“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

– Neil Gaiman, Coraline

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American Ultra Review!

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Like many others, I’m not a big K-Stew fan. When Twilight originally came out I was already a fan of the books, and to this day I remember the horror of going to see the movie adaptation and having to refrain from laughing at the ridiculous excuse for acting in the film. Over the years I’ve seen a few more movies with her in it, and she as continually annoyed and frustrated me to the extent that I now actively avoid watching movies with her in it.

Add Jesse Eisenberg to it, and my expectations fell even lower. I hated the combination of them in Adventureland, they actually make me cringe with how much I dislike them I’m struggling to put it into words.

I bet at this stage you’re wondering, why did I even bother watching American Ultra? Well the simple answer is that my boyfriend really liked the look of the trailer, he has never seen Twilight or any of Kristen Stewart’s other atrocities, and after dragging him to Paper Towns the last time we went to the cinema, I thought it was only fair to let him choose this time around. Plus, I was kind of excited to see Connie Britton in a movie, being a fan of her work in AHS and Nashville.

I don’t generally enjoy comedies. I don’t laugh out loud at movies. I am not a fan of try too hard jokes and the usual head wrecking humour that accompanies ‘stoner’ movies.

Yet, I actually found myself chuckling away to myself quite a bit throughout this film. Yes, I enjoy using the word chuckling. I like to chuckle. Chuckle is a nice word.

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this movie. Sure, it’s nothing oscar worthy, but not that many movies actually are. Perhaps the reason I enjoyed this film is because I had such low expectations for it, but nevertheless, it was definitely an enjoyable watch.

It’s not going to be a movie I recommend to everyone, because it’s really not going to be a lot of people’s cup of tea, but if you’re bored some evening and looking for an easy watch, then maybe give it a try. You might want to egg my house after, or you might be pleasantly surprised, like I was.

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Would You Rather? : Book Edition

So the amazing Allie and Libby over at The Excellent Library nominated me to do this super cool tag of Would You Rather? I used to love playing this game when I was younger and I think this is such a cute idea and one of my favourite nominations ever.

Lets do this.

Would you rather: ONLY read trilogies or stand-alones?
Trilogies. One of my favourite things about books are when there are more than one so you get to spend even more time in the world the author created. You get to know the characters even better and just binge read thousands of pages while pretending that the real world doesn’t exist.

Would you rather: ONLY read male or female authors?

Probably female – not for any sort of feminist rationale or anything, I simply tend to read more books that women have wrote. Not really a conscious decision I make, just the way things happen to work out.

Would you rather: shop at Barnes & Noble or Amazon?

I live in Ireland and we don’t have Barnes & Noble so I think I’m gonna go with Amazon – because that’s where I buy most of my books anyway.

Would you rather: books be made into TV shows or movies?
TV SHOWS! I just think GOT shows how well this works. Also see TVD, where I actually waaaaay prefer the TV show to the books. Weird. Ok, I think book series should be a TV show and maybe stand alone books be made into movies. Can Hollywood get cracking on this proposal please?

Would you rather: read 5 pages a day or 5 books per week?

I would cry with happiness if I could read 5 books per week.

Would you rather: write or review books professionally?
I feel like I should say write but my problem is I have no imagination and I would probably just end up regurgitating everything I have ever read into some weird mash-up. If I had the talent to write, I would love love love to do it.

Would you rather: ONLY read your favorite genre or read every genre except your favorite?
Only my favourite genre which is YA because there are so many sub genres that it don’t even matter.

Would you rather: read only physical or e-books?

Physical but lately I have found myself reading more and more ebooks because of the convenience of having the kindle app on my iPad.

Would you rather: be best friends with Jane Austen or F. Scott Fitzgerald?

I genuinely have no idea. I’m gonna go with Jane Austen simply because I disliked reading Gatsby.

Would you rather: only ever read inside or outside?

Have I not mentioned that I live in Ireland? AKA it rains everyday and even though it’s the second of August it looks like November outside?

Would you rather: eat food from Harry Potter’s world or drink the potions in Wonderland?
HP all the way. Honeydukes? Yes please. I grew up dreaming of eating chocolate frogs.

I actually want to nominate absolutely everyone who reads this post to DO IT because it’s awesome and I want to know everyones answers.

Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award!

Okay, so I am FINALLY getting around to accepting Danielle from fifteenthousandpage’s nomination for the Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award! She has an amazing name (no bias here), and an even more amazing blog so definitely go check it out if you’re not already following her! I always enjoy doing these blog awards, they’re super fun and I love getting to know more about my fellow bloggers!

So here goes The Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award! 

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The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog.

2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.

3. Nominate ten FOUR other bloggers

4. Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nomination.

Danielle’s Questions:

1. What’s a book you’ve read that you expected not to like, but ended up enjoying?

Hmm, I don’t really read books that I don’t think I’ll enjoy so this is a tough one. I didn’t have very high hopes for The Cuckoo’s Calling and being completely honest only read it because JK Rowling wrote it, but I ended up absolutely loving the story and the characters and everything about it.

2. Do you have siblings, or are you an only child? Did you wish for anything different growing up?

I have two sisters and a brother, of which I am the baby. I actually had a pretty good upbringing and was close to my siblings and have loads of cousins around the same age so they were practically like more brothers and sisters – I don’t think I’d change anything if I could.
3. If you could be in any tv show or movie franchise, what would it be?

Okay why are you doing this to me? Can I only pick one? Cos that’s not possible. Harry Potter is the obvious one cos cmon, Hogwarts. But then there’s SO many more – like Game of Thrones (lol jk I like being alive).
4. What is your spirit animal aka patronus?

An owl or a dog. I love dogs so much when I look into their eyes I just instantly become their best friend and they become mine and we are bonded for life in that moment. Each and every dog I have ever met has a part of my soul I love them so so much  I want them all. But then I’m also completely obsessed with owls to a kind of weird extent where my bedroom has a load of owl figurines.
5. What’s your favorite joke?

OH my god it’s so pathetic but my sister used to tell this joke and it’s the one joke I will always laugh at, not because it’s funny but just because it’s so terrible you can’t help but laugh.

Q. “Why did Lucy fall of the swing?”

A. “Because she had no arms.”

Usually shortly followed by:

“Knock knock.”

“Whose there?”

“Well it’s not Lucy because she has no arms.”

6. If you could change the ending to any book, what would it be and why?

Allegiant. I would actually just change every single thing about the series after Divergent ended because it went to poo.
7. Are you more Type A or Type B personality? Do you prefer lists, schedules, and making plans? Or do you just let the wind blow and see where it takes you?

I am SUCH a type A personality. I hate being spontaneous, I hate being disorganised and if you try and spring a surprise anything on me, chances are it will be met with disgust.
8. Do you prefer to dress up or down on a regular basis?

I think I’m kind of in the middle. I dress pretty casual but not so casual that I look like underdressed if you feel me? You feel me, that’s cool.
9. Do you prefer poetry or prose?

Prose – by far.
10. What was the last thing you ate?

Nachos. I usually just melt cheese over tortilla chips but this time I went all out and actually made like a cheese sauce and it was so awesome and now I’m stuffed because I ate way too many.

My nominated bloggers:

Allie and Libby from theexcellentlibrary

#lovebooks

Fiona from MyCafeAuLivre

Lizzy at lizzyreadsbooks

(some of you may have already done this nomination – if so, I’m sorry! I’m out of the loop on here)

My Questions:

  1. What is your favourite hobby besides reading/writing/blogging?
  2. What do you work as and what do you see yourself working as in the future?
  3. Do you have any pets?
  4. What country would you most like to visit and why?
  5. Where are you RIGHT now?
  6. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
  7. What are the comfiest shoes you own? (I love me some comfy shoes)
  8. Are you still in touch with your childhood best friend?
  9. Do you ever write for fun, not including blog posts?
  10. Who is your favourite non-book related blog?

OK GO GO GO.

over and out.

The End of the Unintentional Hiatus

Sounds like the title of a book, but no, I’m so sorry that I suddenly vanished from WordPress. I literally have been so busy working and with some family stuff that I’ve barely had time to read, never mind write about reading!

BUT, then I found the most amazing book and straight away I knew I had to share it here because it is just so beautiful!

Say hello to my new copy of Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales. As soon as it caught my eye I knew it would be coming home with me, who could leave this beauty behind on a shelf? Apparently it’s part of the Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics, which doesn’t ring any bells with me because Barnes & Noble aren’t a thing here in Ireland. I picked it up in TK Maxx which is like a discount department store.

I am so excited to get stuck in to this amazing piece of work, did I mention the incredible illustrations yet? Because they are gorgeous and detailed and I wish more books came with illustrations these days they are so delightful.

I’m hoping to pick up The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe from the same store next time I visit the city, I can only imagine how interesting the illustrations in it must be!

I promise to try and stay more up to date with this blog too, I’ve missed it! 🙂

Danielle xo61WGS6EZ-2L

The Copper Promise – Jen Williams

Over the last two weeks or so I have been working my way through the four novellas that combine to be The Copper Promise. Originally published as four ebooks, but since released in one single paperback volume, the novellas are wonderfully packed with magic and mystery.

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Though I read these as four separate novellas, I’m reviewing them as a single book because they flow really well from one to another and it’s just easier that way. First up, this is the kind of story that sucks you in and you read 100 pages and don’t know how you lost track of time until it gets dark out. Like seriously, reading this probably made me late for work several times because I was reading it on the iPad at every single available opportunity. If I was a few minutes early for work, lets read a chapter. Or five. Lunch time? You mean reading time, right?

The plot revolves around Lord Frith, and his quest for vengeance after the torture and murder of his entire family. On his journey for revenge Frith enlists the help of mercenaries Wydrin and Sebastian, a pretty dynamic duo who you learn to love. I definitely think the characters are the back bone of this story. Each character is likeable, but totally realistic in their imperfections also. We have no flawless hero or heroine, which is nice for a change.

In addition to the brilliant characters, we have the fast-moving, addictive storyline which you will be glued to. It’s not the predictable hero saves victims from danger, there are a LOT of hiccups along the way, which make the story way more interesting than it may appear at first. ALSO, I love that the stories feel so full but aren’t actually that long. I feel like I’m trudging my way through A Storm Of Swords Part 1, and genuinely cannot bear the thought of picking up another monstrosity of that length. So a shorter, yet still entertaining, fantasy fiction was a perfect read for me.

Magic? Check. Dragons? Check. Demons? Check. 

If you have a spare hour or so and are looking for something to fill the gap, PLEASE try the first novella and let me know what you think! I will be genuinely surprised if you aren’t hooked like me.