Thursday, 30 July 2015

Pretty Little Liars Recap: S6E8 'FrAmed' *Contains Spoilers*

It's time for another PLL recap for this week's episode simply titled 'FrAmed'. As always spoilers are after the jump!


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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

July Reads & Reviews

Images via goodreads.com, books marked * c/o Netgalley

The first book I picked up this month was upcoming YA release Come Sit By Me* (Thomas Hoobler, 2015). The novel follows Paul the new kid at Hamilton High, a school which suffered a terrible tragedy the year before when one of it's students brought in a gun and killed seven people. When Paul arrives he is assigned the locker that once belonged to that shooter, a quiet boy named Cale, but it turns out that isn't the only thing the two boys have in common.

I found the beginning part of the book quite captivating and was initially drawn into the story. I felt curious, left wanting to find out more about the mysterious Cale and just what could have happened to make him want to do something so horrible and hurt so many people. After initially following Paul the format is switched up and we also get to hear from Cale through reading his journal/diary entries. Unfortunately by this point my interest in the story had already started to waver and when it came to it I didn't find the reveal of what happened on the day of the shooting to be very surprising nor what I would have hoped the ending of the book to be. Whilst the idea of Paul investigating, finding parallels between his life and Cale's and ultimately solving the mystery of why he committed such an awful crime was an interesting idea I wasn't won over by the book.

Whilst overall I had a pretty good reading month, my second read of July was hands down my favourite. I was lucky enough to receive an advanced ebook copy of Ernest Cline's new novel Armada* which as a huge fan of his debut Ready Player One was very exciting. Luckily the book was just as action-packed and perfectly geeky as I'd hoped and I'll be sharing my full review over on Blogger's Bookshelf next month so make sure to head over there if you want to know more!

I'll also be sharing full reviews over on BB next month featuring my final two reads of July; The Good Girls (Sara Shepard, 2015) and Black Cairn Point (Claire McFall, 2015). I really enjoyed both of these YA mystery/thriller titles and would recommend picking them up if you're a fan of the genre.

Reviews posted this month: Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls*, Lynn Weingarten (2015)
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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Pretty Little Liars Recap: S6E7 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' *Contains Spoilers*

Happy Sunday! It's time for another PLL recap for this week's episodes titled 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'. As always spoilers can be found after the jump!


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Friday, 24 July 2015

YALC Book Haul!



Last Sunday I caught a train into London, found my BB co-captain Ria and headed off to YALC - the Young Adult Literature Convention - which took place within this year's London Film & Comic Con. I managed to pick up six books on the day (I may have gotten a little overexcited at the Hot Key Books stall thanks to their selection of 'creepy' titles!), the question now is which one of them should I read first?

- Black Cairn Point, Claire McFall (2015) 
- Monsters, Emerald Fennell (2015) 
- When I Was Me, Hilary Freeman (2015) 
- The Freedom Maze, Delia Sherman (2011) 
- Birdy, Jess Vallance (2015)
- Cloud 9, Alex Campbell (2015)
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

#Paperhaul - Under The Sea!

paperhaul july under the sea
Disclaimer: I purchased this box using the #paperhaul blogger discount - all opinions are my own

Late last week July's #paperhaul box landed through my letterbox and I (excitedly) opened it to find some beautiful under the sea themed goodies!

As usual there's a lovely selection of postcards, craft papers, gift tags, washi tape, notelets and more but this month's box also included something a little different... badges! Personally I think the three mini badges (pictured below) are a really sweet addition to the box - how cute is that little seahorse?! - and would love to see more ideas like this in future.

This month it's once again tricky to pick favourites as there's such a great selection. If I had to narrow it down I would probably choose the card adorned with an ornate crab illustration and the postcard selection featuring tentacles, some colourful fish and a mermaid-like character with blue sea waves for hair. Whilst all very different the trio of postcards included in the latest box are equally awesome so I couldn't pick just one! I also think the little smiley-faced puffer fish sticker is adorable and am trying to decide on the perfect place to put it!

If you're interested in treating yourself to the next #paperhaul box you can sign up over at Crafty Creatives for just £10 per month.

Don't forget to catch up on my review of last month's box - the Ice Cream one!

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Pretty Little Liars Recap: S6E6 'No Stone Unturned' *Contains Spoilers*

And we're back! Last Wednesday Pretty Little Liars returned from it's week off which of course means I'm back with another recap. As always spoilers are after the jump!


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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Character Style Inspiration - Zoey Dalton (Nashville)


Images of Chaley Rose via imdb.com & tvline.com

Today I'm revisiting one of my favourite shows to take a closer look at the wardrobe of Zoey Dalton (played by Chaley Rose) another of the stylish ladies on Nashville. We first meet Zoey in season two after she follows in the footsteps of her best friend Scarlett and moves to the home of country music. It's no surprise that Zoey is a talented singer looking to break into the music business and over the course of her time on the show we've had the opportunity to hear her sing some great songs - my favourites would definitely have to be her performances as part of the band ZAG, alongside Gunnar (Sam Palladio) and Avery (Jonathan Jackson)!

Zoey's wardrobe generally has a very relaxed, laid-back feel to it and is full of the basics such as t-shirts, vests, skinny jeans, hoodies and simple knitwear. Whilst a lot of her tops are plain and simple she does have some beautiful blouses embellished with embroidery much like fellow Nashville resident Maddie. Zoey certainly isn't afraid of a pop of colour and can be found sporting a variety of shades with a particular fondness for blues, oranges and berry tones.

In contrast to her bestie Scarlett, who is all about the layered jewellery and boho vibes, Zoey tends to keep things simpler when it comes to accessories off-stage often opting only for silver hoop earrings. In addition her amazing curls act as the perfect accessory and seem to make any outfit, no matter how simple, look effortlessly stylish.

Shop the look: Tan Skinny Jeans, Hose Of Fraser £69.60 | Embroidered Kaftan, The Outnet £83.25 | Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings, Macy's £75.05 | Combat Boots, eBay £45 | Silk Linen Cardigan, Boden £59 | V-Neck Tee, Uniqlo £9.90 | Denim Shorts, Net-A-Porter £180 | Biker Jacket, Matches Fashion £225 | Peasant Blouse, John Lewis £35 | Hooded Jacket, H&M £5 | Oversized Jumper, H&M £14.99 | Grey Skinny Jeans, Topshop £40 | Dreamcatcher Tank Top, New Look £8.99 | Silk Tank Top, Boutique1 £205 | Jersey Vest, H&M £3.39

Love Nashville? Check out my other Character Style posts: Maddie Conrad | Juliette Barnes | Scarlett O'Connor
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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

A YA Book Haul...

Last week I finally used up some of the book token I won over on Jennie's lovely blog Sailboat back in December (no, I can't believe I held onto it for so long either!). I took to my local Waterstones in search of inspiration and after browsing many of the sections including Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Film & TV, even Popular Science, I predictably ended up back in the YA section, opting for three books from authors I've read before.

The first novel I picked up was The Good Girls (Sara Shepard, 2015), the sequel to 2014's The Perfectionists which I read back in April. Similarly to Shepard's other novels, the series is all about a group of teens caught up in a web of secrets and lies. The girls all have history with the school's bully Nolan so when he's found dead in the first novel the girls, who all have a reason for revenge, are top of the suspect list.

So far I've read seven of Shepard's popular teen novels an have enjoyed the majority of them (although despite loving the adaptation I've not been a huge fan of the PLL books) so I have pretty high hopes for this sequel!

My second choice was inspired by the fact that Dangerous Girls (Abigail Haas, 2013) which I read a couple of months back is easily my most memorable read of the year so far. Ever since then I've been stopping by my local Waterstones hoping to stumble upon a copy of Haas' other mystery/thriller novel Dangerous Boys (2014) and last week I was in luck! One of the elements I really loved about Dangerous Girls was the way it wasn't just a straightforward story-telling but also included TV/call transcripts, interview tapes and text messages all related to the crime the main character was accused of. I'm really looking forward to finding out if Dangerous Boys will follow a comparable layout and just what the mystery will be this time.

The final novel I brought home was one I never expected to find sitting on the shelf waiting for me. As you may know I'm a big fan of Neal Shusterman's Unwind series (a YA dystopian) and have been keen to read more of his work. Unfortunately it hasn't proven the easiest to get hold of in local stores and I've only ever seen books from the Unwind series in actual bookshops a few times, let alone any of his other novels. Just as I was about to take my other two choices to the till I spotted his latest release Challenger Deep (2015) up on the top shelf and didn't hesitate to add it to the pile. Honestly, I don't know much about the book's plot but I can't wait to read it!

Have you read any of these novels?
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Friday, 10 July 2015

Crafting Lately - Faux Book Clock

It's been far too long since I last shared a DIY project with you. Unfortunately for the last six months or so I've been suffering from a bit of a creative slump when it comes to crafting meaning that DIY posts have been few and far between here at e-elise etc. Whilst I'm hoping to dig out some craft supplies and re-introduce DIY posts here more regularly again soon, today I wanted to share this simple clock project which I made as a gift for Ria's new home in Oxford.

To create the clock I didn't want to use an actual book so opted for a cardboard storage box designed to look like a book instead. I measured the centre point of the font cover/lid and used an awl to create a hole the correct size to fit the hands onto and attached them to complete the clock. As a bonus because it's a storage box it can double as a sneaky hiding place too!

What projects have you been working on lately?

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Watching, Reading, Listening #3

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Watching...

Since my last WRL post I've been re-watching lots of shows (including Melissa & Joey as I type this!) but I also discovered a new one which I wanted to talk about here; Switched At Birth. The ABC Family drama series follows two teens who were, you guessed it, switched at birth. The girls have grown up in very different environments and when one of them discovers she isn't biologically related to her parents the two families meet and have a whole lot to figure out. In all honesty I wasn't sure what I was going to make of the show having not heard a lot about it but as it turned out I really enjoyed it! As far as I know the show hasn't ever aired on TV in the UK and I really love the fact that the introduction of subscription services (such as Netflix and NowTV - where I watched this box set) are allowing us to watch series that can't be found elsewhere. I just hope they'll have the next season available in future too!

Reading...

After my Netgalley request was approved earlier this week I'm currently reading Ernest Cline's new novel Armada (due for release on July 16th). As a huge fan of his geeky debut Ready Player One I've been looking forward to reading the new release which follows teenager Zack, whose gaming skills are set to become unexpectedly useful when the Earth needs saving from an alien invasion. I'll be reviewing the book over on Blogger's Bookshelf late this month so keep an eye out over there if you want to know more!

Listening...

Like many people I really enjoyed listening to the gripping and mysterious first season of Serial. After I'd finished all the episodes there was a Serial-shaped gap in my podcast selection and when I went in search of similar shows I stumbled across Criminal, which put simply is a podcast all about crime. To date there have been just over twenty episodes including some truly fascinating stories covering all sorts of crimes and I'd definitely recommend it to any fans of Serial. I'm also thinking of putting together a list of the most memorable Criminal episodes so if you'd be interested in reading that leave a comment and let me know!

What have you been watching, reading & listening to lately?
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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Pretty Little Liars Recap: S6E5 'She's No Angel' *Contains Spoilers*

It's recap time again! This week's episode, titled She's No Angel, marked the halfway point for the so-called #SummerOfAnswers and was certainly an interesting one. As usual spoilers are after the jump!


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