Saturday, 29 August 2015

NON-SPOILER REVIEW :The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E.Lockhart

Hi Bookies,

Today I am writing a quick Non-Spoiler review on.....
 'The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks' by 

So, I read this book a little while a go & really enjoyed it!!! I 

think I read it within 3 days. I borrowed it from the library but 

I am thinking of purchasing it for my shelf. 

The blurb:

 Frankie Landau-Banks at age 14:

Debate Club.

Her father's "bunny rabbit." 

A mildly geeky girl attending a highly competitive boarding school.

Frankie Landau-Banks at age 15:

A knockout figure. 
A sharp tongue.
A chip on her shoulder.
And a gorgeous new senior boyfriend: the supremely goofy, word-obsessed Matthew Livingston.

Frankie Landau-Banks. 
No longer the kind of girl to take "no" for an answer. 
Especially when "no" means she's excluded from her boyfriend's all-male secret society.
Not when her ex-boyfriend shows up in the strangest of places.
Not when she knows she's smarter than any of them.
When she knows Matthew's lying to her. 
And when there are so many, many pranks to be done. 

Frankie Landau-Banks, at age 16:
Possibly a criminal mastermind. 

This is the story of how she got that way.

So let's start the review with the world:
The world was set in present day and seemed to flow nicely. The school was definitely described and I had a clear image in my mind what the school looked like. That's pretty much all I want to say so that I don't spoil anything but definitely good placement with the world.

Main Character:
Frankie Landau-Banks
As you could probably tell from the title, Frankie was the main character and definitely my favourite character in the book. She was just like any teenager at the beginning of the story. She had her dreams, & hated being her family's 'Little Bunny Rabbit' I absolutely loved watching her grow throughout the novel. She was such a strong, cunning & witty character who was intriguing to read about and loveable at the same time. I strongly enjoyed reading about her thoughts.  I felt like I could really connect to Frankie as she was slightly nerdy & enjoyed debating which I do too. She is such an enjoyable character and I love how witty she is with her plans. I also enjoy how her subjects tie in with her tricky plan.You really do have to read this novel to understand how detailed and intriguing E.Lockhart has made Frankie. 

Although sometimes confusing, the plot was intriguing & addictive right until the end of the novel. I loved that the school, is a boarding school as it adds a little more depth to the story. The characters in this book are all necessary to the plot & the plot also involves a hidden underground tunnel (Used at night) which adds spooky vibes to the novel. That's all I'm going to write otherwise I will spoil it!!!!

White background with beachy mints & chunky but modern font. E.Lockhart's name was in a pretty charcoal colour, complementing the mint & there is a vintage looking building used inside the font. Pretty, Chic & Vintage.

Improvements (Personally):
Only tackle one issue at a time. Although un-realistic, it sometimes could get confusing for the reader to be thinking about one thing and then changing to the next.

Overall I give this book a:
4 Stars out of 5 Stars!
I think that all ages: 13 & Up would enjoy & cherish this book.
 Buy or Borrow? 
Buy online or at a bookshop!
Where to Read: 
Bed or Breakfast Table
Yes (Floppy PaperBack)
Products to go with Cover:

*Image Below Left to right Clockwise*:

Copper Ice-cream Storage: Typo

Book: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E.Lockhart

Copper Milk Jars: Typo

Mason Candle: Market

Kit Concealer: Kit

Sunglasses: Gift

Emily's Lockhart's Website:


Julia x

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Review Policy

Review Information:

Picnic Reads accept book review requests for any novels appropriate for Young Adults & Teens. Please consider that I live in Australia and that I prefer hard copy/paperback review copies. 

Requests can be sent to but please make sure that your requests suits all of the guidelines on this post and that your email includes all the information required on my Contact Me page before sending it through.

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that every review request that is sent to me will be accepted. I would love to accept all of the book requests but I can only accept a select few due to the fact that I wouldn't be able to read that many books on time.

For those whose requests are accepted: I try hard to review all books as soon as possible, but some book reviews may be posted late. Please factor this in. If you want a review up on a specific time, let me know if your email, and I will try to make that date but I cannot always guarantee that my post will be up.
I am honest with all book reviews. Please don't be rude if you don't like my thoughts. The review is my personal opinion.

Rating Scale: I rate in numbers 1-5 in stars. All ratings are:

0- Did not finish this book couldn't make halfway through.
0.5- Did not finish this book, only made it three quarters of the way through.
1- I finished this book, and strongly disliked it.
1.5- This book was very hard to read and I disliked it.
2- I didn't like this book at all, although there were small (rare) bits I liked
2.5- I didn't like this book, but there were some bits I found entertaining.
3- This book was average. I liked it, but it didn't blow me away!
3.5- This book had me conflicted. I liked half, disliked half.
4-This book was great, it had small errors but strongly enjoyed it.
4.5- Absoloutley loved this book, but had one to two tiny issues.

Please note at this current time I am not accepting ebooks for review.
Please don't plagiarise my work. No portion of this website can be copied unless written consent is given by the blog owner. 

Julia x

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Small Book Shopping Haul!

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the late post! This is just a small post to let you guys know what books I bought yesterday. Normally I would buy my books from a bookshop, but I received a gift voucher for my birthday, Target & Kmart so yesterday I bought two of the books that I have been looking for there. It is only a small haul as I only bought two books, but I just thought I'd let you all know what books I have bought!

So the first book is, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I bought this book from Target & it is a beautiful paperback. I have heard great things about this book. The cover is gorgeous & the paperback has metallic red lettering which shimmers in the light. All of the details on this cover are embossed which adds to the feel of the book. The inside covers are detailed with a red pattern aswell which gives the book a unique touch to it. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the hardback which is apparently a pearlescent white which sounds pretty & would make a great gift.

 This book is a dystopian novel about seventeen-year old, Mare who's world is divided into those with red blood and those with silver. Those with Silver blood are elite & run the world with the one special god-like power they posses, those with red are poverty stricken people with no talents or special powers at all. Mare has red blood, but she soon finds out that she has a deadly power as-well. 

This novel sounds like a thrilling story. It will hopefully be a great holiday read. This book was $11 at Target, so a great buy!
 -A Review Should be up around October. 

Link to Victoria Aveyard's Website:

The second book I purchased was, Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. I bought this book for $16 at Kmart. It was the last copy so I was happy to quickly grab it. The beachy cover grabbed me and I like the style of Audrey's face on the floppy paperback cover (another book I couldn't find in hardback). This book is about a girl named Audrey who has a disease which means that she can't go outside. When her brother's friend Linus comes into her life, she starts to go outdoors with him by her side. Whenever she's with Linus, Audrey feels like she can do anything she used to think was scary. This story sounds really inspirational and I can't wait to start reading it! -Review should be up around November.

So those are my two new editions to my bookshelf! The other two books I was looking to purchase were, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell & The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil, but I hope I will find these books somewhere else!  A new post should be up either tomorrow or Tuesday. 

Also, sorry that the posts have been a bit all over the place, I am working out the set days I will be posting on this blog soon! 

If any of you guys have Pinterest, please follow me (photos up soon):  
Just message me that you follow my blog so I can follow you back!

What I am reading now: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Book 2 in the Lunar Chronicles) = Currently Enjoying (Just started)


Thanks & Keep Reading!

Julia x

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Posts To Look Forward Too!

Hi Everyone,

Just thought that I'd do a quick mid-week post to let you guys know what will be coming up on this blog for the rest of the year!

Also, the events/ reviews that I have listed below may/may not come out in that particular month! I will be posting more reviews as well as them! I am aiming to post 3-5 book reviews per month!


-Book Haul next week. All bookish purchases from a shopping trip with my friend.

-I am attending an Author Event this month (Monday 24th)! I'm so excited! It is a workshop with Melissa Keil and then book signing. Melissa is an amazing author who has written Life in Outer Space & Newer release The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl. I will link here website here for you to check her page and look out:

-I'll probably just be able to squeeze in a review of the 2nd Book in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Scarlet. If you haven't already seen it, here is the link to my review of Cinder (The first novel) .


-Closer & Closer to Christmas, review of My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories ( with matching Products for an enhanced read.)

-Bookish Baking for Birthdays!

-Review of Apple & Rain by Sarah Crossan

-Review of Nona & Me by Clare Atkins

-Review of Cress (3rd Book in Lunar Chronicles Series)

-A Review Copy of One True Thing by Nicole Hayes will be sent to me for Review (Review Should be up in September)


-Book x2 Review. Girl Online & Girl Online: On Tour Reviews! I have Pre-Ordered a signed copy of Zoe Sugg's Girl Online: On Tour because I loved her first book so much & I really enjoy watching her on her Youtube Channel! Link to her youtube channel is below please subscribe!

-Book Gifts. Ideas for the perfect book for a tween or teen's birthday.


-Book Shelf Tour

-Review of New Guinea Moon & Crow Country by Kate Constable

-Review of Writing Clementine by Kate Gordon


-Christmas Gift Ideas.

-Review of a Book Box


Thanks & Hope your looking forward to some reviews & posts,

Julia x

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Would You Rather: Booktube Edition @ BOOK TAG

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick post today! A Book Tag!
So its called: 

Would You Rather: 

Booktube Edition. 

This tag was originally created by RayKayBooks on Youtube, but I saw this on TheReadables Youtube Channel so please check them both out (links to videos below)! 

So now I'll just dive into it! 

Would you rather?

1. Read only trilogies or stand alones?

Stand Alones- I barely ever read trilogies as I can find them too long or that the first book amazes me and then from there I can't manage to get into the novels. So I would definitely choose stand alones as I find them much more entertaining and enjoyable to read.

2. Read only female or male authors?

Female. Purely because most books I read are by females. But male authors are great aswell!

3. Shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?

Barnes & Noble. Only because I love to physically walk into bookshops and pick out my book. I don't know why really, I just enjoy walking into a store and finding that perfect purchase. I also love receiving my book wrapped in a paper bag (*Anyone else. Probably only me*)

4. All books become movies or t.v. shows?

Movies. As long as there are the right actors & the movie roughly follows the same lines as the story.

5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

5 Pages per day. I'm not a very fast reader so I would definitely choose 5 pages per day! Much more achievable for me personally! Although, I would love to read 5 books per week!

6. Be a professional reviewer or author?

This question is hard! I'd probably go Author. Only because I love to write stories & I don't feel that it is a job so it would be achievable plus, I could interact with other authors & reviewers! It would also be amazing to see my books on shelves and do talks and sign copies! *Getting Carried away**

7. Only read your top 20 favourite books over and over or 

always read new ones that you haven't read before?

Definitely New Books. I'm a reader who definitely has my top 20 books but unless I am in love with the book or need a read that I will fly through, I won't re-read books. Just because I have already read the story-line. 

8. Be a librarian or book seller?

Book Seller. Having a bookshop would be the most amazing thing ever. I'd especially enjoy recommending books and working in the shop with new book smell. All of the beautiful covers aswell. I think my bookshop would be one of those cute thin ones down a little, hidden lane way.

9. Only read your favourite genre, or every genre except 

your favourite?

Hmm. Maybe, Favourite Genre. Contemporary Teen Fiction is such a broad genre I feel as though I would be happy only reading that. But then again, I really like being open to new genres. So, final answer *Thinks for an hour* Everything apart from my genre. Surely, I can find something I like just as much.

10. Only read physical books or eBooks?

Physical Books! I love to have books in my hands and personally enjoy flicking through the pages and getting my hands on hard cover copies!

So that's all of my answers for the Would You Rather: Booktube Edition Book Tag.

Links for the tag on Youtube:

I tag all viewers especially book bloggers! Link your answers in the comments if you would like me to read your answers and I'll try and visit your page!



See you soon,

Julia x

Saturday, 8 August 2015

NON-SPOILER REVIEW: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Hi Everyone,

Today I am going to do my first review of a book on this blog! This book is by Marissa Meyer and I must say that it is a thriller! This book is called 'Cinder' and is the first book in Marissa's series 'The Lunar Chronicles'. If you couldn't already see the connection, it is Sci-Fi retelling of Cinderella! Cinder is a Cyborg living in futuristic New Beijing who is housed by her Legal Guardian 'Adri' and lives with two step-sisters, Peony & Pearl. The Story follows Cinder and how she begins to figure out who she really is. As she is at the market one day, she meets Prince Kai (soon to be Emperor of Beijing) and the story also follows how their lives intertwine.

So let's jump into it!

Starting with the World: I felt that Marissa Meyer has created this world brilliantly! I could personally feel the vibe of a very technology based world. A city crammed with buildings. The descriptions used in this book helped me to imagine! I feel like this is exactly what you would want from a world in futuristic terms! You need to be able to create the world in your own mind using the descriptions & Marissa Meyer did this seamlessly.

Characters: I could definitely connect with Cinder. Although not much the same had happened between us both, I felt like I knew Cinder. She is a very intriguing character and as more things are revealed to her it feels like they are getting revealed to you as-well (which I guess they kinda are)! She is very stubborn & is very opinionated which makes her relatable to everyday people! It is so fresh to have the leading girl as a mechanic (her job) and she is pretty much the opposite of the dansel in distress which I loved! She is physically known for being covered in grease and I love this, because so many girl characters are portrayed as always wearing high heels and dresses & Cinder is stained with grease and wears cargo pants, a t-shirt and boots.

Prince Kai- Very charming & is like he jumped out of a fairytale novel! *Non Spoiler so can't talk too much about him* but he has some tough decisions to make in the novel.

Adri & Pearl: I strongly disliked these characters as much as Cinder did as they were annoying, controlling and bossy characters (clearly the bad guys). Marissa Meyer has definitely developed these characters well as the reader dislikes them as strongly as Cinder does.

Peony: The nice, lovely sweet sister! She is absolutely gorgeous and Cinder adores this sister! A cute teen which I enjoyed to read about and enjoyed her being in the novel. *Very Important to storyline*

Plot & Style of Writing: Adored! Very clever & witty. Marissa Meyer always managed to keep the reader on edge! She added a few smaller issues that Cinder had to deal with and no chapter bored me! I finished this book in a week!

Improvements: I felt very confused in the first few chapters (personally.) I was so confused with all of the technology and it took me and while to figure out what it everything was! Other than that I strongly enjoyed the novel!

Cover: Gutsy & Gorgeous. I borrowed this book from the library & was disappointed that they only had the Paperback copy because apparently the Hardback is gorgeous! Love the black to blue tie-dye effect and her red shoe. The sliver font shines in the light which I enjoyed also!

I will be reviewing the second book in the series: Scarlet (retelling of Little Red Riding Hood)  so stay tuned for that!

Overall I give this book a:
4 Stars out of 5 Stars!
I think that all ages 12 & Up would enjoy this book. Definite buy online or at a bookshop!
Where to Read: Bed or Couch
Gift? Yes (Hardback Copy would be a great present)
Product to go with Cover: Alternate Red & Black Nail Polish on each finger!

You can buy this online at:

Marissa's Website:


Thanks & I hope you enjoyed!

Julia x