Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

So, it finally happened. On the 2nd October 2016, I went to go see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London. It’s been a week and I’m still not over it. Today I’m going to talk about my opinions on the play and the script book as well, with no spoilers.


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September Wrap Up

So this month, I surprisingly read a lot but they were all Entangled Teen Crush romance novels. I’ve been an extreme romance mood for the last couple of months and I seem to have unexpectedly made it my goal to read every Entangled Teen Crush book, god knows why (I have now read all the ones that are currently out so yay). I did manage to watch some films and actually put some blog posts up this month so let’s see what I did this month.

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Best Bollywood On-Screen Couples

It’s been a while since I wrote a whole blog post dedicated to Bollywood and I’ve been itching to write one. I wasn’t sure which one to write but whilst re-watching my favourite film, I realised that a lot of my favourite romantic Bollywood films feature the same on-screen couples. There are certain couples that I love so much that I can’t help but watch all of their films so today, I thought I’d share these couples with you.

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Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

30318306Genre: YA Science Fiction
Pages: 672
Publisher: Rock the Boat
Source: Borrowed from The Dark Dictator/(Finished Copy for review from Publisher)
Format: Paperback Proof
Rating: 5 stars
Buy the Book: Waterstones, Amazon, The Book Depository

Hanna Donnelly is the station captain’s pampered daughter and Nik Malikov is the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. Together they struggle with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, blissfully unaware that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall with news of the Kerenza invasion.

Picking up about five minutes after Illuminae ends, Gemina is the electrifying sequel to the hottest YA novel of 2015.

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UKYA Extravaganza:Q&A with Liz Flanagan

UKYACX Logo with Newcastle Details

UKYACX is coming around again. And with that, comes another epic blog tour. For this years blog tour, I have teamed up with Liz Flanagan, author of Eden Summer to give you a short Q&A about her book. So without further ado, I’ll pass onto Liz…

  • Tell us about Eden Summer?

Eden Summer is a thriller that’s also about friendship and resilience. My main character Jess turns up at school one Friday morning to discover that her best friend Eden has gone missing overnight. After helping the police with their investigation, she decides to join forces with Eden’s boyfriend Liam to retrace their steps from that summer. Along the way, they uncover the secrets that both girls have been hiding, as time runs out to find Eden safe and well.

  • Why did you set it in your home town?

I set the story in my home town because it’s the place that I know and love best. I grew up in Hebden Bridge, so I have layers of memories, from being a child, a teenager and an adult in this beautiful landscape. It’s also somewhere that contains a certain wildness and darkness, so I wanted to refer to that, too.

It’s also somewhere that many writers have described, which can be a challenge, particularly when so many astonishingly talented poets and novelists got there first. It made me doubt myself and interrogate my right to write about this place. I think anyone growing up here is aware of that, so I’ve given Jess some of that dilemma in the story.

  • What has been the most challenging thing about your journey to publication?

Perhaps the most challenging thing was the length of that journey! Eden Summer is the third novel I’ve written, so I had to come to terms with rejection along the way. It was particularly hard after my second novel was turned down by editors, even though it got some encouraging feedback. I think I thought this was my last shot, so perhaps that made me push myself and my writing harder this time.

  • What’s your advice to emerging writers?

Keep going! When you’re writing a first draft, don’t think too critically, and don’t compare your early draft to finished books: just get the words out. Afterwards, that’s when your inner editor kicks in, and you might need to edit and redraft more times than you expect! Think of it as a marathon, and pace yourself to keep going to the finish line…

  • UKYACX is being hosted in Newcastle City Library – tell us about how libraries have been important to you?

Libraries were absolutely vital for me, growing up, and they still are! As a child, I went to Hebden Bridge library very often. I read fiction, non-fiction, and then later I worked my way through the young adult shelves, reading authors like Robert Swindells, Susan Cooper, Margaret Mahy, Robert Westall, John Christopher and others. I recall borrowing certain books which made a huge impact on me, like Louise Lawrence’s Children of the Dust, or Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’Brien. I wouldn’t have had access to such fantastic reading material otherwise.

I’m delighted that I can nowtake my daughters to the same library to feed their book addiction too.

Thank you to Sofia for hosting this blog interview, and to UKYACX for inviting me to take part on September 17th.

Tickets available here: http://www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/events/122825/ukya-extravaganza-afternoon-event-ya-panel-talks

Liz Flanagan author pic Sarah Mason PhotographyFind out more about Liz on her website:


Follow her on Twitter: @lizziebooks

or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lizflanaganauthor



Big thanks to Liz for answering the questions and being awesome! Make sure to follow the rest of the blog tour (UKYACX Blog Tour Banner YA Authors).


August Wrap Up

I hate the fact that August is over because that means September is coming which means college is back on. This month was a mix. I read quite a bit but I watched basically nothing. I got my AS results and did my theory test(failed it). I went out quite a bit with my family. So it was a mix of a month so it’s that time when I tell you what I did this month.

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YAShot 2016: Waiting For Callback by Perdita and Honor Cargill + GIVEAWAY

This review is part of the YAShot blog tour. YAShot works with Waterstones Uxbridge and Hillingdon Libraries to promote libraries as well as a love for reading. This is the second year for YAShot and this year, it’s taking place on October 22nd. For the blog tour, I have teamed up with Perdita and Honor Cargill to bring a review of Waiting for Callback to you, as well as a giveaway. First, let’s see my review….

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July Wrap Up

This month has been a busy month full of random stuff. Fasting, Eid, finishing college, weddings, YALC etc. All of this means that I’ve hardly read or watched anything. But let’s see what I did actually do (spoiler alert: not a lot)

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My Favourite Books of 2016 (so far)

I’ve been in a reading slump for about a month so hence I haven’t been blogging much either. Whilst trying to come up with some ideas for a new blog post, I realised that we are now over half way through the year so I just thought why not do a top 10 books of the year so far? So that’s what I’m doing. This will be in order from least favourite to favourite but I loved them all. Continue reading “My Favourite Books of 2016 (so far)”

June Wrap Up

This month was very mixed. I was free for the first half of the month but then I went back to college. I also started fasting this month which impacted my reading because I struggle to read whilst fasting. But I did manage to read a lot and watch a lot of films so let’s see what I did get up to this month.

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