Sunday, 31 July 2016

CURSED CHILD COUNTDOWN: PART 2 SPOILER DISCUSSION


Welcome back to my spoilery discussion/rant on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! This isn't going to make any sense unless you read part one, so I suggest go and do that. I'll skip the intro here because...well, Part Two had a ridiculous amount of stuff to rant about in it.

SPOILER ALERT! MAJOR SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT PROCEED UNLESS YOU HAVE READ/WATCHED THE CURSED CHILD!

CURSED CHILD COUNTDOWN: PART ONE SPOILER DISCUSSION!


IT'S HERE!

The Cursed Child had it's official premiere on the West End yesterday and the script book is out today, which means I can finally talk about it! Yay! I saw the show last Saturday (July 23rd) and I have a LOT to say about it.

I've already done a spoiler free review which gave more thoughts about the actual production of the play (spoiler: I loved it), so this post is really just going to focus on the story itself. That means it will be full of spoilers, and I will no longer be #keepthesecrets-ing. Think carefully about whether you want to read this.

Disclaimer: I saw a preview performance of the show, so some aspects may have changed in the final production.

Disclaimer #2: This is just my opinion. You might have a different one, and you can tell me about it in the comments!

This post will only discuss Part One because I could basically rant about this forever. Click   to see my thoughts on Part Two.

SPOILER WARNING! SPOILER WARNING! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! SPOILERS!!!!!!!!

Saturday, 30 July 2016

READING SLUMP RANT + CURRENTLY READING



Hi everyone!

So, I'm in a reading slump. Still. I have been for pretty much this entire year, but now I can't even blame it on exams or other school stuff. It's summer and I'm totally free, so why am I not reading?

Friday, 29 July 2016

CAMP NANOWRIMO: WEEK 4 UPDATE



Hi everyone,

Welcome to the most pathetic Camp NaNo update ever written!

I've barely written anything this week and I'm starting to panic slightly. Am I about to lose NaNo for the first time? *cries*

Thursday, 28 July 2016

CURSED CHILD COUNTDOWN: MY EXPERIENCE + TIPS


Hi everyone,

So, there are now only 2 DAYS until the opening night of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and 3 DAYS until the script book is released! I saw both parts of the play last Saturday, and today I just wanted to talk about my experience and give some tips for people who are going to watch the show in the next few months.

THIS POST WILL NOT DISCUSS THE PLOT OF THE SHOW IN ANY WAY. DON'T WORRY ABOUT SPOILERS!

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: UNLIKABLE CHARACTERS

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Hi everyone,

It's Top 5 Wednesday time! This week's topic is TOP 5 UNLIKABLE CHARACTERS, specifically characters that you hate but aren't really supposed to (no villains, basically).

This was fun for me because I hate a lot of people, including fictional people, and I enjoy venting about it a lot. Do not be alarmed if I sound overly aggressive or violent in this post. I just get really, really annoyed about fictional characters.

In no particular order, because I hate them all equally...

Monday, 25 July 2016

CURSED CHILD COUNTDOWN: SPOILER FREE REVIEW!

Hi everyone,

There are now only 5 DAYS until the Cursed Child opening night, and 6 DAYS until the script book is released! I saw the play myself on Saturday the 23rd of July and...it was an experience, to say the least.

Today I just want to talk about my general thoughts on the play without giving any spoilers. All the secrets will be kept! I have a lot to say, and my opinions are all over the place, but I'll try to keep this as eloquent and brief as possible.

A few disclaimers before we start:
1- I saw a preview performance of the play. This means that what I saw may not be exactly the same as the play on opening night, but I can only comment on what I experienced.
2- I will not mention any specific plot points, twists or other 'secrets' in this post, but it's impossible for me to discuss the play without saying something. If you don't want to know any tiny bits of information please leave now.
3- This review comes from a very passionate but relatively new (I've only been in the fandom for about a year) Harry Potter fan. This will probably effect my opinion on the play and I admit to being biased. I'm a fan, not a theatre critic.
4- This story is undoubtedly going to be very polarising and everyone's going to have their own opinion. This is mine. Please respect it!

Saturday, 23 July 2016

CURSED CHILD COUNTDOWN: HARRY POTTER SPELLS BOOK TAG







Hi everyone,

So, there are only 7 DAYS until the Cursed Child opens on the West End and 8 DAYS until the release of the script book. If this goes up when it should it's 12pm on the 23rd of July, which means I am two hours away from watching the first half of the Cursed Child. TWO HOURS! I'm probably freaking out and crying in the middle of London by now.

To celebrate this very exciting, I'm going to be doing another Potter-themed book tag. This one's all about the spells! This tag was created on youtube years ago (I am so good at keeping with the times), but I actually can't track down the original creator. If you know who made this please let me know so I can credit them!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

CAMP NANOWRIMO: WEEK 3 UPDATE

Hi everyone,

We're three weeks into Camp NaNoWriMo and...well, it's kind of gone downhill for me over the past few days. I'm still ahead thanks to all my writing in the first two weeks, but I haven't been writing much (see: anything at all).

Monday, 18 July 2016

REVIEW: YOU KNOW ME WELL - NINA LACOUR + DAVID LEVITHAN

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TITLE: You know me well
AUTHORS: Nina LaCour and David Levithan
PUBLISHER (UK): Macmillan
RELEASE DATE (UK): June 2nd 2016
GOODREADS: x

Sunday, 17 July 2016

CURSED CHILD COUNTDOWN: MY HARRY POTTER STORY

Hi everyone,

It's July 17th when this post is going up, which means there are only 13 DAYS until the Cursed Child opens in the West End, 14 DAYS until the script book is available and 6 DAYS until I get to see the play myself. I am officially freaking out.

Today I wanted to talk about my own personal experiences with the Harry Potter series. This is probably really self indulgent and no one cares, but whatever. I just think it's fascinating how Harry Potter has effected so many people's lives in different ways and everybody has completely different experiences, but we all love the books in the same way


Saturday, 16 July 2016

CAMP NANOWRIMO: I FINISHED THE FIRST DRAFT!

Hi everyone,

I know I only posted my week two Camp NaNo update yesterday (read that HERE!), but I had a very exciting development today that I just had to talk about.

I FINISHED THE FIRST DRAFT OF MY NOVEL! AHHHHHH!

This post is totally just going to be a stream of consciousness type of thing, and I am extremely tired right now. Apologies for any weird sentences or awful grammar mistakes that may occur as a result of these circumstances.

Friday, 15 July 2016

CAMP NANOWRIMO: WEEK 2 UPDATE

WE'RE HALF WAY THERE, GUYS!

Hi everyone,

Week two of Camp NaNoWriMo is over, and I'm officially exhausted. I need sleep. If I sound slightly hysterical in this post that is why.

Aside from the sleep deprivation, Camp NaNo is going pretty well for me so far! I reached 30 thousand words yesterday, which I was very happy about, and my story is still moving along pretty smoothly. Here are my stats for the month so far:

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: BOOKS I WISH HAD SEQUELS





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Hi everyone,

It's Wednesday again! I've been extremely unproductive this past week (hooray for not being at school!), but it still feels like only five minutes since last weeks top 5 Wednesday post went up. I swear I write these every day.

Anyway, this weeks topic is top 5 books that should have sequels. This was actually quite hard for me since most of the books I read are part of sequels anyway, but I managed to find five books that I just really want to read more of. If any of the authors of these books happen to be reading this, PLEASE WRITE MORE!

In no particular order...

Monday, 11 July 2016

REVIEW: THIS SAVAGE SONG - V.E. SCHWAB

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TITLE: This Savage Song
AUTHOR: V.E. Schwab
PUBLISHER (UK): Titan books
RELEASE DATE (UK): June 7th 2016
GOODREADS: X

Friday, 8 July 2016

CAMP NANOWRIMO - WEEK ONE UPDATE

Hi everyone,

It's currently day eight of Camp NaNoWriMo 2016, and I'm feeling pretty good about it! I passed 15,000 words yesterday, my story's moving along relatively well, and I haven't had a mental breakdown yet. I feel so successful.

Today is my one week update, where I'll be talking about my word count, my goals for next week and some of the challenges I've faced so far. I'm going to keep it quick, because honestly it's eight at night and I haven't written anything today and I'm stressing out a bit.

To find out more about Camp NaNoWriMo, and my plans for this month, you can read my announcement/introduction from last week!

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

TOP 5 WEDNESAY: BOOKS OUTSIDE OF MY COMFORT ZONE

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Hi everyone,

It's been months since I've done a top five Wednesday post, so if this reads really awkwardly it's just because I've forgotten what to do!

Anyway, this week's topic is TOP 5 BOOKS OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. These books are ones that I wouldn't normally pick up and didn't necessarily expect to enjoy, but I actually ended up really loving.

To preface, my comfort zone is young adult fiction, normally fantasy or sci fi variety. I almost never read non fiction, am completely intimidated by classics, and have very little experience with adult fiction. Basically, my comfort zone is pretty small.

DISCLAIMER: I had SO much trouble with the formatting on this post for some reason, so if it looks awful I'm really sorry. Blogger really hates me.

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

CURSED CHILD COUNTDOWN: ULTIMATE HARRY POTTER TAG

Hi everyone,

There are currently only 25 DAYS until the opening night of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on the West End! That's 26 days until the release of the script book (I just got my ticket for the midnight release party!), and only 18 days until I actually see the show myself. Needless to say, I am very excited about this.

Today I wanted to do a post that really celebrated the whole Harry Potter franchise, and what better way is there to do that than the Ultimate Harry Potter Book Tag?! This tag was created by Just Keep Reading on YouTube back in 2014, and consists of 30 fun Potter-themed questions.

SPOILER ALERT: This post will contain spoilers for the Harry Potter books and movies, so read at your own risk! It does not contain any spoilers for the Cursed Child (I don't know any myself yet!).

Saturday, 2 July 2016

REVIEW: SOLDIER - JULIE KAGAWA

TITLE: Soldier
AUTHOR: Julie Kagwa
SERIES: Talon, Book 3
PUBLISHER: MIRA ink
RELEASE DATE (UK): May 5th
GOODREADS: x