Friday, 22 May 2015

Night School: The End(Game) is Coming! + ComicCon

This is not a two weeks (and now even less) all will be revealed in Night School: Endgame...and the big question is:

We know the books exists, because of the beaut box of proofs CJ has....I'm planning to go a bit Mission Impossible on them...bungee ropes and all. 

My theory is Carter is still in the make a dramatic enterence once again. OK so that's a bad theory but if it means that I can use the GIF again (you're welcome) then that's maybe not a bad thing. 

We also know there's a possible trailer...filmed in a car park (oh the glamorous life) though I've seen music videos filmed there too soo...

And you may remember a little obsession I had at the start of the year with the AMAZING Night school Webseries that was on Youtube...What's exciting is this Sunday YOOOOOU can meet the cast and crew at MCM Comic Con!!!!!! 

BAFTA nominated director Jack Jewers, Jessica Sargent (Allie Sheridan), Campbell Challis (Carter West), Grace Parry (Katie Gilmore), Jodie Hirst (Jo Arringford) and, last but not least, CJ Daugherty herself will all be there and their panel is at 1pm on Sunday. They're an amazing bunch of people, and I know it'll be a great panel! The series has won several Indie Series Network’s Web Series Awards, including Best Episode and Best Actor, and has been invited to appear at the Marseilles Web Festival in October 2015

Grab tickets from here and let us know if you're going! We want to see lots of pics

And to get you in the mood check out out Top Ten moments in the Night School  Web Series HERE 

And if you can't make it to Comic Con we've got interviews with CJ and Jack 

The End Game is coming we're ready are YOU?!?

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Book Review: 50 Ways To Find A Lover By Lucy - Anne Holmes

Name: 50 Ways To Find A Lover
Author: Lucy - Anne Holmes
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Summary: I feel like a failure. It's now been 351 days since I had sex. That's a carnal drought. If Bob Geldof knew about it he'd hold a concert.
Sarah Sargeant has been single for three years and nine months. She has just spent five months plucking up the courage to ask out a balding man with a paunch who works in her local pub. The gentleman in question informed her that he would rather stay in and watch the Narnia movie on DVD. Her pride has not just been bruised, it's been disembowelled. And she vows it's the last time she will ever reach out to a member of the opposite sex.
But her family and friends have other ideas. They enter her into a reality TV show against her will, persuade her to go speed dating and even more radically, they encourage her to start a blog. Suddenly Sarah Sargeant is on a mission.
A mission to explore 50 Ways To Find A Lover.

Review: Now I must start by saying this is the second Lucy - Anne Holmes novel that I have devoured and well and truly adored. I first read Just A Girl Standing In Front Of A Boy earlier this year after receiving it as a Christmas present. My personal life was a minefield and I was in desperate need of a light-hearted read. Wow! In that novel I was given that.
The power of social media directed me to that book and I am so grateful as it was enlightening, real and not too serious. Which was exactly what I needed. So here I am now on my second Lucy novel and my she does not disappoint. Sarah Sargeant is a very real to life woman who is going through a number of real situations. But the best part is this novel is easy to read and it still keeps you on the edge of your seat without it being too heavy. Yet again I am in need of this sort of entertainment in a novel.

Sarah is a character you immediately fall in love with, everything about her makes you as a reader smile. She has a number of setbacks during this novel in her personal and professional life, she is an actress who is forever getting knock-backs. Obviously that is part and parcel of the industry she thought she was used to it. Until she is rejected by a reality TV role that she doesn't even want at the beginning.
This is the turning point for Sarah and the start of her quest, there is lots of fun and sadness along the way. When she started her blog it reminded me of when I first joined Casey and how excited I was for my first blog post comment.
Haha! It has even made me think Speed Dating could be a laugh. I don't want to ruin the twist but I will say I didn't even realise who was in front of Sarah's nose all along and I also think I was falling for him too.

If you want a novel that will make you laugh until your stomach hurts then take a look at Lucy - Anne Holmes fabulous collection of novels. I am now two down and I honestly cannot wait to read more from her.

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Title: Uprootd
Author: Naomi Novik
Publisher: Macmillan
Release Date: 21st May 2015
Synopsis: Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
Her people rely on the cold, ambitious wizard, known only as the Dragon, to keep the wood's powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman must be handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as being lost to the wood.
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows - everyone knows - that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia - all the things Agnieszka isn't - and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
But no one can predict how or why the Dragon chooses a girl. And when he comes, it is not Kasia he will take with him.

Review: THIS BOOK! This is one of those books that you want to bounce about and then go around telling everyone how much you enjoyed it...which I've sort of maybe already started doing. Sometimes someone's writing just gets you, you can't really explain it, there's just something about it you really resonates with you, and this was one of those times. This actually wasn't next up on my reading list, so the only thing I can think of is that the forest got out and drew me in. And i'm glad it did!

The story itself isn't necessarily something new, it draws in a lot of different fairy-tale/fantastical elements but makes them into its own so that the story feels familiar but at the same time it's a whole new journey down the Spindle.

Agnieszka  (bless you! Sorry...It just feels like I'm sneezing every time I try and pronounce it! No offense meant by this!) was a strong lead, supported and enhanced by the characters around her, not least the Dragon, which not only is a cool title, but he was just reserved and moody enough for me without tipping any sort of balance so that I didn't gel with him. The Falcon on the other hand was just sleezy and you loved to hate him...well not hate, just be annoyed by him in a good that that you want to be. ANYWAY! The base line is the characters were good...and would wouldn't want to meet the Wood-Quuen out alone without a lot of magical supplies! 

The story itself flowed much in the same way as the river...building in parts, then taking it slower and then building again until we reach the source, and ...what happens happens, and I'm not about to tell you what that is because you need to go and read it. I will say that I LOVED the ending of this book, and the way it changed up the tone, and created this beautiful visual memory.  I think that is one of the strengths about writing a forest as a character, because it has such strong visual ability, and its character here was dark and powerful and that really build a great forest in my head. I had in mind the forbidden forest, but with a little more daylight, thrown in with a little of Tom Bombadil's Old forest. You need a magical forest for a magical book right and the magic her has a sort of subtle seriousness that really worked well for me. It wasn't overstated but fitted in well, and if I could do some of the thing that this magic allowed I'd be quite the catch.

I've been reading a lot of series lately, so in many ways I loved how this was a complete novel rather than something I really enjoyed that then left me hanging...what it now allows me to do is go on and read other worlds by this author which I'm excited to do! The dragon standard has been set high so we'll be seeing about that. Bottom line is...try this book, I really enjoyed it and I think you will too!

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