Random Musings · Reviews

The Problem With Jessica Jones Series 2

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SPOILERS WITHIN – If you haven’t seen this series PLEASE don’t read this. Unless you CBA watching series two, in which case read on.

Almost everyone I know was excited for season two of Jessica Jones. Easily the most dynamic Marvel hero (don’t @ me) with her complicated past, box-breaking character and general sarcasm, Jessica Jones’ first series showcased a wonderful balance of heartbreak and malice at every turn.

Sure, it wasn’t without its faults. Some people lamented at the pacing, the straightforward plot, but I never found it dull. At the heart of it, the characters were what mattered, and they drove it. A wonderful sister duo were at its heart, who loved and supported each other completely, proving that not all female leads need to be loud, brashy and generally mean to other women to be written well.

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Reviews

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell – Review!

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Stop the Magician. Steal the book. Save the future.

In modern-day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she’s been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta’s training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

HISTORICAL MAGICAL FANTASYYYYY GET IN MY BELLY.

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Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite F/F couples

Who are your favorite ladies loving other ladies? (Note: this isn’t specifically cis lesbian couples, but also applies to couples that include bi women, trans women, pan women, ace women, etc.)

— Top 5 Wednesday is a group run by Samantha from Thoughts on Tomes and can be found here!

I, very regrettably, haven’t read many books with F/F involved and this has only just become very clear to me. I will have to remedy post haste buy this list will include TV shows and films.

ROOT / SHAW from Person of Interest

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7 Sins Saturday · Just For Fun

Seven Sins Saturday – 7 Books I Haven’t Read

We all have them. Books on your TBR you glance over and never pick up, books recommended to you by friends that you said you’ll get to, books lauded by peers but it’s never on the top of your lists.

I get it. I do.

So this Saturday I want to talk about the top 7 books a majority of the book community recommends people to read but I… just… haven’t yet.

If you want to make your own Seven Sins Saturday, tag it Seven Sins Saturday or link back here and I’ll take a look!

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1. The Book Thief

One day I will buy this book and read it, because it’s sooooo many people’s favourites and I know it’s a film too? But I’d want to read the book first. The setting is something I always enjoy reading because it feels raw and it’s very strongly in my mind (my grandma used to tell me stories about WW2 and it’s still widely discussed) . So I will get my heart ripped out eventually.

2. The Night Circus

Eh. I mean… I don’t know. Pretty cover, but so many people love it and then one of my best friends read it and said it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. Jury is out as to whether I will ever pick this one up.

3. Pride and Prejudice

Now to be fair, I did start reading this years ago but this was after I read and adored Sense and Sensibility. I did not read and adore P&P in the same way. Elizabeth was spoiled, bratty, and I got barely 5 chapters in and gave up. I should give it another go but I want to read Persuasion first.

4. Throne of Glass

I love ACOMF by Sarah J Maas. But I have heard Things about her writing which I also see in her writing, and this series never called to me. After hearing about what happens, too, I’m not… yeah I’m not digging the concept.

5. The Fault In Our Stars (orrr any John Green oops)

I have this! I bought it from a charity shop where it remains on my TBR stack. When I’m ready to read about dying kids I’ll let you know. For now, it looks at me from the shelf saying “I’m a short one! read me!”

6. Game of Thrones

I read 4 pages. That’s all I needed. I can’t connect to the characters on the show and I needed a fricking flowchart to follow all the names thrown at me.

7. The Winner’s Curse

I admit, the whole “girl on the front in a pretty dress” puts me off. Coupled with a love story in focus in most synopsis I just… I am un-enthused. I really am. I will probably end up reading it one day but I can’t see myself reading it in the near future.

 

Honourable mentions: SIMON VS THE HOMOSAPIENS AGENDA (I will read it!!! I love the author, it’s just a matter of picking it up) + THE FIFTH SEASON — I am reading it!… in stages. It’s a very deep read.

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite M/M Couples

February 7th: Favorite M/M Couples –

Who are your favorite dudes loving other dudes? (Note: this isn’t specifically cis gay couples, but also applies to couples that include bi men, trans men, pan men, ace men, etc.)

— Top 5 Wednesday is a group run by Samantha from Thoughts on Tomes and can be found here!

MY TIME HAS COME. *plays keep it gay in the background* There are so many ships I ship in TV and in Literature, but I’m focusing on books today.

  1. JESPER AND WYLAN from Six of Crows duology

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These two have my heart. I adore them both equally and together they are amazing.

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Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday! – Hidden Gems in Your Favorite Genre

  • What are some of your favorite books in your favorite genre that don’t get a lot of hype?

-Goodreads Top 5 Wednesday group is run by Sam of Thoughts of Tomes, and can be found here!

My favourite genre is definitely fantasy. I don’t care what subgenre, it’s all good to me. It’s quite hard to see what’s really ‘hidden’ though because most of my favourites are actually well known HOWEVER I have found some not many people talk about nowadays:

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I read this in 2017 I believe? It was the first book I read of the year. I know it came out in 2012 so I might have missed the hype train but I still love it. Penryn is a likeable heroine without all the dramatics, and it’s a really good journey. Angels in a different light, good prose, she’s capable. I gave this 5*.

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Blog Tours · Book Things

Robin Hood’s Dawn – Author Q&A and GIVEAWAY!

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I’m incredibly excited and honoured to host an Author Q&A along with a brilliant giveaway for ROBIN HOOD’S DAWN by Olivia Longueville and J.C Plummer!

ROBIN HOOD’S DAWN is the first book in a trilogy, and centers on the English legend’s origins. An Earl forced into exile, Robin Hood gathers a band of men against the injustices of the Sheriff, and unravels a deep web of treachery and double-crossing threatening the nation. Set in ancient woodland, lavish royal courts and exotic shores of the Holy Land, this is a sight between good and evil, justice and tyranny, love and hate.

I have ONE COPY to give away! Thanks to the team at Smith Publicity one of you lucky guys could be in with a chance of winning it. I didn’t manage to read the whole thing as it came reeeally close to this giveaway going up but the first few pages, man… intrigue abound for a legend/historical fiction lover.

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