken, beautiful night reading in bed, the tears simply pouring from my eyes, me sobbing and shaking, so overcome with blatant emotion. At several points, I was so hysterical I almost woke up my parents. I suggest anyone about to read this book listen to Coldplay’s album X&Y whilst you read it, in particularly those last chapters. I promise it adds to the story and the reading experience, and the lyrics and music beautifully suit the plot line and the atmosphere that the writer has so cleverly weaved.

Continue reading

Swapped by a Kiss: Review

Swapped by a KissSwapped by a Kiss by Luisa Plaja

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having read the preceding book in the ‘By a Kiss’ series and absolutely adoring it, I jumped to purchase this when I found there was another book set in the same world, with the focus on one of the other characters in the original book.
*DISCLAIMER: You do not have to read ‘prequel’ Split by a Kiss to understand Swapped by a Kiss, though I highly recommend reading it*

Following the events of the previous book, Rachel is finally in a relationship (though somewhat on/off) with boyfriend and long-term best friend David. Coming to the end of high school, the future is finally looking bright (not too bright; she’s ‘gothically-inclined’) for her, after a difficult and strained relationship with her mum and her dad (view spoiler)

However, just before David is set to leave for an English music festival on his summer vacation, Rachel gets so jealous of David’s flirtatious tendencies with girls – namely Jo, protagonist of the previous book, as she was said to have bonded with David as they were both Brits in America – whilst they are in a relationship. At the same time, Jo is in a seemly perfect relationship with boyfriend Albie, lead singer in local band ‘The Madison Rats’. She feels pushed over the edge by him teasing that if he was an elementalist (controlling weather and the elements), she would be a mentalist (code word for crazy). To Rachel, with quite apparent psychological trauma stemming back to her unhappy childhood, this is a punch in the gut. So, she breaks up with him in the middle of the school cafeteria.

Continue reading

Summer Montage

Here is a little (well, 9 minutes long) video clip that Cecilia and I have been working on to portray our summer holiday in a montage of pictures and videos. We hope you enjoy the video! Be sure to comment if you enjoyed and want to learn more about our adventures abroad!




My Everyday Essentials

InstagramCapture_c436fd64-2980-433d-b0ee-ec3c137e7fb0.jpgHey, guys – I’m here with another auto-publish blog whilst I’m away on holiday!

Today’s blog is a quick (well, by my obsessive blogging standards) one, about my everyday essentials.

If you would like to see a video version of this (what’s in my bag? style) then let me know in the comments!

Continue reading

Happy 15th Birthday Kornelia!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Happy Birthday πŸŽ‰β€βœ¨πŸ˜

We’ve been best friends for quite a long time now. I really appreciate the advice that you always give me, and the help and support we both offer each other.

You have been my constant throughout everything, never quick to judge or to call me out on my differing opinion, because although you fight your case, you are open to the ideas of others and are tolerant to opposing views, a quality that is so important, yet few possess ✨

We have a lot of memories, such as:

  • Paignton, when we went to Oldway Mansion and met squirrels 🏰
  • My Confirmation β›ͺ ❀
  • Bowling 🎳
  • All my birthdays (minus Year 7)
  • In Year 8 when we had every lesson together πŸ‘ŒπŸ»
  • Sneaky Pictures in English with Min and Jasmine πŸ“· πŸ˜‚

I love to talk to you about anything that is on my mind, in particular, music. 🎢 Can I just say that I think your music taste is top class? πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ˜‰ Genuinely, I can see your passion for the music you listen to whenever you share a song with me, and honestly, that is what it is all about!

Continue reading