I don’t even know where to begin when reviewing this book. This is so different to any other book I have ever read. It discussed some really difficult issues and left me with so many questions about the world we live in. Some of the issues this novel deals with are bullying, racism, the impact of the internet, mental illness and the care system, I know, it sounds like a lot to cram into one book, but Brenda Vicars does it so beautifully, I can’t fault her. These are some really tough issues that are really difficult to handle, especially in a YA novel. Somehow Brenda manages it, along with an element of intriguing mystery, a cast of unique, fully fleshed out characters and a cute, but slow burning romance.
Polarity, our protagonist goes through some tough times I can’t even begin to imagine and still manages to stay strong and keep going. No, she isn’t fighting zombies or battling an evil dystopian government, like the traditional heroine, but she is just as strong. She has a nude picture of herself posted online and everything spirals downwards from there. Polarity is relatable to anyone who has ever experienced bullying or difficulty online and her strength and determination inspire me.
The rest of the cast is equally awesome – there was no one character I didn’t understand, which is an incredible feat for an author to achieve. Even the ‘bad guy’ had legitimate motives and was a good person inside, just unfortunately a victim of circumstance.
This is one of the most realistic, yet thought provoking novels I had ever read. I would recommend to all.
I don’t know what you say about this book. I didn’t know much about it before I started and I was intrigued by the ideas it looked, however completely aware that this novel would either be a complete flop or thought provoking and entertaining. Luckily, this novel wasn’t a flop and I read it in one day whilst on holiday. I just couldn’t put this book and why, I’m not sure.
This novel focuses on lots of different, currently very relevant issues such as the price of fame, fashion and trends, different jobs and their value and being environmentally conscious. These issues were all taken to the extreme in a futuristic world, where image is everything. Looking good is important, children don’t even call their parents Mum or Dad and must have the latest trend, never wearing anything more than once.
This novel focuses on two protagonists who’s stories eventually intertwine in a clever way. The first is Marla Klein, an ex Superior judge who was demoted to a mere drafter, someone who draws the new fashion designs, for one of the Big Five fashion houses Torro LeBlanc. The other is Ivy Wilde, a famous popstar who is constantly acting in order to make sure she looks good. Both girls are 16, but have been working since the age of 12, when they were tapped into one of the creative industries.
Fashion and trends are the main focus on this novel, with both girls have a trendchecker which tells them when their clothes are out of date, as only the latest fashion can be worn. Ivy Wilde is even forced to wear a range called Torture which puts her in extreme amount of pain, in order to appear fashionable. This seems exaggerated and extreme to me, however realistically in a world where we are all becoming more and more obsessed with how we look, it may not be that far away.
In this novel, at age 12, children go through a process where some of them are ‘tapped’ into the creative industries which are the well paid jobs everyone wants and those who don’t make it, have to endure more years of school to become an Adequate meaning they do more academic jobs. Being an Adequate is frowned upon by society and really shows how they value jobs differently in a way that our world is becoming increasingly more like.
Through the character of Ivy Wilde, the author explores the price of fame. This character is forced to have a pretend boyfriend, be dressed in the latest fashion like a doll and do whatever her record label tell her. By trying to rebel against them, Ivy discovers she truly has no power and that is something she will have to live with I’d she wants to continue in her luxurious lifestyle.
This novel even delves into what it means to be environmentally conscious and how that can be reflected in fashion, be repeating clothes and using recycled materials as well as making sure the workers making the clothes are treated fairly.
My only complaint about this novel is the romance. It is just unnecessary and to me, appears to have been shoved in becuase every YA novel needs romance. I really didn’t feel the spark and just detracted fro! The dynamic of friendship that had been built within the group.
This novel is incredibly interesting in a way I never could have expected, the issues it looked at were thought provoking in a gentle sort of way that allowed me to still enjoy the storyline and appreciate the characters. One of the things I loved most about this novel is thee arcs that both characters make. You barely recognise the Marla from the beginning of the book, by the end. Both of them have to make tough decisions and in the end it doesn’t turn out happily ever after, but it does leave the situation with more hope than it started with. Originally I said the ending was unsatisfactory which in some regards is true becuase it doesn’t end in the usual way, that the main character wins, the evil corporation is destroyed and every one skips away happily, however what I have realised is that the situation is left with more hope than it started with, making the ending both happy yet realistic.
Fact: I have always wanted to blog. When I was younger I wanted somewhere that I could post my thoughts and connect with others around the world, yet I wasn’t sure what it was I wanted to blog about. I feel like there is a wide range in age as to who blogs, but you have to understand that I was born in 91′ and when I was younger blogging wasn’t really a thing or popular (by that I mean it wasn’t easy to come across a blog) and my generation wasn’t internet obsessed. We actually enjoyed the outdoors and spent maybe an hour or 2 max on the internet daily, which is a drastic change to how many hours people spend with their faces glued to their cellphones, laptops, iPads, and other forms of technology.
I guess you can say I got my first taste of blogging back in 2003 when Piczo.com came out. I don’t believe Piczo’s intentions were to be a blogging platform but it easily turned into that amongst us teenagers at the time. So what did I blog about back then? Nothing really, haha. It was more so an opportunity for me to learn HTML coding and how to build a website. My post were a combination of pictures of me and friends, movies I was excited to see, and weekend plans. Unfortunately, after a couple of years Piczo started to phase out, but time 2005/2006 came around people weren’t using Piczo often.
Enter 2009. Believe it or not there was a time in which Tumblr was not popular. I’m happy to say that I was part of that phase. Hey, I can even say “I was on it before it was cool!”. Back in 2009 when I was actively using Tumblr (ImaginativeMinds) I came across a lot of people from the UK and the USA, there was maybe a handful of people from Canada. I loved Tumblr, I love the whole concept of being able to use HTML coding and the fact that you can easily post pictures, videos, music, and more. My post mostly consisted of re-blogging pictures and quotes, surprisingly I didn’t post much about books. I think that was because non of my friends liked reading so I didn’t think I would find people who enjoyed it as much as me online. I was wrong!
In 2013 I finally decided to start a book blog on WordPress using my same name from Tumblr ImaginativeMinds. I really enjoyed blogging and the community I was welcomed into, people were so friendly and it really motivated me to keep blogging. However, over time I realized that I didn’t really plan everything out when it came to creating my book blog. I didn’t have a email for my blog, and the name I chose wasn’t one that at the time I felt was book related. So I started brainstorming new blogs, which means I spent a day at my kitchen table scribbling down possible names and asking which ones my mom liked, ergo Bookish Wanderlove.
Blogging has been a real eye opening experience. I found myself an amazing community and have made lots of friends with people who love and enjoying reading just as much as me :). I don’t know what I would be doing with my life or if I would be as happy and content if I didn’t have an outlet to share and express my love for books. So, there you have it. My back story and how I came to be a blogger.
A 20-something year old dreamer who lives in Ontario, Canada. See that girl sitting in Starbucks? Glasses on, headphones in, and deep in thought? That’s her. And when she’s not in Starbucks reading or in Chapters buying more books (to add to her never-ending TBR-list), she’s curled up in bed or a comfy chair deeply engrossed in a book.
Thanks for stopping by!
Today, I am interviewing the lovely Brodie, Wattpad author of A Rose As Black As Your Heart.
After the death of her beloved father, 16 year old Alexis Rivera is sent to England to get over her sadness and turn into the sassy, sarcastic girl everyone knew, but didn’t exactly love. Once in England, the place where her brother Matt lives and her father died, Alexis meets the scorchingly hot Daniel, who coaxes her back to her normal self with his teasing character and mysterious dark side.
While struggling to reign in her growing feelings for Daniel, Alexis, begins to discover things about the town that aren’t quite right; the mysterious hot boys (Daniel included), the terrified townsfolk, a collection of old dusty books she found miles away from her new home but that all seem to link to her…
and with the fact that she’s slowly falling in love with Daniel and his mysterious dark edge, Alexis is in for a lot of trouble.
I’ve been writing books pretty much all my life – the first ‘book’ I wrote, on my sixth birthday, was about 3 A5 pages long, and was a remake of snow white, because I didn’t like the fact that she married a complete stranger. I’m proud to say that even then I was a bit of a feminist.
Since then, I have written more stories than I can count, though hopefully they’ve improved in quality since the snow white remake. I usually write supernatural, dystopian or fantasy teenfiction, often with elements of romance, though I try to avoid the cliches when possible (and I still love the odd fairytale remake). I can’t say I’ve won many awards in my short life, and I definitely haven’t had anything published, but I once got a certificate for Best Story award in my class when I was 12 (damn, I miss Year 7) and I won the English cup in Year 6… so that’s got to count for something, right?
What are some of your favourite books on Wattpad?
Damn that’s a difficult one, too many good ones to choose… I remember being obsessed by ‘Tame My Heart’ by Nessie64, so that will always hold a soft spot for me… ‘A touch of Poison’, ‘The Black Prince’ by stand_in_the_rain, and various books by JordieXx and Fallzswimmer
What are some of your favourite books off Wattpad?
Many… any and all Harry Potter books, The Lunar Chronicles, Chaos Walking series, ‘A thousand splendid suns’ by Khaled Hosseini, to name a few
How long have you been writing/ on Wattpad?
I joined just over 4 years ago 🙂
Why do you like Wattpad?
Mostly, the people. I think this website attracts only lovely people, because everyone I’ve ever talked to on here is always kind and unique and wonderful 🙂
How do you get ideas for your stories?
I get ideas from literally anything. Books I read, music I listen to, things I see in day to day life, conversations I overhear. My latest inspiration came from a really awesome christmas card.
Which scene from your books did you enjoy writing the most?
I LOVE writing dramatic fight scenes, especially with plenty of gore 🙂 having said that, I also love writing dialogue between two characters that really click; the words always seem to flow really easily when you have characters like that, as if I’m listening into their conversation rather than making it up in my head. One of my favourite examples is Alex and Luna from LTMWP 🙂
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
READ a lot. WRITE a lot. And please God have faith in your work, because losing confidence in a book you’re writing is one of the worst feelings ever. If you’re writing something you personally would want to read, I can guarentee there are others out there who want to read it too 🙂
What is your favourite thing about writing?
I think it’s the freedom. I have this whole new world in my head where anything can happen if I want it to (I’m aware that this is making me sound like a creepy dictator. I’m not, I swear) It’s just a really good way to relax.
Would you recommend Wattpad?
Definitely. I think it’s brilliant for anyone who loves reading, writing, etc. I know it’s helped me massively.
How has your writing developed/ how do you think Wattpad has helped you improve as a writer?
Oh hey, I started answering the next question already 😛 I definitely have so much more confidence now than I used to, after all the wonderful comments I’ve had.
Have you had any criticism/unkindness and if so how did you deal with that?
Actually, very little – like I said, this website is full of lovely people 😛 I think someone once said that they found one of my characters annoying, and I was kind of like “Whaaat? How DARE you” (mostly internally) since my characters are my babies, but at the end of the day, people are allowed to have their own opinions, and who really cares?? So I think I just ignored the comment 🙂
Anything else you would like to add?
I reckon that’s enough about me for now 🙂 thanks though, this was really good fun!! 🙂 Xx
Thank you so much Brodie! I would definitely recommend everyone joins Wattpad, just to check out her book. It’s amazing.
Today I am hosting the lovely Brittany from Brittany’s Book Rambles. She has come up with her top five characters that she thinks would help her to survive on an empty desert island. Without further ado, let us begin.
Malyen Oretsev & Nikolai Lantsov (The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo)
I’m combining these two not only because they are from the same trilogy but because their banter between each other would be enough to keep me going on an island. Plus I believe the three of us could make great use of our time 😉 Also, one’s a tracker, the other’s a crafty prince/pirate. Plus they helped Alina through the crap she was dealing with and got her through all of that mess. So, I think they’d very useful.
Tyrion Lannister (Song of Fire and Ice Series by George R.R. Martin)
Sure, we’d need a lot of wine but he’s brilliant and knows how to survive in the worst of situations. I mean, he’s a George R.R. Martin character, the fact that he’s survived those books thus far says something.
Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins)
Well, first off the girl is a badass. She can hunt, she can fight, I definitely want this girl in my corner.
Tora Reynolds (Burn Out trilogy by Kristi Helvig)
She’s survived on two different planets filled with people trying to kill her. Despite all of her hardships she’s still fighting. Plus, she’ll keep all the men in check.
NYC Blogger of Brittany’s Book Rambles. Brittany is a self-proclaimed bookworm, Grisha, Potterhead, Dauntless, Fangirl, and excessive rambler. She is shameless in her love of the written word. No matter where she is, most of the time you can find at least one book in her purse. On Brittany’s Book Rambles you’ll find book reviews, giveaways, and fun memes such as Forgotten Fridays and Books vs. Movies.