O.W.L.s Magical Read-a-Thon TBR

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It’s the most magical time of the year as it’s time for the first instalment of the 2020 Magical Read-a-thon, and it’s fair to say that I am beyond excited! I’ve been re-watching all the films in preparation. This is my first time participating and I’m already so impressed and amazed at all the resources and creativity behind this reading event, so I want to say a HUGE thank you to G over at The Book Roast for all of her hard work! It’s not too late to join so I’ll leave a link to the website here, where you’ll be able to find all the reading prompts and wizarding careers.

The magical read-a-thon is a month long reading event that celebrates the magical universe J.K Rowling has created and the love of reading. The read-a-thon has two main events: the Ordinary Wizarding Level Exams and the Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, two of the main exams that Hogwarts must sit during their time at Hogwarts. The read-a-thon is designed to mimic these exams in a creatively fun and reading manner by associating different subjects with various reading challenges. The first read-a-thon for the O.WL.s takes place in the month of April, whilst N.E.W.T.s happen during the month of August. Your results and success in the O.W.L.s also contribute to your N.E.W.T.s which in turn determine your chosen wizarding career.

I’d love to know if you’re participating this year and all about your chosen career and TBR, so please leave a link in the comments below!

Anyway, let me reveal my chosen careers and my ambitious TBR!

Auror (5 O.W.L.s)

The profession of an Auror has always fascinated me, and has been shown throughout the series to be such an adventurous, dangerous and intense job! I’m ready for the challenge, so bring it on!

Charms – Lumos Maxima: A Book with a White Cover 

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. It’s taken me almost two years to read this book so I’m hoping that the pressures of meeting my reading/career targets will finally motivate me to read this book!

Herbolgy – Mimbulus Mimbletonia: Title Starting with M

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, I know this doesn’t start with M, but there is a M in the title and there is a book in the series that starts with M? I found it really hard to find a book I wanted to read that started with M, if you’ve got any recommendations then please let me know!

Potions – Shrinking Solution: Read a Book Under 150 Pages

Chéri by Collette. This was our March book of the month for my Reading Between the Wines book club and I plan to read this at the start of the read-a-thon before our group FaceTime catch up!

Transfiguration – Animagus: A Book/Series that Includes Shapeshifting

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer or Socery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.

Defence Against The Dark Arts – Grindylows: A Book Set Sea

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch or The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern. I’m torn between which book I want to read as both sound really good, this is definitely my favourite prompt!

 

Hogwarts Professor (7 O.W.L.s)

McGonagall and Lupin are some of my favourite Hogwarts Professor’s so I’d love to follow in their footsteps and be Head of Gryffindor House and an Defence Against the Dark Arts Professor!

Care of Magical Creatures – Hippogriffs: A Creature with a Beak on the Cover

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater or King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. The Raven Boys have been on my radar for a while now, I remember starting it but can’t recall why I stopped reading? As for King of Scars, Leigh Bardugo is one of my all time favourite authors and I can’t resit a bit of Nikolai!

History of Magic – Witch Hunts: A Book Featuring Witches/Wizards

Truthwitch by Susan Denard/ Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Both of these book have been on my TBR for ages, so hopefully that will help motivate me!

Astronomy – Night Classes: Read a Book When it’s Dark Outside

Legendary by Stephanie Garber. Another book that I’ve been going on about for months and now is the perfect time to finally cross it off my TRB list.

Also, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Charms, Transfiguration and Potions (above TBR)

 

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Arithmacy – Balance Opposites: Read Something Outside Your Favourite Genre

Normal People by Sally Rooney. I think this is going to be our Reading Between The Wines book for April as I’ve heard nothing but good things about it and I’ve been really craving a unique love story.

Potions – Shrinking Solution: Read a Book Under 150 Pages

The Grownup by Gillan Flynn. I was really struggling to find something short to read until I found this one! I loved Gone Girl so I’m hoping that this book has that same intricate and mysterious feel to it.

Transfiguration – Animagus: A Book/Series that Includes Shapeshifting

Either A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer or Socery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson.

My Recent NetGalley Requests – March 2020

You may be thinking, why on earth is she requesting and wishing for books when her TBR is never-ending and her current reading performance isn’t proving successful? Well, the answer is simply that I couldn’t resist and plus there’s no harm in wishing for books, you never know I might get lucky!

For those who don’t know Net Galley is a service that enables publishers and authors to upload books to its website prior to publication and allows “professional readers,” such as reviewers, to request copies. It’s a great platform which helps readers like you and me discover new authors, genres and adventures. It’s not guaranteed that your request will be approved but if you maintain a good and prompt feedback score then odds will be more in your favour!

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi – I found the first book in this series on my kindle a while back after reading all the reviews on Goodreads, it looks like i’m seriously missing out on an action-packed adventure. Someone I follow on Goodreads described it as a mix of Six of Crows and National Treasure (2004) so I’m hyped!

Before You Go by Tommy Butler – I don’t know what drew me to this book, but something did and I’m so glad as this sounds like such a beautifully deep and insightful read that explores the ache and wonder of being human and the quest for a meaningful life.

Forged in Fire and Stars by Andrea Robertson – The synopsis described this as a combination of Game of Thrones and Ember in the Ashes and I’m already sold! I’m a sucker for the classic ‘regaining the throne’ trope, so I might give this one a read.

Again Again by E. Lockhart – I’m still not over E. Lockhart’s We Were Liars, so it’s fair to say that I’ve got high expectations for this book. After a near-fatal family catastrophe and an unexpected romantic upheaval, Adelaide Buchwald finds herself catapulted into a summer of wild possibility, during which she will fall in and out of love a thousand times—while finally confronting the secrets she keeps, her ideas about love, and the weird grandiosity of the human mind.

The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning – This cover is stunning (Charlie Bowater you are a legend) and that title is everything! Inspired by The Princess Bride, this book follows Princess Amarande who is given an ultimatum: Marry the leader of one of the four neighboring kingdoms, or lose her crown. But Amarande was raised to be a warrior and nothing will stop her from saving her beloved and her kingdom.

Of Silver and Shadow by Jennifer Gruenke – Both the cover and the synopsis look great! It’s got everything I love in it, a rebellion, outlawed magic and of course a bit of healthy competition.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas – This book has been all over my socials so when I saw that it was available to ‘wish for’ on NetGalley, I couldn’t click that button fast enough. Let’s all pray to the book gods, because this sounds like such a unique and refreshing fantasy read!

February Wrap Up and March TBR

 

In my last post I predicted that February wasn’t going to be a great reading month after the success of January, and it’s fair to say that I jinxed it. I’m going to blame it on that fact that February is the shortest month of the year and that those two additional days of reading would have made a big impact! So after the disaster that was February, I’m going to try extra hard to read as many books as possible, wish me luck!

February Wrap Up

  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion – Didion has the ability to capture an audiences attention and delve deep into introspective thought and intrigue with her writing and it is truly fascinating. The moments she shares are so beautifully crafted to create a collection of fascinating essays.
  • Scythe by Neil Schusterman – It’s fair to say that this book lives up to all the hype its received and I want to thank everyone who kept encouraging me to read it, I loved it. The whole concept of choosing who dies is fascinatingly scary yet clever and I’m looking forward to where the rest of the series take us.

March TBR

  • Thundercloud by Neil Schusterman – I wasn’t planning on picking this book up next but I couldn’t resist especially after that ending!
  • Truthwitch by Susan Denard – Another series I’ve heard a lot good things about and recently I’ve really been craving some fantasy so hopefully this will satisfy my reading needs! I was meant to read this last month but like I said I got distracted!
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I mentioned this book in my 7 Books I Want to Re-Read post and again its a series that’s been on my mind (and TBR) for a while. I remember absolutely adoring this series when I first read it, I just hope that I love it as much now.
  • Chéri by Colette – This is our Reading Between the Wines book of the month and I’m super excited as I love a bit of Colette!

 

7 Books I Want To Re-Read This Year

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I’ve never really been one for re-reading books as I narrow-mindedly didn’t see the point of reading a book if you already knew what was going to happen, but after having to re-read a lot of books at university, its fair to say that my mind has been changed. By re-reading a book you notice little details and links that you didn’t the first time round and are able to truly appreciate the authors clever plot twists, subtle hints and intricate storylines! Admittedly there are few books on this list that have totally escaped me and I can barely remember what happened in them, but there are also a few favourites which I want to enjoy all over again. Let me know if you have any re-reads on your TBR in the comments below!

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard –  Years ago this was one of my favourite new series, I remember the epic concept, the loveable characters and of course that ending! But aside from that I don’t remember much else and I’m almost beginning to miss it! I don’t even remember why I stopped reading this series? I blame my HUGE TBR pile!

Eagle in the Sky by Wilbur Smith – This is one of my all-time favourite books and really want to suggest it to my book club, but I feel like I need to re-read it just in case things have changed! Plus it’s been years since I read it and I’m a lot older, I just really hope I still love it as much as I currently do!

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – I totally forgot that I had this book! Everyone continues to rave about how epic this series is and I really want to get back on the bandwagon. I remember the world budding being really intense and heavy, so maybe this is a read for quite day when my brain isn’t so frazzled!

Shadow and Bone/Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – With the filming of the TV adaptation currently taking place in Budapest, I feel that it’s only right that I re-read this series and re-fresh my memory.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Another book that I absolutely adore and want to re-read just for the magical reading experience. Morgenstern includes every element you’d want in a book, a whirlwind romance, a beguiling mystery and peculiar characters that drive the story. If you haven’t read it yet then I highly suggest that you add it to your TBR!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – When I first read this book I didn’t love it as much as everyone else, but then fast forward two books later and this has become one of my favourite series ever! I think I rushed reading it last time because I was so excited for a new Sarah J Maas series, so this time I’m going to truly appreciate the reading experience and take things a bit slower.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling – I got to study the first book for a module at university which was certainly an experience. On the one hand it was great exploring different elements and applying literary movements to the text but there were times when some analysis ruined my innocent perception of a beloved childhood adventure (for example the phallic symbolism behind Harry’s wand!). Anyway, I’ve never re-read the rest of the series and I’m ready for some more magic in my life.

The Ultimate Book Tag

I can’t resit a good book tag and it’s been a while since I did one! If you’ve done this book tag then please leave a link to your post in the comments as I love reading other peoples answers! And if you haven’t done this post then I’m tagging YOU!

Do you get sick while reading in the car?

All the time and its so frustrating! I’m not a fan of audiobooks either so those long journeys are usually just spent listening to music instead of reading.

Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Laini Taylor and Jay Kristoff’s writing style are both heavily detailed and filled beautifully with intricate and unique metaphors that come to life on the page.

Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Hands down Harry Potter!

a) It’s a classic and magical adventure loved by all ages and one which continues to play such an important role in my life.

b) It’s characters and world building are both so detailed and unique, Twilight doesn’t even come close.

c) The films!

Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?

I tend to carry a book in my handbag but I really want a nice book jacket to keep them protected!

Do you smell your books?

I don’t actively go out of my way to smell my books but when I get a new book I can’t resit and have to give it a quick sniff!

Books with or without little illustrations?

I don’t think it makes a difference. I do think illustrations are a unique and added extra that can sometimes enhance a reading experience but they’re not a necessity.

What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

I had to study The Hunger Games in my first year of university and after lots of analysis and re-reads, I ended up not loving it as much as I used to. I still think the entire concept and characters are brilliant but writing just ins’t as good as I remembered it to be.

Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

I’m trying to think of something funny but nothing is coming to me? The only book I really remember reading when I was a child was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I remember being super proud of myself when I finished it as had over 600 pages.

What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Daisy Miller by Henry James. It was a book I studied for my American Literature module at university and is only about 80 pages long!

What is the thickest book on your shelf?

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy which has over 1200 pages! One day I’ll read it, but that day isn’t any time soon!

Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I do write a little bit, I’ve got all these ideas in my head and lots of unfinished drafts on my laptop. I see it more as a hobby than anything serious as I know how extremely competitive the publishing industry is! Maybe one day…

When did you get into reading?

I’ve always loved reading even when I was younger. I remember staying up late and reading under the duvet cover with a torch!

What is your favourite classic book?

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott! I adore this story and its heartwarmingly wonderful characters, everything about it just makes me so happy.

If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

I’d graciously accept it and give them no indication that I was ungrateful. I’d probably then pass it on to someone who I know would love it.

What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

It’s not a book tag if I don’t mention Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson! This storyline is full of an intricate magic and political system, a cast of loveable characters and a unique world that fans will adore.

What is your favourite word?

Don’t make me choose! A classic would be Middle Earth, or Camelot or the Wizarding World, I’d be happy in any of them.

Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

How about none of the above? I am a bit of a closet nerd who keeps her love for all these fandoms to myself but I’m perfectly capable of interacting in social situations.

Vampires or Fairies?

After reading Holly Black’s Folk of the Air series I have to say fairies!

Shapeshifters or Angels?

Shapeshifters! Mystique was always one of my favourite X-Men!

Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Werewolves! Remus Lupin was again another favourite.

Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden Love. Shakespeare created a trope that will never grow old.

Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Definitely an action packed adventure pocketed with a few love scenes, you get the best of both worlds then!

My Most Anticipated Book to Movie Adaptations

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I wrote a post earlier week on 7 books I wanted to see adapted next, so I thought it would be fitting if I wrote a follow-up post about some of my most anticipated adaptations. In this post I’m going to be focusing on films that are currently in development, being filmed or soon to be released this year! I’d love to know what books you’d like to see on the big screen, so please leave us a comment below!

Shadow and Bone/ Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Words can’t describe how excited I am about this adaptation, I’m going to have to write an entire post about because there’s so much I need to gush about! The casting is incredible and filming has already started in Budapest!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab – I’d love to see this series get the Harry Potter treatment, there’s so much magic and intricate wonder in this series that needs to be shared and carefully adapted by someone who knows what they’re doing! This series was originally going to be a TV series but changed to a film franchise in 2017 with V.E Schwab as one of the producers. As for the choice of writers and producers, we have Derek Kolstad who recently worked on John Wick and the producer of The Fast and Furious franchise, so we defiantly know that all the action scenes are going to be epic!

All The Bright Places by Jenifer Niven – Netflix is seriously killing it at some of its YA adaptations so I’m quietly confident that they’re going to do a good job at adapting this delicate yet powerful read! The trailer looks incredible and it’s clear that a lot of time has been put into this to make it more than just a typical YA film about love. The on-screen chemistry between Elle Fanning and Justice Smith is evidently clear from the trailer and now I’m even more excited, bring on the 28th February.

Dune by Frank Herbert – I’ve mentioned this book a lot recently and its only because I am hugely excited for it as its got all the elements that make a brilliant adaption and sci-fi franchise. I recently purchased the book so hopefully next month I’ll have the opportunity to witness the wonder and adventure first hand.

The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford – Another book I mentioned a lot last year, and I’m so excited that its getting the BBC adaptation treatment! Starring Lily James and directed by Emily Mortimer, I’m quite confident that I’m going to absolutely adore it! The book follows an upper class English family during the war and focuses love, class and relationships, its a classic light-hearted storyline that audiences will love.

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – HBO and J J Abrams have both signed on to adapt this book as a TV series, and its safe to say I’m serious excited!

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman – Another book that has been adapted by the BBC and just from the trailer I can tell that it’s going to be a hit. I remember reading this gripping story of first love in a dangerous, alternative world where racism divides story when I was younger so I might have to do a re-read before the 5th March!

Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – I totally forgot about this film and I can’t think why because it has such a good cast! Starring Tom Holland AND Daisy Ridley this film already looks epic and we haven’t even got a trailer yet! I will admit I haven’t read these books yet but it’s definitely on my TBR list (along with lots of other series!

7 Books I Want To See Adapted Next

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After the release of the new P.S I Love You adaptation, I started thinking about all the other upcoming adaptation we’ve got to look forward to and also about the ever-growing list of books I’d love to see turned into movies/tv shows. So, I thought I’d make two dedicated blog posts about the topic and hopefully if I manifest it enough it might actually happen!

There’s always the worry when a studio announces that it’s adapting one of your favourite books, but now and then we are blessed with a visually beautiful and accurate adaptation that exceeds all of our expectations, a few of my favourites being the entire Harry Potter series, Catching Fire, and Game of Thrones. But then there’s the bad ones, I’m looking at you Allegiant and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters!

There’s a few obvious favourites I haven’t included on this list (any Sarah J Maas book) as I think adapting them would just ruin everything, because their worlds and characters are just so detailed and perfect that nothing could compare. Also if any studios need any extras, leads or even writers then I’m here and ready!

Anyway, here’s my list of books I’d love to see adapted next and please let me know which books you’d want to see turned into to movies in the comments below.

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson – This could definitely be the next Lord of the Rings if its done right! This book holds such an important place in my heart so I’m not 100% sure if I’m willing to trust the Hollywood film giants with such an intricate and intense storyline. But it would be incredible to see these characters on the big-screen!

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – This might be an unpopular opinion but I loved the film adaptation of The Mortal Instruments, certainly more than the TV Show, so I was gutted when they didn’t continue with the rest of the series. Cassandra Clare cleverly links all of her books, so I don’t know how they would adapt this book and whether they’d keep it separate from the other adaptations.

Cinder by Marrisa Myers – At the moment Disney is obsessed at re-making classic fairy-tales and I think its time for something a little different.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – Dear Netflix, if you’re looking for another YA contemporary love story to adapt then look no further. The story follows Anna, a young adult in her senior year of high school but not any high school – a high school in Paris, France (jealous or what?!). From there we follow her senior year however it’s not that simple. Here she meets a beautiful boy named Etienne St Clair, he has it all including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – The rights to this film were bought by Universal in 2017, so fingers crossed that we get to see an adaption of this film in the near future.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I feel like this film has been in development for years and I’m desperate to see the magic and brilliance of the Le Cirque des Rêves! Morgenstern includes every element you’d want in a book, a whirlwind romance, a beguiling mystery and peculiar characters that drive the story and I think it would make a truly wonderful film.

Life on the Refrigerator Door by Ali Kupers – I’d forgotten about this book until I saw it on my bookshelf and now I’ve got so many ideas in my head. I’d love to turn this into a short/animated film as its such a beautiful and impactful story that has stuck with me for years. If you’re looking for a quick and easy read (possibly for a read-a-thon) then this one is perfect!

A Spontaneous Book Haul

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This week I’ve been in a ‘treat yourself’ mood, so I have splurged on a few purchases including a mini book haul! These are books that have been on my radar for a while and some that we’re so cheap that I couldn’t resist.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Lianne Moriarty – This was a pure impulse buy as it was only £2.99 and recently I’ve been craving a good-old murder mystery. I really enjoyed the Big Little Lies adaptation so if it’s anything like that then I know I’m going to devour it.

Dune by Frank Herbert – I need something to fill the sci-fi void in my heart and I think this book will do just the trick. With the all-star film adaptation being released later year, I want to make sure I read it before then so join in with all the hype and excitement.All the concept art is also making me super excited as well as the cast list which includes Oscar Isaac, Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and more!

Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion – This is our Reading Between the Wines book club’s book for the month of February and is a collection of essays by the wonderful Joan Didion. This is one of her most praised pieces so I really hope that it lives up to all my high expectations.

Thundercloud by Neal Shusterman – I recently finished the first book in this series and fell utterly in love with the entire concept of scythes and its characters, plus there’s no way I wasn’t going to instantly buy the second book after that ending!

The Toll by Neal Shusterman – I’ve learnt my lesson and I know that if the second book is anything like the first then I’m going to need the final book in my hands ASAP!

Books On My TBR I Predict Will Be 5-Star Reads

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My ever-growing TBR pile is filled with loads of anticipated new releases and far too many forgotten books from previous years, but on that list is loads of books I know I’m going love and am super excited to read! I don’t want to jinx anything but I’ve got a strong feeling that all the books are going to be five-star reads and I just hope that that they all live up to my high expectations.

Crescent City by Sarah J Maas – Sarah J Maas is the queen of fantasy and there will never be anything of hers that I wouldn’t read, I’d honestly read her shopping list and give it five stars! The wonderful worlds and characters she imagines are always among some of my favourites and her adventures have provided me with some of my most memorable reading experiences.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson – This needs to be on my March TBR as even I’m getting annoyed that I keep talking about this book! If you’ve been living under a rock then you won’t know that I absolutely adore this series and the enchanting world Sanderson has created.

Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – I don’t think this book needs any justification to why I think it will be a five star read! I’ve keep seeing pictures of all the PR boxes for this book and now I’m even more excited; I need a set of those illustrated tarot cards!

All The Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace – I’ve seen book all over the blogging scene recently and after reading the synopsis I’m convinced that I’m going to absolutely adore it. Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – This is a series that’s been on my TBR list for years and I can’t fathom why its taken me this long to start it! The covers are beautiful, the storyline sounds like something up my alley and all of my favourite authors always rave about it, so I think it’s only right that I start reading it soon!

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – An epic fantasy that everyone has been talking about, and now it’s my turn to jump on the bandwagon and give it a read.

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – This book seriously blew up last year and its clear why as it has such a unique and intriguing concept which is no surprise that audiences love. This West African fantasy sounds so refreshingly overdue and I can’t wait to dive into such a diverse world.

P.S I Still Love You Film Review – Romance Week 2020

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Lara Jean is back with the second instalment in Jenny Han’s most beloved series, and after the huge success and positive response of the first film it was fair to said that I had high expectations! I will admit I didn’t love this film as much, as I felt it lacked the light-hearted fun and feel-good elements of the first film, but nevertheless it was an enjoyable watch and the perfect film for a cosy night in.

What I loved the most about this film was the addition of all the new relationships, we of course have Lara Jean and John Ambrose but we also have Chris and Trevor and Trina and Dr. Covey. There’s just something about a blossoming romance that warms your heart and the snippets we saw of them both together were adorable. As always the on screen chemistry between Lana Condor and Noah Centineo is simply natural and both perfectly embody young love. In the first half of the film we get to witness the beginning of their real relationship and a few of their fairy-tale first dates and its not until the second half of the film when doubt creeps in and causes cracks to form. It’s only right that I talk about John Ambrose! Jordan Fisher played him so well, he was charming, kind, adorable and was a suitable rival for Peter.

Family is another thing that is hugely important in these films and learning about Lara Jean’s Korean heritage and mother was just so lovely, I particularly enjoyed the whole story about the green beans! Another thing they included from the book was the whole storyline around Genevieve’s parent divorce and her past close friendship with Lara Jean, and hopefully we get to see this develop in the next film. Stormy will always be one of my favourite characters from this series, she’s so fabulous and Holland Taylor played her perfectly.

As I mentioned earlier, I felt like this film was missing some light-hearted fun moments that the first film had, I wish they had included the game of Assassins and extended the treehouse scenes as I really wanted to see more character interactions within the group. So far this series still remains one of my favourite and most accurate adaptations, both films are fun, light-hearted and romantically enchanting adventures that everyone can’t help but love.