Review: Blood Upon the Sands by Bradley P. Beaulieu

Posted March 24, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: Blood Upon the Sands by Bradley P. Beaulieu

Wow. Things have certainly moved on from book one. Not in time. But in characterisation and strength and empowerment. Ceda is not the same girl we met in book one. She has changed. Grown more sure of herself and more sure of her goals. The problem with this book  and the previous is the size. It is a huge book! It has taken me over two weeks to work my way through. There was no chance of me rereading the first, so I’d have appreciated a character list just so I could get my bearings. This monster size of a book did make it difficult too keep reading as there where times when I felt I was getting no-where. But this is a high fantasy story that flows well. And I loved how the chapters varied in their points of view. It was especially interesting to read from the King’s perspective. Before they had been distant figures, now they are the very heart of the story. The ending surprised and didn’t surprise me in a way. I thought that Ceda was brave and remained true to herself throughout despite others warning her to stay alert. How she comes back from […]

Movie Musical Challenge: West Side Story

Posted March 22, 2017 by Charlotte in Movie Musical Challenge! / 0 Comments
Movie Musical Challenge: West Side Story

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 second movie for the challenge is West Side Story (1961), starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, and George Chakiris. I reviewed this last year as part of my 2016 Movie Musical Challenge. And if I am being honest my opinion of this musical has not changed. It is a classic, moving and beautiful, a hypnotic musical that shows that the world is a stage. Again the gritty undertone of the musical hits home.  As this retelling of a musical west side Romeo and Juliet focuses on gang warfare, racial dispute and crime. Despite the mesmerising dancing and delicious songs. ‘Tonight’, ‘America’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’ are still my three favourite songs in this musical but each song shows off the talent and skills of the cast and story, while keeping the whimsical nature of a classic musical. This was an atmospheric and addictive watch. With its dazzling choreography and mesmerising scenes this is a musical that is unforgettable with every way. This is a […]

Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Posted March 20, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

I was so excited to read this book and I was not disappointed. For some reason I thought that this was the final book in the series. So imagine my delight when I found out there are more to follow. This is a series that somehow manages to stand out from the rest of this genre. This is a book full of twisted words and fragmented kingdoms. We got to find out more about the boy on the throne. For me this felt more like a background story. I felt more understanding of Maven – the boy king who’s unsure of who he is. Which part of him is real and which has been shaped. I loved the fact that we got other’s point of view. Including Cameron,  and Evangeline. Especially exciting was reading what Evangeline had to say, why she was doing what she was doing. It made her more likeable. And for me I wanted to get to know her more. I felt a lot more connection between the characters, especially Mare – whose actions and selfishness  before had previously frustrated me. And between the characters there is a sense of solidarity and of unity that before was lacking. There is now a sense […]

Review: The King’s Justice by Stephen R. Donaldson

Posted March 8, 2017 by Charlotte in Reviews / 0 Comments
Review: The King’s Justice by Stephen R. Donaldson

I can see why everyone raves about this book, and I can see the potential. Don’t get me wrong I can see that this is a good book. It was just a book that I should not have picked up. Everything  for me, was wrong and tedious. But despite my dislike, it was strangely interesting. It managed to pull me in and keep me reading. To be honest it is a master class in characterisation.  This is a smart and violent book that plays on the idea of revenge and justice.  How we can tell what is right and wrong. How justice can prevail even we, ourselves do not see it that way. This is one book that I am glad to have to picked up, to at least get a sense of an old master at work. But it is too serious, too telling, too real in order for it to be a book that I can escape with. I recommend picking it up and giving it a go. But if you are after something light, then this is not for you. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by […]

Through the Lettebox: FairyLoot Emperors & Fugitives Unboxing

Posted March 6, 2017 by Charlotte in Through the Letterbox / 0 Comments
Through the Lettebox:  FairyLoot Emperors & Fugitives Unboxing

So I think that it is fair to say now that I am a huge fan of  FairyLoot. This is a monthly subscription ya book box based in the UK. The Box: In each box you can expect: One recently published Young Adult book, 4-6 goodies often related to the book, promotional items such as posters, bookmarks and a signed bookplate (whenever possible),  a unique hashtag that links you up with one other person receiving a box. The box is £26 plus shipping at £3.95 (if UK based) bringing it to a grand total of £29.95. Again this box isn’t again I wish that the shipping is including in the price because it is like a hidden extra. I was super excited for this theme, because the theme ‘Emperors & Fugitives’ sounded really excited and the fact that the fairyloot team said ‘ If you’re a fan of Rebel of the Sands, Guardians of the Galaxy (who doesn’t love Groot?!), Illuminae and general rebeliousness then you are going to love this box.’. So after reading that I knew I was in for a treat. The Unboxing: Full Size Kalusian Sunset Candle: This was made exclusively for the box by Happy Piranha and it is […]