Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Dec 25-31)

Depending on when you read this, I hope you will have/have had a great start into the year 2018! This is the last trailer post of the year and I just love how it ends on a Sunday. Here we go!


You, Me and Him

I see David Tennant, I click!

Freak Show

I think this looks really great!


Those ladies in a movie together is already amazing!

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

It’s like Spirited Away meets Harry Potter or the Magicians.

Den of Thieves

I know I posted this before, but it’s the final trailer now.

Scorched Earth

This looks grim af.

Half Magic

It’s so weird to see a bubbly Rosa Diaz.

TV Shows

Lovesick (Season 3)

I’ve wanted to watch this because of Antonia Thomas for the longest time, but I never got around to it.


I didn’t know they were bringing this show back.

Somebody Feed Phil


What are you watching as the year closes? How are you doing?

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (Book Review)

Publisher: Orion
Page Count
: 279

I can make this very easy for all of you! I love fairy tales, I love Leigh Bardugo, I love the Grishaverse and I love books with beautiful illustrations all lead to me adoring and falling in love with The Language of Thorns. There was no way around it and I honestly never really doubted it to begin with. However, I know that makes for a really poor review, so I am shortly going to review each of the stories.

Disclaimer: It is not strictly necessary to have read any of the Grishaverse books beforehand, although I suspect the tales will be more fun that way.

Ayama and the Thorn Wood

Rating: 5/5 stars

“You know how the stories go. Interesting things only happen to pretty girls, you will be home by sunset.”

Well, wrong! This one was my absolute favorite and I think it had a lot to do with the message of the story. It was like a mix between Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast but with the complete opposite moral – you don’t have to be beautiful or handsome to go on adventures, to be brave and strong and most of all to be appreciated. It gave me such a sweet taste of how Leigh Bardugo would continue to deconstruct these tales we all know so well and make them her own, a lot darker and in quite a few cases way better.

The Too-Clever Fox

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

“A lesser creature might have closed his eyes and prayed for nothing more than a quick death. But if Koja had words, then he had hope.”

I liked the idea of having a fox (by the name of Koja) as the hero of the story. His wit and fast thinking got him out of every situation until it didn’t. For this one I saw the twist coming, but I still appreciated how the story ended quite a bit.

Little teaser for this one: Koja is supposedly Kaz Brekker’s (Six of Crows) favorite, so if that is no reason to check it out then I don’t know.

The Witch of Duva

Rating: 3/5 stars

“Fly away now, little bird,” she said. “Some things are better left unseen.”

The closest fairy tale to compare it to would probably be Hansel and Gretel, however, I just want to point out that Leigh Bardugo goes far beyond all the traditional tales’ constraints. I don’t exactly know what it was about this one, but it definitely fell among the most disturbing ones for me and they are all … peculiar in that way. One thing is for sure, nothing is as it seems here!

Little Knife

Rating: 4/5 stars

“She never worried when her beauty faded, for in her reflection she always saw a free woman.”

While Little Knife has a lot of classic fairy tale elements, such as impossible tasks and suitors battling for the hand of the most beautiful woman in town, it still has such a positively refreshing message about female independence and women’s identity. I liked how Little Knife reinforced the idea that it is not necessary for every single being to end up in a romantic relationship in the end.

The Soldier Prince

Rating: 4/5 stars

“My life began with wanting something for myself.”

The vague resemblance to the nutcracker definitely peaked my interest for this story. Yet, instead of the transformative power of love being the main focus it is rather about finding your own wants and human desires; that need to live for yourself instead of the people around you. I enjoyed this little journey of self-discovery that very much reminded me of artificial intelligence becoming conscious. It also had one of the most eerie endings out of all the six.

When Water Sang Fire

Rating: 5/5 stars

“A thousand desperate wishes have been spoken on these shores, and in the end they are all the same: Make me someone new.”

Let’s face it, this was basically the very dark yet still incredibly beautiful original take on the origin story of Ursula from the Little Mermaid. I loved every single word of it!

So, those were my thoughts on the Language of Thorns! As a final statement, I just really want to praise Sara Kipin’s illustrations that beautifully unfold as you continue with each story. They made the tales truly special and assured that 5-star-rating in the end.

Fazit: 5/5 stars! The most beautiful addition to the Grishaverse possible!

Have you read The Language of Thorns or other books set in the Grishaverse? What are your thoughts?

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel (Book Review)

Publisher: Michael Joseph
Page Count
: 320

At the beginning of 2017 I read Sleeping Giants, the first installment in the Themis Files series, so it is only fitting that I sort of closed the year with its sequel Waking Gods. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the series is a kind of darker and more adult version of Illuminae (set on Earth but still dealing with space stuff). I will never tire of the format being in protocols, journal entries and interviews.

Honestly, I remember how it took me a while to get into Sleeping Giants at first, with the writing having felt very clinical and detached, but I didn’t have that issue at all with Waking Gods. In the contrary, even after all this time, I could jump right back in and quickly remembered where we left off and I guess the ten year time jump helped with that as well. Everything happens a lot faster, though, and I think that is due to a whole new rush of information. Just like the humans in the book don’t know how to handle it all, the readers themselves get swept up in the stress and panic a bit. There are definitely some decisions made that I didn’t agree with and consequences that I would have had no clue how to react to.

While this sequel is still very dark and won’t let you get too attached to anyone, it felt like it was a tiny bit less disturbing than the previous book. The new cast additions were nice and didn’t take away from the focus on people we already were familiar with. I felt like we didn’t spend as much time with certain characters as we used to, which made events that I cannot describe in detail due to spoilers less impacting. In general, it seemed like the author attempted to give everyone their time to shine and didn’t go as much in depth as we used to before.

Nonetheless, I still very much enjoyed this book! I like the science behind it and often wonder if parts of it are true (aside from the aliens, there’s obviously no huge alien robot terrorizing us). The story still manages to surprise with its twists and turns and always leaves on a note that keeps you craving more. I can only recommend this series!

Fazit: 5/5 stars! I am just so excited for what is to come next!

Have you read the Themis Files? Would you be interested?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Dec 18-24)

This post is going up a little early today, because I want to spend Christmas eve with my family, without any distractions! Having said that, I wish you all a happy holiday season and here are your trailers for the week!


Ocean’s 8

It’s going to be so amazing!

Mamma Mia 2 – Here We Go Again

YAAAY! (And I totally believe they are only tricking us into thinking Donna is dead)

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Me needs this ASAP! Why are they teasing me this Christmas when I have to wait a year for it?!


It CANNOT reach the level of fun that was the original movie, but … I would still watch it? I like the role reversal.


Science and romance!

The Miracle Season

I always like inspiring sports stories.

The Public

I didn’t even know Emilio Estevez wrote and directed anything.


Charlize Theron is killing it as the not good guy!

Little Bitches

I have a feeling this won’t be very good at all.

Mortal Engines

I honestly forgot if I already posted this.

A Futile and Stupid Gesture


TV Shows


I was seriously fully expecting Ryan and Shane from Buzzfeed to have gotten a full show.

A.P. Bio

Is this a male version of bad teacher?


Noooo, they killed Casey Cott in this show! But anyway, it has Castle meets Elementary meets Lie to Me vibes and a good cast.

The X-Files (Season 11)

I don’t watch this, but I did see the sets around Vancouver haha

Taken (Season 2)

I am still surprised this worked for people as a TV format?

Again, I hope you have happy holidays! What are you watching?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Dec 11-17)

I can’t believe there’s only one week until Christmas and another one after that we are already facing the new year! I am not sure I am ready for that yet! Anyway, trailers – we all want trailers!


Every Day

Who has read the book? I did and I always wanted a sequel and now I am scared the movie is going to end on the same note and what am I going to do then?

Ready Player One

This movie is gonna be hella overwhelming visually and I am really looking forward to that.


It spooks me, but I feel like I HAVE to see it. My favorite comment for this on YouTube was “Wow Poe Dameron and Padme Amidala Plot twist of The Last Jedi”

The Clapper

Not sure I see the chemistry between Amanda and Ed …

Everything Beautiful is Far Away

Well, this is something.

Saturday Church

I bet this is going to be super emotional.

The 15:17 to Paris Train

Uhm … so this really happened and the people it happened to are playing themselves in the movie. That is a first, I guess?

Christmas Inheritance

It’s Clarke from the 100! Look at all the CW stars doing Christmas movies, but I am sad she probably won’t end up with Michael Xavier.

The Polka King

Uhm .. okay?

TV Shows

Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017

This reminds me that I never finished S10 …

Fuller House (Season 3B)


The Resident

Do I need another medical drama in my life? No, but … Manish Dayal!

Divorce (Season 2)

I honestly didn’t watch the first season.

This is it! How are you doing? What are you watching?

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab (Book Review)

Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Page Count
: 510

Our Dark Duet is the second and final book in the Monsters of Verity duology (you can read my review for the first book, This Savage Song, here). While I will try to avoid spoilers for this part as best as I can, I don’t recommend you read on if you haven’t read This Savage Song.

Back in 2016, I talked about this series all the time. So much so, that I pre-ordered the hardcover copy of Our Dark Duet, fully knowing that I’d be in Canada by the time it would arrive and therefore also buying the ebook version for my Kindle. All of that because I truly loved This Savage Song. I loved how quietly exciting it was, how original the creation of the monsters was. But most of all, I loved the characters and that’s what lead me to put off reading the book for such a long time. I was worried about their future and their livelihood and rightly so, because Monsters of Verity doesn’t have a happy end, but it might just have a hopeful one (even if it comes at a price, as Schwab so deftly put it in her acknowledgements).

To me, Our Dark Duet was a lot … well, darker. Whereas Kate’s opportunity at a family and a place where she belongs got once again taken away, August tried to embrace his supposed purpose in life and lost himself in the process. They had to grow up even more than in the last book and it just made me feel terribly sad for their circumstances. Only when the two are together, they can allow themselves to be themselves. I am very protective of my son August, but Kate grew even more on me here than she did in the last book. They see each other for who and what they are and that’s such a vital and beautiful quality whether it’s in friendship or whatever else they were having. It’s my favorite part about their relationship, while I simultaneously hated that they spent most of the book apart.

The book didn’t just deliver more of the same old, it had quite a lot of new elements  a terrifying monster and a new Sunai, by the name of Soro. The latter, in particular, was quite the enigma to me, which leads me to a final statement I want to make with this review: There’s still a lot of unanswered questions. It’s not like the book ended on a cliffhanger and I won’t survive, but there is so much more that this world has to offer, so many characters that we could still explore and I truly want to spend more time with. I don’t know if that is an option, or if Schwab is truly done with this world, but I, for one, would really enjoy some sort of spin-off or continuation in Verity and its surrounding areas (aka maybe a Prosperity spin-off???).

A lot happens in the book, we get several different POVs and there was a lot of heart in the story. My heart broke and hurt for hours after I was done. It’s always that way when I truly loved something and I just need to establish it one more time – if I could, I would adopt August and coddle him for life!

Rating: 5/5 stars! I am sad it is over, but this story was freaking fantastic.

Have you read the Monsters of Verity duology? I am telling you, it is totally worth it!

Your Bookish Identity Tag

I basically just got tagged to do the Your Bookish Identity Tag by the Orang-utan Librarian and a couple minutes ago, but I couldn’t resist doing it right away. Look at me being all enthusiastic!


Without hesitation, I would move into the Night Circus. It would be such a beautiful, magical world. The level of whim would be 100%.
Design by: Kelly K. Fallon


One of my greatest bookish loves is Max Vandenburg from the Book Thief. He is kind, generous and so very strong in all the ways that count. I could not imagine anyone better at my side.

And just because this isn’t a question, but I want to say it anyway, we are going to adopt August Flynn from This Savage Song together and coddle him and make his life beautiful!


I am not sure to be honest. Hestia is the goddess of family, hearth and home, so I am just going to go ahead and assume she would be a good mother? She’s supposed to be a virgin goddess, so I’d be interested in how my existence started out, but let’s be real, weirder stuff has happened in Greek mythology.


I am going to say Nephilim, just because I am really into their runes and I would be interested how my life would be like if I had mandatory training the entire time growing up, you know? How jacked would I be if I were forced to work out? That’s a real thought I sometimes have.


I will use every and all opportunities to use this gif from the Royals.


I always wanted to be divergent, just because it seemed the coolest. However, no quiz on the factions ever had that as a result, sooo … the last time I did a quiz for another tag, I got Erudite. Which isn’t bad, because they are super smart, but yeah, I wanted to be more versatile.



Again, I did quizzes for this before and one of the answers I got the most often was a snow leopard. I’ll happily take that.


What do you think about my answers? What would you have said?

Top 17 TV Shows of 2017

I did this last year and had a lot of fun showcasing my favorite shows. Seen as we are rapidly approaching the end of 2017 now, I thought it was only fitting to do my ranking. Just as a little reminder, the shows are in no particular order and are not necessarily 2017 releases. Heck, I didn’t even watch everything that came out this year, so don’t fault me if I missed out on something really good. Also, I tried to not just repeat myself from last year (although all these shows are still awesome), but rather mix it up a little with old and new. Have fun!

Wynonna Earp

I know, I know … I am starting off with something that was already on the list last year, but Wynonna Earp stepped up their game for Season 2 even more than I thought possible. Let’s face it a comedy horror western wasn’t exactly something that would have caught my eye, but this show and the way it treats its cast on and off screen is simply amazing. Earpers are a family and if you have not yet checked out this show, I seriously don’t know what you are waiting for!

Read more about it here!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

As to this day, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is one of the most inclusive, most consistent and hilarious shows. I was really hesitant because both sitcoms and cop-stories aren’t really my thing, but they are doing such a great job. I know that I have nothing to do with their production or writing, but I am weirdly proud of them.

The Bold Type

I’ve sort of given up on Freeform actually providing me with quality content I want to watch, but they surprised me with the Bold Type. A sort of “Sex and the City” meets “The Devil Wears Prada” (with a supportive boss for a change) for millennials probably comes closest to describing the show. I shrieked with happiness when I found out that it wasn’t renewed for just one but two more seasons.

The Good Place

Okay, Season one ended on such a big bang that I wasn’t sure if they could keep up in the next season. Heck, I didn’t even know how the fork the story could/would continue at all, but they did it! I didn’t realise how much more there was still to discover about these characters and I really hope it goes on for a very long time.

Master of None

I’ve always liked Aziz Ansari’s comedy specials, but it still took me quite a while until I finally watched this one. I absolutely loved how the show constantly reinvented itself in what it was about and how it told the story. It’s funny but also makes you think, without ever being too demanding.

The Good Doctor

Freddie Highmore is doing some of his best work yet. I don’t know how he does it, but he is absolutely rocking his role as the autistic surgeon-in-training Shaun Murphy. Just like cop dramas, I was kind of over the whole medical drama, but this show is really different. I don’t know if the situation is realistic or not, it is TV after all, but I do know that it is emotionally engaging and that is what really counts for me.

Please Like Me

This show is anything but predictable. I thought it would be about the main character, Josh, discovering his sexuality but then it was about so much more, especially mental health. It is completely silly in its humour while it also tackles incredibly heavy topics. Not all characters are likable either, but that is kind of the whole point of the show. I was incredibly sad to see it end after 4 seasons, but Josh Thomas said he told the story he wanted to tell, so I am happy for him in that regard.

Anne with an E

Not gonna lie, I miss Canada like crazy. Anne with an E is based on Anne of the Green Gables and therefore inherently Canadian. I fell absolutely in love with it from the beginning. It is gorgeous to look at and I think I am not even exaggerating when I say I cried at least once per episode. Also, it has one of the most beautiful intros I have ever seen. Can’t wait for what’s to come!

Marvel’s Runaways

Usually, Netflix has a tight grip on most Marvel shows, but I definitely wouldn’t discount Hulu’s attempt at the Runaways. I watched the double opening episodes and was immediately hooked. Despite the show not being exactly like the comics, it hasn’t disappointed me yet. Gert and Old Lace are my faves and now I just need them to finally run away? There’s been a severe lack of that thus far.

One Day at a Time

Again, I am usually not that big on sitcoms because they don’t hold my attention very well. However, One Day at a Time had a beautiful coming out arc and I got quickly invested in the daily lives of the characters.

BoJack Horseman

This one was another surprise for me. I did not think that this was the kind of show that I liked at all, but once I started, I couldn’t stop. The emotional build up was crazy and especially in the last two seasons it even brought me to tears on occasion. Like … what is even going on? Another plus, there is ace representation in this show and the person is not made fun of and I love it.

The Wrong Girl

Imagine if Morning Glory (the movie) were a TV show … set in Australia … with a ton more love triangles, you would have The Wrong Girl! It’s based off a book, but from what I gathered, it’s not very alike to what they did on screen. That’s okay for me, I just need them to not cancel it. I want more seasons … like tons and tons of more seasons.


Star is a spin-off of the show Empire, which I used to watch but got bored with at some point. Star, on the other hand, has managed to keep my attention for a bit longer, but then again they are still only in their second season. Anyway, it has made its way onto this list because it has amazing music and character development and still so far to go.

Marvel’s The Punisher

I heard all kinds of different things about the Punisher show. I for one really liked it, even though I am aware that it was very heavy and something you can probably only watch if you are in a certain mood. My favorite parts, to no one’s surprise at all, were all the scenes with Karen, Frank and/or Karen and Frank. To think they didn’t even plan for Karen when they first outlined the show … doesn’t even register as an option in my brain.


I love movies about con men and women and this show gives me that same thrill on the long run. The chemistry between the cast members is off the chart and I just love how it’s not just about romance but also bromance so much.

Read more about it here!

Our Girl

When they replaced the actress who played Molly (due to scheduling issues), I was like “no way is this going to be the same show!”. Then Georgie came along and with her Elvis and thankfully also some more Captain James. With every episode I got more invested and then, this season, when they did the Nepal tour, I was just blown away. My heart is still broken because of some of the events that transpired.

Stranger Things

Whether you think the show is overrated or not, I personally very much enjoyed the second season of Stranger Things. I am not saying it was better than the first one, but it was still great. And it gave us the best character development for Steve. I will never be able to thank them enough for that.

Honorable Mentions

And, just like last year as well, I have a bunch of shows that I really, really enjoyed but that just about didn’t make it into the actual ranking. I watch too much stuff …

  • The Gifted
  • 3%
  • Dear White People
  • Atypical
  • The Shannara Chronicles
  • Sense8
  • Younger
  • 13 Reasons Why
  • Riverdale
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Game of Thrones
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Dynasty
  • Friends from College
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
  • This Is Us
  • Still Star-Crossed
  • The Mindy Project
  • The Orville
  • Trakehnerblut
  • Outsiders

So, this is it! While there are numerous shows that I haven’t actually mentioned despite watching them, I think this is about the gist of it. Which shows have you watched? Are there any that have peaked your interest? Also, if you could make me watch one show, which one would it be?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Dec 4-10)

I don’t have much to say about this week. It’s been a pretty normal one? So let’s just dive right in without wasting a second!


Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Do they never learn about not to mess with dinosaurs?

Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

I was a bit bitter about this not being live action, but I love the animation of the trailer!

Alita: Battle Angel

Seen as this stems from a manga, I guess it explains the huge eyes? I am not familiar with that source material at all though, so no idea what to say.

Please Stands By

This looks really good.

7 Days in Entebbe

I see Daniel Brühl is still rocking his time in Hollywood?

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

I have zero interest in this, it’s been so long.

A Ghost Story

I thought this would be scary, but it’s actually not.

TV Shows

Altered Carbon

I saw a lot of excitement for this and I know this looks absolutely badass and I am not saying I won’t want to watch this, but when I first saw it, I did think of Surrogates and movies of the likes and I just don’t think it is ABSOLUTELY new … you know?

Jessica Jones (Season 2)


Good Girls

I would DEFINITELY watch this.

3% (Season 2)


Sense8 Special

I love these people so much, I have no words.

So, that’s it! What are you watching? How are you doing?

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (Book Review)

Publisher: PUFFIN
Page Count
: 336

I am on a roll right now, folks, and I have to use that energy to get as many blog posts out as possible before it fades. Even if my Goodreads time stamps might claim something different, I also seem to read books in a day now … this is new … or at least hasn’t happened in a while. I knew I’d eventually get back into reading once I was in Vienna.

Anyhow, the book! Considering how long it took me to jump on the Simon vs. (read my review here) bandwagon, it should come to no one’s surprise that it took me forever to read Upside as well (even though I did pre-order it!). I was ready to love this book with all my heart and even though it wasn’t exactly as I expected, it easily won me over. Becky has this incredible talent to write a super fluffy story but with the most relatable and realistic characters.

When I look at Molly, I could do a checklist of how similar the two of us are … so, that’s what I am going to do because it shows why this story worked so well for me.

  • We are both chubby girls. ✔️
    I’ve seen how dismissive or over-reactive some people have found Molly’s thoughts. I always feel like some guys and girls might not understand how deeply rooted self-criticism and doubt can be in a person that doesn’t have the societal normative body type. It hurts double when your friends and family are the ones suggesting you should lose weight, because it just makes you feel all wrong and like you don’t fit in even with the people that love you. So, yes, during my days on this planet, I have wondered if I could possibly crush a potential love interest and how someone could possibly like me when they saw me next to my much skinnier/taller/cuter/whatever-you-have-it friend. It takes time and work to come to terms with your body and yourself but it instantly made me bond with Molly because we shared the same insecurities. Also, going shopping is a nightmare!
  • We both have a lot of crushes but rarely do anything about them. ✔️
    Admittedly, my crushes are either actors, actresses or fictional characters and I am never serious about them nor do I want to actually date any of them, but I do get the sentiment of how a simple kindness or a brief look might spark an epic crush. It happens!
    Still, it’s hard to put yourself out there, especially when everyone else makes it seem so easy and you’re just sitting there, wondering how to even start. It’s easier to not even let anyone close enough to do any damage in the first place.

  • All my friends had relationships before me as well and drifted away/thought I could not possibly understand their life now. ✔️
    I don’t think I had the time during High School to date. It’s not even that I studied that much, but thinking back, I just don’t know how a person would have fit into my life. Heck, I don’t even know how a person is supposed to fit into my life now. But I digress, I may not have a twin sister like Molly does, but I do get the pain of drifting from the people you were once closest to because they now hang out with their significant other. I do understand that balancing friendships and a relationship can be tricky, especially if you are new to it or have no experience, but you can hang out with one person at a time. Believe me, it is possible. And getting this opportunity, I just want to say that I was really strongly siding with Molly during that entire story as well. Cassie found a tough audience in me. This in no way means that Molly always handles every situation the right way, but I would have felt hurt by some of the stuff Cassie did too. She was hella condescending at times.
  • We both have anxiety. ✔️
    Does this need explaining? Social gatherings with new people or new situations in general trigger anxiety in me and it seemed like Molly felt similarly.
  • We are artsy in our own way. ✔️
    Just threw that in there to have one more point for the list, but it’s true.

In addition to me really clicking with Molly, she had just the cutest love interest that I would have loved to know even more about. And I also sense a story or two (or a hundred) for the broader friend circle (Will and Olivia – I am especially looking at you!). I definitely haven’t given the most detailed account of what’s going on in this book, but I would love for you to find out by yourself. It is heartfelt and lovely. It deals with so many questions I had as a teen and shows that you are rarely ever alone in having them. For that and so many more reasons, I think it will be a great book for teens as they figure out life, just like Simon’s story was as well.

Speaking of him! The shortest but most certainly favorite part of it all were the brief crossovers to Simon and his friends. I shrieked with happiness whenever it happened, which just makes me all the more excited for the upcoming Leah on the Offbeat!

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! Definitely a worthy and great addition to Simon’s universe!

Have you read The Upside of Unrequited? How did you feel about it?