The Mystery Blogger Award

mystery.PNGHi guys! Today I thought I would finally get around to doing one of the tags/ awards I have been tagged in. I really am so far behind on these and bookstagram ones so apologies to anyone who has nominated/ tagged me in anything I am actual horrible at following them all up! But I am determined to turn things around!

Starting with the Mystery Blogger Award. This Award was created by Okoto Enigma and I was tagged by the always lovely Darque Dreamer. Thank you!! Seriously guys if you haven’t checked out her blog already, do so! She is so lovely and supportive of other bloggers!

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

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Three things about me:

  • My favourite animal is a tiger.
  • I don’t like coffee!!
  • I am a proud Slytherin, but am yet to read all the HP books :O I really do need to get around to finishing them they are so good! But I have been putting it off due to a certain death I know about thanks to the movies.

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Darque Dreamer’s Questions:

What is one thing about you that people don’t believe?

Ummm I don’t know?? I haven’t really done anything unbelievable like go on some magical quest or anything. HAHA. But maybe I feel some people don’t believe how old I am or think I am younger then I am?? I dunno I have a baby face and love Disney and am forever a child at heart! The adult world can take a hike!!

What book would you love to live in?

This is a tricky one! There are so many good places! Like I Would like to visit Prythian like after ACOWAR and everything has settled down. I would love to live in Six of Crows so I could go on an insane adventure with Kaz and the gang. But I would also love to live in the HP books so I could learn magic and go to Hogwarts!

What time period would you love to travel to?

This one is easy for me! I have always had an obsession with the 1920’s I love all the glitz and glam. The fashions! Those flapper dresses! And the way men dressed back then! Plus the music and the dancing! It just seems like such a great time! I mean despite the great depression and all that Jazz.

What book genre would you consider reading a book from without knowing the synopsis or title?

I guess for me it would have to be a fantasy book. It would have to be my favourite genre so likely the safest bet to me liking a book without having seen anything else about it! But let’s be real I would never do this by choice! HAHA! Who would? I want to read books I like and it is very hard for me to finish a book if I just am not into it!

If you could buy one book for everyone to read, what would it be?

This is another tricky one! And I wish I had an answer that was more grown up, deep and meaningful. But I think I am just going to have to go with a book that surprised me as the writing style, context, characters and story are not like what I usually read! But this book fast became one of my favourites and still is. So I am going to have to go for Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. If only to spread the love and badass vibes around for this book! Seriously if you have not read this book please give it a chance!

My Questions:

  • What is a book that almost everyone seems to love but you hated?
  • What is your Hogwarts house and do you think this fits you/ wish it was different?
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
  • Favourite read for 2017 so far?
  • What is your favourite snack food to eat while reading or just because??

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So I hate talking myself up but the post that I think is my best or that I am just generally happy with how it turned out and was received is my review of Six of Crows. I just really liked this book and am happy with how the review turned out and the thoughts I was able to express.

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I Nominate:

Now being quite new to the blogging world I don’t know many of you yet so if you do not do tags/ awards or have already completed this one than apologies! But if not I can’t wait to see your answers! Also feel free to participate even if you are not tagged because this one was fun!

Brooklyn / Laura / Charlotte / Rebecca / Steph / The Orangutan Librarian / Amber / Sydney / Nadwa / Celeste

Let's Chat!This was fun and I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about me! Do you participate in tags or awards? Let me know what some of your answers would have been in the comments below! Until next time happy watching and reading.

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Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

SOCTitle: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Indigo

Published: 2015

Rating: 5/5

Review2This book! Where do I even begin??!! I absolutely loved it! And I apologize in advance if this review is mostly fangirling and rambling! So I read this for the first time a couple of weeks ago now. And I still LOVE it! All I wanted to do was dive straight into Crooked Kingdom but unfortunately I am yet to get a copy 😦 

I have previously read the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo and I really liked that story as well especially some of the characters (I am looking at you Darkling). But let me tell you Six of Crows knocked those books out! Like just so much more fast paced and badass action and not one boring annoying main character for me (I am looking at you Mal). In SOC it just seems like Bardugo has improved her whole writing style. Which is to be expected the more work and author creates and publishes at least that’s the way you would hope it would go.

Six of Crows is a story of six young criminals from a gang known as the Dregs who’s symbol is a crow drinking from a nearly empty cup. Get it Six of Crows?? HAHA anyways moving on. These criminals each have their own back story and special skill set. And they are all brought together to pull of an impossible task.

As I mentioned above I read the Grisha Trilogy before I read SOC. Although I love SOC way more I am glad that I read these books in order of publication. Because I feel I wouldn’t have been able to keep up with the fast paced action of this book had I not already read about the different levels and types of Grisha in the original story. This is because these things are not explained in as much detail in this book, which effectively is what allows the story to be more fast paced then the trilogy. I am also glad that I read the trilogy first as I picked up on the returning characters and Easter eggs about Ravka and the civil war.

Although the characters in the book go through so much and there is so much action, and despite their great success. I did not find the story too unbelievable. In fact the way in which they pull most of the tasks etc off is quite believable and in my opinion ingenious! I loved seeing the plans unfold and being surprised again and again of the mind of Kaz Brekker! Not to mention the amount of twists, turns and heart stopping moments Bardugo manages to place in this book! I was on the edge of my seat nearly the whole time!

I loved the way the Grisha world was developed more and I just generally loved the world and character building in this book! None of the characters are perfect and the way Bardugo allowed us to meet each character and learn of their backstories while still seeing them develop in the present was great! Seriously though Leigh Bardugo is the Queen of multi-layered and morally grey characters! It was fantastic that not one of these characters were perfect. They each had their demons, vices, weaknesses and down fallings. But they all own it beautifully and don’t let it stop them from doing what they got to do! So bad ass on so many levels!! And although I love them all I think Nina, Inej and Kaz have to be my favourites. But if I had to choose just one let’s be honest it would be Kaz dirty hands Brekker!! I mean how could he not be? Despite the fact that you know he would be an incredibly handsome human being. He has been through so much and although his morals can be questionable he won’t let anything get in his way of getting what he wants. Which is good to know after that ending! Guy’s that ending! Killed me! I am dead! What a cliff hanger!! So many possibilities! I NEED the next book now BRING IT TO ME!!

Overall a great story with great characters and world building. Really stepped up the game from the Grisha trilogy. Despite being fantasy a believable badass story that kept me on the edge of my seat constantly wanting more. I can’t wait to get my dirty little hands on Crooked Kingdom! (See what I did there HAHA). And that is exactly why I gave this book a 5/5 rating. If you haven’t already and are late to the party like me, go and read this book now! I doubt you will regret it! Let's Chat!

Have you read this book? Did you like it better or worse than the Grisha Trilogy? Who is your favourite Dregs member? Was the story believable for you? Please no Crooked Kingdom spoilers!!! But let me know your SOC thoughts in the comments below. Until next time happy watching a reading!!

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Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Title: Norse Mythology

Author: Neil Gaiman

Published: February 1st 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Rating: 4/5

Review2I will begin with my non spoiler review of this book before heading into what could be considered as SPOILERS!! *Gasp* but don’t worry these sections will always be clearly labelled beforehand so you can skip on out before that if you have not read this book!

Much as the title and cover suggest Norse Mythology is a collection of short stories about Norse myths and the Norse gods. Such as Odin, Thor and Loki. I am a big fan of Norse mythology and the Norse gods. In fact whenever I watch or read something about them I am ready to pack my bags and go back to university to study them more in depth! I just find them fascinating and have a Loki obsession. But don’t worry it generally passes once I move away from the book or show!

Anyways lets’ get back on track. The stories in this book are Gaiman’s retellings/portrayals of popular and lesser known Norse myths, legends and stories. Covering from the beginning/ creating of the world all the way to Ragnarok. I believe this is more of a collection of short stories that make up a book. As the book itself is divided into sections, those sections each being an individual story with different gods, characters and settings.

The book being divided into short stories is pretty much the only reason I have given Norse Mythology a 4 instead of a 5 star rating. I have read very few other books in this format and generally don’t tend to pick up and read short story collections. I am not 100% sure why, only that in the past I just haven’t. I think because I was not use to this format the book itself was a lot harder for me to get into. As I would be really into a story and the gods and characters present and interacting in it. Only for that story to come to an end and to have to try to dive into a new story with possibly different characters and settings. So I would mostly end up reading one of the stories and then putting the book down until another time.

However that was really the only thing that bothered me about this book. Apart from my personal reading style causing me to struggle to read this book like I normally would, I think Neil Gaiman has done a beautiful job writing these myths in his own way. Although I struggled to read the individual stories back to back. I loved and enjoyed almost every single one of them on their own. And together learning more about the gods and Norse mythology as a whole. I would have to say that my favourite story would have to be really any that featured Loki or revolved mostly around Loki. I just have a weak spot for the God of mischief. I also think that the cover of the book is stunning the little header artworks are beautiful and the writing utterly enjoyable. Which is why I still gave this book 4/5 despite finding it difficult to get into. 

This next little bit could be considered as spoilers for the last story in the book Ragnarok. It is not very spoilery but just so as not to upset anyone I thought I would warn in advance. So read at your own risk or skip down to the sign off.

I just want to talk about the last story in the book which is titled Ragnarok. Now I knew going into it that Ragnarok is the Norse version of Dooms Day/ The Reckoning/ END OF THE WORLD. Gaiman also hints all the way throughout the book leading up to this story about all the players who will be present in this last battle/ event. Despite all this I was still shocked at how it all went down and at just how many people/ gods/ characters died. I mean looking back that was probably a stupid thing of me to think, that more would make it through, I mean Hello! Ragnarok literally is the end of the world. What else did I expect? However I think this story was one of my very favourites from the book. I just loved how it shocked and surprised me and brought back and tied together everything from the other stories. How heaps of little decisions and actions taken in the earlier stories lead up to and culminated in this big battle. Just think that if only one of them had done one thing differently this may have all been avoided or had a different outcome. It was just crazy to read and think about! I was also a little bit disappointed in my little Loki’s involvement in this end game, but also really felt he was justified in a lot of ways to feel the way he did despite getting himself in the situation he did. Anyway like I said above this was overall a really good and really enjoyable read well worth 4/5 stars!


Let's Chat!Have you read this Book? Do you agree with my opinions or did you feel another way? Who is your favourite Norse God? Have you read any of Neil Gaiman’s other works or is this your first like me? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time happy watching and reading.

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WWW Wednesday Aug-30-2017

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. To participate and see others responses check out her blog by clicking here.

But long story short pretty much all you have to do are answer the below three questions and leave a link to your post in the comments of Sam’s blog. I think this is a really fun way to keep track of what I am reading while also keeping you all up to date on my current reads and what I hope to read as well as some thoughts and opinions before my full reviews.

The three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?WreathCurrently Reading: Recently I have been reading Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Currently I am about half way through and am absolutely loving it! I hope to finish SOCit this week sometime and will have a review some time shortly after that for a Review Friday.  But here are some of my current thoughts on this book so far:
  • Leigh Bardugo is a queen
  • I have fallen in love with the Grisha world all over again!
  • The character building and world building are fabulous!
  • Kaz and Inej are my favourites. They are life and I cannot wait to find out more about them!

To sum up I am really loving reading Six of Crows for the first time and being back in the Grisha World. The plot so far is great there are barley any slow moments and I can not wait to see how everything plays out! Foliage 17Recently Finished: If you read my last WWW Wednesday post you will know that the last book I was reading and have since finished is Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I norseoverall really enjoyed this book and my review will be up on Friday for Review Friday. However here are a sneak peak of my thoughts:

  • The cover is 100% amazingly beautiful!
  • I love Norse Mythology
  • Loki is everything and I loved learning more about him.
  • The way the book is set out is different to what I am used to/ normally read. Thus it was slightly harder to get into.
  • well written and entertaining

Keep an eye out for my review going up this Friday if you want to know my more in depth thoughts and reasons behind the points I have made today. Overall though a quite enjoyable read!Foliage 17Up Next: Again if you read my last WWW post I bet it came as a big shock to you that I went on to read Six of Crows as my next read instead of rereading the ACOTAR series! I did say that I might surprise you and it turns out I could not resist the pull of SOC. Having ACOMAF.jpgsaid this however I still really want to reread the ACOTAR series especially ACOMAF!!! That book is still my favourite of the series! ALL THE FEELS EVERY TIME!!

So I think I will definitely be rereading this series soon! It is one of my all-time favourites. However there are so many new great books coming out next month that I have pre-ordered or want to get. So I want to reread those series in preparation for reading them when I recive them! *cough* Godsgrave *cough* so keen!! There are also still multiple books on my shelves that I have brought and am yet to read. So the issue is always weather to reread or read new stuff!! HELP ME I don’t know what to do!!

If I again manage to put off my re-read of ACOTAR, I will most likely read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon next. I brought the first four books in this series in a box set from Bookdepository andoutlander.jpg only just received them on Monday.  Such good timing with the delivery though as I only just finished watching season 2 of the TV show this Sunday just gone! I absolutely adore the TV show!! My Nanna is from Scotland and I have always had an obsession with Scotland and Scottish things. The Kilts, Bag pipes and accents ARE KILLING ME!! But in a very good way I just can’t get enough of it!!

So I really want to get stuck into reading the books that started it all! I hope they are great and that they are even more detailed than the show because I need to know what happens! I need more Clare and Jamie in my life. JAMIE!!!! I can’t even! Basically I need something to help keep me going until season 3 of the TV show comes out in September sometime!

So that is my weekly update on everything I have been reading and want to read. What do you guys think I should read next? What is everyone else reading? Until next time happy watching and reading!

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Review: Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur

Title: Milk and honey

Author: Rupi Kaur

Genre: Poetry

Published: 8 July 2016

Publisher: Andrews McMeel

Rating: 3.5/5

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is a collection of poetry divided into four sections. Each section dealing with a different theme. I found this to be quite a quick and easy read at only 208 pages. In fact I smashed it out in less than one day! The cover design is simple but STUNNING. I love the bees! the way the poems themselves are set out in the book are equally as stunning especially with the illustrations hand drawn by Kaur herself scattered throughout (double the talent!).

The four chapters/ sections are labelled: the hurting, the loving, the breaking and the healing. Consequently the themes of the poems for each section centre around these headings. This was another book I picked up having seen all over bookstagram with everyone raving about it. For me the hype both was and wasn’t justified.

This is because even though I LOVE the cover design and think the entire book is composed beautifully, I could not personally relate to the themes of many of the poems. Hence why this was not a 4 or 5 star read for me. This is not to say that I hated the collection of poetry or did not enjoy reading it! Like I said I smashed through this! Not only because of the way its set out but because even though I did not necessarily relate to them all I thought all the poems were beautifully written. You can tell that they came from the heart and soul of Kaur and that even if they do not resonate with you that they would with someone else.

Having said this there were a handful of the poems that did resonate with me. When I read these particular poems I got a real sense of wow or wanting to think deeper on the topic. I got a feeling like ok I am not the only one that feels this way or thinks these things! I also despite not being able to connect with most the poems thought to consider myself lucky that I could not. As a lot of them deal with some quite dark/heavy topics that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

Overall I think the Aesthetic of this book is beautiful, the way it is written is beautiful and the concept is beautiful. However due to my own life experiences many of the poems did not resonate with me which is why I am giving Milk and Honey a rating of 3.5 out of 5.

Have you read this poetry collection? What were your thoughts? Any other poetry recommendations? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time happy watching and reading.

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WWW Wednesday, 23-Aug-2017

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. To participate and see others responses check out her blog by clicking here.

This is my first ever WWW Wednesday! I wanted to participate as a way to offer you guys more regular content as well as keep you up to date on what I am reading these days. So here we go.

The three W’s are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading: So for the past couple of weeks I have been reading Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. I have made big progress on this book and actually only have 2 or 3 of the individual stories left to read before I finish it. I do plan to write a review on this book when I finish it just like I want to try and do with every book I read. However here are a few of my current thoughts:

  • I love Norse Mythology in general so learning more about it through Gaiman’s portrayal has been great fun.
  • I love Loki he is amazingly awesome! (And misguided.)
  • That cover is beyond beautiful I mean look at it!
  • Overall really enjoying this read however the way it is set out is annoying me and making it hard to get through.

I hope to be finished this read by the end of this week and hopefully can have my full review up by the end of next week to give you all my thoughts and final opinion.


Recently Finished: The book I finished before starting Norse Mythology was actually a collection of poetry called Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. I smashed this out in less than one day! It is very easy to read and well set out. I am hoping to have the review with my in depth thoughts and feelings up by the end of this week. But again here are a few quick points:

  • I love the simplistic beauty of this cover (those bees are so cute!)
  • This is a very quick and easy read.
  • I found a lot of the content hard to relate to.
  • However all of the writing is beautiful and some poems made me stop and think and just wow.

So to sum up this is a quick and easy read but not all of it related to me. Keep an eye out for my review!


Next up:  Now this section is a little trickier for me at the moment I am having such mixed feelings about what to read next! Firstly with the release of the synopsis for the new novella/ short story and many bookstagramers talking about it at the moment. I have a strong urge to re-read the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. Like I can hear the books from here screaming at me to take them off my bookshelf and read them right this instant! haha but seriously I love this series and will happily re-read it for what will be the third time. I mean the plot the characters oh the characters! My babies! Feysand is like my biggest OTP and one can never get enough Rhysand in your life! He is the ultimate of book boyfriends! I don’t care what anyone says fight me on this!

On the other hand though I have many books on my bookshelf that I am yet to read as well as more that should arrive any day now from Book Depository. These include the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and the Assassins Blade by Sarah J. Maas.  I am loving the Outlander TV show at the moment so I am excited to delve into the books that started it all. Also I only read the Grisha trilogy for the first time last month and loved it so really want to read Six of Crows. Altogether though I have many great reads lined up! I have a feeling ACOTAR will win but hey I tend to read whatever I am in the mood for at that time, so I may surprise you!

Have you read any of these great books? What are you currently reading and plan to read next? What do you think I should read next? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time happy reading and watching.

 

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Review: Queens of Geek, by Jen Wilde

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Title: Queens of Geek
Author: Jen Wilde
Publication Date: 26/4/2017
Publisher: Swoon reads, Pan Macmillan Australia
Genre: Contemporary
Rating: 5/5

So I will be breaking this review up into two sections the first half I endeavour to keep mostly spoiler free and the second half which is highly likely to contain spoilers while I fangirl hard about this book.

 

 
Queens of Geek is the debut novel of Australian Author Jen Wild. It is a young adult contemporary novel based in California USA about three Australian high school students. Much as the cover of the book entails this story is that of three friends who go on an adventure to a convention much like Comic Con and two romances that arise from this. This is a quick fun read which also manages to be emotional, relatable and broch many issues and topics. This book represents the LGBTIQ+ community with multiple characters of different sexual orientation being represented. Jen also broches the topic of mental illness in the form of sever anxiety as well as writing characters that are a part of the Autism spectrum which I myself have seen very little of.

 

 
Jen also manages to cover and display so many issues and topics in this one story that is only set over a couple of days. She covers as mentioned above an example of what it is like to live and deal with mental illness and overcoming some of your greatest struggles and fears. Bullying, body shaming, and poisonous relationships are all themes/ issues I picked up on being represented or is what I interpreted some of the events in the book to represent. This story also covers finding love and trying to navigate the world all while finding who you are. Last but not least this is a story that finally represents almost solely the Geeks/Fangirls/Fanboys/Nerds of the world and the truly amazing bond that is friendship.

 

 
Given the diversity in this book and the amount of people/issues/themes represented I really feel this is a book that almost everyone can find a little bit of themselves in and relate to. I know I sure did on multiple levels! This coupled with great writing and a storyline that still managed to be funny, romantic and moving is why I would recommend this book to anyone and have given it a 5/5 rating. Everyone do yourself a favour if you haven’t already, go and pick up this amazing fresh and diverse read and put it at the top of your TBR you won’t regret it.

 

 
End of Spoiler free review don’t continue if you haven’t read the book and don’t want to be spoiled!!! All others please venture forward and fangirl with me over this great read!

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Hello again ….. Let’s give this another go.

Well hello there friends, it’s been a while. I guess I should start by apologizing/ explaining my year long hiatus. I started this blog towards the start of last year along with my bookstagram @paperbackandflickchick in the hopes of sharing and expressing my love of all things books, movies and TV shows. For a while I had the time and passion to put into and create for both of these hobbies for myself. Unfortunately my life got pretty hectic and I went through what I feel was tremendous change and growth as a person. I got engaged, went through my last semester of university wondering if I was going to graduate and what I was going to do with my adult life. I passed my exams graduated from uni and got my first full time job in my chosen field. My partner and I brought our first home together and although I made some new friends I lost many along the way.

 
I guess through all of this I put my hobbies, passion and creativity on the back burner until I no longer felt the urge to create for either of these media and eventually stopped all together. So thank you to those of you who stuck around through my silence and inactivity. It really does mean a lot. To any new followers, welcome! Thank you for taking the time to look into my blog and chucking me a follow despite the lack of activity. You have come at a good time, because guess what? I’m back baby and I have found my passion for this again and I hope things are about to get a lot more active and interesting around here.

 
I have been in my new job now for over half a year and settled into my house for a couple of months now. A few months ago I found myself feeling bored and restless with no creative outlet. Around about this time I decided to start up my bookstagram again and have posted every day for a couple of months straight now. It is one of the greatest decisions I have made recently. I absolutely love it! I have come across so many great new inspirational and amazing accounts. And through this I have started to meet some truly awesome like-minded people. These past couple of weeks I have felt a pull towards blogging and wanting to be able to write more about the things I am reading and watching, loving and hating at the moment. So I have decided to listen to what my intuition and soul are telling me and to start writing and creating more content for here. Basically inflicting you unsuspecting people with my thought opinions and reviews.

 
My goals for this blog are to, like bookstagram find like-minded people creating great content and improve my own skills in this thing called blogging. Remember I have very little experience and am basically a beginner with so much to learn. My writing style is very in the moment, open honest and full of emotion. I don’t really plan what I am going to write. I get an idea in my head or get the urge to write about a particular book or movie and just kind of let the words spill out onto the page. At least this way you can always count on the fact that my reviews are 100% my own personal honest views and opinions. I plan to post here at least a couple of times per month and whenever the creative urge demands it. Once again thank you for sticking around I hope you enjoy this journey and experience as much as I do. Speak to you again soon.

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ONCE UPON A TIME: My thoughts so far

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Title: Once upon a time

Creators: Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis

Spoiler Alert: Just a warning that there is very likely to be spoilers in this post due to the fact that I am just so excited and angry about certain things I can not express myself without them. So if you’re like me and hate spoilers do not read this post, yet, if you haven’t seen seasons 1-3.


 

So I know that this show has been around for a while now but for a number of reasons I had just never made the decision to watch it until recently. However now I wish I would have watched it much sooner! This show Oh my gosh! Let me tell you I am now a big fan and absolutely love everything this show brings to television.

For those of you that don’t know Once Upon a Time is a show that fits into the genres of fantasy, action and romance. The show is mostly set in a small town called Storybrooke as well as the enchanted forest. The show is Centered around Emma Swan: “the product of true love” and in this case the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. In what is in my opinion creative genius that must take weeks of planning and creating this show portrays old school fairytales, nursery stories and Disney tales in a modern day setting and manages to intertwine them all together. 

The fact that the show is centered around magic and fairytales is just one of the reasons I love this show! I also love the elaborate out of this world costumes, the plot twists, the great acting (In terms of TV shows) and many of the characters (others I just love to hate). I am going to take this moment to share with you guys some of my favorite characters from the show and I can’t start with any other one than Hook. Where do I even start? Killian Jones (Hook) is a sexy beast, pirate, funny, ladies man with a bigger heart than you would first think. Not to mention the way he falls for Emma and has her back is the best thing and had me swooning. Not to mention when him and Emma actually finally get together I was literally squealing like a school girl! I mean seriously it took Emma long enough! Which brings me to my second favorite: Emma Swan, although she frustrates me immensely sometimes, her large heart, bravery and wit by far make up for it and you can’t help but love her character. Lastly one that was a bit unexpected for me and I am still not 100% sure why I like him so much myself is Rumplestiltskin. I mean yes he has done horrible things and still continues to do so, but he has also done heartwarmingly great things for the people he loves, and I think it might mostly be the fact that Robert Carlyle is just brilliant in the role I mean seriously he is great! There are so many other great characters and things about this show but if I sat here and wrote about them all this would be the longest post in history and not to mention I don’t want to spoil everything, just in case you ignored my spoiler warning.

As I think I’ve made very clear, I love this show and am pretty much addicted. Because of this however I am left quite angry. Why you ask? Well I had finished season three which is when Emma and Hook finally get together (Squeal!!), and so obviously wanted to go straight on to season four to see how their relationship grows as well as how the rest of the plot carries on. So I went and looked online for places where I could buy season four on DVD near my home only to discover that it was not available in Australia. Ok no big deal, no need to freak out yet, surely the release date is soon right?! So I go on to look that up only to discover that it isn’t anytime soon and that it is only currently airing on Australian TV now! So now you are probably thinking why don’t you just watch it now then, as it airs?  Which was exactly my thought process at the time, however they are already about halfway through the season and therefore there is no way for me to watch the episodes I have missed without using illegal means (which I know some people are ok with but I don’t like doing especially to shows I love). So now I am left to wait for the DVD to be released in Australia so I can catch up on my addiction. I really hope the wait goes quick so I can stop being sulky and frustrated. Not to mention I miss Hook already!!

Have you guys had the pleasure of watching this show? Who are your favorite characters? Do you have to deal with the delayed airing to? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

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Batman v Superman: Half hit half miss

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Title: Batman v Superman: Dawn of justice

Director: Zack Snyder

Writers: Chris Terrio et al.

Genre: Action/superhero

My review: Now I am always one of the first to admit that I love a good superhero movie, however as the title suggests the first half of this instalment was more than a let down. The switches between the worlds of Superman and Batman just did not mesh as much as one would like and left me feeling like I was trying to follow two completely separate movies. The numerous flash backs/ dream sequences did not help. Making the plot line hard to follow and often confusing. Lastly having a completely new actor (Ben Affleck) coming in to play such an iconic role without his own solo movie first didn’t help the first half of this movie.

On a more positive note the second half of the movie improved my overall opinion dramatically. From the crazy, dramatic and over the top battle scenes to the beginnings of the Justice League. This part of the movie had me feeling like I was finally seeing what I came to see. The insanely awesome acting of Jesse Eisenberg and Gal Gadot was also a great highlight. Eisenberg played the psychotic evil genius that is Lex Luthor perfectly and Gadot was total badass beauty as Wonder Woman. All this accompanied with the dramatic and suspenseful ending has me waiting for the next instalment in this franchise.

Conclusion: Although the first half of the movie really was a let down, the second half really makes up for it. If you’re a fan of superhero movies and great battle scenes then I would give this one a go. If however you’re not really into that, find plots hard to follow and cant sit still for near on 2.5hours, then maybe give this one a miss or wait for the DVD.

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