Monday, 21 July 2014

See You Later, Alligator!

Hello, Wonderlings!

The title of this post, pretty much says it all: See you later!  My family and I are going away for a weeks holiday in Fiji (warmth! Sun! HEAT! *dreamy sigh*), so I won't be back on the blog until probably next Thursday or Friday.

 I'm sorry, there hasn't been hardly ANY blog posting these last couple of weeks, but I plan to become a better blogger when I get back!  I'm also seriously behind on commenting on blogs, so THIS WILL CHANGE TOO.  My explanation of why I've been pretty much nonexistent in the blogging department, is that I've been really sick (severe tonsillitis, bronchitis, eye infection...the works, basically :|) and as well as preparing fro the holiday, haven't had the energy to blog.

Forgive me, lovely Wonderlings!

Soooo, when I get back, THINGS ARE GOING TO CHANGE.  *determined face*  I really, really, REALLY, want to get my blog design (if you can even call it that) better designed, but I have NO idea how to, or who to go for help, so ANY advice would be utterly frabjous!

Besides, the design, I'm going to change my content around as well.  All I've done, since I've started blogging is book reviews and some memes, BUT THAT IS GOING TO CHANGE ALSO.  *evil laugh*

But that's all from me, my lovelies!  See you when I get back!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Ella's Favourite TV Shows

Hiiiiiii Wonderlings!  Apologies for the absence on the blog! :|  It's the school holidays (LAST WEEK, GAAAAAHH!  *sobs*) here in the Land of the Long White Cloud and I thought I would have lots of blog posting time...buuut turns out I don't.  But TODAY, is Top Ten Tuesday day!!  And I couldn't miss out on that, could I?!  Nope, noooooway.

I'm linking up with the bookish team over at The Broke and the Bookish for their utterly frabjous Top Ten Tuesday meme!

Sometimes, I don't read. I KNOW!  SHOCK!  HORROR!  But, y'know, sometimes a bookworm needs to take a break from reading just so they can recharge their reading juices (it sounds gross, I know, but that's how I think of it).  So, in typical couch potato fashion, when I'm not reading on the couch, if I'm not writing on the couch, talking on the couch, doing something arty near the couch, or messing around on the computer near the couch, then most likely, I'm watching something on the couch.  That's right!  My life pretty much evolves around the couch or my bed!

I'm definitely a TV Show, Girl not a Movie Girl.  I love nothing more then finding an  amazing series and binge-watching it with either my siblings or my parents. So without further ado, here is the list. 

The Comedy 

I love to laugh, and so comedy is quite possibly my favourite genre to watch!

Miranda, Miranda, MMMMMIIIIRRRAAAAANNNNDDDDAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  This is OFFICIALLY my FAVOURITE thing to watch.  I've watched it SO many times that my brother and I can recite WHOLE scenes and OMG, I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH, OKAYS.  Miranda is the go-to if I'm feeling down or grumpy as it always improves my mood.  I've watched each of her episodes more then 30 times, so it shows how frabjous it is.  I NEVER get tired of it, GAAAAAH!!  MIRANDA LOVE!!!!  I cannot wait till Season 4 comes out!!  Miranda Hart is officially my favourite actress and hero.  I most definitely have Miranda moments, and I just love how awkward she is.  Everything she says and does, I definitely agree with and I shamelessly stalk everything about her online (*waves*)!
This is my LIFE.

Black Adder

The first season is crap to be honest, second and third quite good, but, OH, BOY, the fourth season is pure GOLD.  Seriously, I was laughing so much while watching it!  Rowan Atkinson is such an AMMMAZING actor (although I've never seen him laugh) and his sarcasm is FRABJOUS. 

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  That is all I need to say, really!  Geraldine and Alice's friendship is so cute and funny even though Geraldine at times wants to kill Alice, and their joke scenes at the beginning of each episode have me in stitches.  GO WATCH IT.

The Historicals 

I looooooove historical dramas.  I'm a HUGE history nut and I just really enjoy watching and reading about historical things. Yes, the historical TV dramas are normally full of llama drama and it's all about airing each person's dirty laundry, but I just adore the clothes, the setting, the that makes up for it. ;)

Downton Abbey

My Mum I watched the whole first 2 seasons of Downton Abbey in one weekend!  We started it on a Saturday night, watched it till far to late and then watched it from early morning till mid afternoon Sunday. x)  I didn't enjoy Season 3 as much as the first 2, possibly because of *COUGH* main characters dying *COUGH*   I MEAN...THE ENDING, OMG.  DESTROY MY SOUL WHY DON'T YOU.  Season 4 was terrible and it really lowered my opinion of the whole series. Y'know, the thing that happened to Anna :(  It is one thing to get desperate to try and chug out more interesting content that will catch peoples attention, but good grief, you don't have to do something deeply disturbing and out of the blue as well as crass and disgusting to one of the main characters to do it, do you?  I think not.  Still be watching Season 5, although it's going to take heaps of awesomesauce stuff to raise my opinion of the series.

Call The Midwife

My historical heart adores Call the Midwife SO much!  Although Series 3 started to go down hill (WHY DID HE HAVE TO DIE????) it still holds a special place in my heart. :)  Really looking forward to Season 4!

The Crime 


THIS is the crime shows of all crime shows, I'm telling you!! I adore EVERYTHING about this show and ship every character.  Lestrade is my favourite male character, although Mary is definitely my favourite female character.  Season 3 nearly killed me, and I'm impatiently waiting for Season 4!!  (Also, I just KNOW that John and Mary are going to have a girl and that they'll name her Charlotte.  Don't ask, I just know.  If I'm wrong, I'll eat my green beanie.)

Yes, yes, that's only six TV shows, but those are the ones I generally adore (not so much on the Downton Abbey front :|), and besides, I have to READ, don't I?!

Link me up to your TTT lists!!  Seen anything on mine that you love?!  I want to hear it!!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Review: Appaloosa Summer (bad horsey memories surface)


 Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 15th 2014
Source: NetGalley for review!
Purchase: The Book Depository
Read it in: 1 1/2 hours
Word Rating: Winsome

Sixteen-year-old Meg Traherne has never known loss. Until the beautiful, talented horse she trained herself, drops dead underneath her in the show ring.

Jared Strickland has been living with loss ever since his father died in a tragic farming accident.

Meg escapes from her grief by changing everything about her life; moving away from home to spend her summer living on an island in the St. Lawrence River, scrubbing toilets and waiting on guests at a B&B.

Once there, she meets Jared; doing his best to keep anything else in his life from changing.

When Jared offers Meg a scruffy appaloosa mare out of a friend’s back field, it’s the beginning of a journey that will change both of them by the end of the summer.

The Terrible Horse Tail Tale Fiasco

So before I get on with the review,  just want to share why I don't like horses.  Horses scare me.  Why?  Well, once upon a time when I was three, I was feeding a MASSIVE horse a carrot (it didn't need the carrot) and it was so in love with the stupid carrot (I don't like carrots now either) that in it's hurry to get it in it's gullet as soon as possible, it mistook my finger for the carrot and bit it REALLY hard.  And the stupid animal would. Not. Let. Go.  It's not funny!  The horse just munched on my finger oblivious to my pain filled ear splitting howls.  Bloodthirsty animal.  I'm convinced it comes under some evil-horsey-bloodthirsty-psychopath-horse-thing.  DON'T JUDGE ME.  That's how my three-year-old brain worked.  (It still works like that to be honest.)

To this day, I still do not understand why someone would want to ride or enjoys riding those things.  I have legs, thanks, and I prefer NOT to be jiggled around like a sack of spuds.  Plus, what if you fall of???  BRAINS SMUSHED EVERYWHERE, THAT'S WHAT.  And, no.  my opinion of horses has not changed whatsoever, if you're still wondering. ;)

The Actual Review

Appaloosa Summer is a hard book to review as while it was a sweet read, it was kind of a empty no fodder tail (har har, I am hilarious) tale at the same time.

I related to Meg quite well, which I was really surprised about.  You'd think a girl obsessed with horses and also grieving about a horse (can you hear the disgust in my tone?!) would have about as much in common with me as a toothpick (and, no, I have nothing in common with a toothpick, unless you count when the urge to stab an annoying character or person with it, comes) but I generally liked her and felt sorry for her.  (I didn't feel sorry for the horse, though.)

The romance was sweet and I thought Jared and Meg suited each other well.  They both helped each other get over the other's loss (Jared's Dad, Meg's horse) and were good for each other. Nothing is worse, then when relationship is poisonous, but Jared and Meg didn't have that.

I wanted to learn more about Slate the best friend.  Slate was only in about 1 chapter of the whole book and the rest we saw of her, was her texts.  Sloane sounded like a really good friend, and as there aren't many good friends out there in YA fiction, I would've liked to see her feature more. 

The horse stuff (I don't know what to call it, other then 'stuff', lol) while there, wasn't a massive factor which I was relieved about.  I don't speak horse tongue, but thankfully it was toned down to a minimum, and I managed to piece out the little bits of it with my awesome language guessing skills. 

I also felt like it was more novella sized then novel sized as well.  I read it in about 1 1/2 hours tops, and it felt very quick.  It was all a cute sweet read and everything, but still felt short.  I couldn't find anywhere on my kindle or goodreads the length of it in pages which annoyed me.

All in all, while this was a sweet read, it was a nothing read at the same time.  It involves horses, grief, young love (*throws up violently* yep, I'm still a grossed out three-year-old at heart XD), hope, friendship and happy ever afters.  Unfortunately I didn't really 'click' with it, so it's only going to be a 3 star book.

My review might have read a bit over the place but I was just a little unsure what to say, so thanks for bearing with me peoples! :)

3 stars out of 5

Have you read Appaloosa Summer??  Anyone else had bad horse experiences??  (I want to know!!) And tell me(the most important question, obviously):  How do you feel about horses???  Think carefully here, Wonderlings...

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Review: Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon (bird brains EVERYWHEREEE)

Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: June 5th
Pages: 378
Source: For review
Purchase: The Book Depository
Read it in: 3 1/2 hours
Word Rating: *stabs book* DIE, DIE, DIE!

Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.
So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all...

This book... *stabs eyeball*  *changes mind and stabs book instead* *headdesks repeatedly*...I have no idea where to start with my wonderland rabbit hole long list of complaints and frustrations!

I think what most got a big massive hornet in my top hat (c'mon...admit that it's way more creative then, 'bee in my bonnet') was that this book HAD SUCH A PREMISE.  It could have gone far in the world, if it worked.  It could have FLOWN, DUCKED AND DIVED around the bookish world and people far and wide would have loved it...BASICALLY IT COULD HAVE BEEN GREAT, BUT BEFORE IT DID, IT FLEW UP WAAAAY TO HIGH, WHERE THERE WAS LITTLE OXYGEN GOT DISORIENTED AND SMASHED IT'S STUPID BRAINS OUT ON A PASSING AEROPLANE.  IT DIED A LOOOOONG MISERABLE PAINFUL DEATH THAT WE ALL HAD TO WITNESS AND GO THROUGH BECAUSE WE READ IT.

BUT.  (YES.  THERE IS MOOORE.)  The bird book didn't just die from Adrenaline Junkie Turned Aeroplane Decoration (aka BIRD BRAINS EVERYWHERRRRE!), it also died from one of the most useless MC's EVER, Cat.  I spent most of the bird book convinced that Cat was a three year old disguised as a fifteen year old.  Don't laugh!  It's true!  It frustrated AND embarrassed me, because I'm the same age as Cat, and I could not FOR THE LIFE OF ME see myself doing anything Cat did, or making the same decisions as Cat did.  NUH, UH.  Her behavior was so juvenile, I couldn't relate to her at all.

 The plot was non existent unless you count making STUPID plans that you know aren't going to work, but of course the characters are to dumb and don't listen to your frustrated howls through the kindle. (THIS HAPPENED MORE THEN ONCE.)

There was so much sexism in this book that it made me choke.  The love interest, Fox, is SO full of it and is convinced that a women's place is in the kitchen and that she shouldn't be allowed to have adventures because you know, IT'S DANGEROUS.  I spent about 80% of the book fantasizing about Fox dying in many painful ways.  Funnily enough, Fox actually DID die.  It was the highlight of the book for me even if it was done really badly.  Whatever.  HE'S DEAD.  I'm happy.   

The ending was just idiotic.  Nothing made sense and then the wedding???!!!  WTH was with that???!!!  

Overall this book was a disaster.  It's safe to say I WILL NOT be picking up the sequel.

***Thanks and hugs for Bloomsbury and Netgalley for letting me review this book!***

0.5/5 Stars

Who else has read Take Back the Skies?  If you did, did you: enjoy, hate, despise, or want to run over it's guts?! (Guess which one I chose!)  Tell me what you think!!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Waitng on Wednesday {1!}

It's my first Waiting on Wednesday!!  Wating on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine - be sure to check it out!  I absolutely love everything about this meme, so hopefully I'll be doing it quite often form now on! :D

This Week I'm Waiting On...


Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn't mean she has.

But across Brittany, the tides of war are drawing ever nearer, with France pressuring the beleaguered duchess from all sides. Annith’s search for answers threatens to rip open an intricate web of lies and deceit that sit at the heart of the convent she serves. Yet to expose them threatens the very fabric of her existence and risks an unforeseen chance at love, one that she can no longer deny. Annith must carefully pick a path and, gods willing, effect a miracle that will see her country—and her heart—to safety.

Mortal Heart hits the shelves on November 4th 2014!

Why I'm Waiting...

I honestly CANNOT wait till this little lolly pop comes out!!  I fell in love with this series from the first page of Grave Mercy, the first book in the trilogy and Dark Triumph the second book, broke my heart and made me gasp in disbelief at all the plot twists I DID NOT SEE COMING AT ALL (coming from a girl who fancies herself a bit of a detective).

Mortal Heart is the final book in His Fair Assassin trilogy AND I AM QUIVERING IN MY SOCKS RIGHT NOW.  I cannot wait to get my sweaty little mitts on this UTTERLY FRABJOUS (I just know it's going to be frabjous, okay?!) book, but at the same time, I AM SO SCARED.  I mean, what is the point of my life after one of my favourite series EVER end???!!!!  This series contains EVERYTHING I LOVE...girl assassins, MURDER, beyond adorable love interests, awesome characters, POISON -yayyayyay!! - ( much enthusiasm, maybe?), ASSASSINY STUFF, beautiful setting, WEAPONS, POISON, FRABJOUSNESSSSSS GALORE (Look, I turned Gollum!).

When I found out the release date for Mortal Heart had been prolonged from like earlier this year TO NOVEMBER 4TH (can you see I'm outraged?), I felt like DYING, Wonderlings, DYIIIIIING.  And that's how Publishers discovered how to make Ella bawl:  Extend a book's release date.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt I AM LOOKING AT YOU.  *points shaking emotional finger*

What are you waiting on?!  Anyone else waiting on Mortal Heart?!
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