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June 2014

10 Awesome Moments In Disney’s Tangled!

Hey, book lovers.

So, as people seemed to like my recent post about Frozen, I thought I would write a similar post but only about my other favourite Disney movie, Tangled! And I may post more in the future, so let me know what you guys would like to see. Anyway, if you haven’t seen Tangled, the story focuses on Rapunzel, an 18 year old girl who has an awful lot of blond hair and no freedom. In short, a wicked witch tried to steal a magic flower around the time of Rapunzel’s birth to make herself look younger, but when the queen came very sick, she used this flower to heal her. And so when Rapunzel was born, she had long magical blonde hair that would grow and grow, and becomes magical when she sings. So the witch steals this new flower princess and conceals her in her tower throughout her whole life.

Anyway, here goes.

1. Damn, that saucepan!

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So when the mysterious thief Flynn Rider appears in her tower, Rapunzel is a little suspicious (understandably). The saucepan becomes her best weapon against his smolder!

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2. But Flynn is pretty resistant!

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How would you react if a hunky thief appeared in your tower and tried to flirt with you? Is anyone else here feeling the slight sexual tension? (Sorry, I do forget this is a Disney movie.)

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He’s a little freaked out when her hair starts glowing. Okay, more than a little.

But the princess is all too happy to show him who’s boss, just like most of our familiar Disney heroins! I especially liked the bit where she steals the crown from him and hides it in the pot and he knows exactly where it is, so she has to knock him out with the saucepan again and then hide it.

3. Sit, horsey!

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So the princess becomes allies with one of the runaway palace horses and she persuades him to leave Flynn be as it is her birthday. Maximus and Flynn are not the best of friends, however. Their differences are one of the things that make this such a hilarious movie, though.

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Here they are, acting like small children while Rapunzel watches them from up ahead, making sure they both behave.

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And of course, the trusted Chameleon Pascal is always there to offer a hand.

4. Mama knows best!

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That’s a lot of hair! And in this song, Rapunzel’s mother is telling her through a song that she is not allowed to leave the tower.

5. Did I mention that’s a lot of hair? These moments just make the movie.

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Don’t worry, Rapunzel, if my hair was this long I would do the same. But when she and Flynn go to the Kingdom, some little girls plait it all up nicely for her. His face disinterest in this second picture is just hilarious. And the horse just knows exactly what is happening here.

6. You should see your faces because you look…ridiculous.

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Flynn is all too happy to to use Rapunzel’s hair as a kind of swing here after fighting the horse who had a sword in his mouth by using a saucepan. (God, that was a weird sentence.)

7. Rapunzel realises she is the missing princess.

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It’s a pretty big realization to make! She decides to leave her mother and go with Flynn, but things don’t go quite the way she planned…

8. They get so close!

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Flynn tells her his name is really Eugene Fitzherbert. She tells him she has hair that glows when she sings.

9. Uh oh!

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And then the whole tree goes with it. Their faces in this one though!

10. They even appear in Frozen!

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Hope you liked the post!

Happy reading, and film watching!

April

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Book Review: Fracture by C.J Daugherty

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Hey, book lovers.

You might have read my recent reviews of a couple of books called Night School by C.J Daugherty and the book that follows it, Legacy. If not, you can find these on my blog. I suggest that if you haven’t read those yet you find them first and read that review so you have a better understanding of the series.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently and not a lot of reviewing lately, and I apologise. But I have a few more to come so I thought I would try to work them through chronologically as quickly as I can, from the last book of this series that I have read so far to a series by Sophie McKenzie.

This is a wonderful book, in a brilliant series. There is so much tension in both of the previous books and this continues well in this one. Allie is living at Cimmeria Academy, where she has discovered that Night School is a program that not only powers the whole of her school, but a severe amount of government officials. And when she becomes a part of this, Allie is struggling to break through all of the lies and deceipt that the teachers and traitorous students alike are trying to keep under the surface. Her mental breakdowns increase and she begins to push away when her best friend is killed and Allie does not know who is working for the enemy, the very man that has taken her brother Christopher away from her. The school is crumbling and Allie is in the middle of it all, her powerful Grandmother Lucinda trying her very best to keep the school safe.

If you’ve enjoyed one or both of the previous books, you will love this one. Or even if you like thrillers with complex plots and compelling characters, this is pretty much the book for you. I suggest giving it a chance and let me know what you think!

Happy reading!

April

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10 Hilarious Moments In Disney’s Frozen!

Hey, book lovers!

I thought for a moment I would share some of the funniest moments I remember from this well-known Disney Princess movie, Frozen. If you haven’t seen it, it’s kind of a spin on the traditional Disney Princess stories (if you remember Belle, Jasmine, Cinderella and many others), but there are a few different themes this time. I’m a huge Frozen fan of Disney, and so I thought I’d take some time out of my usual writing discussions and reviews and post something a bit different. If you’ve seen the movie you might have your own favourites, but these are just some personal favourites! Do feel free to share your own funny moments with me in the comments section, if you would like to!

So, let’s crack on!
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Can we all appreciate how adorable this photo is? I mean, at the very beginning of the movie, Anna, the younger sister, is so excited to go and play that she literally lays on top of her older sister to try and get her point across. This little line made me laugh so much!

2. Sandwiches?
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Did anyone else expect this totally random line? I didn’t- just me? Okay. Anyway, though this song was so catchy and I had it stuck in my head for days afterwards, this was a really random part that I just did not think I was going to see. Worth it, though. Ana here is at her naive, romance-loving stage and doesn’t really appreciate that this guy wants to set out to kill her. (Oops, spoilers.)

3.Chicken Dance Guy!
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I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I’d want to dance with this guy at a party!

4. Wait, that’s the Princess?
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I guess Disney really are getting to terms with this whole Princess image thing, this bit had me in fits of laughter. It’s really just a great representation of what we, unfortunately, tend to look like in the morning. (Sorry girls, but it’s kinda true.)

5. Hypothermia?

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When Anna first goes to look for her sister, she’s wearing a tiny little coronation robe and obviously, Elsa’s Frozen the summer and everything so it’s a little bit chilly out there. But this little moment here, when Anna’s dress freezes and hits the step, was actually really funny. (So happy she finds a coat on later though, I’m not the best fan of the cold.)

6. Sven!
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Kristoff’s reindeer, Sven, is so cute and adorable and he just wants to stick out for his friend. There are some funny moments involving Sven for example when Kristoff is singing to him in the barn and when they first meet Olaf. Speaking of…

7. Olaf!
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Undoubtedly, Anna and Kristoff are a little surprised to find a talking (and singing) snowman.
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But there’s a lot more to him than just snow!
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Some of his proudest moments!
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We all love Olaf. Come on, you just know you do. (Admit it.)

8. Trolls!
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The trolls are all too happy to burst into song and dance if it will help Kristoff get a girlfriend!

9. Does it look bad?
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Anna: Does it look bad?
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Kristoff: No.
Olaf: You hesitated.

One of the funniest parts of the movie, in my opinion.

10. Pow!
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So the prince turns out to be a total arse-wipe and Anna punches him in the face and he falls off the royal boat and into the water. Kristoff is promoted to Royal Ice-Master.

I do not own any of the above. I am merely sharing my favourite parts of the movie with those who read my blog! I hope you liked this post. I do like writing about movies just as much as books, would you believe it!

First Drafts

Hey, book lovers.

So I finished the first draft of my novel earlier today. I mean there’s still a ton of edits to do and some of it has to be typed up, but apart from that I’m able to say I’ve completed another novel. And I’m so happy that I couldn’t even think about reading one of my favourite books earlier. I’m so excited about where this could go if I do enough edits and make it go well. Isn’t that just part of the fun of being a writer, though? I guess you could say I have a bit of a book hangover.

And it feels strangely amazing. But I’m kind of numb at the same time. Please do tell me if you have ever felt the same way. I felt exactly the same when I finished my last novel, but that one was far longer (about 130, 000 words to be more specific) and so I think mildly too long for a first novel. But you never know what could happen. So I’m now seeking representation for one and on the way to seeking representation for the other just as soon as the edits are finished.

So it’s a bit of a writerly feeling, if you know what I mean? I don’t know what to do with myself. But I know there will be a sequel on the way, I just think I need to give my head a chance to clear first. So I guess I’ll see how it all goes with the edits and then try and get it out there! Wish me luck! (And I give exactly the same to anyone in the same position!) Hope it all goes well. Would love to hear some publishing stories, as I don’t really know any published writers and I think it would be cool.

Hope to hear from you!

For now, happy reading! (And writing!)

April

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Book Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Hey, book lovers.

I read this wonderful little book last week called The Selection by Kiera Cass. The story focuses on the narrative perspective of America Singer, a sixteen year old girl living in a world where a person’s status depends on living under a certain number, from eight to one.

Eights are less well off and Ones are royalty, and America is a five, meaning that when the opportunity arises for many girls of her age to enter The Selection and potentially marry the Prince Maxon, America wishes to help her family and take the financial benefits being offered from this selection. But America is in love with the boy she has been with for two years and all she wants is to marry him in her home, so when he breaks her heart and tells her to go, she takes the opportunity. But Maxon is very different to how she imagines and this changes everything.

I really hope you like this one!

Happy reading!

April

Book Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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Hey, book lovers.

I’m afraid I’ve been delaying my review on this wonderful book for a while now. It’s the third book in the Divergent series by an author called Veronica Roth and the first book has already been made into a film. I’ve seen it, and it’s really, really worth watching. Believe me on this one. You might recognise these two whether or not you’ve actually seen it.

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Anyway, the three books are set in a world where there is little to no hope, which is why it has been primarily labelled as a novel from the dystopian fiction genre- something I, myself have really gotten into writing since doing my degree, but that’s another story altogether. You can find the reviews to the first two books in this series, Divergent and its sequel Insurgent, on my blog. I really loved these books and was really drawn in to each one of them. I read Divergent probably a lot faster than any other book I’ve read, and I’m kinda a slow reader (hence why it often takes me a long time to get a new book review on here, sorry, but I do try.)

It’s a wonderful series. The first book sees Tris living in a world where your personal traits and attributes see you into specific parts of your world, which are known as Factions. Candor means honesty, Abnegation (which is where Tris comes from) means selflessness, Dauntless means bravery, Amity is for peace, and Erudite for knowledge.

But in the first book she was transferred to Dauntless when she chose bravery at her choosing ceremony, and her decision has affected her relationship with her family but has also made her far more brave, intelligent and better at making quick decisions. She is more agile, better at fights and defending herself physically, but some of the events that ran on into the next book have shown that any kind of physical trauma can affect the mind just much as the body. Consequences of her actions leave her hateful and bitter, and in Insurgent she finds it far harder to fight, but the war is growing. Tris must learn to work with those she has come to trust to fight in this battle of both a physical and a mental skill, but it won’t be easy.
Allegiant shows Tris that not everything in the world is as you might have seen it, and that the government have been conspiring and have made these factions as a kind of social experiment. But this one is narrated not only by Tris but by her previous instructor at Dauntless, the one she has come to love and adore, Four, or as he is also known, Tobias. Four has to face his four fears, which is where the name originated from, and his love for Tris and the bitter hatred at the world who created him and the Divergents that the government have made to show that people will have not only one trait but possibly two or three. Tris is fighting her own battles, and though their relationship becomes strained in the war raging around them, their love for each other is clear in the ending, which I will not spoil for you. But it is a tense one, very, very sad. And I do not want to ruin it for you so I will leave it there and simply say that this book is so very worth the price and the time it takes to read, as it is a big book.

Happy reading!

April

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Book Review: Legacy by C.J Daugherty

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Hey, book lovers.

I’ve just finished reading the amazing Legacy by C.J Daugherty so I thought I would post a review while the story is still fresh in my mind.

I recently posted a review for the first book in the series, Night School. It was a wonderful book about the friendships and romances of a girl called Allie who, after her older brother Christopher mysteriously ran away, begins to follow a life of crime and is then sent away to the secret school of Cimmeria. In this first book, Allie makes friendships that will last her a lifetime and romances like in the gorgeous Sylvain and then the wonderful, protective Carter West. She becomes closer to Jo, who is slightly emotionally scarred and will often have her episodes which make her go up and do crazy things like climbing up onto the roof of their dormitory building with a bottle of vodka. Rachel is the girl who knows everything about everyone, and becomes a very close comfort for Allie in both books. Lucas is the guy that Rachel has liked from the start, and Lisa is his closest. The group’s dynamics shines through really well in this first book and mostly shows you Allie trying to fit into this new world.

There are many events in this book that leave you wanting to know more. It was one of my friends from University that leant me this book and she was really into reading it so she said I could borrow it, and it was so worth it. There is some tension and some dramatic events, which I think is something this author is incredibly good at creating.

Legacy, as most sequels do, merely continues on from the events of Night School. Allie is still recovering from the events of the first book, but in the beginning of this one begins to realise that she is not just a nobody but a Legacy student like everybody else. She is the granddaughter of Lucinda Meldrum, the chancellor and one of the country’s well-known leaders. She does not want to reveal this information but when it comes out in a truth or dare game by the malicious Katie, everyone wants to know who she really is and why she had not decided to tell anyone.

The friendships and relationships in this book show Allie trying to cope with everything that happened in Night School, the friendships she makes when the headmistress Isabelle accepts her into Night School such as the thirteen year old genius, Zoe Glass, who is at first a little challenging because she is so honest but soon becomes a good friend. Still, there is a traitor at this school that is working with the dangerous Nathaniel, who set the attack on the school in the first book. And they do not know who this is. It could be any of her friends or family.

Read this book, it’s intense, its narrative character Allie is gripping and leaves you wondering what is going to happen. The story is beautifully told and both this book and the first are really worth the read.

Happy reading!

April

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My Writing Projects For The First Academic Year Of My Degree!

Hey, book lovers.

So as you will know if you’ve read my recent book review of Dance of Ashes by Yelena Black, I’ve been very busy working on assessments due for the first year of my degree in Creative Writing at the University of Bedfordshire. Like many others on this website that I’ve come across, reading and writing are everything to me, and I want to of course keep writing and to develop my craft in the subject in order to write the best possible books I can! Because isn’t that what every writer wants? And this is coming from someone who’s friends now are mostly writers. Before University I didn’t know personally anyone who had written a novel. Well, now I do!

So, this post is a little different to my usual book reviews. I want to get back into posting regular content and I still have a lot of books left to talk about, so I won’t be going anywhere soon. Moving swiftly on, I thought I’d talk about the first four assessments I wrote for my first year. I may do another post about my most recent stories soon, but just as soon as our work has all been handed back and we’ve received our feedback and grades.

There were four units, all with their different topics and requirements. There were two assessments due for each of these modules; one due for each module in January and the second batch being due in May.

Writers Reading

This unit is very much like the title. We write a story that in some way links to our reading during our time on the course. I read an awful lot of Young Adult novels, so my piece for this unit was based on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, a short story fanfiction/adaptation piece called A Touch Of Death. I was happy to receive a B+ for this piece, a happy 13 out of 16 marks. This piece was a lot of fun to write, because it was like fan fiction in that you play around with the story.

Writing Practices

The requirements here were simply to write a short-story piece. It could be about anything, it just depended on the form. For this piece I wrote a dystopian fiction piece. I got a C for this one.

Composition 1

The requirements for this unit were that you could write pretty much any form of writing; poetry, a short story, a script, etc. My short story for this one was about finding love after experiencing grief. I got another C for this one.

Creative Writing Theory and Practice

For this one, you could write in any form as long as you involved in your contextual study (a kind of essay that goes with each creative piece, discussing and explaining your aims and objectives and what went well and what didn’t) some kind of theory that could be linked to your story. Mine was an extract of a novel that I am going to be writing about a girl called Anna who receives a letter on the doorstep from her mother from birth and realises that she is actually adopted. She is angry, and in the chapter decides to run away and find her loving mother from the address given to her in the letter. I was able to link this to the theories of Freud and Jung and spoke a lot about the genre. I had thought this was my weakest piece when I submitted them but I actually received some amazing feedback and an equally amazing A-, both of which made me very happy indeed.

I will talk about the recent four stories in another post, but they are still going through the marking process and so I think it would be better to keep them as four little secrets for now. I was pretty happy with these stories overall and received some wonderful feedback from my lecturers. So I’m so proud of myself for completing all of these and am now just awaiting the feedback and results for the last lot!

And for now, happy reading! I’m off to read the sequel to Night School by C.J Daugherty now, Legacy. It’s good so far. There will be a review up soon, plus my friend’s even leant me the sequel that comes after it so I’m pretty excited for that one too, as I’ve been really drawn into this series.

April

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Book Review: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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Hey there, book lovers.

This particular book review is about the wonderful sequel by Suzanne Collins to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, the second book in a series of three about a world ruled by the malicious President Snow, who has forced his twelve districts into a shocking battle-to-the death. The first novel in the series sees sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen volunteer in the place of her twelve year old sister Primrose, alongside the boy who saved her when she and her family when they were starving, Peeta Mellark. I read this book quite a long while ago, but I’ve read it a few times and I found that Katniss’s strength and her hatred for being held contained in this horrific society was what made the book so worthwhile to read, along with the friendships and romances she encounters. I would seriously recommend it to anyone who loves the dystopian fiction novels as much as I do.

Gale was always there for Katniss from the very beginning. And he still is there for her in the second book, but I think he was quite understated in this one as it seemed to focus much more on the blossoming romance between Katniss and Peeta that had developed in The Hunger Games. But they do kiss, before she goes off to the arena for the Quarter Quell that marks the 75th year of the annual Hunger Games. Before all of this happens, however, Katniss and Peeta are expected to keep up a love and romance that is purely for the eyes of the public and to stop people from realising that there is more going on underneath the surface, and to prevent an uprising. President Snow appears to Katniss and tells her that she is to keep this up and make them all, and himself, to believe it, or else the consequences would be horrifying for both herself and for everyone she loves.  With this comes a wedding, and a baby- and some start to believe that their Mockingjay- a public heroine, is expecting Peeta’s child. But President Snow knows better than to believe it, and he is angry.

To show her he means business, President Snow orders a Quarter Quell, and orders that for the very first time, various winners from the previous Hunger Games events from all of the different districts will have to fight to the death. Haymitch is quick to act out, and a plan is formed that they will do their best to protect Peeta, knowing that they are the only winners from their district.

This book is a wonderful sequel and follows the story on well. I really enjoyed the first book, and got into this one just as quickly. I won’t spoil too much for you, but I hope you enjoy it.

Happy reading!

April

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