Most Anticipated Spring Releases 2018

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Spring might just have to be my favourite and most anticipated season for book releases as there are so many exciting sequels and books being released by some of my favourite authors of 2017! Hopefully, after my exams, I’ll have more time so I will finally be able to get back into reading and I think having these releases will certainly encourage this. Let me know in the comments what spring releases you’re looking

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas – Sarah J Maas is the queen of fantasy and if you haven’t read her Court of Thorns and Roses series then you seriously need to stop what you’re doing and read it because it is just perfection and pure brilliance. I need this series to never end and for Sarah to just keep writing more about Feyre and her friend’s adventures!

Legendary by Stephanie Garber – One of my favourite books of last year was Caraval, the first book in this series, and I totally forgot there was a sequel so now I’m even more excited. I’m a little worried though because I loved the first one and I’ve got high expectations, nevertheless, I’m sure the second book will have all the magic, adventure and romance that the first one had.

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody – I loved Amanda’s first book, Daughter of the Burning City and from the looks of the synopsis for her new series I’m going to love this one too as I’m a sucker for a good old mystery and a bit of danger. Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green – I’ve never read a Sally Green novel, however, the synopsis for this book sounds so good and reminds me of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo which I absolutely loved Five disparate characters—a princess, a soldier, a hunter, a servant, a thief—come together in a new series starter, set in an epic fantasy world marked by the presence and underground trading of an illegal supernatural substance. I love it when completely different characters are forced to work together as I love seeing new relationships form and just the range of characters.

Furyborn by Claire Legrand – What I’m looking forward to the most about this book is the fact that it follows two fiercely independent young women and I’m all about those badass female characters! I’ve only heard good things about this book and I love the idea that it follows two stories that although are centuries apart, intertwine and connect with each other!

 

 

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7 Reason to Watch Black Sails

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Recently I’ve really been into watching historical TV Shows and I stumbled across Black Sails again which I regret not finishing last time I watched it! It has everything you would want from a dramatic historical TV show and its basically Game of Thrones but with pirates! This show is full of action and adventure and it’s hard not to fall in love with all the characters in this show because they are so different and equally wonderful. Anyway, this show is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones and Vikings as like these shows Black Sails has a clever balance of action, politics, romance and of course badass male and female characters!

  1. Characters – I can’t stress enough how wonderful all these characters are, and it so nice to see powerful and dominant female characters taking more of the spotlight. Toby Stevens performance as Captain Flint and the rest of the cast’s performance is nothing short of perfect as they bring these literary characters to life. I will admit my favourite characters are definitely Flint, Charles Vane and Billy Bones as not only are their characters so dynamic but they’re also lovely to look at!
  2. Conflict – Like Game of Thrones there is a lot of violence but what do you expect from a TV show about pirates? All the conflict and fight scenes are cleverly thought out and will successfully keep your eyes glued to the screen.
  3. Romance – I love how this show doesn’t shy away from different sexualities and sexual relationships and I think that’s one of the main things that make this show stand out from other historical shows. All the relationships in the show are treated and presented in the same light and aren’t used to create more drama but instead to add an extended realness and dynamic to its characters which I really enjoyed! There are so many ships in this show, aside from the ones in the water!
  4. Costumes – Costumes are one of the forgotten elements that aid a shows creation and although the costumes in this show aren’t as elegant as the gowns in Game of Thrones, they do however create a sense of realness and authenticity. Plus I’m currently writing something based on pirates and I am just loving all the outfit inspirations!
  5. Cinematography and Setting – Everything is shot so beautifully and I love the fact that we get to explore different locations and the open ocean. The town of Nassau and the beautiful ships that take pride of place in the show’s setting is once again wonderful and really helps piece the show together.
  6. Storyline – There is seriously never a dull moment in this show because its storyline is always moving forward into different drama’s and scenarios but in a way that doesn’t make it too confusing! There’s a perfect balance of action, adventure, politics, and romance so there’s something here for everyone.
  7. Politics – I’m not a huge one for politics but this show cleverly interwinds it with the storyline of the show in a way which makes it interesting and not too complicated. Also, I love the fact that two of the main power figures in this show are women who successfully dominate in such a male-dominated society and environment.

Black Panther, Peter Rabbit, ​and Annihilation – March Film Reviews

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I am a huge film fan so be prepared to see a lot of film reviews and television recommendations in the upcoming weeks however what I’m really here to rave about is this app I’ve discovered called Letterboxd. Letterboxd is great as it allows you to log all the films you’ve watched and when you watched them as well as giving you the opportunity to post and share your reviews and connect with people around the world. This isn’t a sponsored post I’m just so in love with this app, however, Letterboxd if you want to pay me to promote your app then I happily will because it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for! Anyway, let’s get on with my mini reviews!

15th March: Annihilation – I don’t know what this film was, it was beautiful but at the same time it seriously messed with my mind and I still regret watching it late at night and in a dark room! I absolutely loved Garlands Ex Machina and he once again takes us on a terrifying journey into the unknown.This film is clearly a visual masterpiece and the perfect combination of science fiction and psychological thriller which left me speechless and watching endless videos on YouTube about the film itself and its brilliant ending!

21st March: Peter Rabbit – If you’re looking for an adorable and surprisingly funny film to put you in a good mood then this is the film for you! I wasn’t expecting to laugh as much as a did, but what I love about children films is that you can laugh at the jokes aimed at children and the subtle ones put in there for older audiences! Everything about this film was just so darn cute except for James Corden’s voice which I will admit does get a little irritating at times!

27th March: Black Panther – I know I’m very late in seeing this film and I’m so glad that I went and saw it before it stopped showing in cinema’s as it is a film that deserves to be seen on the big screen. This might even be my favourite Marvel film as everything about it was just perfect. I loved the action, the storyline and most importantly the characters who I need more of asap, especially T’Challa and Shuri. I need a whole film dedicated to their sibling relationship and banter! I can’t wait to see where they take these characters and I look forward to them having a bigger role in Avengers: Infinity War!

 

We’re Still Alive – An Update

It’s been far too long since we’ve posted on here or even been on WordPress to check our stats and other blogs posts, but that’s because we have both been super busy doing some exciting things! Both of us are studying hard and are currently in our second year of university, so our main focus has been on that, however, we both really want to get back into reading and writing interesting posts. Eleanor is still studying Midwifery and has been spending most of her time on a work placement which has involved her delivering lots of lovely babies. As for myself, I was lucky enough to get work experience at none other than Penguin Publishing, which was incredible and there will definitely be a post soon about my wonderful experience!

Both of us have really missed writing and posting on here so we’re planning just to ease ourselves back into our routine but this might mean one post a week rather than our previous three. We’ve also got exams and assessment deadlines coming up, but after those, we plan to start reading more of our own books, instead of textbooks and set reading. There are so many books that have been released, that I’m desperate to read so there won’t be a shortage of reviews when our exams are finally over. Instead of reading, I have been watching lots films and binging far too many TV Shows so you might be seeing lots of film reviews and TV recommendations to start off with while we catch up with our reading!

Anyway, we can’t wait to get back to regular posting and to getting back involved with the blogging community!

2017 Favourites – Books, Films and TV Shows

I can’t remember much from this year but what I can remember are the books, films and TV shows that I’ve really enjoyed and that have stuck with me throughout the year! I haven’t read many books this year which did help when it came to selecting my favorites however next year one of my resolutions is too complete the 50 book challenge. I’ve already started making a list of books that I want to read so if you’ve got any recommendation then I’d love to hear them!

This is the point now where I reflect on my year as a whole and in all honesty, my year hasn’t been anything special. I did just finish my first year of university and my second year is going really well as I’m loving my course, my friends and most importantly all the books that I’ve been set to read! I was only speaking to Eleanor about this yesterday but I feel like a completely different person that when I started the year, but in a good way. I feel a lot happier about the future and a lot more confident about it too, so much so that I’ve already declared 2018 as my year to do everything that I’ve always thought of doing.

From the books, films and TV show that I’ve managed to read and watch this year, there were some clear favorites, some of which I’m sure some of you won’t be surprised to see on my list as I couldn’t stop raving about them throughout Blogmas!

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – I was like a child at Christmas watching this film, throughout the entire film there was a smile on my face and I relished every detail and second; it was beautiful! I thought the storyline was carefully structured and it was clear that there were so much love and passion that went into creating these films.
  2. A Court of Mist and Fury/A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas – I don’t know why it took me until this summer to finally catch with this series but I am in love with everything to do with them! The storyline is stunning and the characters I just wish were real because they are incredible! I keep seeing all the different fan art on my Pinterest page which just reminds me how much I love this series!
  3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber – The magic, adventure, and mystery are what makes this story difficult to put down, and just like the Caraval, it sucks you in and invites you to lose yourself in its wonderful world. Garber makes it easy to fall in love with her characters and I can guarantee that it will have you on the edge of your seat through the entire story.
  4. This Is Us (NBC) – I discovered this show in September and still haven’t caught up with all the episodes yet because every single episode just makes me so emotional and I have to have a box of tissues with me otherwise it gets very messy! All the different storylines are so cleverly intertwined and I love the different yet relatable array of characters if you haven’t yet started this show then check out the first episode and I can guarantee you’ll be hooked like I was.
  5. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – Again it took me far too long to pick up this book, but when I finally got round to reading it I wasn’t disappointed! I still prefer the first book but that doesn’t mean that this book didn’t lack action as it was a heck of a journey and adventure that saw the highs and lows of emotions, wit, and humor between characters and of course the usual swindling and planning which was cleverly revealed and pieced together at the end.
  6. Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han – Lara Jean is one of my favorite contemporary characters and we’ve been on such a beautiful and emotional journey with her throughout the series but I agree with Jenny Han it’s time her story ended. The ending was simply beautiful and just had me in streams of tears, a wonderful conclusion to an equally wonderful series. I’m going to miss all the characters and if you haven’t started this trilogy, I highly recommend it.
  7. Atonement by Ian McEwan – Since studying Ian McEwan at University he has quickly become one of my favorite authors of all time and reading this book has made me love him even more. This story is heartbreaking, and I truly mean heartbreaking as it had me experience different emotions from joy to sadness and frustration. Once again, McEwan has created a beautiful novel that explores the themes of love, war, guilt, and forgiveness through its brilliant narrative and prose.
  8. Thor: Ragnarok – This is one of my favorite superhero films because it was just so much fun to watch, everything about it from the characters to the film score was so different from the two previous films and worked perfectly together.
  9. Outlander: Season 3 (Starz) – Season 3 of Outlander really stepped up the game and I loved the reunion between Claire and Jamie and the fact that we got to travel to different places!
  10.  Turtles All The Way Down by John Green – I fell absolutely in love with this book as everything about it was perfect, the storyline, the characters and the way it made me feel when I finished it. If there was an option on Goodreads to give it 10 stars then I would!

The Christmas Song Book Tag – 12 Days of Blogmas

Merry Blogmas Day 9! Here comes another book tag because they are always so much fun to do and plus I’m loving all the different Christmas themed questions! If you’ve done this tag, I’d love to read your answers so please leave a link to your post in the comments below!

1. “You’re a Mean One Mr Grinch”: Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.

Amy: Does Rhysand from A Court of Thornes and Roses count? As he is portrayed as the villain in the first book but turns out to be one of the best characters in the series who really cares for Feyre!

2. “All I Want for Christmas is You”: Which book do you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?

Amy: Any! I haven’t read much this year so any book under the tree would be lovely and will hopefully help me get back to reading more! I have however scheduled a ‘Christmas Wishlist’ post in the next coming days so keep your eyes peeled for that!

3. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Name a character that overcomes major obstacles and learns to believe in themselves.

Amy: Celeana Sardothian from the Throne of Glass series as she has gone through a lot to rebuild and become the woman she is today and she’s still facing problems! She better have a happy ending!

4. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”: a) Which character do you think would be on the top of the naughty list?

b) Which character do you think would be at the top of the nice list?

Amy: a) I’ve found this question really hard to answer but I’m going to give the same answer as I did last time and pick the whole cast from ‘The Dazzling Heights’ as they’re all causing trouble and drama!

b) I’m going to choose Auggie from Wonder by R.J Palacio because he’s such a sweet and amazing character who melts my heart!

5. “Frosty the Snowman”: Which book just melts your heart.

Amy: The ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ series is just adorable and the characters Jenny Han has created will definitely warm your heart, especially Lara Jean’s sister Kitty who is just so cute!

6. “Feliz Navidad”: Choose a book that takes place in a country other than your own.

Amy: This year I read The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdeih which is set in the Middle East and I fell in love with it and need to get my hands on the sequel asap!

7. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”: Which holiday-themed book do you use to spread the Christmas joy?

Amy: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares because I see myself in Lily, her love for Christmas and the joy and passion she gets from spreading the Christmas spirit!

8. “Sleigh Ride”: Which fictional character would you choose to spend the holidays with (doesn’t have to be a love interest!)

Amy: Chaol from the Throne of Glass series, he’ll always be one of my fictional loves and I could really see him eventually getting into the Christmas spirit and letting loose!

9. “Baby it’s Cold Outside”: Which book that you didn’t like would you sacrifice to a fire, to warm yourself up in the cold?

Amy: The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury. I don’t usually like writing bad reviews but I absolutely hated this book as it was just so dull and predictable! Sorry!

10. “Do you hear what I hear”: Which book do you think everyone should read?

Amy: Caraval by Stephanie Garber or Turtles All The Way Down by John Green! These two books are completely different but both hold a spot on my favourites of 2017 list and if you haven’t read either yet then I recommend you put them on your Christmas list.

Our Favourite Christmas Films – 12 Days of Blogmas

Merry Blogmas Day 8! Christmas films are the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit, I myself this year have already watched far too many Christmas films and I’m now running out of ones to watch. If you’re not one for reading or don’t have enough time to read then a Christmas film is a perfect alternative. We’ve already shared some of our favourite Christmas reads and you can check out that post here!

Love Actually – This film was on both of our lists as is just so cute and is packed with an amazing cast and storylines which will warm your heart as well as breaking it. I can’t think of anything wrong with this film, amazing!

Christmas With The Kranks – A funny and slightly childish Christmas film which doesn’t start off in the festive spirit but by the end shows you the true meaning and joy of Christmas. This film never fails to make me laugh and is one of those films I can watch over and over again and still laugh at all the same bits!

Home Alone (no.1 or no. 2) – I’ve grown up watching these films at Christmas and they never fail to put me in the Christmas spirit!

The Holiday- Ohhh this is such good Christmas film, but also a wonderful love story, always makes me cry at the end! I’ve already watched this three times this year as it’s a film that always warms my heart!

New Year’s Eve – Very similar to ‘Love Actually’ with the concept of different people finding love and even though it’s not a Christmas film it is however centred around the festivities of New Year’s Eve! It’s a classic romantic comedy which will get you in a good mood for the new year!

Nativity- I instantly fell in love when I watched this film, its just a brilliant, refreshing film about a school nativity that somewhat tumbles out of control! Plus all the songs are so catchy and I can guarantee after you’ve watched this you’ll have all of them stuck in your head!