Unboxings

November NPC Crate Unboxing – Magical Beasts

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“We’ve searched high and low across the world to bring you Novembers Magical Beasts Crate so hide anything shiny, perfect your bow and maybe grab a pair of fire proof gloves as you’re about to release three magical beast candles and exclusive enamel pin. (The Only thing jewellery moles love more than diamonds).”

The November NPC Crate from Nerd Poured Candles for the month of November, “Magical Beasts” was all things Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. As you can probably tell from my blog name etc I’m a bit of a fan and this is my absolute favourite crate to date so far.

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First up we have the Thunder Bird Candle, a gloriously creamy looking pale yellow with hints of golden sparkle throughout, scented with coconut, lime and verbena brilliantly embodying this magnificent creature from the wilds of Arizona. This candle has a great cold throw but the warm throw is spectacular and a great accompaniment to a warm evening inside.

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I screamed a little when I unboxed this (which you may have seen if you’ve watched the unboxing video I did on YouTube – which you can find here),  not only is it based on one of the best magical creatures which I adore, but the scents are a delicious combination of three of my favourite tastes! Biscuits, white chocolate and vanilla… This just feels like it was made just for me! Imagine a custard cream with vanilla scented, white chocolate filling, are you drooling yet? Because I am. An absolute favourite for sure.

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The third candle was based around everyone’s favourite Magical Zoologist with the rough brown colour suiting Newt down to the ground from the leather of his magical case, his sandy hair or his tan waistcoat. Scented with bergamot, lemon and cognac I imagined it being a very stereotypical ‘man smell’ but it’s a gorgeous deep scent with lovely little light notes of lemon that follow and this one actually ended up being my favourite! I couldn’t get enough of it and when lit the scents just all come together so well. I need more of this one please!

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This badge is huge! It’s easily double the size of any of the other pins to date and super secure with two pins and attachments on the back. Newt’s suitcase features a quote from the first film and cute little escaping Niffler paws! The metal is also a lovely rose gold colour which fits in with the whole aesthetic brilliantly.

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This months bookmark is a lovely simple but effective design with loads of different prints and feathers and a perfect quote from everyone favourite No Maj Jacob Kowalski to finish it off, again the colours fit perfectly with the whole feel of this crate and the world of Fantastic Beasts.

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book reviews, spoiler free

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay – Spoiler free review

39330961Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay by J.K Rowling

Rating: XXXX

Published November 16th 2018 by Little Brown

“Do you know why I admire you, Newt? More, perhaps, than any man I know? You don’t seek power or popularity. You simply ask, is the thing right in itself? If it is, then I must do it, no matter the cost.”

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

Before we get down to business (to defeat…the Huns – not sorry) I would like to make a point of saying this review is for the screenplay itself, not the film – that is a WHOLE other herd of mooncalves which I will certainly be getting to but I wanted to have separate reviews for the two as there are different pros and cons to both. This review will also be spoiler free (unless you haven’t seen any Harry Potter or the first Fantastic Beasts film, then you might want to reconsider reading this) so if you haven’t seen or read The Crimes of Grindelwald yet you don’t need to worry about this review spoiling anything.

I have many thoughts about The Crimes of Grindelwald in both film and screenplay format, after leaving the cinema a little confused after seeing this second film in a five-film series I decided the best thing to do would be to check out the screenplay. Although I very much enjoyed the first film, I still found reading the screenplay gave it an extra depth and helped me pick up on some things I missed the first time around seeing the film. The same is true of The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay, apparently, there are some deleted scenes included but I don’t think they could have been that big or monumental as nothing seemed especially new to me but as I said, the film had confused me so it may I just not picked up on them. I will also say I highly recommend listening to the film soundtrack when reading as for me some of the parts seemed a little dry of atmosphere but that is one of the prices we pay when reading something in screenplay form.

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The screenplay definitely added more clarity to a lot of the film and my favourite thing about it was that it also gave more of an insight into the characters intentions, emotions and thoughts, not as intimately or in anywhere near as much detail as well as being able to clearly see names and dates etc which were there and gone in an instant when on the big screen. This means I found the film less confusing but I now have more questions than ever but as a sequel in a five-film series that isn’t shocking.

As ever my favourite thing and the reason I knew I was absolutely buying this book no matter what is the beautiful art spread throughout. The cover is magnificent and features many important items and creatures from the film and instead is even more gorgeous with each chapter featuring a detailed and intricate piece of artwork in the same style as the images on the cover and there are many flourishes and decorations between the scenes, Minalima have created some fantastic art for this screenplay, even more so I think than in the first screenplay.

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The Crimes of Grindelwald screenplay is the first thing I’ve tabbed while reading in ages and it really helped me to take stock of everything and allowed me to realise that actually there were a good few bits I enjoyed. (Pink is parts I loved, Orange is hated, green is for questions and yellow is for “this seems important” and I’m fairly pleased that it felt a bit more balanced.  It’s also nice knowing that in two years when we get the next film I can reference all the questions and things I thought important from the second.

I think if you can’t get to see the film than this screenplay is an okay substitute but a difficult one as I don’t think you get the same involvement in this format as you would on the screen or via a ‘normal’ book but would do someone a turn and it’s easy enough to understand the bones of the story at the very least. I would absolutely say this is meant as an accompaniment, a way for people to experience the film over again and like me to hopefully pick up on more details they may have missed. Honestly, even if I had completely hated the film I would still have brought this just for the artwork.

#SixforSunday

S4S – Santa won’t you please bring me…?

As usual I hadn’t planned to do this weeks Six for Sunday post due to time, I’ve been under the weather this week and I’ve been pretty out of it BUT I’m feeling much better today and although it’s a bit late in the day, it turns out that in the end I just couldn’t resist joining in with this weeks prompt, “Santa won’t you bring me…?” I adore Christmas time (it’s my birthday so I’m probably a little bias) and I’m feeling super festive already so here we go!

An Aurora Rising, by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kauffman Arc
If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time you probably already know about my love of The Illuminae Files by the same authors and every since I finished Obsidio and found out about their next collaboration featuring hot space elves I was so completely onboard. The AU ARCs appeared on my timeline last week and the UK publishers Rock the Boat announced that there’s would be printed soon too, I have my name down as an interested reviewer and now I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be chosen to receive a review copy, I can dream, right? You never know!!

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Bookshelf help and a new bookshelf
This is a broad one. I’m at that point again already that I have too many books etc for my shelves, I don’t have a lot of space left but could probably fit one more bookshelf in and replace the old rickety one I had at my parent’s house who knows how many years ago.  I still need to get rid of some books and rearrange said content on said shelves though to make it a bit neater and feeling less stressed when I look at it. I guess I’m after a bookshelf fairy?

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A Kylo Ren/ Ben Solo prequel book
Ideally written by Claudia Gray, Delilah Dawson or Christie Golden? I know he’s not everyone’s favourite character and honestly, I hated him in The Force Awakens but with The Last Jedi, I’m left with needing to know more! He’s evolved into such an interesting character now and I think there’s probably more than enough content in his backstory to give us more insight into the mind of Ben Solo and the exact path and events that led him to become Kylo Ren. Maybe we’ll get it as a prequel or companion book before the last Star Wars film in this trilogy? I can hope!

MORE Star Wars books sooner…
Okay so I’m still in a huge Star Wars funk at the moment and I’m desperately awaiting the releases of Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray as well as Queens Shadow by Emily Kate Johnston, I absolutely cannot wait to read them and they’re not out until April and March next year respectively.

 

 

 

A Niffler plush
It’s just occurred to me recently that I really should have a Niffler Plushie, we’re fluffy, shiny collecting kindred spirits after all and it is pretty much my blog logo so I think it’s a given really. I’m in charge of the Christmas shopping this year so maybe I can just get myself one from the cat?

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New cardigans and long tops
Being out of any real work at the moment means that I’m fast wearing all of my clothes to death, especially my cardigans and long tops. At least once a week I spend about an hour before bed window shopping…usually on the EMP site, these are two of my favourites.

 

 

 

book talk, booktube

Star Wars : Bloodline – Book Talk

It’s Saturday so that must mean it’s time for a new video! Just gone live on my booktube channel is my book talk for Star Wars: Bloodline By Claudia Gray. My book talks are NOT spoiler free so please beware there are big spoilers in this video. If you haven’t read this book and are more interested in a spoiler free however there will be one coming up in the next couple of weeks as I’m planning to host an entire week of Star Wars related posts and reviews including a spoiler free review of this book. Until then enjoy the video and I’ll post more about the upcoming Star Wars week very soon!

SPOILER WARNING – VIDEO DOES CONTAIN SPOILERS – CLICK AT YOUR PERIL