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Month: February 2017

Summertime Madness | Book Tag

Summer time Madness tag header image, all books piled together

As today is the official last day of summer (for the Southern Hemisphere at least), I wanted to do this tag in honour of that. Although the heat will probably stick around for most of March. I was inadvertently tagged by AlwaysandForeverReading who tagged everyone in the Southern Hemisphere, so as an Australian I was tagged.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them | Film Review

Fantastic beasts and where to find them movie ticket, with the text book, my copy of The Creature Vault and a Newt Scamander pop figurine.

4.5 stars

The year is 1926 and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds. (Source: IMDB.com)

One of my most anticipated films of last year was Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, my boyfriend took me to the midnight screening as an early birthday present. So I know this review is incredibly late, but alas life and other things piled up and catching up on reviews fell to the wayside.

Attending the midnight screening was incredible, being in a room full of Potter-heads, all equally excited about this extension of the universe that defined our childhood; it’s the best thing. It’s one of the reasons I love attending pop culture conventions, the sense of community and ease you feel when surrounded by people you know don’t think you strange for fangirling over things. It’s the best feeling. So to say I was excited about this film is an understatement.

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The Book Blogger TMI | Book Tag

Photo I took for the Book Blogger TMI tag.

I found The Book Blogger TMI tag on Spines and Covers and thought it would be the perfect way to celebrate my one-year bookstagram anniversary. I can’t believe it has been a year, I definitely think my account has grown and changed over the year, and I would like to think that I have improved.

How old are you?

I’m twenty-two.

What book are you reading?

I’m currently reading Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I’m going back and forth between the two.

What are you wearing?

A grey oversized shirt and leggings.

OTP?

I would have to say Cath and Levi from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children | Film Review

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children movie ticket alongside the book and a pouch and black rose.

3.5 stars

When Jacob discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers… and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jacob discovers that only his own special “peculiarity” can save his new friends.” (Source: IMDB.com)

Earlier this year I read Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs and I quite enjoyed it. So, when I heard they were adapting it to a film I knew I had to see it. However, the trailer alone had already filled me with quite a bit of doubt. Unfortunately, I’m one of those moviegoers who if I’ve read the book previously can’t help but mentally notice all the differences, and sometimes outwardly display my displeasure at the changes. So, when I saw this I made sure to go with a group of friends who had all read the book, so we could all air our grievances together.

This review is going to be spoiler heavy, so please don’t read any further if you have not read the book or seen the movie.

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