Witchy Happenings

Friday, 13 October 2017

For so long I have always wanted to do a Witch/Halloween inspired photoshoot/series of images. So the other day I decided to go out with my sister and take some test images to see if we could achieve what we wanted, and I am so pleased with the results!

I had seen a few pins on Pinterest that really sparked my imagination for inspiration for the series, some of which included levitation. This was something I had always wanted to try, and I saw this as my opportunity to really stretch my technical editing side. I can't wait to make more images that have the same sort of spooky, modern day witch vibe. I might base the photo series on the 'Seven Wonders' posed in the American Horror Story series 'Coven'. Seven magical abilities a young witch has to undergo to unveil if she is the Supreme. 

Those seven 'wonders' are, Telekinesis; the ability to manipulate objects with the power of the mind, Concilium; the ability to impose one's will onto another, allowing it to control many parts of the mind (such as actions, thoughts, memories, etc), more commonly known as Coercion and Mind Control, Pyrokinesis; the ability to create, control and manipulate fire with the power of the mind, Divination; the ability to obtain direct knowledge about an object, person, location or physical event through means other than the user's physical senses. This can be activated by just being around a person, focusing on specific tasks, searching for information, and touching objects, Transmutation; the ability to move instantaneously from one location to another without physically occupying the space in between, also known as Teleportation, Vitalum Vitalis; the ability to balance the scales between one life force and another. Witches can transfer their own life force to nearly dead people in order to heal them and can even resurrect the dead. Commonly seen side-effects are fainting and dizziness due to the strain. Can also be used to drain life force as well, and finally, Descensum; the ability to descend into the netherworlds of the afterlife. Witches are able to project themselves directly into hell, which takes the form of their worst fears.

So that's a lot to work with! I really hope to make something out of this as I am really interested where this could take me creatively! Hopefully, you'll see some awesome images very soon, just in time for Halloween!

If anyone would like a tutorial about how I made these images, just let me know and I'll put together another blog post with loads of details.

Love, K :)

#ChopToYourChin | Donating My Hair To The Little Princess Trust

Sunday, 8 October 2017

 Why hello there! It' been a while since I have written a post on here, so I thought why not re-start with something positive! You may have noticed a slight change in my appearance... I decided to chop off most of my hair!

This is now what my hair looks like! I decided to get the chop a few weeks ago at my local hair-dressers as my hair was getting waaay too long!

I also decided that with all of my luscious, long and lovely hair, I would donate it once it had been given the good ole' chip-chop. The hairdressers managed to cut three 13 inch braids off of my hair! I decided to donate it to the lovely Little Princess Trust in which they use the hair to make wigs for children who have cancer and suffer other hair loss related diseases.

I'm so happy that I was able to donate my hair! I initially thought that I couldn't donate it because my hair is dyed blonde at the ends, but it turns out that I could! If you want to donate your hair, have a look at the Little Princess Trust guidelines for hair donation here. It's got all of the requirements for length and condition of hair and useful tips for before and after you have chopped off your hair.

Here is the link to the Little Princess Trust website and also the website for the GHD campaign, #ChopToYourChin!

I hope this has inspired you to take the chop!

Love, K :)

It's Time To Talk - 'Letters To...' Series

Sunday, 23 July 2017

   Once again, it's time to talk...

   I've been somewhat open on here about my mental health of late, but there is still so much to talk about. I honestly really like sharing my thoughts and feeling on a platform where I don't actually have to interact with anyone face to face, as it makes me feel really uncomfortable doing so. Which is why I have decided to start making a 'Letters To...' series. 

If you are unfamiliar with various 'Letters To...' series, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Emily Diana Ruth have both done 'Letters To...' series, Carrie's being 'Letters To Autumn' and Emily's being 'Letters To July'.

I don't intend my 'letter's to be held to one particular month or season. I intend them to be for me, wherever, whenever. They are going to be a place and a time where I can say what I'm feeling and to acknowledge what's happening around me, and hopefully, in turn, will help clear my head and help me make sense of a few things, and hopefully, you guys will enjoy them too.

It'll be a mix of whats happening in my everyday life and possibly a few things that have been on my mind for a while, mixed in with some lovely footage for your eyes to have a gander over! I'm not going to limit myself to a particular number of videos for this series every month so they will be released in 'parts'.

I hope you guys enjoy the series! The first part will be up soon!

Love,  K :)

20 Years Of Magic - Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary

Monday, 26 June 2017

I can't believe it's been 20 years...

Harry Potter has been in my life for as long as I can remember. On the 26th of June 1997, Harry Potter and The Philosophers Stone was published in the UK. I would have been 8 months old and little did I or anyone else realise what an impact it would have on my life. The first Harry Potter film I went to see at the cinema was The Prisoner of Azkaban, and it remains to this day my favourite book and film.

I really can't put into words how much the books, films and characters of this fantastic series mean to me. Every time I open the books, it feels like I'm returning home; every page reunites me with old friends and every adventure I get to relive.

Harry Potter has touched so many lives throughout the publications of the books and the releases of the films, and now we have The Cursed child and the Fantastic Beasts films, it truly does show that the magic will always live on.

Bravery, kindness, understanding, hope and most importantly, love. These are all things that the book series have taught me, and it all started with The Philosophers Stone. Harry Potter will always be with me. I will read it to my children, my friend's children and they will read it to their own children. The magic will always live on, within us and within the wonder of the books and films.

Thank-you for 20 years of magic.

Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.

Love, K :)

Wizarding World Book Club!

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Have you heard the news?! Pottermore are launching a Wizarding World Book Club, and I can't be more excited about it! I can't wait to delve into the books again, and this would be a brilliant starting point if you're someone who hasn't read the books before!

The Wizarding World Book Club aims to bring the wonderful community of Harry Potter and Wizarding World lovers back to the books and to celebrate them, as it's the 20th anniversary of The Philosophers Stone on the 26th on June! During the book club, everyone will have the chance to participate in discussing different themes every week, starting, of course, with The Philosophers Stone! You can participate on the Pottermore site or on the Book Clubs official Twitter! Every week, we will all be exploring a new theme of the wizarding world, diving deep into every little detail of each book.

It's going to be so much fun! 

I've also decided that as well as reading along with the community, I'll also be baking and making a Harry Potter inspired recipe each week so I've got something lovely to snack on whilst reading the books; which of course I will post on my blog, twitter and I'll also be making a video on my channel as well!

So get ready for an awesome few months of magic, wizards, cauldron cakes and pumpkin pasties!

The official start date for the book club is on the 26th of June, so get ready!

Love, K :)

The Snow Spider - Jenny Nimmo | Book Review

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Rating: 3.5/5

"On Gwyn's 9th birthday, his grandmother tells him he may be a magician, like his Welsh ancestors. She gives him five gifts to help him--a brooch, a piece of dried seaweed, a tin whistle, a scarf, and a broken toy horse. One blustery day, unsure what to do with his newfound magic, Gwyn throws the brooch to the wind and receives a silvery snow spider in return. Will he be able to use this special spider to bring his missing sister, Bethan, home?"

This was such a charming read and would be perfect for young children! I came across this book whilst browsing in my local Waterstones, as I was looking for a small-ish book to read, and The Snow Spider caught my eye!

This book was first published in 1986, and the cover of this edition is really beautiful. The Snow Spider tells the story of a young boy named Gwyn who learns from his grandmother that he is a magician. We follow his story from learning how to summon his magic and finding out what happened to his missing sister Bethan all those years ago.

Upon reading, you would have never guessed that this was written over 30 years ago! The themes and language are all very much as relevant as a book written today. The subjects tackled within this book I think are vital, especially as this targets such a young audience. The themes mainly circle around loss, coming to peace with that loss and being able to let go, which I found was quite cathartic whilst reading. 

It is implied early on in the book that the loss of Gwyn's sister, Bethan, has had a tremendous effect on his family home. No one speaks about it, Gwyn's father doesn't show him any affection and Gwyn's mother can't bring herself to accept that their daughter is gone. Throughout the book, we see these characters grow and (without giving too much away, I wouldn't want to spoil anything!) finally come to terms that their daughter has left them.

This is also implied in another way. Gwyn's grandmother, affectionally known as Nain, gives him three gifts for his birthday that he will have to give away to learn if he wants to uncover if he is a magician or not. Gwyn finds himself becoming quite attached to the objects but understands that he has to give them up if he wants what his heart desires. 

Overall, this is a very charming tale of courage and bravery. I found myself relating to Nain more than I would have imagined (the description of her front room is practically my bedroom!). In this edition of the book, there is bonus material for children to sink their teeth into if they want to know more about the Welsh legends that are included in the book.

Let me know what you thought of this book in the comments!

Love, K :)

Lush 'Lullaby' Shampoo Bar | Beauty Review

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

I have always been a bit sceptical when looking to buy the solid shampoo bars from Lush. It wasn't until the ethical reasons for buying them made me do so! Lush sell their shampoo bars free from packaging and are made from natural ingredients, so if you're worried about your impact on the planet, it's good to know that you are helping to reduce waste by buying these products.

As you have probably already guessed, the Lush 'Lullaby' Shampoo Bar is a solid shampoo which required no packaging (unless you want to buy one of the small tins available at Lush stores to pop it in!). And also, as stated before, I have always been a bit hesitant to buy one on the means of how good that they wash hair. I'm so used to using my regular shampoo which I know does well for my hair and cleans and conditions it. But recently I have been taking actions to see how I can reduce the waste that I create and one of those ways was to reduce the packaging that I consume in my daily routines, one of them being when I shower. 

I don't know about you guys, but I have a mass of half empty bottles on the side of my bathtub from Christmas presents and mismatched conditioner and shampoos. It makes a task for when it comes to cleaning the tub, and that's how it got me thinking about how I can reduce the waste of plastic bottles. The only store that I know of that sells waste-free products was Lush, and that's why I decided to give their shampoo bars a try!

The 'Lullaby' shampoo bar contains so many lovely ingredients for your hair, including Oat Milk which soothes and calms, Ground Almonds, Organic Jojoba Oil which moisturises, French Lavender Oil for a lovely relaxing scent, Roman Chamomile Oil, Lavender Absolute and Neroli Oil.

The first time I used this bar, I was really unsure of how well it washed my hair, as my hair didn't feel as smooth as it normally does when I wash it in the shower. I lathered the bar up by running it a few times onto my hair and soon enough there was enough shampoo for me to clean my hair. After I dried my hair I was blown away from the results! My hair felt soft, smooth and smelt amazing! My hair had a soft bounce to it and looked really healthy. 

Overall, I was really pleased with how this solid shampoo washed my hair, and I'm even happier that it had no packaging, so less waste!

Let me know what you thought of this product if you have used it! I can't wait to try out more products in the solid shampoo range.

Love, K :)

Mental Health

Saturday, 22 April 2017

It's time to talk. I've struggled with my mental health for a few years now, and I've always been so scared to talk about it to anyone. There are somethings that I'm not ready to talk about yet, but I'm feeling like my issues with mental health are starting to be something in which I can share with people and hopefully, it will help them as well as me.

A few weeks ago I took time out from social media, mainly my Youtube channel. I felt like it was all just getting a bit too much. I have these episodes where I'll be mentally okay for a few months, and then it will hit me all at once, and that's what happened a few weeks ago. I spent a full two days in bed, not motivated to do anything (even though I had film planning, editing and writing to do), I binged on junk food and slept for probably a good 16 hours on both days.

This has happened a few time in the past 4 years, and I always thought that was me just being lazy. I've always been labelled the 'lazy one' in the family, and my parents have always told me that I am, while also telling me to stop being so.

Please understand that I am not labelling myself as depressed. I know people who have depression and I wouldn't want to seem like I am somehow intruding onto the very serious mental illness, as I know that self-diagnosed mental illnesses have been at a bout of controversy at the moment and I wouldn't want to make people's actual issues with depression seem trivial or less important. I haven't been to the Doctor or GP to tell them how I feel, and that is a personal choice. In fact, I haven't really told anyone how I feel, and again, that is the choice that I am making. I feel better when I talk about my own mental health on platforms such as this, as (if you haven't guessed already) I don't really feel comfortable talking about it to those closest to me.

But let me be clear; being able to talk about mental health on any spectrum is a good step forward, and everyone should encourage it. If you are struggling with your mental health and want someone to talk to, go to a trusted friend or family member; they will be more understanding than you think, or perhaps a GP or therapist! There is no shame in telling people how you feel. With that being said, if you don't wnt to tell people how you feel, that's okay too, but if you are really struggling then please, find some courage and bravery (because I know you are both very courageous and very brave!) within yourself to accept that you might need a little help.

Stay brave x

K :)

Trollhunters - Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Kraus | Book Review

Friday, 21 April 2017

Rating - 4/5

"Jim Sturges is your typical teen in suburban San Bernardino-one with an embarrassingly overprotective dad, a best friend named "Tubby" who shares his hatred of all things torturous (like gym class), and a crush on a girl who doesn't know he exists. But everything changes for Jim when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed."

I have been a fan of Guillermo del Toro ever since I watched Pan's Labyrinth in my Spanish class in year 9. And when I heard that he had written a book, I knew I just had to read it! It was everything I expected it to be from GdT, as his filmmaker style was eloquently transferred into his writing style, with clear connections and themes from his work in film.

I really enjoyed this book, although it did take me a while to get through; but that was down to personal reasons rather than the excitement of the book itself. I loved how this book started, taking a POV from the main characters father back when he was a little boy. It must have been an exciting read for younger readers, as I'm 20 and I was very hooked from the beginning. 

I really enjoyed the characters in Trollhunters, my favourite being Claire Fontaine (such a badass!). We are introduced to a wide variety of characters, and as the main two settings for this book is a High School in San Bernardino and in troll-infested sewers, we get a good selection of teens, teachers, and trolls that our main character, Jim Sturges, interacts with. 

Tollhunters also has within its pages some beautiful illustrations drawn by Sean Murray. I love a book with pictures as I feel like it kind of lets you into the mind of how the author/s would have wanted you to imagine their world that they have created. The illustrations truly are beautiful, but some of them are a bit gruesome! They come in super handy when faced with trying to think of how the trolls in the book look; they give you a helping hand.

Trollhunters is filled with young teenage love, wit, adventure and guts (quite literally). It was crammed with rich imagery and some of the most despicable trolls I have come across in fiction. There are moments of sadness, fear, loss and despair, but there are also moments of hope, love, bravery and friendship, which is what makes this story so great. It creates a family of misfits who battle trolls in the depths of night, and no one would ever have it any other way.

Overall, I really enjoyed Trollhunters and I think will be a great read for children from 10+, but it does have some strong language flittering every here and there, especially towards the end, so be warned, young readers! I hope this is part of a series as I would love to see Jim and his troll hunter friends progress through school. The ending of this story (without being too spoiler-y), does end on a bit of a cliffhang or at least is paving the way for another book to be written. I would definitely LOVE to read more from this world and possibly go to different countries!

Let me know if you have read Trollhunters and what you thought of it in the comments below!

Love, K :)

Lush 'Prince Of Darkness' Fresh Face Mask | Beauty Review

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

I recently bought a few items online at Lush the other week and I thought I would do a review of them, as I haven't done a beauty review in AGES and they are all amazing products. We are starting with the Lush Kitchen Oline Exclusive: Prince of Darkness Fresh Face Mask!

This mask of midnight contains loads of lovely skin perfecting ingredients, such as Kaolin and Fullers Earth; which cleanses the skin and absorbs oils, Powdered Charcoal; which is absorbent, soothing and antibacterial, Patchouli Oil; which has a relaxing and earthy aroma, Lavender Oil; which is balancing and calming and lastly, Fine Sea Salt which is mineral-rich and has antibacterial properties.

The first thing that I loved about this mask was just how dark it was! All of the other Lush Fresh Face masks that I have tried before were quite colourful, so it was interesting to see such a dark shade.

I loved the fragrance from this mask. The only way I can describe it is that it smells warm? I think with the combined smell of the Lavender oil and Fullers Earth it has quite a deep earthy smell which truly is wonderful! Perfect for feeling fresh.

I also really loved the exfoliant in this mask, I think it may have been either the charcoal or the sea salt? Every now and then I like my face to have a good ole' scrub as my face can get pretty dirty from being at work all day, so a natural exfoliant is something I look for in a great face mask and I know that all of the exfoliants in Lush face masks are environmentally friendly; unlike micro-beads that are commonly used in many store-bought face scrubs/masks. I tend to use my face-masks in the shower. I apply the mask making sure I stay away from sensitive areas such as the mouth and eyes and leave for about 10-15 minutes then I dampen my skin, start scrubbing and then wash off!

Because of how dark the face mask is, it did leave a slight stain on my face after washing it off in the shower, but a few extra washes with a flannel or a face soap will work just as well to get it all off.

My skin felt very clean afterward but did feel the teeniest bit dry. I solved this by putting a little bit of facial moisturiser on, and Bob's your Uncle, my skin was lovely, smooth and clean!

This would be a great face mask for those of you who have oily skin (much like myself) as the charcoal and Fullers Earth are great for soaking up any excess oil and impurities. I don't think this wold be a good choice for those of you who have sensitive skin, as the exfoliant in it may be too coarse.

Let me know if you have used this face mask and what you thought of it in the comments below!

Love, K :)

How I Get Into Writing Mode

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Some of you guys may know that I love writing. In fact, I've got a Tumblr blog dedicated to it - booksandenchantedthings - and I know that writing is hard, believe me, I'm struggling right now! It isn't an easy task trying to write down what's in your head; I've struggled with this for years, from in school to even trying to tell my ideas to get them across to someone. Luckily I've found some ways that help me get into the writing mode which in turn allows me to get into that 'flow mode' and the words just spill out like magic. 

I would like to say, before starting to list things that may help you nudge into 'flow', that I have recently been writing on paper, not my laptop, and it has made a MASSIVE difference to my productivity! I am achieving 'flow' a lot better and find it easier to write in general. I gave this tip to a few of my friends and they have told me that they get on so much better with their writing now!

I think a break away from a computer screen and going back to the 'old school' way is a major difference for some of us, and maybe that's why it's so effective! Right, here are my tips!
  1. Sit somewhere with no distractions! I sit at my desk when I write, that way, when I'm at my desk, my mind is like 'time to write!'. This by any means doesn't mean you can't write anywhere that isn't a desk, just find somewhere where, if you are going to be writing or a long period (1 hour +), that's cosy and you know you won't be distracted.
  2. Grab a cuppa! I always have a tea with me when I write. It makes me feel cosy and tastes amazing!
  3. Biscuits! Writing is hard work, so you're going to need some fuel! I always have a few biscuits at hand; my personal favourites are chocolate digestives.
  4. A cold drink! Yes, I'm one of those people that go to bed with a cold and hot drink and I write the same way! I always have both, just in case you fancy something cooler after you've finished your tea; you don't want to be distracted by thirst whilst writing!
  5. A good playlist! I have made a few playlists for different stories that I'm writing and I listen to them on Spotify! I create a custom playlist so I can get the feel of what the story sounds like and then I write to it. This helps me feel like I'm more in the world I'm trying to write, which I think, helps me write more vividly. 
  6. Do a quick yoga session! If you're stressed or can't seem to focus, I really do recommend a bit of yoga! I know everyone's banging on about it at the moment, but I personally find that it helps! This video is only 8 minutes long and is made to help you concentrate to get that 'flow' and helps energize your body! I really love watching these videos and the host is SUPER LOVELY and really helps connect your body, mind and spirit, putting you at ease!
  7. Time to knuckle down! This is it; the moment you've been working towards! Whether it's pen to paper or finger on a keyboard, I wish you the best of luck on your writing journey! Remember, we all have struggles and set backs, but learn to take them in your stride and with a pinch of salt and a smile! Mistakes are how we learn! 
I wish you well, young ones! See you on the other side!

Love, K :)

How To Be An Earlybird

Thursday, 9 February 2017

I've never been an 'earlybird', just ask my family. I've always been the one known for sleeping in till very late, and by very late I mean like midday, maybe even 1pm... I know, it's crazy, but I have stopped all of that now, and if you too have trouble being an earlybird, then I have a few tips to help you wake up a little bit earlier, tried and tested by my very own self!

  1. Sleep at the opposite end of the bed - I know this may seem a little strange, but I tried it myself and found that it really worked somehow? It links more into the tip I'm going to give next, so let's give you some context for the situation: my bed is next to my desk (others may have a bedside table), and on my desk I put my phone, laptop, assorted drinks and what-have-you, so by sleeping at the opposite end of the bed, I'm less tempted to check my phone or go on my laptop. Also, the change in where I'm sleeping really made a difference! When I woke up it was a little strange as I'm used to waking up the other end of the bed, so perhaps the slight disorientated feeling helped to waking up more alert.
  2. Put your phone away from your bed - Now, this is where the previous tip comes in. Because I now sleep the other end of the bed, I put my phone on my desk so I literally have to get out of bed to reach it, which is great if my phone is my alarm because the motion of actually getting up from bed helps me feel more awake in the morning rather than reaching for it on my desk with just my arm. 
  3. Do some bedtime yoga the night before - I love doing yoga and have found that it really helps me feel relaxed for bedtime. One of my favourite sequences is the 20 minute Bedtime Yoga Routine by Yoga With Adrienne, which you can watch here!
  4. Light a candle a few hours before bed - I love the smell of Lavender, and the scent also helps to send you off to sleep! I have a Lavender candle on my desk that I light whenever I'm writing or editing at my desk, it's also lovey to light when you're doing your bedtime yoga!
  5. Plan your day the night before - I feel that knowing what I want to achieve the next day, what my goals are and things I need to do, really helps me feel relaxed the night before. That way, I go to bed with an optimistic outlook of the approaching day. Plus, it helps to keep me on track and stay organised!
  6. Graduate your alarm - To do this, I had to discover my natural waking up time, which was about 9:45am -10am. So what I did was, the next morning I set my alarm for 9:30am, then the next morning I set it for 9:15am, and the next day, 9am... Do you see where I'm going with this? I eventually made it so that I was waking up at 7am without that groggy feeling, which is something that I have hated. I feel that this method really works because it's not a drastic change, it's gradual, and it's easy on your body clock! For those of you who are really bad at waking up in the morning, why not try setting your alarm only 10 minutes or 5 minutes earlier each day, rather than 15 minutes.

So, there are some of my tips for becoming an earlybird! These tips and tricks have really helped my become an early riser, and I am feeling more energized and excited for the day, not to mention that I am able to get a lot more done! Its amazing what you can accomplish with an extra hour or two a day!

Let me know if these tips have helped you; leave a comment in the section below!

Love, K :)

I've Got Merch?! | My Redbubble Shop

Monday, 23 January 2017

That's right! I've designed my own stuff! You can view my Redbubble shop here! I have been working on these designs for a few months now, and was hoping to design a few things that related to my channel, my hobbies and things that I think you guys would like. I'm still working on a few more designs and will upload them when they are finished! This has been something that I have been wanting to do for a while and have been working on for about 4 months! It's so nice to, finally, be able to share this with you all!

I have been wanting to design a top and a few other pieces for a while now. This stemmed from when I do graphic design for one of my jobs! I really enjoyed designing things for Rebecca, my employer (and good friend) and thought I could use my new skills in other areas, and apply them on clothing and accessories! Redbubble was my first choice as I've heard great things about it and it ships worldwide!

The best thing about creating designs on Redbubble is that you can customise them however you would like! So, if you see a design you love, you can have it on what ever you like; from a tee, a jumper, hoodie, cup, book, sticker and many more things! You also get to decide what colour you would like your item to be. Creators and artists can have control over how much items are prices, although there is a minimum sale price as Redbubble have to carry out the order, make it, ship it ect, but I have tried my best to make the items available at the lowest price possible to make it affordable for everyone.

I really hope you guys enjoy the designs on my shop! You can tag your purchases with #KCxRB on social media so I can see them! I would love to see how you've customised a design I have made.

Love, K :)

Sleeping Giants - Sylvian Neuvel | Book Review

Friday, 6 January 2017

Rating: 4/5

"A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand. Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?"

I knew from the moment I saw this book in Waterstones that it was going to be absolutely amazing. I was not disappointed! From the moment I saw the front cover, which is probably the most beautiful book cover I have ever seen, I couldn't wait to read it! Sci Fi is one of my favourite genres for books and film, so I was really excited to be reading a SciFi as I have recently been reading a lot of magical realism.

Firstly, I loved how this book uses an interview style/diary format. It was really interesting to read as I don't think I have read a book in this style before. I found myself wanting to know more about the interviewer more than the interviewee; he's a very shady character and seems to know a lot, an all seeing eye if you will. The book also offers a diary segment for different characters, as well as audio logs and even a newspaper article. I would never have thought this format of storytelling would be very visual, but Nuevel manages to do so in a brilliant manner, leaving just the right amount up to the imagination.

It's got the perfect amount of mystery, science, wonder and thrill. As a lover of Sci Fi, I am very excited to see where the rest of the series goes! Distant planets? The depths of the Earth?? Another galaxy?! Who knows, but I can't wait!

Overall, this was such a thrilling read and one I enjoyed a lot! I can't wait for the second book in this series cone out; Walking Gods! It's such a different take on the Sci Fi genre and ends on many unanswered questions!

If you have read this book, let me know what you thought of it in the comments below!

Love, K :)

̶N̶e̶w̶ ̶Y̶e̶a̶r̶,̶ ̶N̶e̶w̶ ̶M̶e̶ New Year, Better Me | My Resolutions

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I've always slightly disliked the phrase 'New Year, New Me'. I see the New Year to be a threshold of, yes, new opportunity, but not a 'new me', because I like 'me' very much, but now it's just time to get better, to improve.

I see the New Year as a time to reflect upon what you have achieved in the past 365 days, and to look ahead as to what you can achieve for the next; if you want to improve on a skill or take up a new hobby, make a certain commitment or donate to a charity, that sort of thing. It's a time to improve upon yourself, to make yourself a better, wholesome person than you were the year before, and that's what I intend to do. So, here are my New Years Resolutions:

  1. Become Healthy - I know... this is probably no.1 on a lot of people's list (that and 'lose weight'), but I have never wanted to lose weight, and quite frankly I don't care how much I weigh as it has never bothered me. But what I do care about is being healthy. I have noticed, on my spurts of occasionally being healthy, how I have felt, and it felt good. I felt happier, more energetic, and almost like I had a bit of sparkle in my step. That's what I want back; my sparkle. Also, I want to win The Hunger Games, pretend that I'm a sassy scavenger on the planet Jakku who has just realised she has The Force, pretend I'm running away from zombies, and possibly just be a badass heroine. God, I'm such a fangirl.
  2. Practice Mindfulness - This is something I really want to focus on in the New Year. I have been meditating on and off for a few months and have always enjoyed the little bubble I was in whilst doing so. When I meditate and practice 'mindfulness', I like to reflect on my day; the goods and the bads, what could have gone better, why I made the choices I did and so on and so forth. I then also like to plan for the next day; what I'm going to do, encourage a positive outlook for the next day, and visualize what I want to achieve. I have found it really helpful, and as we all lead busy lifestyles, I have found it very important to just stop and listen for a while. 
  3. Start Taking Driving Lessons - Even though I learned how to drive a Moped in March, I would love to start taking driving lessons! I wanted to get the most out of using my moped first, but I am thinking of taking driving lessons in the Summer and am very excited! 
  4. Read More - This is on my list EVERY YEAR! I always want to read more, and last year I didn't read as many books as I would have liked, but I've got a MASSIVE To Be Read pile, so hopefully I'll find myself latched onto a few good books this year. A few that I am particularly excited to read are: 'Six of Crows' - Leigh Bardugo, 'The Girl With All The Gifts' - M.R Carey, 'Trollhunters' - Guillermo del Torro and 'Good Omens' - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman!
  5. Learn How To Surf - In the Summer of last year, myself and a friend were going to go surfing, and I even booked a surfing lesson, but unfortunately she wasn't able to go! So now I have an unused Surfing lesson (luckily they have a 12 month expiry date!) and am hoping to learn in the Summer! It has been something that I have always wanted to do as I love the sea and it looks like a super cool sport. It's quite popular close to where I live, so hopefully I'll find a lovely community to talk to and surf with!
  6. Film More - As most of you may know, what I really want to do in life is to make films. Myself and a few friends make films together and we all thrive off of it. When we aren't filming, we feel like we are being put to waste; we live and breathe filmmmaking, but sadly we haven't gotten much time the past year to film as we are all off on different paths now (uni and work) so it makes things difficult. It's such a shame as well that we all don't spend time together because I really feel like these guys are my family and we all love making films so much, but rarely have a chance to do it. So this year, I'm making a commitment to make more films! We all have a few cracking idea's to expand and develop, so hopefully you all will be seeing some exciting stuff real soon! You can follow our shenanigans at +G27 Films on Instagram, Twitter and Youtube!
  7. Go On A Short Holiday With Friends - This is always something that I have wanted to do! Myself and my friends have never been on holiday together, and now that we are all a bit older and are all in work, we can finally have a mini-holiday somewhere! I have always loved the ideas of going on a weekend break to Paris, but we'll see what the squad thinks :)
  8. Enter Something Into A Film Competition - Again, MAKE MORE FILMS! Hopefully we will be able to create something that is worthy of entering into a contest! It' also a great opportunity to see what other filmmakers are making and is always a great way of making new connections and like-minded people.
  9. Finish Writing A Book - Something that I have been keeping to myself is that I'm in the process of writing a book. I love writing just as much as I love reading, and so it's only right to be inspired y what I have read. Think of 'Harry Potter' but with books, and that is basically what I am writing. At the moment it's just a passion project, but as I write more I would love to publish it one day!
  10. Watch Something At The Theatre/A Musical - I LOVE going to the West End, but I rarely get to do so! Ever since I was in a production of Miss Saigon, I have been in love with musicals! Some shows/plays I would love to and see are: 'The Cursed Child', 'Les Miserable', 'The Tempest' and 'The Lion King'.
So, there you have it! All of my New Year Resolutions. I hope you have found this interesting and maybe I ahve inspired you to think of a new resolution for yourself. Let me know what your resolutions are in the comments below!

Here's to a great New Year!

Love, K :)

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