50-ish Books That I'm Getting Rid Of

Monday, 20 November 2017


This was meant to be up days ago but it took forever to render and then forever-and-a-day to upload. Then once it did upload, the last minute had been cut off. So, I had to go back to the drawing board and render the video again before uploading it for the second time. I need to learn to stop making such long videos - they take an age to upload (I wonder if anyone else has twigged on to that?).

So, in this video, I take you through all of the books that I'm getting rid of - I have donated them to a charity run bookshop in Belfast and some books are going to my former English and Theatre Studies teacher from high school. Put the kettle on and grab a hot beverage. 



REVIEW || Star Trek: Discovery 1x08 and 1x09


I had considered not doing this blog post. I have done weekly reviews for every episode of Star Trek: Discovery since the first two-parter became available on Netflix. I've spoken at length about what I like about this series and also what I have not liked about it. With the last two episodes of Discovery, I have seriously begun to question this series. I was in Spain a fortnight ago and so I missed the penultimate episode of the mid-season break. When I got home, I had a double-bill of the latest two episodes and I can honestly say, neither of them impressed me. 

I had seen gifs floating around Twitter about bits that happened in the mid-season finale. Nothing that was an overt spoiler, thankfully. The spoilers were thankfully reserved until after I had watched the mid-season finale. Still, spoiler alert, people. It amazes me that, even now, people still haven't grasped that they are spoiling things for others when they blab on social media. 

So, without further adieu, let's get into the review aspect of this post.


VIDEO: Geekerella by Ashley Poston [BOOK TALK]

Thursday, 2 November 2017


I know I did a blog post about this absolute gem of a book - here - but I just had to talk about Geekerella by Ashley Poston on my YouTube channel. Check out the video below. You'll see that I absolutely adore this book. 



REVIEW || Star Trek: Discovery 1x07: Magic To Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

Monday, 30 October 2017


Can I get a round of applause for posting a Star Trek: Discovery episode review on the day that it is released on Netflix? Thank you, thank you. I might as well be on time once because I won't be on time next week because I will be travelling. That instalment will be postponed until the following week when it'll be a double-whammy. I'm warning you now. 


Born With Teeth || Kate Mulgrew [REVIEW REWIND]


If you've been around my blog before, you may know that I'm a massive fan of Kate Mulgrew. I've been a fan of hers since I was 11-years-old, and you may know that I've already read her memoir, Born With Teeth. I read it when it was released back in 2015 and did a subsequent review which you can see here. "Then, what's the point of this blog post?" I hear you ask. Good question. The simple answer is; I wanted to. The long answer is; my Goodreads goal of reading 50 books in 2017 was fast approaching and I wanted to mark the occasion because I'm weird like that. Cue the light-bulb moment of deciding that read #50 of 2017 was going to be a re-read; I was going to read Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew again. As a result, I wanted to talk about it. Again.


When I started reading Born With Teeth the first time, I was naturally in a fangirl induced reading daze. I was reading the words and taking everything in but I ultimately wasn't taking anything in at all. I took in bits and pieces but it was insignificant when compared to what I didn't remember. The image of an iceberg comes to mind. That's how much I absorbed because I was just in such a daze. I felt as if I had barely scratched the surface. I finally had a book written by Kate Mulgrew and I was being an idiot by not really absorbing it. I felt terrible. I felt like I had written quite a succinct and articulate review but then what? I felt as if the detail had been lost. 


RIDICULOUS Book Haul. [25 Books]

Sunday, 29 October 2017


I will admit that I was an absolute savage over the past few months on the book buying. I got a handful in August (travelling can hamper the buying of books) and I made up for that in September. My best friend gave me a gift voucher to Waterstones and I went to town with it. Then there were a plethora of new releases in October and I couldn't stop myself. Let's face it, I didn't even try to stop myself. Put the kettle on, make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and grab a snack because you're in for the long haul. Get it? .....Moving on. 



REVIEW || Star Trek: Discovery 1x06 'Lethe'

Wednesday, 25 October 2017


It's Wednesday so as scheduled, it is time for my weekly review for Star Trek: Discovery. It airs on Sunday night and then available on Monday from Netflix UK. So then why does it take me typically until Wednesday to watch it? After speaking with one of my colleagues today, I have realised that I am not super-duper excited for the new episodes. I religiously watch Voyager on the Horror Channel at 7pm each weekday yet I'm not so religious about watching Discovery. It hasn't sparked that excitement in me. Yet. I have hope that it well. I'm more apprehensive for Discovery. Here's hoping it'll give way to excitement.

I actually don't have a lot to say about this episode. I don't have a lot of notes and the notes that I have made are all quotes from the episode. 

Cursing and Star Trek

Sunday, 22 October 2017

I know that I touched on this topic in my previous episodic review for Star Trek: Discovery's fifth episode, 'Choose Your Pain'. In this episode, Discovery went to a place that no incarnation, series or movie, has dared to tread; it dropped the F-bomb. 

Geekerella || Ashley Poston

Thursday, 19 October 2017


Never has a book spoken so vividly to my soul than Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I didn't give this book much thought as Book-Tubers talked about it in their book hauls and TBRs. They didn't seem particularly enthused about it and honestly, thought that it would be a half-hearted attempt at an author trying to understand fandom by throwing a smattering of well-known TV shows in here and there all while re-enacting Cinderella. Basically, Cinderella meets Galaxy Quest (although that does sound pretty amazing). With that in mind, I kept seeing it peering at me from the shelves of Waterstones and Easons and decided last week to actually pick it up. I figured it would be a cute and easy read between reading The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo and Born With Teeth by Kate Mulgrew. Within the first chapter, I was asking myself, "Why didn't I pick this up sooner?" and then looked up recipes for how to eat crow. 

REVIEW || Star Trek: Discovery 1x05: Choose Your Pain

Wednesday, 18 October 2017


One of these weeks I will watch Star Trek: Discovery on a Monday (Netflix viewing) and have a blog post up earlier in the week. Alas, in true Kazzie fashion, it's a Wednesday viewing and a Wednesday blog post. 

With last week being my least favourite in the series so far, this episode was certainly a good one. I would say so with an episode title, "Choose Your Pain." Sounds ominous. 

Vicious || V.E. Schwab

Friday, 13 October 2017


The name V.E. (Victoria) Schwab is one which I have heard since the moment that I found the realm of Booktube. Her name has crept up in a vast majority of videos that I have watched and mentioned by practically every Book-tuber that I have come across. She's practically a legend. With so many novels out there to choose from and with each one sounding just as amazing as the one before it, I was at a loss to which one to pick up first. Then I heard the plot of Vicious and I was sold. 
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. 
Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
It sent up vibes for Sanctuary and Deadpool

It rang the Deadpool bells because of the interest in adrenaline. If you've watched the Deadpool movie that was released a couple of years ago, you will know that Wade Wilson developed his abilities when Ajax subjected him to all number of experiments to test the limits of his body in an attempt to provoke a survival response from the body. It resulted in his infinite regeneration ability. That is exactly what Victor gains from his near-death experiment. Eli, likewise, gains an ability from a near-death experiment. His ability mirrors that of Deadpool's rival in the movie, Ajax (Francis). He is immune to pain, or rather, he can control pain in himself and also in others. It practically read as Deadpool in reverse; Ajax is the good-guy (with Deadpool's personality) and Deadpool is the baddie (with Ajax's personality). . . Sort of. 

With the premise of it being like Sanctuary, I instantly felt as if Eli and Victor were a smaller version of The Five; the group that Magnus helped form in which they experimented with what humans could become if given the chance, aka superpowers, aka, experiment with and injecting themselves with vampire blood. The typical college experience, right? It had a number of intersecting common threads with Sanctuary and that TV show was and still is an integral part of my life. That made it all the more enjoyable for me.


The characters in Vicious were unlike anything that I expected to encounter. I thought I knew who I was going to root for going into the book. Schwab basically patted me on the head and said, "Oh honey . . . no." Who I thought was good was more than likely a baddie and who was the baddie was probably a goodie. I loved that about this book. Even with secondary characters, Schwab only gives the reader tantalisingly small nibbles of information about them before ending the chapter and skipping time-frame or person.

Yes, time-frame. The chapters jump throughout time ranging from ten years in the past to the present, last year or four hours previously. Well, something along those lines. At first, it was confusing when trying to establish what was actually happening in the book. When I felt as if I was making sense of the time period that I was in, I would be taken to the present where I would have to establish myself and the characters again. It didn't take long before I adjusted to the time jumps but it was nevertheless disconcerting, especially when the chapter ended on a cliff-hanger and I wanted to find out what happened next and I would have to wait for several more chapters to find out. 


I loved Schwab's writing style. It was one of the few books that I've read recently that was set in the present day, on this planet and in an English speaking country. That's what happens when you're a fantasy junkie, folks. Schwab had a fascinating way of grounding her characters in the present in a relatable way. The characters often referenced something that I'm a fan of too and so I could relate to them and really appreciate them all the more. With books set in the present day (or within my lifetime), I find that cultural references make it all the more fascinating and all the more probable if that makes sense. The characters make reference to Marvel and here I am comparing it to Deadpool which is another Marvel creation. Sadly, Sanctuary wasn't referenced but I'm still making that connection. 


I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I'm glad that I choose this as my first foray into V..E. Schwab's writing. Schwab uses the pseudonym of V.E. when writing adult novels and then 'Victoria Schwab' when writing for the Young Adult genre. Despite the aforementioned initial confusion and frustration with the time jumps with each chapter, I grew to love this book and could not put it down because I had such a need to find out what happened in the past and what was going to happen in the future. I absolutely loved it and would recommend it to anyone that loves Marvel, DC Comics, Sanctuary or similar shows like Warehouse 13.

REVIEW || Star Trek: Discovery 1x04 - 'The Butcher's Knife Cares Not For The Lamb's Cry

Thursday, 12 October 2017


It's that time of the week, folks. It's Star Trek: Discovery review time. I am later than I have been previously with these reviews. I simply became occupied just hadn't found a chance to sit down and watch it. Better late than never.

GET READY WITH ME || Cruise Formal Night [2017]

Friday, 6 October 2017


September was such a lazy month for me. I'm only now finding the motivation to edit the videos that I wanted to create from my cruise in August. I still have one more to go but when people are outside cutting down trees, it really puts a buzz kill on filming. Therefore, I decided to edit the footage from the Get Ready With Me that I filmed. I hope you like it. 


REVIEW || Star Trek: Discovery - Context Is For Kings 1x03

Tuesday, 3 October 2017


It's that time, folks. It's the day after a new Star Trek: Discovery episode has been released and so that means that it is time for my review. I actually watched this episode on Monday instead of Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. My enthusiasm was quite unexpected considering how scared I was of watching the first two episodes. Nevertheless, Discovery was never far from my mind for the past week. I'm serious. I've been thinking about it quite a bit this week. Plus, this week was the introduction of Jason Isaacs' character, Captain Gabriel Lorca

Undoubtedly, I will be correcting his name several times in this post. I seem to type 'Garbiel' instead of 'Gabriel'. So if you spot one that I missed, please tell me. So without further adieu, let's get started...

Context Is For Kings takes place six months after the events of 'The Vulcan Hello'.

My 10 Favourite Episodes of Star Trek: Voyager

Sunday, 1 October 2017


It is no secret around these parts that I love Star Trek and that Star Trek: Voyager owns me in mind, body and soul. Voyager has been a part of my life since I was 11-years-old and it continues to be a big influence in my life today. It is my happy place. I have a plethora of happy memories tied up in all 172 episodes. More than likely, I have a story for every one of those episodes. For the sake of not boring you too much, I'm going to share with you my top 10 favourite episodes (plus some honorary mentions).

A little warning... If you don't like Janeway or Janeway and Chakotay....this may not be for you. 


Daughter of the Pirate King || Tricia Levenseller

Saturday, 30 September 2017


When a book has a blurb on the cover saying, "Readers should rejoice, because we now have a Lady Jack Sparrow on our hands," you better believe that I am jumping up and down in anticipation, grabby hands in want and asking, "Where do I sign?


I needed this book in my life and it seemed that a lot of other book bloggers felt the same way because Daughter of the Pirate King was frequently included in hauls, TBRs and Most Anticipated Reads videos. How could I resist it? The cover is gorgeous! Just look at it! It has a freaking pirate
version of Brave's Merida! Even the summary had me intrigued.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. 
More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.



Doesn't that sound cool? It sounded very exciting. It sounded like it was going to be full of adventure, action and excitement. I thought that it was going to be the perfect read for when I went on my cruise. Ship. Pirate ship. Sailing. Seas. You get the picture. I was looking forward to sitting by the pool, a beer (or cocktail) in hand and reading this book.


The first chapter grabbed my attention. I felt that Alosa was definitely the cut-throat pirate princess that I expected from the summary and the cover. I was champing at the bit to find out what happened next. Sadly, that excitement and anticipation did not last into the next chapter or through the rest of the book.

I did not connect with the characters at all. There were moments when I felt like I was beginning to like Alosa; I believed in her strength but then she would do something that I felt was completely out-of-character and not something that she should or would be doing. I enjoyed her back-story more than her present-day story. Alosa's secret was intriguing, albeit no surprise, and it made me like her character a lot more when she used it but I became rather fed up with her reluctance to embrace it. I disliked how reluctant and unsure Alosa was despite claiming to be such a fearsome pirate, trained by the King himself. I doubt the King had such hesitations.

The enemy pirates themselves were feeble and flat in my opinion. The only pirate that I remotely liked was Draxen. I felt like he was the only one that actually was a solid pirate. Riden was confusing. When he was supposed to be interrogating Alosa, I felt that he was far too gentle. I didn't believe the scenes at all where he and Alosa were together. I even hated the romance that was blooming. It didn't feel natural.

 

I will say that I did enjoy Levenseller's writing. I felt that she had a good command of language and conveying this world. However, her execution of her characters and their use of language faltered in my opinion. 

When reading this book, I could not bring myself to be enthusiastic about it. I would read a chapter and then would happily set the book down. I could have happily left the book sitting instead of picking it up again. I simply did not like it. I thoroughly disliked the vast majority of the characters beyond Draxen and the Pirate King. I didn't care for any of them and so I do not care what will become of them in the sequel. I did finish the book on the aeroplane journey back to Ireland. Once finished, I gave it a 1✮ rating. With regard to the sequel, I know that I will not be reading it. 


This book was such a bitter disappointment. With that anticipation that Alosa was the Lady Jack Sparrow, I expected so much from this character. Alosa is no Jack Sparrow. In the first chapter where she is staging her capture, maybe she is like Jack. She could have been a female version of Sparrow but throughout the rest of the book, she is no Jack Sparrow. I have watched The Pirates of the Caribbean movies multiple times over and I feel like I know Captain Jack Sparrow's character very well. Alosa is not that character. Alosa is more a Will Turner. And I hate Will Turner. Or Barbosa because he changed tremendously post-trilogy so much so that I don't even recognise the original Captain Barbosa in him (don't get me started on Salazar's Revenge!). Like Barbosa, I did not understand Alosa. The whole repetition of 'escape from cell - search the ship - return to cell - stage escape - get caught - escape from cell - search the ship - get caught - stage escape' became tedious very quickly. That pattern took up a vast majority of the book with little or no result to show for it.



To round it all up and to bring this somewhat scathing review to an end, this book was a massive disappointment, the characters were weak and uninspiring and I am still on the hunt for a Lady Jack Sparrow. Have you read Daughter of the Pirate King? Is this on your TBR? Let me know your thoughts on this book. If you liked it, that's great. I'm thrilled that you did. However, my opinion is that I didn't like it at all. 


** All gifs in this post are from Giphy.com

FIRST IMPRESSIONS || Star Trek: Discovery 'The Vulcan Hello'

Wednesday, 27 September 2017


There is new episodic Star Trek on television again! I am ridiculously excited that I no longer have to wait years for new Star Trek to get to me. Thanks to the Gods of Netflix, I have Star Trek: Voyager, The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine at my fingertips (even though I do have Voyager on DVD) and now I have the newest incarnation, Discovery, coming every Monday. 

YouTube Catch-Up

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

This post is a quick catch-up where I simply throw all of my recent YouTube videos together and hope some of them entice you.

JULY WRAP UP

JULY BOOK HAUL

BOOKISH PET PEEVES

HAMILTON BOOK TAG

BOOKS I HAVE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR

MY 5 MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES FOR THE REST OF 2017

MY TBR PILE

5 TV SHOWS THAT I'M MOST THANKFUL FOR

UNPOPULAR OPINIONS BOOK TAG

BOOK WISHLIST

WHAT'S IN MY TRAVEL MAKEUP BAG [CRUISE EDITION]

TV Shows That I Am Thankful For


Like it says on the tin, this is a post (and video) about the television programmes that I am most thankful for. Thankful in that they mean everything to me and have brought everything to me. They have a special place reserved in my heart. They are my happy place. They are constantly not far from my mind (seriously, I can relate anything back to Sanctuary at the moment) and they are very near and dear to me. So without rambling on too much, (this is a pretty succinct intro), let's get into it. 



S T A R    T R E K :  V O Y A G E R

This show meant everything to me when I was 11-years-old. I first started watching it in the summer between primary school and high school and it opened my mind to all kinds of possibilities. I wanted to be in that world. I wanted to be Kathryn Janeway. I wanted to be Kate Mulgrew. I wanted to be on Voyager and have these adventures.



At the same time, I wanted to know everything about this show and everything about Kate Mulgrew. That in turn lead me onto the internet to the realms of online fanclubs and forums. Safe forums where fellow fans can talk and chat. There I met one of my dearest friends and longest friend that I met through the internet. We've been friends for close to 14 years and I've only met her a handful of times as she lives in Spain. Being a fan of Voyager and Kate Mulgrew has brought me many new friends from all over the world all of whom I adore and call my family.

Additionally, Star Trek: Voyager introduced me to the world of fan-fiction. It was the first fandom that I ever endeavoured to write fan-fiction for. Some still reside in the realms of fanfiction.net but they weren't the best. To this day, I love reading Voyager stories. I'm thankful that the book series continues long after the series has ended. Kirsten Beyer continues to do an amazing job and I cannot wait for the next installments. Janeway and Chakotay live on in the books as an actual couple. I'm ridiculously happy about this.



T H E    O . C .

Probably a show that you wouldn't expect considering that I'm science-fiction on the brain, but The O.C. was the show that launched everything that was to follow. This show led me to the forum for Kelly Rowan which we affectionately called KRO and then TPU. I met and made friendships with a lot of girls all over the world on that forum, we're still friends to this day.

 

The O.C. led me to the online blogging forum Livejournal. After that, the rest as they say was history because it led me to the vast majority of my online friends and my 'sisters' because I met all of them through Livejournal. The O.C. introduced me to graphic art. The forums that I became a member of through The O.C. all had avatars and banners. I wanted to make my own because I didn't like a lot of the ones that I was seeing. I started off using Paint Shop Pro and using trial and error to make my own. Now, I use Photoshop. I still Macguyver everything I do but I still love my art.



B A T T L E S T A R    G A L A C T I C A

As with all of my shows I fixate on one actor and then watch everything they do. With BSG, I fell in love with Mary McDonnell who played Laura Roslin. I then watched a crap ton of her work. I fell in love with Dances With Wolves. I cannot stomach the theatrical release of that movie. I need to watch the director's cut every time despite it being spread over two DVD discs and being about 3 hours long. Ass-numbing for sure. But it simply makes more sense to me than the theatrical version.


But with this love for Mary McDonnell, I was led to Major Crimes. If you've been around my blog for a while, you will know that my blog was practically a guide to being Mary McDonnell a couple of years ago. I was obsessed with Major Crimes and there was a Major Crimes related post every week at least. I'm not so obsessed with it at present but this show still brought me amazing friends because they found my blog posts and they started commenting and following me on my social media accounts and we bonded from there. People still visit my blog for those Mary and Major Crimes related posts. So thankful.



S A N C T U A R Y

This show is high on my 'thankful' list, right behind Voyager. This show introduced me to the most amazing girls that I have ever met and they are my sisters-in-arms and I cannot imagine my life without them.

Sanctuary and Stargate SG-1 came into my life at the same time. When on Livejournal, a lot of the girls that I had become friends with through a mutual love of Voyager were also fans of SG-1 and a new upcoming show (then in the webisodes phase) called Sanctuary. They say curiosity killed the cat and in this case curiosity killed me, buried me, dug me up again, revived me and then killed me again because Sanctuary had that great an impact on my life.



I fell in love with Amanda Tapping, Emilie Ullerup, Christopher Heyerdahl and Robert Lawrenson. Especially Emilie and Robert. I loooooved their characters beyond words. I still despise the show for killing off Emilie's character and I will forever hate Will with an undying passion (I would watch it every day if it weren't for Will. DIE!). Nevertheless, thanks to this show it introduced me to the world of Role-Playing Games. I signed up for one and I played Ashley Magnus (Emilie Ullerup's character) and my character started to interact with Declan Macrae (Robert Lawrenson's character). I loved it. It was so much fun. The characters never actually shared a scene in the show but that didn't stop me and the player behind Declan Macrae from bonding. We started talking and we quickly became friends. I absolutely adore her and cannot imagine my life without her. We have been through so much together. And I am forever thankful to Sanctuary for that.

As I mentioned with The O.C., I started becoming interested in graphic artwork and fanart. Well, Sanctuary took it to a whole new level. This show inspired me to no end and still inspires me to this day. Sanctuary is still a large part of my life. When I'm reading books, I find characters and threads in them that remind me of Sanctuary. If you've watched any of my Wrap Ups, there probably isn't one where I don't mention Sanctuary and Sanctuary vibes. It's so ingrained in me. Plus, my graphics and fan-art and manipulations usually have an element from Sanctuary in them. I love it and I regret nothing. #dieWilldie



Sanctuary is by no means a perfect show. I hate the vast majority of seasons 3 and 4 but Robert Lawrenson and Jonathon Young make up for it somewhat.



S T A R G A T E   S G - 1



SG-1 and Sanctuary go hand-in-hand because of Amanda Tapping and that love for her so I don't really have much more to add to that. I will say that SG-1 is one that inspired an essay that I never would have imagined myself writing. In my third year of university, a module that I was doing allowed me to write my own essay question and I chose, 'War Discourses and It's Influences In The Media With Special Emphasis on Stargate SG-1 and Battlestar Galactica'....or something to that effect. I wrote it over 7 years ago so I can't exactly remember the title but it was about SG-1 and Battlestar Galactica. I had the most fun with this essay. If you can ever have fun writing an essay. I got to watch SG-1 and BSG. Who wouldn't love that?




There you have it, the five television programmes that I'm thankful for. What are the television shows that you're thankful for? I would love to know. Let's talk in the comments below.


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