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Heartbreak Hotel - Deborah Moggach (book review) *contains spoilers*

Book: Heartbreak Hotel
Author: Deborah Moggach
Genre: Fiction, romance, comedy
Published By: Penguin
Published Year: 2013

As part of a book group I had the challenge of reading a book with the word "HOTEL" in it. As a result I picked up Heartbreak Hotel by Deborah Moggach at my local library without knowing what the book was about and having never read anything by the author before.

The book is about a man called Buffy who when his friend Bridie dies and gives him in her will her BnB in Wales he decides to move from London to take over the BnB. When realising that the place isn't making any money Buffy decides to do classes for those who are recently broken up or divorced so that they could learn the skills in which their partners always done for the couples. However, it brings a lot of different things to the hotel instead in terms of friendships, love and even drama.

The book does follow ten different characters which does make this novel rather confusing and with the char…

The Little Mermaid (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: The Little Mermaid
Year: 2018
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Directed By: Blake Harris, Chris Bouchard
Starring: William Moseley, Poppy Drayton, Loreto Peralta
About: A young reporter and his niece discover a beautiful and enchanting creature they believe to be the real little mermaid.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4LfNLtVQqE

My Review:
Noticing that Netflix has made an adaptation of The Little Mermaid and it looking different movies that I had seen based on the classic fairy tale I couldn't resist but to give this a watch.

I really liked that the movie opened with the story of The Little Mermaid in which everyone already knows which did show that this movie was not going to be the tradition version of the film. I thought by having the child from the very beginning ill and her uncle going to any length to try and get her help even if it meant trying medicine he didn't believe in showed how much he cared for his niece and that he would try anything. Something I did…

List of 13 - E.A. Comiskey (book review) *contains spoilers*

Book: List of 13
Author: E.A. Comiskey
Genre: Fantasy
Published By: Nuff Said Pubishing
Published Year: 2018
About: Alice and her adult daughter, Claire, created a “bucket list” of thirteen experiences they would seek out before Alice died from cancer. They never expected to die in a plane crash attempting to cross off number three. Now, mother and daughter are stuck in the underworld, unable to move on to their ultimate destiny until they finish the list, but finding an Irish Pub near the Fields of Asphodel, or swimming naked in the ocean while being pursued by bloodthirsty Aztecs and a smitten Egyptian god is as hard as it sounds. When everything they ever thought they knew is challenged, will faith be enough to carry them through?

My review:

Having received an advance reader's copy from the author in return for an honest review I was happy to start reading this book which was very different from what I expected when I first picked it up.

The story is told from Alice's point of vi…

Bird Box (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Bird Box
Year: 2018
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-fi
Directed By: Susanne Bier
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich
About: Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INJ2bPFy108

My Review:
Having wanted to see this from the moment I saw the first trailer a couple of months ago I was glad to realise that Netflix had released it and thought that this would be a good film to watch with my mother. I am very glad I did watch this as although it left some questions to be answered I ended up liking this film a lot more than I thought I was going to.

Having the movie start with urgency and telling children not to take their blindfolds off I thought was a great way of starting the movie as it started rather fast and made the watcher from the very beginning wonder what was going on and why they were to keep the blindfolds on. Not only t…

Christmas With The Coopers (film review)

Film: Christmas With The Coopers
Year: 2015
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By: Jessie Nelson
Starring: Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, John Goodman
About: The intertwined stories of four generations of Coopers unfold right before the annual family reunion on Christmas Eve
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAfBULcwCPM

My Review:
Letting my mum choose the movie for Christmas Eve she decided to put on Christmas With The Coopers as we had both never seen it before. This was a film in which I feel I personally wouldn't watch again however was one that is different for the Christmas period.

I thought this movie was great to show how families try to please each other over the Christmas period and try and pretend everything is really happy and great even if things really are the opposite. By also showing how different family members were going through different situations I thought was a good way of making everyone who was watching able to associate themselves with one of the problems in whi…

The Christmas Chronicles (film review)

Film: The Christmas Chronicles
Year: 2018
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family
Directed By: Clay Kaytis
Starring: Kurt Russell, Darby Camp, Judah Lewis
About: The story of sister and brother, Kate and Teddy Pierce, whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaeDa_Uempk

My Review:
With less than a week till Christmas and hearing a lot of good things about this movie I thought that I should check out The Christmas Chronicles and I am so glad I did as it is one of the best Christmas movies that I have ever seen.

This film was brilliant in showing how Santa worked and how the elves was able to help Santa bring all of the presents all around the world. As well as this by having the mum's Christmas wish from the beginning coming true by bringing the bother and sister together was a great way of bringing this movie together and also giving this film the idea that even adults…

A Monster Calls (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: A Monster Calls
Year: 2016
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Directed By: J.A. Bayona
Starring: Lewis McDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones
About: A boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother's terminal illness
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2Xbo-irtBA

My Review:
Having been meaning to watch this for a while I was glad that I noticed this was on Netflix and as a result decided to give this a watch and I am so glad that I did.

The film follows a boy named Connor and when his mother starts getting worse while being ill with cancer starts the grieving process and gets the help from a monster who helps him with the first four stages of the grieving process. I thought that this film was done really well and had the animation work really well with the stories in which the tree monster was showing Connor and showed the four stages very tastefully. This made me enjoy the movie more as I feel that they were not pushing the movie too far in a directio…

Cam (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Cam
Year: 2018
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Directed By: Daniel Goldhaber
Starring: Madeline Brewer, Patch Darragh, Melora Walters
About: Alice, an ambitious camgirl, wakes up one day to discover she's been replaced on her show with an exact replica of herself.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN8xZ5WDonk

My Review: 
Wanting something different to watch I thought I would go for the movie Cam which is available to watch on Netflix and although it kept my attention this film did rather disappoint me.

With the film being about a camgirl I was rather intrigued about how this would end up as a horror and was looking forward to the development of the movie and did keep my interest in that she gets taken over by someone who looks like her even though not herself. I also liked that through this the watcher was able to see how Lola was reacting to someone impersonating her and the trouble in which she was going through by having the tech support not helping her and her friends n…

Flood and Fang - Marcus Sedgwick (book review)

Book: Flood and Fang
Author: Marcus Sedgwick
Genre: Children's, Fantasy, Gothic
Published By: Orion Children's Books
Published Year: 2009

Having read others in the series for The Raven Mysteries by Marcus Sedgwick I thought I would read the first book in the series for the first time and I am glad that I did. This book is perfect for children and one that I enjoyed reading.

This book coming from the ravens perspective instead of from a human is a great way of changing the way this book is written compared to others of it's kind. Having it also more of a gothic read is great and appeals to children who are looking for something a little darker than other stories. I do find the mystery is great and not having the answer till the end of the book keeps the attention of the reader and makes them want to carry on reading to see what happens next also by adding suspense it created a need to continue the novel. Also by having short chapters it is easy to only have small amount of read…

The Holiday Calendar (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: The Holiday Calendar
Year: 2018
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: Bradley Walsh
Starring: Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, Ethan Peck
About: A struggling but talented photographer inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the contents of which seem to predict the future. Will this magical calendar lead her to love this holiday season?
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km7gv28_uX0

My Review:
Wanting to get in the Christmas spirit my mum decided to put on The Holiday Calendar which is currently available to watch on Netflix. This film did end up surprising us both with how much we ended up enjoying it and it did bring me some holiday cheer.

I thought that this film was good in that it showed how the main character Abby wasn't really happy with how her life was and felt like the photography in which she was doing wasn't the kind in which she wanted to do but needed the job so kept at it. Not only this but by having her grandfather notice she needed something to make her happy …

Icefire - Chris D'Lacey (book review)

Book: Icefire
Author: Chris D'Lacey
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction
Published By: Orchard Books
Published Year: 2003

Having liked the first book in The Last Dragon Chronicles I thought I would read the second book in the series which is Icefire. This is a book in which is different to most dragon typed books and one that is still very enjoyable to read.

I liked how the book started off where the last book did which led to the reader not being confused or wondering what has been happening since the first book ended. Having also kept the same characters however introducing new ones throughout the novel did make it exciting and keeping some of the mystery till near the end keeps the reader wanting to know more throughout. I did think by having David in this book able to see the dragons move and interact rather than just as statues made of clay was a brilliant way of letting the reader see into the world of dragons more and understand the personalities of some of the dragons in which…

Balto (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Balto
Year: 1995
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama
Directed By: Simon Wells
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, Bridget Fonda
About: An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJwvbmRXym4

My Review:
Having never seen this movie before and having a love for Alaska, dogs and wolves I thought that this would be the perfect movie for me to watch and relax to and I was not mistaken. At the end finding out that this was also based on true events made me like this film a little more as it made the film more enjoyable for the younger audiences and could teach them about an event which happened in a way they would like.

I found this film very enjoyable and rather funny especially with the goose in which is rather moody and caring but so relateable for those who are adults, by also having the polar bears which both Balto and the goose are very good friends with added a more family vibe to the movie. The p…

The Secret Teachings of All Ages - Manly P. Hall (book review)

Book: The Secret Teachings of All Ages
Author: Manly P. Hall
Genre: Non-Fiction, Philosophy, History
Published By: Start Publishing LLC 
Published Year: 1928

Having been requested The Secret Teachings of All Ages I thought I would pick it up and it did take me a lot longer than I thought it would to get through this book by taking almost three months to read and finish.

This book I did find very interesting in places and had some topics in which I found myself really enjoying such as: The Zodiac and Its Signs, The Pythagorean Theory of Music and Colour, Stones, Metals and Gems. I did find these alongside other chapters o the book and learning new things which was a great thing for me as it did give me more knowledge in which I would not have known any other way.

There was certain parts of the book however which did not interest me and did make me rather bored of reading even though certain aspects of chapters would be more interesting than others. As well as this I found that the images w…