Showing posts from September, 2018

Monthly Wrap-Up: September - October

We're almost into October and I can't believe it's nearing the end of the year. More specifically, it's getting closer to NaNoWriMo. That's been on my mind a lot recently. Now that's actually October, I'm going to have to start outlining my NaNo novel so it'll be ready for November. Eeek! Who else is going to be participating?!

In other news, I'm still watching Gilmore Girls (although not loving it as much anymore - the love interests are irritating me ;) and I'm looking forward to B99 season 5 dropping on Netflix, which should be anytime now. It's not like I'm counting the hours or obsessively checking Twitter for news or obsessively checking Netflix every few minutes and obsessively googling for dates and information every single hour.... *coughs*

Blog Posts from this month
My Favourite TV show ships
Romanticised Abuse: Sierra Burgess Is A Loser
YA novels Netflix needs to adapt asap
The WIP Diaries: I answer questions from you!
Blog Tour &a…

2 Mini Book Reviews: HIM and DEATH IS NOT ENOUGH

HIM - Clare Empson.
Published: August 2018 - Orion.
Genres: Romance / contemporary / suspense / thriller
Pages: 352.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Sex scenes / bad language / theme of rape / substance abuse
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Jonathan Ball SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

It all started with ... HIM.

Catherine has become mute. She has witnessed something so disturbing that she simply can't speak - not to her husband, her children, or her friends. The doctors say the only way forward is to look into her past. Catherine needs to start with Him. Lucian. Catherine met the love of her life at university and was drawn into his elite circle of privileged, hedonistic friends. But one night it all falls apart and she leaves him, shattering his life forever. Still, fifteen years later, Lucian haunts every one of Catherine's quiet moments, and when they are unexpectedly reunited, their love reignites with explosive force. But they can&#…

Book Blitz and Blog Tour: CORRUPTION - by Elizabeth Ducie

I'm excited to be spotlighting this book today! Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the opportunity.  

Out of fear. Out of greed. Out of evil. Corruption springs from many roots. Teenagers fall prey to a deadly new drug craze sweeping across Russia. Pharmaceuticals destined for Africa turn up on the backstreets of Moscow, St Petersburg and Vladivostok. Regulator Suzanne Jones and her sister, Charlie, fight to stop the pushers before more kids die. But will their discoveries mean a friend goes to prison? And are they putting their loved ones in danger? With old adversaries and surprising new allies, the Jones sisters face their toughest challenge to date. The heart-stopping final episode in the Suzanne Jones series of thrillers set in the sometimes murky world of international pharmaceuticals

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When Elizabeth Ducie had been working in the international pharmaceutical industry for nearly thirty years, she decided she’d like to take a break from…

THE BEGUILED - 2017 drama thriller film

Director: Sofia Coppola.
Cast: Nicole Kidman / Kirsten Dunst / Elle Fanning / Colin Farrell.
Score: Phoenix.
Cinematography: Philippe Le Sourd.
Content Advisory: R for violence, some gory images, and strong sexual themes and innuendoes.
Source: Rented.

The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.

I love this movie's trailer. You could say I was beguiled before I even started watching ;)  And you could also say that I quickly became un-beguiled when I actually watched the movie. Darn.

The dialogue is not great, the cinematography is average (there are some beautiful shots, but also a lot of sloppy ones), and the aesthetic is bleak: a merge of dusty pinks, smokey whites, greys, and dark greens. All the same, it's not quite the atmospheric, Gothic setting that I imagine it's supposed to be.

The movie is frustrating because it doesn't live up to its potential. The …

Weekly What's Up - The One Where I'm Tired

I'm typing this post on Friday afternoon, and as I sit here all I can think about is falling asleep. Lol. For some reason, I'm so drained. It could be my WIP, which is killing my spirit because it's falling apart, and it could be late nights. I'm so bad about getting to bed at a reasonable time. 
But anyhow. From Monday I'm on holiday for two weeks, so I'm looking forward to that. Hopefully I'll be able to piece my WIP back into shape, as well :) 

Posts of the Week

I answered writing questions in my WIP Diaries post!

I reviewed the final two books in The Darkest Minds trilogy.

I reviewed a horror thriller film, A Quiet Place.

Currently Reading
I feel like I'm reading slowly at the moment...for some reason I haven't been in a very bookish mood.

I am so excited to read these two lovelies!

How has your week been? Did you get any bookmail? What are you reading and watching? 

A QUIET PLACE - 2018 horror thriller film

Director: John Krasinski.
Cast: John Krasinski / Emily Blunt / Millicent Simmonds / Noah Jupe.
Score:Marco Beltrami.
Cinematography: Charlotte Bruus Christensen.
Content Advisory: PG 13 for terror and some bloody images.
Source: Rented.

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.

Normally, I don't watch horror movies. But because this one is directed by John Krasinski and because he and Blunt star in it together (WHICH IS SOMETHING I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR IN FOREVER), I had to make an exception.

Krasinski showcases an impressive directorial debut. Having watched interviews with him about the film, heard how close it is to his heart, how passionate he is about it, I also feel like I have a greater appreciation for his work. I know that's how most directors must feel about their projects, but I found Krasinski's experience particularly interesting and inspiring. I can't wait…

2 Mini Book Reviews: NEVER FADE and IN THE AFTER LIGHT

NEVER FADE (The Darkest Minds #2) - Alexandra Bracken
Published: 2013 - Quercus Children's Books
Genres: Young adult / futuristic / adventure
Pages: 560.
Triggers/Content Advisory: Violence / child abuse
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster. When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind.
Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only s…

The WIP Diaries: I answer questions from you!

Thank you so much to Angela, Genni, Olivia, Lindsey, Zoey, and Olivia-Savannah for asking me questions about my writing process! I had such fun answering. 
Hope you like this post :)

The Questions!

How do you keep yourself motivated / make sure to complete the goals you set for yourself without giving up?

I am not a good goals setter ;) Only recently am I seriously thinking about setting goals for myself. I’m certain they’ll help, I’ve just been procrastinating.

As for motivation: watching YouTube videos on writing, and reading through motivational quotes from other writers.....those can really get me pumped to write. There's also the unquenchable desire to tell my stories and breathe life to the characters in my head. I have to tell their stories. That drives me to write.

What is your favourite part of the writing process?

Brainstorming! Lol that sounds like such a cop-out, but I just love envisioning all the scenes and characters in my head and playing them out like movies to s…

Weekly What's Up - The One Where I Write Something

I have started watching Gilmore Girls! Oh my gosh it is so much fun. The writing is so smart and witty, and the characters are deliciously eccentric and relatable. I also love how relaxing it is - it's totally feel-good and so harmless.
I actually did some writing on my WIP this week! Scrivener is amazing. It makes everything nicer. However, the day after I wrote something my whole premise kinda fell apart, so now I'm back to outlining and plotting. Darn it. I know my characters well, but the story is in shambles. Hopefully I'll be able to fix it this week :)

Posts of the Week

I talk about the romanticised behaviour in Sierra Burgess Is A Loser

I share some YA books I want Netflix to adapt for the screen!

Currently Reading
I'm taking it very slow with Shadow and Bone cos I haven't been in a fantasy mood, I'm loving Him, and I'm also going slow with The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

Around the Blogosphere
Angela shares 5 reasons why you'll love This C…

YA novels that Netflix needs to adapt ASAP

Netflix is all about YA books right now. It goes without saying that not all have been a success - and some have been successful although they don't deserve it (looking at you The Kissing Booth) but generally, rom-coms are making a comeback in the form of YA books and peeps are eating them up.

So keeping with that theme, here are some YA novels I think should be adapted asap. Most of them are rom-coms. 
Let me know your thoughts and choices in the comments!

When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon

"Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? 

 Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that …