Tuesday 29 March 2016

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments | 1x11 | Review & Discussion | Faith

 Information from a surprising ally leads Clary, Jace and Luke to devise a plan to stop Valentine and rescue Jocelyn; Alec seeks help from Magnus as Inquisitor Herondale arrives for Isabelle's trial.

- Wikipedia Synopsis

You can view all of my Shadowhunters reviews HERE

This review WILL contain SPOILERS!

Monday 28 March 2016

Allegiant | Movie Review | Faith

Tris (Shailene Woodley) escapes with Four (Theo James) to journey beyond the wall that encloses Chicago. For the first time, they leave the only city and family they have ever known to find a peaceful solution. Once outside, they learn shocking new truths that render old discoveries meaningless. As the ruthless battle threatens humanity, Tris and Four quickly decide who to trust to survive. Tris must ultimately make difficult choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. 

-  Wikipedia Synopsis

You can read my Divergent movie review HERE
You can read my Insurgent movie review HERE

This review will be SPOILER FREE

Sunday 27 March 2016

Yellow Brick War: Danielle Paige | Review | Faith

In this dark, action-packed third book in the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Amy Gumm—the new girl from Kansas—must do everything in her power to save Kansas, kill Dorothy, and make Oz a free land once more.

Amy Gumm’s mission to take down Dorothy Gale is not going according to plan. Dorothy has found a way to bridge the worlds of Oz and Kansas, and if the power-hungry dictator of Oz has her way, Kansas will be destroyed forever. Now, Amy has to team up with the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to save her home, restore the balance between the magic and nonmagic worlds, maybe get the guy—and kill that not-so-sweet Kansas farm girl once and for all.

In the third installment of the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die series, Danielle Paige’s twisted versions of beloved Oz characters are back, including the biggest, baddest, most famous of all: the Wicked Witch of the West.

Welcome to the other side of the rainbow. Here there’s danger around every corner, and magic shoes won’t be able to save you

- Goodreads Synopsis

This review WILL be SPOILER-FREE

Check out my review for Dorothy Must Die HERE
Check out my review for The Wicked Will Rise HERE

Tuesday 22 March 2016

Lady Midnight: Cassandra Clare | Review & Discussion | Faith

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

- Goodreads Synopsis

This Review WILL contain SPOILERS

Thursday 17 March 2016

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments | 1x10 | Review & Discussion | Faith

The search for Valentine leads Clary to an alternate reality where the threat of demons no longer exists; Isabelle and Alec face the repercussions of the Downworlder attack.

-   Wikipedia Synopsis

This review WILL contain SPOILERS.

You can view all of my other Shadowhunters reviews HERE

Wednesday 16 March 2016

The Shannara Trilogy: The Elfstones of Shannara | Terry Brooks | Review | Faith

Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them....

- Goodreads Synopsis

This review WILL be SPOILER-FREE

Wednesday 9 March 2016

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments | 1x09 | Review & Discussion | Faith

Clary, Jace and Isabelle are forced to take drastic action after they suspect Lydia's harsh plan for the Seelies could prove to be disastrous; Alec is emotionally torn by events at the Institute.
 - Wikipedia Synopsis

You can read my other Shadowhunters reviews HERE

This review WILL contain SPOILERS

Sunday 6 March 2016

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments | 1x08 | Review & Discussion | Faith

Alec, Jace and Isabelle's activities with Clary attract the attention of The Clave, resulting in trouble for the Lightwoods; Clary faces a difficult decision. 

- Wikipedia Synopsis

You can read all of my other Shadowhunters reviews HERE

This review WILL contain SPOILERS.

Friday 4 March 2016

January/February Wrap-Up | Raquel

I originally joined these two Wrap-Ups because I thought they would both be short so it made sense. However I ended up reading a lot in February... Oh well! Here is a really long January/February Wrap-Up!

Wednesday 2 March 2016

The Fifth Wave | Movie Review & Discussion | Faith

The human race stands on the brink of extinction as a series of alien attacks decimate the planet, causing earthquakes, tsunamis and disease. Separated from her family, Ohio teenager Cassie Sullivan (Chloƫ Grace Moretz) will do whatever it takes to reunite with her brother Sam. Fate leads her to form an alliance with Evan Walker (Alex Roe), a mysterious young man who may be her last hope. Forced to trust each other, Cassie and Evan fight for survival during the fifth assault from the invaders.

- Wikipedia Synopsis

This review WILL contain SPOILERS

You can read my book review for The Fifth Wave HERE

Tuesday 1 March 2016

The Bookish Randomz Book Club | An Introduction

It is happening. We are starting our very own online book club. Last month we both decided that it would be fun to start a book club together, this month we had a 'trial month' with just the two of us to see how things would work out. 

Our plan for this book club is to pick books from a genre we are not really familiar/comfortable with or genres that we don't usually pick up regularly (when we can). In February, we both decided on Adult Fiction. We both selected books we were interested in and then did a random draw. 

Our February book of the month was The Memory Keeper's Daughter by: Kim Edwards.

On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this story that unfolds over a quarter of a century - in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long-ago winter night. Norah Henry, who knows only that her daughter died at birth, remains inconsolable; her grief weighs heavily on their marriage. And Paul, their son, raises himself as best he can, in a house grown cold with mourning. Meanwhile, Phoebe, the lost daughter, grows from a sunny child to a vibrant young woman whose mother loves her as fiercely as if she were her own.

- Goodreads Synopsis

Now we would like to include more of you. Each month we will choose a book for all of us to read! 

We know that we won't be able to choose a random genre every month so instead we decided to choose a few books to put in the draw. 

This month's book is.... Avalon by: Mindee Arnett! 

A ragtag group of teenage mercenaries who crew the spaceship Avalon stumble upon a conspiracy that could threaten the entire galaxy in this fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi adventure from author Mindee Arnett.

Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.

Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they're damn good at it. Jeth doesn't care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents' ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he'll go to get the freedom he's wanted for so long.

Avalon is the perfect fit for teens new to sci-fi as well as seasoned sci-fi readers looking for more books in the YA space-and a great match for fans of Joss Whedon's cult hit show Firefly.

We even have a guest host! It's Sabrina from Beyond The Book Reviews! You can check out her awesome blog HERE

You can join the Goodreads group HERE

Check back here every month for updates!