Friday, 12 July 2019

Disney's Live Action Films

Disney’s recent onslaught of live action remakes of their beloved classics has created a lot of controversy amongst fans. The most recent two announced, Mulan and The Little Mermaid in particular, have caused debates amongst fans about whether they should be made at all.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

FILM REVIEW: Toy Story 4

This review will contain spoilers

As soon as this film was announced I was nervous. They tied the story up so perfectly in Toy Story 3 and I didn’t think that there was anything else to tell. As time went on and we got more information about this new film, it seemed to me like it was a film that didn’t really need to be made. When I heard that the film would be about finding Bo Peep I was a little intrigued, but it still didn’t seem like enough of a story to fill a nearly 2-hour film. But I thought I would give the benefit of the doubt, mainly because it’s a Disney Pixar and they are usually brilliantly executed and because I have an obsession with anything related to Disney. I saw the early reviews come out saying it was a fantastic film. A load of Disney vloggers raved about it after having been invited to an advanced screening so I thought I might be proved wrong and it might actually be a really good film.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

FILM REVIEW: Aladdin Live Action 2019

I will admit, I was a bit apprehensive going into this film. I was nervous about Will Smith trying to fill the role of the iconic Robin Williams as the Genie. I sometimes feel that he has a tendency of stealing the show and with two relatively unknown leads as Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and Jasmine (Naomi Scott) I was a little worried that he might overshadow them.

I was pleasantly surprised by the film. There were a few things that I wish they had done differently and it’s not my favourite live action that Disney has released so far, but it was a really enjoyable film.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Finale - Stephanie Garber

Book: Finale
Author: Stephanie Garber 
Genre: Fantasy, YA 
Synopsis: Welcome, welcome to Caraval...all games must come to an end.

It’s been two months since the last Caraval concluded, two months since the Fates have been freed from an enchanted deck of cards, two months since Tella has seen Legend, and two months since Legend claimed the empire’s throne as his own. 

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun―with lives, empires, and hearts all at stake. There are no spectators this time: only those who will win...and those who will lose everything.


This review will contain spoilers for all three books in the series, so I do not advise reading this unless you have already read Finale! I have reviews for both Caraval and Legendary already up on my blog if you wish to go and check them out :)

I have been so excited about this book ever since I finished Legendary last year, and I am so sad that this series has come to an end! Finale was a very satisfying conclusion to the series in my opinion. There were a few things left open-ended and questions unanswered, so I'm hoping that maybe in the future we might get more stories from this world!  

Thursday, 24 January 2019

BOOK REVIEW: Fierce Fairy Tales and Other Stories to Stir Your Soul - Nikita Gill

Book: Fierce Fairy Tales & Other Stories to Stir Your Soul
Author: Nikita Gill
Genre: Poetry, Short Stories, Re-telling’s
Synopsis: Step into this world of empowering reimagined fairytales where the stereotypes of obliging lovers, violent men and girls that need rescuing are transformed into brave princesses, blurred lines between heroes and villains, and a courageous Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own.

If anyone knows me, they know that I love fairy tales and retellings. I’d seen this being advertised on Twitter and Instagram and it instantly intrigued me. I must admit that the first thing that drew me in was the cover because it is beautiful! It definitely adds to the authentic feel of the fairy tales, as though you’d be able to find it amongst the classics of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Legendary - Stephanie Garber

Book: Legendary
Author: Stephanie Garber 
Genre: Fantasy, YA 
Synopsis: A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.
After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

I read Caraval for the first time at the end of last year and fell in love with the world that Stephanie Garber had created! There were so many unanswered questions at the end of the first book that I knew I needed to get the next one as soon as it came out.

This review will contain spoilers, but check out my review for Caraval if you haven’t yet read Legendary :)

Monday, 19 February 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow - Jessica Townsend

Book: Nevermoor - The Trials of Morrigan Crow
Author: Jessica Townsend
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Synopsis: Morrigan Crow, a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world - but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination

I was kindly gifted this book at a publishing event I attended last year at Hachette Publishing Group in London. I’d seen them promoting the book on their twitter as it was one of their newest releases around the time, being hailed as the next Harry Potter. Now that is a massive statement to make, and I know that the Harry Potter series means so much to so many people, so obviously I was intrigued!

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is the story of Morrigan Crow, a child who happened to be born on Eventide which, in the world she lives in, means that she is cured and destined to die on her 12th birthday. However, things take a turn for the worse on her 11th birthday, and the next Eventide starts a year early. Having accepted her fate, Morrigan believes she is to die, until a strange man named Jupiter North turns up and whisks her away to a magical world she had no idea existed.