Saturday, 17 March 2018

Guardians of the Galaxy BOOK TAG

I had to do this. I just had to. I watched Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1 and 2 some time ago and I just had to do this tag. GotG has such a great set of characters that are so easily to fall in love with and this tag was so much fun to do.

1. Star Lord- An Unlikely Hero
Celestine- Flawed duology by Cecelia Ahern 
When going into Flawed, Celestine may seem a little spoilt and stuck-up to some people- definitely not hero material. But through the duology, I love how her character grows and how strong she becomes. She turns into a true heroine and I love her character development over the series.

2. Gamora- A Lethal Weapon of a Character 
Aelin Galathynius- Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
I was trying to refrain from mentioning Sarah J. Maas in this tag but I just have to when thinking of a lethal character because Aelin is just about as bad-ass as they come. Aelin is definitely lethal because she's kick-ass, powerful and undeniably clever. She's as cunning as they come and, similarly to Gamora, has a past of being an assassin, so Aelin just had to be the answer to this question.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Riverdale 1x01 'Chapter One: The River's Edge' TV TALK

I relented. There has been so much hype around this series and so, I naturally found myself edging away from it because I don't want to be in the mainstream movement of what everyone's obsessed with. But my mum started watching it, then my brother, and then I just felt left out.
Riverdale follows a group of students within this town after a recent murder has just occurred. It's full of mystery, secrets and very stereotypical characters. I will admit that this episode was kinda cliché, corny and hecka cheesy but... it works. For me at least. The cheesiness levels of it reminded me of shows like the Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf so, for me, it was more amusing and entertaining rather than irritating.
I feel a little conflicted with all the characters- I don't necessarily love any of them yet because they were all a little two-faced and secretive. Which... may be the whole point of this show but still. I really enjoyed the first episode- so much happened!- and I'm excited to see where the story goes.

To overview the very cliché but entertaining character stereotypes, we have:
the attractive-jock-musician-popular-dude, the bitchy-queen-bee-head-cheerleader, the new-rich-kid-with-attitude, the golden-girl-who's-pining-over-guys, the loner-guy-who-writes and, finally the -gay-best-friend. What else do you even need for a successful show?

Starting with characters, I'll say that Betty and Kevin are the ones I solidly liked. I had issues with everyone else but these two seemed very genuine and their friendship was sweet.
At the beginning, I thought Veronica was very much a stuck-up snob but that gradually changed throughout the episode, I think. I began to like her more- her confidence and how she wanted to be a better person. I also liked her growing friendship with Betty.... until she ended up being a total bitch and kissed Archie even when she knew Betty liked him! Girl code! Veronica did have some of the best lines of the episode, though. And I loved the movie references as well.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli BOOK TALK

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I really enjoyed this book. I didn't love love love it like everyone else seems to but it was fun, cute and very easy to read. I will say that it was a little predictable because I knew the secret identity character from very early on but that didn't spoil it for me because it was nice to anticipate the finale reveal and pat myself on the back for being so smart (I'm saying that ironically... not).
It deals with a lot of great issues and has brilliant representation throughout which instantly gives it bonus points and makes it worthy of the praise and hype it's been getting. However, I found the plot to be a little simplistic at times and maybe a bit unoriginal (online relationship with hidden identities... how often does that happen?). I also found that a lot of the side characters weren't fleshed out enough and I forgot all about them as soon as they left the page.
Overall, it was a quick and enjoyable read but it didn't leave any lasting impressions on me- I'll probably forget half of it by next week.


I didn't think the plot for this book was very complex- it was simplistic and predictable. However, that made it an easy read and I still quite enjoyed it.
We started with the blackmail from Martin which made me immediately hate him and... that didn't change. Sure, him and Simon became sorta friends but I never grew to like Martin. There was a scary moment where I thought Simon might be Blue but that wouldn't have made any sense, thank the Gods.  

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Mother's Day Best Fictional Future Mums

I did a similar post a couple of years ago (Mother's Day Best Book Mums) but that feels like forever ago and I wanted to bundle up some content as Mother's Day is tomorrow in the UK. In that older post, I talked about the best mums in fiction but today, I'm going to look at fictional characters that I think would make great mothers. (Oooh, look at me, expertly recycling content and making it look original).
So, I've compiled a list of characters that currently aren't mothers but would take on a great parental role in my opinion. Let's go!

Claire Danvers (Morganville vampires- Rachel Caine)
We have hints to Claire's future of being a mother all through the series but I had to include her on this list. Claire would be such a cool and fun mum (especially with Shane being a dad as well) and any child would totally be able to get her help with any and all homework. Claire's child would grow up to be super intelligent but also very funny (because, again, Shane's the dad and that ace humour has to be genetic).

Clary Fairchild (The Mortal Instruments- Cassandra Clare)
This may be me thinking more along the lines that Jace would be a super fun dad, but I can totally see Clary being a great mum too. I can just imagine her doing arts and crafts with her kid and getting paint all over both of them. She'd also be really protective over her kid and would organise playdates with Simon and Izzy's kid which would be too adorable to handle.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Ready Player One- Ernest Cline BOOK TALK

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This book was a nice surprise. For some reason, I went in with very low expectations despite the major hype that's always surrounded this novel.
I'll be honest, it started off a little slow and there were massive chunks of exposition that I skimmed right through because my brain couldn't handle that much information. But, once you got past that point and the action finally started, I wasn't able to stop.
This book is perfect for gaming geeks and, even if you aren't one (like me), you'll still enjoy this book. Sure, a lot of the gaming references went over my head, but that didn't spoil my enjoyment at all.


It took me a little bit of time to fully get into the story because there was a lot- and I mean a lot- of exposition. Sometimes, they was literally just pages of backgrounds and histories and information and, while I tried to focus on it as best as I could, it pretty much went over my head. I skim read all of those parts and it made the beginning feel a tad slow for me.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Book Recommendations for Spring Snow Days

Because the weather is crazy in the UK and has decided to mix up all the seasons (I'm convinced the apocalypse is upon us), I've decided to make the most of it and turn it into a book recommendations post. I'm going to recommend four books with wintery settings or covers that can get you into a wintery spirit even though it's spring... because that's how things are working this year.
(Also enjoy nice snowy photos of me along the way...)

Unravel Me- Tahereh Mafi
Unravel Me is the second book in the Shatter me series and I've picked it because it has a nice wintery cover which just happens to be stunning even if it has no regard to the plot whatsoever. This series follows Juliette who has a curse gift where everyone she touches dies. If that sounds interesting... read the books, because it is interesting. I love this series so much and can't wait for the fourth instalment, Restore Me, to come out this month.
Unravel Me Book Talk

This is What Goodbye Looks Like- Olivia Rivers
Switching to a contemporary stand alone, This is What Goodbye Looks Like, is actually set in winter for the most part. This means cute pictures and flirting with your ship in the snow. I've read this book twice and I loved it just as much both times. It has a lovely blend of romance, internal struggle and an edge of mystery that surrounds the whole thing.
The is What Goodbye Looks Like Book Talk

Saturday, 3 March 2018

World Book Day Baking with Kaitlin!!

World Book Day is a momentous occasion for all book lovers so me and my lovely friend Kaitlin (Liber Amoris) always decide to do something to celebrate. In 2016, we went to a Rachel Caine book signing, meeting one of our favourite authors and getting our books signed and pictures taken with nervous energy. And in 2017, we went on an epic journey to the local shopping centre (admittedly not that epic) dressed as some of our favourite characters, all while getting odd looks as we took photos of our brilliant cosplays.

Now, you may be thinking, how do we top that? And the answer is: we don't.
This is what happens when you live where no author wants to come on a book tour and you have no money or travel to get you anywhere cool. Nevertheless, me and Kaitlin still managed to do something book related and we had a lot of fun doing it!

See all the pictures in the Gallery!

We decided that we'd bake some cupcakes and decorate them with bookish designs! Maybe not the most unique idea in the world but it was a lot of fun and actually was pretty successful (we were totally expecting it to fail epically).

Thursday, 1 March 2018

March Releases and TBR 2018


The Prophecy (Titan #4)- Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Restore Me (Shatter Me #4)- Tahereh Mafi
Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3)- Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I Have Lost My Way- Gayle Forman 
Not If I Save You First- Ally Carter
Season's End- C.L Norton  
(Claire runs the writing class I go to and she's super nice so definitely check out her book!)

Ready Player One
Love, Simon
Tomb Raider 
Red Sparrow
Midnight Sun

Simon vs the Homo-sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli (Book of the Month)
This month, me and Kaitlin have chosen Simon vs the Homo-sapiens Agenda to read for our Book of the Month! I've always wanted to read this and have heard only great reviews. Also, the movie adaptation Love, Simon comes out this month so it's an extra reason to get me motivated.

Control Freakz- Michael Evans (ARC Review) 
Michael Evans contacted me last month, asking whether I wanted to read and review his book and, admittedly, I don't tend to usually do this because it takes up a lot of my time and I have many others books I have to read. But Michael's book looked super interesting and I couldn't pass up reading it. I will also say that he's 15 years old (!!!!) so immediately, I was really impressed (and super jealous) because I'm an aspiring author at the age of 17. I know that young authors need all the support they can get and I'm very excited to be able to do that for Michael. (Also, his book sounds great).

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

February Wrap Up 2018

I feel like I did pretty well with reading and watching fiction this month- especially as it's the shortest month of the year! I feel like I read more than I watched which is another unusual trend but a great one because I really wanted to get back into reading lots.

Falling Kingdoms- Morgan Rhodes
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I got this book for my birthday last month and I really want to delve into it because I've wanted it for a really long time and I was also in a fantasy mood. It took a bit of concentration when going into it because there's a lot of characters and different things to remember about this world but, once you've got that down, this book is amazing! To me, Falling Kingdoms is a blend of Throne of Glass, Game of Thrones and Poison Study so it's definitely a fantasy read to pick up.
Falling Kingdoms Book Talk

Ready Player One- Ernest Cline (Book of the Month)
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This was mine and Kaitlin's Book of the Month for February because neither of us had read it and there's a movie adaptation coming out next month- so we really needed to get a move on. I've had this book for years and have just never had the motivation to pick it and.... I have no idea why because it was amazing! Sure, a lot of the video game references went over my head but it was still a fun and gripping book. But I'll also admit that I did skim read most of the exposition because... there was a lot of exposition.
Book Talk to come!!

Saturday, 24 February 2018

February Book Haul 2018

I'll admit, I went a little crazy with buying books this month but, in my defence, I have lots of birthday money and gift cards form last month so it's a totally justifiable haul. I promise.

Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms #2)- Morgan Rhodes
Gathering Darkness (Falling Kingdoms #3)- Morgan Rhodes
Frozen Tides (Falling Kingdoms #4)- Morgan Rhodes 
It may be a little obvious that I became obsessed with this series this month (as you'll also see in my Wrap Up). But, as I stormed through the first book, I soon realised that I needed to marathon this series and went to work in acquiring all the books. These books are super hard to find in the UK, so I decided to order them from Amazon and they came just in time!!

Scythe- Neal Shusterman 
This is another book that I've wanted to for so long!! I have heard endless hype for this series and the premise looks irresistible to me! I've heard only great things and I'm so excited to pick this up soon. Plus, the cover is beautifully captivating to me and looks gorgeous on my shelf.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Agent Carter 1x02 'Bridge and Tunnel' TV TALK

I'm enjoying this series, but this episode wasn't as good as the pilot in my opinion. There were a lot of things that just went straight over my head. However, there was nice moments of humour that made it all the more enjoyable and I do love these characters that we've been introduced to. I think the series has a lot of potential and will get better as it goes along- every show needs time to find its footing.

Cap mentions: 13
(I decided to add this Captain America counter for each episode because I find it interesting how much Cap influences this plot despite him not even starring!!)

Season 1:  1x01  |

The first thing I wanted to mention was the Captain America radio show threaded throughout the episode. I really liked it! I loved how Peggy would roll her eyes at hearing it and the show parallelled nicely when it came to the fight scene nearer the end.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Black Panther MOVIE TALK

Me and my brother went to go and see Black Panther the day it came out and I was so impressed (not that that's a surprise because it's Marvel we're talking to about here).
Black Panther takes place after Captain America; Civil War and follows T'Challa on his journey to becoming King of Wakanda now that his father is dead.
I'll be honest, Black Panther will never be my favourite Avenger but he's stands tall on his own and I liked learning more about him as a character and the hidden country of Wakanda. This movie poses great things for Infinity War and I can't wait to see how he helps the fight against Thanos that is looming over all of us.
My favourite part of this film had to be how awesome the ladies were. While T'Challa is the main star, there were so many bad-ass women in this film and I loved this aspect! I would obviously highly recommend this movie!

I have to start with how beautiful Wakanda was. They created an entire culture and civilisation and being presented with all those minor details that built up this country was stunning! The first shots we got of Wakanda were visually flawless and worked so well to capture the beauty of this hidden country.
My favourite character had to be T'Challa's sister, Shuri. She was so smart, beautiful and hilarious as well. I loved seeing a more human side of T'Challa when he was with her- that sibling bond that shined when they were in the same scene.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Falling Kingdoms- Morgan Rhodes BOOK TALK

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I loved this book. So blimmin' much. This book was such a great testament as to why fantasy is my favourite genre. It was complex, intriguing, surprising and exciting. I would describe it as a mix of Game of Thrones, Throne of Glass and Poison Study... meaning it was a whole lot of awesome.
Yes, it took some concentration to begin with because it takes time to learn all the names, rules and histories of the world but once you've got that down... it's so rewarding. There was a small character guide at the beginning of the book which was very handy to help me remember the names. It's true that fantasy books take longer to get into but that's just because you need to completely learn an entire world... and that takes time. But once you have, fantasy plots are the most intricate, rewarding and satisfying reads.
And that's why I'm so pumped to dive into the rest of this series.

When you have books with multiple narratives, there's always the ones you like more than others. My favourites at the moment has to be Cleo and Magnus! They're the most interesting and deep characters. Jonas is next on my list of favourites (sometimes he was a tad annoying) and Lucia comes in at last place. She was okay but I found her a little too pathetic for my taste. Who knows? Her character may grow a lot over the span of the series but, for now, the Cleo and Magnus chapters are the ones that have me grinning like the Cheshire Cat.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Westworld 1x10 'The Bicameral Mind' TV TALK

This was 90 minutes of epic perfection! It was basically a movie that resolved the previous nine hours of the show.... and I devoured it whole. There was no slow moments in this episode- it was all action-packed, intense and totally shocking. The reveals and discoveries in this episode blew my mind even if a few of them were just confirmations of well-predicted theories. So many puzzle pieces were fitted together and my emotions were all over the place when watching this.
It's going to be a difficult episode to review because the plot lines and character are so complex and carefully interlinked but... I'll try my best.
I'll also be writing a separate post for season 2 theories so stay in tune for that- and feel free to comment yours!

Season 1: 1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09

Warning: This review will be all over the place because so much happened and I don't know where to start.
Beginning with Maeve, she wakes Hector and Armistice (Snake Lady) and they have a great break-out scene. It was the perfect mix if bad-ass and hilarious. They go to find Bernard, and Felix and Asshat (Sylvester) heals him so they can talk. Bernard reveals that Maeve's entire escape plan has been controlled from the start- someone has ordered her to recruit an army and escape- that none of her decisions have still been hers. After this revelation, the group runs and has a difficult time escaping when security locks everything down. Armistice gets left behind as her arm gets caught but she totally goes down fighting. Maeve also ditches Hector because she wants to go it alone and... he doesn't seem too bothered. Maeve says goodbye to Felix, gets onto the train and.... gets off again. She makes her first true sentient decision that she's going to find her daughter.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Irresistible Fictional Romances

And here's the obligatory Valentine's content for the year! I've decided to skip over some of the obvious ones that I always say (aka, ACOMAF) but here's a list of a few fictional romances that are perfect to read on Valentine's Day (or anytime of the year, to be honest).
I tried to keep these all contemporary romances but a supernatural genre slipped through anyway (and I'm not even sorry)- they still have great relationships though.

Fallon and Ben (November 9- Colleen Hoover)
November 9 was the first Colleen Hoover book I'd ever read and I hadn't expected such emotions!! This story had such a great premise and an all-consuming romance! You ship these two from the very start and, while there are a few obstacles that get in the way, they are absolutely perfect for each other. Even thinking of this pair makes me melt into a puddle of goo.
November 9 Book Talk

Lara Jean and Peter (To All the Boys I've Loved Before- Jenny Han)
Another of my favourite contemporaries had to make this list. The first book in this trilogy is easily my favourite and I absolutely adore Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky together. They're a couple that wouldn't usually work but turns out adorably in this case. Both of the characters are super different (quirky vs cocky) and it's so entertaining to read. I promise, you'll have a large grin through the majority of this book.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Agent Carter 1x01 'Now is Not the End' TV TALK

I was sceptical when starting this series because... there are a lot of mixed opinions on it. There are only two series because it got cancelled pretty quickly and all this made me worry that it'd be completely rubbish but (surprise, surprise) I really enjoyed it. Honestly, I'm not that hard to please and, while I could blatantly see the flaws in this pilot episode, it didn't affect my enjoyment and the fact that I had fun watching this.
Agent Carter follows Peggy Carter who is (for lack of a better word), Captain America's 'sidekick' in the movie, Captain America: the First Avenger. It's obviously set in the 1940s and follows Peggy Carter after Cap's 'death' and the end of the war. We also see a bit of Howard Stark which is always fun.
I loved the small nods and references to the original Captain America movie and I love the focus on Peggy's character because she is pretty bad-ass and Hayley Atwell plays her brilliantly.

Captain America: The First Avenger Movie Talk

The whole disruption this series is following is Stark's weapons being sold on the black market. I was a little disappointed with how much Howard Stark appeared because it was much less than I thought it'd be... maybe five minutes screen time? But, that's not too bad, because I like that show really focuses on Peggy's story line and how awesome she is.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Westworld 1x09 'The Well-Tempered Clavier' TV TALK

This show is infuriating and yet addictive. Every answer we gets leads to double the amount of questions and there are so many timelines, it boggles your mind to keep up. Nevertheless, I love this show to the point of an unhealthy obsession. Like in Game of Thrones, the ninth episode seems to be the most epic and we had some major theories confirmed in this episode- some I like, some I see major plot holes in. Hopefully, the finale will provide us with some more solid explanations.... but that's unlikely.

Season 1: 1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08

Starting with Maeve, she seems like the only character who knows what she's doing... and I love it. She stops Bernard from re-coding her as she quickly realises that he's also a host and that she can control him. Obviously, this is big news to Bernard because his memory from last episode has been wiped- he's finding out he's a host all over again!

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Strings- Original Poetry

Sorry for yet another depressing poem... I can't seem to channel any positive emotions in my writing...


we tied a knot
a piece of string
and wrapped it round out wrists

a friendship bracelet, we said
to keep each other close
and wear our memories proud

but our wrists have changed
grown bigger with the weight of the world
swollen with plans that aren't our own

Saturday, 3 February 2018

February Releases and TBR 2018

Immortal Reign (Falling Kingdoms #6)- Morgan Rhodes
The Belles- Dhonielle Clayton
Tempests and Slaughter- Tamora Pierce
Shadowsong- S. Jae-Jones
Heart of Iron- Ashley Poston
Everlife- Gena Showalter
The Traitor Prince- C.J. Redwine

Black Panther Movie

Ready Player One- Ernest Cline (Book of the Month)
This month, me and Kaitlin (Liber Amoris) are reading Ready Player One in anticipation for the movie coming out next month. I am a bit sceptical over whether I'll like this book because it seems a little too sci-fi for my taste but, regardless, I'll give it a chance.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

The Death Cure MOVIE TALK

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie! The Scorch Trials wasn't an amazing film and they'd seemed to stray pretty far from what happened in the books but they've pulled it back with this final instalment. I can't completely remember what happened in the books but The Death Cure was fairly faithful and I really enjoyed it.
There was plenty of action and it was a generally fast-paced movie. I will say that there were some things that went unexplained but it didn't spoil my overall enjoyment.


This movie started really well. The beginning train sequence was brilliant and impressed me straight away. It added a nice disappointment when they didn't get the right train car with Minho inside and really caught us up on what happened in the last movie (it's been a while). As expected, Thomas, Newt and Frypan immediately go of to find Minho and we're set off on our adventure to take down WCKD. This all happened really fast and it started the momentum of the film nicely.