Friday, 30 October 2015

A Book Haul

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Hola friends, readers and more!

If you've watched my latest YouTube video then you'll know that I have finally managed to get a job! Lucky for me, it's at the same place I have been working at for the past two years! I shall now be working at least three days a week which gives me the rest of the time to film and edit videos and of course, write my blog posts! I started the job this week at short notice so unfortunately I ended up being very busy and found it difficult to manage my time, therefore there wasn't any blog posts on the Monday and Wednesday! However, I'm back! And starting today, I'm going to get my life organised! FINALLY! Now that I know I'm going to be earning, it's time to starting doing more of the things I love to do! Seen as reading is something I love to do, I thought I'd start with a short book haul post! Before I do start though, I'd like to apologise for the lack of good quality photos. This blog post was a last minute idea that I really wanted to do and my camera was dead, and I had terrible night lighting, so I just used my phone!



          One of my favourite past times, other than reading books, is buying books. Any book lover will most likely say the same. I'm either bored and want to allow myself the enjoyment of book mail, or I am way too excited to have to wait for the next book in a series. If you read a good book then nine times out of ten I will want to read the second book straight away, otherwise it kills me from within. Unfortunately, recently my bank account has slowly been withering away so I haven't been able to buy as many as I used to, causing me to wait for sequels rather than having them ready to read on my shelves.
          Here's a little book haul for you guys, maybe you'll see a book you want to find out more about or maybe you've already read it and want to tell me how good it is, or maybe how bad it is. We'll see...



1. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
I only recently read The Winners Curse and I must say, it is without a doubt, my favourite book of the year. I loved the story line, I loved the characters, and most of all I couldn't put it down! When I finally reached the end I wanted more and this is a perfect example of the hurt caused because I didn't have the second book. I immediately logged on to Amazon and bought the second book in the trilogy, The Winner's Crime. Annoyingly I know that once, I have read this book, I shall have to wait for the final book, The Winner's Kiss, which doesn't come out until March 2016. It will be tough, but I need to read the next book as soon as I have finished The Maze Runner (my current read), and that will be very soon!


2. The Kings Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi
I saw this in Poundland and grabbed it while I could. Although I've never even seen the movie I thought this would be an interesting non-fictional read about an important part of British history and then when I eventually do watch the movie, maybe I shall have more of an insight to the context. This book is actually based on the 'recently discovered' diaries of Lionel Logue. I honestly have no idea who that is but I guess I shall find out when I read the book. I also wonder is Mark Logue, one of the authors, is related to him. Hopefully I will find out!


3. Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth & Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
I'm going to be honest, I have read the first three books and although they were good stories and alright books, they felt a bit too young for me. I did read the first book when I was about 8 years old. However, these are actually borrowed off my boyfriend whilst he's at uni. He absolutely loves these books so he has convinced me to read the lot. I will do eventually but right now I have other things to read. I have been told that the second series of these books get a lot better as they are aimed at an older generation and the original Percy Jackson fans will have grown up, so I'm trying to push through the first series in hopes that the second one will be a lot better. What are your thoughts on the Percy Jackson series'?


4. Cress & Fairest by Marissa Meyer
So far, I have loved this retelling of the fairytales. I was never one to watch the Disney versions as a kid because I have never liked animations or cartoons but as I've grown up I have begun to love anything to do with the original fairytales. I love watching Once Upon A Time and any live-action versions of the stories. These books tell of such an unusual version of the stories, they have you hooked from the first page as you try to put together how the story will plan out, although not everything is as it seems. After reading the first two books I found myself caught completely off guard when I realised I couldn't finish it off. I recently bought Cress (book 3) and Fairest (an interim book/novella) so I can continue the story before the fourth book, Winter, comes out on November 12th. I may have already pre-ordered it!


5. Twenty Things by Bethany Jane Speight
If you keep up to date with my blog posts then you'll know that I have already read this book in e-book form. If you don't then how about you follow me on Bloglovin' and on there you can subscribe to me to get updates of when I post! I did a review of Twenty Things, which you can read here. I mentioned that I was going to buy the paperback copy soon and I did! Very soon in fact, I think I bought it on the same day as I wrote the post, or maybe it was the day after, I can't remember now. I enjoy the book though so you should definitely check it out!


6. Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse
Honestly, I didn't even read the blurb before picking this up. I got it from a free book shop where you can choose up to three books for free. The place was closing so I didn't get to look at much and I had seen this book pop up on my Instagram every now and again so I thought why not?! If you've read it, please let me know what you thought!

Now before I finish this post, I do have a little announcement to make:

MISSION: BLITZ IS OUT NOW ON PAPERBACK!

And therefore the final book I got this month was my very own script!


Regarding my own script, I have so much to talk about but I shall save it for another day. I'm just so happy and proud to see it on my shelve next to Shakespeare, Euripides and Sophocles. I hope to write another play or book soon. I'm still amazed at how good and professional it does actually look! If you would like to, you can buy your own copy here! If you do then please let me know, I'd love to hear what you thought of it! So far I've had some great feedback! Use #missionblitz!

Thank you for reading, I hope you liked this slightly different post. I love writing about books so maybe I can do more soon! My mum has asked me to write her a Christmas list of any books I would like so if you have any suggestions of what I might like to read, please do let me know! 

I often post pictures of my books and my book shelves on my Instagram so be sure to follow me for more (www.instagram.com/kiralcurtis or @kiralcurtis)!

Thanks again!
- KC xx
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Friday, 23 October 2015

HALLOWEEN DRAWING CONTEST! (in aid of SU2C)

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Good evening!

          Today I would like to bring you a little contest for all you budding artists out there. I am hosting a drawing contest! But not just any drawing contest... a HALLOWEEN DRAWING CONTEST! Once again, just like my giveaway, it is in aid of Stand up to Cancer UK!

          I am currently doing all that I can in order to raise enough money to at least reach my goal (£200). Stand up to Cancer UK runs in association with Cancer Research UK and we all know how much cancer can affect us all. I reckon everyone knows at least one person who has suffered from some sort of cancer. I sure do. You here the horrible 'C' word come out in daily conversation these days and that's something I'm sure most of us want to stop. Therefore I am doing some fundraising to help fund the research that happens to try and stop cancer once and for all. Look how far we've come already... A mere few years ago if you found out you had it, you knew you were dying. These days we have a lot more treatments to help prevent it and stop our close family and friends from passing away unnecessarily. But we are not fully there yet so we need to keep on raising these funds in hopes of a much brighter future!


How to enter:

1. Draw a picture of something that scares you.

2. Donate some money to my justgiving page (every little helps, anything from as little as 10p).

3. Leave your name and a form of contact (this must be on the drawing and donation so I can match them up. Form of contact can be anything from twitter to email address).

4. Submit your drawing to me by tweeting me (@KiraLCurtis), leaving it on my Facebook page, or tagging me on Instagram (@KiraLCurtis).

5. I will choose a winner based on the three areas above (scariest, most unusual and best drawn). There could be up to 3 winners. I will get in contact with the winner and based on their age, with offer them a choice of 3 prizes! I shall also ask for the winner to send me either the original or a copy of their drawing to put up in the window of my local Cancer Research UK shop.

Use the hashtag #WITCHWILLWIN to make sure I can see all your amazing drawings!
Remember, you don't have to be good at drawing to win!

All ages are welcome to enter so get yourself and your kids involved! Please do share this with all your friends and family to get everyone involved! 

You can print out the poster here!

 I hope that you all get involved! Have fun drawing and GOOD LUCK! 
- KC xx
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

My Thoughts On - Twenty Things by Bethany Jane Speight

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Hiya,

          I'm a massive book lover so when my friend released her new book I snapped it up straight away. I was already reading a book at the time so I waited to finish that before I started Twenty Things by Bethany Jane Speight. Of course, the author is my friend so I'm going to do everything that I can to support her! I've bought both her books in kindle form and I have one in paperback and will be getting the other very soon! Don't let that make you think that this review is bias though.

Twenty Things by Bethany Jane Speight

Description:

"Nate and Malia they've been friends since they can remember. Inseparable.That is until she pushes him away. 

After her father's funeral, she receives a letter written by her dad previously. 

With everything in her power she tries to make amends with Nate, but there are complications. 

Nate's girlfriend 

Malia's new boyfriend 

and the list."


Negatives:
          Firstly I want to say that when I begun reading this book it was late at night so I didn't have the best frame of mind. I enjoyed Beth's previous book and I'm still incredibly proud of her but the fault with it was mainly the spelling and grammar mistakes. You can read my review of that here. The first chapter of Twenty Things wasn't much better grammatically unfortunately and with the frame of mind that I was in, I struggled as my brain tried to figure out the correct way the sentences should've been. It was clear that Beth had spent more time on the editing this time round as there were very few, if any, spelling mistakes. Although there was a lot of 'Daddy, daddy, daddy' during the first two or three chapters.

Positives:
         On a positive note, once I got past that I almost shed a tear at quite a few parts. The plot was much better than the first book (just to clarify, the two books are completely separate from each other) and that's saying something because I really enjoyed the first book. The story moved along at a nice pace keeping me loving the character of Nate but also hating him at the same time. I don't want to ruin it for you but I was actually really happy for Malia and Mikey, I loved their relationship. But then there's a huge plot twist which I won't talk more about.

          Overall, I did actually thoroughly enjoy this novel and I would definitely recommend to all book lovers out there. With 118 pages, it's a great short read, perfect for travelling or a late night. I choose the late night option. According to my Kindle app, it only takes 2 hours and 26 minutes to read so that's not long at all. Plus, it's 99p! You can also buy the paperback version which is £4.54 so it isn't that much really.



          If you're looking for a short lighthearted romance novel, I always think they are perfect for in between those heavy duty books,Twenty Things is perfect! Have a good laugh, cry, and overall a great big "awwwww"! That's pretty much exactly what I did, constantly. I completely forgot it was written by my own friend as I was reading it which I was glad about because I was able to really connect with the characters hope for the best for them! Ultimately, I loved it! I suggest that you go read and love it too!

If you choose to buy it the please let me know! Tweet me - @kiralcurtis and let the author know by visiting her Facebook page and tweet her - @Speight_books! Remember to leave a review!

Don't forget to check out my giveaway where you could win a £30 Amazon Voucher! Ends 31st October so be quick! It's all in aid of raising money for Stand up to Cancer! Maybe you could buy Twenty Things if you won! Find out how you can enter here!

What are you reading at the moment? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!
-KC xx
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Monday, 19 October 2015

STAND UP TO CANCER! *Giveaway*

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Hello everyone!


In a rash decision late last Friday night, I decided I wanted to fundraise for Stand up to Cancer! It has always been a passion of mine to fundraise and as of now I want to do a lot more! Using the power of social media, my blog and my YouTube, I plan on trying my best to raise awareness for a variety of things as well as raise money. I am starting with Stand up to Cancer because at the moment it is a very popular charity with lots of YouTube involvement so I thought it would be perfect.
In order to raise money I plan on doing a few things but I'm struggling for ideas since I'm not in a part of my life right now where I can be sponsored by people at school, college or work so it is rather difficult. I need your ideas! If you have any that I could maybe to online or with a small bunch of friends please do let me know by tweeting me (@kiralcurtis) or by commenting on this post!



In the meantime, to get started, I have decided to hold a giveaway! You could be in with the chance of winning a £30 Amazon Voucher! The giveaway is below and all you have to do is donate some money! I know it's basically bribery but it's for a good cause! All of your money will go straight to the charity as it will go through my justgiving page! By donating more, you can gain more entries into the giveaway, and you can enter again the next day! The winner will be randomly selected so the more entries you have, the more likely you are to win! 

Of course you don't have to enter the giveaway just to donate, you can donate out of the good of your heart! Visit my justgiving page to donate or text KIRA90 £(amount) to 70070!


Please do share this post/the giveaway/my justgiving page to help me raise more money!

All the details for what you need to do to enter the giveaway are below! I'd like to wish you all the best of luck and say thank you so much for donating, in advance! The giveaway will last to the end of the month and then I shall be contacting the winner soon after!

GOOD LUCK!
-KC xx

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Tuesday, 6 October 2015

The Perfect Prawn Cocktail

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Hello!

A short while ago I was really stuck with what to have for lunch. There wasn't much in the fridge and I didn't really have the time to defrost anything out of the freezer. The most I could make was a salad but how boring! I found some prawns and on the spot decided to make a prawn cocktail type thing for lunch. Here's how I made it:



Ingredients:
(There isn't and exact amount that you will need, just put in as much as you want! You can also add in any other ingredients you have or maybe you just really like to have carrots in there, for example.)

  • King Prawns (cooked and peeled) - can be frozen!
  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Cheese (I used Red Leicester)
  • Pepper (Any colour, I used a red pepper)
  • Cucumber
  • Mayonnaise (I recommend Hellmanns)
  • Tomato Sauce (I recommend Heinz)


Method:

       Firstly, if using frozen prawns, rinse the prawns in a colander under a warm tap and gradually increase the heat as the prawns begin to defrost. Make sure they are no longer frozen and make sure they all get covered in the water. Once they are feeling warm and not frozen any more, leave them to drain off whilst you cut up all the vegetables.


       Now on to the chopping up of your veg (and fruit). It's up to you how much you chop up because it all depends on how many people you wish to serve and how much you want to eat. That's why I love this recipe; it is completely up to you and there is no right and wrong!


       The best prawn cocktails always have a delicious seafood sauce and what a lot of people don't know is that it is so much easier to make than buying it ready made. All you need is some mayonnaise and tomato sauce! I usually put a table spoon of mayonnaise into a small bowl and then add roughly the same amount of tomato sauce and then mix the two up. Most times I will add an extra bit of tomato sauce because that's how I prefer is but it's up to you. Make it how you like it, you may want to add more mayonnaise instead. In the end it should be a pink sauce that fits perfectly with any type of seafood as it becomes 'Seafood Sauce'.

(ignore the terribly chipped nail varnish)

       Before putting it all together, I prefer to cook my prawns a little bit more than what they are. You'll need a frying pan and some vegetable oil. Heat up the oil first until it's bubbling and then add the prawns. Fry the prawns until they are slightly more pink, usually it will take around 1 minute. Drain off the prawns and put them into a bowl or prawn cocktail glass.


       I used a small oval shaped dish (I don't know if there is a proper name for it). Once the prawns have been laid on the bottom, begin adding you salad in any order you like. Then finally drizzle on as much sauce as you wish and ta da! A prawn cocktail! Perfect for lunch or maybe starters or a light dinner!



          I love how much you can change this recipe so that is it perfect for everyone! And, of course, how simple it is! It is really easy to make and very healthy too! You can use the smaller prawns but personally I prefer king prawns as they have a lot more texture to them! 

          If you try out this recipe, please do tweet me @kiralcurtis your pictures! Or tag me on instagram! Be sure to check out all my other social media websites to (click on the links tab above)!

Thank you for reading! Hope your prawn cocktails are just as delicious as mine was!
See you later!
Bye!
-KC xx
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