Review: Username Regenerated (Joe Sugg)

20161004_144721Title: Username: Regenerated

Author: Joe Sugg

Publisher: Hodder

Release: Out now!

Genre: Graphic novel, sci-fi

Which animal is similar to this book? This book is equally as beautiful as the first one, so I could just pick another pretty animal and use the same reasons, but actually the second in the Username series is a lot more emotional than the first and so I decided that this time, an elephant fits it better. Elephants are extremely sensitive creatures and are very easily (and very visibly) upset. They will mourn a death in their group for a very long time, they can cry, they will revisit areas deaths occurred in and are also very defensive/protective of their families. They have been known to defend their children until death, but mostly if the other elephants are involved, the attackers will flee. Obviously, I’m not going to give spoilers, but this plot had a lot more feelings and emotional twists in it, so I would compare it to an elephant.

The blurb says: Evie is safe at home, but her heart remains in E.scape, the virtuaal world her father created for her. She’s desperate to return but the app that transports her has corrupted in the great reboot. When besotted geek, Lionel, offers to help, he doesn’t just restore the gateway as she had planned, he opens up a series of revelations that calls into question everything Evie treasures. With a momentous discovery to be unearthed in the virtual realm, and an E.scape fugitive on the loose in reality, can our sidelined schoolgirl save not one world, but two?

Well, Joe Sugg did it again! *slow clapping* I love it, it took me about two days to read and I didn’t want it to end. The characters were developed well and I loved the little flashback at the start which gives insight to Evie’s parents’ lives before the first book is set.

The story follows Evie in the aftermath of the reboot of E.scape in the last book, and is set around her prom night. It involves popular characters from before; Lionel, Unity, Mallory and Jaspar are there, of course. But it also introduces some new characters which it’s hard not to love instantly. I also love how funny and sarcastic a lot of the dialogue is, because it just sounds a lot like things Joe would say in his videos.

My favourite thing about the two books in this series is how fun they are to read. it’s very quick-paced, it’s a good story with emotional points but still manages to be funny and I can hear all the characters’ voices differently when I read it, because all their voices are separate and individual.20160804_163103

I actually prefer this book to Username: Evie, but I gave that 10 out of 10, so they have got to be the same! 10 out of 10 paw prints to you again, Username series!

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September Favourites (2016)

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This month, I started my second year of college but also spent a lot of time doing thin
gs I enjoy! One of them is listening to music and there have been a few albums that I’ve been listening to quite obsessively…The best and most listened to album is definitely Death Of A Bachelor by Panic! At The Disco because it’s just a beautiful album. I saw them live in May and it was amazing and honestly the best experience, and it gave me a much better appreciation for the songs and the way they’re put together. It’s just beautiful, buy it or illegally download it; Brendon Urie doesn’t care…

I also went to see Suicide Squad and having not been a comic fan, I wasn’t angry at it like everyone else seems to be, and I didn’t have any expectations so in my eyes, it’s my new favourite film. Harley Quinn is insane and I love her (everyone does though!) but I also really like Deadshot because of his back story and the way he handles it. I liked Suicide Squad so much that I bought a Harley Quinn Pop Vinyl figure and I have a couple posters from the film. What can I say; I’m a quick fan girl!

My favourite book of September was easily Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall because it was a beautiful but honest explanation of OCD/anxiety/agoraphobia and lots of it was helpful, if not comforting, for me. You can read my full review of it here: Review: Undsnapchat-5330640036923931416er Rose-Tainted Skies (Louise Gornall).

September and October are my favourite months in terms of weather because they’re usually not too hot or too cold, and September is the official start of autumn so I am very happy to embrace that as soon as I have the chance. So when the seasonal drinks appear in Costa/Starbucks, I am right there, ready to drink the heck out of them! I’m not a coffe-drinker usually (I drink some at home, but not quite brave enough to buy one!), but I do love a good hot chocolate, so the gingerbread hot chocolates are my slight obsession, thank you very much Costa!

Since the end of July, I haven’t worn make-up and have been trying to take better care of my skin, but I do like to try cheaper versions of branded products, because they often are at least just as good. I’ve been using Superdrug’s Vitamin E Micellar Cleanser and it’s so good. It feels so gentle (my skin is very sensitive!) and it smells nice but not too chemically-manufactured, and it has made my skin much softer and happier.20160922_172324

I’ve also been loving Zoella’s Soak Opera bath soak/shower cream because it smells amazing and feels so soft on my skin, I just love it, okay? On the theme of youtubers, Joe Sugg’s Username series is very popular with me at the moment! I love the story and artwork, they’re just great! I was so excited when Username: Regenerated arrived and I spent the night reading it of course (it’s amazing, a review will be coming in October some time! In the meantime, you can read my review of the first in the series, Username: Evie here: Review: Username: Evie (Joe Sugg)

So that’s it for this month! Hope you have a fantastic October filled with tricks and treats and pumpkins and cuddly blankets and hot chocolates etc etc…

Review: Username: Evie (Joe Sugg)

20160915_125625Title: Username: Evie

Author: Joe Sugg

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Release: Out now!

Genre: Graphic novel, sci-fi

Which animal is similar to this book? This book is a graphic novel, so obviously there are a lot of illustrations and they are beautiful. The artwork is extraordinary, so I would compare it to a saluki, which is a breed of dog known to be stunning (and they know it too!).They’re also very intelligent, as is this book since it’s so cleverly done and the dialogue is also very witty and funny. Salukis are also very well-known to be hilarious with a lot of what they do!

The blurb says: Like anyone who feels they don’t fit in, Evie dreams of a place of safety. When times are tough, all she wants is a chance to escape from reality and be herself. But unknown to Evie her beloved Father has been working tirelessly to create a virtual idyll just for her, and life as she knows it is about to be altered forever. Could this be the perfect world Evie has longed for? Or does the hardest journey still lie ahead…

I actually can’t say I ever read graphic novels, just because I don’t ever feel drawn to them, but I’m a Joe Sugg fan so, of course, I bought it, not knowing what to expect. It turns out it’s amazing and I loved it a lot more than I thought I would. Having been bullied as a kid, I can relate to that feeling of wanting somewhere to go to be alone and to feel safe, so the plot really touched me in that sense.

The story follows Evie, a young outcast girl who ends up in a safe world her dad created for her to give her somewhere to escape to. When the world has a negative influence, everything about it changes and suddenly it’s more dangerous than safe and Evie has to find a way out, as well as finding herself in the process. It’s lovely and full of action and I love that it isn’t blatantly aimed towards a certain gender as a lot of graphic novels can be (action directed at boys and magic/witches aimed at girls). Although it is packed full of action, it’s told from a girl’s point of view and for that reason, I think anyone20160804_163103 would enjoy this!

I love that it’s also quite a short read since there aren’t a huge amount of words, but the illustrations are so detailed that you could spend a while looking at them!

I would recommend this to anyone and I can’t wait for the release of Username: Regenerated which comes out this Thursday (22.9.16)! I can’t find any problems with this book, so it gets 10 out of 10 paw prints!