2017 Love-A-Thon: Mini-challenge #1: Mad Libs: Fairytale Edition

2017 Love-A-Thon: Mini-challenge #1:  Mad Libs: Fairytale Edition

The Challenge: To fill out the below whimsical Mad Libs to create our very own fairy-tale! All we have to do is choose a word that fits the provided prompts given. Once that was done and the blanks filled we have our very own story! The Fairy-tale: Once upon a time, in a far away kingdom, there lived a smart thief. She lived alone in a bakery, where she had grown up with the deceased owner. She had beautiful hands, and she was known for her shiny red necklace, the only thing she had left of her parents. Alas, the king of the country became jealous and wanted to own this necklace. So, she became a wanted person and had to flee into the forest to find a place to hide. After running around for hours, hungry and tired, she stumbled upon a hut. An old lady appeared, offering her shelter from the bitter cold.  She looked at her with sadness and said: “I will protect you, but I need your help first. Years ago I lost something precious and I want it back. You need to climb into the sky and get my violin back. Here is a magical bean, throw it into the earth, sprinkle with water and it will sprout a beanstalk. You […]

2017 Love-A-Thon: Introduction Post

2017 Love-A-Thon: Introduction Post

What’s your name? Charlotte Where in the world are you blogging from? I’m blogging from the Midlands in the UK Tell us your history with reading. Were you always a reader? Were you a reluctant reader? Was there a book that convinced you to become a reader? I’ve loved reading since I was a little girl. My love for reading started when I was at my grandparents. And I was a bit bored. My Grandma picked up a book that was my mum’s from when she was little. It was the first Famous Five by Enid Blyton. After that I was hooked and for Christmas I received lots and lots to read. How did you get involved in the online book community? How did you come up with your blog name? I started following a friend’s blog back in University and I really slowly started to make plans and ideas and write reviews in my head. I was also too scared to comment on the blog so couldn’t really talk about all the book feels. And so one day I sat down and set up this blog. When I started this blog I wanted to do it as a bit […]

Movie Musical Challenge: Show Boat

Posted February 15, 2017 by Charlotte in Challenges, Movie Musical Challenge! / 0 Comments
Movie Musical Challenge: Show Boat

For this Movie Musical Challenge I’m using the AFI’s 25 Best Musicals List to try and work my way through. The challenge is throughout the year and once watched I’ll put my thoughts up on the blog.   So the first movie for the challenge is Showboat (1936), staring Irene Dunne and Allan Jones. Having watched the 1951 version starring Howard Keele and Kathryn Grayson I was a bit dubious to watch the 1936 version. Even if it is on the top 25 list.  What with is garish colours and choppy story-line. But seen the original I can see how much they changed the story and actually did a poor adaption. Sometimes a classic is better left alone. And this is on of those times. While these songs are not ones that I instantly recognise, or ones that I could sing straight away. But they instantly hit home. Some of my favourites include ‘Ol’ Man River’, ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man’ and ‘Make Believe’. Paul Robeson with his booming deep voice makes his scenes a pleasure to watch. And makes the songs he sing sound unique and special. There was one scene that I felt was quite awkward and uncomfortable – when Irene Dunn blacks up to […]

Review: The Little Cafe of Second Chances by J.D. Barrett

Posted February 13, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: The Little Cafe of Second Chances by J.D. Barrett

Seeing as this is a book about food, we were onto a winner from the start. And with descriptions of gorgeous food and enticing recipes it was not to salivate at the food. And have an urge to run into the kitchen and rustle something up. With is a rarity in my case let me assure you. This is a brilliant funny smart book, that proves that there is always a second chance as long as you can grab them. In fact that chance can be around the corner when you least expect it. With a colourful cast of characters, The Little Cafe of Second Chances is filled with people who are lovable and have heart, but prove time and time again, that they are human. Lucy is surrounded by people who love her an support her. And with her backstory and the showing how terrible a person Leith is, all you can do is route for Lucy to come out on top. The story was told from alternative perspectives. The main  (and present view) is told by Lucy. While the other perspective alternates between the past and the present. Leading to a compelling and intriguing story-line as the reader tries to […]

Review: Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley P. Beaulieu

Posted February 8, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley P. Beaulieu

 Of Sand and Malice Made is a prequel to the Twelve Kings in Sharakhai a brilliant teaser and perfect to read while waiting for With Blood Upon the Sand to be released. And, as a bonus it adds another exciting layer to the story. While explaining a lot more about Ceda, her background and why she is the way she is. As the White Wolf she has already made a name for herself, and it is because of this that she caught in the web of Rümayesh, an ehrekh. While compare to the previous book this is considered a novella. It is actually normal story size, at over two hundred pages it is no quick read, instead it requires time and patience. However the story is told over three interlinked stories that pull you in  until the very end. While this was written after Twelve Kings in Sharakhai  as a prequel it doesn’t expect the reader to know anything about Ceda beforehand. This is a perfect book that can either be read as the first book in the series. Or after Twelve Kings in Sharakhai when you want to dig more into the story and to gain more information. There is humour, excitement and wonder as we explore […]