How Scarlet Heart: Ryeo should have ended.

I’ve been an avid K-drama watcher for the best part of a year now, and K-dramas are all I watch these days because of their vibrant scripts, brilliant actors and amazing production. But, there is a certain amount of frustration with a certain historical drama…….I’m talking to you Scarlet Heart: Ryeo (달의 연인 – 보보경심 려)

 

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Lee Joon Gi and IU as their characters in the show, adorable as always.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, without giving it all away I will explain the show to you in a nutshell.

Modern day beautician Go Ha-Jin (IU) gets pulled back in time to the Goryeo Dynasty in the year 941 and finds out her new identity is Hae Soo, the cousin of a princes wife. As she tries to navigate this new life with her modern outlook, many of the princes fall in love with her, but her only love is Wang So (Lee Joon Gi), an outcast prince whose mental and physical scars make him unsociable, but he finds comfort and acceptance from Hae Soo. Eventually, missing out all of the spoilers, Hae Soo is in her own time again, thinking everything was just a dream, until she goes to a museum and sees drawings of Wang So and gets emotional. That’s the end of the show. No happy ending, just misery.

Now, while this was a bold choice by the writers and leaves it open for further episodes (however unlikely due to comments made by the actors, however has been hinted there could be more) it is also a miserable choice for a K-Drama lover. What the fans (including me) wanted was for there to be a doppelganger of sorts of Wang So to come to her in the future and for them to be happy together. This didn’t happen.

However, another show/movie that is very similar is story that actually did well is Splash Splash Love (퐁당퐁당 LOVE).

Similar to Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, Dan Bi is a senior in High school and transported back to the Joseon era and falls in love with the king Lee Do while disguising herself as a Eunuch. When Dan Bi gets back to her own time, she is about to get splashed by a car while its raining when the future version of Lee Do appears with an umbrella to protect her from the rain. This is what we wanted in Ryeo, and it kills me that we don’t have it.

However, I feel content that if they decide to leave the show as it is, that it was a good lesson in teaching K-Drama lovers that not everything has a happy ending, and sometimes it’s the good times in the show/story that are the best part.

If you’re interested in watching any of these historical dramas, along with hundreds of other titles, you can check out Dramafever or Viki. Both of these sites are free to use and only limited to your country, so some titles aren’t available in the UK, but most are.

It’s good to note also that Splash, Splash love is based on the novel Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, which has also gotten it’s own drama by the same title starring Park Bo-Gum and Kim Yoo-Jung which you can find on Viki.

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Photo Credit: Found on Amino, assuming it’s an original promo photo by SBS*

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Time to get silly with Adrienne Dunning #FAA2

Everyone has a silly side, and that’s no different to authors. We thought it would be a great idea if I asked Adrienne some of the more lighthearted questions in my portfolio and boy, did she deliver some brilliant answers.

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If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be, and why?

That’s such a tough question because I’d love to meet so many different people. I think, though, if I had to narrow it down, I would pick William Shakespeare. Why? A) To confirm definitively, and forever, if he wrote all his own plays or if there were multiple authors. To create new words with him because he was brilliant in coming up with new vocabulary that was just completely absorbed by society. C) To get the “411” on Elizabeth I. (That way I can work in another historical character I’d love to get to know. Two birds, one stone! It’s cheating, and I’m okay with that!)

 

If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why?

That’s a hard one. In a lot of ways, it would depend on my mood. Overall, I guess an oyster. (Are shellfish considered animals??? I don’t know, but I’m claiming it.) I’m pretty unassuming and can be rough around the edges. I’m messy, and my life has been full of grit and rough waves, but I’ve managed to take all that and work it into something that’s valuable and pretty (at least to me).

 

Who do you admire the most and why?

My Grandfather. He was a self-taught man with no formal education and a skilled violinist (again, self-taught). He was one of the most compassionate and gentle men I’ve ever known, and he always told me to “work smart, not hard”. That’s been the cornerstone of my adult life.

 

Who would play you in a Hollywood movie about your life?

Oooohhhh….. who would play me!? Probably Debra Messing. She’s feisty and funny, like me, and she’s got the red hair to pull it off.

 

What is the last book you read that you couldn’t put down?

I’m a voracious reader. Truly. And I love lots of different genres. The most recent book I read that I couldn’t put down was “Daisy in Chains” by Sharon Bolton (one of my fave mystery writers).

 

Thank you for reading. If you would like to read more from me, you can find all of my blog posts on the blog. If you enjoyed this post, please let me know by liking the post, following me or leaving a comment. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter. You can also find Adrienne on her Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Where to find Adrienne Dunning #FosterAnAuthour2

After our lovely interview yesterday, I wanted to make sure that you could jump on the bandwaggon early this week and read all of Adrienne’s amazing books. This post is your go-to for all things Adrienne Dunning today.

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Where can I find her on social media?

You can find Adrienne on Facebook and Twitter. She’s really nice and I’m sure if you have any questions or just want to speak to a friendly face about books, you can probably send a message or tweet her about her books. She also has an amazing website that has more information than you could possible need.

Where can I find her books?

Seeking Solace: Amazon

Revolution: Amazon

Revolution paperback: Amazon

Be sure to follow Adrienne on Amazon as well so you can snap up her future releases the minute they’re availible.

 

Where can I hear more about Adrienne?

Keep your eyes peeled for new posts on the blog, all this week. And make sure you check out Jo & Isa from Jo&Isa love books, who have amazingly put all of this together.

Thank you for reading. If you would like to read more from me, you can find all of my blog posts on the blog. If you enjoyed this post, please let me know by liking the post, following me or leaving a comment. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

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An interview with Adrienne Dunning #FosterAnAuthor2

As mentioned in my post earlier today, Adrienne and I have been paired up by the lovely Jo & Isa from Jo & Isa love books to share the love with all of you. I wanted to start out the week getting to know my Author, and Adrienne was brilliant in answering all of my questions for you.

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Tell us about your book a little bit. Who are the main characters and what is their story about?

Revolution is my second novel, published last fall.  It’s a combination of a lot of things—historical fiction, a ghost story, and a contemporary romance.  Set in historic Yorktown, Virginia, the novel follows the journey of Meg, a woman fleeing an abusive past, and Nate, a widower still grieving the loss of his wife.  Readers get immersed in small-town Southern charm with the added bonus of a match-making ghost, who brings Nate and Meg closer together in hopes that they will each help the other heal from their tragic pasts and look ahead to brighter futures.
What inspired you to write this new book? Was there a specific eureka moment?
I don’t know if there was any one thing that inspired me to write Revolution.  I’ve always loved ghost stories and haunted houses, so I knew I wanted to work on one.  I’m a huge history nerd, so I wanted a historical event to tie my story to.  My “eureka moment”, if you will, was when I heard the song “His Hands” by Jennifer Nettles. As soon as I heard the lyrics, I immediately started getting a picture of my character Meg in my head, huddled on a floor, broken and abused. My first question was, “What would she do if she could manage to run away?”  The rest is history.
What was the most difficult part of the writing process?
The most difficult part about writing for me is reining in my laziness and procrastination!!!  Once I ever get started, I’m fine, but there always seems to be great tv shows on I’ve been waiting to see, an awesome book I really want to finish, or intricate and fabulous recipes on Pinterest just begging me to make them. I honestly and freely admit to my laziness as a recliner slug that manages to watch more British television than there are actual hours in the day, and I’m possibly the most effective procrastinator you’ll ever come across.
If you could change anything about the book or the way you wrote it, what would it be?
If I could go back and change how I wrote Revolution, I would like to have inserted more of the original history with William Nathaniel and Sarah so that readers could see how they met and fell in love and started a family along with the developing romance between Nate and Meg.
Who is your favourite character and why?
My favorite character is Clarissa.  She’s a fiesty, spunky Southern grandma that is endearing and funny.  I just love her witty quips, her zest for life, and her caring heart.
Any advice to aspiring authors?
For anyone who’s aspiring to become a writer, I want to say this:  Write for yourself.  Don’t write what’s trendy or what’s currently selling in the hot genres.  Find your own voice and remain true to it.  That’s what will draw your readers and keep them loyal to you for the long haul.  The second thing I want to say is this:  Writing is NOT a “get rich quick scheme”.  Most authors do not make loads of money, and many of us (myself included) have day jobs to make a living. So don’t go into it for the money, start writing simply because your soul will shrivel and die if you don’t put words on paper and give life to some wonderful, incredible story.  That in itself is the simplest, and greatest, reason to write.
Make sure you’re following me on Facebook and Twitter so that you don’t miss a beat, and send some love to Jo & Isa, and also to Adrienne on her Facebook and Twitter pages.
Have a Great day, I will see you tomorrow!

#FosterAnAuthor2 week with Adrienne Dunning!

I don’t need to be the one to tell you that it’s always exciting to find a new author to obsess over, I have my moments of fangirling myself. So it’s always nice to give a little love every now and again as a blogger. The amazing Jo & Isa from Jo & Isa loves books have set up, (painstakingly) a brilliant promotion where for one week, bloggers and authors are paired up and take time to spread the joy.

I have been matched up with the wonderful lady that is Adrienne Dunning, author of some amazing books in the YA Romance genre and my best friend for the week. We’ve got all sorts of things coming for you, so keep an eye out.

So before we get started, make sure you’re following me on Facebook and Twitter so that you don’t miss a beat, and send some love to Jo & Isa, and also to Adrienne on her Facebook and Twitter pages.

Have a great day!

Advance by K.A Duggsy [A Review]

Faith is a reporter in what can only be described as a ‘new future’. A place where people are separated into districts based on wealth and technology is at it’s core. But it’s not as simple as it seems. Advance Industries is creating new technology that can teleport people in an instant, but it’s not as safe as people think. With the help of some rebels, can Faith and Kye figure it all out?

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First of all, this is one of those books that grips you from the start. You don’t really know what is going on at first (and still have questions towards the end) and the suspense that all of the secrets bring to the book are what keep you reading til the end.

What did I like about it?

I loved the fact that it was in a very believable setting. Although it’s very futuristic, The city is a perfect mixture of sci-fi and reality. The atmosphere that I imagined while reading was very similar to how I feel when in my home city, but with the images of modern buildings and less sociable people.

I really loved the characters. Faith and Kye are yin and yang to each other, Faith being the fiery and determined one and Kye taking a back seat and letting her figure things out, while still being dreamy and understanding.

What didn’t I like?

There wasn’t anything I disliked about this book, other than it wasn’t my usual; cup of tea. I’m used to cheesy romance novels on a daily basis but although it wasn’t as racy as I’m used to, it was still a very enjoyable read.

If I were to change anything though, it would be that at times the pace felt a little bit slow, but that’s nothing more than me being a little bit petty. I can’t fault it on anything really.

Overall score: 9/10 Loved this book and can’t wait to read Book 2.

What others are saying about this book:

2 one click chicks on Goodreads: Advance is so descriptive I could really get lost in the book! Hence why I managed to finish it in a day!!! 5/5

Clare on Goodreads: This story takes you on an exciting ride with plot twists and turns throughout and with such an epic ending that I so much want to read what happens next! 5/5

A.L Wright on GoodreadsA quick, enjoyable read, and now I want to know what happens next! 4/5

You can buy Advance from amazon

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Doing what it takes…..

In January, I stopped posting on my blog.

This was around the time I lost my very new job, and couldn’t find a new one.

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I’ve always been a fairly strong person emotionally when it comes to life’s obstacles, However this year so far, broke me.

I suppose there are a lot of worse things out there, and much more I could be going through, but a person’s battles are their own, no matter how small. It’s hard enough to get a job in the market right now anyway, let alone someone (no matter how much experience) without a degree with their name on it.

I must have applied to over 150 jobs in the past year. Out of those I only had a handful of interviews and each one of them had a defining moment where the light disappeared from their eyes when the question “what have you done so far” came up, and I had no mention of Uni.

I’m not ashamed of my choice to not go to Uni when I could have, I stick by my choice to take the path less taken and see what monsters are lurking down there. But as proud as I am of my choice, It still doesn’t take away the emotional pain I have from not being “good enough”.

That’s why I stopped posting. I would wake up every morning (or afternoon since I had no job) and stare at my computer screen, not because I had no inspiration or content to write, but because no matter how long I stared at the blank document, I was always thinking “what’s the point?”.

But, now I see what the point is. The point is that no matter if only one person sees that blog post, it might, just might make their day that little bit better. Might give them the hope that even if their taste in books is a little cliche, someone else out there enjoys them too. The point is that it might not help me with job applications or future endeavors, but I am doing it for myself, for my pleasure and enjoyment (as well as yours).

My message is, don’t give up on yourself. Don’t throw things away when you will regret it in the long run. I regret not posting for so long, but I needed some time to myself to get my head around my life, to figure out my next path. Who knows, maybe I will go to Uni next year, maybe I’ll do a night course, maybe I’ll finally learn to drive and get a tattoo and go on a holiday on a whim. No matter what I will make sure I don’t lose sight again of what is important……me.

Thank you for reading, have a great day!
Remember, you’re always allowed to be a little bit selfish.

 

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Author interview with K.A. Duggsy

K.A. Duggsy’s brand new novel, Advance has just released, and I’m getting super excited to read it. Not one to stick to the easy path, Duggsy’s newest book tells the story of a guy who’d do anything to protect the girl he loves, a protagonist with an iron will, and a gripping story that will not only expose Advance Industries, but also expose you to new genres.

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I was fortunate enough to ask Duggsy some questions that I feel would benefit you if you’re thinking about getting the book but aren’t sure what it’s about. If you’re wanting to become an author yourself or even if you’re wanting something new to read.

 

1. Tell us about your book a little bit. Who are the main characters and what is their story about?

Advance is a story about overcoming. The main character Faith lives in the future in a city where wealth rules. She meets Fraser Laudnam, a homeless guy who claims to be Advance Industries leading scientist and she agrees to help him expose them and right the wrongs they’re committing. Enter Kye who abducts Faith and urges her not to trust Fraser. Faith has been misled, mistreated and has no memories of Kye but once she gets her memories back she realises she’s been a pawn in Advance Industries game all along.

2. What inspired you to write this new book? Was there a specific eureka moment?

How this story came about was quite weird and really simple. I was playing a game of monopoly with my children and one of them had the Advance to go card. I remember thinking ‘aww how cool would it be to be able to Advance anywhere we wanted in a flash’ and the story was born.

3. What was the most difficult part of the writing process?

The most difficult part for this story was getting to the end. I knew where I wanted it to go, I just couldn’t seem to get there. I don’t usually use an outline, I just write and hope for the best but this story really tested me. I shouted with joy when it was finished. It felt like I’d run a marathon.

4. If you could change anything about the book or the way your wrote it, what would it be?

I’m not sure I would change anything except maybe Fraser. He’s a complex character, in fact I’m sure he has a split personality or psychosis of some sort. I struggled at times with making him the antagonist.

5. Who is your favourite character and why?

That’s easy peasy – Kye! Who wouldn’t want a hot guy to fight for them? To travel from his time to save the love of his life. He adores Faith and did I mention he’s hot?

6. Any advice to aspiring authors?

I’m not the right person to give out advice. Writing can be hard work especially if you go down the self-publishing route. No one tells you that you don’t just write a book and ta-da it’s done. There’s promo and requesting reviews and trying to get your work out there on your own. It is so rewarding though so keep at it. Don’t try and write what you think readers want. Write the story you have to tell because it’s what you want to write. It’s very cliche but if I can do it then seriously anyone can!

You can buy Advance from amazon

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Skinny shaming and its many downfalls

Over the past few months, but specifically this week, I’ve seen a ridiculous amount of skinny shaming posts on social media. It seems nowadays you can’t win whether you’re in the ‘fat’ or ‘skinny’ category. Both stereotypes are wrong, in equal parts but I’ve seen an uprise in the shaming of the more petite women among us.

Personally, if I was to categorize myself into one of these categories, it would be the ‘fat’ one more than the ‘skinny’ one. I’m a size 16 and while that’s pretty normal, I still seem large by most people. However, I used to be ‘skinny’. I was a size 10 a mere 4 years ago, and since then I’ve managed to gain weight. For reference, this is me:

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I’m happy with my own body, and always have been. I have those days where I think I’d like to lose some excess arm flab or tone up my stomach a bit but overall I see my mind being the steering wheel of my life, not my appearance.

The thing I’m hating the most about the recent rise in skinny shaming is that it’s simply all down to genetics. Fair enough, there are cases where girls are purposely starving themselves to be skinnier, and there are women who eat more than they should. But overall, we’re all the same.

It irks me when I see pictures on Facebook like the ones below, where the ‘curvy’ woman in the picture is thrown at people to say “this is what is really beautiful” or when there is a picture of an obscenely obese person and  it says something like “you bring it upon yourself, skinny is so much more healthy”. Because whose business is it what size you are anyway? I’ve never wanted to go up to one of my friends and say “ew you’re too skinny” or “you’re too fat, no one likes that” because I know that it will be hurtful and that it’s not my business.

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But mostly, I hate that the media is being blamed for most of it. As a girl who spent most of high school being bullied, I know first hand that it’s not the media, it’s the people saying the hurtful things. I’ve never once seen something in a newspaper or magazine and thought that it should be broadcasted on to other people. I never saw an article in a magazine that shames people with blonde hair for example, and then gone to school or college or work and said to someone “you’re hair is blonde, no one likes blonde hair”.

Social media is the cause of a lot of things, but when it comes to shaming someone’s appearance, that’s all down to us. We like to make ourselves feel better by hurting other people, it’s human nature. But it’s not something we need to do.

So next time you think about sharing one of those posts, or saying something hurtful towards someone, think of it this way. It feels 10X better to give a compliment than it does to be mean.

You are beautiful, no matter what size!

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#TVTalk – Teen Wolf S5 Ep15

There are only 5 more episode left of Season 5, and with it comes the promise of some revealing storylines. With Scott’s pack getting stronger and more aligned again, we’re going to see some pretty heavy stuff over the next few weeks. Let’s take a look at what happened this week though:

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Grand Theft Lydia

The gang made a pretty crappy plan to break Lydia out of Eichen house, and it unsurprisingly didn’t go to plan. The boys got beat up, Stiles is hiding from Valack, Lydia had a hole cut into her head, Parrish freaked out and now Theo knows he’s a hellhound and Kira almost blew up Beacon Hills, but that’s okay right? They’ll fix things soon enough.

Speaking of Lydia, she;s not as zoned out as she seemed, she seems to be able to talk coherently to Stiles and the surgery seemed to do nothing really to her.

Valack is up to something

Okay, we’ve know for some time that he’s up to something naughty, but he has a DD helmet? After throwing it onto one of his colleagues, it’s making me question whether he is doing it to try and get a hold of their frequency, or whether he’s the leader and is making his team stronger. I figured the doctors are from Eichen house anyway, but someone so close to home?

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Theo is in over his head

We know that Theo is probably going to fail in his overall plan at the end of the season, but we’ve only just been told how. After he found out the beast could kill him and his pack, Theo has gone on a mission to find as much power as possible. I think his plans are to attach the claws to himself (like Deucalion mentioned to Hayden about them killing Theo eventually) and he might succeed for a short amount of time, trying to take Parrish’s power from him to beat the beast himself, but he will fail.

Parrish hurt the beast

Parrish managed to hurt the beast, and survive the attack. Obviously this has something to do with the prophecy but is there a connection with Parrish and whoever the beast is? Maybe the reason Parrish is the only one that can beat it is because there is a tie to it. Maybe a fellow deputy, maybe someone he’s dealt with in the past (like Peter, see my theory here about that).

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#TVTalk – Teen Wolf S5 Ep14

Episode 14 was all about the suspense. After having teasers flaunted at us, we’ve finally had something juicy happen. Granted, it’s the return of a few characters but still pretty exciting. Lets take a look at the episode:

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Sciam are back together.

After Liam’s murder attempt on Scott a few episodes back, they’re finally back to their old papa/son ways and sleuthing in the sewers again. But after an encounter with Gerard and Daddy Argent, things might become a little too ‘nice’ in the following episodes. Scott knows Gerard holds the key to defeating the beast, but it’s going to be a real test on his Alpha side on how he deals with it all.

Lydia is badass

Early in season 5, we got to see a side of Lydia still quite foreign to us. Breaking out of Eichen House with her Banshee powers seemed a little far fetched but after her mental workouts with Meredith, it’s finally making sense. I think it’s nice to see that the gang are realising now that it’s more important than ever to have the whole pack together, and Lydia is as much a part of the pack as anyone else.

Malia met her mama

We finally met Corinne, aka The Desert Wolf. Now that we have a name, and the fact that Deacon knows it gives us some pretty big clues as to who she is. Lydia’s visions so far have been a little bit off balance, and although the things she saw early in S5 have happened, they’re just not as dire as we thought. Malia did get confronted by her mother, and she was beaten up a little, but she was interrupted by the beast before anything could happen.

The beast is getting sloppy

After his failed attempt at killing Deacon, the beast is showing us that it’s still not reached its full potential. I like that the writers have acknowledged that the beast hasn’t got it’s full memory yet, so it’s not an impossible beast right now.  I’m still thinking that Peter Hale is our mystery villain, since they seem to be bringing old foes back, but it could also maybe be Derek? Preliminary right now, but he is able to shift fully, and he did die back in mexico, something Theo’s pack have all done to become what they are now.

Deucalion

Our old nemesis from Season 3 is back, and after his little sob story about losing his sight (yet again) in the time since we last saw him, he demands that in turn for helping Theo, he wants Scott’s eyes. Kind of harsh since Deucalion is the bad guy and doesn’t deserve any pity, but still interesting, since the reason he’s needed is because he is blind. I’m assuming that because the beast is made of ‘shadows’ that’s how you can see him in his beastly form, but maybe if you’re relying on other senses and not your eyes it’s less intimidating and has a weak spot?

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Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines [a review]

Maggie witnessed the horrific murder of her mother by her own father and has decided that it’s better to be mute. Two years of being silent sees her living with her cousins family, where she meets her cousins best friend. West Ashby is everything you’ve heard about. Jock, handsome and secretly sweet, but as his father deteriorates from Cancer, he and Maggie find the connection they need to get through their struggles.

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For anyone that has been reading my blog since the beginning, you know that I love Abbi Glines with a passion. I’ve not found a book she has written that I haven’t loved and that is what makes her such an awesome writer.

What do I like about this book?
To start, this tackles some issues abbi’s books haven’t grazed upon yet. She’s talked about parents dying before and issues with self-respect but we’ve never had a mute character. I think her decision to write about such an unknown topic was really brave, because there are so many ways she could have altered the reality of what it’s really like.

Obviously I have no personal experience, however from what I do know about selective mutism, she’s managed to talk about sensitively and compassionately.

I also liked the story itself. It felt very real because they were just high school students. Most of her books feature famous people and the rich so it felt very down to earth.

What didn’t I like so much?

To be honest? Not much. I suppose if I was to be really picky I would say that the story slightly copies one of her previous books (The Vincent Boys) because of the multiple ‘field parties’ but that’s being really selective about it.

Another thing I wasn’t particularly fond of was how quickly Maggie could speak with West. I know that it’s because he needed someone to talk to and she knew the pain he was going though but I think it would take a little more time for someone with those issues to open up to a stranger.

One thing i’m starting to notice in Abbi’s books is the slut-shaming. Most of the time if the girl isn’t the heroine or the best friend/family member they are a harpie. Usually it doesn’t bother me but it’s started to get a little tiring.

Overall Score: 7.5/10 not my favourite book by abbi but still a fantastic read. This is quite tame so I think this would be a good book to read if you want to start reading the YA romance genre.

What others are saying about this book:

Christy on Goodreads: What I liked best about this book was watching the characters grow. Maggie started out as a girl who was so traumatized she wouldn’t speak to anyone. 4/5

Jennifer on Goodreads: This story had an overall very somber vibe as both the hero and the heroine face loss within their families. 3.5 / 5

Bianca on Goodreads: I LOVED IT! I wasn’t expecting to love it. Because I don’t like too young YA books – but this one was sooo adorable, and not too young. I cried ALL THROUGH THE BOOK!!!! 5/5

*just a note about my selection of goodreads comments. Although I tend to just include positive comments in my reviews (because positivity is refreshing) there were a significant amount of negative comments on the goodreads page. I know I have my issues with the books I review but being nasty about it isn’t part of what I do, so I’m purposely avoiding the negative comments*

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If you’d like to see what Abbi is up to, check out her Twitter and Facebook pages to see her latest news and releases.

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#TVTalk – Teen Wolf S5 Ep13

Finally, we’re getting our old pack back together. With Malia still M.I.A and Liam trying to mend his mistakes with Hayden and Scott, things still need repairing. But at least our favourite bromance is back on track and Scott and Kira got some alone time.

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Theo is pushing it

We know Theo wants to become an alpha, and that it’s still not happened yet for him. So his plans with the beast are a little sketchy. Why does he need the beast to become an alpha? He’s also plotting even more to make life as hard as possible for Scott’s pack by emotionally messing up Liam. Back off Theo.

Scott got Kira back!

We’re finally getting to see some of Kira this season. She’s been missing for most of it and it’s interesting that we got to see Kira battling her demons. She’s not exactly ured though because her Kitsune keeps taking over, but I’m sure the pack will figure something out for her. I understand why the Skin Walkers were part of the plot, but it was slightly unnecessary for them, since it seemed like Kira’s mum knew what she was doing and then chickened out.

Lydia is learning

Lydia is still in her strange dream with Meredith, but it’s actually doing her some good since she’s learning how to use her Banshee scream. I wonder how it’s going to make Lydia when she finally non-catatonic. Will she be the same Lydia we know and love or will she turn a little bit evil? Kind of what has happened with Malia and her quest to find mama wolf.

We got some more info on La bete.

So after Theo and Tracy confront the DD at the school, the beast arrives with a head in its hand. It’s obviously controlled somewhat by the DD.

Theo talks about how it’s definitely got someone ‘under’ the shadows that make the beast, but he refers to it as a kid. I still believe in my theory that it’s Peter because Teen Wolf has a habit of trying to trick you. Lets face it, if Theo doesn’t know who it is you can’t really believe him when he says it’s a teenager?

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#MOTW – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

I might disagree with most people on what a ‘classic’ movie might be,since a lot of cult classics I’ve actually never seen. But, I do watch a lot of movies, and I feel like I have a somewhat decent grasp on what is good and what is ‘meh’ at best.

A way to make my blog better in 2016 is to make sure my content is consistent and new. Not only do I want to create more of it, but I want it to be a variety of different things.

My #MOTW (movie of the week) is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, mainly because I only got around to watching it yesterday.

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I’ve never read the books of this series, however I’ve been an avid cinema goer for these movies since the original came out. So when I came round to watching the final installment yesterday, I was apprehensive but also excited to see how it turned out.

There was probably a huge amount missing from the books, and the fans of the series might have downplayed the film for that reason, but it was still an enjoyable watch. I liked the pace, it didn’t feel too long and the quality of the acting and set design was up to par with the previous movies.

I think a huge part of the credit goes to Jennifer Lawrence for her performance, because although she’s certainly done better films, she’s consistent in her character and makes Katniss seem more real.

The only thing I can mark it down for would be the ending. It might be the same (or different) to the book, but it felt like the four films lead up to this one big ending, and it only lasted for about 10 minutes of the film. I think they could have had a better and longer ending if they had cut out the scenes in MJ part 1 where president Coin is speaking for an age. (that women doesn’t know when to shut up)

I was satisfied with the ending though, and not to spoil it but I liked the little twist they put in there, it’s a very Katniss thing to do.

Who would enjoy this film?

People who like fantasy films such as Divergent, The Maze Runner and shows like The Shannara Chronicles and Shadowhunters.

It’s an enticing and interesting film, with a big cast and some great plot twists.

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Cadence by Lisa Swallow [REVIEW]

Tegan is no stranger to the Rock star life, since her brother is in the biggest rock band on earth, but she doesn’t expect the effect Jax has on her when she joins her brother on tour in Europe. Jax is an up and coming rock star with a taste for the ladies, but Tegan is out of his reach, and he wants her. This whirlwind romance is gripping, and keeps you turning to page until the last one.

 

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What did I like about this book?

First of all, I’m a fan of Lisa’s work, and have been slowly working my way through her books, and it’s taken me way too long to read Cadence. I first fell in love with her stories when I read Summer Sky last year and this is just as good, if not better.

The thing I like the most about the book (well, all of them) is that the character’s are British! As a brit, it’s nice to find a novel with relatable characters. Although the rock stars may not be relatable, the girls certainly are, with their less than perfect bodies, their attitudes and their mundane lives. Me in a nutshell!

But in all honesty, Cadence was one of those books I knew I was going to like, but not really having any idea what it was about before reading it. So when I found out it was a spin off to the Blue Phoenix books I was excited.

it’s really spunky, has lots of humour and makes you carry on reading until you’re falling asleep squiffy on your couch.

What didn’t I like?

Honestly? Not much. I really liked this book, and if I could pick out flaws in it, I would like another book for Jax and Tegan, but I am happy with this as a standalone.

Another thing I didn’t like so much was the falling out. I know couples argue and make rash decisions, and who knows? In a situation like Jax and Tegan’s it might be best to take a break, but it’s a slight pattern within all of the books I’ve read so far by Lisa. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, just not something I tend to like too much of.

Overall score: 8.5/10 A great read but not as good as Summer Sky.

What others are saying about this book.

Tina on Goodreads: First I will say that I have not read the other books in this series, but I was able to read without confusion. This is a new author to me, and I will read everything this author publishes from here on out. 5/5

Heather on Goodreads: Jax is easy to fall in love with despite the cocky side…..Tegan is one smart cookie she knows how to take advantage of things…I enjoyed this book I loved the characters and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. 5/5

Jennifer on Goodreads: There isn’t a book that Lisa Swallow could write that I wouldn’t absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE, and this book is no exception! Cadence is FANTASTIC! 5/5

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If you’d like to see what Lisa is up to, check out her Twitter and Facebook pages to see her latest news and releases. She’s super nice and loves to chat, so hit her up!

Have a great day!

 

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#TVTalk Teen Wolf – S5 Ep12

A new episode of Teen Wolf this early on in the second half of the series usually never tells us anything useful, however this week’s episode gave us more than we even know. Theo is showing ulterior motives, Hayden and Liam and back on each other’s good sides and Sciles is finally a bromance again! But what else happened this week?

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Scott still isn’t healing well, and that is worrying

After his scuffle at the end of 5A Scott’s gash still won’t heal. I think this is gonna be metaphorical throughout the next couple of episodes in the sense that Scott as an alpha is injured and has lost his abilities, but also that his friendships are suffering to, and as the series goes on and he fixes his problems, the wound will heal and his powers will come back.

Theo is crazy

We already know that Theo is a bit loopy with his reasoning, but now he’s become so controlling that he’s threatening his own pack? I’m still not sure why Theo has had a ‘change of heart’ now that he’s going against the DD, but it can’t be good whatever it is.

La Bete du Gevaudan

After my Theory post earlier this week, I’m glad that we’re finally getting to see and hear about La Bete. I knew this was coming, but what does Gerard have to do with it? I know it’s because of the Argents connection but he’s not exactly got a good reputation for being on the good side.

Speaking of the beast theories, Another thing that adds to my theory that it’s Peter is it’s hiding place. Back when Kate and Peter were taking sides, their hangout was preferably in sewers and tunnels just like that one. The only thing making me doubt it is that they mentioned it was resurrected and is probably to original beast. However this could just be to throw us off the scent and it could still be Peter just in a ‘resurrected’ form. (just like in season 1)

Meredith is back, kind of?

So Lydia is in a crazy dream where she’s walking around with her old pal Meredith. I know that this is a good thing since she will teach her how to control her powers, but I’m not sure how this will fare when it comes to rational decisions, after all Meredith isn’t real and Lydia might be changing for the worst.

Malia is up to no good

Not in a bad way though, as he reasons for straying from the pack are to find her mother, the desert wolf. She also found out that she is holding Deaton hostage, so we’re probably going to see Scott having a fit when he finds out. Braeden is back but where is Derek? We know he’s coming back this season, so maybe it’s to stop La bete when it all goes down?

Kira is hunting

Kira is back! But she’s hunting Skin Walkers in a desert with her mum. Weird. Not really sure why she’s doing that, maybe they’re hunting bad people to try and control her powers, but whatever it is I think it’s really cool to introduce us to a side of the show that we never get to see. When characters disappear for a period of time we only usually get to hear about what they’ve done, but now we’re getting to see it.

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#TVTalk – Teen wolf Creature theory

We’ve been given very little information about what the creature is in the picture revealed at the end of Season 5a. So far from interviews, we know that it is called ‘The Beast’ and that it’s made of shadows. It’s also an innate killer that will sweep away anything in its path.  Well I have some theories about our new bad guy.

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If you remember all the way back to Season 1 episode 6 (heart monitor) when Kate was teaching allison about her ancestry, you might remember her telling her dear niece to look up ‘la bete du Gevaudan’ (The beast of Gevaudan) as one of her ancestors killed the french beast.

Take in the fact that we know Crystal Reed is to return to play the very ancestor that killed the beast originally in a later episode, it ties in pretty well that this is probably the same beast.

Now on to who this might be, I have some vague guesses as to who could possibly be the beast, but my ultimate guess would be Peter Hale.

Think about it, we’ve not seen him since he went to Eichen house in Season 4, not even a mention of him in the scenes we’ve have so far with Lydia in Eichen House (and obviously because Valack is out of his cell, so might Peter). Valack showed him his future, and it might just have been the torturous surgery’s the DD do on all of their Chimeras.

Another thing that points me to this is a subtle tie in with Season 1 again where in the same episode Peter is finally seen for the first time in his full alpha form, and he bears a remarkable resemblance to the photo we’ve seen of the beast so far.

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On top of this is the symbol Peter was drawing on scott’s car back in season 1, a spiral to symbolise an alpha. And what did we get in 5b ep11? The same symbol and the mention of an alpha unlike anything else.

There is so much more that ties him to it, such as the fact that he is liable to be a chimera after his near death surgerys back when the Hale fire started. Peter is also known to be a ruthless killer, and the fact that Derek is returning in this part of the series to help fight it (like he always does when it comes to Peter)

So far, this is all I have been able to find/work out about the newest Teen Wolf creature. If you would like to see any changes in my theory, I talk about it in my weekly Teen Wolf blog posts depending on which info we get each episode.

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#TVTalk Teen Wolf – S5 Ep 11

It’s a new year, and that might mean you start a new fad diet, quit smoking or even promise to exercise more, but those of us who watch Teen Wolf religiously, it means the second half of Season 5 is airing. Last week’s episode, was a bit of a revelation for most viewers, so lets take a recap:

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Theo has a plan

At the end of the summer series, Theo had raised his army of dead Chimeras in order to take what he thought was rightfully his: Scott’s wolf pack. However, his plans aren’t so linear as they once seemed, because he’s now looking to recruit our resident hellhound, Parrish.

Hayden breaks Liams heart

Liam thought that his first love had died at the end of the season, but it turns out (as we all knew) that Hayden is actually alive and causing trouble with her former beau. We know it’s because Theo is controlling her, but it still breaks our little hearts to see Liam so upset.

Lydia finally went crazy

After some super detective work from our resident hot guy Parrish we finally see that the scenes from 5a where lydia is talking to Valack are in the present day of this episode. We find out that after her problems with Theo, she’s gone totally mental and telling Valack everything she knows. To be honest, Valack is on her side for this and not evil like usual, because out of everyone he’s had the most experience with the DD.

Scott is finally growing some balls.

So Scott was fairly pathetic in the former part of Season 5, and we were wondering when he would man up. FINALLY, we have our old scott back. He sucked up his pride and was there when Stiles needed him as well as trying to fix things with a huge gash in his chest. Bravo Scott!

Stilinski was poisoned

The last Chimera was Noah (from the likes of Disney’s Teen Beach 2) who could push his bones out of his hands in a wolverine fashion and stab people, and he was the one who poisoned The sheriff. After removing some of the broken bone, he’s all fine now.

The Beast is coming

We got a tiny mention about the picture at the end of the early season, where we saw a hellhound fighting a black creature. All we know so far from the show (and from interview sources) is that it’s a human that forms into a creature made of shadows, and it’s unlike anything we’ve really seen so far. There will be a full theory blog post on who I think it is soon.

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2016 blogging schedule!

2016 is a brand new year, and with it comes some changes. You might have noticed that my blog has been neglected slightly over the last few months, mainly because I needed a break to find a new job. But it was also a time to reflect on how my blog will be in the shiny new year.

There are no big changes in my plans for the blog as of yet, but I have got a definitive schedule for the near future. With less flexibility in my posting, I’m going to have designated days for certain blog posts which are as follows:

  • Book review – Mondays
  • Teen wolf Season 5B posts – Wednesday evenings.
  • (NEW) Movie of the week – fridays/Saturdays
  • Request posts – Sundays

*Any request posts such as blog tours, cover reveals and reviews can be done to your specific date of choosing if need be, but anything for publicity reasons with no time limit will be saved for Sundays. *

When Teen Wolf Season 5B finishes, I will change the time slot for another show which has not been picked out yet. Any TV show suggestions are welcome.

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Completions & Connections – Kathryn R Biel [Blog Tour Excerpt]

Christine’s list of resolutions contains many clichés. Try something new. Buy a pair of heels. Get a promotion. Fall in love.
Seems simple, especially when Christine meets Patrick, the man who could be Mr. Right. He’s got the right credentials: a job, a sense of humor, a love of all things Indiana Jones, and best of all, he’s actually taller than Christine. But busy schedules take over and gets in the way of Patrick and Christine’s budding romance.
Life interferes, as it has a way of doing, and Christine wants to throw in the towel. Is the magic of the Christmas season enough to renew Christine’s faith in love?

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Excerpt:

“Michele, you’ve got to be kidding me!” I’m trapped. I can’t move. And my best friend is laughing at me.

“C’mon Christine, you can do this. It’s going to be fun.”

“No, it’s not. It’s going to be torture. A cold, painful torture that ends with me in a body cast.”

“You said you’d try new things this year. Isn’t this number one on your list? This is what you need to bring you out of your shell. It will be good for you. Think of it as an item you can check off your list.”

“My shell is just fine. I don’t see how throwing myself down a mountain in sub-zero temperatures can possibly be good for me.” But she knows she’s got me. I’m a list maker, and nothing makes me happier than checking things off my lists.

Michele snaps her boot buckles and stands up. She looks like the perfect snow bunny, all cute and adorable in her snow pants and coordinating sweater. Her blond curls cascade perfectly down her shoulders, and no hat will flatten them or make her look bedraggled.

I look bedraggled before I even start. My hair is a dull, coppery brown. I can’t call it red, and it’s not regular brown. The closest description I can come up with is an old penny. It’s straight. Like pin straight. And even attempts at perming have not been successful. Hot curlers, curling irons—nothing. Pin straight and boring.

Just like me.

“When I said new things, I meant maybe cutting my hair or getting highlights put in,” I mutter, trying to buckle my boot. The layers of clothes are constricting, and I’m having trouble breathing bent over like this. The buckle finally snaps shut, and I return upright, only to find myself out of breath and lightheaded.

Not off to the most auspicious of starts.

I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

Michele, who grew up skiing, is itching to get out on the slopes. Despite the fact that I’ve lived in Upstate New York my whole life, I’ve somehow managed to avoid this particular form of torture thus far. I’ve signed up for a lesson and am starting a novena that I don’t die on the chairlift.

I pick up my skis from the rental shop and awkwardly carry them outside. We find Michele’s skis on the rack, and in a few swift moments hers are donned and she’s ready to swoosh off. I’m still trying to figure it out. Michele lets out an exasperated sigh and pops her ski off. She goes through the process again, step-by-step. Finally, I have my skis on.

Except now I can’t move. She uses her pole to point to where I have to go and she’s off, gliding on the snow like a figure skater.

Do you know how freakin’ hard it is to move on skis when you’re not on a hill? Or worse, when you have to go uphill? Not to mention that in order to fit my 5’10” (Okay, 5’10 ¾”. Fine. I’m 5’11”) frame, my skis are the length of Delaware.

I’m exhausted by the time I get to the ski group. But then the embarrassment continues. I’m the only adult in the group. This is so not worth it. Checking one stupid item (try something new) off my resolution list is not worth it.

This book seems like the perfect winter getaway and the timing couldn’t be better. I can’t wait to get myself a cop of this book to snuggle up to this wintry season. There’s nothing better than getting cosy with a good book, a hot chocolate and a quiet evening.

If you would like to get yourself a copy then head to one of these places:

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There is also a giveaway, where you can win a $5 amazon gift card. All you have to do is go to the tour page and enter there.

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Also a special thanks to Samantha March from Chicklitplus who works so hard to get new books out to the people who will love them.

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The Boys of Summer – C.J. Duggan [Review]

It’s finally summer in the town of Onslow, Australia. Tess is working at her friend’s’ uncle’s hotel as a waitress along with her other best friend Ellie. One day, the Onslows boys’ steal her attention, specifically Toby, the sweet mechanic who talked to tess at a recent party. One catch, he’s older than her and he has a Girlfriend. Over the summer, Tess and Toby get closer, and a romance sparks.

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I’m a fan of Duggan’s work, and read this book about a year ago, however I’ve been putting off a review of the book (and the rest of the series) until now. Not because it’s bad, but because there’s too much to say. I’ve had to condense my thoughts about this book into a blog post, and it’s taken me a while to figure out how to do it.

What did I like about this book?

For a start, it’s realistic. The protagonist Tess is a normal girl, nothing exactly ‘special’ about her and she has the same awkward mannerisms we all had when we got out first crush. As for Toby, her beau, he’s not some jock or rockstar, he’s just toby the mechanic. and although his friend group is fairly well known in the area, they’re all normal guys.

Another thing I loved about this book is the pace the story has. It’s not so fast that within a few days they profess undying love to one another, but it’s not too slow that you give up on the book before it gets juicy. It’s just enough to keep you reading on, chewing your nails and waiting to get to the ‘happy ending’.

What didn’t I like?

Honestly, there’s not much I dislike about this book. I suppose if I was to get picky I would point out that I had no idea this was set in australia, because the way the character speak seems distinctly British. I make it through most of the book thinking it was set in England until someone mentioned ‘thongs’ as footwear.

I also wish there was more of Tess and Toby’s story after they get together. It ends with the happily ever after but aside from them being mentioned in the rest of the series we don’t get to really know what they do.

Overall score: 9/10 Well written and exciting, it’s like reliving your first crush over again.

What others are saying about this book:

Andie on Goodreads: Even better the second time around! No it’s not one of my favorite summer contemporaries, it is THE favorite! 5/5

Hannah on Goodreads: I cannot begin to describe the love I have for this book. Let’s just say if a book can keep you up all night until the sun rises and you can hear your neighbours go to work, then it’s definitely a winner. 5/5

Lesley on Goodreads: I stayed up until 2:37am to finish The Boys of Summer. To say I was gripped would be a massive understatement 5/5

Thanks for reading, if you enjoyed this post be sure to show me some support by liking it, following me or letting me know what you thought over on Twitter at: @CharBennett_ or over on my Facebook page. I love to chat about books, and I’m happy to give you recommendations.

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The best supernatural books on Kindle right now.

We’re all intrigued by what we don’t know, whether it’s ghosts, unexplained disappearances or even vampires. But for someone like me who reads mainly romance fiction, venturing in to something so different as a supernatural book can be a bit of a difficult transition.

I’ve read a lot of books that teeter on the line between romance and the supernatural, however I’ve never really gone so far where the main story is the monsters lurkling in the night. I’m not exactly talking about vampire books. Although they are in the genre, I feel like they’ve been accepted into a false sense of normalcy.

I can’t exactly claim that the selection below are definitely the best, however, I can say how much I enjoyed them in my phase of the paranormal.

All of the books below are currently free on Kindle, and I have provided links so you can get them too.

The Fallen Star – Jessica Sorensen

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Pretty much exactly what the title says, this is about a girl called Gemma who lives with her grandparents in a northern American town. One day, she meets a pair of siblings who start at her school and finds out she was born with the power from a fallen star, and is the key to stopping the end of the world when the planets align in 2012.

Although the description might make it seem a little bit childish believing in a fallen star, the book itself was actually quite scary. With vampires, creepy monsters who can kill you by freezing your body and many other less known creatures, it’s full of suspense and keeps you on the edge of your seat til the very end.

This is book one in a series of 4, as well as there being a few spin off books and a new adult version called Shattered Promises. Get it here.

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Jordyn – Tiffany King

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Jordyn thinks she lost her parents in a car accident, but can’t actually remember her life before it. Now living with her guardians, who just happen to be Angels, she’s undergoing a lot of training to become a Deamon Hunter. However, after falling for a Soul Trader (neither good or bad, trading souls to heaven and hell that can’t decide where to go) secrets start to unravel.

This book is a really great power boost to women and girls who read it. Jordyn may have supernatural powers, but her attitude to life is really refreshing for a female protagonist in the YA genre. She’s not exactly humble about her powers like girls usually are in these kinds of books, which is something different that I really liked.

I also really liked the story, I think it was well planned and as realistic as you could get with a fiction novel like this. This is also part of a series, Get it here.

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Relentless – Karen Lynch

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Sara’s father was murdered when she was 7, and she’s never given up on finding the killer. Certain it was a vampire, she’s immersed herself in a world that not many people know about. Her best friends are a mix of werewolves, a troll and recently a Demon hunter. She’s not so unlike them though after all. She’s always had the power to heal people, and that’s something she will uncover about her past in this thrilling novel.

This was the novel that really got me into this phase, because it was so gripping. We don’t really find out much about Sara and her powers until the end of the book, and up until the last word you are gripped to it.

I think if you’re going to read one of these books, I’d definitely go with this one. Get it here.

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#TVTalk – What it’s like to watch The Walking Dead Season 1 for the first time

I’ve never been the kind of person who likes gorey things. Until I got ill a few years back, I was even too squeamish to get my blood taken, so shows where blood is a normal thing is a little disconcerting.

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The flowers died, just like my innocence.

I was looking through the box sets option on my sky box the other day, huffing that I couldn’t find anything decent that I hadn’t already watched, when I came across The Walking Dead. I’m not exactly a stranger to the show, I’ve sat with my boyfriend while he played the games on a few occasions, and I see it all the time on my tumblr and twitter feeds, but I’d never actually sat down to watch the show.

So I downloaded series one onto my Sky box with little enthusiasm, knowing the kinds of gore and violence I was getting myself into and hoped for the best, maybe I’d have a new favourites TV show?

It was Yesterday, at around 7pm when I got round to starting the show. I got in bed, where my makeshift den is, with a hot water bottle, some snacks (not that I could eat much when it started) and turned off the lights.

I got through 3 episodes that night, and 3 episodes tonight, both in the same conditions, and I wish I’d have watched it with the lights on.

What’s the show like?

The show is quite unique in my opinion. Most drama’s have this ability to make you feel anxious, for the characters or for animals or even for the story, but they all have it. It’s a tightness in your chest, and you sometimes find yourself on the edge of your seat until it’s over. But I found that TWD lacked that feeling.

I think I’m the most empathetic person on the earth (aside from Phoebe Halliwell of course), and I found it weird that the show lacked this feeling of urgency I tend to get when watching shows with so many risks. I think it’s because TWD has a way of making you feel calm in the bad situations, with the way Rick handles things, you kind of tap into that.

The show is quite fast-paced, and the events seem to happen quickly, with the season only being 6 episodes long, I felt like I wasn’t being forced into finishing the season, like you sometimes feel when starting a show that has already aired.

What don’t I like?

I don’t like Lori for a start, or Shane. I already know what happens to both of them and that makes me feel better about them being in the show, but I still dislike them. Every show as characters you’re going to hate, it’s just how it is.

I don’t like the gore. I know they’ve tried to make it as realistic as possible, but when you see half a zombie crawling around on the floor it’s a little bit freaky, too freaky for lil’ old me.

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I didn’t really like that there’s no real ARC to the season. I don’t know if that’s a thing the director has done on purpose to try and show that in that life you live day to day, or if it’s something omitted by accident. I think a show needs some kind of storyline to happen all the way through, like you get in Teen Wolf.

Overall???

Overall, I liked the show. Despite it’s gore and violence, I still found it entertaining. I don’t think it’s going to become a favourite, it’s lacking something that makes me think of it as a masterpiece, but I think I will watch the rest of the seasons, and maybe that spark I’m looking for will come during one of those. Maybe the dialogue or the storylines are what’s holding me back, I like shows to be clever, to tie in and come full circle, and I don’t think I’ll get that with TWD.

I advise that if you’ve never seen the show and get the chance to, at least watch the first season. It cuts off at a neat(ish) end in episode 6 so if you decide not to carry on you won’t feel like you’re missing out. Give it a try!

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P.S. Rick’s kind of cute, it’s the authority I think.

#TVTalk – Teen Wolf S5 Ep10 Mid-season Finale

We’ve now seen the first 10 episodes of this season of teen Wolf, and it’s been a whirlwind of emotion. We’ve had deaths, secrets, fall-outs and some damn confusing villains, but nothing could have prepared us for this final summer episode.

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What happened this week?

Theo blew a fuse

Finally, the group knows Theo’s intentions, but it’s not been so beneficial so far to Theo when it comes to gaining a pack. He wants Scott’s pack, but because he was a total a-hole to them, they won’t follow him. So he went to the Nemeton and revived some of the dead Chimeras. Including the recently deceased Hayden (died in this episode).

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Scott is losing the battle

We all know things will turn out for Scott, but it doesn’t lessen to hurt when it comes to how bad things have gotten. Scott can’t forgive Stiles so easily, he isn’t keeping promises to Liam and the rest of the group seem to be awol when he needs them.

Bye bye Jeep

The day came when Stiles’ Jeep just couldn’t work anymore, kind of a metaphor for Stiles being a failure and all of that. Malia let Stiles know that she always knew about Donovan, but that it didn’t matter to her, which could show that she doesn’t mind if people die.

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Braeden is back

This could also mean Derek will return early next season, but Braeden is back and brought with her some bad news for Malia, that the Desert wolf knows she’s alive, and she’s not got long til she gets to Beacon Hills. The Drama is thick and will prove to be a good season 5b.

Parrish is a Hellhound

I called a it a few weeks back, after my initial post that he was a Djinn, I carefully thought about it and decided he was a Hellhound, which you can read about here. So what does this mean for the pack? It means that he’s more connected to the Doctors than we thought initially, and that it could cause some problems between him and Lydia. We’ll have to wait and see.

What to expect in 5b

Lydia is finally going to eichen house like we saw in the first few episodes of 5a. Theo pulled her memories which also drove her out of her mind, leading to the whole ‘superpowers thing’. We’re also going to see some friendship building, some fighting and even some fighting with Parrish. At the end of the episode, the Doctors revealed a fresco on the wall of 2 creatures fighting. One of them is Parrish, and the other is a black dog. We’ve seen 3 of them so far, Peter, Derek and Theo. So could it be that one of them has to fight Parrish?

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Forever Mine – Elizabeth Reyes [A Review]

Sarah just moved to California because her mum is in prison for theft. Not sarah’s ideal plan, especially since her best friend Sydney is still in Arizona. When Sarah meets Angel Moreno on her first day of school, she’s taken aback by his looks and he is in love with her eyes. After a few weeks of ignoring each other, things start to happen, until Angel finds out that Syd is a guy, and he doesn’t believe a guy can be ‘just friends’ with a girl.

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I had low expectations for this book, and that’s nothing to do with the capabilities of the author or the less than perfect cover, I just didn’t feel like it was going to be great, but I got it on a whim and gave it a try.

I think the problem is that most of the books on Kindle that are free are self-published, so the cover never makes you feel like it will be special. The cover for this book just didn’t seem like it was fitting for it.

What was great about it?

This book exceeded my expectations immensely. I really enjoyed reading about Sarah and Angel, and the emotions and thoughts between them both are very ‘human’ for a YA book. They acted like real teenagers who are in love, with the jealousy and the trust issues every young couple gets, it felt like it was a perfect example of young love to me.

I also really enjoyed the pace of the book, it wasn’t too fast with the main characters telling each other how much they love each other like Romeo and Juliet. It had a nice steady pace where you could invest yourself in the book without feeling like you are being rushed or like it’s dragging on too much.

What wasn’t so great?

Honestly, I think the story itself was a little bit generic. That’s saying something since all YA novels have a similar plot, but aside from her mum being in prison and her best friend being a straight guy it was just your typical girl meets boy story, which is fine, but it wasn’t anything special.

Overall score: 6.5/10 it was a fine story, written well and had a good pace but felt too generic for my tastes. This would be a good book for someone younger, who wants to read more about the older teen relationships without all of the smut.

What others are saying about this book:

Kay on Goodreads: I don’t think I’ve ever read a book that was solely focused on a romance without a big plot so it was a bit arduous to read at times. I need a good plot to keep me entertained. 2/5

Jess on Goodreads: This is probably one of the cutest books I’ve read in a long time. This is my first book by Elizabeth Reyes, but I’ve already started on the second book in this series & have bought the rest of them. 4/5

Atmika on Goodreads: It is light hearted romance novel. It’s not bad but there is nothing breath-taking about it either. 3/5

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#TVTalk – Teen Wolf S5 Ep9

We’re getting close to the end of season 5a and things are starting to get tense. With only 1 episode left until the mid-season finale, theo’s intentions are becoming clearer, Stiles is losing the plot, Scott is losing his ability as a wolf and Hayden in jeopardy.

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Let’s see what’s going on:

Hayden is in trouble.

After some very naive running away on Liam and Hayden’s part, and some very adorable kissing, Hayden finally got caught up by the Dread Doctors who injected her with mercury. She seems to be doing okay though. Well, I mean she’s not dead so that’s good, right? Liam asked Scott to turn her, by giving her the bite, but Scott doesn’t think he can and refused. Uh oh?

Scott is so stupid.

Scott isn’t in his element this series, and to be honest is being a bit of a coward. After the epicness that was Season 3 and even season 4, where Scott is just awesome, he’s lost his spark and can’t do normal alpha things anymore, not good. He didn’t even let his best friend explain properly about Donovan, but accepted Theo’s word? That’s cold Scott, so, so cold!

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Theo’s intentions are clear.

This is a combined conclusion from this episode and the Episode 10 preview. Theo want’s a pack, which we already know, but unfortunately for Scott, he doesn’t have a part in this pack. Theo is trying to take over Scott as alpha, and he looks to be doing a good job so far. I’m not sure if the whole ‘lying to scott about stiles’ was a way to weaken Scott emotionally?

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Lydia and Parrish = Quality time.

I still think these two are just so adorable, and who doesn’t love our super sexy Deputy Parrish? After he finds out he’s the one taking the bodies, Lydia tries to get him to find the Nemeton, and has a little play fight in order to distract him from his thoughts.  After seeing the Nemeton, Parrish locks himself in the cell to stop him from taking the bodies, I don’t think it will work but good try Parrish!

The Dread Doctors are getting annoyed?

This is just an instinct, but I feel like the DD are getting frustrated now, being more aggressive towards Theo, collecting many failures in one day, experimenting on themselves, it seems the slowness of them in the beginning is starting to speed up. Ultimately, I think they will fail at the last minute. they’ve shown they’re strong and hard to beat with the multiple fighting scenes this season, but maybe the masks are the key? I can’t remember who but someone did mention recently that ‘they never take off the masks’, although we know different, maybe this is their achilles heel?

Parrish theory update**

I’m almost certain now that Parrish is a Hellhound. After the revelation Lydia had this episode about Parrish “hiding the bodies” because they’re supernatural, this ties in with my theory pretty well. You can read all about my Parrish theory here in depth.

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Next week’s episode thoughts.

Next week is the mid-season finale, so it’s going to be intense. I don’t think they will beat the DD in this episode, since the story over the 2 seasons is going to be continuous, but I do think we’ll get to see a vulnerable side to them, maybe even a theory from the gang on how they’re going to get rid of them once and for all. I also think Theo will be outed, after the clip with him and Stiles, Stiles is probably going to figure out a way to get rid of Theo. I think the mid-season finale will be when The Desert Wolf comes for Malia, maybe at the end and leaving it on a cliffhanger if she’s okay for not.

Thanks for reading, if you enjoyed this post be sure to show me some support by liking it, following me or letting me know what you thought over on Twitter at:@CharBennett_or over on my Facebook page. I love to chat about books as well as all things Teen Wolf, and I’m happy to give you recommendations for other books and shows too.

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Note**

I am going on holiday the very day that the mid-season finale airs, and i’m not sure that I’ll get to watch it/write it up before I get home, so if you notice it not here, that is why. It should be up by the Saturday following.

#TVTalk – Teen Wolf S5 Ep8

Oh yes! It’s that time of week where we look at all of the goings on in Beacon Hills, and boy is it getting interesting! It’s almost the end of season 5a and the Dread Doctors are still causing trouble, we have a new couple on the show and we finally got to see one of the most elusive characters of the show.

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What happened this week?

Hayden and Liam, sitting in a tree (well, a basement)

Hayden has finally forgiven Liam for the accidental punch in 6th grade and they shared some pretty tough times. After getting locked up in a basement covered by electric fencing, they bonded and Liam’s protective nature worked out for him, since he and Hayden had a little bit of a snog in the back of Theo’s car, and fell asleep together at Scott’s. They are adorable together.

Kira’s messed up

So, Kira killed a Chimera in her dazed and confused state and her dad took the blame, but once the body disappeared the charges were dropped and Kira’s left to keep everyone safe from her, and to learn more about her abilities. About freaking time! I am sad to see Kira go, since we’re not sure how long she’ll be gone yet, the dynamic of the group will seem off for a while.

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We got to see The Desert Wolf

While Deaton is in another country finding out about the Doctors and the Ouroboros he gets confronted by one of the most lethal assassins around, Malia’s mum. Who reveals to him that if her daughter is still alive, she’ll just have to kill her again. I’m not sure what her motives are, maybe she doesn’t want someone who can be hurt because of who her mum is, or maybe it’s a way for her to keep any emotional ties away. Whatever the motives, she’s coming to Beacon Hills.

Parrish is busted!

After the cops took precautions at the Hospital with the newest body, Parrish went haywire and knocked out a ton of cops, then carted off the body to the nemeton. However, Stiles’ sussed it out and realised Parrish was the one taking the bodies. This is going to cause problems with Lydia and Parrish next week (as seen in the preview) which makes me think Parrish knows exactly what he’s doing and what he is.

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Theo is hard to read.

We know that Theo is one of the bad guys, and has ties to the Dread Doctors, but why is he helping the gang? I think he’s starting to realise that Scott is more powerful than he initially realised, and maybe regretting his decision to side with the Doctors. When Scott did the memory thing he seemed to be totally oblivious to it, but maybe the look on his face was just fear that if Scott ever did it to him, then he’d know all of the stuff Theo has done to them and the secrets of his past.

Thoughts for next week.

Well, as mentioned there is probably going to be problems with Lydia and Parrish, as well as Stiles’ conscience maybe getting the best of him. I also think we’ll get to finally see The Desert Wolf in beacon hills looking for Malia. Hopefully some confrontation?

If you want to see my theories on Parrish, I have two of them. One that says he’s a Djinn, and another that claims he’s a Hellhound.

Thanks for reading, if you enjoyed this post be sure to show me some support by liking it, following me or letting me know what you thought over on Twitter at:@CharBennett_or over on my Facebook page. I love to chat about books as well as all things Teen Wolf, and I’m happy to give you recommendations for other books and shows too.

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Starstuck by Ruby Preston – A Review

Scarlett may have been in the Broadway business for a while, but it’s her first time producing a show, especially one that has an $8 million backing behind it. With the drama of the job and the entitled hollywood star Bliss to cause her stress, Scarlett’s time is spent worrying about her show, keeping her social life stable and keeping the many men in her life at arm’s length.

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let me just start by saying that this was a refreshing book to read. Not only did it have the usual chic-lit feel to it that I crave, but the cheesy dialogue and fast romance that usually graces women’s literature was missing, and it was fantastic! Don’t get me wrong, I love the cheesiness most of the time, but it was nice to take a break from it.

What was great about this book?

I think the thing I liked most about this book is Scarlett herself. She was so real and her emotions, thoughts and actions were very realistic to me. I feel like most books have unrealistic actions for their characters, but making them ‘think’ one things and have them completely overthrow it and do the opposite. This book however stuck to its morals and kept Scarlett’s thoughts and actions on par.

I also really enjoyed the setting. I’ve read plenty of books about hollywood stars and rockstars but never about something so overlooked like Broadway. It gave me an insight into the inner workings of those famous plays we’ve all heard about.

What wasn’t so great?

Honestly? Not much was bad about this book. I suppose there was a large stress on all of the attractive men in the book, which i most cases, there just wouldn’t be that many. I can’t really fault it too much though since it helps move along the plot and the character’s main thoughts and struggles.

Another thing i didn’t enjoy so much was how relaxed the drama was. Of course there were the usual troubles with Bliss the hollywood star and her being a Godzilla, but compared to the drama I’m used to, it was quite tame. Again, not a big fault since it’s merely the choice of the author.

Overall score: 9/10 Almost perfect, aside from my personal preferences for drama and just 1 hot guy, a very enjoyable and different read.

You can find other reviews and more on Ruby Preston here on ChickLitPlus.

I hope you enjoyed my review, and that you consider reading this book for yourself as a change of pace. Thanks for reading, if you enjoyed this post be sure to show me some support by liking it, following me or letting me know what you thought over on Twitter at: @CharBennett_ or over on my Facebook page. I love to chat about books, and I’m happy to give you recommendations. Also go follow Samantha March from ChickLitPlus as she’s a huge help and such a joy to chat to: @chicklitplus

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#TVTalk – Teen wolf S5 Ep7

This week’s episode of Teen wolf was intense, so intense that Twitter blew up about the goings on in Beacon Hills. The pack are starting to show signs of wear and tear with their friendships put to the test, Stiles is keeping secrets from Scott, Kira is betraying herself and we don’t even know what’s going on with Parrish and Lydia.

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Let’s take a closer look:

Stiles’ bonding with the resident bad boy

Stiles and Theo staked out the veterinary practise to try and see who is taking the bodies. while doing so, they had a heart to heart in the jeep while waiting for the thief to show up. It was more of a mandatory thing, since Stiles doesn’t trust Theo and we know Theo isn’t what he seems. They talked about Donovan mainly, and we all died a little bit inside when stile said that his punishment would be losing Scott.

Kira has finally lost it

Kira’s mum tried to duel with her at the school, she seems to know something is going on (about 6 episodes too late Mrs Yukimura). After a quick sparr Kira almost kills her mum, but her dad steps in at the right minute. We also saw that she’d turned the acupuncture needles her mum used into the number 115, what could this mean? She also killed someone. The very last scene of the episode is Mama McCall walking into the kitchen to find a dead body on her table with Kira’s sword stabbed into it, we don’t recognise the girl, however if you look at her hands, they look very similar to the fingers of one of the dread doctors, I can’t see what they could be otherwise, they’re definitely not Talons like a wolf.

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Parrish and Lydia sitting in a tree

I mentioned in my newest theory post that Parrish could be a hellhound and that his vision of Lydia might be a part of that. We saw Parrish sitting in his truck to find one of the Queen of Hearts card, then Lydia appears and a hot make out session ensues. Only after some clawing on lydia part, we see that Lydia has been horrifically burnt by Lydia which freaks him out and causes him to go and collect the newest Chimera body.

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Mason is so helpful

Okay, so at first I though Mason was going to be unnecessary but he’s turning out to quite useful. He’s the most human one of the gang now, although Stiles is human, he went through so much with the Nogitsune that he’s been warped into a different way of thinking, whereas Mason is still so fresh to the world of supernaturals. He helped decipher Kira’s problems, and now he’s found a new Chimera in cody. He’s taking on characteristics of Younger Stiles which is nice to see in such a dark show. He’s also pretty good at getting the gang out of trouble, since he cut Scott’s hand in this episode because of the whole “pain makes you human” thing, way to go Mason!

There was a lot of blood

the gang had some pretty creepy visions while guarding Hayden in the School. first it was Malia getting caught in bear traps and stabbed in the neck, then it was Lydia having her tongue and vocal chords ripped out by a dead Tracy, and finally Scott was stabbed and strangled by Kira. At the time, we knew it wasn’t ‘real’, it couldn’t be, there’d be no more show. But it still felt pretty real. The dread doctors are starting to really mess with the pack now, and it’s making us all edgy.

Hayden and Liam are in trouble

I think it’s safe to say that Liam’s step-dad is not one of the Dread Doctors as some early theories suggested, he seems like he wouldn’t want to hurt Liam in any way. but Liam and Hayden were kidnapped by the doctors later on in the episode, showing them operating on Hayden to do the whole ‘injecting and making them bad’ thing they did with Donovan and Tracy. Poor Liam has to watch his crush go through all of that, while she’s AWAKE!Teen_Wolf_Season_5_Episode_7_Strange_Frequencies_Hayden_transformed

Parrish theory update***

I posted earlier my newest theory about #WhatIsParrish so I suggest you check it out, but we saw that he went out of his way to hurt Theo and Stiles in order to get the body, which is uncharacteristically un-Parrish. I’m sure it was just to conceal his identity as the thief, maybe because of the connection to Scott and the whole “killing is wrong” things.

Thoughts for next week’s episode

Next week’s episode is called Ouroboros, which is the ancient symbol or a snake eating itself by eating it’s tail, it’s a representation of something being cyclical. So this could be to do with the dread doctors and their speech to Liam about “not being on that frequency”. Maybe the whole ‘vibrations’ ‘frequencies’ thing is more about them constantly remaking themselves. think about it, with that much going on in the body it’s going to look like it’s moving?

Maybe that’s the reason for the Chimeras. They have come to a point where they need to advance or change for the better because of the ouroboros, and their experiments with the Chimera’s are their way to find a solution.

Thanks for reading, if you enjoyed this post be sure to show me some support by liking it, following me or letting me know what you thought over on Twitter at:@CharBennett_or over on my Facebook page. I love to chat about books as well as all things Teen Wolf, and I’m happy to give you recommendations for other books and shows too.

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#TVTalk – what is Parrish? Theory 2

We’re now well into the first half of season 5 of Teen wolf, and while I’ve pondered over many theories on what Parrish could be, I’m still not definitive. In a post that went up a few months ago, I talked about my theory that Parrish could be a Djinn, since many characteristics he shared with them. However, I’m now starting to belive my second theory more than that after the latest episode of Teen Wolf. Parrish is a Hellhound.

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I don’t have as much evidence to back up this theory as I did with my Djinn post, but the evidence is a lot stronger in my opinion.

Hellhounds are guardians of the dead.

We know for certain that Parrish is taking all of the failed bodies and taking them to the nemeton to burn. So this part of the theory is pretty strong, since the nemeton is a place of worship for the druids, it has a connection to the dead and maybe the afterlife. He seems pretty upset in his visions about the whole thing, which could be a sign that he doesn’t agree with so many passing into the afterlife in such a short time, or that he’s finding it hard to decided who goes through and who doesn’t.

He fits the characteristics

So he has no black fur but he does have red eyes, smell like smoke (as heard from Theo in S5 ep7) and he does burn, and have burning characteristics. He’s also got super strength as seen in the same episode from turning over Stiles’ car. These are all very strong connections to him being a Hellhound, and it would fit in with the ‘Teen wolf’ part of the show. However, shouldn’t Scott, Liam or Theo be able to figure out if he’s a dog? Don’t they have a an aura or a distinctive smell?

His connection to Lydia

We ship Parrish and Lydia right? Well I do, but that’s besides the point. They have chemistry, some kind of connection and this may be more than coincidence. We keep seeing Parrish have visions of Lydia, in the form of playing cards, kissing her in the car, in the premiere when he’s dying in the abandoned house. This may be more than attraction, since Hellhounds usually have a ‘supernatural treasure’ to protect. This might be his way of knowing that Lydia is his treasure to protect. Since she is a Banshee, and she is related to death, their connection may stretch to that too, since they both share that characteristic.

Bonus theory for Teen Wolf**

I think Parrish and Kira are somehow related. In folklore, Hellhounds are known as the bearers of death, similar to the things kira was saying in her Kitsune form of “I am the messenger of death”. Maybe Kiras kitsune is a hellhound of sorts too? After all, the aura Kira has and the fire Parrish has look very similar to each other, and neither of them can control or remember what’s happening when they turn. In the first episode we all hear Kira’s mother talking about the Wild hunt, which Hellhounds are closely related to in Lore, so maybe another connection between these two?

Let me know what you think of this theory, or if you have anything to add to it. What do you think Parrish could be? Do you agree with my two theories of Djinn and a Hellhound, do you think I’m getting close or am I colder than the Garden in Season 3B the Nogitsune took the cast. You can leave a comment below or let me know over on Twitter at: @CharBennett_ or over on my Facebook page, I love to hear from you.

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#TVTalk – Teen Wolf S5 Ep6

It’s finally getting juicier in this season of Teen wolf, with more and more being discovered each week. Things are starting to become clear that things are not always what they seem, and the gang are starting to get into even more trouble. Each week I take a look at the highlights of the show and bring you my theories, thoughts and reactions.

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So, what happened this week?

The lines are blurred

As Deaton said, the lines of what we know about the supernatural are starting to blur, which was shown this week when Scott’s asthma came back from season 1. We know that the reason he no longer needs it is because of him being a wolf, so what’s this saying about his alpha powers? We also saw him trigger a memory to when he was younger and had his arm messed up by a dog, I’m assuming it pulled him so hard it chafed his wrist, but what does this have to do with the dread doctors?

Liam’s got a crush

So I ship Liam and Hayden so bad, they’re just adorable together, and we find out that Hayden had a kidney transplant a few years ago, assuming it’s from the guy we saw being cut open all glowy and stuff since her eyes are seriously weird. So what is Hayden? So far I have no theories except that she maybe something to do with water? We’ve not had a water based creature yet and she reminds me of a jellyfish or electric eel. Who knows?

Banshee, you’re up!

So we got to see a lot of Lydis this episode, and she’s been having memories of when she was little and found her grandmother had drilled a hole into her head, assuming it was to get rid of the banshee things she heard. She also seems to think that her operation memory is not actually hers, but someone else’s. Turns out it was whoever’s kidney went to Hayden.

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Kira is crazy!

So Theo recorded Kira speaking her japanese and showed scott after some digging. Turns out she’s saying “I am death’s servant” (according to Japanese people that’s a better translation to messenger). So Kira’s Kitsune is taking over her. What I want to know is why she hasn’t brought her problems up with her mum, since her mum is like 900 years old and seems to know a lot about it. Surely she knows something?

Stiles’ choice

Stiles is still cut up about what happened to Donovan, and in the end of the episode we see Theo cut out the throat of the newest Chimera. Stiles seems to believe that he should tell on Theo to Scott, showing that he’s conflicted over what’s right and wrong. This might be leftover trauma from Season 3b when he was taken over by the nogitsune, he’s been different ever since and shown that he’s not as happy as he used to be.

Parrish theory update**

Nothing in this episode so far has been a clue, but something to add onto my Djinn theory is that they are made from smokeless fire, which we see when he’s flaming at the nemeton, there is no smoke. The only time we see smoke is when the car was set on fire, and we know that wasn’t him, so the smoke came from the car. I also feel like the reason he’s bringing the bodies to the nemeton is maybe a conscience thing?

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Thanks for reading, if you enjoyed this post be sure to show me some support by liking it, following me or letting me know what you thought over on Twitter at:@CharBennett_or over on my Facebook page. I love to chat about books as well as all things Teen Wolf, and I’m happy to give you recommendations for other books and shows too.

Have a great day!

Photo credit: hypable, mtv

Sex, Lies & Cruising [blog tour blitz review]

Ellie is on a cruise for the foreseeable future and on her first night ends up sleeping with a gorgeous guy. Ellie’s antics aboard the cruise ship are funny, refreshing and had me cackling over and over again. working in the cruise ships pic stop, Ellie’s summer is about to get crazy.

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This book was an unexpected delight, not because I had no faith in Cathryn’s writing abilities, but because I tend to go for more ‘girl next door’ kind of books, and the protagonists are usually a lot younger and wholesome, but Ellie was such a refreshing character, and it was a nice change to read something a little bit different.

What did I like about this book?:

I think the thing I enjoyed the most was the british humour. As a born and bred Brit I loved the way the story was written, from Ellie’s eyes as a typical 20-something. Her life had been pretty typical, with a crappy ex-boyfriend and hopes and dreams to be a photographer, she is a really relatable character to most people, especially people like me who also have aspirations and romantic hopes.

I also enjoyed the pace of the story, at first it seems quite fast but then it slows down and gets a really steady rhythm, so not too much is going on at the same time but just enough that you’re not skipping pages to get  to a juicy bit.

What I didn’t like so much:

I suppose it’s not too much of a fault, but I’m so used to American novels now that I feel out of my comfort zone when I read something British. Of course i really enjoyed the book and this is more of a personal preference than anything, but I tend to find that american books appeal to me more because I’m British. Everyone likes to live in a dream world right?

Who would I recommend this to?

I would recommend this to anyone looking for a change of pace, something with some sun, sea and romance but funny enough to not be cheesy. It’s quite a good starting read to anyone who’s not so used to the YA/chick lit genre but would like to get a taste of it without it being too smutty.

Overall rating: 9/10. the only downside is my preference to American novels, otherwise it’s pretty perfect.

Thanks for reading, if you enjoyed this post be sure to show me some support by liking it, following me or letting me know what you thought over on Twitter at: @CharBennett_ or over on my Facebook page. I love to chat about books, and I’m happy to give you recommendations.

I’d also like to send thanks to Samantha March over at Chick Lit Plus for being so great during today’s Blog tour. She’s been great to work alongside and has been a huge help. go follow her on Twitter at: @chicklitplus

Also, If you’ve also read this book be awesome for me and leave a review on Cathryn’s amazon page? It always helps new authors to get honest feedback on their books, so head on over to give your review.

Special thanks to Cathryn Chapman as well for letting me be a part of this, and for writing such a fantastic book. You can find all of her links below:

Find Cathryn here:

Website: www.cathrynchapman.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chapman.author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cathryn_Chapman

Amazon: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00W85ZX2K

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sex-lies-and-cruising/id987736128

B&N: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sex-lies-and-cruising-cathryn-chapman/1121785596

Have a great day!

Sex, Lies & Cruising – Excerpt [blog tour blitz]

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“So, Ellie,” Jacoline said, grinning, “I heard you slept with George from the casino last night.”

I nearly choked on my scrambled eggs. Jacoline was eagerly awaiting my reply, and though I knew she wasn’t being malicious, I couldn’t help but feel cross at her for lobbing gossip at me without any warning.

“You certainly don’t waste time,” Justin muttered, his eyes on his plate.

Great. This was just…great. I hastily swallowed the bits of egg I hadn’t choked on and spluttered, “Excuse me, what? George?” It took me a minute to even remember who the hell he was. “Oh, for fuck’s sake,” I said, “do you mean that guy I met in the crew bar last night? I talked to him for maybe two minutes!” I didn’t have to fake my incredulous tone.

Jacoline laughed. “Oh, Ellie, it’s fantastic you’re not wasting time. Why wait when there are so many options available?”

I opened my mouth to reply, but was cut off by Justin.

“Best be careful,” he said snidely. “You wouldn’t want everyone to think you’re a slag.”

This was ridiculous. I hadn’t even recovered from seeing Seth and Ruby together, and now I’d slept with someone new? Didn’t these people have any more salacious—and true!—gossip to talk about?

Next to me, Caitlin shook her head and rolled her eyes. “Guys, don’t be ridiculous. Ellie just said hello to the guy. Are we seriously doing this shit again?”

“Bom dia, meus amigos!” Maria was almost singing as she walked in. She made a beeline to me and said, “Hello, Ellie! I am so glad you are not sad about Seth leaving.” A Cheshire cat grin spread across her face. “I did not think George was your type, but when I saw you together in the crew bar, you seemed very cosy together.”

I knew we had our culprit.

I took a deep breath. “Maria, I didn’t sleep with George. I talked to him for two minutes, and that’s all.”

She patted my shoulder, an insincere sympathetic smile on her face. “It is okay, chica, you are a grown up woman. You can be with anybody you choose.”

I wasn’t normally a violent person, but I wanted to slap the smile right off her face.

My cheeks burning from the implication that I was, as Justin had said, a slag, and my hands were actually shaking. I hadn’t slept with him and Maria knew it. It had nothing to do with George—I was sure he was lovely. It was about my reputation, which, if I was honest, had already been hanging tenuously by a thread before everyone thought I’d hopped into bed with George. If I’d any chance of retaining any kind of reputation whatsoever, I couldn’t let them believe this rubbish.

Trying to keep my voice even, I said, deliberately calmly, “I didn’t sleep with George. He literally bumped into me and tried to apologise. End of story.”

Jacoline’s gaze flicked between me and Maria; the smile had faded from her face and she seemed uncertain who to believe. The scowl on Justin’s face, on the other hand, had only deepened. Caitlin rubbed my arm soothingly and mumbled something about not worrying what people say.

At that moment, because my life really needed to get more complicated, Ruby appeared in the doorway, spotted us, and practically waltzed over. She had what was almost certainly a post-coital glow, and I was tempted to chuck the salt shaker at her pretty face.

“What’s going on, guys?” she inquired.

“Ellie slept with George from the casino last night,” Maria announced, wasting no time in jumping in to spread the rumour.

Caitlin rushed to defend me. “’Maria, shut up. Ruby, it’s not like that at all. Maria saw them talking in the crew bar, and well, you know how ships are…and Maria” she cast a burning glance at the Brazilian rumourmonger, “should know better.”

I shot her a grateful look.

Ruby shrugged. “No big deal,” she said. “We’re all here to have fun, right?”

I didn’t really want to think about the kind of fun she’d been having…

Nodding, Jacoline added, “It’s okay, Ellie. We all know what ships are like!”

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck! I wished they would actually listen to me.

Maria obviously wasn’t finished and kicked the boot in a little harder. “You know, Ellie, I was a little bit sad when you and Seth were together while he and I were trying to work things out—” Ruby’s head came up but she wisely said nothing “—but now I can see you do not like to spend the night alone. I am sure you left him no choice. Men are simple, yes?” She sat back and folded her arms, smiling at everyone. “If you offer them a warm body, they do not say no. Not on a ship, anyway.” Laughing, she added, “We all know where to send the new guys for a good time, yes?”

Caitlin stayed silent and Jacoline looked uncomfortably down at the table. Justin snorted. Ruby took advantage of the awkward moment to escape to the buffet. On the upside, at least nobody actually agreed with Maria. Not out loud, anyway.

No one but Caitlin had bothered to defend me, either, and as I sat there, feeling desperately alone and friendless, tears began to well up and threatened to spill over. Not wanting anyone to see me cry, I quickly got up to race back to the darkness of the cabin. Caitlin wasn’t far behind.

Grabbing my arm as we walked, she said, “Ellie, please don’t worry about them. There’s no point trying to convince them. People on ships will always believe what they want, and getting all upset about it won’t really help. They’ll forget all about it by next cruise, I guarantee you.”

Rather unsurprisingly, this didn’t actually make me feel any better. “But Caitlin,” I wailed, “I didn’t sleep with him, and I don’t want them to think I did! I don’t want everyone to think I’m a bloody slag!” Was this really what ships were like? It was worse than secondary school. Here, I’d slipped up once and had pretty much been branded a scarlet woman. I wasn’t about to look for another man, but if I did meet a good guy there was no way he’d want a girl he believed had slept with two guys in less than a week.

I vowed to never speak to anyone in the crew bar ever again. And I definitely wasn’t sleeping with anybody else on this contract. I would just focus on my photography and hang out with Caitlin. And watch lots of DVDs.

Find Cathryn and her book here:

Website: www.cathrynchapman.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chapman.author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cathryn_Chapman

Amazon: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00W85ZX2K

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sex-lies-and-cruising/id987736128

B&N: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sex-lies-and-cruising-cathryn-chapman/1121785596

Q&A with Cathryn Chapman – Author of Sex, Lies & Cruising [blog tour blitz]

As part of my blog tour today, I got the opportunity to ask Cathryn some questions about her new books, her reading choices and even the guilty pleasures. Cathryns books Sex, Lies & Cruising follows Ellie on her time finding herself a cruise ship worker. Full of laughs and romance it’s a book everyone should be heading to the shops to buy.

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For anyone wanting to know a little bit about your book, can you give me a quick summary of what it’s about?

My novel, ‘Sex, Lies, and Cruising’ is the first in a series about a 20-something year old British woman named Ellie Green, who goes on an exciting and emotional journey after being cheated on by her fiancé. He told her she was frumpy and boring, and not attractive anymore… so this motivates her future choices when it comes to men! In this first book she lands a fabulously exciting job on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, and it isn’t long before she is swept up in this fast-moving, dramatic, salacious, and often moral-free world… It’s written in a light, chick lit style, but Ellie does go on an emotional rollercoaster – she’s trying to come to grips with the effect her heartbreak had, and how it’s impacting her subsequent relationships and decisions about men. There’s a few sexy scenes in there, but the overall feel is chick lit, rather than erotica.

What inspired you to become a writer in the first place?

I’ve always enjoyed writing (and reading), and I suppose I always found it came rather naturally. When I was at school, my English teacher and I had a false start (I was 12) when she didn’t believe I’d written the sensual poem I showed her (I literally had no experience with boys)… Two years later, she declared I was the most talented writer she’d ever taught (she was possibly prone to exaggeration, haha), and encouraged me to become an author. “You could write for Mills & Boon right now,” she said. That was funny – firstly, there was no internet in those days, so I didn’t even know how to contact them… plus at the age of 14, I had still never even so much as kissed a boy, let alone gained the knowledge and experience to write a romance novel!

So I pushed that idea to the side and spent the next twenty or so years doing a variety of other things. I left my ‘sensible’ career in marketing/PR a number of times, each time declaring, “I’ll never work in an office again!” travelling the world and pursuing singing, dancing, acting, teaching, studying French full-time in Paris, working on cruise ships, and even starting my own spray-tan business… before eventually ending up broke each time and working back in an office again.

But I always had a creative fire which needed to be fuelled, and it took until I fell pregnant a few years ago for me to finally say to my husband, “I’m ready to write a book now.” People had often suggested I write a book about my life, but a memoir hadn’t felt right. I knew I was a fiction author. I’ve always been a voracious reader, and throughout the years, when I’d had jobs which required writing of different types, I’d had a number of comments about my writing ability… so I set out to write my first novel.

If there was one thing you would change about the process you went through with writing this book, what would it be?

In the beginning, although I spent two or three months preparing my ideas and the outline of the book (not three months full-time, it was sporadic while taking care of my newborn)… I would have spent more time mapping out my characters. I ended up having to go back and do that after I’d finished, because during the editing process, my editor said that some of my characters’ reactions were shallow and not believable, probably because I didn’t know them well enough, and hadn’t come to grips with WHY they’d behave or react the way they do. In addition to character maps, I also read a great book called “Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets A Novelist Can Learn From Actors”.

Because my readers love to find new books to read, who are some of your favourite authors to read?

Besides chick lit, I really enjoy historical romance. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres are two of my favourite books of all time. I also love easy reading thriller/suspense type novels, especially with an espionage element – so writers like John Grisham, Robert Ludlum and Frederick Forsyth are also favourites.

What was your inspiration for Sex, Lies & Cruising? Was it something that just came to you or did it come over time?

I worked briefly on cruise ships in my 20s and again in my 30s (different cruise lines, different jobs), and saw a lot of really interesting, crazy things going on. When I was deciding on the first novel storyline, it seemed like an obvious choice. Since I am new to writing, I felt it would be easier to write about a world I had personally experienced – even though the story itself is fiction, I think having been on ships helped lend colour and realism to the book.

Any tips for those of us out there who’d love to be authors but aren’t sure where to start?

For me, I couldn’t have written this book without my mentor, James (Jim) Parsons. I knew I wanted to write a book, and felt I had the ability, but I really didn’t know where to start. So at first I looked for university and TAFE courses (TAFE is like a tertiary level college which offers certificates and diplomas, rather than degrees) about novel writing. Most courses were all-encompassing, so you’d do journalism, online writing, and all these other modules in addition to novel writing. In other countries/cities, these dedicated courses do exist, so I’d suggest doing one of those. It’s great to connect with other people going through the same experience as you.

So I looked for online courses until I found Jim’s course (http://www.novel-writing-course.com/) and by coincidence, he happened to live in the same city as me – although we’ve never actually met! I started with the set course modules, but I felt like I’d work better with a direct mentor relationship, and I was right. It was great to have someone to bounce ideas off, help me set up the book from scratch, and read each chapter as I finished it. Jim is very open minded and fun to work with, but in the end, when we started working on the sequel, he suggested that I find someone to work with who was more in line with my target audience, or at least, more familiar with the chick lit genre. As an ex-erotica writer, he’s not shy about the sex scenes, but we did tend to disagree on what readers would and wouldn’t put up with when it came to Ellie’s behaviour and decision making.

I would also recommend working on the structure and plot lines to create the dramatic tension at the end of each (or at least most) of your chapters. Even with chick lit, I think it’s important to write each chapter as a mini story of its own, with its own climax. All my beta readers and the reviewers I’ve spoken to so far, have told me that once they started reading, they couldn’t stop, as they needed to know what happened next. That makes me really happy, because it was important to me to get that ‘must keep reading’ factor, where it’s 10pm and you’re tired, but you just want to read one more chapter!

What are you reading right now?

All I read lately are textbooks about writing! According to my kindle, the last fiction book I read (sometime earlier this year) was Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin, which I absolutely loved. I can see why it got made into a great Hollywood movie! That’s the dream, right there 🙂

Any book guilty pleasures?

I don’t know that I have any book guilty pleasures, but gazing across at my bookshelf at all the paperbacks I’ve kept while moving around the world, they’re almost all autobiographies written by women who have moved to France or Italy to start a new life and end up renovating a house/vineyard/B&B/restaurant. I’ve long held the dream of living in countryside France, and although I did live in Paris for a while, it didn’t satisfy that particular dream… so the books are always there as a reminder!

Thank you for reading this blog post, and I’m looking forward to hearing from you about your thoughts, what you love so much about reading or why you want to write your own book. You can find me over on Twitter all day at: @CharBennett_ or over on my Facebook page that has been a little bit neglected recently (oops!).

You can find Cathryn here:

Website: www.cathrynchapman.net

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chapman.author

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cathryn_Chapman

Amazon: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00W85ZX2K

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/sex-lies-and-cruising/id987736128

B&N: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sex-lies-and-cruising-cathryn-chapman/1121785596

Have a great day!

Cathryn Chapman talks how she wrote her first book [blog tour blitz]

When I was at school, my English teacher and I had a false start (I was 12) when she didn’t believe I’d written the sensual poem I showed her (I literally had no experience with boys)… Two years later, she declared I was the most talented writer she’d ever taught (she was possibly prone to exaggeration, haha), and encouraged me to become an author. “You could write for Mills & Boon right now,” she said. That was funny – firstly, there was no internet in those days, so I didn’t even know how to contact them… plus at the age of 14, I had still never even so much as kissed a boy, let alone gained the knowledge and experience to write a romance novel!

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So I pushed that idea to the side and spent the next twenty or so years doing a variety of other things. I left my ‘sensible’ career in marketing/PR a number of times, each time declaring, “I’ll never work in an office again!” travelling the world and pursuing singing, dancing, acting, teaching, studying French full-time in Paris, working on cruise ships, and even starting my own spray-tan business… before eventually ending up broke each time and working back in an office again.

I always had a creative fire which needed to be fuelled, and it took until I fell pregnant a few years ago for me to finally say to my husband, “I’m ready to write a book now.” People had often suggested I write a book about my life, but a memoir hadn’t felt right. I knew I was a fiction author. I’ve always been a voracious reader, and throughout the years, when I’d had jobs which required writing of different types, I’d had a number of comments about my writing ability… so I set out to write my first novel.

I toyed with several different ideas. One idea was a historical romance, inspired by my Grandparents meeting before WWII, and while that is still on the cards for later, the timing didn’t feel right. I want that to be ‘epic’, and I felt I wouldn’t be able to pull it off without some writing maturity, so to speak. So I thought about different characters, different storylines, and what I would enjoy reading, and the choice was obvious. I’d write chick lit – despite people declaring the genre to be dead, I’ve always enjoyed it myself, and felt confident others would too.

“Hmmmm, what would I write about first?” I asked myself. When I thought back through my life, my cruise ship experience jumped out. My goodness, so many salacious, funny, and dramatic things happen on cruise ships – it would be the perfect choice! Through my publicist, during the pre-release period, most media have focussed very much on the ‘real life’ side of my book, which have made it sound more like an autobiography… but at least it’s done. I’m a (self) published writer!

And now I’m glad the book has been released. I’m hoping that it will start to come into its own as a piece of fiction, worked on by an author who just wanted to create a fun, sexy, well-written novel for women wanting to escape to a bit of light entertainment. I’m hoping I get readers who will enjoy and review my novel, and help me get on track to author-ville, not washed up cruise-worker-central! I’m also hoping people will want to read the sequel, which I’m working on now. It follows the same main character, but it won’t all be about cruise ships…

So I’m keen to hear from other writers – how did you come to write your first book? If you’ve been wanting to write a book but haven’t, what is holding you back? If you’re primarily a reader, what kind of book are you currently keen to read?

#TVTalk – Teen Wolf S5 Ep5

It’s that time of week again where I look back on the latest episode of Teen Wolf to put my theories to the test. This week got juicy with a special appearance from Dr. Valack and the creepy Dread Doctors. We also got to fill a few plot holes from the last few seasons of Teen Wolf.

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Let’s take a look:

Stiles is freaking out

The last episode of teen Wolf showed us Stiles getting manhandled by the Wendigo Donovan. So this week’s episode started out that way, with Stiles leading donovan into the school library for a game of hide and seek. After some dad slashing from our newest Wendigo Stiles climbed up some scaffolding only to pull the key on it and impale donovan, killing him. We all know that Scott is totally against killing the bad guys, so this could mark the start of the fall of the bromance. Kudos to Dylan O’Brien though for the acting in this episode, it was on par with Nogitsune Stiles from Season 3b.

A visit to Eichen House

Stiles, Lydia, Scott and Kira go to Eichen house after discovering that Valack knew the author of the Dread Doctors book. While there, Kira and Scott are stopped by mountain ash and leave Stydia to go on without them. While talking to Valack they learn that it triggers memories of the Dread doctors to whoever has read the book. Valack used his information as a bargain to get a banshee scream from Lydia, leading to him breaking out of eichen House in the end of the episode.

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Malia remembers

After we find out the information that it triggers memories of the Dread doctors, we see that Malia remember the night her adopted mother drove the car off the road, and that the desert wolf was the cause of it. So, the desert wolf is connected to the dread doctors??

This makes total sense as to why Peter can’t remember the desert wolf at all, after all, the Dread doctors make you forget you ever saw them.

Kira has gone cray cray

Kira is losing her control over her Kitsune powers to the spirit within her. We’re starting to see this with the random japanese dialogue and her loss of control in the last few episodes. The promo for the series shows us that she stabs scott and tries to kill him, although we know he’s fine, it makes us wonder what the hell is going on with her.

Parrish theory update**

So, we only saw parrish for a few seconds this episode, since he is the one who’s been feeding the failures to the nemeton. I still think he’s a Djinn, but it is making me question it since we don’t know why he’s doing it yet, obviously the nemeton feeds off of the supernatural and sacrifices so it could be his way of gaining more power as a djinni.

The Desert Wolf theory:

I’m not really sure if anyone else has thought of this, but a with everything in Teen wolf, everything we see has a purpose to the story. I have my theory on who the desert wolf really is……..Paige.

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So if you remember many seasons back to when Derek told us the story of when he had to kill his girlfriend Paige under the Nemeton because she has been bitten and was rejecting the bite, in turn causing the nemeton to be trigger with the sacrifice. Of course, Peter knew Paige and wasn’t exactly a good influence back then, and my theory is that Paige didn’t really die.

I think she eventually accepted the bite, but as derek killed her after a while she healed herself and came back to life, after all Kate did this so we know it’s possible. Then, something has happened where she’s met the dread doctors and they’ve either made her sleep with Peter or they’ve used Peter and made her pregnant themselves. Fast Forward to Season 4 where Valack shows Peter his hidden memories, this is probably him remembering Malia’s mum, the dread doctors and maybe even being used to artificially make Malia.

After all, Peter was technically the last one to see Paige after her death since he told Derek he would take care of her body.

The only problem I can see is that the ages might not add up properly, but we’ve never had a definitive age for Derek in present day, so even though his fake driver’s license says he is 25 in the first season, the fact that it’s fake makes me question if he’s maybe older than that?

Now we know Malia’s mum is related to them, and that she tried to kill Malia, it might mean that she was doing it in order to stop them coming back, like they are now.

It seems a little bit jagged right now and there are huge plot and narrative holes so I’ll keep adding to this as the season goes on, let me know what you think?

Thanks for reading, if you enjoyed this post be sure to show me some support by liking it, following me or letting me know what you thought over on Twitter at:@CharBennett_or over on my Facebook page. I love to chat about books as well as all things Teen Wolf, and I’m happy to give you recommendations for other books and shows too.

Have a great day!

Photo credits: maniconioseries,  tvequals, mtv

Grey: Don’t judge a book by its reputation [A review]

Grey is the long awaited re-telling of E.L James 2012 novel 50 Shades of Grey. Told from Christian’s side of the story, Grey is an eye-opener to the original story, explaining things to us like why he doesn’t like Kate or Jose, and why he acts so strangely around Ana.

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Now, before you dismiss the book because of its predecessors’ reputation, take on board the phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” and let me explain.

I am a little biased since I enjoyed reading the original books (for the story more than anything….else). But I feel like you can’t really say you don’t like a book without reading it first. But if you are going to ignore that rule, I suggest you listen up….

What did I like about the book?

Aside from having a whole new perspective on Christians side of the story, I like the humour this book had that the others seemed to lack. There’s a funnier, more laid back feel to the novel, and some of the things he’s thinking are just downright hilarious. I suppose if you were to read this book from a fresh reader’s eyes, you’d never be able to say it was boring.

I also liked that E.L. James went into some of the things we really wanted clearing up. Things we didn’t realise we wanted to know. For example, the way Christian feels about his brother, or the things he did when not with Ana. When reading the first shades book, I never thought to myself “what’s Christian up to?”, until I read Grey. Now I have no idea why I didn’t want to know.

What wasn’t so great?

I found that I was disappointed by how easily Christian was defeated by his own emotions in the book. It took E.L James a trilogy to finally get him to be a normal “hearts and flowers” kind of guy, but we find out he was kind of ready from the start? Okay so maybe he wasn’t ready for “I love you” but who is in the first month or so of their relationship? As soon as I read the whole “would it be so bad to let her touch me?” I felt a little cheated.

Who would like this book?

I would recommend this book to anyone, but it’s not really a good read for younger audiences. I want to get rid of the stigma of “mummy porn” so I suppose all I’ve got to say is, if you want to read it, then you read it. Don’t let anyone make you miss out on a book you might potentially love. And if not, then hey, it’s no big deal!

Overall rating: 8/10 purely because of the reasons I mentioned before. I felt a little cheated but otherwise I really enjoyed it.

Bonus section to all you sceptics ****

Fifty shades, no matter what you say is not exactly like Twilight. I can count all of the similarities on one hand, and even if it was originally a fanfic, it evolved into something different. All that ties the two together are appearances, some personality traits and the fact that Christian and Edward are both rich and adopted. So, give the book a try, let yourself go into it with an open mind, you might like it.

What others are saying about this book:

@ynphn on Twitter: “I wake, with a start -Today, I win her back” I’ve just finished #Grey.
Got to know many things about Christian. Amazing!

@leahjonsay on Twitter: “But the worst consequence of these nightmares is dealing with the overwhelming anxiety when I wake.” #grey

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#TVTalk – Teen Wolf S5 Ep4

This week in Teen Wolf we got straight into the good stuff and finally have more clues to go with our yummy deputy parrish. The aftermath of episode 3 was explained and some sexual tension between Lydia and Parrish graced our screens.

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So, what happened?

The dread doctors

Malia is sleuthing for clues on who the doctors are, because frankly everyone seems to be ignoring her so far. While in Tracy’s bedroom so comes across a book called The Dread Doctors with a picture of this season’s bad guys on the front. I’m not sure yet if this is supposed to be fiction or a factual books telling folklore etc. One thing is for sure, the guys are going to be reading into this a lot more next week.

Chimeras

I was talking to my friend after last week’s episode and as soon as I saw Donovan’s eyes I knew he was a Wendigo. Which is a pretty big clue into what’s to come in the show. As I mention in this post, the creatures we’re going to see are mainly going to be ones we’ve already seen on the show. So that brings up the question, will they get Kira? It sounds far fetched but with the problems she’s been having already and the fact that she’s a kitsune, the doctors might try and turn her into a hybrid wolf herself. After all,, we’ve been told numerous times that wolves and foxes don’t get along.

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Liam is badass

So, Liam and his buddies end up going to the aptly named clue ‘Sinema’ where some strange goings on occur when Lucas (a hybrid scorpion) tries to attack. But out of everyone there, including Scott, Liam is the one who ends up being the savior. This might be some foreshadowing on who will take over the pack when Scott goes to College, maybe Liam is starting to gain more abilities as a wolf. Who knows?

The rules are changing.

As Deaton said, the rules are being changed, and the rules to the supernatural world aren’t as rigid as he once thought. This is apparent in Lydia. If you don’t remember, we see in Season 2 that she eats some Kanima venom, which turns out she can’t be paralysed by. So when she’s struck down by the Kanima Hybrid and ends up being paralysed, we’re seeing a little bit of this change here.

Parrish is hot, hot, hot!

Yes, we finally get some more insight into Parrish’s abilities. He’s been dreaming about taking bodies to the nemeton and burning them. He doesn’t seem happy about it though. I still believe that he could be a Djinn, but I think it’s fair to say that he’s probably a Salamander. I don’t like it, since it doesn’t seem to fit him as well as the Djinn does, but after all of the stuff that’s been going on it’s a fair assumption. However, I still feel the Djinn has precedence since Lydia mentioned that they had looked in all of the bestiaries and found nothing. Salamanders are prominent in them so it seems a little strange if he turns out to be one after that comment.

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Valack is Valac

So after my confusion in last week’s post, it turns out that Valack is a demon called Valac (duh?!) who is said to speak truths and I quote ” where serpents can be seen, and delivers them harmless to the magician” pretty cryptic, but could back up the popular theory that Parrish is a salamander. As well as the Kanima, scorpion….see a pattern?

Thoughts for next week’s episode

More Hayden maybe? She’s becoming more and more a part of the series, so I’m guessing the story has to tip to her and Liam at some stage soon. I also think the fighting classes between Lydia and Parrish will start next week, since she looked like she was in pain, and it being so soon after her operation it would make sense.

Comic-Con trailer thoughts

Valack is heard over some disturbing clips from the season coming up, talking about how many people died the last time the dread doctors came, and how many will die this time. Maybe it’s 10, just a hunch since they told Lydia to keep counting down from 10. Scott and Kira are having problems because of Kira’s powers, Stiles is worried, Liam is in trouble and Hayden is next on the doctor’s list. It’s all going to get crazy real soon.

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I got bitten by the reading bug…..

Believe it or not, as a book blogger I’ve not always been an avid reader. As a kid my time was spent running through fields and farmland, feeding an adorable calf for a time, playing kirby and sitting on my own with my polly pocket. Reading to me was a bore, I never really understood the ones who liked it so much. You know the ones, the quiet ones who constantly had a Jacqueline Wilson book in their draw at school and never wanted to play hopscotch at lunchtime.

Then, when I was 12 years old, I read my first proper book. It was The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and I was so proud of myself for finishing it. However, it wasn’t destined to be the kickstarter I needed to become the book freak I am today.

That role was left to the YA genre.

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Spring 2012 and I was in my final year of High school, spending most of my time hanging out with my small village’s version of the art freaks in Mean Girls, spending too much money in the local sweet shop on brain lickers and being a carefree teenager when the time came to leave school for college. The C word was a scary as ever, and in lieu of my new beginning, I picked up a seriously annoying habit. Reading.

Oh yes, as a 16 year old with nothing to do I picked up a book. This book would turn out to be Beautiful Disaster by Jamie Mcguire.

Of course at first I was drawn in by the pretty cover and the promise of a love I would never forget, and it just so happened to be the first taste of the wonderful world of books.

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After I discovered Jamie McGuire, I then discovered who is now my favourite author Abbi Glines. when I first picked up her book Because of Low in my local bookshop, I had no idea the lengths my obsession would get to, now I’ve met her, had my favourite books signed and I carry on loving her work.

But that’s not the end of it. I’ve had my life brightened by these YA romance novels, not only making me a hopeless romantic, but it’s given me this blog.

Without books, I wouldn’t have something I am so passionate to write about, I wouldn’t have met any of the lovely people on Twitter who share my love for literature and I wouldn’t have the drive I do today.

I also wouldn’t have been let into the worlds of so many different books. From C.J Duggan to Jessica Sorensen. To recent acquaintances and books from people like Jack Jordan, J.C Hannigan and B.R Maycock.

I suppose my message is, if you’re thinking of taking up a new hobby that you aren’t too sure about, or you lack something in your life that could make it so much more wonderful, just do it. Find something new and try it out, even if it doesn’t work out the way you had planned, you still did something new. Even if that something is as simple as reading a new book.

Thank you for reading this blog post, and I’m looking forward to hearing from you about your hobbies, what you love so much about reading or why an author changed your life. You can find me over on Twitter all day at: @CharBennett_ or over on my Facebook page that has been a little bit neglected recently (oops!).

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#TVTalk – Teen Wolf S5 Ep3

Last night MTV treated us to our third episode of this season of Teen Wolf, and boy was it an eye opener! From revelations about Tracy, to some old friends making an appearance it was a fantastic episode. What is next week going to bring us? Are we going to get more clues about our hunky deputy? Are we going to get more insight into the crazy crazy boy Theo?

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what it feels like to wait for next week’s episode

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Tracy is causing trouble.

After last week’s episode we were kind of wondering what Tracy would be doing, and it turns out she would become a murderer. After killing her father and setting a new face free from a moving police van, she heads on over to the hospital to kill her psychiatrist. Crazy!! But not only that, she hooks her claws into another new face and shows us that the bully Liam has been struggling with might be next on the Doctor’s list.

Liam and Mason the dynamic duo.

Now that Mason knows that Liam and the gang are supernaturals, he’s getting into some ‘intense’ situations. After hunting down the hole Liam fell into and realising Tracy was buried in one, he seems to be holding himself pretty well so far. The same can not be said when it comes to being around hot guys though, we get where your struggles are Mason, we get it! ❤

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Deaton is back in the game.

We’ve not seen much of Deaton recently so, when the guys bring Tracy to him at the clinic, it’s not long before some pretty gross stuff with her spine happens, turns out Tracy is actually a Kanima. I was kind of hoping we’d get to see some more of Jackson but not all of our hopes and dreams can come true can they?

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Malia is learning.

Besides being a terrible driver, Malia struggles to understand the difference between right and wrong sometimes and can’t empathise with a lot of people. But this week Malia showed that you don’t have to kill in order the save the world when she woke Tracy up from her sleep paralysis.

Sheriff has a date

Poor mama McCall! The sheriff decided that Mrs Martin was a better match for him, but his date was cut short when Tracy turned up at the precinct to release her anger out on Lydia’s mum. Looks like more people than necessary are getting involved in the supernatural stuff this season, which might turn out to be a bad thing when it all starts to get out of hand.

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Parrish theory update** 

Still no more clues about what Parrish would be, but Jeff Davis did say we wouldn’t really get to find out until the end of the series, so here’s hoping they at least give us some more clues to live off soon.

Sluagh update**

I mentioned in my last post that I thought Dr Valack would be the sluagh, which I am now wrong about. After my friend told me the Sluagh was cast as a teenage boy, It got me thinking into what Valack could be, since that was what made sense to me. I guess when we have more clues the research can begin.

Thoughts for next week’s episode

I think next week we will learn more about Hayden and why she healed so fast after getting her arm cut open by Tracy. I’m assuming that she’s going to be a creature we’ve already met in the show, since they took the route of the Kanima with Tracy. I think all hell will break loose with Donovan undergoing his ‘change’ but what he is might still be a mystery.

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Consumed by J.C Hannigan [Re-Release day blitz]

He’s tall, dark, and deliciously handsome. Not exactly what Harlow is looking for. Her heart’s still stuck on Iain Bentley. But it’s been a painful struggle since she last saw him. Two years of silence and wondering; of desperate sleepless longing. And Jax Walker is a hard man to resist. Just as she’s prepared to open herself to new love, Harlow’s whole world is thrown into a painful spiral.

In this new adult novel, readers are consumed by the collision of past and present. Raw and dark, this emotional minefield is the perfect second book in the continuing story of Harlow Jones.

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I think I’m not the only one who thinks this new cover is absolutely stunning. It’s simple but effective and really makes me want to read it. I’ve already shown you the cover for Collide and it’s fair to say there’s a theme with these new covers.

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Author Bio:

J.C. Hannigan’s love of reading was spawned from a very early age. She inhaled novels with an unquenchable thirst. Eventually, that love of reading turned into a love for writing. She started to pen stories at the tender age of nine while sitting at her white desk, pencil posed over lined paper, writing countless stories about a girl, her best friend, their horses and the adventures they’d have going on trial rides together. Born with a chronic pain bone disorder called Multiple Hereditary Exostoses, she didn’t get to play sports or run amuck like her siblings and peers. Writing kept her company amid a world of surgeries, bad pain days, and isolation.

She started a blog when she was fifteen-years-old, chronicling the challenges of high school, dating, and coping with her chronic pain bone disorder. That blog went on to win a Bloggie for Best Teen Weblog, and J.C.’s ego inflated quite a bit over it (enough to continuously mention it even today).

J.C. currently resides in a small town in Ontario with her husband, their two sons, and two dogs. When she isn’t trying to wrangle kids and dogs, she can be found writing. In addition to writing new adult romance and suspense novels, J.C. writes a blog for the MHE Coalition, discussing the struggles of living with Multiple Hereditary Exostoses. She also contributes to several other websites, including her personal blog, the OCH Literary Society, and she is the content manager for Stigma Fighters Canada. Through her writing, J.C. brings to light awareness of mental health and social challenges. Her writing has been described as edgy, bold, poignant, and raw.

Other hobbies of J.C.’s include hiking, camping, binge-watching shows like Outlander, Game of Thrones, The Vampire Diaries, and The Walking Dead, eating dill pickle chips and daydreaming of travelling around the world. J.C. adores interacting with readers, so don’t hesitate to reach out and say hi! She tries her best to respond to every message. To learn more, visit her on Facebook and follow her personal blog of random ramblings.

Where can you find J.C?

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#TVTalk – Teen wolf S5 Ep2

For the series premiere of Teen Wolf season 5, we’ve been treated to two consecutive episodes to kick it off. Last night we saw many things, but does any of it actually mean anything?

After a confusing start, we can already see that this season of Teen Wolf is going to be as weird and wonderful as ever. Let’s take a look at Episode 2.

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…a hole of emotions!

What happened?

We meet Tracy
Tracy has been having night terrors, and seems like she’s going to stick around for a while this season. After some pretty creepy nightmares and some strange occurrences, she was finally taken by the doctors and turned into the wolf/eagle hybrid. As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, the wild hunt are often followed by flocks of birds and wolf packs, so it would make sense to combine to two and create a hybrid. Will Tracy be someone they can save, or is she too far gone?

Parrish and Lydia are too cute for words.

I’ve been shipping Lydia and Parrish for a while now, because c’mon, they are adorable! The two decided to rendezvous at midnight in order to ‘keep an eye on Tracy’ but we know it’s just an excuse to give each other sexy glances. Nice going Lydia with the coffee move, works every time.

Stiles is suspicious

Never doubt the mastery that is Stiles’ gut instinct. He’s always known when someone was lying or hiding something, so why doubt him now? Anyway, we see that Stiles is in fact right about Theo, and it turns out he’s into torturing his fake parents. Creepy.

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Scott has ambition

I always assumed Scott would become a vet, or are the writers trying to make it seem like it’s a big shock? I know that it’s because it’s senior year and they are leaving school soon but still, the scenes where they are talking about biology felt a little bit unnecessary to me.

The Doctors are just eww

The Doctor’s/Wild hunt kind of remind me of a cross between slipknot and The Empty Child from Doctor Who. Needless to say they are extremely creepy, and I wouldn’t want to be the Beacon Hills gang right now because things are going to get weird(er).

Parrish theory update**

We didn’t really get any clues this episode, except maybe one from Lydia when they were talking about not being able to find his creature in literature.

I think I’m going to be really far fetched right now and say maybe because they didn’t consider holy text, like the Quran? I’m still holding my thoughts that Parrish is a Djinn(Djinni) so let’s see what next week’s episode brings.

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More on the Wild hunt/Sluagh

I think it’s fair to say that Dr Valack is the Sluagh (as mentioned in this post) and he is working with The Wild Hunt. The hybrid bird/wolves are a pretty big sign of that. As to their motives, maybe Valack made Peter see into the future and the things he saw were pretty gruesome, maybe Scott has more power than we realised.
However, the fact remains that in yesterday’s episode the hybrid was trying to kill scott to ‘remove the obstacle’ so it might be that they are after someone else in Scott’s pack, like Malia? After all she is the child of Peter and the lone wolf, which holds some mystery to her power, as well as the connection with peter and Valack. We will see…

Thoughts for next week’s episode.

Next week’s episode sneak peaks looks like it’s going to be the start of the fighting. Scott will be front and center again as the war between his pack and these hybrids breaks out. I also think we’ll get more insight into Theo’s life, and maybe a few more clues about Parrish.

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#TVTalk – Teen wolf S5 Ep1

After the events of season 4, it’s hard to imagine just how Season 5 is going to play out. And now that we’ve seen episode 1, we’re left baffled and confused about the many goings on in Beacon Hills.

Scott and his pack are stronger than ever, even if they are missing one vital person, Allison. I’m sure this season is going to be a whirlwind of emotions and confusion with one epic finale episode.

So, what happened?

Lydia is at Eichen House.

At the beginning of the episode, we see Lydia in Eichen house, clearly away with the fairies and not very responsive. After some verbal abuse and a bit of creepy stabbing from who I will call ‘Stabby McGee’ Lydia just goes all crazy and starts fighting (like a ninja) with the guards. She keeps seeing Aiden, which is just weird, why not Allison? Turns out this is set in the future, after the events we are seeing after, starting with senior year with her psychologist getting her to remember the fates of her friends, some dramatic foreshadowing is always welcome MTV.

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Parrish has a lot to learn.

Parrish begs the Sheriff to go on a proper job instead of desk work, and while seeming like a harmless noise complaint, it turns out the stud is actually walking into a trap, one complete with leaky walls and a really dirty wolf. After he regenerates himself at the hospital, right in front of mamma McCall and the sheriff, he’s acting like “oh well okay, I’m fine, it’s just a graze” even though he was clawed pretty bad.

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The power problems

The first episode is a stormy one, and there are problems with the power in Beacon Hills. not only that, but it seems something is causing some magnetic interference in the McCall household, our newest bad guy maybe?

Kira and Scott might have problems

Although by the end of the episode we see that Kira and Scott are going strong, there was a moment between Kira and the sexy new wolfboy Theo. Maybe there’s some competition for our resident hottie?

Let’s talk about that kiss

Well, the almost kiss. Between Parrish and LYDIA! might I mention the crazy lydia from the opening scene. I ship these two so bad, and giving us and ‘almost’ kiss was cheeky of you, I’m talking to you Jeff Davis!

The Wild Hunt

It’s looking like the sneaky storytelling in the car may be some foreshadowing (or a hint to the end of The Witcher 3?). After a little bit of research (because I’m thorough like that) it turns out The Wild Hunt have horses and packs of dogs, but in this sense it looks like the dogs are werewolves. Maybe an explanation into who Theo is really on the side of. This could be synonymous with the Sluagh we know is coming, since they are soul snatchers who stay in flocks like birds, just like when the doctors/wild hunt? killed the wolf.

Parrish theory update**

So to update on my Parrish theory post, let’s look at the hints and clues in this episode. His eyes are still glowy, but they flicker, like a spark. Maybe he’s connected to whoever is making lightening hit the ground?

BONUS THEORY!

I feel like I’ve hit the nail on the head by saying Doctor Valack (seen in Season 4 showing Peter hale something horrific) is the Sluagh. In mythology, Sluagh were said to cause chaos and destruction and death to anyone who looked at them, often children would cover their eyes to avoid this danger. This seems like a pretty big hint into this theory, as well as him appearing as Aiden to Lydia, he also made her show us the future.

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Thoughts for the next episode.

There’s obviously going to be some teenage drama with jealousy and trust, but I think we’re going to get a better understanding on who the doctors/wild hunt are and what they are after. So far we don’t really know why they are after Scott, but I’m sure they will plant the seed early in the series.

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Kissed – Too cute for words [A review]

It’s the typical boy meets girl story. Beth is mousy, bookish and ahead of her class in high school. When British/American rocker Jacob moves in next door, she can’t help but fall in love with him. Over the course of 2 years in school, they develop a friendship. When Jacob goes back to England for College, their relationship is put to the test and they slowly start to drift apart.

Once Beth graduates, she surprises Jacob with a trip to go and see him, where things quickly turn into something more….

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Let’s start with saying, I think this book is so cute its unbelievable. It’s a little bit cheesy and can feel a little bit Disney at time, but it starts to speed up a bit more halfway through the book and by that time I was hooked.

What did I like about this book?

It was just a really sweet story. I love the whole rockstar/mousy girl storylines, maybe because I have a secret fantasy of being swept off my own feet someday by a charming rocker. The story just works, and in my mind you can never really go wrong with it.

I always really liked how their relationship spanned over several years. Sometimes with these kinds of books, the couple end up declaring undying love for each other after a month or two, so the fact it was more realistic and was stretched out felt a lot more natural to me.

I also love the characters, especially Jacob. I picture him as Ross Lynch from R5, what a cutie.

What didn’t I like?

I didn’t really like the way the author didn’t notify you when the narrator changed. it was kinds of like “so Jacob’s talking now or is it Beth?”. I’m used to writers like Abbi Glines and Jamie Mcguire labelling their chapters with whoever is speaking, so it threw me off a little.

I also found Jacobs ‘accent’ a little insulting. As a born and bred Briton, I think the author overdid it with the whole “‘ello govner” attitude. And not everyone over here calls you ‘love’ – you’re more likely to be called a profanity than something so endearing.

Who would I recommend this to?

I think this is a great book for the younger crowd, but there is some sex, so if you’re not really at that stage in romance, skip this one. I think the older Teenagers and young adult will enjoy this more, so read away!

Overall Rating: 9/10 – A really nice and short read that I would definitely read again, I got hooked so easily by the charm of the book.

What others are saying about this book:

Angela on Goodreads: If you have ever crushed on someone and then put into the “friend zone” you will totally relate to this story.  4/5

Heather on Goodreads: This book was addicting. Loved the banter between Beth and Jake. This book was all angst. My favorite kind of book! 5/5

Michelle on Goodreads: Who among us hasn’t crushed on the older, out of our league “bad” boy? 4/5

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#TVTalk – What it’s like to watch Gilmore Girls all over again.

I first watched an episode of Gilmore Girls around 6 years ago after someone on Habbo Hotel was talking about it with their friend (how cliche I found my love on Habbo Hotel).

I never really understood it, until 3 years later when I turned 16 and needed to find something new to watch. At the time, my exams had just finished, and with a 6 week summer ahead of me, I did a quick Google search to try and end my boredom issues. What appeared was Gilmore Girls and the fabulosity that is Lorelai Gilmore.

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For those of you haven’t watched the show (which you should by the way) Lorelai is the eccentric and cool mum to a 16 year old daughter (after having her at a young age herself). Their life is simple and they live together in perfect bliss, often referencing pop culture and movies, they have a unique relationship with each other.

So, after nearly 3 years since I finished Season 7 for the first time, I’m re-watching them all. Sure, I’ve seen episodes more than once, often reruns are on TV and I can’t help but tune in, so what has it been like so far?

I see Lorelai and Rory’s relationship in a different way.

When I was 16 I thought that they were the best thing to ever happen to TV, and Lorelai especially inspired me. She was quirky and fun and everyone loved her, and I couldn’t help but love her too. But now that I’ve begun to rewatch it from a more mature perspective, I can see the difference in her being a fun mum to becoming a good mum. What I mean is that the two are not synonymous, the good mum sets more boundaries for the child’s protection whereas the fun mum is less restrictive.

It’s weirder than I remember.

Granted, it’s always been a little bit quirky, but the jokes and comments seem to be a little bit weirder this time around, like Lane’s character for example. When I first watched the show, she was a little dorky but overall her character was well rounded, however now I can see her thought processes and the whole ‘hair touching’ incident can’t be forgiven so easily, Lane.

The jokes are funnier

For a start, I actually get the jokes now rather than them fly through one ear and out of the other. The pop culture references may be a little outdated now but I can finally understand what Lorelai meant by “She is Smart, she is Anthony Michael Hall in Breakfast Club smart”.

It’s like a fine cheese, matures with age.

It’s kind of a point I already made, but not only did I get older, it seem that the longer the time goes without watching it, just makes it that much better. It’s like getting to re-watch it for the first time again and again.

After that, I’m going to enjoy the rest of my binge watch with the knowledge that while underrated by pop culture and by my generation, Gilmore Girls is, and always will be one of the most well written and hilarious show ever shown on TV.

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Grammar Sex (How Dangling Your Participle Can Hurt Your Book Sales) – by Author Robert Germaux [GUEST POST]

Okay, I got your attention with that grammar sex thing, right?  I’m sure you already know that in the wild and crazy world of eBooks, getting people to look at your work is often more difficult than it was to actually write the thing in the first place.  And I’m sure you also know why.  It’s because there is an inordinate amount of simply awful writing out there, so much so that the sheer volume of it can easily overwhelm the relatively few really good books, books like yours.  The best way to keep your artfully-crafted masterpiece from drowning in that sea of mediocrity is to do everything you can to separate it from those thousands of other books.

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Or in this case, their novels.

Research shows, and here I’m talking my made-up research, but I’m sure actual research would back me up on this . . . anyway, research, real or otherwise, indicates that once you’ve grabbed your readers’ attention (by, for example, throwing the word sex into your title), the best way to keep them turning those pages is to present them with prose so superbly written, so free of errors in spelling and punctuation and syntax, that they simply lose themselves in your wonderful narrative.

So how do you go about guaranteeing that your book lands in the can’t-put-it-down category?  There are several potential paths to that goal, a few of which I’ll list here.

  1. You can follow my example and spend thirty-one years as a high school English teacher before beginning your writing career.  Frankly, unless you’re at a total loss about what to do with the next three decades of your life, I’d skip this option.
  2. Find out where the retired English teachers in your area hang out and pay them a visit.  It wouldn’t hurt to pick up a couple boxes of donuts along the way and put them on a table off to one side of the room.  The retirees might think they’re at yet another faculty meeting, and you could give them your manuscript to proofread while they enjoy the free pastries.
  3. Join a writers group and identify the best writer there.  Then befriend that person (praise, pastries, whatever) and be completely open to every comment, suggestion or criticism that individual has to offer.
  4. Go Google crazy.  The problem here, of course, is that you’d have to at least know what was wrong and then Google a solution.  Plus, contrary to what you might have heard, you really can’t trust everything you read on the Net.  (True story: The Wikipedia entry for one of my college roommates, who went on to become a best-selling author, says he was born in 1951, which would have made Richard twelve our freshman year.  I’m pretty sure I would have noticed.)

In the end, the how isn’t as important as the what.  One way or another, get help.

Even the best writers occasionally hit a literary speed bump, and it’s nice to have someone around to pick you up and point you in the right direction when that happens.

A final word of advice, something I used to tell my high school students.  There’s no such thing as good writing, just good rewriting.  So good luck with your writing and, especially, your rewriting.

About Robert Germaux:

Robert Germaux is, indeed, a retired English teacher, with two books currently on Amazon: Small Talk (a crime novel set in Pittsburgh) and The Backup Husband (a modern-day love story which includes a chapter or two on that whole grammar sex thing). Please visit Robert Germaux on his website.

Have a great day!

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#TVTalk – What is Teen Wolf ‘s Deputy Jordan Parrish?

I’ve been watching Teen Wolf pretty much since season 1, and I can honestly say it’s one of my favourite shows. Why, you may ask? It’s because of the secrets.

Teen wolf’s writers have a very good way of keeping secrets, so much so that major plotlines aren’t even revealed to the cast until the day of filming. Now, after nearly 5 years of watching the show, I’ve gotten into a habit with my friends to try and theorise the story before each episode, gathering information from new episodes and adding to those theories.

However, I have theories still untouched from last season, and they’re mostly about Deputy Jordan Parrish.

Oh the slice of perfection that is Deputy Parrish has been a bit of a mystery since he joined the cast in Season 3, however season 4’s deadpool list proved that he was more than just a hot police officer.

He was hot in other ways……

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holy mother of all things pure, he is damn fine!

The deadpool last season was all about killing off the supernaturals in town, which comes to tell us, why would jordan be on the list he wasn’t at least a little bit special?

Let’s look at the clues gathered so far:

  1. Parrish has be supernatural because of the deadpool.

It’s kind of a given that he’s got some kind of power just from being on the deadpool. There would be no other reason for him to be on it otherwise, so this leads us to more clues – the amount his head was worth.

Parrish was on the list for $5 million, which is a considerable amount compared to the majority of wolves who were as low as 250K. This is showing us that he’s something a little more rare than a normal wolf, or a kitsune.

  1. If Parrish was wolfy, he would have an Aura.

So we got to see Scott use his senses to show Kira her Aura. If Parrish was a wolf of any sort, Scott would have either sensed it out like he does with every other wolf, or he would have an aura like Kira does. this shows us that Parrish is something different to just a plain old wolf.

  1. Teen Wolf likes to use Folklore.

We know by now that the writers of Teen wolf like to use folklore from different cultures to write up their monsters. So far we.ve had lots of Japanese lore in Season 3, and season 4 had a heavy focus on MExican and Spanish lore. So many it’s time to delve into another….

  1. He is ‘immune’ to fire.

We saw in season 4, that Parrish was doused in gasoline and set alight, only to be totally fine (minus some clothes). This is a huge clue to his true form. Lots of theories are suggest that he is a phoenix, however, based on folklore around the creature, I feel like this is unlikely. I think this because there isn’t a lot of Lore around phoenixes taking the human form, and I don’t think there’s enough substance to shape a whole series around it.

  1. BONUS** he is connected to Camden Lahey.

So in season 3, we hear Parrish talk about why he came to Beacon hills. He mentions that he felt ‘drawn there’. This was a big clue since Deacon told the trio that once they crossed over through worlds, the town would be become somewhere supernaturals would feel drawn to (hence suspicion about Parrish started).

What is the connection then with Camden?

Well, Parrish is around 24 years old, making him the same age as Camden (if he were still alive). They were both in the army at the same time, and probably both deployed in the same place.

My feelings are that they knew each other, or were at least in the same vicinity of each other when Camden was killed. There’s no real specifics as to what killed him, it was just ‘died in combat’.

This comes in to play on my theory on what Parrish is.

So, what do I think he is?

DUN DUN DUN!!!!!!!!!!

I think he is a Djinn.

Djinn are from Muslim folklore, and are the premise of modern tales about Genies. Now before you dismiss this because of that link, let me explain my theory.

Djinn are similar to Kitsunes in the way they are ‘tricksters’ but they usually have different intentions. Kitsunes trick people to keep their identity more secret, whereas Djinn are more mischievous. Whether good or bad (most are one or the other, or somewhere in the middle which could prove to make him either a goodie like we think he is or a future bad guy?) Djinn can shapeshift, mainly into human form and are said to come from smoke. Ringing any bells? (by the way, S4’s final episode was called ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, in which Parrish is offered help from the bestiary, Smoke could mean him as a Djinn and the mirrors can mean his ability to trick and disguise himself)

They are practically made from fire, they can take human form, and they are quite mysterious. Sound like anyone we know?

There’s more! They thrive from chaos. This would play into his profession as a bomb disposal expert in the army. The amount of chaos and danger involved would certainly help with his thirst for it. and if you think about it, where he was deployed is mostly Muslim in terms of religion.

It also works for his timing, he arrived in beacon falls just as it was starting to get really interesting.

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He’s just so adorable!

** So back to Camden, I feel like there was a bomb, and Camden was trapped in the vicinity while Parrish was trying to disarm it. To try and keep calm, Parrish asks camden questions about himself, specifically where he’s from. Camden tells him how great Beacon Hills is, but ultimately Parrish cannot disarm the bomb and it explodes, killing Camden in the process.

Following this, Parrish was triggered and felt like he needed to start fresh in Beacon Hills.

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This is what I’ve got so far from the previous seasons, and I’m standing firmly by my belief that this is what Parrish is. However, this can always change and it will be interesting to see whether I am right or not.

Season 5 of Teen Wolf starts on June 29th on MTV and I will be starting a new #TVTalk specifically for the season. So stay tuned to see what I make of each episode in the coming months right here on my blog.

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to give it a like and follow me for more on Teen Wolf. You can also hit me up over on Twitter at: @CharBennett_ or over on my facebook page. I’d also love to hear your theories and thoughts on what Parrish might be, so comment below with your thoughts.

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My June Playlist: New music to get you groovin’

Last month, I showed you what I had queued up on my playlist at the time. This month, I have more artists, some awesome music for you to check out and a little bit of swooning.

Below are the artists I’ve been putting on a loop recently, ranging from pop to rock to a bit of in between, I hope you find something you can enjoy.

The Pretty Reckless – Going to Hell

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This album has been out for a bit now, and I’m only just getting really into it (mainly because I’m re-watching Gossip Girl from season 1 and OMG JENNY!)

But yeah, this is such a good album for chilling out in the sun to. It’s kind of heavy, but Taylor’s voice is really husky and just makes you feel chilled out.

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Marco Mengoni – Parole In Circolo

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It’s no secret that I love Marco Mengoni if you take a glance at my Twitter. This is his newest album, released early this year and i’ve got to say, I did prefer his earlier work. However, this is such a varied album, and can go from dance music to slow and soft the next minute.

It can be strange at first the listen to music in another language (this is in Italian) but once you get used to it, you start to understand what the lyrics mean. Italian is one of my newest languages so I’m still pretty new, but even if you don’t know the meaning of the words you can get a feel for the music.

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Set if Off – Duality

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I first heard of these guys when they were supporting Yellowcard a few years ago at a gig I went to. I was lucky enough to meet the sing Cody, without knowing how much I would love them years from that day.

This album just makes you want to get up and dance!

They have a theatrical kind of vibe to them, a little bit silly, but perfectly put together.

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Sia – 1000 Forms of Fear

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I’m not usually into mainstream music, it tends to seem bland and generic to me a lot of the time. Now Rihanna, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea all sound exactly the same.

But Sia caught my attention, because she’s weird!

I’m not talking about her habits of not showing her face in interviews or her love for dressing Maddie up in wigs and skin coloured leotards. I’m talking about her music. It’s weird because it’s raw and realistic and makes sense, especially songs like Big Girls Cry.

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Yellowcard – Southern Air

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Southern Air came out a couple of years ago now, but every summer I whip it back out of my collection and listen to it on repeat at least 5 times. It’s just one of those albums to put on when driving with all the windows down.

Yellowcard have been a big part of my musical choices over the last 4 years, and they’re a bonding tool for my and my boyfriend, so there are only happy memories from this album.

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Honorary Mention:

I The Mighty – Connector

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I’ve already spoken about this album in my May playlist and also in my album review (which you should totally check out by the way) but I really have had this album on repeat since it came through my door on June 2nd. I highly suggest you buy this album.

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Parklife 2015 – My weekend

Last weekend Manchester held one of it’s most popular festivals – Parklife weekender.

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I was lucky enough to get a free VIP guestpass for the weekend, so I decided I would go with my friends and enjoy myself. This blog post is basically my experience, my pros and cons of festivals and things I’d do different if I went again.

Saturday 6th June – Morning.

I woke up at around 7am on Saturday morning, ready to get dressed and do my make up in order to be at my friend Kirstie’s for 8am. **Suggestion, wake up an extra half an hour earlier to your alarm because I was tired and my brain didn’t want to cooperate with my hands.

After making myself look somewhat decent, I head over to my friend Kirstie’s to help her get ready to leave for the train at 8.30.

Here we are on the train looking peng as f**k!

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We’re totally going for the boho chic look

We met up with Rosie (my friend who got us the tickets) at the venue after waiting in the VIP line for an HOUR! and getting sniffed by scary dogs and searched within an inch of our lives. The VIP section was pretty cool, made up of a VIP bar, seating area, posh toilets and a street food section.

Who’d like to see my food? I got nachos with BBQ pulled pork, Jalepenos, pickled cabbage, ranch dressing and cheese sauce from a stall called Happy Hombres ❤

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Food aside, we spent the day walking around, watching the various artists in the tents, eating more food, drinking extortionately priced drinks and getting dust in our eyes.

Here are some selfies – This is a selected few from a LOT!

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See how I get worse looking throughout the day? That’s because it was hot, then raining then windy and whew! I was a hot damn mess!

Let’s talk about some of the pros and cons of a festival:

Pros:

-A good way to see many artists in one weekend, instead of multiple gigs a year

-Hella pretty instagram pictures

-Great fun and makes you feel like a rockstar

-Memories to be made

Cons:

-It’s super expensive (more on this later)

-It’s very tiring, especially for someone like me with problems like anemia and asthma.

-There are points in the day where you may feel a little bored/fed up/tired but you don’t want to leave.

-Planning ahead doesn’t always guarantee smooth sailing (more on this next)

Basically, I loved going to Parklife, i had so much fun with my friends and had an experience I doubt I’ll be able to relive. But, problems occurred with our travel on the way home, meaning we had to cross the motorway, walk for an hour and half, loose our taxi and getting home late.

It was also very expensive. I drank little in terms on alcohol,  having maybe 4 or 5 drinks throughout the day along with water and food, and I ended up spending a total of £80 on that alone. Plus the money for taxis, bus pass and clothes, my weekend/day cost me altogether in the ballpark of around £200.  I suggest that if you go to a festival, try and not drink, just stick to water and limit yourself with how much food you buy, even if those doughnuts are to die for!

So, going to a festival this summer?  Just don’t do what I did and do everything last minute and you should be fine.

If you enjoyed this post be sure to give it a like, follow my blog or chat me over on Twitter at: @CharBennett_ or over on my Facebook page. It would also be super cool if you checked me out on Instagram at: happypottomus

You can also check out my friend Rosie: @rosemarygrace who is super cool, has epis hair game and can rock red lipstick like no other. And there’s Kirstie: @KirstiiiLouise who is a Performing Arts student, Likes her crop tops and has the sassiest attitude ever.

Have a great day!

(can you tell that I’m out of my comfort zone writing this blog post? It’s because I went to the dentist today and have major rage at my gums right now, so I’m sorry if it’s lame and unstructured) #dentistssuckhard

Why I couldn’t finish ‘In The End’ by Isabella Redwood

Sophia is drowning in debt and needs to find a new job, pronto, before being thrown out of her apartment. When she gets the job as a live-in nanny at a mansion out of town, she’s ecstatic, until she get’s shot on her way home. Returning to her new post, she falls in love with the father of the kids she’s looking after, and things take off from there.

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I didn’t finish this book. I made it to page 93 of my kindle and closed it with a shudder. And now i know not to judge a book by its cover.

The reason you may ask? It. was. awful!

It started off okay, giving you the hints that it might be a little more supernatural than originally thought, hinting that the home owner Nicholi could maybe be a vampire? Or something more realistic like a mob boss. But I don’t know, because I never got to find out.

Then it starts to get annoying, but it was still an okay read at this point, and for a free kindle book I’m not going to expect amazing things so early on in the book. Then it happened. They fell in love.

But the thing that made me press the home button on my kindle? IT WAS AFTER 1 DAY!

After 1 day of kissing and saying I love you’s, (bear in mind that they kissed in the morning and then went away to a cabin with the kids the next day) Nicholi said he wanted to MARRY her. They’d known each other a week, and had only just kissed each other, but this guy was all like “ooh I want to marry you, I can’t imagine life without you, blah blah blah” and that was just wrong.

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with falling in love after a week of knowing someone, and I’m not saying the writing style of this book was bad, because it was actually very good, but I just feel like I was cheated of a good story because I don’t know of anyone who would tell someone they’ve just met that they should get married and have kids. That only happens in Vegas when you’re swimming in Tequila.

Sorry Isabella Redwood, I just can’t get invested in this idea of whirlwind romance, even if it’s just a book. I’d like there to be more of a realistic timeline.

So that’s why I couldn’t finish In The End. I just felt like the story got ruined by this and couldn’t redeem itself afterwards.

Overall score: 3/10 (started off good, ruined by a proposal)

I can’t show you any other thoughts for this book as the internet doesn’t seem to have any, but the general rating on amazon is 4/5 stars (which doesn’t seem right because there are no reviews).

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What it’s like to be Dyscalculic.

*This is a very long blog post, so take your time and I hope you learn something new from a new perspective.*

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At 17 years old, I was diagnosed as Dyscalculic. I had always struggled with numbers and never had a very good academic memory when it came to patterns. I remember sitting in class as young as 5 years old and pretending to say out loud the times tables everyone had learnt. As an adult I only know my 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10 times tables, and for the 3s and 4s I can only do them to a certain point.

Up until Sixth Form, I had always been told that I wasn’t trying hard enough when it came to my school work. In Maths, I have vivid memories of being upset because my teacher told me to concentrate more, when I was using all I had to learn the curriculum. After Getting a low D in my GCSE’s (Twice) I left school feeling like that part of my life was finally over.

But little did I know that in my second year of college I would need to resit my Maths GCSE in order to get a decent job in later life. So I did. I was part of a class of other students who were retaking their GCSE’s, but out of all of my classmates I still struggled. I decided to talk to my teachers, and they referred me to the College mentor who deals with people with Learning difficulties. After speaking to her, I was tested, and diagnosed within an hour that I was Dyscalculic.

It’s strange to say but to find out I did actually have a Learning Disability was a relief. I finally had an answer to why I couldn’t comprehend certain things.

Within 6 months, after weekly sessions with a specialist, I resat my test and passed with flying colours and I’m the proud owner of a C in GCSE Maths. Madeleine was fantastic, she taught me ways to learn certain problems, and we created new ways for my mind to comprehend numbers. I am much more comfortable in maths now than I was before.

I’m now Twenty, and although my struggle with numbers is there, I can cope with them a lot more.

For a while I would cry when I came across certain maths problems and felt extreme stress when trying to solve them, now I can logically try to solve them with little to no problem, even if they turn out wrong.

Dyscalculia is different for everyone who has it, and for me I have immense difficulties understanding Fractions, sequences and simple things such as time and mental addition.

People get really frustrated with me when I struggle with maths problems and as lovely as my boyfriend is, he is one of them. He’s what I would call a bit of a maths genius. He can solve 5×5 rubiks cubes in a few minutes, remember amazing sequences and can pretty much do any maths problem I give him. His abilities make him want to ‘fix’ me. Or at least teach me. But no matter what he’s tried, it never works. And I feel like this irritates him as it does other people.

This is what it’s like for most people I’ve come across who have to tried to teach me ways to do sums, and honestly the only way I can do them is the way I’ve invented, as is with most Dyscalculics. For reference here is an example I made:

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*this may look wrong to you, and look inefficient, however I still get the same answer even if I’m the only one to understand. I take apart all of the numbers in order to do smaller sums and then add those smaller sums together.*

If I’m given a simple sum on paper, I can solve it. But mentally it’s sometimes nearly impossible for me to do simple calculations such as 33+28. Fractions are a different matter, as my brain doesn’t seem to understand how certain numbers can be the same.

Obviously I understand the basic ones such as 1/2 = 2/4 but as soon as you ask me about non-rehearsed fractions I get anxious. I simply can’t comprehend why certain numbers are the ‘same’.

I’ve also got a difficulty in retaining information. I have to see something in front of me to memorise it, which is why I think I’m such a fast reader (I can read a 300 page book in around 1 hour and 50 minutes if I’ve read it before, or around 2 hours and 30 minutes if it’s new to me). My problem in school was learning everything in class perfectly but as soon as I left the room it just disappeared.

Time is something I have tremendous issues with, and it has affected me in my work before. I like to plan heavily because of this and it irritates people when I do it, because I can have a whole day planned out to the time otherwise I will be late or too early.

If I put something in the oven at 5.34 for example and it needs 25 minutes to cook, I have to ask my parents to tell me what time to take it out because I literally can’t do that sum in my head. It’s very frustrating.

I suppose the way I’d describe it to someone is those children’s toys where you have shapes and they match holes in a cube and to me maths is like trying to put a square into the triangle hole. It doesn’t work but in my mind it should.8ab7a5eb98cb884ccf90070eacc5b2b1.jpg

 

I recently watched a documentary on Youtube about a Savant who is a mathematical genius. It was very interesting from my point of view as a Dyscalculic to see what it’s like for someone who really understands numbers. He explains how they just appear to him in the right way, and it’s pretty much the complete opposite for me. Numbers will muddle themselves up or sometimes they will just be blank spaces and nothing is there. I liked the documentary because it also showed that although Daniel is a genius, it’s not all fantastic for him.

You can watch the documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPySn3slfXI

Dyscalculia is something we don’t really know much about, and there are many studies and organisations out there trying to find a way to understand it fully. I’ve listed a few websites below if you would like to read more about it or if you feel like you might have Dyscalculia and want to find a way to get diagnosed properly.

The British Dyslexia Association (my tutor was a part of this association)

The Dyscalculia Centre 

SEN Magazine An interesting article about why it’s sometimes not the best thing to be tested for Dyscalculia due to school’s being so ignorant of it.

Contact a Family is a site where parents can find other parents who have children with disabilities to offer support and advice, dyscalculia is also one of those disabilities.

Dyslexia A to Z 

Thank you for reading this blog post, it’s something very personal to me and something not many people know about. If my friend hadn’t been diagnosed in school, I doubt I would have known what it is and sought help.

You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter for all of my latest blog posts, and I hope to hear from any one who also struggles. I’m finally in a comfortable place with numbers and might be able to offer some support.

Have a nice day!

 

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Breaking Rules, Walls and Ties [Trilogy Review] By Tracie Puckett

Mandy and her Twin sister Bailey used to be best friends, but since they moved away after their Mother left them, they haven’t had a chance to bond. In an attempt to reconnect, Mandy signs them up for a charity Summer event at their school, where she might finally win a scholarship. But things get rocky when she meets Gabe, the founder of the charity she’s volunteering with, and the one person she will open up to about her feelings.

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I found the first book in this series on my recommended page on my Kindle, and since it sounded good and was free, I downloaded it and read it that night. I LOVED IT! This was a great little pick me up for the gloomy weather we’ve been having in the UK recently, and Mandy’s strong will and sass was what made me buy the other two books. I had to see how everything panned out for Gabe and Mandy, and I was not disappointed.

Book one was a great start in my opinion. It wasn’t too fast in the sense that the characters fell madly in love straight away, it was a mature type of confession on Mandy’s part rather than one she was doing because Gabe was cute and said she was pretty once like it is in some other teen romance novels.

Moving onto book two, things got interesting and although I though things would have moved along more at first, I’m glad it wasn’t too fast in the second book as well because it really complimented book three when things finally happened. It gave reason behind certain conversations and made the story seem more put together. Pro, tip for any of you who want to rush ahead like me all of the time, don’t do it to this series, it deserves your patience.

The ending was really sweet, and I liked that it was realistic, Gabe and Mandy were finally together and happy, but it wasn’t like they were confessing undying love and promising marriage after a  few months of seeing each other. It’s refreshing to read something a little bit more believable.

Overall, this was a very sweet series, and I think in the future I am buying so many more of Tracie Puckett’s books, because I really enjoyed the way this book made me feel. If you’re wanting something tame and sweet then this is the series for you, and book one is free on Kindle right now so you can get it straight away.

What others are saying about this series:

Sea Grace on Goodreads: There is nothing I love more than a book that sucks me in, making me invest in our narrators outcome from page one and that’s exactly how I feel about Mandy Parker. 5/5

Elizabeth on Goodreads: BREAKING RULES is a story about standing up for yourself and creating the life you want and need, despite what others may want for you. 5/5

Sav on Goodreads:  As soon as the readers were introduced to Gabriel Raddick, I fell in love. I never wanted to put it down again and was upset when it ended. 4/5

Send some love and support Tracie’s way bu following her on Twitter, Facebook and her website. She seems to be a great and talented author and we should always share the love. You can buy all three books from Amazon here:

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