Showing posts from July, 2018

Romanticised Abuse: Heathcliff and Cathy in Wuthering Heights

Our goal is to raise awareness and draw attention to romanticised abuse in films, books, etc, in order to fight it
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Today I'm going to be discussing the novel Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte. This post will als…

SOMETHING IN THE WATER - by Catherine Steadman

SOMETHING IN THE WATER - Catherine Steadman
Published: June 2018 - Ballantine
Genres: Adult / contemporary / thriller
Pages: 342.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Mild sexual content / mild violence / mild language
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . .

Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares? 

Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. . . .

Have you ever wondered how long it takes t…

Weekly What's Up - reading, school, bookmail

I didn't write anything for my WIP this week :( But I have been reading a ton and writing lots of blog posts, so I feel less guilty than usual ;) 

I'm also thinking of starting Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I'm still working my way through season 7 of TVD, but I want to take it slowly and watch something more light-hearted in between. As a result, I need a new series to binge! Any suggestions? 

Posts of the Week
I reviewed Slay by Kim Curran.

I reviewed an amazing film, I, Tonya.

I participated in the book blitz forThe Secrets of Villa Rosso.

I reviewedThe Favourite Sister.

Currently Reading
I'm enjoying The Fates Divide, but not so much the other three :(

For Review
I got so spoiled this week! Thank you, publishers, for these amazing books.

How has your week been? What are you reading and watching? 


Published: May 2018 - Simon Schuster.
Genres: Adult / women's fiction / contemporary / thriller
Pages: 384.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Sexual content / strong language / mature / adult themes
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder… Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy and vitriol from her castmates. Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret. Stephanie, the first black cast m…

Book Blitz and Giveaway: THE SECRETS OF VILLA ROSSO - by Linn B. Halton

Today I'm super excited to be sharing some information and an international giveaway for this lovely book! Read on to find out more...

Some places stay with you forever… When Ellie Maddison is sent on a business trip to Southern Italy, she's reminded why she loves her job – set amongst rolling vineyards and rich olive groves, the beautiful Villa Rosso is the perfect escape from her life back home. But what Ellie isn't prepared for is the instant connection she feels to the estate's director Max Jackson, or the secrets they share that are as intertwined as the rambling vines that cover Villa Rosso. It's not long before Ellie finds herself entangled in the history of the place, trying to understand the undeniable effect Max is having on her. As their relationship grows, what will Ellie discover about this idyllic villa and those who have walked through its doors? What started as a simple work trip will change Ellie's life forever.

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I, TONYA packs its punches

I, TONYA - 2017
Director:Craig Gillespie
Cast: Margot Robbie / Allison Janney / Sebastian Stan
Score:Peter Nashel.
Cinematography: Nicolas Karakatsanis.
Content Advisory: R for strong, frequent language, violence, nudity, and sexual content.
Source: Rented.

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

I had never heard of Tonya Harding before I heard of this movie. But Margot Robbie earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the infamous skater, and Allison Janney even won an Oscar for her role as Tonya's mother. After that happened, I was sold.

The production is beautiful. The scenes are gorgeous, the colours are rich and saturated, the sets soft and atmospheric, and the cinematography subtly powerful. The dialogue is also brilliant, and the soundtrack boasts catchy, timely song after song. 

The plot keeps you hooked from start to finish. I w…

SLAY - by Kim Curran

SLAY - Kim Curran
Published: May 2018 - Usborne Publishing.
Genres: Young adult / contemporary / paranormal / adventure
Pages: 304.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Mild fantasy violence.
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Penguin Random House SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Meet SLAY – SLAY do two things and they do them well: they play killer music and they slay killer demons.

When Milly, the lonely daughter of a world-famous opera singer, arrives home to discover that her mum has been taken over by something very evil, she finds herself in mortal danger. But the last people she expects to rescue her are the hottest boy band on the planet… Enter SLAY: playing kickass gigs in the spotlight, and saving the world from demons in the shadows… Suddenly, Milly’s on the road with JD, Tom, Niv, Zek and Connor, racing against the clock to stop the demons who killed her mum… One thing’s for sure, it’s going to be a hell of a show!

If you're looking for a lig…

Weekly What's Up - reading and writing

My holidays end tomorrow and I'm back to school :( Ugh.  
My Camp NaNo writing stalled again this week, so at the moment I doubt I'll be hitting 50k by the end of the month. My novel needs a lot of work and I've realised an unrealistic deadline isn't gonna help reduce my stress.   

Posts of the Week
I reviewed two movies in a mini review post: Tomb Raider and Game Night.

I wrote a very long review of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

I reviewed The Smoke Thieves on Goodreads.

I reviewed These Rebel Waves on Goodreads.

I reviewed Star-Touched Stories on Goodreads.

Currently Reading
Just started Ocean Light, taking it slow with The Favourite Sister, and I'm really enjoying Something in the Water.

For Review
I got this fantastic book from Penguin, and I've already finished reading it ;) Review coming soon!

Around the Blogosphere
Genni reviewed Everless

Lauren reviewed This Mortal Coil

Di reviewed These Rebel Waves

Kariny reviewed Sea Witch

Angela reviewed Th…


Director: Martin McDonagh.
Cast: Frances McDormand / Sam Rockwell / Woody Harrelson
Score:Carter Burwell.
Cinematography: Ben Davis.
Content Advisory: R for strong language, violence, and sexual references.
Source: Rented.

A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit.

It's won Oscars. It's won Golden Globes. It's received numerous award nominations. It's also sparked intense controversy and fueled fierce social media discourse. It goes without saying that I was very interested to watch this movie.

The soundtrack is a wealth of intelligently chosen musical pieces - although at first they may seem like odd choices, they do actually work. For example, who'd have thought that ABBA's "Chiquitita" would work for a harrowing scene where a building is set on fire and a man gets severely burnt? It's pure genius.
I also love how music isn…