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Strictly Saturdays | 2018 Launch Show

It’s September, which can only mean one thing: Strictly Saturdays are back. We love our Saturday nights full of sequins, sparkles and Spray tans, and tonight is the night we find out who is partnered with who. I love how over the top and ridiculous the launch show, and Strictly as a whole is, and although I’d be more than happy to have a shorter show, the launch is always a great night.

I love watching the pro-dancers together. Their pro-numbers are always absolutely insane, they’re all so talented, and they really show off one another to the max. I could do with a bit more clothing on some of the female dancers, but they’re pretty awesome. And we got to see a little more of new guy Graziano!!

I really love how they have the new guys walking Tess and Claudia down the stairs too, that’s very clever. Claudia looks stunning, that tux-suit is working for her, I like it. Shame I can’t say the same for Tess, her dress looks like it’s made out of bacofoil! I like the pair of them, but I wish they would shorten their segments together, and stop with the judges flourish at the beginning. For a group of very good professional dancers, and accomplished judges, they have no sense of timing, and the whole Dame Darcey bit is going to get old quickly if they persist with it. Continue reading “Strictly Saturdays | 2018 Launch Show”

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Rivers of London | Review

Title: Rivers of London

Author: Ben Aaronovitch

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 18 Jun 18 – 23 Jun 18

Publication date: 10 January 2011

Publisher: Gollancz

Genre(s): Detective; Murder Mystery; Fantasy

Description:

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit – we do paperwork so real coppers don’t have to – and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluable, and that brought me to the attention of Inspector Nightingale, the last wizard in England.

Now I’m a Detective Constable and a trainee wizard, the first apprentice in fifty years, and my world has become somewhat more complicated: nests of vampires in Purley, negotiating a truce between the warring god and goddess of the Thames, and digging up graves in Covent Garden … and there’s something festering at the heart of the city I love, a malicious vengeful spirit that takes ordinary Londoners and twists them into grotesque mannequins to act out its drama of violence and despair.

The spirit of riot and rebellion has awakened in the city, and it’s falling to me to bring order out of chaos – or die trying. Continue reading “Rivers of London | Review”

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August: It’s a Wrap

August has been and gone, and with it the summer seems to be disappearing into distant memory and the fall is fat approaching. I’m actually OK with this even though I love the heat and the good weather, because I am going on holiday twice, the football season is back, and I can curl up on the sofa with a blanket and read much better in the autumn months. That said, I have managed to do a fair amount of reading in August and have read some ‘proper’ books, some that have been on my shelf for a long time, and some that I have been desperate to read for quite some time. NEWTs Readathon, Bout of Books, and The Full Monte have really helped keep my reading pace up this month, and I’ve made some new and awesome friends along the way too! Continue reading “August: It’s a Wrap”

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Vicious | Review

Title: Vicious

Author: V E Schwab

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 15 Jun 18 – 17 Jun 18

Publication date: 10 January 2014

Publisher: Titan

Genre(s): Fantasy; Science-Fiction

Description:

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in one another. A shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death-experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. They become EOs, ExtraOrdinaries, leaving a body in their wake and turning on each other.

Ten years later Victor has escaped from prison and is determined to get his revenge on the man who put him there, aided by a young girl with the ability to raise the dead. Eli has spent the years hunting down and killing every EO he can find, convinced that they are a crime against God, all except his sidekick, a woman whose power is persuasion and whom he cannot defy. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch-nemeses have set a course for revenge but who will be left alive at the end? Continue reading “Vicious | Review”

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Eve of Man | Review

Title: Eve of Man

Author: Giovanna & Tom Fletcher

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 18 Jun 18 – 21 Jun 18

Publication date: 31 May 2018

Publisher: Michael Joseph

Genre(s): Dystopian, YA

Description:

Eve is like any other teenage girl . . .

Except that the fate of the entire world lies on her shoulders.

She’s the first girl born in fifty years.

She’s the answer to their prayers.

She’s the final hope.

Which means she has one function alone . . .

At sixteen, Eve must face her destiny and make a choice.

She will choose a man, one out of three carefully selected suitors.

But what about Bram?

The future of the planet hangs on Eve making the right choice.

Will she?

COULD YOU CHOOSE BETWEEN LOVE, AND THE FUTURE OF THE HUMAN RACE? Continue reading “Eve of Man | Review”

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July: It’s a Wrap

It’s August already. Where is this year flying too? Next month I go to Barcelona, and the month after Florida, and then the month after is my birthday and the month after is Christmas, and then it’s NEXT YEAR. OK, so there may have been a mild panic there, but seriously, this year is flying by in a whirlwind of work, books, film, and a sport and it’s exciting and scary that it’s going so quickly in equal measures. I may not have read as many books as I did last month, but I read a lot of incredible stories, and ticked off some more challenges for Around the Year. I rated almost everything incredibly highly this month, and entered some new and incredible worlds. Continue reading “July: It’s a Wrap”

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Book Box Club | Unboxing May 2018

Welcome back to Liz unboxes things! Yep, I am finally getting around to posting unboxing Book Box Club crates from months ago that frankly are too good to deserve such a shamefully long time between delivery and review, but here we are anyway! I recently reviewed April’s Fallen Angels box, the first I received, and it was really great. I signed up for a single month subscription with the absolute thought that I’d probably cancel it. Now, this isn’t because the box isn’t great – it really it – but rather because I am trying to reduce the amount I am spending ahead of holidays in the second half of the year. The I saw the theme and decided that I absolutely had to have it…

Book Box Club is a secret society YA subscription box that is sent monthly and features a specially selected, hot-off-the-press YA book release selected by the ladies in the know and owners Libby and Kate. The box features 4-6 specially curated bookish items, is wrapped beautifully and delivered reliably on time, and features an exclusive ‘Clubhouse’ invite to chat with the author whose book features in the box.

Theme: Stargazers Continue reading “Book Box Club | Unboxing May 2018”