If you know me you’ll know that I adore London. You’ll also know that I adore films (as well as books and the theatre!). Well, luckily for me I had the opportunity to mix those two adorations together and spent a month down in the fogs of London taking part in a practical filmmaking course run by the MET film school.
Not only was this an incredible time in regards to learning about everything to do with filmmaking, but also it meant I could get to know the city a bit better before I made the move down here for Uni: a feat I have now completed! I met some amazing people on this course too, which helped infinitely, and meant that I didn’t spend every evening stuck in my hotel room rotating between Netflix and YouTube. In fact I actually managed to do quite a lot; I saw a few films, a few plays, and a few landmarks whilst I was at it. And naturally I had to record my August spent in London, so here is the result of that. Enjoy, and be sure to let me know what you think of the video!
“Judge people on what they have control over. Judge them on the way they treat their friends, or whether they persevere when they can’t do something… Be careful not to confuse a beautiful face with a beautiful heart”.
This book was kindly sent to me by Walker Books, but this has no impact on my review!
When ‘Truth or Dare’ slid through my letterbox and into my hands I have to admit I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t really know anything about the plot and I’ve never actually read any of Non Pratt’s other works (much to the dismay of my friend Jasmine who convinced me to buy Trouble, which I have only read one chapter of!) So seeing as I had some free time and a new book I thought I’d dive in blind – and boy, was it worth it! I read it in just a handful of days because it was so addictive; never was there a moment of boredom and I just thoroughly enjoyed it!
‘Truth or Dare’ is a contemporary YA novel that deals with family, friendship, and love – but really that doesn’t even scratch the surface.
Do excuse my two week absence, life has been getting busy!
I thought I’d
again try something a little bit different and just have a chat with you guys about what’s been happening with me recently! The short answer is A-Levels, which have slowly been taking over my life for a while now as you might have been able to tell as it seems to be a sort of recurring theme in my videos and posts. But other than school and A-Levels I’m also talking about life in general, books, and films, so enjoy!
As Clove watched a petal slowly fall from the flower, she made herself a promise. When she was older, she was going to work here with the machine – even if it meant spending all her free time between now and then studying. Then one day, when she’d helped to get the machine working, she was going to be the first person to travel through time.
I was trying to think of a way to briefly describe The Last Beginning, the sequel and final book in The Next Together duology, but with the amount of plot twists, interesting new characters and jumps through time and space (all that wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey…stuff) I couldn’t figure out what to say! Thankfully Lauren James, author of the fabulous book, managed to sum it up in precisely five words:
Lesbian romance with MANY JOKES.
Kissing Christmas Goodbye by M.C. Beaton
“I wonder if you might find time to call on me. I think a member of my family is trying to kill me. Isn’t the weather warm for October?”
This book was so sweet! Sweet and…peculiar. I choose this book as I thought it would act as a good comparison for my crime work in English Lit. and I was certainly right about that!
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The crime(s) felt very unimportant, almost as if they were subplots, because the main character Agatha Raisin wasn’t all that invested in them herself. She was too busy worrying about the perfect Christmas she had planned out. Therefore I couldn’t really invest myself in them and I found myself not really caring that much about who had committed the crime, how or why whereas when it came to the Christmas dinner and what she was planning to wear in order to seduce her ex, James, I was surprisingly nervous! This to me definitely felt the wrong way around. I also thought it was a shame how the resolution was rushed and a little random – the fatal clue actually occurred early on in the novel and was quite obvious even though it took the detectives another hundred pages or so to figure out!
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I didn’t find there to be much character development within the story – however this is potentially due to the fact this book is the eighteenth in the series, so far. I enjoyed Agatha as a character and as a detective; she particularly reminded me of a mash-up of Ida Arnold from Brighton Rock, with her sense of humour and self-confidence, and Miss Marple from Agatha Christie’s works, due to her homeliness and that she was also an older detective compared to many others within the genre. There was a lot of self-reflection with Agatha and this added a lot of humour to the novel. I do think that the humour was the highlight of the book; there were so many little things that managed to make me smile or laugh which I really appreciated. It really worked alongside the cozy mystery.
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This book was not ground-breaking. It didn’t make me think, but it was exceedingly cute and very Christmas-y! I do think this book is aimed at an older target age but I did enjoy it; it was an easy holiday read and a lot of fun.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
“I can’t have a kid following me around all day.”
“I’m not a kid. I’M A SHARK.”
I absolutely adored this graphic novel! The art style was incredible, it really suited the story. There were some beautiful panels that had me staring for more time than probably normal and there were some genuinely hilarious ones that actually had me laughing out loud! The story follows Nimona – a reckless shape-shift with a mysterious past – and Lord Ballister Blackheart – an ex-hero betrayed and seeking retribution – trying to prove to the Kingdom that their solicitous Institution of Law Enforcement have a much more villainous agenda. The relationship that builds up between the two is wonderful to watch; they contrast each other quite drastically making their unlikely friendship just that bit more special and the ending that bit more sad.
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The plot was full and fast – there was never a dull moment. All the characters had some type of mystery attached to them which were explored at various stages within the story. This provided a bit of a breather from whatever it was Blackheart was breaking and Nimona was killing but also let us delve into the characters. Nimona’s backstory in particular is just heartbreaking; I just loved her! It’s strange how much you sympathise for Nimona considering she is a killer, but she’s funny and can be kind and although she has the ability to become any being she wants she chooses to remain a bit chubby and have short red hair. It’s a subtle message but none the less powerful! Another more subtle theme in the story is brought through the relationship between Blackheart and Goldenloin. Nobody questions it, it’s not a subplot, it just is!
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This is a sweet and humorous graphic novel that will without doubt leave you with a smile on your face. If you’re new to graphic novels or are a fan of Fangirl, feminism, and delightful diverse characters then this is definitely for you!