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RENEGADES - by Marissa Meyer

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RENEGADES - Marissa Meyer
Published: 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 556
Genres: Young adult / adventure / romance / science fiction
Triggers/Content Advisory: Very mild sci-fi violence
Format: ARC paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice. The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

I am a huge fan of The Lunar Chronicles. …

Romanticised Abuse: The Phantom of the Opera

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Our goal is to raise awareness and draw attention to romanticised abuse in films, book, etc, in order to fight it
- Join us! Design your own header (or use mine)  and start posting - once a week, two times a week, whenever
- Share examples of romanticised abuse you've seen in books or films - doesn't even have to be a whole book or film; simple one scene is enough, if there's an instance of romanticised abuse in it
- Keep the post short. Just a few paragraphs. - This is not only about romanticised abusive relationships. It is about romanticised sexual assault and harassment, as well.
- Please link to my blog as the original creator.


(FYI: This post will make a LOT more sense if you've watched the movie, musical, or read the book of The Phantom of the Opera).

A few years ago I was an absolute Phanatic. I adored the musical, although not so much the movie, and was obsessed with the songs, characters, and story. I still adore the musical, but until recently the story hadn't…

3 Mini Book Reviews

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AND I DARKEN - Kiersten White
Published: 2016 by Delacorte Press
Pages: 498.
Genres: Young adult / romance / historical fiction /
Triggers/Content Advisory: Infrequent sexual innuendo / frequent brutal violence
Format: eBook.
Source: Borrowed.

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a na…

Weekly Round-Up: SCHOOL and writing

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It was a pretty good week! I'm enjoying most aspects of school, and I've been steadily outlining my WIP. And watching tons of F.R.I.E.N.D.S ;) Of course. 

Posts of the week:  Romanticised Abuse: F.R.I.E.N.D.S Book Review: BORN A CRIME Film Review: DUNKIRK Book Review: WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER
Currently Reading
YES I AM STILL GOING THOUGH THIS BUT I'VE ALMOST FINISHED SO HALLELUJAH.













For Review
This looks like such a fun little novel, and IT GETS BONUS POINTS FOR FEATURING A PHOTO OF LOKI. YES <3

I'm thinking I should probably watch the movie first, though...















Around the Blogosphere
Deanna talks about The assassination of Padme's character

Lauren shares a review & Giveaway for 'Say You'll Remember Me'

Aneta reviews The Fire Queen

Brittany reviews Reign of the Fallen

Erica reviews The Woman in Cabin 10

Greg talks about Your Personality and Your Blog


Entertainment News
2018 Oscar Nominations have been announced!
It's pretty much what I think most people…

WONDER WOMAN: WARBRINGER - by Leigh Bardugo

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WONDER WOMAN WARBRINGER - Leigh Bardugo
Published: 2017 by Random House Children's Books
Pages: 364.
Genres: Young adult / adventure / romance / science fiction / contemporary
Triggers/Content Advisory: Infrequent, mild violence.
Format: Paperback.
Source: Bought.
Daughter of immortals. Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world. Daughter of death. Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct …

DUNKIRK (film) is a missed opportunity

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DUNKIRK - 2017
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Mark Rylance / Kenneth Branagh / Fionn Whitehead / Tom Hardy / Jack Lowden
Score: Hans Zimmer
Cinematographer: Hoyte Van Hoytema
Content Advisory: PG 13 for intense war experiences and some language.
Source: Rented.

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.



I've heard nothing but praise and Oscar buzz for this film. Because of that, and despite never watching a war movie before now, I decided to give this one a try.


The scenes take your breath away. Literally. The bleak colour palette of blues, greys, and occasionally browns, somehow manages to come across radiant, and the use of colour is stunning. The sets are beautiful, the scenography spectacular, and overall it's an atmospheric, darkly mesmerising sight to behold. One that seems to immerse you in the action taking place, as well. And that's also thanks to brilliant direc…

BORN A CRIME - by Trevor Noah

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BORN A CRIME AND OTHER STORIES - Trevor Noah
Published: 2016 - Pan Mamcillan
Pages: 342.
Genres: Nonfiction / memoir / autobiography
Triggers/Content Advisory: Mature themes / bad language
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Trevor Noah’s path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show in New York began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of his relationship with his fearless, rebellious and fervently religious mother – his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. The eighteen pers…

Romanticised Abuse: F.R.I.E.N.D.S

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Our goal is to raise awareness and draw attention to romanticised abuse in films, book, etc, in order to fight it
- Join us! Design your own header (or use mine)  and start posting - once a week, two times a week, whenever
- Share examples of romanticised abuse you've seen in books or films - doesn't even have to be a whole book or film; simple one scene is enough, if there's an instance of romanticised abuse in it
- Keep the post short. Just a few paragraphs.
This is not just about romanticised abusive relationships. It is about romanticised sexual assault and harassment, as well. 
- Please link to my blog as the original creator.



F.R.I.E.N.D.S is a very dated show. Y'all know that. It definitely has its issues, and unfortunately for the era it was made in, those issues wouldn't really have been issues when it was made. Does that make it OK?
Nope. Because frankly everyone should know better.

My post today is about a drawn out incident of sexual assault on the show. Whi…

Weekly Round-Up: Back to school tomorrow...

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I start school tomorrow. Sigh. But I have had a long holiday, so I guess it'll be good for me to be extra productive again.
I've also started outlining for a new WIP. Hopefully, I'll be able to make time during the week to work on that, too.


Posts of the week: 
Cover Reveal: MERCURY RISES
Romanticised Abuse: Bad Boys
Book Review: EVERLESS
To moments in Film/TV that made me cry


Currently Reading
Yes, I am still reading And I Darken. *sigh* I've also started Daughter of Smoke of Bone (got it from the library) which is...interesting. 








For Review
GUYS!! I GOT AN E-ARC OF SHADOWSONG!! I'm so freaking excited. I also got the autobiography of Trevor Noah, which I've already finished ;)











Around the Blogosphere


Heather reviews Stalking Jack the Ripper
Genni talks about the Brushed Off Sexual Assualt in Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Poem Fanatic reviews Origin
Amber Elise reviews The Hazel Wood
Greg reviews The Birthday Girl

Entertainment News



Jessica Chastain is changing Ho…

Top Moments in Film/TV that made me cry

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I cry a lot in movies and TV shows. Whether it's a wedding or a funeral or a pet bunny getting run over by a car (kidding. That never happened. And I totally wouldn't cry over that. #sorrynotsorry. No offense to bunny-owners) the tears come fast. I get so invested that it takes very little to get me bawling. Obviously, books have almost the same effect. But I do cry less easily in books. I definitely have sobbed over a few bookish deaths, etc (Finnick's death, anyone?) but it's less of a thing. 
So.  This post is a list of some of the TV shows and movie moments that have - and occasionally still do - made me cry. And by cry, I don't mean a single tear slipping melodramatically down my cheek, I mean sobbed. This list is of The Moments. The "my life is ending why why why such tragedy my chest aches my lungs hurt I can't freakin' breathe" moments. 
And I could choose more moments, but you gotta stop somewhere right? 




Rose and Ten's separation // …