Film Review: The BFG

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the-bfg-1When a young orphan, Sophie, looks out of her window one night, she doesn’t expect to see a giant looking back at her.

Snatched so she can’t tell, Sophie is transported to giant-land. But her initial fears dwindle as she befriends the BFG – the smallest giant in giant-land, shunned by his brothers because he refuses to eat children. Instead, the BFG catches dreams.

But Sophie is in danger –all of the children are. With the BFG, the queen of England and some snozzcumbers, a daring plan is hatched to eliminate the threat caused by the giants once and for all!Read More »

Self-Care

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about positive thinking and how everything in life was falling into place.

It’s amazing how quickly things can spiral out of control!

For those of you who don’t know, I am currently working part-time while completing a Masters course. I’ve just had a fortnight with two deadlines; it has been a very stressful time.

But also frustrating! I had been doing so well at looking after myself! Throw in a couple of deadlines and all of that vanished. It made me realise how much better I was feeling in myself and how I was more comfortable in my own skin when I took some “me” time.Read More »

Book Review: The Star of the Sea by Una McCormack

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The Star of the Sea 1Netgalley Synopsis: The incredible series about a corrupt, galactic human empire and the alien threat to our existence continues. 

Its name is Stella Maris, the star of the sea, a small world beyond the edge of the human Expansion, where a few men and women Vetch and human alike have made their homes. Fleeing persecution or oppression on their own worlds, here they have found peace and plenty, in communion with the otherworldly Weird. 

A few weeks ago, that harmony was threatened, when Delia Walker came seeking hope for the future, hunted by her enemies in the Expansion, and went into the portal. Now, impossibly, her daughter has walked out, a grown woman, and demanded passage to the Expansion s capital. 

As more ships land on Stella Maris, bringing an end to the quiet obscurity the settlers have long cherished, a desperate race to carry Cassandra Walker to her destiny, and a resistance against those who would exploit Stella Maris for their own ends.Read More »

Book Review: Oracle of Philadelphia by Elizabeth Corrigan

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Oracle of Philadelphia 1Goodreads Synopsis: Carrie works at a diner in South Philadelphia, dispensing advice to humans and angels wise enough to seek her counsel. But there are some problems that even the best advice can’t solve.

Her latest supplicant, Sebastian, is unique among those who have sought her aid. He sold his soul to a demon in exchange for his sister’s life, but his heart remains pure.

Carrie has lived for millennia with the knowledge that her immortality is due to the suffering of others, and she cannot bear to see another good man damned when it is within her power to prevent it.

In order to renegotiate his contract, Carrie must travel into the depths of hell and parley with the demons that control its pathways. As the cost of her journey rises, Carrie must determine how much she is willing to sacrifice to save one good soul?Read More »

Television Review: Black Sails, Series 4

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Synopsis: When the invasion of Nassua ends in disaster, Flint is forced to retreat without retaking the island. He must plan ahead to a whole new level if he is to keep the alliance intake and find a way to throw of civilisation.

Rackham seeks revenge for Vane’s death, but his opponent proves to be a match for him. A match for them all, in fact. When faced with his own loss, Governor Rogers cannot be reasoned or reckoned with – and it is the pirates who play the price.

If Nassua is ever going to be free, each must come to terms with what they are prepared to give.Read More »

Up and Coming: April’s Posts

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Although March has whizzed by in a blink of an eye, it feels like it has been ages since I wrote an `Up and Coming` post. Perhaps I was just more organised at the end of February in regards to knowing what I wanted to happen in March. Who knows!

I have had such a reading buzz lately that it was hard selecting four books to focus my reviews on. Although the way I have been going, I’m certain that I will get a few more slipped in there somewhere!

It’s because of the train journeys that I’ve been reading so much. But, scarily, I don’t have many of them left. Or, at least, they won’t be as frequent. I’m going to have to be careful how I plan my reviews from now on to make sure I can stay on top of things.

That being said, I’ve taken it as a personal challenge to see how much I can read before those journeys stop. I’m trying to get a better balance of books for reviewing and books for pleasure and, I must admit, it feels like it might be working. Watch this space is all I can say there!Read More »

Book Review: Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant

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Blood and Beauty 1Netgalley Synopsis: By the end of the fifteenth century, the beauty and creativity of Italy is matched only by its brutality and corruption.

When Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia buys his way into the papacy, he is defined not just by his wealth, charisma and power, but by his blood: a Spanish Pope in a city run by Italians. If he is to succeed, he must use his Machiavellian son and innocent daughter.

Stripping away the myths around the Borgias, Blood & Beauty breathes life into the astonishing family of Alexander VI and celebrates the raw power of history itself: compelling, complex, and relentless.Read More »