Friday, February 28, 2014

Book review: Captivate by Vanessa Garden

Title: Captivate
Author: Vanessa Garden
Publisher: Harlequin Teen, 2014
You will like it if you like: The TV shows Mako Mermaids and H2O-Just Add Water, The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, the beach and the ocean,

Confession time I love mermaids and am kinda obsessed with the TV show Mako Mermaids (don't judge, its awesome!) so when I came across this book I thought I would give it a shot. Now though this book is based under the sea, it doesn't actually contain any mermaids it has a mermaid-y feel to it.

The blurb reads (taken from Vanessa's blog):
For the past twelve months since her parents’ death, seventeen-year-old Miranda Sun has harboured a dark secret — a secret that has strained the close relationship she once shared with her older sister, Lauren. In an effort to repair this broken bond, Miranda’s grandparents whisk the siblings away on a secluded beach holiday. Except before Miranda gets a chance to confess her life-changing secret, she’s dragged underwater by a mysterious stranger while taking a midnight swim.

Awakening days later, Miranda discovers that she’s being held captive in a glittering underwater city by an arrogant young man named Marko...the King of this underwater civilisation.

Nineteen-year-old Marko intends to marry Miranda in order to keep his crown from falling into the sinister clutches of his half-brother, Damir. There’s only one problem. Miranda is desperate to return home to right things with her sister and she wants nothing to do with Marko. Trying to secure her freedom, Miranda quickly forms an alliance with Robbie — Marko’s personal guard. However, she soon discovers that even underwater, people are hiding dangerous secrets...

I have never read a book quite like this and found it really enjoyable and an easy read. The characters were relatable and I could see myself even being friends with a few of them. The way the setting was described was beautiful and I found myself wishing I could visit it! The story line was easy to follow but still had twists and turns and the ending leaves you wanting to know what happens next but answers a lot of the questions you may have (the best type of ending in my books (no pun intended)!). It has this realistic edge to it that gets you thinking that maybe an underwater civilisation like in the book exists. To me this book screams summer and is the perfect read to take on a holiday (maybe to the beach?).

I have actually met Vanessa Garden (she works at a local book store!) and she is super nice and we ended up discussing our favourite young adult novels. I can't wait to see her what she writes next and love that this book was written by a local author.

If you're after a book you can't put down and is a little bit different then read this book :)

Please note that I was in no way paid or compensated to write a review on this book, though Vanessa Garden knows I exist, I just love this book and wanted everyone to know how much I enjoyed it :)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Average day

Today I spent over an hour at the licensing place trying to renew my learners in time for what will be my 3rd attempt at my practical driving test.
Today I wondered if the government knew how discriminating they are being for making me go through another medical test just to renew my learners when nothing has changed since my last medical.
Today I wished I didn't have anxiety because then it would be easy to renew my learners
Today I wished that things came easier to me like driving and that there was an easier way to explain to people about my Dyspraxia and how that affects my co-ordination making things harder for me
Today I bought a farewell card as one of my friends is going back to America never to return
Today I had an idea that could actually be possible and help unemployed young adults
Today I was thankful that I can get my medical tomorrow because Dad already has an appointment with my doctor and it will only take a few minutes
Today I wondered if things will ever get easier for me
Today I wondered if I should give up on ever getting admin work and instead find work in a café like so many people keep telling me to do
Today I once again felt helpless about my whole unemployment situation
Today I reminded myself that God is always in control and that I should never doubt him
Today was just an average day in the world of me

Friday, February 21, 2014

Saying Goodbye to Tom

On Monday my family and I had to say goodbye to one of our beloved cats, Tom. It was hard but we knew it was coming he had had cancer and he hadn't been acting himself over the past few weeks (hiding under beds, sneezing lots, not eating ect). We adopted him at age 2 and from the get go he was a part of our family and it's hard not to have him around. Its the small things that make me miss him and bring tears to my eyes, on Monday as I got into bed I realised that for the first time since we adopted him he wouldn't be sleeping on me and taking more than his fair share of the bed! How when we were cooking dinner he would always be under our feet and he would always be around us when we were watching TV at night.
The house is seemingly quiet even though we still have Maddy and Alfie (and Jaffa the bird!). It's hard saying goodbye to a pet and sometimes I wonder if I can ever go through loosing another cat but the good outweighs the bad dramatically. I miss Tom, he has left pawprints on my heart (and pawprints on my parents cars!) and though he can never be replaced one day we will get another cat and go back to being a 3 cat house hold

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

10 Awkward Moments When You're Unemployed

I was browsing the internet last night when I cam across a clip called 10 Awkward Moments  When You're Unemployed (clip is at the bottom of this post) and the whole time I was watching I was thinking 'that is so true!' 'I can totally relate to that!' and 'story of my life'.
There is nothing more awkward when someone asks you what you are doing with your life and you have to either give a vague answer such as 'keeping my options open' or 'seeing where God takes me' or something along the lines as 'looking for work' and/or 'God has the right job out there for me, I just need to find it' and the person who is asking you questions is super smart and in a really good job and you can't help but feel like they are judging you (I know not all people judge you on your job status but I always feel like they are).
Also being unemployed you learn how to budget (kinda) and watch what you spend and what areas you can skimp on such as eating out (and when you do, you learn/know where all the best value for money meal deals are) and what you can't toiletries and basic entertainment for one (if I am going to be stuck at home I need decent books to read thank God for discount coupons on Kobo!).
Employment agency meetings? Are a headache 95% of the time and you learn to dread them. They are filled with them asking what you have been up to and what interviews you have had then they tell you to look at other options (hellooo I had an interview 2 weeks ago and just missed out on the job I am not looking at other options yet!). Sometimes they have decent things to say, but you end up dreading them based on the 95% of the time.
I am trying to stay positive and keep trusting God about the whole experience, but since school has gone back (no younger sisters or Mum around) the whole unemployment thing hits. I have signed up to do volunteer work 1-2 mornings a week at our local op-shop so that should keep me busy and I am trying to get my 2nd phase of my learners permit too.
I know its in God's hands but unemployment is beginning to drive me crazy! I guess for know I should just keep praying and keeping busy.