Sunday, 20 September 2015

Most Anticipated Books and Movies of Fall/Winter 2015

Hello lovelies!

So, today I am going to be doing a different kind of blogpost. I have recently been doing a lot of book reviews which I promise I will get back to as I have a couple of books to review. Yes, I have finished two more books! Yay for me!  

So, today’s post, as the title says, is going to be My Most Anticipated Books and Movies of Fall/Winter 2015. So, let’s get into it.

Books:



The first book I am excited for is Winter by Marissa Meyer.
Series: The Lunar Chronicles
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Publisher: Fiewel and Friends
Pages: 824

So, this series is one of my all-time favorites. I’ve read all three of the other books which were some of the most amazing fairytale retellings I’ve ever read. The books are set in a future Earth who has been in disagreement with the planet Lunar for a long time. The first book centers around a young cyborg named Cinder who lives with her adopted parents. This first book is a sort of Cinderella retelling. The second is a Little Red Riding Hood retelling which does include the wolves and all. The third one is a sort of Rapunzel one. I love these books and you should totally check them out if you haven’t read them yet.

Here are the titles of the first three:

  1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  2. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  3. Cress by Marissa Meyer



The second book I am excited for is Keeper of the Lost Cities: Neverseen by Shannon Messenger

Series: Keeper of the Lost Cities
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Aladdin

This book is the fourth book in the series and I love this series so much! It is about a girl named Sophie who grew up on Earth until she was found by her real kind which are elves.  You have to read these books. I know that they are not really Young Adult books but they are awesome!

Here are the titles of the first three:

  1. Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
  2. Exile by Shannon Messenger
  3. Everblaze by Shannon Messenger



The third book I am excited for is The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason
Series: Stoker and Holmes
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Okay, I love this series a lot as well. It is about the niece of Sherlock Holmes and the sister of Bram Stoker. This series is really interesting and crafted beautifully.

The titles of the first two:

  1. The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
  2. The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason



The fourth book I am excited for is The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May.
Series: The Falconer
Release Date: November 19, 2015
Publisher: Chronicle Books

So, I actually reviewed the first book on this blog and it was amazing. I can’t wait for the next one, I hope for some kick-ass scenes and  a little more romance. Bring it on!  [I hope you’re reading this Elizabeth May!!!]

The first one:

  1. The Falconer by Elizabeth May



The fifth and final book I am excited for is Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books
Pages: 528

So, I’ve read the other series by this author and they were all terrific so if you haven’t go read the Percy Jackson series and the Kane Chronicles!


Movies:



The first movie I was excited for was The Scorch Trials.
Release Date: September 18, 2015

Yes, this movie has come out already but it was still one of my most anticipated ones by far. I can’t wait to see it and I hope it will be amazing (even if it doesn’t fit the book). Just seeing Dylan O’Brien and Thomas Sangster will be amazing!




The second movie that I am excited for is Pan.
Release Date: October 9, 2015

Pan is a live-action Peter Pan movie! Yes, I can’t wait to see this movie. It’s bound to be full of action and adventure.



The third movie that I am excited for is Mockingjay Part 2
Release Date: November 20, 2015

I was rather upset a couple years ago when I found out that they were going to split the last book into two parts. I mean, who wants to spend extra money on this series?  But I am really looking forward to it and I’m also a bit sad that it will be the end of the series. :(



The last movie that I am excited for is Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Release Date: December 18, 2015

I think this movie will be good despite the fact that it’s been a long time since the last one came out.

That’s it for this blogpost. I’ll see you all next time!

Monday, 14 September 2015

Book Review: Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose

Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose

Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy
Publisher: Flux
Pages: 384
Recommended Age: 12 and up



What it’s About:

Seventeen-year-old Vivienne lives in a world of knights and ladies, corsets and absinthe, outlaw magic and alchemical machines. By day, she is lady-in-waiting to the future queen of Camelot--Guinevere. By night, she secretly toils away in the clock tower as apprentice to Merlin, the infamous recovering magic addict.
Then she meets Marcus, below her in class, destined to become a knight, and just as forbidden as her apprenticeship with Merlin. When Morgan le Fay, the king's sorceress sister, declares war on Camelot, Merlin thinks they can create a metal beast powered by steam and alchemy to defeat her. But to save the kingdom, Vivienne will have to risk everything--her secret apprenticeship, her love for Marcus, and her own life.

Review:

Yay! I finished another book on my TBR! *applause for me*

Anyways...this book was a really good read. I found it very enjoyable and got into it quite easily.  I didn’t want to put it down and wouldn’t have if I hadn’t been reading in school.

Vivienne is a normal heroine. She wants to do things for herself. Her brother, Owen constantly wants her to leave when he is talking to fellow squires and knights. He doesn’t believe half of the conversations are fit for a lady which she often shoves off. She also insists on fighting in the battle for Camelot. She is a heroine who actually wants to be a heroine and doesn't want to leave the fate of everything in a bunch of tin men [sorry knights :( ]

One thing I didn’t like however was the fact that she fell in ‘love’ too fast with Marcus (a squire). Yes, sure he’s attractive but maybe she should have tuned it down a bit and not have been falling in love with someone she’d only seen once or twice.

Luckily, no love triangle which sometimes annoys me to the point of me wanting to throw my book off of a roof and then have someone trampel it. [Okay, maybe not that much. But you get the idea].   

You have to pick up this book and give it a try because who doesn’t love a little bit of Camelot?


My Rating: Four Point Five Out of Five Stars



Sunday, 13 September 2015

Book Review: Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel

Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel

Finished One Book On My TBR!


Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 384
Recommended Age: 12 and up



What It’s About:

Sixteen-year-old Peggy Fitzroy is an orphan, raised by her aunt and uncle in 1700s London. She is smart, charming, feisty, and unwilling to accept the repulsive and immoral suitor chosen for her. Angered by her refusal, her uncle throws her out. Homeless, Peggy agrees to disguise herself as a lady-in-waiting at the court of King George I, taking the name and identity of Lady Francesca Wallingham, recently deceased from supposedly natural causes. In this fashion, Peggy becomes a spy and finds herself involved in multiple mysterious and perhaps nefarious intrigues, all while falling in love with the handsome and gentlemanly artist Matthew.

Review:


So, I have to say I loved this book so much! It was a really interesting Historical Fiction novel and I got really into it.


Recently I have been really into reading Historical Fiction stories and a Historical Fiction mystery. Well...who can pass that up?  


I loved how Peggy wasn’t a needy girl and wanted to figure things out on her own and was even annoyed by the fact that people thought women were so needy and needed someone to save them from everything.


Spoilers Below:


The chemistry between Matthew and our main character, Peggy was there and there was a tiny bit of chemistry between Robert and Peggy but hardly any. Partly due to the fact that she wasn’t really the girl he had been in love with, she was just impersonating them.


I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or mysteries. It is a wonderful Young Adult book.


My Rating: Five out of Five Crowns




Tuesday, 1 September 2015

August Favorites

August 2015 Favorites


Hello lovelies,


         As the title says, I am doing my August favorites!  I can’t wait to share them with you.  


I also have an IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!


As soon as I start to have less homework and more time. Which will probably be the weekend, I will do a movie review for you guys. I have been dying to do so and it will probably be on a Marvel movie that I have recently seen. So look out for that! :)


Without further ado here they are:


Song by Female Artist: Bad Blood by Taylor Swift and High by the Beach by Lana Del Rey
Song by Group: Drag Me Down by One Direction
Book: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
Food: Pizza
Snack: Asiago Cheese Bagel
Place: Panera Bread
Movie: Thor
Dessert: Shortbread cookie
Outfit: black shorts, converse and Tinkerbell blue top
Hair: Straight and down
TV show: The Avengers
Social media: Google Plus
Beauty Product: Eos
Story on Wattpad: The Last Knight by May Tijssen

Thanks for viewing this.  Please stay tuned for further updates! :)

September TBR {under editing}

September TBR


Hello lovelies,


So, just recently I posted my August Wrap Up.  I hope you will take time and look at it before starting to read what I plan to read this coming month.


I always have a very ambitious list of what I want to read yet I almost never read everything on it, sadly.


Here are the books I want to read this coming month:



-Camelot Burning and Avalon Rising by Kathryn Rose


Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel. This is about sixteen year old Peggy Fitzroy who pretends to be the missing Francesca in Court.

-The Burning Sky


Kingdom Keepers Disney At Dawn by Ridley Pearson
-The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
-A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer


This is a less ambitious list but still a lot to accomplish in one month. Once I finish a book that I really enjoyed I will probably post a review or more like a rant about it.  


I have to read Camelot Burning and Avalon Rising by Kathryn Rose for a research project at school but they are YA books and I think I will enjoy them immensely.


The Scorch Trials I want to read before the movie comes out later this month.  And once I read it and see the movie I will do a review of both individually and then a book v. movie review.  I can’t wait! :)


Kingdom Keepers Disney at Dawn is on my list because I want to read it as I just recently finished the first book and I am trying to read all of the books.


Palace of Spies is such a great book so far and I am about halfway through it but I want to finish it so bad so I can read the next one. That is why it is on this list.


The Burning Sky just seems like a really good book and I want to try reading it.


A Grimm Warning is on my list because the fourth book came out and I haven’t even read the third. Whoops!


Anyways. I am looking forward to completing this list and will hopefully do so before the month comes to an end but with school and all it might be a bit hard but I will try.  


See you soon!