In Concert: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

On the 29th April, my friend and I got to see the Sydney Symphony Orchestra perform the soundtrack to the first Harry Potter film. It was a great night and a really fun concert – the conductor was brilliant, the sounds were amazing and the whole experience, being in a concert hall filled with two thousand other Harry Potter fans while watching the film collectively is an experience I would definitely do again.

Prior to the concert, my friend and I went out for dinner. As we were walking to dinner, we managed to catch a beautiful sunset, and of course, I had to take a picture.

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Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

While this review does not contain spoilers, there may be minor spoilers concerning the earlier books of this series, so if you haven’t read those yet, I highly recommend you read those before coming back to read this review. 

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781619634480
Pages: 705
Read in: May 2017
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Goodreads Summary:

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Spoilers and Why I Dislike Them | #readerproblems

If there’s one thing I keep reiterating on this blog, it’s how much I hate being spoiled by anyone or anything for any new releases of books, TV shows/anime (because yes, the only TV “shows” I actively watch are all Japanese cartoons). I’ve actually tried to write variations on this topic before, but my drafts just end up being drafts and never published because I could never figure out exactly how I wanted to discuss spoilers. So today, I thought I’d explain my own reason for disliking them with an immense passion, considering I have told many of my friends that if they dare spoil anything to me, I will literally murder them.

I enjoy being surprised by plot twists. I like reading and then turning the page and see something majorly unexpected happen, then screaming ‘WHYYY” into my pillow at 3am in the morning (true story), leaving me emotionally drained and empty. It’s something I’ve come to love and enjoy about good storytelling as good storytelling will drop hints everywhere and then come surprising you when you least expect it. It’s a craft that takes time and effort to perfect, mastered only by brilliant writers and artists. Continue reading

Tales of the World | A Dream Crate

Hey guys! Today’s post is a little different – I thought that it would be fun to put together my very own Loot Crate! The lovely people over at Loot Crate put a project together where fans can highlight what they’d put together for their own ‘Dream Crate’. If you’re unfamiliar with who Loot Crate is, they offer all sorts of geek crates and gifts for fans (and anyone else, really) to enjoy.

The theme I’ve decided to go with is ‘Tales of the World’ – loosely inspired by classic fairy tales and the many, many retellings and adaptations that have been made over the years. So without further ado, here’s some of the things I’d include:


Beauty and the Beast Music Box

There are many different songs I probably could’ve chosen, but I saw this particular music box and had to include it on this list. I love how the two characters are just waltzing around to the iconic song from the movie. It might also have something to do with the fact that I just recently watched the live-film adaption of Beauty and the Beast, but seriously, it’s so good. Continue reading

Review: When We Collided by Emery Lord

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781408870082
Pages: 344
Read in: January 2017
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Goodreads Summary:

We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.


I have such mad respect for Emery Lord right now, mostly because of her stories and the way she manages to cram such beautiful prose about so many different things into the space of about 300 pages.

When We Collided is a fictional “love story that’s set in the same world as mine”, as Lord says so in her author’s note. However, it’s so much more than that – it’s a brilliant tale that weaves so much depth and awareness between every single line. I appreciated the love story, all of the characters, and I admire the ending that was written. Continue reading

Roseblood by A.G. Howard: Release Day Blitz + Giveaway!

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Happy release day to Roseblood – or should I say ROSEBLOOD – by A.G. Howard! I am yet to read this book, but judging from the raving review and synopsis, it seems to be living up to the hype and I can’t wait to get my hands on this!

I’m happy to announce that yes, there is a giveaway for a signed ROSEBLOOD poster and Mask! Unfortuately, this giveaway is only open to residents in the US, so if you happen to live outside the States (like myself), I’m optimistic that there will be other opportunities to win more bookish goodies. However, if you are interested, all the details are further down in this post.


About The Book:

Title: ROSEBLOOD

Author: A.G. Howard

Pub. Date: January 10, 2016

Publisher: Amulet Books

Pages: 432

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

Find it: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Audible, Goodreads

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Totally Meant to Read but Didn’t

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Hey guys! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish as usually, is basically my 2016 shame masterpost. The topic of today’s post was 2016 releases that I totally meant to read, but never ended up getting around to reading. There were quite a few books which I didn’t end up reading, so here is my list of shame:


Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

This was one of the books I was really intrigued by, but it’s honestly just been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. I actually did try to read it a little while back, but I got completely sidetracked and never ended up finishing it. Continue reading