Wednesday, 22 March 2017

The Midnight Star- Marie Lu THEORIES

I'm so excited to read The Midnight Star but.... I have a few fun theories about how the last book would end and wanted to write them down before I started reading (mainly so I can brag if I'm right).
I have no non-spoiler theories so, if you haven't read both The Young Elites and The Rose Society, read no further!

The Young Elites BOOK TALK
The Rose Society BOOK TALK

While I change my mind a lot, I think Magiano will be endgame- though that's also a fierce hope. I can't see Enzo and Adelina rekindling a spark with all their history and the hatred shared between them. Magiano understands her and stays with her through everything- I hope to Gods that he doesn't die.
Adelina will use an illusion of Giuliana to torture Teren. Adelina is all about revenge so of course she's going to hurt Teren as much as she can- meaning that she'll definitely go for Teren's vulnerable spot: his obsession for Giuliana (notice how I don't say love).
I think Violetta will die in the end but will save all the Elites. Her power is taking away other Elites' powers so... if Elite powers are killing them, Violetta can take them away. Though, in doing this her own powers will turn on herself. So, basically, I think Violetta will end up sacrificing herself to save everyone which I think would actually be good because what else has she done to help? Maybe Violetta's death would help Adelina turn good as well- making her realise how selfish she's being?

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

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Rose Society- Marie Lu BOOK TALK

Words can't describe how amazing I found this book. The second instalment in The Young Elites trilogy built up beautifully and submerges the reader into epic fantasy and action!
A lot of people found this book hard to read simply because of how dark it is but I loved that about the story! The darkness and evil undertone of this entire novel is captivating to me. I didn't find it difficult to read at all- I flew through it.
We meet new characters in this books and ships are definitely tested!! There may be a bit of a love triangle... but that doesn't bother me at all because I am fiercely on my ship but have no idea if it'll be endgame or not! At the moment, I'd say yes. Surely. But maybe not. No. I have no idea!
This book is filled with brilliant plotting and ends with a stunning and breathtaking battle of forces. In this trilogy, you have no idea who the hero is and who's the villain- everyone is an enemy, even ourselves.
Would most definitely recommend!!
The Young Elites- Marie Lu BOOK TALK


Adelina is such a controversial character but I love her. Like I said in my The Young Elites Book Talk, she is evil and dark but that makes her human! It's so boring having countless selfless characters- it's nice to read a refreshing a dark character!
I liked seeing the dynamic between the sisters in this book- Violetta and Adelina always stick together and promise to do so- which probably makes the ending even more heart-breaking.

Monday, 20 March 2017

The Walking Dead 3x01 'Seed' TV TALK

Here we are again. At the beginning of a new series. I find that, with The Walking Dead, the best episodes are the first and last ones. And this was no exception.
It was a kick-ass start to the season and set up a lot of difficulties we may face in the future. There was a slight time jump from the end of season two to the beginning of this one and everyone has miraculously grown so much- especially Carl! We also meet some new characters in this episode which is very exciting!

Season 1: | 1x01 | 1x02 | 1x03 | 1x04 | 1x05 | 1x06
Season 2: | 2x01 | 2x02 | 2x03 | 2x04 | 2x05 | 2x06 | 2x072x08 | 2x09 | 2x10 | 2x11 | 2x12 | 2x13

We started off by trying to find a place to stay. We've shifted a few months down the line and- good news!- no one died in that time and Lori's about to pop! I can't get over how much Carl's grown- he's trusted to go on guard and everything! He's suddenly amazing at shooting and death doesn't seem to faze him! Plus, he's got a super adorable crush on Beth, I think.
It was great when we found the prison and that epic shoot-out was awesome! There's nothing like shooting Walkers to start a season. The synchronisation of the group was superb!
We didn't see too much of Daryl and Carol in this episode but there was a nice scene of them flirting (??) and Daryl giving her a massage. Totally platonic, though....

Sunday, 19 March 2017

The Walking Dead 2x13 'Beside the Dying Fire' TV TALK

This has to be one of my favourite episodes of this entire series. This was an epic finale!! The last episode really left on a cliffhanger and set us up for this one beautifully. That means we jumped straight into the action and, boy, was it so good!!!
The episode was so intense to watch and the background music was on point- creating such a panicked and devastated tone to the events.

Season 1: | 1x01 | 1x02 | 1x03 | 1x04 | 1x05 | 1x06
Season 2: | 2x01 | 2x02 | 2x03 | 2x04 | 2x05 | 2x06 | 2x072x08 | 2x09 | 2x10 | 2x11 | 2x12

The flashback (ish) was a cool starter. I had no idea how the Walkers had made it to the farm- especially that amount!!! It also built up tension brilliantly because I needed to see what was going to happen to the group!
It was a very 'they're behind you' situation to begin with. Rick and Carl were wandering along- not a care in the world- and I'm screaming at them to look around and see that they're surrounded by Walkers!!
The herd of Walkers was super scary- there were just so many! It was so intense because the number of them was massive and the panic it set on the group was terrifying to watch.
It was miraculous that Rick and Carl made it alive and it was so sweet when Rick told Carl that he loved him!!! He obviously thought that one of them wouldn't make it!

Saturday, 18 March 2017

The Young Elites- Marie Lu BOOK TALK

*** (3.5 stars)
This was so surprisingly good- much better than I thought it would be. I sped through it- it's such a quick read! I'd previously glimpsed at the book and thought it may get a bit confusing with all the different points of views but it was fine! The pacing was good and it definitely had the gripping factor to it.
I'd describe this book as a mix between Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas), The Darkest Minds (Alexandra Bracken) and The Winner's Curse (Marie Rutkoski). I noticed a few parallels between this book and Legend- Lu's other trilogy- but not enough that it overly bothered me.
The Young Elites follows a society where young people who have survived a disease have developed powers (see the obvious instant link with The Darkest Minds?) and these malfettos are discriminated against in society. When Adelina is sentenced to death for a crime that was not her fault, she discovers her powerful abilities and searches to find how to control them- encountering a society of Young Elites.
The thing I loved most about this book was how dark our protagonist was. Protagonists are normally so selfless and heroic but Adelina has a deep evil streak which I love!!!

I'm going to start with a mini rant to get my feelings of Adelina known!
There's a bit of controversy on Adelina because many people don't like her. I personally think the complete opposite. I love her- how evil she is and how dark her character is. I love it because it's original. Most protagonists are so self-righteous and heroic but Adelina? She is problematic and she is human! She is evil. She is dark. And she is gritty. Her weakness isn't saving her friends (I'm looking at you, Percy) or being stupidly selfish (Tris, you know what you did). Adelina's weakness is the dark parts of herself consuming her and I admire that! Sure, killing makes her feel good but... we have plenty of time for character development and it will be epic!
I feel like I aligned so many of these characters with others. Adelina, for example, was totally Celaena Sardothian (Throne of Glass) in my mind but with less sass. Enzo was the Chaol (Throne of Glass) character completely- he has walls built up, trains her and slowly warms to the protagonist. This may've put a lot of people off but, I love Chaol and so, liked Enzo!!

Friday, 17 March 2017

The Walking Dead 2x12 'Better Angels' TV TALK

This episode lulled me into a false sense of security in exactly the same way others have done in the past. It seems like quite a boring episode to start with- the first 30 minutes was quite character based and not much really happened. And then.... they slam everything on us in the last ten minutes!! It got so bloody good and.... I'm so happy!!!

Season 1: | 1x01 | 1x02 | 1x03 | 1x04 | 1x05 | 1x06
Season 2: | 2x01 | 2x02 | 2x03 | 2x04 | 2x05 | 2x06 | 2x072x08 | 2x09 | 2x10 | 2x11 |

I've sort of split this episode into two sections; the mundane part and the epic part.
Mundane Part
Everyone was mopey again. They were all mourning Dale and it was all a bit too sombre for my taste. It gave the beginning quite a sad mood.
Hershel finally let them move in which was about time!
I felt so sorry for Carl in this episode- he thought that it was his fault for Dale dying and, while that is kinda true, it's sad for him to think that- you're not supposed to tell the kid that it is his fault. 
Lori apologises to Shane in this which was heart-felt for me. I may hate Shane with a vengeance but he does care for Lori and vice versa. We needed this scene- especially for how this episode ended- it tied everything up.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

The Walking Dead 2x11 'Judge, Jury, Executioner' TV TALK

This was a very eventful episode- so much seems to have happened! And there's lots to talk about!
This episode, in my opinion, focused on Carl's character which I really loved. I can't wait to see how he grows throughout this series and in this harsh environment.
We battled with humanity in this episode and the moral dilemmas are going thick within the group.

Season 1: |  1x01 1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06
Season 2: |  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x072x08  |  2x09  |  2x10

We started with a petrified Randall- which I completely understand. I loved how he was trying to sweet talk Carl into letting him free- it was so amusing. I do kind of feel sorry for Randall but, by the sound of it, his group doesn't sound that amazing. What they apparently did to those girls? That's disgusting.
A cute moment of this episode was when Hershel gave Glenn the family stopwatch!! Even Hershel ships them!!!
Dale was the only one truly fighting for Randall. Watching him fight for the life of a human and basic humanity was so intense but also heart-breaking when absolutely no one backed him up. I love this quote from him; "The world we know is gone. But keeping our humanity? That's a choice."
Dale really shone in this episode which was good seeing as thought it was his last....

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

The Walking Dead 2x10 '18 Miles Out' TV TALK

This episode was clearly divided into two groups- the boys and the girls- who, frankly, were just as bad as each other. Both sides involved arguments, fighting and near death situations. Which was super fun to watch!

Season 1: |  1x01 1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06
Season 2: |  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x072x08  |  2x09

Let's start with the girls- like I said, this episode was completely divided with the boys' and the girls' drama. For the gals, Beth was our definitive problem. I understand why she wants to kill herself- just like Andrea- but I do think it's the coward's way out and that she was a bit naïve in not seeing what an impact it would have on her family.
Andrea has really started to annoy me these past few episodes. At the beginning of the show, she was really cool and bad-ass. But since Amy's death and Dale preventing her from committing suicide, she's been really bitter, reckless and thinks that she's above others just because she can now shoot. She sides with Shane, I think, simply because the rest of the group's against him and I think that she's really self-centred now.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The Walking Dead 2x09 'Triggerfinger' TV TALK

This was an average episode for me- there was nothing outstanding about it but, as always, it gripped me and keeps me coming back for me. The storyline is focusing more on character depth now which is refreshing but... can we kill a few more Walkers, please?

Season 1: |  1x01 1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06
Season 2: |  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x072x08

Lori was stupid to get herself into that situation with the whole car crash situation but she sure held her own against the Walkers! But I don't know how she would've continued without Shane showing up. I was happy that Shane came to the rescue but... damn you for lying!!! She deserves to know what is happening to her husband and Shane has no right to lie and say that he's fine when he actually hasn't come back yet.

Operation Prom Date- Cindi Madsen BLOG TOUR REVIEW and GIVEAWAY

This book was exactly what I needed.
I love Entangled Crush books in general because they're all so quick, cute and easy to read. I fly right through them in a day and they leave me feeling all warm and giddy- they are the ultimate feel-good books!!
And this one was no exception. Another thing I love about these books is that, more often than not, they tend to be closely linked to fandoms and have lots of references. This one had all the discussions of shipping, OTPs and TVD ships (plus a mention of Stydia!!) while previous books I've read have even mentioned Hamilton the musical (I'm looking at you, All Laced Up). These books are the best.
A downside of these books would be that they're pretty predictable but... that doesn't bother me. I go into these books expecting that I'll know exactly about the end- but it's fun to see the story evolve. It's easy to follow and the journey is the best part in these novels- not the destination.
As always on blog tours, the book cover and synopsis will be below this review as well as the author info and book links for you to check out!
Also, there's an exciting giveaway along with this blog tour- the link is underneath so check it out for your chance to win!!

Kate has to be one of the cutest protagonists I've read about. She was, in a word... nutty? It was an adorable crazy that instantly make me like her (plus, her loving TVD and Teen Wolf helped). I loved how much of a fangirl she was and still ended up with a perfect guy- there's hope for us yet, guys!!!
I also adore that she's a borderline stalker? It was amusing to no end.
Klaus? Stydia? Delena? Haylijah? This was my dream come true.
Cooper was the classic, swoon-worthy love interest. He was the sweetest guy and I fell in love with him almost instantly (definitely instantly).

Monday, 13 March 2017

The Walking Dead 2x08 'Nebraska' TV TALK

This was a dramatic episode and... a stupid one. The episode itself wasn't stupid but these characters can sure make some illogical decisions. Nevertheless, it was exciting and had a nice balance of tension, action and drama (as always).

Season 1: |  1x01 1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06
Season 2: |  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06  |  2x07

From the very beginning, I was suspicious of why Beth was ill. I was convinced she'd been bitten by a Walker but... maybe I'm getting a bit too paranoid with this program.
I love the fact that Lori is now suspicious of Shane as Dale planted the seed that Shane murdered Otis. Shane is a loose cannon and, in the future, is either going to kill someone or get himself killed. I can't see him being with us too much longer- which I'm oddly happy about!
We had a funeral for Sophia and co. this episode but I was surprised that Carol didn't attend it- she may regret that in the future.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

The Walking Dead 2x07 'Pretty Much Dead Already' TV TALK

This was an amazing mid-season finale! There was so much happening- so many plots going in different directions. The anticipation was built up so high and the ending was so heart-punching (though, I'm amazed I didn't guess it).
This is another personal favourite of mine- though, I am saying that an awful lot...

Season 1: |  1x01 1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06
Season 2: |  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  |  2x06

The funniest fact that we've learnt in this show is that Glenn really can't keep a secret. He tells the whole camp about the barn full of Walkers- and rightly so, they all had a right to know.
Shane is so damn sketchy! One day he's going to end up killing Rick or Dale. Speaking of Dale, he had some guts confronting Shane about Otis like that. I quite like Dale- especially as he's the only one who realises just how cunning Shane is.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy- Cassandra Clare and co. BOOK TALK

It took me weeks to read this book and each novella review will be quite quick and abrupt because... I didn't take sufficient notes and I don't have too much to say about it. Plus, I skim read the majority of the book so didn't completely get a few of the stories.
I've been so busy lately, I promise!! I've been in such a bad reading slump and now that I've finally completed this book, hopefully I can get back into the swing of things.
This review is very jumpy as there are so many characters and plots to jump to and from but.... it was the random scrabble of my thoughts.
I wouldn't say you need to read this before Lady Midnight (I didn't) but it does give smaller details that may make lady Midnight all the more better (though it was stunning anyway).

Welcome to the Shadowhunter Academy
This was quite a generic story- we were basically being introduced to the academy and the new characters.
I hated that Simon didn't have his memories as it's my biggest pet peeve- we have to relearn everything all over again!
I understand where it came from but Isabelle was acting very stroppy and controlling at the beginning of the book- like she could force Simon to go back to how he was.

The Lost Herondale
This story went over my head a bit but the jist is that Catrina saved Tobias Herondale and now we have a stray Herondale running around... This does lead to Lady Midnight but I won't go into those spoilers.

Friday, 10 March 2017

The Walking Dead 2x06 'Secrets' TV TALK

This was a promising episode and, from the title, I was anticipating a lot from this instalment. And, as always, I was not disappointed.
 I really liked this episode and it had a nice balance of drama and action which is always good.
Glenn was the star for me in this episode- he's just too adorable and perfect!! I mean, just look at how cute him and Maggie are!!! Look!!!

Season 1: |  1x01 1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06
Season 2: |  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  |  2x05  | 

The highlight of this episode had to be Glenn trying to keep all these secrets that are being piled onto him. It's so adorable! He's trying to hide it but he's so terrible at lying!! Even when nobody was looking at him, he acted so suspicious and he's so obvious! Looking from the barn and back to the group nervously. Glancing at Lori and back at the group as if they're hiding something. He's so cute, I wanna cry.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Walking Dead 2x05 'Chupacabra' TV TALK

This was such an exciting episode! I really liked this one- it was greatly paced and everything is slowly beginning to build up and unfold. There were many brilliant 'gasp' moments which made me so happy and so greatly gripped. This show is really evolving from season one already- it's becoming more character/relationship based and is really focusing on fleshing out these character's stories- it's not just a gory zombie show, guys!!

Season 1: |  1x01 1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06
Season 2: |  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  |  2x04  | 

I love seeing the flashbacks every once in a while. It was great to see a snippet of how our beloved group formed from the very beginning.
I'm getting more and more annoyed with Lori because she just needs to tell someone that she's pregnant! Hershel wants them gone but if he finds out that Lori's pregnant they may get a chance to stay!! Suck up your pride, Lori, and tell someone.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

I'm going to see Hamilton!!!!!!

Last year I went to New York and desperately wanted to see my favourite musical ever on Broadway: Hamilton. But, the show is ridiculously over-priced and most shows are sold out. Yes, I was super heart-broken. Yes, I made my family traipse around Broadway to find the Richard Rogers theatre so that I could take pictures outside.
Knowing how gutted I was that I couldn't see it, my amazing parents got me West End tickets for my birthday to see it next year!!
I know it'll be a little different- I don't get to the see the original cast!- but it's the next best thing and I'm super excited and grateful that I get the opportunity to see it on stage.
I've already technically seen the original cast anyway- if you count a crappy film of a live show that was on YouTube for a while.
I'm seeing it in April 2018 so it's a long long long way away but I'm still looking forward to it so much.
I'm planning to post an album review of the two acts soon so stay tuned for that!

Thank you for reading! Feel free to comment your thoughts! Stay amazing!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Cruel Beauty- Rosamund Hodge BOOK TALK

*** (3.5 stars)
I have mixed feelings over this book, really. Some parts were epic and I flew through those chapters whilst others... got a bit confusing and the uncertainty certainly slowed down the book for me.
I would describe this book as Beauty and the Beast, Rumpelstiltskin and Greek Mythology all rolled up into one.
It follows Nyx- a girl destined to marry a Demon Lord because of a poor bargain her father made. All her life she plans to kill him and.... well, you know how that goes (it is a Beauty and the Beast retelling). Things get complicated, really. And a lot of drama goes down.
nevertheless, it was an enjoyable read and I'd recommend for people who love fairytales and greek mythology.
This book really reminded me of Iniquity by Melody Winter (Book Talk), so if you liked that, I'd suggest giving this a try and vice versa. The two books simply have the same vibes- destined to marry a demon lord, wants to kill/destroy him, actually falls in love etc. However, I will say that Iniquity is a lot steamier than Cruel Beauty so keep that in mind.

From the very beginning, I liked Nyx. I adore the fact that she's so different to other heroines that are in YA literature nowadays; they're usually so selfless and determined whereas Nyx was actually quite cruel and bitter as well as the strong, heroic, etc. Normally, protagonists are all kind and perfect because the author wants the reader to like them but, with Nyx, she did have some bad personality traits that made her feel more human.

Monday, 6 March 2017

The Walking Dead 2x04 'Cherokee Rose' TV TALK

This was such a fun episode- one of my favourites in the series so far. We had a lot of humour, action and even a little bit of romance!!
We have a new dynamic in the group now and it's interesting to see how the group are handling it- because this show is the height of dramatic!

Season 1: |  1x01 1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06
Season 2: |  2x01  |  2x02  |  2x03  | 

The episode starts with everyone together again which is nice. Hershel lays down the rules that no guns are going to be used which I think is fair. I'm so hesitant about them using guns- it's just attracts more Walkers surely!!
I also appreciate that Hershel wants the group to leave as soon as they find Sophia. If I was Rick, I would feel so guilty about taking their supplies and putting them at risk of a Walker attack. Hershel's request is completely justified.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

The Walking Dead 2x03 'Save the Last One' TV TALK

This was a slower episode compared to the others but it was still nicely paced and built up a lot of tension. We had an underlining evil through this episode (I'm not naming names) but there's a build up of tension that will really blow up in a future episode which is fun to anticipate.

Season 1: |  1x01 1x02  |  1x03  |  1x04  |  1x05  |  1x06
Season 2: |  2x01  |  2x02  |

Andrea is annoying me a bit at the moment. She's always nagging and being a bit harsh with everyone. I get that she's upset about Amy and is feeling suicidal but she's sulking all the time and it's just kind of irritating. I want to shout at her to pull herself together or something.
Daryl; I'm loving. We got a bit of a closer look into his background in this episode and I love it! He genuinely amuses me whilst also happening to be kick-ass and strong.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

March Releases and TBR 2017

Strange The Dreamer- Laini Taylor (28th)
The End of Oz- Danielle Paige (14th)
The Struggle (Titan #3)- Jennifer L. Armentrout (20th)
Radio Silence- Alice Osman (28th)
The Pants Project- Cat Clarke (7th)
100 Hours- Rachel Vincent (28th)
Optimists Die First- Susin Nielson (2nd)
Black Moon- L.A. Weatherly (1st)

I've been in a bit of a book slump recently so I want to pick up really good books to get me back into reading but... these next few months are going to be really busy. I'll just read what I'm in the mood for at that moment.

The Young Elites Trilogy- Marie Lu (Book of the Month)
This month we're reading The Young Elites- the whole trilogy!! I went out with Kaitlin from Liber Amoris and, as well as having an awesome cosplay photo-shoot (more on that soon...) we both bought super cheap boxsets of this series. Seemed like a perfect time to make them the books of the month!!

Operation Prom Date- Cindi Madsen
I have a Book Tour stop coming up for this book which is primarily why I need to read it by a certain date. I wanted to read this because A) I want a quick and easy read that won't take me long, B) I'm in the mood for a bit of romance and C) my own prom is coming up this summer so I thought this book would amuse me, if anything, and will probably me give me exceedingly high expectations for it.