Shadowhunters! Thoughts so far…

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Shadowhunters…one of the most controversial book to TV adaptations ever! I spend a lot of time on Instagram and over there, there has been a lot of debate about how good of an adaptation it is, the characters, how well its sticking to the story etc.

Here in the UK we have to watch Shadowhunters over on Netflix so we’re a little bit behind! Right now I’m watching episode 11 “Blood Calls to Blood” as I write this! Tomorrow there will be a new episode up to watch! I try and keep up to date but I fell behind this week!

So, starting at the beginning…I thought the series started off well but I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. It was definitely straying away from the book a little! And Clary – I really wasn’t a fan of her! Or at least the actress that plays her. I just can’t connect her with the character I read about in the book! However I was definitely willing to give it a shot! As the series has went on, the storyline has definitely developed a lot. But it is very different from the book, little changes that I’m worried will change the way it all plays out in the end. The ending of last week’s episode for example took a HUGE step away from the plot of City of Bones! I’m nervous but intrigued to see how that all turns out! In my head I’m trying to separate the book from the TV show, to see it as two completely different things so that I won’t compare them…but that’s so difficult!

As for the characters, there are some I’m quite ‘meh’ about and others I really love. My favourites at the moment are Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle. Alec and Magnus…sigh…I totally ship it! They are so cute! Magnus is so funny, he has so much dramatic flair! And when with Magnus, Alec is totally awkward – its adorable. Simon is hilarious, he has some great one liners, he definitely creates a lot of humour in the show. What I didn’t expect was for Hodge to be so young! I know in the book he’s described as being one of the youngest members of the Circle, but for some reason when I read the books I pictured him as an old man! So seeing him as a young – and quite attractive! – man was a bit of a shock! I’m still waiting to pass judgement on Jace, I can’t decide if I’m liking how he’s portrayed or not!

So, so far I’m enjoying watching Shadowhunters…and I literally just finished this episode and OMG!!! It’s all kicking off right now!! The only thing that would make it better would be more Malec! I need that in my life!!

Tea and Book Club Review!

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I have wanted to subscribe to a bookish subscription box for ages now! Every month my Instagram feed is filled with wonderful pictures of subscription box hauls – Owlcrate, Uppercase, etc. But they’re often based in the US/Canada, and have crazy high shipping costs. Not that I blame them, it is silly the cost of international postage! But, it has put me off buying them!

However, recently I discovered the ‘Tea and Bookclub’ subscription box that is run by Louise over at Bookishly. I’ll leave the link to the website at the end! It’s a UK based subscription which is perfect for me – although they do ship worldwide at only a small extra cost! The box itself is very unique! Each month you receive a vintage paperback – a type of book that I’m very excited to start collecting even though my bookshelves are currently overflowing! As well as this you also get some tea to experiment with, and some great bookish stationary! I am a tea newbie but very excited to be exploring the different types! And as for stationary….well beside books stationary is my all-time favourite thing! This box is perfect for me! So of course I had to buy one!

So yesterday my box arrived, and fitted through the letterbox!! It’s always a pain having to go to the sorting office to collect a parcel! The book itself had such lovely packaging! It was wrapped inside a road map! I LOVE maps so I squealed a little when I saw it! I tried my best to carefully unwrap it but I did accidentally rip it! In future I’m going to go into surgeon mode and remove it with skill so that I can keep it haha!

The book I received was The Ladybird by D.H Lawrence. This edition was published in 1960, so over 50 years ago! I may not have heard of the book before, but I’m very excited to read it, and to add it to my collection! The cover is so nice!!

The tea is ‘Honeybush tea’ – great name!! I’ve had a little google search to find out more about it, because I’m weird and google had all the answers! It’s created by Jenier Teas, and it is a herbal tea with no caffeine! And it is meant to be really good for relaxing, and a good detox! Apparently it has a bit of a honey taste to it, so I’m very excited to give it a go!

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And the stationary that I received in this box was this set of three bookish cards! They are so pretty and have quotes on them – two are Shakespeare and are from Much Ado About Nothing, and the other is a quote by Louise May Alcott.  I will not be giving these cards to anyone, they’re too pretty! I think they’ll be in a lot of my Instagram photos for the next few weeks!

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At only £12, the bookishly box is definitely an affordable box when you compare it to some of the other popular subscription boxes! Especially if you’re from the UK since the postage is free! It’s also something a little bit different, and so nice! I’d definitely recommend this box if you’re looking to try out a subscription box!

 

Bookishly link –  http://www.bookishly.co.uk/

Tea and book club link – http://www.teaandbookclub.com/

Time and Time Again by Ben Elton!

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Time and Time Again is a very unique book, one that was completely different to my usual reads, but one that I’m so happy to have picked up! I’m not really sure what genre I should class it as. There was a mix of historical fiction, time -travel, science fiction, thriller …it really had a bit of everything thrown in there.   If any of those genres interest you then I’d definitely recommend picking this book up, because it really is a page turner from start to finish!

Hugh Stanton is an ex-soldier grieving from the recent death of his wife and children, drifting through his life, waiting for the day when he’ll die. Then, he is recruited by his old university lecturer to save the world – to travel back in time to 1914 following very specific instructions left behind by Sir Issac Newton! It all seems farfetched to Hugh, but within a couple of months there he is in Sarajevo in 1914, planning to stop the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, and to stop World War One from ever starting.  However this is time travel, so of course it really doesn’t go to plan. In fact, things end up going very wrong!

I’m a history nerd, so one of my favourite things about this book was the history side of it! I loved the 1914 setting, the brewing tensions of the time period…ok I could go on forever! It all seemed very historically accurate, but told from the point of view of a man from the 21st century. This was a lot of fun for me! My only complaint – and it really is only a small complaint – was that Bernadette seemed a bit too modern for the time period, a little bit too forward with Hugh! I’m pretty sure that a woman of this time, an upper class lady at that, wouldn’t have propositioned a man the way she did!

Professor McClusky asks Hugh the question if you could change one thing in history, one event that is important to the world, what would you change. And in the end they settle on 1914 and the assassination, which of course was the date that Issac Newton calculated way back when. Some of the time travel things were a bit confusing at times – you had to read carefully, and I had to go back and read some sections just to fully get my head around it. But actually the way the story twisted and developed was really clever. It definitely went down a route that I certainly didn’t predict!

Time and Time Again is a hard book to explain but it is well worth a read! I gave it 4.5 stars so I’m totally singing its praises. If you’re looking for something interesting, something a bit different, then you should try Time and Time Again!

Happy Birthday The Dreamcatcher!!

 

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Today is the release day of a very exciting novella – The Dreamcatcher by EJ Mellow! Its a long awaited release for me, I’ve been dying to read from Dev’s point of view for so long now! So far I’m about half way through and really enjoying it! I’ll write a full review once I’m finished with it…but from what I’ve read so far I would definitely recommend it to any fans of this series! The Dreamland series is one of my favourites – its a contemporary fantasy series that strikes the perfect balance between magic and reality! Dev is one of my top book boyfriends; he’s funny, sweet, and a little bit of a bad boy at times! If you loved him in The Dreamer/The Divide then I’m sure you’ll love this novella!

I’ll post the synopsis for The Dreamcatcher and some info about the lovely author down below!


He captured hearts and now he’s captured the spotlight.
Experience The Dreamcatcher, a novella comprised of scenes fromThe Dreamer told from Dev’s point of view, as well as seven extra scenes that did not appear in book one!

*This is a companion piece to The Dreamland Series and is to be read after The Dreamer for story consistency and spoilers.*

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E.J. Mellow is the author behind the NA Contemporary Fantasy, The Dreamland Series. When she’s not busy moonlighting in the realm of make-believe, she can be found doodling, buried in a book (usually this one), or playing video games.

Residing in Brooklyn, NY she is currently working on the third and final book in her series.


Here are the amazon links if you want to check it out! I’d definitely recommend that you do!

Amazon UK link

Amazon US link

Cover Reveal!!! A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole!

So today I have a cover reveal for you guys! It is the cover of A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole – an author I’ve recently discovered and currently obsessed with! Its a YA romance novel that I’m so, so excited to read! Its at the top of my wishlist right now! Its set to come out on the 15th March and I for one can’t wait for it to arrive on my kindle! So I’ll stop rambling for now…here is the wonderful cover!!

 

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The Synopsis!!

One kiss lasts a moment.

But a thousand kisses can last a lifetime.

One boy.

One girl.

A bond that is forged in an instant and cherished for a decade.

A bond that neither time nor distance can break.

A bond that will last forever.

Or so they believe.

When seventeen-year-old Rune Kristiansen returns from his native Norway to the sleepy town of Blossom Grove, Georgia, where he befriended Poppy Litchfield as a child, he has just one thing on his mind. Why did the girl who was one half of his soul, who promised to wait faithfully for his return, cut him off without a word of explanation?

Rune’s heart was broken three years ago when Poppy fell silent. When he discovers the truth, he finds that the greatest heartache is yet to come.ATBK Paperback

 

Isn’t it beautiful?! I’m totally in love with it! I actually can’t stop staring at it! It makes me want the book even more! And the synopsis sounds fantastic too, right? It sounds like its going to be a real tearjerker romance!! I’m thinking it probably won’t be as dark as the other books I’ve read by her (the first three books in the Hades Hangman series – phenomenal books!!), since this is a YA book….but, it does look there will be a lot of drama, angst, and tears – three things that I love in a book!!

So guys…add this one to your wishlists and tbr because it looks like its going to be amazing!! Release date: 15th March 2016!

The Dreamer by E.J. Mellow!

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The Dreamer is a brilliant contemporary fantasy book that had me addicted from the first chapter – perhaps even the very first page!  It was so original, completely different to anything I’ve read before. It combines romance, action, and a totally unique look at the world of dreams. I would definitely recommend The Dreamer to anyone looking for a fun, fast paced read.

The Dreamer follows Molly, who on her 24th birthday, is struck by lightning – what a birthday present, eh? After the lightning strike, she wakes up in hospital, and everything is just that little bit different – especially when she goes to sleep! Whenever she falls asleep, Molly travels to a strange world in her dreams. In this dream-world she is brought into a new civilisation, discovers she has a coveted power, and meets the ever so handsome Dev. Sounds good, right?

I enjoyed reading this so, so much! It really did have everything going for it! A captivating story, characters you rooted for, and some romance and tension thrown in there too! Molly was definitely a likeable character – very genuine and authentic! The fact that during her waking state she was a completely normal girl worked perfectly! She wasn’t some tough, martial arts expert or anything like you find in a lot of characters these days! She was a perfectly ordinary girl with an ordinary job and friends! That’s the type of main character I support! I loved how Molly didn’t just adapt or even accept Terra at first, she was just as confused as I would be if I was suddenly dreaming of a different world! My other favourite character was Molly’s best friend, Becca. I loved her! She was a little bit quirky, but 100% a good friend! I definitely want to see more of her in The Divide! It’s always good to find a story where the love interest isn’t the only important person in our main character’s life!

But of course, the romance was a great part of the story. So in The Dreamer there is a little bit of a love triangle, but it’s not your conventional love triangle.  First there is Jared – he’s Molly’s boyfriend in the waking world. And then there’s Dev, the first person she meets when she visits Terra in her sleep. Now, I do like Jared – he seems like a really nice, genuine guy, but for me I totally ship Molly and Dev. They had a great bond, and from the start they had really intense chemistry! I didn’t feel that same connection between Molly and Jared. So yeah, I need Molly and Dev to get together in The Divide! Dev is quite the mysterious person, so I’m excited to learn more about him and his past!

The world of Terra is a fantastic place – such a unique place! A world which exists on energy from the dreams of people on earth! A world influenced by our own! And the creepy metus! I loved learning about the Nocturna, and their world, it’s so immersive. I would totally love to visit it! It sounds like a really magical place!

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Dreamer! It was a brilliant start to what I’m sure will be an amazing series! I can’t wait to dive back into this world!