REVIEW: A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness

Monday, 16 October 2017

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting - he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.

This is Halloween: 2017 Costume Inspo

Friday, 13 October 2017

If you haven't noticed by now, Halloween is my favourite holiday. But unfortunately, this year I'm in the throes of the worst of my chronic illness and I'm probably not going to have the chance of dressing up and embarrassing myself.
But has this stopped the costume planning? Hell no, it hasn't. Just because I'm not going to be able to dress up, that doesn't mean that I can't daydream (not going to lie, at this point I am probably going to buy one just to wear in the house).
So here are my top picks of costume inspiration for Halloween 2017.

Daenerys Targaryen from 'Game of Thrones'
With her move to the harsher climate of Dragonstone during season seven, her new winter-appropriate wardrobe lends itself to entirely new interpretation of Dany this Halloween. With ice-blonde hair and pale furs, you will be the most icily eye-catching (and more importantly, the warmest!) at any party this Halloween.

REVIEW: Onwards Flows the River, Caroline Windsor

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

It is 1971. Hannah Matheson, whose affluent Quaker family lives in Devon, moves to a hostel in London to study for a degree. Her extravert and exuberant personality initially brings her into conflict with the hostel’s caustic deputy warden, Jo Ackroyd, whose abusive upbringing was very different from her own. In desperation Hannah persuades her old schoolfriend, Kate Deveraux, who, following the death of her parents, is often lonely living in her London flat, to come and live with her at the hostel. Kate, a hospital receptionist, has long been valued by Hannah’s family as a calming influence upon their daughter and she is a regular visitor to their home. Kate’s unspoken affection for Hannah’s solicitor brother, Aidan, has grown over the years and she longs for him to notice her. Jo and Kate get on well from the start and Kate is determined to help Hannah overcome her antipathy to the deputy warden. At Christmas Hannah invites Kate, Jo and Jo’s younger sister, Beth, to stay with her in her family’s holiday cottage in Devon. Beth, unlike her atheist sister Jo, has a deep spiritual awareness which is something she finds she has in common with both Kate and Aidan. Kate, however, soon realises, to her dismay, that her love for Aidan is clearly not reciprocated. Hannah, meanwhile, resumes her close relationship with Daniel, a friend of Aidan’s, who is also a solicitor in the family firm – Mathesons. Her passionate nature, however, is constantly frustrated by him and she is driven to look elsewhere to satisfy her needs. 
The book follows the relationship between the three women, as their inter-twining lives and loves threaten to destroy the friendship that unites them.

REVIEW: Beneath A Scarlet Sky, Mark Sullivan

Monday, 9 October 2017

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.
Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share. 

This is Halloween: TV Shows To Get You Hyped

Friday, 6 October 2017

Christmas? Eh. Easter? Over it. Bonfire night? My nose goes numb.
After my birthday, Halloween easily wins the award for my favourite day of the year and, like many over-excited and obsessed young adults every year, that one day has turned into an entire month of spooktacular festivities. So here are the television shows that will be dominating mine (and hopefully your) screens for the next few weeks.

REVIEW: Her Last Tomorrow, Adam Croft

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Could you murder your wife to save your daughter? On the surface, Nick Connor's life is seemingly perfect: a quiet life with his beautiful family and everything he could ever want. But soon his murky past will collide with his idyllic life and threaten the very people he loves the most in the world. 
When his five-year-old daughter, Ellie, is kidnapped, Nick's life is thrown into a tailspin. In exchange for his daughter's safe return, Nick will have to do the unthinkable: he must murder his wife. With his family's lives hanging in the balance, what will Nick do? Can he and his family survive when the evil that taunts them stems from the sins of his past? 

TRAVEL: Caerphilly, Wales, UK

Monday, 2 October 2017

Verdict? Caerphilly definitely was not worth the 7.5 mile journey that it took to get there from Cardiff.

My Spotify Time Capsule Playlist

Friday, 29 September 2017

As it has been made very clearly evident today, nobody knows me as well as Spotify's algorithm.

REVIEW: 180 Seconds, Jessica Park

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.
One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.
When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

REVIEW: The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

Monday, 25 September 2017

Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix-tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

Best Dressed of the 2017 Emmy Awards

Friday, 22 September 2017

The 2016/2017 season was a time of truly great television and the nominees for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards kept millions of us glued to our screens. Shows like Stranger Things, The Handmaid's Tale, Big Little Lies and Westworld have been hot-topics of conversation for many across the world, as we stopped and stared in awe at their brilliance.
It was truly a season that had women at its forefront. We fell head-over-heels for an entire kaleidoscope of female characters with different backgrounds, different motivations and different strengths, every single one of whom we completely held in our hearts.

Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb McLaughlin

A-Z Book Tag

Friday, 15 September 2017

Books have always been a safety-blanket for me, a source of freedom from the troubles of day-to-day life. During my nearly twenty-two years on Earth, and I truly believe that every book, every character, every plot-point has stuck with me and helped me form the person that I am today.
Over the next month or so, I am going to be starting posting book reviews on Reminders of the Changing Times but I thought, right now, I should kick it all off with the A-Z Book Tag.
So here we go...

#UniAdvice: 10 Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Fresher's Week

Friday, 8 September 2017

Is it September already?
Ever since starting university, I've realised that time just seems to be going quicker and quicker. And I don't know if that is related to the constant action that university always seems to be, or just a feature of impending adulthood. Either way, it has taught me to appreciate every single second of the university experience because, for the majority, it is only three years of a person's life and those years can go by so fast when you're surrounded by the right people.
So here are my tips on the first part of the university experience: Freshers Week.
A time for first times, throwing yourself into the unknown and forging your first step of the next part of your life.

133 Thoughts I Had Whilst Watching the Game of Thrones Episode, "Beyond the Wall"

Monday, 21 August 2017

 As the greatest warriors that Westeros has ever seen go beyond the Wall to take the first step in the worst plan that I have ever seen, I am having to ignore more and more errors to continue watching the drama of Game of Thrones. It is almost becoming like one of those absolutely terrible movies that I have to watch, in which I have to not pay attention to certain aspects of it, in order to continue in my enjoyment of it. Although of course, even now in season seven, Game of Thrones is far from bad. It is just that, once you have dealt with near-literary perfection, it is difficult to watch it being warped into something unrecognisable.

88 Thoughts I Had Whilst Watching the Game of Thrones Episode, "Eastwatch"

Monday, 14 August 2017

As Jaime's survival hangs in the balance, I was more than anticipating the arrival of this week's Game of Thrones episode. Over the past seven seasons, we have watched this man go from arrogant villain who pushed a young boy out of a window, to someone we can all feel for. As more and more much-loved characters get thrown into life-or-death situations, it is proof that the stakes are ever-rising in the kingdom of Westeros. And that just makes me want to never look away.

79 Thoughts I Had Whilst Watching the Game of Thrones Episode, "The Spoils of War"

Monday, 7 August 2017

As the weeks go on, I am having more and more issues with the ways David Benioff and D. B. Weiss are choosing to take the story, but that does not mean that my earlier motivation to keep watching hasn't returned in full-force in preparation for episode four, "The Spoils of War".

121 Thoughts I Had Whilst Watching the Game of Thrones Episode, "The Queen's Justice"

Monday, 31 July 2017

Compared to my eagerness to keep watching after the season premiere, last week's Game of Thrones episode did not leave me with any sort of excitement or motivation to see how this week's step of the show's diverging storyline panned out. It has definitely taken me a bit more time to get around to watching "The Queen's Justice" than really any Game of Thrones episode before it, but now that I am finally viewing it, I hope that it is satisfactory in setting the scene for the wars that are certainly to come.

96 Thoughts I Had Whilst Watching the Game of Thrones Episode, "Stormborn"

Monday, 24 July 2017

Last week, riddled by insomnia and far from sleep, I thought that it would be a good idea to give the internet my thoughts on the Game of Thrones premiere. I didn't think that I would like it, I didn't even think that I would be able to get through the episode, but the content of the premiere was a rather shocking surprise. Ever since, the show has got me hooked like it did in the old days, and I've been wondering all week what will happen next in the journey towards the Long Night.
So, why don't we find out?

109 Thoughts I Had Whilst Watching the Season 7 Premiere of Game of Thrones

Monday, 17 July 2017

After, what has to be, one of the loooongest break ever, Game of Thrones is finally back on our screens and I, inspired the Pretty Little Liars finale edition I read over on Buzzfeed a few weeks ago, thought I would do a sort-of written commentary on the season seven premiere. Honestly, last season and I did not get along, thanks to the absence of the books as a story framework and the fact that Sansa had to be raped to create drama, but with the sheer amount of hype that is surrounding Game of Thrones and its return to the small screen in 2017, I thought I would give in and give the first episode, at least a fair shot.

REVIEW: Hard Times, Paramore

Monday, 24 April 2017

Fun fact: the Sheffield date on the Brand New Eyes tour was the first gig I ever went to, I mean apart from Girls Aloud and Disney on Ice but I am definitely not counting those. And although their sound has changed quite a few times since then, I still love them just the same as I did when I was fourteen.