Saturday, 21 July 2018

Heathers Musical: Act 2 SOUNDTRACK REVIEW

I've become super obsessed with this musical and (while I literally listen to this soundtrack on repeat), I decided I'd review the soundtrack!
Act 2 has to be my favourite of the two because all the tension has been built up and the songs are just so damn catchy! Heathers has the feel of a psychological thriller which is brilliant when made into a musical with rocky songs and amazing lyrics.
I'll link my Act 1 review here in case you missed!






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My Dead Gay Son
I tend to skip this song quite a lot because it's a bit too chirpy and gospel for my taste- I'm much more a fan of the dark and sinister songs. It's a great concept and it is really great to watch a performance of it but I don't tend to listen to it all that much.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Game of Thrones 4x05 'First of His Name' TV TALK

So much happened in this episode and I loved seeing every characters involvement.... okay; maybe some more than others.

TV TALKS:
Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10
Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07  |  2x08  |  2x09  |  2x10
Season 3:  3x01  |  3x02  |  3x03  |  3x04  |  3x05  |  3x06  |  3x07  |  3x08  |  3x09  |  3x10
Season 4:  4x01  |  4x02  |  4x03  |  4x04


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Starting up North, Jon Snow and his band of Night Watch men take back Craster's Keep- killing Karl, the leader, and even Ghost joins in by killing Rast and reuniting with Jon.
But that was the only reunion we got. And I'm not bitter about it at all.
Bran was right there!!! Bran was freed and then captured once more by Locke- the guy that cut off Jaime's hand- but Bran manages to escape by warging into Hodor and killing the dude- finally! That guy had to die.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Heathers Musical: Act 1 SOUNDTRACK REVIEW

Recently, I've listened to the soundtrack of Heathers in its entirety and... I've become obsessed. Just like Hamilton, just like Dear Evan Hansen, I haven't been able to stop listening to the soundtrack on repeat.
Heathers is based off the movie made in 1989, and I'd describe it as an old-fashioned Mean Girls but... with a lot more murder. It's a much (much much much) darker musical than I was expecting but I loved it! The whole plot was really shocking and sinister and it had me listen to the entire soundtrack in one go. 
I thought I'd give it a little review. I wasn't a huge fan of the songs during the first listen (I was more interested in the actual plot) but, having heard the songs over and over again, I now love them.
I will say that I prefer Act 2 to Act 1 but, nevertheless, I'll go into Act 1 first!
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Beautiful
This is one hell of a long song to start off a musical but I did like it immediately. It was a nice way to introduce all the characters and it instantly made me like Veronica. It was relatable (who else doesn't want to blow up their school every once in a while?) and very funny at points. I usually skip this song just because it's so long but I do like it.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Summer Lovin' BOOK TAG

Instead of simply doing Summer Book Recommendations, I decided to do a quick and easy book tag around the subject of Summer. I got this tag from the blog Super Bookworm and I'll link the original post here for you to check out.
Get ready for contemporaries galore...





1. Start of Summer: Pick a book with an attention-grabbing first line.
It Ends With Us- Colleen Hoover
Colleen Hoover's books are just so deep and fantastic and she has such a way with words. Her first sentences grip you instantly and every other one that follows gets better and better.
"As I sit here with one foot on either side of the ledge, looking down from twelve stories above the streets of Boston, I can't help but think about suicide. 
Not my own. I like my life enough to see it through."
It Ends With Us Book Talk

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Game of Thrones 4x04 'Oathkeeper' TV TALK

I can't believe I'm nearly half way through this series! Things are starting to pick up at this point (like they always do) and we're starting to build up for a good second half of the season. Honestly, these series are way too short...








TV TALKS:
Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10
Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07  |  2x08  |  2x09  |  2x10
Season 3:  3x01  |  3x02  |  3x03  |  3x04  |  3x05  |  3x06  |  3x07  |  3x08  |  3x09  |  3x10
Season 4:  4x01  |  4x02  |  4x03


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We start the episode with Missendei and Grey Worm talking about their past as Missendei tries to teach him how to speak Westerosi. It was such a different beginning to an episode but I loved it and.... is it okay for me to ship them? Or is way too soon for something like that? Come on, it's never too soon.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Scythe- Neal Shusterman BOOK TALK

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Scythe had always intrigued me from the second I heard the premise. And it did not disappoint.
I've been meaning to get to this book for so long and I'm so glad I finally read it! This book is genius. It's gripping, jaw-dropping and breath-taking. It has this nice undertone of philosophical ideas which fascinates me and I flew threw it.
Scythe takes place in a dystopian world where everything is perfect. Humans have completely conquered death- no more disease, deaths can be revived and old age can be turned back, making us immortal. But, to keep population numbers down, Scythes are appointed to go around and glean people at random. Scythe follows Citra and Rowan who become apprentice Scythes who have to learn the art of killing.
This book was a beautiful blend of action, corruption, intrigue and philosophical ideas. The characters were amazing and their character development was beautiful and smooth. Every single word of this novel was gripping and breath-taking and I'd recommend everyone to pick it up immediately.


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I have to start by saying that my favourite aspect of this entire book was the philosophical questions and ideas it brought up. I'm a massive fan of philosophy and this book was really fascinating to consider the morals around life and death. It raised questions of a perfect world and what the consequences of that would be: if there was nothing left to improve, what would we dedicate our lives to doing? If our lives were immortal, what would do with all that time? What kind of ethics surround being able to end someone's life? I found all these deep undertones so fascinating to explore and it made me really enjoy the journal extracts we got throughout the book- especially Curie and Faraday's. They were so wise and inquisitive and the beauty of their words sunk into my skin and made me think which I absolutely loved.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Author Interview with Shannon Greenland!!

I've been lucky enough to interview Shannon Greenland, author of Shadow of a Girl among many amazing books and I'm very excited (I'm struggling very hard to keep all of my fangirl in right now but I'll apologise for the excessive number of exclamation marks I'll likely use).
I received an ARC of Shannon's newest release Watching You (and loved it!!) while also getting the amazing opportunity to ask her a few questions about it and writing in general. This was such a great experience because I've been a massive fan of Shannon's work ever since reading Shadow of a Girl back in 2016, so I'm super happy to be posting this!!
Without further adieu, enjoy...



Interview with Shannon Greenland

Many authors put aspects of their own personalities into their characters. How much of yourself do you think you've put into your own books?
I think every character I write has a little something of me in them. This holds true for main characters and secondary, too.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Game of Thrones 4x03 'Breaker of Chains' TV TALK

A lot happened in this episode- we were flitting between so many characters and it kept the plot pace fast and exciting. I loved seeing so many characters and getting ideas of what everyone's up to... everyone has a motive and scheme in this show and it's the best thing to watch.







TV TALKS:
Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10
Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07  |  2x08  |  2x09  |  2x10
Season 3:  3x01  |  3x02  |  3x03  |  3x04  |  3x05  |  3x06  |  3x07  |  3x08  |  3x09  |  3x10
Season 4:  4x01  |  4x02

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Daenerys was sure successful in this episode but... when isn't she? (Or am I tempting fate by saying that?) Khaleesi and her army have made it to Meereen and Daario wins a fight with their Champion for her. I quite liked this fight- Daario barely moved and won the whole thing!

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Watching You- Shannon Greenland BOOK TALK


I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
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This book was just as amazing as I was expecting it to be. Shannon Greenland is also the author of Shadow of a Girl which I read in 2016 and loved- I gave it 5 stars and it ended up being one of my favourite books of the year.
Watching You is a YA thriller with a little bit of romance and it is addictive! This book follows Viola, a girl desperate to escape her past and start the new life she's always dreamt of. But soon enough, weird things begin to happen. Misplaced personal items. Frightening messages. The unmistakable feeling of being watched. Viola no longer fights for her new life but to simply stay alive.
Watching You was entertaining from the very first page. The characters are really lovable, as are the relationships, the plot and... everything! I was gripped from the very first chapter and the ending was so brilliantly satisfying and exceeded all expectations. I'd definitely recommend it for any lovers of YA, thriller or romance- this book has it all!
Shadow of a Girl Book Talk


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When I read that very first chapter in the perspective of the stalker, a stereotypical image of a middle aged man immediately came to mind and I hated myself for it. So, from the very first page, I was hoping- praying- Shannon Greenland would defy gender norms and expectations. Of course, that didn't stop me from suspecting every single male character that walked onto the page because my head has just been conditioned that way (and I hate it). I was so inexplicably happy that Abbie was the stalker. It was exactly the stereotype break that I wanted to see in thriller fiction and I love the idea of an unhinged, crazy rich bitch being the stalker. It made for one hell of a story.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

July Releases and TBR 2018

Releases

Books
Watching You- Shannon Greenland 
The Dark Legacy (The Darkest Minds #4)- Alexandra Bracken 
The Year of Living Awkwardly- Emma Chastain 


Movies

Ant-Man and the Wasp 
Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again



TBR

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets- J.K. Rowling (Book of the Month)
Me and Kaitlin have decided to re-read Chamber of Secrets for our July Book of the Month because, on July 2nd, it's officially 20 years since the book released. I've only ever read the books once so I'm excited to give this one a re-read.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

June Wrap Up 2018

I re-read a lot more than I'd intended to this month. I always say that I should stop re-reading so much and discover new books but I fall into old reads so easily! They're really quick and fun and I know I love them!! Also, I've actually completed my Reading Challenge of 50 books for the year! Which means I'd better challenge myself a bit more next year...
I also didn't manage to get to June's Book of the Month this month but it totally wasn't my fault!! The BotM was A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G Drews and I went into Waterstones multiple times to buy it but couldn't find it! As soon as I find this book in store, I will get it and catch up with the books of the month. I'm determined.

BOOKS
A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.5)- Sarah J. Maas
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I was really excited to jump into this novella because... it's Sarah J. Maas. It's the inner circle. It's Feysand. ACOMAF is my favourite ever book in existence so I'm always happy to see more of this amazing set of characters that I love so much. I will admit that Frost and Starlight wasn't nearly as good as the others and unfortunately felt like a filler book- made primarily to make more cash. Nothing significant really happened in terms of plot but it was nice to spend time with these characters again.
A Court of Frost and Starlight Book Talk

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

June Book Haul 2018

Not many books this month but a couple is a lot better than nothing.

the princess saves herself in this one- Amanda Lovelace
I was in Waterstones (as I tend to be) and I saw this book presented so lovingly on the shelf and I just gravitated towards it. Whenever I'm feeling down or vulnerable emotionally, I find that reading poetry is a great outlet- writing and reading it. Reading poetry is so comforting because they sum up feelings so beautifully and eloquently and it has an amazing ability to make you feel less alone. This book has had a lot of hype and is in a similar style to Rupi Kaur who is one of my favourite poets.
I've actually already read this during this month and I can say that it's my favourite poetry anthology. If you like poetry, go straight to Amanda Lovelace.
the princess saves herself in this one Book Talk

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Westworld 2x09 'Vanishing Point' TV TALK

This was maybe one of the most shocking episodes we've had this season. And I mean jaw-dropping, gasping, hand-over-mouth kind of shocking because I was all over the place. Of course this episode was gonna be amazing because it's the penultimate one and it brilliantly built up everything ready for the finale.




TV TALKS
Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10
Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07  |  2x08

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Man in Black
We spent the majority of this episode switching back and forth between present William and past William (although it wasn't that far away in the past). I really loved seeing all the detail behind his wife's death and really understanding the relationship between William and Emily.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Westworld 2x08 'Kiksuya' TV TALK

After the hard and fast revelations and reveals, this was a nice episode to kick back and take a closer look at another perspective through the past. We learnt so much about the true intentions of the mysterious Ghost Nation by following Akecheta and his path to consciousness.
I really like the title for this episode- Kiksuya meaning 'remember' in Lakota which is the language Ghost Nation speaks. This episode had a beautiful feel to it and a real theme of tragedy.

TV TALKS
Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10
Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07

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I really loved following Ghost Nation's history in this episode. They've been a wildcard from the very beginning and it's nice to finally know where they stand. I loved the new characters and cast, though, I must say, the cast was a brilliantly recycled selection from Twilight.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

the princess saves herself in this one- Amanda Lovelace BOOK TALK

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For me, poetry soothes the soul. So, when I'm feeling particularly emotional or down, I go to poetry because it's like the best kind of a hug with someone telling you that they understand how you're feeling and reassuring that you'll get better. After this month... let's just say I needed to devour a poetry book and I'm so glad I picked up this one.
the princess saves herself in this one is maybe my favourite poetry anthology because it was summed up so many different emotions beautifully. There was also a lovely focus on book lovers which I really enjoyed. Amanda Lovelace told a true story through her poetry and it captivated me from the very beginning. She's been through so much and expresses it so well through her words. There were many situations and circumstances that I could relate to and I'll admit that I cried more than once through the duration of this book.
I'm gonna highlight a few of my favourite poems because they're just too beautiful for words. (Excuse the doodles I made in purple pen- I like to annotate poetry books for some reason.)
Warning: this is gonna get deep. Real deep.



This one was maybe my favourite. It beautifully sums up the relationship I have with books and the love I have for all the characters I read about. And in fiction, especially YA, there are so many amazing and perfect friendships. One reason I love ACOMAF so much is because I love the Inner Circle and I yearn to have those kind of relationships in my life so much it actually hurts. So, this poem beautifully sums up the love of books but the realisation that... sometimes it's not enough.



Saturday, 16 June 2018

The Never Dawn- R. E. Palmer BOOK TALK

I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
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I was super impressed with this book! From the very first page, I was sucked into the story of intrigue and it kept me gripped until the very last page!
The Never Dawn follows Noah, a young man who works under the Earth, hoping to one day return to the surface and see the sky. But, after finding out a secret their leader has desperately tried to keep hidden, he decides to escape and find out what's really lurking on the surface. 
This book was full of great twists and turns and I'd definitely recommend it for any lovers of dystopian and sci-fi.



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I'll start with the one main issue I had with this book before going into everything properly. And it wasn't ever a major issue- just something that grated on me a little. The irritating thing was just how naive everyone was. I understand to a certain extent that they've been brainwashed all their lives to believe in the Mother but Gods, how can anyone be that that ignorant?!? When Seth came along and  started asking all these (perfectly valid) questions, I was so relieved!! Here we have a 13 year old who's smarter than everyone else! It baffles me that no one else had thought to ask these questions.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom MOVIE TALK

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I absolutely loved this movie. It exceeded my expectations by such a huge mile and I was transfixed through every single minute. 
The first movie is good, don't get me wrong, but I enjoyed this so much more! The characters were so much more fleshed out and interesting in this one and all the little annoyances I had with them had fizzled out. We were also introduced to a bunch of new characters and they were so much more entertaining than the ones in the first movie. 
The action sequences came hard and fast and they were all pretty damn epic. I lost count of the beautiful number of shots and the whole pace of the movie was fantastic. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and this is a perfect example of how sequels should be made. 

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Let's start with characters because that's what I was impressed with most.
In the first movie, I liked Claire but I didn't love her- she was a little stuck-up, spoilt and too into the financial benefits of the park. I found her to be a little annoying. But this movie changed everything. From the very beginning, she was passionate and willing to fight for the dinosaurs and she had this determination that felt really empowering. I love how strong and independent she was through this film and her choice of shoes was infinitely better than the dreaded high heels from last time.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Westworld 2x07 'Les Écorchés' TV TALK

I know I sound like a broken record by now but this episode was so amazing and maybe my favourite so far! We got lots of explanations, reveals and reunions I hadn't seen coming! It was as fast-paced as always and gripping through every single second. But what I loved most about this episode, was the monologues. The writers of this show are so talented and we had multiple monologues from different characters that just had me captivated. There were so many amazing quotes in this episode (hence why I made double the amount of edits for this episode).

TV TALKS
Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10
Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06

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Present (Bernard/Charlotte/Strand)
The scenes with Bernard, Karl Strand and Charlotte nicely bookended this episode which I really liked. And yes, that's a weird thing to appreciate but, with Westworld, it's unusual to get such a neat episode when everything's usually all over the place.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

A Court of Frost and Starlight- Sarah J. Maas BOOK TALK

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There has been major differences in opinions on this book and, honestly, I can totally understand that. ACOFAS is technically book #3.5 of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series and acts as a bridge novella between the original trilogy and the newer books set to release.
This book is great because we have all the characters we know and love but... nothing really happens. There's no plot to this novella and just seems like a series of scenes that we didn't need to see and had no relevance to anything. We didn't learn much of use and it seemed to be 200 pages of filler content. If I was being really cynical, I'd accuse it of simply being written to make money.
Despite all this, I did enjoy it but can't see myself reading it again and again to the extent I do the other books in the series. Having said that, I did read this book in one sitting because it's shockingly short for a Sarah J. Maas book.
BOOK TALKS:  ACOTAR  |  ACOMAF  |  ACOWAR


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I don't really know what to start with because nothing really happened.
I'm gonna go through the things I didn't particularly like and and then move onto the bits I loved. The positive of there being absolutely no plot to this book... I can talk about scenes in any order I want. Silver linings.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Westworld 2x06 'Phase Space' TV TALK


This episode was amazing! Westworld steps it up with each and every episode and this is maybe my favourite of the series so far. We got scenes and reunions we've been waiting for so long as well as, most importantly, returning characters!!! I'm so excited for what this means as we get to the final episodes of the series.
TV TALKS
Season 1:  1x01  |  1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06  |  1x07  |  1x08  |  1x09  |  1x10
Season 2:  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05


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Dolores/ Bernard or Arnold
We start with our familiar conversation between Dolores and... I wanna say Bernard in this one- at least, Bernard's body. Hear me out.