Showing posts from January, 2017

Monthly Wrap-Up: From January onto February......

I am literally stunned that it's the end - almost - of January. THE FIRST MONTH OF 2017 IS GONE!! (Nearly.)
My month went really well.  School has been bearable not counting maths and science but we won't go there, and I've been reading the Bible and writing every day :) I am SO happy about that! Some nights I just couldn't face writing, but I made myself do it and I already feel like it's improving. 
As for my sugar-free's going okay, I guess.  Although my Dad bought a box of instant Honey and Nut Latte the other day, and since I'm the only one who likes it and coffee is my ultimate weakness......Thanks, Dad. Nothing like a box of sugary, amazing coffee to motivate a diet. 
I watched and read a lot this month. It was also an amazing time for review requests - in the first week of Jan I received about four requests from different authors, and I also requested my first review copy; which I got accepted for and received from a publisher. I am SO…

6 Month Blogoversary! (a.k.a my baby is now 6 months old...)

On the 31st of January it will have been 6 months since I started A Magical World Of Words. It seriously does not seem like months, it seems like days....... I'm still so much of a newbie, but I have learnt a lot since I started my blog, and I'm so grateful for everything and everyone who has contributed to my blog's "survival" over the last six months.

THANK YOU EVERYONE!!! Thank you for supporting my blog, following my blog, liking/retweeting my tweets, loving my posts on Bloglovin', commenting, chatting with me, thank you thank you thank you. I can never say that enough. And I'd love to list everyone, but then this post would be super long and you'd hate me, and so I'm just going to name a few :)

Di @ Book Reviews by Di - Di was my first proper blog follower :) Since then, I have loved every minute of our chats and discussions, and she has been amazing when it comes to helping me with tricky issues like HTML and coding and blog design.  She'…

Book Blitz and Giveaway! : MY CLUELESS BROKEN HEART

Hi everyone! I am so excited to share with you information about this awesome looking book, and an e-book giveaway! 
I haven't read it yet - *sigh*....sometimes my "no e-book" policy gets annoying.... - but doesn't it sound amazing? It looks so unique and sweet and quirky.   

Title: My Clueless Broken Heart Author: Jennifer DiGiovanni Genre: YA Romance
Becca Thornton is clueless when it comes to love. Why else would she break up with Will Gamen, a boy at the top of the hottie short list for every other girl? Because, if she’s being totally honest, Becca will admit the truth. Her heart belongs to someone else. For as long as she can remember, Travis Brennen has been unavailable. When Travis unexpectedly rolls back into town, Becca realizes for the first time that her feelings for him might be mutual. But Travis and Becca come from what he calls “different circumstances.” Becca’s parents are world-famous scientists and Travis’s dad is the caretaker on the Thornton fami…

Waiting on Wednesday #17: KONG: SKULL ISLAND (film)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming book releases we're eagerly anticipating. And on my blog, I include movies as well.
Kong: Skull Island

Cast: Tom Hiddleston / Brie Larson / Samuel L. Jackson

Release Date: 10 March 2017.

A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.

Okay, let me be honest: if it wasn't for Tom and Brie, I would never have looked twice at this film. Yes, I love action/adventure movies, but I'm not too keen on King Kong and blah de blah......

BUT!!! It's Tom Hiddleston everybody!! So naturally, I want to watch him fighting saving gorillas and charging through the jungles and shooting with that gun of his, and OH......
*clears throat* So this is really a film about Kong. But......

Anyone else excited for…

CAFE SOCIETY (film) was visually stunning, but fell flat with a purposeless story

Cafe Society - 2016
Cast: Steve Carell / Kristen Stewart / Jesse Eisenberg / Blake Lively / Sheryl Lee / Ken Stott / Anna Camp.
Director: Woody Allen.
Content Rating: PG 13 for some violence and suggestive material.  
Source: Rented.

In the 1930s, a Bronx native moves to Hollywood and falls in love with a young woman who is seeing a married man.

I have a confession to make: Before this film,I had never watched a Woody Allen film before. 
To be honest, I don't even know that much about him and his film history.
But I plan to remedy that, and thus this film served as a solid introduction to his film making.
( *ticks item off list* )

From the very start of the movie we're swept away into the historical wealth of an era that largely reflects The Great Gatsby. Or that's what I thought, anyway.  (This film is set in the 1930s, so I'm not too far off...).  It's basically a parody of the era, though, and that became more apparent as the film went on.
Cafe Society danced on a …

Weekly Round-Up: Reading & Life

Quick question: What do you think of Disqus? I'm interested to hear your opinions, and whether you prefer to comment via Disqus instead of the default Blogger system? 

I started school again this week. Actually, it went really well, although, *sighs*, science and maths are still awful. I hate doing those.
My sugar free diet is also going well; I only had a tiny bit of chocolate mousse and a nutella milkshake this week (the milkshake was nutella, how could I refuse?)  And I actually felt sick after having the mousse, so that's a good sign.
I won't be starting any new books this week because I've got a lot of blog posts to do and, obviously, school. But I can't wait for February so I can start the haul I got from the library!

I did also some fun designing on Photoshop, which I haven't done in a while. Since I'd just re-watched The Amazing Spiderman 2, I was overwhelmed with feels and thus came this little tribute:

Posts of the week: 
Book Review: Unhinged

THE MAZE RUNNER (The Maze Runner #1) - by James Dashner

The Maze Runner - James Dashner
Year Published: 2014 - by Chicken House.
Genres: Dystopia / young adult / science fiction
Pages: 371.
Source: Library.

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human. When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone. Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade. Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive. Everything is going to change. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying. Remember. Survive. Run.

I watched snippets of The Maze Runner film about two years ago and didn't really like what I saw. Then I watched The Scorch Trials and loved that. Since then, I've wanted to read the books and see how they compare.
So I finally got round to picking up the first book. And I was so disappointed. 

The idea is brillian…

A TV Series for Everyone

Watching a TV series is one of the things I love to do.  Whether the series gets your heart racing, or your palms sweating, or your tears falling, or simply lets you forget the pressures of life, there's something wonderful about sitting down to relax (or not relax) and enjoying the story playing out on the screen in front of you.  There are a huge number of TV shows these days - a crazy number, actually, that I can never hope to get to!    But here's a list of some of the ones I've really enjoyed :)  I've purposefully chosen a large variety. 

Robin Hood is addictive watching. The acting isn't amazing, nor are the effects, and there's plenty of cheese and *cringe* moments, but it's fun and very entertaining and the characters are wonderfully colourful. It's also utterly action-packed and romantic.
(And I've sobbed through a number of the tragic scenes, so yeah...) 
Once Upon A Time is my bae at the moment. It's a beautiful blend of fairy tales an…

Waiting on Wednesday #16: WINTERSONG - by S. Jae-Jones

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights upcoming releases we're excited to read. On my blog, I include movies as well as books.

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Release Date: 7 February 2017.

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell. All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns. But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good…

FREEKS - by Amanda Hocking

Freeks - Amanda Hocking
Year Published: 2016 - by St. Martin's Griffin.
Genres: Young adult / paranormal / romance
Pages: 400.
Source: Thank you to St. Martin's Press for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review!

In a world of magical visions and pyrokinesis, Mara just wants to have a normal life. But is that possible? Mara has become used to the extraordinary. Roaming from place to place with Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Carnival, she longs for an ordinary life where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. She gets her chance when the struggling sideshow sets up camp in the small town of Caudry and she meets a gorgeous local guy named Gabe. But before long, Mara realizes there’s a dark presence lurking in the town that’s threatening the lives of her friends. She has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she had in order to save everyone she cares about—and change the future forever.
When you pick up an Amanda Hocking book, you know y…

Weekly Round-Up: Reading and Life

I had a stressful last two days because my Followers GFC gadget wasn't showing up on my blog. Thanks to a blogging friend's help, I fixed it, and that meant disabling HTTPS.  Now the Follow gadget is visible, but only if you visit my blog via a "non-HTTPS" URL. I'm not so great with these things, so I was wondering if any of you can help:    Will my HTTPS link change automatically over time so that every link to my blog will automatically be without the HTTPS in front of the URL? 
Does that make sense?! Can anyone advise with this? Also, please tell me if you can see the gadget as it is now?   Thank you!

In other news, I start school again tomorrow and I will also start committing to the sugar-free diet. (Help!)
I'm been reading a lot this week. I finished about 4 books (I think...), and received one of them - Freeks - from a publisher to review.  My reviews of all of them will be up this coming week - if school doesn't make me too busy ;)�…