Thursday, 27 July 2017

Book Review ~ Murder on the Orient Express


Agatha Christie is so good at writing mystery crime novels. Majority of her books you are left dumb-founded on who the killer is. No one is as good as Hercule Poirot and his little grey cells, and in this case, guessing.

I have read Murder on the Orient Express before, I did not see that end coming, so reading it for the second time was interesting knowing who “did it”. I still loved it the second time of course, it is Agatha Christie.
It was mainly to refresh my memory, as there will be a movie coming out this year (I think). I also pictured the actors who will be playing certain characters and hoping they don’t stuff this up.
Nothing needs changing, the story is as perfect as it is.

My star rating is:

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Game of Thrones S7 E2 Review

Season 7 Episode 2

I personally think episode two was a lot similar to episode one. There was that feeling of foreshadowing to what’s to come. And yes, there was a battle scene at the end, but it wasn’t the action-packed episode I was hoping for. Like I said in episode one review, because of the less episodes this season, I want action from the get go.

In episode one, Bran and Meera arrive to castle black, so why hasn’t a raven been sent to Jon Snow already? He gets messages from Tyrion and Sam who sent them in this episode.
I want the Starks to be reunited already.

I don’t like Sansa. There is something about her I just don’t trust. Jon wants and should go to Daenerys and get the dragon glass, and having Sansa talk down to him and say he is abandoning his people, there is definitely a hidden motive to her actions. She was with Cersei way to long.
I laughed when she stopped complaining when Jon Snow said she will be running the place while he is gone. Like I said, hidden motive.

The Sam and Jorah scene, I really don't want to talk about or watch it ever again. That was disgusting, especially the transition into that guy eating that pie. I vomited in my mouth...

It was great to see Daenerys finally about to take action. It didn’t feel like she was ever going to get the iron throne, but now that she is in Westeros, it’s finally happening.
Watching her taking control and listening to her council, it’s her decision in the end, but she needs to listen to people who know what they are talking about, like Olenna Tyrell for instance. If anyone deserves revenge it’s her. Okay, mainly I deserve revenge for killing one too many of my favourite characters.

The scene between Grey Worm and Missandei was a little sweetness that is Game of Thrones. We don't get a lot of romance, majority end up getting murdered. So, even though it was nice, I did feel like it dragged on a bit.

The only think I’m going to say about Cersei, she better not use those massive arrows. And if she does, I hope it’s aimed at her arse…

Arya and Nymeria
I have no words, just tears. I hope, even though I know it’s Game of Thrones, that they get their reunion. A happy one.

Now let’s talk about that ending. Yeah, I’m pissed at Euron, he is a dick head, and even though I didn’t like the Sand Snakes, it was annoying to see the “bad guys” get a win.
But that’s not what I really want to talk about, it Theon. Since watching that episode, all I’ve been seeing on social media is people calling him weak, coward, etc. But did anyone actually watch that scene? He was looking around watching people getting mutilated, did you also forget that he was tortured for a long time by Ramsey?
I think people still don’t know what it’s like to have mental health issues, and instead of understanding, they just call the person weak and a coward.
Never thought I’ll say I feel sorry for Theon after what he did to Robb, but there you go.

Bring on episode three…

Overall, I rate this episode:

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Book Review ~ The Bride Gift by Sarah Hegger


I remember reading this book ages ago, not sure if I liked it back then because I, of course, did not review it.
So, when I was reading this at 2am, I was enjoying this. I couldn’t put it down even though I knew what was going to happen.

I love the two main characters in this story, Guy and Helena, it was nice to see their love blossom, especially after they were thrust into a situation like they did.
I know a lot of people don’t like the fact that she was forced into marriage and yada yada, but this is what it was like back then. Yeah, this was romanticised, and I’m sure there were a few “forced” marriages that turned into love, but don’t forget the ones that weren’t. When I read books like this, I appreciate how far we have come in women’s rights.

The only character I didn’t like, besides the “bad guys”, was Rosalind. I felt like she was an incomplete, unnecessary character to be in this story. Helena can forgive her, but I don’t think I will. She was the only thing I didn’t like about this book.
Other than that, I loved this book, and knowing myself, I’ll probably reread it at a later date.

My star rating is:

Book Review ~ The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman


A short, quick read, perfect for a readathon.

I loved the twists to the stories of Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, the graphics/drawings were nice.
I wouldn't say I hated it or loved it, which explains the three stars. It could be that I read this while I had one of the worst migraines known to human kind, I just didn't find it as exciting as I thought it would be.
Especially the ending, which was a bit obvious. I sound mean, I'm sorry, this migraine is making cranky lol.

I might read this again in the future.

My star rating is:

Sunday, 23 July 2017

BookTube-A-Thon 2017 ~ TBR


I always feel weird participating in BookTube-A-Thon. I don’t have a BookTube, it’s like I’m not allowed to do it. Does that make sense? Anyway, I have seen many times that you don’t need to have a BookTube to join in, and in the end, I don’t care, I love readathons and especially if they are challenge related.

Here are the following reading challenges and the books I will be picking:

1.  Read a book with a person on the cover

2.  Read a hyped book.

3.  Finish a book in one day.

4.  Read about a character that is very different from you.

5.  Finish a book completely outdoors.

6.  Read a book you bought because of the cover.

7.  Read seven books.
As well as the books above, I will also read,

It will be a miracle if I get to read all of these, but you never know until you try.

BookTube-A-Thon begins on Monday 24th and finishes on Sunday 30th.
Good luck to anyone else who is participating.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Book Review ~ Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland


DNF @ 138 pages

I couldn’t finish this book; I was liking how I could relate with being a mum just like the main character, Robin Wilde, but anything after that I just couldn’t stand reading anymore.

At first, I felt sorry for Robin Wilde, her life has become lonely, being a single mum and trying to be the best she can. But after a while (this might sound mean), I didn’t care anymore. I don’t care how every woman you know, you happen to look up to, how perfect they are and yours is the complete opposite. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, and stop assuming that everyone has a perfect life.
It became petty, and I started to think petty thoughts.

I know the author is best known as a YouTuber, but I rather not hear it brought up over and over again, I get it already.

Whoever edited or proof-read this book should be fired. Everything was jumping from one thought to the next, it didn’t flow nicely.

Saying all that, I might pick this book up again, and listen to myself before I started this book; don’t think of who the author is and just appreciate the book on its own.

My star rating is:

Book Review ~ Juliet by Anne Fortier


I have read Juliet so many times, that the colour of the pages have changed and I know it word for word.
It’s my go to book to read, especially when I’m feeling down, or in a reader’s slump. I just really, really love Juliet by Anne Fortier.

This was one of those books that I was just browsing at the book story, loved the cover and needed to have it. A lot of people say you should never judge a book by its cover, but it does help if the cover is pretty.

Since my favourite Shakespeare play is Romeo and Juliet, I love reading this interpretation of it. Especially that reincarnation feel to it.
This is kind of like a 2in1 book; we have the story of the real Romeo and Giulietta back in the 1300s, and then the modern Giulietta, learning about her ancestors and what really happened.

My favourite part, besides the romance, is every chapter has a quote from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Like I said, I’m a bit obsessed with that play.

I would forever love and reread Juliet. I might buy another book before this one falls apart…

My star rating is (of course):