Books

Rachel's 1000 Follower Giveaway! | #cr1kgiveaway

May 20, 2018

So today I am going to be sharing a massive social media wide giveaway to say a massive thank you for 1,000 followers on both Twitter and on Instagram.

It has been such a journey on both social media platforms and I have really enjoyed interacting with all of you. And with that, I am incredibly excited to announce this giveaway, to give back to you all!

The Prizes:

Twitter:


Okay, so the Twitter giveaway is the biggest of the giveaways, and the winner will receive;


2 Books; 'A Sky Painted Gold' by Laura Wood (arc edition) and 'Zenith', by Sasha Aalsberg and Lindsay Cummings (also an arc edition)


10 buttons, from a variety of books, such as 'The Hate You Give' and 'Fire Colour One'


10 Book Samplers, from novels such as 'Fire Colour One' by Jenny Valentine, 'The Fault in Our Stars' by John Green and 'the Art of Being Normal' by Lisa Williamson.

Instagram:


 The Instagram giveaway is also massive, and contains loads of awesome stuff to win!



A Copy of 'Zenith' by Sasha Aalsberg and Lindsay Cummings (arc edition)


8 Assorted Badges from books such as 'Tiger Eyes' by Judy Blume and 'Fire Colour One' by Jenny Valentine

2 Bookmarks; one from 'Book of Fire' by Michelle Kenney, and one from 'House of Windows 'by Alexia Casale


5 bookish post cards from the likes of 'Wing Jones' and 'Am I Normal Yet?'


 10 Book Samplers, including 'the It Girl' by Katy Birchall, 'Everything Everything' by Nicole Yoon and 'All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Time Zero by Carolyn Cohagan | Review

May 14, 2018

Time Zero by Carolyn Cohagan

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

I received this book free for review, but that in no way affects my opinions.

Time Zero by Carolyn Cohagan is a YA dystopian novel based in Manhattan. It is set in a futuristic cult-like society of Christians, who strongly believe in the traditional, patriarchal family stereotype, to the point where women are forced to cover their bodies, aren’t allowed to read, work etc.

We follow 15 year old Mina, who has been secretly learning to read with her Grandma. Unlike everyone else, she doesn’t really believe in everything, she wishes she could lead a more fulfilling life.

Then, when her grandma falls down the stairs and gets hospitalised, Mina is pushed down a path of rebellion and fear, alongside the mysterious convene- Juda.

I thought that this book was really good and a great start to the series. It has a great premise, questioning the idea of ‘what would make women powerless?’

The plot was really good, I think that it was well thought out and everything was considered. I really like the way it progressed but it all felt quite smooth and natural.

I don’t know if I am a fan of Mina- she is a really smart character (sometimes) and you can see that she has a good heart, but she is a really annoying and I definitely don’t approve of all of her decisions. She has her redeeming moments and is very likeable at the start of the novel, it’s more towards the end she is less likeable, particularly around Juda. If you read my status updates, you can see that my opinion of Mina definitely changes up throughout the book.

The characters in general were very well written. It felt like they were really people and were talking to me when I read. Cohagan’s writing style is brilliant and I can tell a lot of care went into creating characters so 3D.

The Mina-Juda relationship was most definitely interesting. I think that the only fault in Carolyn’s writing is the way that Juda and Mina met. It was so strange to read and kind of insta love-y. They wouldn’t have gotten away with that, as far as I am concerned

Overall, I thought that this book was worth 4 stars, I just didn’t really like Mina or the Mina-Juda relationship. I would totally recommend this book, it was a great read.



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Beauty

My Current School Makeup Routine | Beauty

April 18, 2018

Hi Everyone!

I hope that you are all doing well and have had a lovely week so far! I have been incredibly busy for a while now, but I wanted to share with you today a quick post about Makeup.
So I really go through phases with makeup. I used to be a massive fan of it, and followed the trends, but then I stopped wearing it, and now I have started again.


Beauty

Clean and Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion Review | Beauty

April 08, 2018

Hi everyone!

Happy Sunday. I hope that you are all well and have had a refreshing weekend. Today I have a review to share with you all.

I bought this product sometime last year while trying to find the Clean and Clear Deep Cleaning Astringent. I had been using the Astringent as a toner for some time, and I found it very penetrating and effective, but I couldn't find it in stores. I am sure that this product, the Clean and Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion, is the astringent renamed and in a different bottle. It smells the same, has the same consistency, feels the same on my skin... I don't know why Clean and Clear chose to rebrand it but it was very confusing for me, as I spent months looking to repurchase an astrigent which was now a lotion.

Back to School

A Little Bit of Study Motivation | Introducing... CreativelyRaye Revises

March 30, 2018

Hello Everyone!

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful Easter so far. I have been incredibly busy with school but hopefully when you see what is coming up, you can forgive me for my lack of posts here recently.

Although Easter for some is a time for relaxing and having fun, for others, it is the start of hardcore, serious revision for major exams. This is applicable for me because I begin my end of year examinations for the IB immediately after I go back to school. A whole week of exams, and less than a month away... oh dear. I am quite nervous, but I am preparing as much as I can for these, because I know that they are important and will contribute to grades which I use when I want to go to university. I know that other people have GCSE's and A Levels and AS's etc. which are also in a month or so, and there is no time like the present to start revising to ace them!

In lieu of this, today I am starting a new series on my blog which I am incredibly excited for, called CreativelyRaye Revises! I will be sharing lots of motivation, advice and tips on how to prepare and succeed in your exams. I have lots of very cool posts planned for this, so I hope that you can all benefit from them. There will still be lots of posts on other topics too, so please still keep up to date, even if you don't have exams.