Monday, 12 December 2016

The Crown's Dog: Oh My Bleeding Heart!

Title: The Crown's Dog
Author: Elise Kova 
Published: 22nd November 2016
My Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes

The first in an Air Awakens prequel trilogy.

A coastal summer is turned upside down by a violent murder, and a quest for lost pirate treasure turns into a hunt for the killer.

Jax Wendyll is the crown’s dog. As punishment for the unspeakable crimes that tourment him to this day, his life has been conscripted to the Empire Solaris. However, in an Empire afflicted by peace, his duties are relegated to unquestioningly aiding the antics of the youngest prince, Baldair.

Erion Le’Dan, a nobleman’s son, expects a quiet summer visit to the Imperial Palace, his only agenda to visit with his unlikely friends. But Jax’s discovery the legendary pirate Adela Lagmir’s old workroom inspires a hunt for her long lost treasure.

The pursuit of Adela’s truth takes the three men to the Imperial summer manor, built along the old pirate mainstays. When Adela’s trident is branded into a murdered servant, Prince Baldair’s summer amusement of treasure-hunting becomes a hunt to find the killer. But, as mysteries compound, the ghosts of Jax’s past may not be the only things haunting them.

OMG!!! Could this series get any better?

First I felt like I was tortured from hell and back, next I felt my heart being ripped apart and then shredded in to a million pieces, I couldn't stand the pain. I didn't think it was possible for me to feel anymore pain, nope. But I did. How Elise manages to do this even in a novella is beyond my comprehension. I feel for anyone who is experiencing my pain right now *air hugs you* one million times.

ANYYYWAYYYSSS....time to get down to business

This one was very heard to read because of Jax Wendyll, if you have read the Air Awaken series you will understand the reference to "The Crown's Dog". Jax and Aldrik are more alike, both haunted by their pasts and they both put on a act of being tough. Jax with his smiles and Aldrik with his silence.

I really loved that I got a glimpse inside of Jax, Erion and Baldair's head, it was nice to see how all three of them are different yet strange enough they form a unbreakable bond and trio. I loved seeing how they cared about one another, especially Erion which I was quite surprise about. Baldair was full of surprises too (he was the most painful one to read about).

Jax, Baldair and Erion set off on a journey to discover about the legendary pirate Adela, since all of this stems from Jax escorting one of Baldair's ladies out of the Imperial palace without being noticed, they soon stumble upon the tapestry in one of the rooms in the Tower. It was so good to be reunited with Aldrik, I kind of wish Vhalla was there too but these events happened before they met.

It was very surprising learning about Adela and her so called treasure, although that woman who helps Jax, I would have liked to know her name and what connection these two had (it's given the impression that Jax knows her but he can't remember who she is).

I've always loved Elise's writing style, no one can quite compare to her not in the way she writes anyway. Every word, every sentence is poured with emotions. Although this is short novella, I can't wait for the next book.

I am off to order the book, if you haven't started this series yet now is the perfect chance to do so.

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Thursday, 8 December 2016

3 Mistakes I Made Being A Newbie Blogger

I have been in the blogging world just over a year now, although I did not anticipate the ups and downs (how silly of me), I have learned a few things along the way.

1. Never pressurise yourself

I am guilty of this constantly, I tend to put pressure on myself for no reason. Because I am thinker, my brain gets the better of me sometimes and pushes me a bit too far, when I see other bloggers or reviewers reading much more than I have, it makes me feel guilty like I have started this commitment so I should stick with it, I knew what I was getting into when I started this blog. But I FORGET that I can't compare other people's journey and struggles with my own, everyone has their own adventure and destiny. I am slowly telling myself repetitively to go at my own pace.

2. Overdoing It

This again falls in with my previous comment, I tend to overdo it when I put pressure on myself too much like trying to read as much as I can in one day. I have to stop and ask myself who am I in competition with and what am I trying to show. Sometimes you lose the purpose of why you started this in the first place which lead me to the biggest slump of my life, I ended up taking a long break over the summer (I am hoping that was last of the slump for the time being, I don't want it knocking on my door step any time soon)

3. Grateful

Being fortunate enough that I have the opportunity to read, so many people don't have that and as humans we tend to forget that sometime and take it for granted (kind of like education). But I am slowly training my mind to think of positive instead of jumping to negative conclusions sometimes. And thankful for all of the wonderful books, I would be LOST without them! πŸ™

So these are my main three lessons I have learned so far, there were other lessons I learned too but they fall in to these categories.

What are some of the lessons you have learned since blogging/reviewing? Do you tend to put pressure on yourself for no reason at all? Let me know in the comments below, I am looking forward to reading your comments.

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: My Not So Perfect Life

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: My Not So Perfect Life
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Series: N/A
Release Date: 7th February 2017

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams? Or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman with everything – have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?

I love Sophie Kinsella books, so I am excited to read this one. She never fails to make me laugh!

What are you waiting on this week? Let me know in the comments below

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Monday, 5 December 2016

The Mine

Title: The Mine
Author: John A. Heldt
Published: 6th December 2013
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes

In May 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can't use, money he can't spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of swing dancing and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review

Joel Smith- an, optimistic who likes to look at the bright side of things, never to dwell on matters very long, Joel is an adventurer who likes to explore life and every journey that comes with each day. 

This book is set in two different times, 1941 and 2001. Joel (I keep thinking Joe in my brain for some reason) loves geology, his second love. His fascination with rocks leads him to go back in time and live a whole new life (without technology I can't imagine how I would cope). But in some sense, I wish I could back in my parents time where life wasn't taken over by technology, it didn't have much use back then. Back then, life was so simple, people communicated with each other face to face, saw their family regularly, made time for friends. That's what life is about. As this book evidently displays between the two era's, Joel falls in love with Grace, which is great but the only issue is she is already in a relationship with someone (not to mention engaged!).

Grace is shy, reserved but loyal friend. She has a difficult upbringing and I really sympathise with her loss but I have an issue with trying or attempting to start a relationship with Joel when she is already engaged with Paul. It's not as if she doesn't have alarm bells ringing in her head or being warned by her friends to be careful. As a result of this, when the truth does finally come out and she breaks up with Paul but also loses a friend. I am so not okay with this. Yes they both deserve someone special but she didn't need to sneak off and do stuff with Joel. And Joel? He was aware of everything yet he still acted foolish in my opinion.

I also have a little issue with the ending, I love happy endings but I am not so sure with this one after Joel returns back to his own time. How is it possible that Grace follows him in to the future without ageing one bit?

Oh I forgot! You know who absolutely stole my heart? Of course you don't know silly me. Ginny and Tom, they were absolutely adorable I loved them to bits. Both of them intelligent, beautiful, opposite, supportive and totally in love. It is a shame though that Tom had to die, I enjoyed his friendship with Joel. I can't freaking believe Ginny is Joel's grandmother! Can you believe it? I know I know!

Held does explore racial discrimination that was inflicted upon Japanese as a result of the war, it also touches upon important topics in keeping faith in humanity through turbulent times. I have to him extra brownie points for that, it really was a important matter to talk about.

Have you ever read books where the characters actions are just increasingly frustrating? It gets on my nerves even when I try to ignore it or stomp on it, how do you cope with it?. Tell me in the comments below

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Movie Revew: Civil War

Movie Details:
Title: Captain America
Release Date: 6th May 2016
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Bozeman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Daniel BrΓΌhl
Rating: 4/5

(AHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! I should be relaxing, after spending hours on these posts somehow I end up deleting the posts and I actually can't remember what I wrote. Of course I can't, it is one of those rare moments where I was on fire yesterday! I am so sad!!!! πŸ˜“πŸ˜­πŸ˜­πŸ˜­)

Downey and Evans put on a stellar performance, combating with one another. Two sides of the same coin, both avengers fighting to do the right thing. You can tell how much they convey with nothing but just their expressions and body language. 

This movie is insanely epic, I loved every moment of it. Captain America and Stark get in to a dilemma, both striving to do justice with humanity. This film highlights those deaths that usually go unnoticed, but this time the avengers make it the main plot of the film. Stark wants to have a system put in place with authority figures, this way then can ensure they don't end up killing anyone's life with them trying to save the world (they can't guarantee that but its them trying to responsible instead of reckless). Cap has a problem with that, he doesn't believe in the Government, nor does he want to be controlled by them. He doesn't want them making decisions for them and telling them what to do (in a sense he is right, what if their is an attack and they stop them from acting so quickly?).

From the last two movies I have been watching Evans and what a truly tremendous actor he is and I fell in love with him in this movie, he is an exceptional actor. I couldn't decide which side I wanted to be on. On one hand, Stark is right because of their actions (even if it is trying to save the world) people are killed and there is no consideration, no remorse from anyone. Whereas, Cap is right, if they hand over that power to the authority (Government), you can't really trust them as their intentions are not revealed. But I would have to say Iron Man has always been my favourite, and although I love both of them Stark has my heart, therefore I am on his side. Sorry Cap. #teamironman #noregrets 

The latest cinematic release from Marvel tells the tale of every dreamer who breathes and lives the superhero universe (like me). It has everything in it, drama, suspense, action (a lot of action if you go by the trailers), a little touch of romance and a promise of more to come (this is where you internally scream 'NO' and weep at the cliffhangers because believe me when I say the suspense left you hanging for more).

I do have to mention that I probably should have watched  Captain America: The Winter' Soldier since it has many references to it and I mean many (I think the baddie is from there too?).

The stakes are high in this film, with all this drama and non stop action, tbut I think what Cap and Stark need to both is comprise as they are both right.  The drama and tension the scenes leaves you with slowly strips you away as each hour passes by leaving you feeling despair and full of anticipation (I can confirm this happened to me which left my friend annoyed since I could not contain my apprehension).

I did have one problem with the movie though which kind of got under my skin was the fact how Bettany's character who is supposed to be this powerful, intelligent android does nothing throughout the movie. He is baffled by the fact that Wanda defies and attacks him to join Caps team when he is trying to protect her by keeping her on house arrest. Whilst at least she fights him when they are battling one another, he just flies in the air and dodges her attacks like WHAT? C'mon mate your more powerful than that, I am expecting more from him in the next movie. And how is it that most of Stark's team leave him? How does that make the fight equal? Black Widow's betrays him and joins Caps team halfway through the movie, the only ones fighting is Black Panther, Spidey and Rhodey. I did love two characters in this movie, Boseman and BrΓΌhl who's acting skills were phenomenal. I love how each characters were involved with the main plot but also had they own stories woven in to the plot. Baseman did a great job as a secondary character, you could clearly see he is going to have his own movie someday as well as have a bigger role in the next movie. My favourite acting skills in the whole movie was Zemo (yes I know he is a baddie, but he is baddie of the year in my opinion), he did such a stupendous job throughout the movie that I fell in love with this acting, there is also the fact that whatever he had plotted was happening. He was trying to create a rift between Stark and Cap and I can successfully confirm it did. Also, thanks to him he reveals a unknown secret that Cap was hiding about Bucky regarding Starks parents, I was like ---->😨😱😱😱😱. It was also unfair how Bucky and Cap were both fighting Stark in the epic fighting scene, what happened to a fair fight? Although stark should have ended it, unfortunately it is Cap who ends it. 

There is this rumour going around that Cap will die in the next movie or at least it will be his last one. I don't want Marvel to stop casting Evans, he is a incredible actor and the avengers team just won't be the same without him. I know other fans also share the same sentiment, I have loved the avengers movies because of Evans and Downey and now I hear they might kill him off or he might throw in the towel? NO! All those other times they always make the endings different from the books, the one time I want them to do this they do the opposite. I am not sure if I would continue watching the movies.

Phew! I finally finished πŸ˜…

Have you watched any of Marvel's movies? What did you think of it? Who is your fav superhero? Let me know in the comments below

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

4 Reasons Why You Need The Ultimate Blog Planner

YES!! It's finally here!!! Can you believe it??? Ever since I started blogging (which was in  May 2015, if you don't forget about the post I did back in 2012 and I completely forgot this blog existed! Oops! Let's just keep that between me and you? Yes, perfect!πŸ™ˆπŸ™Š)

OHMYWORD!! This was so beautifully wrapped that I did not even want to remove it from its packaging! And then the most terrible thing happened, I was compelled by the urge, YES BY THE URGE  to take a picture and frame it. SO THEN WHAT HAPPENED? I HAD TO TAKE IT OUT OF THE BUBBLE ( I personally always loved the bubble, as a kid when I had nothing better to do and any packages had come that day I used to spend hours playing with it #sadtimes I know).  Shall we just cry together? 😭😭😭. Here are 4 reasons why you should by this immediately.

1. The cover is beautiful

(Please Note, this picture is edited to bring out the colours of the planner so
it is a little lighter when you actually buy the product)

Do I need to say more? The peach with the gold? What a perfect combination and what I loved most about it all is the simplicity. Yeah fair enough there are so many planner's out there that bloggers are using and are currently loving (like the Erin Condren planner), but I was looking for one simply for blogging and the ones I have seen so far were not really up my ally, but I feel like I finally found my true love 😍.

2. The Price

This is probably the top factor in what made me buy this product, although I do love the Erin Condren planner's unfortunately it is a little pricey. If I lived in the USA then maybe I wouldn't care so much but I wanted to use it for blogging mainly, jot down ideas, plan etc I didn't think it was worth the investment. So I am very happy about this purchase and I cannot thank the people at Dot Creates enough! πŸ’πŸ’ž  (the price for this planner is £12.50 in case your wondering).

3. The Inside Pages

On the left hand side is a sponsored content page for those bloggers who use sponsored product in their video's or blog (although it has no use to me, still a good thing for future references, just realised I could use this for any books I ordered or ARC's, 1 point for my brain-maybe there is hope for you after all πŸ˜†-I was talking about my brain I will just delete this stuff ). On the right hand side, is most likely what I will be using until it cannot be used anymore. I love that I can actually write down a structure or maybe some points I want to highlight in a blog post and then it has 3 little check boxes (words, links and photos). Coming back to it when you have actually published the post you can mark it off on the planner and then have a nice cup of tea and relax.

3. Inspirational Messages 

First page after the main cover 

One of the messages inside the book

I see a lot of these type of handwritten messages on Twitter, FB and Pinterest. It's so inspiring, I wish I could do them myself but since I can't I loved the fact there in the planner after so many pages (I think it was after every 15/16 pages) to remind me to keep going, its like an extra boost to work hard and to do better.

4. Stats 

I love this, just before the inspiration message page, you will have this at the bottom. This will help me a lot as sometimes (by that I mean 90% of the time) I actually forget to look at my stats and see if my blog has grown, if anyone is liking the content and so on. So for people like me it is a perfect reminder!

That's all folks!

(anyone here watch Looney Tunes? I used to love watching that as a child, Bugs Bunny is my fav  πŸ’–)

What do you think? Did you fall in love with this like the way I did? What are some of the features you look for in a planner? Let me know in the comments below!

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Traitor to the Throne

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: Traitor to the Throne
Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Series: Rebel of the Sands #2
Release Date: 7th March 2017

The sizzling, un-put-downable sequel to the bestselling Rebel of the Sands!

Mere months ago, gunslinger Amani al'Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she's fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan's palace—she's determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan's secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she's a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she's been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about djinni and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.

Wow, that cover is exceptional. I love the lighting and the posture!

What are you waiting on this week?

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Monday, 28 November 2016

There Will Be Stars

Title: There Will Be Stars
Author: Billy Coffey
Published: 3rd May 2016
My Rating: 3/5
Recommend: Yes/No

“In a life full of lies, he settled finally for the truth.”

No one in Mattingly ever believed Bobby Barnes would live to see old age. Drink would either rot Bobby from the inside out or dull his senses just enough to send his truck off the mountain on one of his nightly rides. Although Bobby believes such an end possible—and even likely—it doesn’t stop him from taking his twin sons Matthew and Mark into the mountains one Saturday night. A sharp curve, blinding headlights, metal on metal, his sons’ screams. Bobby’s final thought as he sinks into blackness is a curious one—there will be stars.

Yet it is not death that greets him beyond the veil. Instead, he returns to the day he has just lived and finds he is not alone in this strange new world. Six others are trapped there with him.

Bobby soon discovers that rather than the place of peace he had been led to believe he was in, it’s actually a place of secrets and hidden dangers. Along with three others, he seeks to escape, even as the world around him begins to crumble. The escape will lead some to greater life, others to endless death . . . and Bobby Barnes to understand the deepest nature of love.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review (thanks to Booklook Bloggers)

Bummer. I wish I could say I enjoyed this series but unfortunately I didn't, there is nothing wrong with the plot, its me, all me. I'm not really in to reading this type of books but I thought I would give it a try anyways and see how I felt about it.

Bobby and his twin sons Mark and Matt embark on a epic journey every night to the mountain on their way home, one night a tragic accident leaves them in a unknown world. A somewhat purgatory where Bobby and 6 others are trapped in this unknown world which they call "The Turn", where no times exists, everyday is exactly the same as the other. I found this quite interesting, this 'Turn' which is what kept me going most of the way, I wanted to know what exactly is this place, where no change occurs, everything is put back in its place and the most odd of them all, each character goes through motion of their death every single night. YES. EVERY. SINGLE.NIGHT. How tedious can that be? The twists and turns in the book deserve a pat on the back (no seriously) I totally did not expect them at all, some of the grey area's is what made this book more interesting and gave it an extra star (hooray for that!)

Bobby is an alcoholic, spends most of his days drinking beer in the house with his sons. That all changes when he enters the "Turn". He wasn't always like this, ever since he lost everything, he lost his faith and belief in God, in his opinion if there was a divine being he would have never let this happen. Although you do see some character development, I can't say it is a huge change. Bobby has suspicion of this world they live in and is constantly questioning their presence in the 'Turn' alongside with George (retired teacher) and Juliet (preacher). What I liked about the characters was how real they were that might sound like a cliche but often in books characters have flaws but they are unrealistic. These characters had flaws and self doubt about their being, identity and purpose. Just like me (just kidding).

This book is soooooo long, like seriously long (three parts long!). I know other reviewers have mentioned this but there were a lot of places where the pace was extremely slow like snail pace slow which is maybe okay for some readers but for me, its unnecessary really. It slows the progress of the book down and gets boring which makes me lose interest (I don't intend to be mean, but it was just like that for me).

Otherwise, this had a lot of potential as the author is extremely articulated as illustrated in the book, but unfortunately for me it won no brownie points (this makes me hungry)

**oh darn I forgot to the thank Harper Collins and Thomas Nelson publishers. Thank you so much for this**

Have you ever read any books like this? Ever felt like you just wanted to put book down and read something else? Tell me in the comments below, I want to know what you think!

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Movie Review: The Jungle Book

Movie Details:
Title: The Jungle Book
Release Date: 15th April 2016
Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Muray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito, Christopher Walken
Rating: 4/5

OHMYGOSH! That cover is so awesome, whoever did the CGI in this movie are INSANELY talented human being (s)!!!!! Can we just stop a second to admire it????

SO I watched this movie twice, once in 2D and then in 3D. And well I can say it was definitely a special experience, you can honestly see the difference of how viewing the film can make a big impact on the audience's experience. This story has captivated millions of hearts for a long time now, and I have personally been waiting for this movie for a very long time.

With a stellar cast like Bill Murray, Idris Elba and the beautiful Scarlett Johansson, The Jungle Book is one of the rare adaptions that surpasses expectations and is very successful at the box office. The old classics like Lion King I and II are still a hit today, movies like this one have the potential to reach the level of their predecessors. Have you seen the CGI? Of course you have, I actually got a little frightened when Sher Khan walked past (didn't we all?)

         (Source: Google)

I mean just look at that??? 😱😰😰 Doesn't that give you the chills? πŸ˜–

The epic tale of young Mowgli's begins with the disappearance of his family, raised by wolfs, Mowgli leaves the pack thanks to Shere Khan. Mowgli travels to a near by village with the help of Bagheera, however, Shere Khan has other plans as he intercepts and in the process injures Bagheera trying to kill Mowgli. Mowgli meets Baloo, a bear who is preparing food for hibernation (couldn't we have something like that?) Baloo manages to convince Mowgli to stay for a while and help him. Will Mowgli be safe there? Not according to Bagheera, he needs to be in the man village where the people control the fire.

I always thought The Jungle Book characters were interesting and authentic, each individual has a certain charisma which draws the audience in to their midst, the viewers cannot help but become enchanted. I have this soft spot for Shere Khan and Bagheera, I know he is the baddie in the movie but I cannot help it, I generally love tigers which is why I love the panther too. Idris and Ben deliver their character with perfect accuracy, I just love how they are perfect for their roles. Neel is the heart and soul of the movie, he manages to do the impossible, develop a friendship with the elephants. I also love the notion of elephants being this powerful and divine creature which is true, their strength is immeasurable. The cast is well chosen.

The visual representations in this movie is incomparable, the CGI is the apex of the film. The CGI is so damn real you actually mistake the animals for real, it is even drawing comparisons to James Cameron's movie Avatar, which everyone can agree was movie of the year and the CGI? Oh God, one can only dream of achieving that kind of stardom and praise. I love that, this movie is well deserve of praise. I especially loved the bond between Mowgli and Raksha, it made me want to be in a wolf pack I loved their fierce protectiveness of one another. Another favourite was Akela, you can be damn sure I cried when Shere Khan the little rat killed him 😭😭😭😭😭

(Source: Empire Online)

The film is well formulated, it has everything in there, the sense of wonder every child dreams of watching in every film. It is one of those rare kind of films where you wish you can be part of the film. It's funny, has a lot of drama and suspense making it great to watch it with the family. I love the powerful message this film portrays, it shows family can be anyone they don't have to be blood related (apparently animals comes in to this category too).

Have you watched the Disney classic? What did you think? Share your wonderful insights below. Until next time!

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Thursday, 24 November 2016

Bookmail & Swag That Will Make You Want More

Since I came back from holiday, I am really behind on a LOT of things. One of those things being blogging. I went on a little hiatus and I hope I am back and motivated to stay on top of it (fingers crossed πŸ™). Let's get to it shall we? (also I know I am way overdue with this, sorry for the delay)

1. Knights Whitechapel Poster

Eek! Have you seen how beautiful this is? Being part of the Street team, Kerri wanted to surprise everyone with a special gift, none of us had no idea what it was. All we knew was that it was going to arrive in September. I can't thank Kerri enough for this beautiful gift and best of all it is signed!

2. Heartless and What Light

I have to thank the people at Macmillan publishers for this, I can't wait to dive right in to this. They both seem exceptional novels! I have been dying to read Heartless since I first came upon the title, so THANK YOU very much for this! πŸ’žπŸ’žπŸ’πŸ˜

3. Empire of Storms

I came upon this whilst I was on FB and I am so glad I did. If you ordered the Empire of Storms, you would get this awesome note book. I love this swag, it makes me swoon. I am yet to read the book but I cannot wait to get in to it.

Can you believe autumn is almost over? I love this season, just because is represents change and starting over. Being a Winter baby means I love December and Winter since I was born in that month! Have you recently got any cool swag? Have you purchased a book this month and in love with it already? Let me know in the comments below.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Strange The Dreamer

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: Strange The Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Strange The Dreamer #1
Release Date: 28th March 2017

Strange the Dreamer is the story of: 

the aftermath of a war between gods and men
a mysterious city stripped of its name
a mythic hero with blood on his hands
a young librarian with a singular dream
a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.

Welcome to Weep.

Now doesn't this look interesting? I hope this book is worth the wait, looks like it!

What are you waiting on this week? Let me know in the comments below!

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Monday, 21 November 2016

Passenger #1

Title: The Passenger
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Published: 5th January 2016
My Rating: 2/5
Recommend: Erm..yes/no

Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home... forever.

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review

I am crying right now. I wanted to enjoy this book so freakingly much that maybe I over did it on my hype. I really don't know what happened 

I am utterly baffled with what happened to me about this book, I started enjoying it and then it got to the point where I couldn't bear to read it anymore and it gave me a reading slump so bad that it was months before I finally finished this book. Not any fault with the book, I normally would love books like this but I lost interest on the way and gave it a low reading so unlike me 

It's set in different era's (1776, 1940, 1910, 1685 and 1599) which was one of the reasons I felt the book is so long, it was hard to keep up with the what was happening. I kept stopping and trying to get back in to it. I tried to do this book justice but sadly I couldn't get in to it, it started to become a burden. Alice is killed in front of Eva's eyes and she is whisked in to another dimension, where she comes to know the truth about her identity and her past. She finds out, along with her mum she is also a 'traveller' who can enter through passengers. Ironwood is the head family, the one with power who has some business with Eva's mum, he wants the astrolabe (interesting name). Enters Nicholas who has a deal with Cyrus to ensure Eva finds it and he brings it back to him, in return he has enough wealth to buy his own and finally take control of his life.

I really loved the fact that there was diverse characters in this book, this book community needs more books like this.

There wasn't really much character development through this book since the first few chapters Eva's is doubting herself and her mom. Then she finds out her mom has been teaching her tricks along the way. She is only confident about one thing and fights for it: Nicholas. Her epic romance with Nicholas is truly something special, although it isn't love at first sight (thank god for that). Nicholas fights his desire and wanting Eva throughout the whole book, it is only towards the end does he finally give himself over. I was a little disappointed with him, he knew how Eva felt toward him yet he still chose to fight it instead of giving in.

Only two main things kept this book going for me, Bracken's mention of cultural backgrounds and as I have mentioned before the diverse characters. The romance was like a strawberry on top of a ice cream sundae. Yum.

I really am disappointed with this, I wanted to enjoy this so much but I think me reading it and not reading is probably what destroyed the enjoyment for me. Do you have any books where your excited to read it but then you end up not liking it?

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