Friday, 23 June 2017

Game of Thrones 1x02 'The Kingsroad' TV TALK

I've forged on and, even if I'm still blanking on many names and faces at times, I'm slowly beginning to learn the ins and outs of the Houses, bloodlines and plot. It's a complex plot and storyline already but that's exciting because all the best stories are (just look at any one of Sarah J. Maas' books).

TV TALKS: 1x01


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Bran isn't actually dead! It probably isn't wise to instantly assume things- especially in shows like this- so I'll keep that in mind next time. He spends the episode in a coma of sorts but we got to see him wake up in the end and I can't wait for him to cause hell with the Lannisters!
Jon Snow decided to go the Night Watch, claiming that he wants to swear his life to them or something but, honestly, I can't see him going through with it. He's already having little doubts and I can't see him actually swearing his life to protecting the wall. Especially with Tyrion there to push those doubts- good on you, Tyrion.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Two Hundred Very Short Stories- Helen Keeling-Marston BOOK TALK

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I received a physical copy of this book from the author (a personally signed copy!) in exchange for an honest review. 

This book is one in a million... though, that means there are 7400 more of these out there... *wink*
I was surprised with this book. It definitely hit me harder than I thought it would and I appreciated it more than I ever anticipated.
Two Hundred Very Short Stories is basically what it says on the tin; a collection of two hundred short stories... It has been exactly what I needed over the past week or so as I've been storming through my exams and haven't had all the time in the world to immerse myself in a full length novel.
This collection of stories beautifully portrays life, I think. It passes over a wide range of ages, classes, ethnicities... it's just a huge celebration of life, almost, and I really appreciated the feeling and essence of life weaved throughout.
When reading these stories, I annotated the book as I read. I liked being about to track down my thought-process and reactions to the stories- it's a nice way to read along a book like this.
I wasn't expecting these stories to be as funny as they were. They were short, witty and clever. I laughed my head off at some of them because they just contained the kind of humour that I find hilarious.
But they're also super clever and deep. I'd start reading one and instantly I'd have my perspective about what the story was about. And yet, reading the last line changes everything. I loved how a certain line or word changed the whole context of the story and altered my interpretation completely. It made me re-read many of the stories just to be able to look at them at a different angle.
some of these stories had so much depth to them that I just had to put the book down and think about them for a while. It's hard for writers who write full length novels to create a genuine audience reaction, let alone a writer who's only writing a single paragraph of prose! And yet, Helen still
manages to create an impactful audience reaction in every word.
I think I liked the shorter stories the best but, in a collection like this, you're always going to prefer some more than others.
These stories reminded me a bit of the Tales of the Unexpected just because of how surprising a lot of them were! Each story had an unexpected ending or a nice little punchline to tie things up.


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One of my favourite characters- even though there were many of them, was Chai. I loved the kid! He was blunt, nerdy and when he kept popping up in multiple stories, I got a massive grin on my face!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Game of Thrones 1x01 'Winter Is Coming' TV TALK

Yes, I'm watching it.
Before, I was in the tiny percentage of the population that hadn't watched GOT but now, I'm a changed person. My brother is a total fanboy over the series and has tirelessly tried to get me to watch it.... so here we are.
The first episode impressed me a lot- if not overwhelming me a bit with all the names and places and very disturbing relationships. The show reminds me an lot of the Throne of Glass book series- different kingdoms, heirs, bloodlines trying to get their throne- so, if you like the Throne of Glass series, I'd recommend giving this a try (but let's face it, the majority of you are already watching this).


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I loved the starting sequence North of the wall with the Night Watch. The set was beautiful- the forest covered in snow- and the pacing was well done. I loved the white walkers- they reminded me so much of the Walkers in The Walking Dead that I couldn't stop the smile gracing my face. The white walkers are pretty cool.
We meet the majority the Stark family first and I like them. They seem pretty decent- especially when you compare them to some of the other bloodlines.
I also do quite like Jon Snow... which scares me a little because I have the impression that he's evil? I don't know- I may have totally misheard people when they talk about him but... I must say, he's quite nicely easy on the eyes.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Dear Evan Hansen Musical: Act 2 SOUNDTRACK REVIEW

Part 2!!!! (You can read my review of Act 1 here in case you missed it).



ACT 2
Sincerely, Me Reprise (Cut from the soundtrack) 
I hate that this was cut from the soundtrack because it is stunning! Just look it up on Youtube and, if you love Jared, you'll love this beauty of a reprise.

To Break In A Glove 
This used to be my least favourite song- I don't know why, but I just didn't care much for it. But as I've listened to it more, I love it!! I'm still not a massive fan on all of the talking (I think there's too much in this song) but it's gotten so catchy and I now can't help but smile when I hear it! It's very underrated within the musical and I think it deserves more praise.
I love how it portrays the gradual process of forming a bond- a little slow and awkward at the start but, by the end, they sing and harmonise together- a true team. Larry is the dad that Evan always wanted and Evan is the son that Larry always wanted. Their both so desperate for a father son relationship and its so evident in this!!! It's so beautiful and pure! Especially when Evan says, 'Connor was so lucky to have a dad..... a dad that cared so much.... about taking care of stuff.' Their growing love for each other is so obvious in everything they don't say.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Liebster Award 2017

What Is It?
'The Liebster Award 2017 is an award that exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.' -The Liebster Award Blog

I was so kindly nominated by Sofia over at Book Inklings- I'll link her amazing post here for you guys to check out! Thank you so much for nominating me!

Rules 
I've taken these from the Liebster Award Blog and have summarised the rules a bit but you can go here for more information on it.

1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. Display the award on your blog- include it in your posts and/or displaying it using a widget or gadget (you can find the logos on the Liebster Award Blog linked above).
3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog and provide links (mine is below).

Monday, 12 June 2017

Blood for Blood- Ryan Graudin BOOK TALK

***** (5 stars)
The surprising thing is.... normally, books like this would completely deter me. I'm not a massive fan of historical fiction, sequels following a revolution/resistance or slow burning romances. But, for some reason, I absolutely adore them in this sequel and it creates what I can safely say is my favourite ever duology (I know duologies are pretty rare but still...).
This series is set in alternate history world- one where Hitler won the war and has been ruling for ten years. In the first book, Yael played an important part of the resistance and began her mission to get close to Hitler in order to assassinate him. Yael is a kick-ass protagonist and following her though these books and seeing her character development is so rewarding- but devastating at times. Don't even get me started on the end of this book... the tears are still falling (I cried for a solid hour when reading this sequel).
This alternate history series has a cool twist of magical realism threaded throughout which makes it so much more gripping and intense and I recommend everyone to read it.
Wolf by Wolf- Ryan Graudin BOOK TALK


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I really loved the sporadic flashbacks following our three main characters, Yael, Luka and Felix (who was very much a bigger character than I ever thought he'd be).
The first flashback consisted of previous Christmas Eves.
The initial impression I got from the real Adele was that she was a selfish a spoilt bitch. She's so self-centred, just taking Felix's gift without any hesitation or thanks! Felix was a sweetheart (my opinion skewed as the book went on, though) and I couldn't believe how much he would sacrifice for such a selfish sister,
And my poor baby Luka! He was thrown out by his dad on Christmas Eve! I loved the insight into their previous lives and how that moulded them into the people they were.
I was all ready for Yael's past Christmas Eve to be the worst and... she was shot at. That's a pretty lousy Christmas.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Dear Evan Hansen Musical: Act 1 SOUNDTRACK REVIEW

I don't know what it is with American musicals, but they seem to split me open and swipe straight for the heart. I recently started listening to the Dear Evan Hansen musical soundtrack, simply fell in love with it and have been listening ever since.
I first heard the song Waving Through a Window from a Youtube cover by Thomas Sanders, Dodie Clark and Ben J. Pierce. It's such an amazing cover and got me looking into the whole soundtrack. (Link here to their video cover).
I consider this musical to be a love letter to anxiety- if that works. The story is very social media based and deals with subjects like anxiety and suicide. It's such a poignant and inspiring story, I'd definitely recommend it.

I was originally going to do the whole soundtrack in one post, but it was way too long so I've split it into Act 1 and Act 2.

(Plus, I also love that the colour scheme matches my blog so all the pictures blend in beautifully).


ACT 1

Anybody Have A Map?
I love this song- it's a great beginning to the musical. The family aspect is so prominent through this story and this mother's perspective is so nice to hear. It also makes everything so much more heart-wrenching when you compare this song to So Big/So Small or Good for You- there's such a contrast and it's incredible!

Favourite Lyric:
'I'm flying blind and I'm making this up as I go.' 

Thursday, 8 June 2017

The Vampire Diaries 8x14 'It's Been a Hell of a Ride' TV TALK

This was a seemingly very long episode. The action started very early on so the episode felt like it went on forever- which is totally a good thing, especially as the beautiful Kai Parker is in the episode.
We resolved many things in this (episode mashed up almost too quickly? Series being mashed up too quickly??) but it opens up another plot that's super exciting!!!

Elena Mentions: 11
Elena References: 4


TVD TALKS:
Season 8: 8x01 | 8x02 | 8x03 | 8x04 | 8x05 | 8x06 | 8x07 | 8x08 | 8x09 | 8x10 | 8x11 | 8x12 | 8x13

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Kai was the star of this episode for me- as he is just by being present. He's so funny- I find him endlessly hilarious. Despite him being a murderous sociopath, I will forever love him anyway. I especially appreciated him calling Stefan completely different names- it just adds to his humour.
But aside from this general and natural charisma and charm, we got a snippet of a backstory from him! We know he's a syphon Gemini twin but he made me feel super sorry for him! He was isolated when he couldn't help what he was, okay? That deserves a little pity... His whole family congratulated and fawned over Josie while they isolated and trapped him.... no wonder he got screwed up.
"Well, I chose to become a sociopath with a taste for murder and mayhem but I take it you might want to steer them in a different direction?"

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

The Rest of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness BOOK TALK

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I genuinely liked this book but I can totally understand why people wouldn't. It's hard to describe but... there wasn't really a plot but at the same time there was. I know the whole point of the concept of the book is to follow the others within a cliche novel that aren't the chosen ones but there wasn't much of a story arc within this book- we just followed a bunch of characters with issues.
So I can understand why it doesn't resonate with some people but I quite liked it. It was different and, while it will never be my favourite book, I found it interesting and refreshing.
I loved how it subtly mocked the cliche story-lines and tropes within literature- it was done in a respectful and humorous way that really worked.

I've also added some quotes that I liked throughout this post that I've personally edited- they'll get better as I get more into photography and can put nice backgrounds to the quotes, though, trust me. 


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One thing I loved about this book was the blatant mockery of cliches in literature and fiction. The headers that started each chapter were quick, funny and glorious!!! I wanted to read that actual story and it just made humour of all 'the chosen one' tropes within fiction. I loved it- they made me laugh so much.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

June Releases and TBR 2017

Warning: Very attractive upcoming releases feature in this post. Have patience; you'll get your hands on them soon enough. 

Releases:
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2)- Victoria Schwab
Now I Rise (The Conqueror's Saga #2)- Kierstin White
Once and for All- Sarah Dessin 
Midnight Jewel (The Glitter Court #2)- Richelle Mead 
Dividing Eden- Joelle Charbonneau 

I think the world is a bit overwhelmed with all the stunning releases from May so, they've let us off a bit this month- time to catch up on a lot of reading.


TBR: 
History is All You Left- Adam Silvera (Book of the Month) 
For June, Kaitlin and I have decided to read History is All You Left Me. It seemed short which is must when going into this busy month. I've actually never read an Adam Silvera book though I desperately want to read More Happy Than Not which has always looked mighty appealing to me.

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)- Cassandra Clare
This has to be one of the most anticipated YA releases of the year, Cassie Clare is always shooting out books and I am always happy to receive and read them. Lady Midnight was my favourite of hers yet so I'm super excited to get to this one,... though it may take me a while. I'lll go into this month with the best of intentions.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

The Vampire Diaries 8x13 'The Lies Will Catch Up With You' TV TALK

Another Damon Salvatore quote from Season One to title this episode- Damon's a wise one, isn't he?

I loved this episode- the good old quality TVD humour back and one of the sassiest characters also makes a reappearance which is, namely, the person that spikes up the humour scale. This episode was entertaining, funny and a pleasure to watch (as well as heartbreaking as always).

Elena Mentions 4

TVD TALKS:
Season 8: 8x01 | 8x02 | 8x03 | 8x04 | 8x05 | 8x06 | 8x07 | 8x08 | 8x09 | 8x10 | 8x11 | 8x12


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With every scene that Kai was in, I was grinning like an idiot. TVD has the sassiest villains ever and Kai is living (or dead) proof of that.
Watching him come back from hell was hilarious. Why wouldn't you come back to eat the Mystic Grill out of their food stock, kill some people and take a selfie to top it all off? That's Kai for you... #CobraKai1972

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

May Wrap Up 2017

Warning: This post contains an abysmal amount of reading (for me personally, anyway) and a love for Colleen Hoover that's positively obtuse. 

This has definitely been my worst month in terms of reading. Before, during and after Frankenstein, I fell into a massive slump that was essentially a tightly coiled ball of stress, revision, exams and... The Vampire Diaries Season 8.
Nevertheless, four books were read and I'm still on track for my yearly reading challenge (thank God for past me being preemptive).


November 9-  Colleen Hoover
*****
This was about time for a re-read because.... I only read this in December 2016! And then again in January 2017.... it was long overdue. A lot of stress and worry has been following me around this month so I really needed a pick-me-up read that I knew I loved with all my heart. And it worked! Reading this felt as easy as breathing and it felt like coming home. I love this book, these characters and Colleen Hoover. It was a great de-stress beginning to the month.
November 9- Colleen Hoover Book Talk


Frankenstein- Mary Shelley
*** 
This was a forced, felt-like-I-had-to read. and probably the reason why I fell into such a book slump this month. Don't get me wrong; I like this book, but it's just hard to read when you know it's for an exam you've got coming up- it just doesn't feel like free time.



Sunday, 28 May 2017

May Book Haul 2017

Warning: You may very well get jealous of all the amazing books featured. Reader- envy definitively likely. 
Though I didn't read much at all this month, I still bought some very pretty books. It's exam time, okay? I need to treat myself.... and my book shelf during this stressful time.

A Court of Wings and Ruin- Sarah J. Maas 
Of course this was the first book I got. I received it through the YA Chronicles subscription box that I'd ordered (unboxing link here) along with some stunning pieces of merch. This is the third and final book in the ACOTAR trilogy- though another story arc will appear in the same world with other characters in a spin-off trilogy. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a fae retelling of Beauty and the Beast, A Court of Mist and Fury follows a storyline of the Hades and Persephone and A Court of Wings and Ruin supposedly has traces of Snow White which makes me really excited... and scared.




The Dead List- Jennifer L. Armentrout 
The physical edition of this came out this month and, while I read this months ago when it was free on Wattpad, I needed to get a physical copy of this. JLA is my favourite author and all her books are stunning. The Dead List is a YA thriller/romance that has you questioning everything and everyone! I made the mistake of reading this at night, surrounded by darkness and it sure scared the crap out of me. I cant wait to give it a re-read.



Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Vampire Diaries 8x12 'What Are You?' TV TALK


We have an Elena Gilbert quote from season 1!! 'What are you?" I swear, that was in the previously for each episode for a long long time.
This episode was pretty generic.... until the end. That cliffhanger had me screaming out loud today in excitement because.... oh my God, I can't wait!
It was very flashback-ey episode and, usually that's fine but... it was centered around the Maxwell's and Matt so.... that made it substantially less interesting.

Elena Mentions: 1

TVD TALKS:
Season 8: 8x01 | 8x02 | 8x03 | 8x04 | 8x05 | 8x06 | 8x07 | 8x08 | 8x09 | 8x10 | 8x11

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The episode started greatly because instantly Alaric's here! I love Alaric so I'm always happy when he's on screen but... I hate the tension between Dalaric! They used to be my ultimate bromance but now my little heart is breaking because all they're doing is fighting and killing one another! Damn Alaric for trapping Damon when he was only trying to help his brother!!
I felt super sorry for poor Bonnie in this episode! She was in extreme grieve mode and I did a freaking double-take when Abby showed up. I forget that she even exists until she pops up every now and again!

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

It Ends With Us- Colleen Hoover BOOK TALK

*****
"My heart? Go ahead, Colleen break it into a million pieces! My sanity? Sure, take that too!" 
This is an exact quote of mine after finishing this book (though, personally, I think it can apply to all Colleen Hoover books).
This story was enlightening, earth-shattering and so very important for so very many reasons. I don't want to go too far into depth about what this book is about because I think it's best to go in blind as you get to experience all of the.... painful things as a surprise. What I will tell you is that it is extremely hard-hitting and we follow a very dynamic set of characters.
I can't find the words to do this story justice but I do know that everyone has to pick up this beauty of a book. You'll thank me later.





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This book started out a lot happier than the end and it went a lot darker than I was expecting- meaning it hit me right in the feels when I wasn't expecting it- meaning it hurt even more than usual.
I loved how Ryle and Lily met. It was cute, flirty and in that moment, I fell in love with Ryle. Hard. Which, again, made everything more painful in the long run.
Lily's eulogy was epic- savage, yes- but completely epic nonetheless. It established an instant like towards her and how sassy, stubborn and fierce she was.
On the night of their meeting, we introduced the concept of a naked truth and I just love that.The idea is so necessary in today's society and this premise became so important in their relationship and their future- it threaded through the book beautifully.
When first reading Ryle's character in this opening sequence, I related to him so much. I'm very career orientated and often wonder whether I'm too selfish and success-orientated to have kids. It was just nice to see that idea (worry?) put down on paper.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

The Walking Dead 3x10 'Home' TV TALK

This was a very dramatic and hard-hitting episode which I liked for the most part- though some moments very much pulled on the ol' heart strings. I love seeing the development of each and every character every episode- this series is so beautifully character based and I think it works so well.
I absolutely loved the end of this episode- it was such an epic, throw-your-hands-up-in-triumph moment (trust me, I actually did that), and it finished off the episode stunningly.




TWD TV TALKS:
Season 1: | 1x01 1x02 | 1x03 | 1x04 | 1x05 | 1x06
Season 2: | 2x01 | 2x02 | 2x03 | 2x04 | 2x05 | 2x06 | 2x07 | 2x08 2x09 | 2x10 | 2x11 | 2x12 | 2x13
Season 3: | 3x01 | 3x02 | 3x03 | 3x04 | 3x05 | 3x06 | 3x07 | 3x08 | 3x09


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Rick is having some serious issues; he's hallucinating Lori and my heart bleeds for him! We don't even have Daryl to comfort him. One thing I love though (and I truly freaking love and appreciate it) is how Rick told Hershel that he was hallucinating and that he had a problem. Too often in TV shows- in fiction- the protagonist keeps these things to himself and then slowly withdraws into crazy town. We can't overcome your problem, if you don't tell anyone about it so thank you so much Rick for having the sense to tell Hershel- because now we can help you!! My respect for this show went up about 10 notches (and by 10, I mean 10 thousand).
The Governor is being funny- and totally not in a humorous way. I don't completely believe that he wants Andrea to lead... and damn him for lying about leaving her friends alone and then coming straight up to the prison to slaughter them. F you, mate.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Greek Mythology Book TAG

You can tell who my favourite God is...
Due to extreme busy-ness, I needed a filler post until I can bring myself to finish my giant review of It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover. So.... Tag Time it is!!!
You may not know, but I freaking love Greek Mythology. I love reading retellings of the Gods (e.g. The Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout/ Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan). The Gods are always super sassy and fun in these books so I'm definitely up for doing a book tag all about them!
I first saw this tag over at Readers and More, so I'll link their post in case you want to check it out!

Zeus- God of the Sky and Thunder- Favourite book
At the moment, I stand at A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (no shocks there, then). But when the sequel comes out.... I may change it to that one.
ACOMAF- Sarah J. Maas Book Talk

Poseidon- God of the Seas- Book that drowned you in feels 
Winter- Marissa Meyer
This finale was everything a finale needs to be. Going at 800 pages, it had everything it needed and watching all the previous books and characters coming together into a massive, epic finale.... gave me some feels alright.
Winter- Marissa Meyer Book Talk

Hades- God of the Underworld- Favourite book with a dark and ominous plot 
We Were Liars- E. Lockhart
That's one of the main things I loved about this book. It was so eerie and dark- a creepy, mysterious and dreamy plot mixed with a deep and ominous plot.
We Were Liars- E. Lockhart Book Talk
We Were Liars- E. Lockhart Further Discussion

Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Walking Dead 3x09 'The Suicide King' TV TALK

I loved this episode but it played with my emotions a lot. No surprises there, am I right?
A lot is happening and all the characters are beginning to join together and find out about each other's existence which is exciting!!! A very particular thing happened in this episode that I'm not happy about but I'm 100% sure that it will resolve itself soon enough (it will just be painful until that time comes).


TWD TV TALKS:
Season 1: | 1x01 1x02 | 1x03 | 1x04 | 1x05 | 1x06
Season 2: | 2x01 | 2x02 | 2x03 | 2x04 | 2x05 | 2x06 | 2x07 | 2x08 2x09 | 2x10 | 2x11 | 2x12 | 2x13
Season 3: | 3x01 | 3x02 | 3x03 | 3x04 | 3x05 | 3x06 | 3x07 | 3x08


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I have never hated the Governor more than I have in the moment where he tried to get Merle and Daryl fight to the death. They're brothers, you sick git!! And I was nearly flipping my shit when they brought the Walkers in! No one is to hurt my beautiful Daryl!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

The Hamilton Book TAG

I haven't the foggiest idea why it took me this long to do the Hamilton tag when I have loved Hamilton for a good year and a half. Better late than never, I suppose. The original of this tag was done on Maureen Keavy's Booktube channel so I'll link her video in case you want to give it a watch. I originally saw the tag on Christine Riccio's channel, Polandbananasbooks, so I'll also link that- I'd definitely recommend giving it a watch.

What time is it? Showtime!

1. The Room Where it Happens: Book world you would put yourself in.
The Covenant series- Jennifer L. Armentrout
Of course Harry Potter is the obvious choice but I would also kill to be Hematoi and fight alongside kick-ass Alex and the rest of the Army of Awesome.

2. The Schuyler Sisters: Underrated Female Character
Cress- The Lunar Chronicles- Marissa Meyer
Cress may be super shy and awkward but she's also unbelievably cute and... a genius! She's so underrated because she's the most intelligent person ever and she needs recognition for it. Work! The crew wouldn't achieve anything without her- I don't know how they managed in the first two books.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The YA Chronicles || ACOWAR Subscription Box

In all my life (all sixteen year of it, can you believe!!!), I've never had a book subscription box but this month, my favourite book's sequel came out and I couldn't resist getting a box solely dedicated to it's release.
The majority of the things featured have spoilers to the second book A Court of Mist and Fury so move forward at you own peril!! I'll have a spoiler warning up just to remind you.
I'll link the YA Chronicles website here in case you want to check out any future boxes or past boxes that you get yourself!

ACOTAR Ribbon Bookmark by Charmedfiction on Etsy 
This is super cute- it's a ribbon bookmark with charms on either end of a star and a pair of wings with roses on them. I love it so much and it's currently hanging over my copy ACOWAR on my shelf.
A Large Quote Pin designed by Evie Bookish on Redbubble 
This pin has an ACOWAR quote but it's nothing spoilery so I figured it was okay.



ACOMAF SPOILERS AHEAD- DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVEN'T READ ACOMAF-
Now for the good stuff...

Saturday, 6 May 2017

The Struggle- Jennifer L. Armentrout BOOK TALK


*****
I can't believe that this is my first JLA review online! She's my favourite ever author and I read her books for the first time before even creating this blog- hence why I have no book talks. JLA is the author of some of my favourite series, namely; The Lux series, The Covenant series and The Titan series as well as many other series and standalones. She's amazing, guys, trust me- her books kick- ass with their sass levels and action. Plus.... a lot of fit men.
The Struggle is the third book in the Titan series- a spin off of The Covenant series following certain characters (aka.. all the characters but focusing on a different pair). You do have to read the Covenant series before diving into these ones but.... trust me, every book is worth it. The Titan series is a new adult series as opposed to the Covenant being Young Adult so there are some slight differences in the way it's written but still totally awesome. Don't be swayed by the cheesy romance covers- they're so much more!! JLA has the best writing style out there- it's the funniest prose I've ever encountered.
This world is centred around the Greek Gods etc. and it's just sooooo gooood!! Get to reading. Now!




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The first thing I think I should mention is the thing about these books that give me the most joy and happiness in the world: Luke and Deacon. I have never read such a perfect couple that literally define the word 'adorable' with such humour, finesse and fabulousness as they do (and I know fabulousness isn't really a word but Luke and Deacon own it).
Every scene they show up in has me perpetually grinning and, I swear, I need a novella or book about these two as much as I need physical air to breathe.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

The Vampire Diaries 8x11 'You Made a Choice to Be Good' TV TALK

We had a few plot holes in this episode but... what's TVD without a few dodgy plot flaws! This series isn't perfect- *cough cough* beyond convenient timings- but instead of irking me, it just makes me laugh. You gotta love this show.
Beware: my sarcasm in the following review is a little overkill...

Elena Mentions: 15



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Cade had a nice little convo with an unsuspecting Bonnie! Isn't he sweet?!
Stefan sure didn't stay locked up long- about as long as Sybil was. I thought we were going to have a nice humanity switch session- damn Cade for getting around so sneakily. How does Cade get around so quick anyway? Can he just... disapparate to where he wants to go? Guess there are some perks to being the Devil.
Oh, look! A time capsule! How completely pointless yet strangely convenient for the plot! We find a random cipher code thingy and, what are the chances! That's important for exactly what we need in this episode! Sometimes life is just a perfect coincidence, am I right? Th only cute thing we got out of it was Caroline's adorable letter to herself.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

May Releases and TBR 2017

Releases:
A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3)- Sarah J. Maas
THIS IS NOT A DRILL! THE SEQUEL TO MY FAVOURITE BOOK COMES OUT THIS MONTH! AND I CAN'T READ IT UNTIL I FINISH EXAMS AT THE END OF JUNE! HOW CAN I POSSIBLY WAIT!?
Alex and Eliza- Melissa De La Cruz 
Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)- Cassandra Clare
The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo #2)- Rick Riordan
Release- Patrick Ness
Sons of Ares- Pierce Brown
Girlhood- Cat Clarke





TBR: 
The Rest of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness (Book of the Month)
In the need for a quick and short read, Kaitlin and I have chosen this book for this month's read. I've heard mixed reviews so I'm interested to see what it's all about.

Girlhood- Cat Clarke
I actually received a digital ARC of this book last month and I'm super excited because Cat Clarke has written one of my favourite books, Undone. This book has an interesting premise and I love the little tag line that comes on the cover of the book: Sugar and spice and scars for life. 

Saturday, 29 April 2017

April Wrap Up 2017

It was a month of re-reads this month- bar a couple at the end of the month. Great quality as well! Many five star books that I'd definitely recommend! I read 10 books this month!!! I don't know where I find the time, honestly.

Half-Blood (Covenant #1)- Jennifer L. Armentrout (Re-read)
*****
This was an ultimate re-read for me- it's one of my favourite series ever and it's the first ever JLA book I ever read- holding sentimental value to me because of that. This series has the best and sassiest characters you will ever meet and each book gets better and better.



Pure (Covenant #2)- JLA (Re-read)
*****

Lo and behold, this book just got better. This series is so captivating and is so funny! JLA creates the most likeable characters and her prose is so humorous! I fly through these books so quickly (even when I've read them three times and know exactly what happens) because they are simply some of the best fantasy, Greek mythology books out there- eat your heart out, Percy Jackson.




Friday, 28 April 2017

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Chloe

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Writing Diary #9- I Get By with a Little Help from my... Brother

Side note: Previous Writing Diaries will be linked below this post in case you missed any! 

As well as my novel that I've recently finished the second draft for, I've had an idea for another and have started an extensive plan for the first book (I'm calling this Project Prophecy). With my first novel, I didn't have much of it planned and went where the story took me but for Project Prophecy, I'm planning it all to a tee.
And I'm feeling so buzzed!! I've been a little down lately and a little creatively dissatisfied as I've had nothing to work on but.... now I'm super excited!
I've just had a 'meeting' discussion with my brother over the full timeline of my new story and all the details and I'm super happy with the outcome! Talking to Ryan (I feel like I've mentioned my brother enough that I can use move to first-name basis on here), has opened... a fountain of possibilities, if you will, and suddenly I have so many great ideas that will work really well!!

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

April Book Haul 2017

Only a few books but quality definitely takes place of quantity this month!

The Struggle (Titan #3)- Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Struggle came out this month and, obviously, I had to instantly get it and add it to my beautiful JLA collection. The Titan series is a spin-off to the Covenant series (one of my favourites out there) and I'd definitely recommend reading the Covenant series first. We follow mainly old characters with a few new here and there and it's so good!! I've already read this, have a review coming up soon and it was so amazing! Exactly what I would expect from JLA!
Don't be put off by the cheesy romance covers- these books are epic!!







It Ends With Us- Colleen Hoover
This was a spur of the moment buy off Amazon and, having literally just finished the book, I'm so happy I did!!! This is such a heart-hitting book and it completely took me by surprise. Having purchased it, I instantly began reading and... couldn't stop. I won't lie- there were tears and very very ugly crying but.... this book was just indescribable.




Monday, 24 April 2017

The Walking Dead 3x08 'Made to Suffer' TV TALK

This episode was super humorous, entertaining and bad-ass!! We meet a few new faces in this one and lots of things are happening!!!! Lots and lots of exciting things!
Honestly, there's not much I can say in non-spoiler sections this far into the show but, if you haven't for some reason looked into watching this show, I beg you to try it. You'll thank me for it later!


TWD TV TALKS:
Season 1: | 1x01 1x02 | 1x03 | 1x04 | 1x05 | 1x06
Season 2: | 2x01 | 2x02 | 2x03 | 2x04 | 2x05 | 2x06 | 2x07 | 2x08 2x09 | 2x10 | 2x11 | 2x12 | 2x13
Season 3: | 3x01 | 3x02 | 3x03 | 3x04 | 3x05 | 3x06 | 3x07

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We start the episode with new characters which is cool and everything but... all I really care about is our own group at the moment. We meet Tyreese, Sasha, Ben, Allen and Donna- the latter three probably destined to die by the end of the season... oh, look. Donna kicked the bucket already. Way to go Donna! One down, two to go.
Watching Andrea act all lovey-dovey with the Governor is sickening. It's the cringiest thing and it makes me want to sock Andrea over the head for being so blind!
And then, the Governor goes to his daughter and sings a lullaby to her! He's purely delusional and God help us all if he doesn't die ASAP.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

My Life in Books TAG

I first saw this done by the girls over at PS. I Love That Book and I decided to give it a try. I'll link their post here if you'd like to give it a read!
I wanted to do a quick and easy post this week so... enjoy!  


1. Find a book for each of your initials. 
C- Cress- Marissa Meyer  
H- Heir of Fire- Sarah J. Maas


2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?
Only the Good Spy Young- Ally Carter


Thursday, 20 April 2017

Writing Diary #8- Stressy Self-doubt Struggles

I wish, Caroline
Side note: All the previous Writing  Diaries will be linked under this post in case you missed any! 

I know my book isn't great- far from it. But I'm having a serious slump at the moment. Which is normal.
I think.
Before printing my novel for my first beta reader to see, I wanted to go through it one last time for a quick proof read. I know full well that the first half of my book isn't great and that it gets better throughout but.... reading those first few chapters is so depressing and shoves so much self-doubt into me.
I read a good four chapters- took me about 40 minutes- and... nothing had happened!!! It was all terrible descriptors and pointless introductions and the thought of someone other than me reading it is shameful!!!

The next day
I've read up to chapter 9 now and...I'm feeling so down! The writing is awful, the characters are unrealistic, the relationships are way too quick, there's no grip to the story and the dialogue is flat.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

A Monster Calls ADAPTATION TALK

Based off the novel by Patrick Ness, this was a great adaptation and impressively accurate to the original works. I was really impressed by the quality of the film and the casting was on point in my opinion. It isn't a ridiculously long book anyway, so it was surely easier to fit in everything from the book and keep true to the plot.
This isn't exactly a happy movie and is definitely a tear-jerker so... if you're looking for a classic rom-com, I'd suggest looking elsewhere, This story is about a boy fighting the truth and coming to terms with what's going on around him. It's a very eye-opening story and I'd certainly recommend it- though, obviously, I'd suggest reading the book first if you haven't. 
I also have an A Monster Calls Book Talk which I'll link in case you missed it. 

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First things first, the one thing I have to rave about is how damn beautiful this production was. The cinematography was stunning all throughout and I loved the use of watercolours in the story segments- it added a dreamy and imaginative feel that was spot on to how the book felt.
I loved how the monster was portrayed in the movie- it was pretty much exact to how I imagined him. Liam Neeson was the perfect voice for the monster- I can't imagine anyone else doing it as well.
The story was beautifully paced and it was great to see the book faithfully portrayed.
It was definitely sad at the end and I loved how they alluded at the end about Conor's mum possibly knowing the monster too.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to comment your thoughts! Stay amazing!
Chloe 

Sunday, 16 April 2017

The Walking Dead 3x07 'When the Dead Come Knocking' TV TALK

This was a very stressful episode to watch- lots of terrible things are happening to beautiful characters and it's so difficult to watch all the pain!!! Why can't we just go back to happily singing around campfires??
I went through many emotions in not a lot of time and, frankly, was a bit hysterical by the end.
But I suppose that's a good thing- I would never ask for anything less.



TWD TV TALKS:
Season 1: | 1x01 1x02 | 1x03 | 1x04 | 1x05 | 1x06
Season 2: | 2x01 | 2x02 | 2x03 | 2x04 | 2x05 | 2x06 | 2x07 | 2x08  2x09 | 2x10 | 2x11 | 2x12 | 2x13
Season 3: | 3x01 | 3x02 | 3x03 | 3x04 | 3x05 | 3x06


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I love how we started with a little reunion with Carol and the group! Her hugging Rick and finding out about Lori was a total tear-jerker and it was a punch in the gut to realise that Carol would essentially be the baby's mother figure now.
But, to more important things... where was the Daryl/Carol hug? Yeah, he carried her back to safety but where was that hug?!? We didn't have nearly enough Daryl in this episode.
Michonne was 'welcomed' to the group in this episode but it was more like a reluctant acceptance on Rick's part. The only reason she's still there is because she knows where they've taken Glenn and Maggie.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Writing Diary #7- Finishing the Second Draft

Previous Writing Diaries will be linked blow this post in case you missed any!

It's been a long time coming but, here I am!!!
The second draft of my novel is finally finished!!!

Current Status:
278 pages
134,600 words (exactly!)

I've been working on the second draft since January and, for some reason, during the last month, I've become an editing machine and have been racing through the final half of my book in lightening speed. All I wanted to do is edit and I got through a good three chapters a day- it was a physical need! 
But, for me, that was great. I've always worried that I wouldn't have the motivation and determination to be a writer- that's always been my main doubt. I'd never considered myself as being a workaholic because I love my free time too much- could never imagine myself staying up late to finish a chapter but now... I am that workaholic- that person that stays up late because they just itch to write. And I'm so unbelievably happy and proud of that. 
Let's hope it continues that way. 

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness BOOK TALK

Sidenote: Notice how I posted this at exactly 12.07....... I'm so proud of my ingenuity that it's sad.
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After much recommendation from Kaitlin @ Liber Amoris, I finally read this book and not long after watched the movie adaptation (stay tuned for that review). It was definitely a short read so, if you're desperate to power through your reading challenge for the year, this is a solid starter.
The one thing I really loved about this book was the unique perspective of a child (though, I completely acknowledge that the protagonist is literally only three years younger than me). It felt like he was younger than thirteen so...
This story hit a bit close to home but I think that, in the long run, it made me appreciate it and relate to it a lot more. So, I don't know if that was a good thing or a bad thing...



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The part I loved most about this book were the twisted stories that the monster told- I love tales that alter your whole perception of things and really get you thinking. They reminded me a bit of the ones included in We Were Liars which gave it a nice and eerie feel for me.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The Vampire Diaries 8x10 'Nostalgia's a Bitch' TV TALK

Nostalgia is definitely a bitch. That's what we established in this episode. This is a Damon Salvatore quote from season one said to Anna (ahhh- remember Anna? I loved her) and it's fits perfectly for this episode. I'm super impressed with all the chosen quotes for these episodes- I look forward to them as much as the actual show content.

SHOCKER!! NO ELENA MENTIONS TODAY!





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That Violet girl didn't last very long at all!! I knew she'd end up dead but not in the first three minutes of the next episode!
Of course Damon would trap himself inside his own head until he could forgive Stefan. It's typical Damon to go all brooding now that his humanity's back.
I love that Caroline and Bonnie both had to forgive Damon- it shows a lot of promise for their future relationships. I also love the fact that we see Damon's thoughts. We find out what he blames himself for (namely Vicki and Tyler etc).
And we got to see old characters! I wasn't as bothered with Tyler (we only saw him a while ago) but seeing Vicki and Liz was super nice.
It was such a big thing for Caroline to see her mum and Bonnie to see Grams again. Although, I feel kinda bad for Caroline because her mum starts freaking torturing her whilst Bonnie has a nice cup of tea with her Grams. Some people are just spoiled, am I right?

Monday, 10 April 2017

GALLERY OPENING!!!

I've decided to make a page on this blog that's purely dedicated to having a collection of photos on it. So far, there is a collection of when me and Kaitlin went to meet Rachel Caine in March 2016 (it's doesn't feel that long ago!!) and one of our more recent trips- a cosplay adventure when Katniss Everdeen met Emma Carstairs. All of those collections are available for you to look at now so, if you click the link at the top of this blog, you can check them out!

Each collection has a brief overview and for a full page of all the photos, you can click on the 'SEE MORE' link for each collection. I'd really appreciate anyone looking at them- they took a long time and I'm really pleased with the outcome!

In the future, I hope to add to it and end up having a nice montage of memories to look back at in the future,
Future collection will include further Cosplay Adventures and I may also add a section for when I see Hamilton at the West End next year! But, with each new collection, I'll create a normal blog post to tell you guys about it (just so you don't miss anything).

Thanks for reading! feel free to comment your thoughts! Stay amazing!
Chloe

Sunday, 9 April 2017

The Walking Dead 3x06 'Hounded' TV TALK

I loved this episode (no surprises there, then). I'm so excited that certain characters are beginning to meet and find out that others are still alive. We had a lovely little reunion and it poses very very interesting plot lines for the future.





TWD TV TALKS:
Season 1: | 1x01 1x02 | 1x03 | 1x04 | 1x05 | 1x06

Season 2: | 2x01 | 2x02 | 2x03 | 2x04 | 2x05 | 2x06 | 2x07 | 2x08  2x09 | 2x10 | 2x11 | 2x12 | 2x13

Season 3: | 3x01 | 3x02 | 3x03 | 3x04 | 3x05

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This was another very hard episode for Rick's character. He was in a really bad place and that shone through in his screen time- darkening the show even more.
I was instantly wary of the 'people' on the phone. Rick was not in a good place and it was very sketchy from the beginning that they knew specific things about Rick and the group. I like how it turned out to be a hallucination of former group members- Amy, Jim and Jacqui. I'm surprised I didn't recognise their voices earlier.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Boxing Up Books NOT-TECHNICALLY-UNHAUL

I recently re-organised my bookshelves. Yay! But the problem is, I don't have enough room to fit the hundreds of books in my collection. Because of this, I've decided to box up some books (I'm not getting rid of any!!!) for various reasons- listed below. I managed to whittle it down to roughly 50 books.
This means that, when I'm older and have my own house and loads of room for books (I hope), I can bring these books out again to their rightful place on my shelves. For now, they're just hibernating for a while.
Even after they were all gone, I still barely have enough room on my shelves!!!! A Bookshelf Tour will hopefully be up soon- as soon as I can bring myself to do it.
So, to do them justice, I'm doing an unhaul of sorts with all the books I'm boxing up. Let's get started.

Books I didn't overly love:
Fallen- Lauren Kate
Torment- Lauren Kate
Passion- Lauren Kate
Fallen in Love- Lauren Kate
Rapture- Lauren Kate
The Martian- Andy Weir
Lament- Maggie Steifvater
The Game of Love and Death- Malorie Brockenrough
Hush Hush- Becca Fitzpatrick
Crescendo- Becca Fitzpatrick
Silence- Becca Fitzpatrick
Finale- Becca Fitzpatrick
The Good, The Bad and The Dumped- Jenny Colgan
Devil's Bargain- Rachel Caine
Shiver- Maggie Steifvater
Linger- Maggie Steifvater
Forever- Maggie Stiefvater
An Abundance of Katherine's- John Green
Looking for Alaska- John Green
This Is What Happy Looks Like- Jennifer E. Smith
Bodyguard: Hostage- Chris Bradford
All Fall Down- Ally Carter


Friday, 7 April 2017

Cosplay Adventures #1 with Kaitlin!!!

In honour of World Book Day 2017, I partnered up with Kaitlin @ Liber Amoris to overcome public anxiety and showcase our book pride in the name of reading... and look awesome whilst doing it!





Starring (drum roll, please):
Kaitlin as Katniss Everdeen
Chloe as Emma Carstairs 

Kailtin as Katniss Everdeen                                         Chloe as Emma Carstairs