Four by Veronica Roth-Review

Howdy (New introduction?!),

So once I had heard about another Divergent book being release I had to take a little sit down! I was excited, shocked, apprehensive and a little bit starstruck! Not only was one of my favorite authors Queen Roth bringing out another book, it was in my favorite series EVER and from the point of view of my favorite character…

 

Being the Fangirl I am, I was the one who was waiting for my local bookshop to open so I could grab Four asap! I kind of now feel a bit sorry for my Mum who I dragged out of bed so she could come with me! Sorry Mum!! Anyway enough waffling for one day…lets get on with the review!


Four is four (see what she did their!) short stories obviously written in four’s perspective. The four short stories are:

I really enjoyed this book (of course I did, it’s related to Divergent) and I thought the concept of it was brilliant. The first story (The Transfer) described Tobias at his choosing ceremony. At the time he is only sixteen and has to choose his faction, which he will keep for life. He is still living with his father at the time, Marcus Eaton, he beats and whips him!  Tobias (I prefer calling him that) wants to try and escape from his horrid father and the only way he can do that is to change faction. So of course, the most exciting faction to be in is Dauntless :). He cuts his hand and places his blood onto the coals, and is free. I won’t spoil it for you, but it is great! The next story is the Initiate and this is where most of the initiation starts. He is in competition with Eric who came from Erudite (the intelligent)! The next short story is The Son and this is when Tobias has survived through initiation. Although a tough journey, he finally is Dauntless (woop woop. If I were Dauntless I would be doing a few fist pumps, haha!). Finally the last short story is the Traitor. This describes how Tobias gets 0n his new job! He is a leader and trains the new initiate. This is where Tris comes in! She is the main character in Divergent, Insurgent (and most of Allegiant). There are also three bonus scenes called:

“First Jumper-Tris!”

“Careful, Tris.”

“You look good, Tris.”

These are only a few pages long, but I thought this was a nice touch to the book. I must say I have not gone into great detail of the four short stories but I don’t want to give much of the story away, so if you have not read it, please do!! 🙂

Characters

Of course my favorite character is Four/Tobias Eaton. He is so beautiful (especially Theo James!!!). Honestly though, the way that Roth portrays him makes him sound caring and kind and I just love that about him. I did think though, if this makes sense, that he didn’t seem as interested in Tris than she was in him. I am probably wrong, but I just felt he was portrayed like this! I wanted to give a mention about Zeke because he just sounds a great friend!! He sounds hilarious to be around and I really like him in Four!

Overall I really enjoyed this book! It was something quite different to read for me due to it’s short stories and from a book that I had previously read but from another characters point of view. I thought it was written very well and of course I was gripped! therefore I am going to give it (drum roll please!) … 4 stars! I thought that the book could have maybe been a little longer, and yes I know that they were short stories, but I wanted to read more about Four!! Also it is quite fitting having four stars haha!

Thank you very much for reading and hopefully you enjoyed this post! If you did then please like, follow and comment because I am really enjoying this whole blog thing! Also next week there won’t be a post as I am on holiday so sorry about that but hopefully I will post twice in the following week!

Love

 

 

BookBaking- The Fault In Our Stars Cake

Recently I went to see the incredible, heart warming (but also breaking) Fault in Our Stars movie. I was overwhelmed and inspired by it, but I have spoken more about this in my review. I was so inspired (and hungry!) that I decided to bake a cake.  It was a heat of the moment decision to bake a cake so here’s my (not the best) attempt at a cake. I have seen a few pictures online with different versions of the cake, but I kind of did my own thing. I do warn you, I am not a baker and not the best chef but I had a lot of fun making it and it tasted amazing! So without further or do, lets get started!!
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What you will need:
(Just to let you know that i doubled the mixture so that half of the mixture went into one cake tin and obviously the other went into the second cake tin. These measurements seemed too small for the cake, so that’s why I doubled it. The actual cake is a Victoria Sponge and is delicious!!)
Cake Mixture:
175 g of butter/margarine (Doubled=350g)
175g of caster sugar (Doubled=350g)
175g of self-raising flour (Doubled=350g)
3 eggs, beaten (Doubled=6 eggs)
Filling:
Raspberry Jam ( It’s up to you how much you use, I used about 1/4 of a jam pot!)
Butter cream:
75g of butter (I didn’t double the butter cream as I thought it was enough for the middle)
175g of icing sugar
A few drops of vanilla essence (optional)
Blue food coloring (again, optional)
Icing (on top):
Rolled out icing (Black, White and Blue)
Pink Food coloring (Optional)
I know it seems a lot but it gives a very impressive result, I promise you!!
Method:
Grease two 20.5cm sandwich tins and line them with greaseproof paper. Preheat your oven to 190 degrees/gas mark 5.

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  Add your butter and caster sugar into a mixing bowl and mix until light and fluffy.P1000162
In a separate bowl beat your eggs and the proceed to add them little at a time and beat well after adding to the mixture. P1000165

When beaten well, then add your self-raising flour and sieve into the bowl. Fold this in ( a figure of 8) into the mixture.
P1000172When you have thoroughly mixed all of the ingredients, divide the mixture evenly into the two greased sandwich tins and put in the oven for 15-20 mins.

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P1000181 When cooled prepare your butter icing by mixing your butter and icing sugar. If you want, you can add vanilla essence to give it a bit more flavour and I added a small amount of blue food coloring to match the blue them of the cover of the book.

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On top of the cake I put icing to make kind of the book cover. I covered the top of the cake with blue and then I cut out to clouds (one black and one white). I also made a pink circle( by putting a small amount of pink food coloring into the white icing and kneading through, to give it the pink color) and wrote J. G (John Green). I also wrote Okay? Okay. on the clouds which is one of the most famous quotes from the film. Of course you can use any words from the book/film and design it yourself!

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I really enjoyed making this cake, and although it was a little wonky, I was quite proud of myself. if you have any questions about making the cake or the ingredients, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below! Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post. If you do decide to make this cake, be sure to email me a picture ( my email address is on my contact page here).

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