Female segregation in UK University

There used to be a rule at a golf club that women had to enter through the back entrance and they were segregated from the men. Crazy, right? What if I were to tell you that this was still happening today but instead of golf clubs, in universities? Don’t believe me? Well, female students were banned from speaking at a seminar run by an Islamic society at lead university Queen Mary University of London.

If that weren’t bad enough, female students had to walk through a different entrance to the male students and were segregated from them, forced to sit at the back of the lecture theatre. Men were allowed to ask questions at the end of the lecture, but the female students could only ask questions by writing them down and passing them to the male speaker of of the event.

I find it incredible that something like this is still happening today. At the moment, I have to write coursework for school about forms of empowerment for women, immigrants and other typically oppressed groups. I have to talk about how different the society is within the books I’m studying to the one we are in today. I have to say how awful it was for women to be discriminated against and how different it is to today’s society, but this isn’t entirely true.

How can something as degrading to women be still happening now? Who has the right to force this kind of segregation which reminds me of the segregation that used to happen in cinemas, forcing any ‘coloureds’ to sit at the back. What does it say about us, in England, that this is still happening? What reasonable, intellectual argument can possibly justify this explicit discrimination?

That’s my rant for the day, but if you want to read more about what I’ve discussed then take a look here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2524183/Female-students-banned-speaking-Islam-seminar-University-Leicester.html

Autumn Rose (The Dark Heroine, Book 2)

I was given the chance to read ‘Autumn Rose’ before it’s release date (Jan 30th) to give my review! Admittedly, I was so excited about being sent a free copy that i launched right into the book without reading around it. It’s for this reason why I didn’t realise that this was in fact a sequel! 

Nevertheless, I’ve read Autumn Rose and I will do my best to review it without giving anything away to those of you who are loyal fans to the series!

Autumn Rose has the chance to save the world she loves.
But how much will she have to sacrifice to achieve it?

This is a book that I wouldn’t have normally picked up – which may surprise a lot of you – but I’m so grateful that my attention was brought to it. As an aspiring author/writer, I’m always excited when an English author gains attention and, as I read Autumn Rose, I was desperate for the series to do well. 

Autumn is a fifteen year old girl who is, by far, one of the most complex fifteen year old girls I have ever read about. Not only does she have the usual fifteen year old troubles, but she is also burdened with the responsibility of being a guardian of her town and dealing with her own depression among other things. Despite this, she was a likeable character with a wonderful, sarcastic outlook to many things which I can relate to. 

And the worst thing? (I have inserted a rhetorical question. Am I ticking the grading-rubric boxes now?)

As a Sage, Autumn has many things she has to face and, as a sequel, it easily matches the first with Abigail Gibbs’ excellent writing. I was able to sympathise with this heroine and enjoy reading her tale. 

I’m a match in the darkness compared to her beacon of elegance and decorum. Strike me and I’d struggle to even fizzle; she would burn for hours.

For fans of the first novel, no need to fear; Violet and Kaspar’s story continues within this addition to the series. For those of you unaware of the series, if you enjoy a bit of fantasy and adventure with some romance thrown in, then I’d recommend checking out this author. 

December Update

With Christmas being under 2 weeks away, everything has suddenly sped up (or so it seems to me) with around a million and one jobs to do. But with all the craziness, there is always the Christmas cheer and, of course, a good ‘ol dash of Christmas luck – which I’ve had plenty of within the past week.

My first big piece of news is that I am officially Associate Editor of the December edition of PAN – the Musical Journal for the British Flute Society! I had several bits and bobs to do for the magazine, from sorting out the Events Diary to sourcing CD covers. My main point of pride, however, is my concert review of the Emily Beynon concert that I attended at the Royal Academy of Music in London. If you’re interested in having a read of it, then please let me know what you think!

Click here to read!

The second point of pretty cool news is that I’ve just received an offer from my first-choice university, which is great to have just before Christmas, but I’m not chancing jinxing it by saying anything more!

The third, and final (for now), bit of news is that my article for spiked-online went live today! I’d really appreciate it if you took the time to have a look and, if you’re feeling really generous, leave a comment on the article itself on spiked to let me know what you think!

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/robin_thicke_is_misogynistic/14411#.Uqn5U_RdXPo

And on top of all that, I’ve been sent an early copy of a book that is to be released in January to review – so keep an eye out for that.

As always, thanks for reading and leave a comment if you’re feeling the Christmas cheer. ~Eleanor

Bitter Sweet Love – RELEASED

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Hey ya’ll, so Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L Armentrout has been released and I’ve been lucky enough to have the chance to share all the goodies with you ^_^ It was actually released yesterday so I’ve already read it and, if you’re a fan of Jennifer’s other books or just like fantasy types in general with a twist, you’ll love it. It is the prequel novella to Jennifer’s new young adult fantasy series, The Dark Elements Series, and the first book of the series will be released February 25th. 

SO if you’re interested, keep on reading! 

BITTER SWEET LOVE Synopsis:

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

AMAZON

BARNES AND NOBLE

iTUNES

Don’t miss White Hot Kiss, book one in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s The Dark Elements series from Harlequin TEEN!

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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Still interested? Awesome. Now to give you an excerpt: 

Moving lightning fast, Dez shifted and I was suddenly underneath him. His arms were on either side of my head, caging me in. Our bodies didn’t touch, but I felt him to the tips of my toes anyway.

                The teasing grin disappeared when I dragged in a deep breath and my chest brushed his. Everything changed in an instant. The playful mood faded, replaced by primal heaviness. Our gazes collided and locked. Neither of us moved. His closeness sent a series of shivers skittering across my skin and made it hard to take slow, even breaths. My body tensed when his gaze dropped to my mouth.

                He tilted his head to the side. “I… I honestly have no idea what we were talking about.”

                “Good. Neither do I.”

                He shifted his weight onto one arm, bring him closer. “Have you enjoyed your trip so far?”

                “Yes.” I felt as if I couldn’t get enough air into my lungs.

                “Good.” He lowered his head. His breath was minty as it moved across my cheek and then my lips. “I’m glad.”

                I wasn’t really following the conversation and I wasn’t sure that he was fully aware of what was coming out of his mouth. I searched my hazy brain for something to say and wet my lips. I-

                The sound that came out of Dez’s chest rumbled through me. A stuttered heartbeat passed and then his lips were on mine. There was nothing slow about this kiss. It scorched my skin and caused my body to stretch tight like a bowstring. The kiss deepened, spinning my senses. I shuddered when his hand curved over my shoulder and drifted down to my waist, his long fingers spreading out under the hem of my shirt, grazing the bare skin of my stomach.

                I gasped, floored by the raw sensations pounding through my blood. My skin felt as if I was about to phase. Maybe I was.

                “Jasmine,” he whispered, the word falling against my lips, and then his body was pressing mine into the mattress, heavy, sweet and hard.

Not bad, eh? What I think was a brilliant idea on Jennifer’s (or whoever it was who came up with the idea) part is releasing the novella before the actual series. This novella focuses on Jasmine and Dez, two fun loving characters who you grow to love – and the best (and worst) part is: it’s a novella! You don’t have to sacrifice hours and hours to read this little gem, just one will do! I managed to get through it pretty quickly yesterday and, as a novella, it isn’t your typically expensive book! NOT ONLY THAT but you get to read the first chapter of the first book in the series, White Hot Kiss, and you’re introduced to the heroine in the story – Layla – in Bitter Sweet Love. Already I love Layla and I can’t wait to read more about her, so of course I’m now desperately awaiting February!

If you’re interested still, go check out Bitter Sweet Love at the links I’ve posted above, and I recommend heading over to Jennifer’s website as well: http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/ 

As always, thanks for taking the time to read this and catch you later ~Eleanor

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