Reviewing a YouTubers Ebook! – “First & Then” by Elmify aka Emma Mills

As I have previously mentioned in my older blog post, I watched a lot of YouTube.

Since my last post regarding this topic, my partner and I have actually bought a fancy (ex-display) TV with all the trimmings, and most importantly, YouTube and Netflix buttons.

I have read a lot of books thanks to BookTube community online, my first book by a YouTuber was “Papertowns” by John Green, if you have not heard of him you need to fix this straight away:

He is half a duo to the Vlog Brothers, Hank Green being the other half, and they are really great a making learning fun (I never thought I would write that) and also entertaining. Lots for charity and lots for ending ignorance on various subjects, basically awesome. DFTBA.

After watching John and Hank for a few years, I stumbled upon Elmify’s channel, through the “Suggested Videos” box which is, sadly, no more on this version of YouTube.

She made me laugh, nearly all the way through her videos, due to her alter ego/inner monologue self who “told it like it is”.

I followed her journey through school, college, amazing singing videos with her Dad at Christmas, and now she is in Grad School (or as best to my knowledge, I don’t stalk her or anything). I felt like I grew up with her, as we are close in age! She felt what I felt, she was just better at expressing it.

She mentioned a few months back that she was coming out with a novel, which made me super excited as I have not been disappointed by any YouTuber books, or recommendations of books either. I preordered “First and Then” and waited for my 4-year-old basic Kindle to get my order when it was released.

Do you want to know what makes the YouTube community extra awesome? It’s accessible, to anyone who is lucky enough to have an internet connection. Elmify was uploading more often, due to excitement of the up and coming release, and I sent her a quick Tweet to show my support and also my excitement for the book too! And she REPLIED. This made me super excited and I showed my other half with a few “Ep!” noises thrown in.

Unbeknownst to Elmify (okay, her name is Emma, but I will always refer to her as Elmify), I had been let go from my job and was super sad when I sent the tweet (I was let go due to the price of oil and the economy) because I was really looking forward to reading something besides job postings.

I got the email to say it had arrived, so I screenshot it on my Kindle App from my iPhone and sent her another Tweet to say I was excited to get started, and she REPLIED again! This just made me giddy at this stage. So you can say I was bias when I started reading her book.

“First and Then” is an amazing book to read. I know nothing, seriously nothing, about American Football but it was explained in the terms of Jane Austen which I was able to break down and understand. There is grief, teenage angst (I love this in books) loss, love, frustrations, pressures that teenagers go through and much much more.

I rarely am able to see elements of myself in a lead character of a book, I actually can not think of a time I did, except this one. She is a head strong, stubborn, sometimes a hermit, sometimes a social butterfly, girl who doesn’t know what she wants just yet and needs to be pushed by the people who love and care to reach her goals. Me, basically, when I was a teenager.

The love story is NORMAL, I mean this in the best way, it isn’t *fall into each other arms* or *I am a vampire let me kill you and blah blah zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz* It is simple, first and not-so-innocent love that when I was a teenager I went through.

I would recommend this book to any teen girl or boy, or any person of any age, or adults with teenagers who need to understand why their child is struggling for any reason.

Go buy it!

5/5 Stars! 🙂

Now…. to Tweet this at her! 😉

Jade x


Jade Justice – BMus & MSc Library and Information Studies!!!!

I haven’t written on here for a while!

So… I graduated 🙂 I have my MLIS!

I am not going to say it was easy and it didn’t stress me out, I cried, I laughed, I asked for help, I got my friends to proofread and I passed!

I can officially say I have a masters and that I can be a librarian, one day.

For now, after being in academia for 7 years, I have decided I am going to live my life and be happy, read more, laugh more, love more and make new memories! HAVE A LIFE!

There is a picture of me in my cap and gown with my degree, very happy with my other half, Aaron.

I have started to edit and create my content for my YouTube channel, which I am very very very nervous to upload, so it will probably take me a lot longer to upload it to the internet for everyone to see….

Hope you are having a great summer, congrats to all of the GCSE’s/A Levels/Leaving and Junior Cert results students and people who are going on any other type of journey! 🙂

Jade x

BookTube VS Libraries

I do not own a TV, of any kind! I am very proud of this and it does shock a few people when I mention it.

So I watch a LOT of YouTube, everyday, as I love the interaction I can have with other members of the community and even sometimes with the creator of the works.

BookTube is honestly my favorite part of the YouTube community, if you like having conversation about book recommendations or how you hated what happened to the characters in the book you just read, it is a great place to be a part of.

BUT! What annoys me is that a lot of the creators do “Book Hauls” and “Book Shelf Tours”, which can be interesting and honestly does my me jealous of their set up. Why aren’t they using the library if they love books so much? This has always been in the back of my mind when seeing my newsfeed/subbox/timelines/whatever the latest update will call it.

My partner bought me a book shelf and I love it!


As you can see, it is not full at all! That is because I loan the majority of my books out from my local library!

This is how I arranged my book shelf:

Bottom: academic books from my career thus far (mostly second hand to be fair)!.

Middle: read books that I love and will probably read again.

Top: TBR (to be read) books that I have been gifted or have bought with vouchers etc.

Slowly, picture frames and musical instruments have made their way into it, which I don’t mind as I love having somewhere to display them.

Although I do love the BookTube world, I am surprised that they do not recommend the local library more often. The books are FREE!

This is the idea that will be behind my own YouTube/BookTube channel.

What are your book shelves like? I had a bookcase, that was suitcase of books, before I was lucky to get this!

Do you use your local library? If not, why so?

Thanks for reading!

Jade x