Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A night in Liverpool.

This time last week me, my Mum, Dad and Sister were heading into Liverpool for my Sister's graduation. Liverpool has become one of my favourite UK cities, now that my Sisters finished Uni I'm not sure if I'll ever get the chance to visit again (hopefully I will.) With that in mind as soon as we got of the train and dropped of our bags at the hotel we went 'exploring' we headed down to Albert Dock in hopes of catching a ferry but since it was late in the day we had just missed the last one. Instead we decided to grab something to eat and then go on the Liverpool Echo Wheel, which was actually pretty nice to look over the city (it's so much bigger than Nottingham!)

We also had a quick visit in Liverpool's tate museum, I do find it slightly odd whats considered art (anyone agree?) Every time I've been to Liverpool so far, we've drove past St. Lukes church, I've been wanting to visit for ages and although we couldn't go inside at the time I did manage to get a closer look at it, its such a beautiful church. After that we walked through St. John's Gardens back towards the hotel.

So the next day was graduation day! We got up nice and early because we were told it would be non-stop once we got there, which it wasn't! When we arrived we picked up the gown and spent the next hour taking photo's (and getting professional ones done) after that we were hurried over to the 'Harry Potter' building for the official snaps of all the graduates and the chucking of the hats! It was a nice day and I must admit I did feel like I was in a Harry Potter movie/some American film involving high school. 

Once the photographs were done it was time for the official ceremony which was held at the cathedral. I didn't go to this since you are only allowed two tickets per person so taking advantage of the hot weather, I walked back down to Albert Dock and went to the Museum of Liverpool, which was quite interesting. I then grabbed an ice cream and sat on the dock for a while, I always feel weird doing things by myself, but in a city were no one knows me I find it so much easier. Safe to say due to the hot weather my shoulders were getting burnt so I went back to the hotel and passed out on the bed, waking up just in time to go back out for another meal and catch the train home. I've been missing Liverpool ever since!

If you are/have graduated I hope your had such a lovely day! And I'd love to hear all about your favourite cities?

Monday, 28 July 2014

What I've been reading - Half a King by Joe Abercrombie* (and giveaway!)

half a king joe aberbrombie review
half a king joe aberbrombie review
I first stumbled across Joe Abercrombie this year, after reading a few of his short stories and liking the grittiness of them, he's a writer I'm growing familiar with, best known for his fantasy work filled with rogues, violence, swearing amongst other stuff.

I really like the cover for this book and if I saw it in a shop it is something I would go up to and have a look at. I'm really happy to see a map inside the cover, when I'm reading a fantasy novel being able to see the whereabouts of all the different places helps me keep track of things! 

Whilst reading Half a King I was also reading another one of Joe Abercrombie's books called Best Served Cold, it's really easy to see the differences between the audience of each books. Half a King is Joe Abercrombie's first YA book it's much shorter and fast paced, which is ideal for a younger audience but I did miss little details that adult books can have. 

Half a King is the first book in the Shattered Sea trilogy, it follows Yarvi the second born son of King Uthrik, with only one strong arm Yarvi finds it hard to fit into the world where valor with sword/axe is praised above most things, with no intention of ever becoming King he trains as a minister, that is until his father and brother are brought home dead and he is thrust onto a new path, and swears an oath to avenge his Father/Brother's murder. Due to twist and turns Yarvi finds himself on a slave ship, where he makes some unexpected friends/enemies who follow him on his journey back to Gettland and to help him fulfill his oath. 

Due to the story moving fast, Abercrombie doesn't waste any page, a downside to this is that characterisation is a little vague, some of the background of characters isn't explored as much as I would have like it to have been. On the upside, every page is filled with different twist and turns, it gets to the point and takes us on a gripping and interesting journey.  I am looking forward to the next book and I'm sure any Joe Abercrombie fans will not be disappointed with this book.

To find out more about Half a King you can view the trailer here and find the book on amazon here! 

I also have one copy of this book to giveaway to one of you, to enter just leave a comment with your email address and tell me what your favourite genre is and why by the 1st August!!

*This book was sent to me for reviewing purposes, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Little Things

If you can figure out what this is from the photograph then well done to you, I took them out of the packaging so I could see what they look liked and couldn't get them neatly folded again. I'm in the middle of decorating my room and I have new curtains!! Not very exciting but considering the fact that I moved rooms over a year ago? And haven't had any curtains since I think I'm allowed to be excited.

The lovely Elizabeth bought me a $10 gift card for Ruche for my birthday way back in January, I've been wondering what to buy ever since, I spotted this Charlottesville Canister in the sale and with an extra 25% of it was a bargain! 

And lastly spending a couple of days in Liverpool seeing my Sister graduate, which I'll be blogging about soon.

What little things have made your week?
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