The Bohemian Rhapsody Book Tag!

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So, I really kept you on your toes with reviews lately and therefore thought it was time for a tag again! Charleigh @Charleigh’s Book Nook was kind enough to tag me for The Bohemian Rhapsody Book Tag and I am super excited because it is one of my favourite Queen or general songs ever! Aaaaand, I always have to think of this (which never fails to put a smile on my face):

But now it’s time to get serious and to get to those questions!!!

1. Mama, just killed a man – A fictional character’s death that really upset you?

I just watched Black Sails and I am really upset about someone dying on there … but we are talking about books! This is a little difficult to do without spoiling anyone I just realised. Hmmm … so let’s just say I was way more upset about a certain death in Morning Star than I thought I would be. There was more than one that tore at my heart, but there was a special one that had me really crying.

2. Carry on, carry on – Pick a book that was hard to keep reading but was worth it in the end?

Can I pick a whole series? Because I definitely don’t think that The Magicians (as in the first book) is all that great, but the series as a whole just sort of stuck with me.

3. Sends shivers down my spine – pick a book with a beautiful spine/cover?

I am going to go and steal Charleigh’s answer on that one! LADY MIDNIGHT! It’s just so gorgeous and I can’t wait to read it with Cátia and Cristina in the near future! Also, we have the copies that have the rune on the spine and I am so happy that it’s not the angelic rune, but instead the parabatai one! The angelic one is just so overused and a little boring now, but the parabatai one is SO PRETTY!

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4. Goodbye everybody, I’ve got to go – A book that you couldn’t finish?

I am sorry to say that I never finished Winter’s Tale and I am not even attempting to do so in the future anymore. The writing just wasn’t for me, even though I know the story is beautiful. It’s a pity.

5. Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening – which book did you find very, very frightening?

I don’t really read books that frighten me. I don’t like to feel that way … so, I don’t really know how to answer that. I guess the pictures in the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series are creepy though? And I thought the sketch of the Hollows looked quite scary too?

6. Bismillah, no! We will not let you go – which book/series do you wish there had been more of?

Going with a very recent read here, Kindred Spirits! It’s not like the story needed more, but I would have really liked to see it expanded.

7. Mamma mia, mamma mia – which book/series should be made into a musical?

Ha, interesting question! And a tricky one, too! I don’t even know! I tried to think of books that may already feature music in them, but I barely read anything like that apparently. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist maybe? But it’d be an Indie Rock Musical!

8. The head banging bit – Which book made you face-palm?

I actually liked the message behind The DUFF, but Bianca’s voice – ugh! It wasn’t always easy … let’s keep it at that.

9. Oh baby, can’t do this to me, baby – pick a moment from a book where you felt like the author was being mean to you?

I am going to have to use a book I already used in this tag, but whatever. There were a couple moments in Morning Star that I am not going to repeat because I obviously don’t want to give them away, but it felt like Pierce Brown wanted to make a point there. Like to prove that he could do it.

10. Nothing really matters to me – which character/s did you not care about?

America and Eadlyn from the Selection series. Sorry, but America was annoying and Eadlyn is just a bad person, but I will still read the last book in the series …


 

I Tag:

WHOEVER WANTS TO! I am sorry, but I am a little tired right now. I’ll put more effort in tagging specific people next time – I promise!

My Guilty Pleasure: The Royals

So, when I first watched the promo for the Royals, I thought it seemed a bit rubbish. It looked cheesy and cheap, but then they brought out a different Trailer and I couldn’t resist checking it out. And guess what, I loved it and am now proud part of the Loyals! Each week I anticipated the new episodes and the show rewarded me by continuing to surprise me. Therefore I thought it deserved a little review now that it’s over. (Major Spoilers included!)

The show starts by announcing that the heir to the throne, Prince Robert, son to Queen Helena and King Simon, brother to Princess Eleanor and Prince Liam has died. It comes as a shock to the entire family as well as the country and the circumstances of his death stay somewhat of a secret. At the beginning it really bothered me that we never once saw Robert, not even a photo, but in the end that was good. It added a lot to the drama towards last episodes of the show. Here are some of the elements that I liked most about the Royals:

  • The father-son/daughter-realtionship was adorable. King Simon was a truly good man and you saw that he made up for the lack of emotion that his wife showed towards their children. He only ever wanted the best for everyone and in a way I think it was very brave of him to acknowledge that the monarchy might not be the way of accomplishing that.
  • Speaking of the Queen though, she doesn’t stop at anything to get what she wants! But what is it she wants? She remained an enigma to me the entire time. She purposely hurt her children, the man she loved and her own reputation for what? To stay Queen?
  • Eleanor was my favourite person on the show. She is majorly messed up and an addict, but she’s a good person at heart. You know how much she cares for her family and it was often her scenes with the King or Liam or Beck or Jasper (so, basically everyone) that broke my heart the most.
  • Eleanor and Jasper (is it Jaspenor or Jaleanor?) are just so fun to watch! Who doesn’t like a relationship that’s founded on blackmail? Also, Jasper is another candidate for “Most Mysterious Character”. Who is he? Where is he from and what was his plan all along? We know so little about him … at least very little that is true.
  • Liam’s change from partying bachelor to heir to the throne was interesting and his relationship with Ophelia was like from a fairy tale. I’m sort of sad they have such a hard time finding a time and place to just be together and be happy.
  • I never truly liked Gemma, but she kind of fascinates me. She’s a lot smarter than people give her credit for anyway.
  • Cyrus and his daughters are one of the most hilarious elements of the show. Nonetheless, he is such a creep and you wonder how he could possibly be the brother of Simon. They are nothing alike! His actions are repulsive and selfish through and through.
  • Marcus was one of my favourite people as well! During the finale I couldn’t believe that I missed that he’s into Ophelia … Seriously, I must’ve been off my game because something like that usually doesn’t pass me. In hindsight though, it totally makes sense and I feel for him, because he doesn’t stand a chance against Liam at the moment.
  • The Finale!!! Just thinking about what happened in the last 5 minutes, it’s torture to wait until next Season with all that information. Robert was murdered, Simon is dead, Cyrus is King, Prudence is pregnant from him and what on earth is this Domino thing??? I mean that’s definitely one way to go and leave everyone clueless.

I think that sums up the whole Season and what I liked about it: so much drama! Let me hear your thoughts on the topic!

The Musketeers – Season 2 Premiere

So, I spent my holidays catching up on TV shows that I wanted to watch for some time now but never had the chance to, the list consisting of Outlander, Shameless and as the title already suggests BBC‘s The Musketeers. Therefore I thought it was time to cover the Season 2 Premiere on my blog. Beware of Spoilers ahead!

The leather-clad foursome is back and I am so happy about it! It was kind of obvious that Peter Capaldi wouldn’t be able to dance at two parties at the same time, especially with his more pressing commitment to Doctor Who, and therefore it was no surprise that Cardinal Richelieu wouldn’t play a huge role in the show anymore. Even though I didn’t know how exactly they would deal with the situation, it wasn’t a surprise that the episode started with Richelieu’s funeral. But don’t think that the lives of the Musketeers get any easier that way, because right away they have to go to a Spanish prison to rescue a former friend of the Captain who has crucial military knowledge of France. Here’s a little break-down of what happened:

  • The new antagonist/nemesis/bad guy is the Comte de Rochefort, portrayed by Marc Warren. He seems sneaky and creepy enough for the position of villain, so I am happy, even though I haven’t figured out his plan yet.
  • Poor, poor Aramis! I’ve waited all of last season for him to find out that Richelieu killed Adele and now that the Cardinal is dead he means to haunt him from beyond the grave. And then there’s the situation with the Queen. I don’t particularly like her … I think it is so unfair, to both the King and Aramis, that she tricked them about the baby. Her son is born and Aramis will never be able to be a true father to him. It’s just sad.
  • Athos as always the voice of reason with a dash of dry humour. You just have to like him.
  • So, this De Foix guy knows something about Porthos‘ father – colour me intrigued.
  • D’Artagnan and Constance‘s love seems doomed. He gets her a job at court, to see her more often I suppose, but then continues to make out with De Foix’ sister Lucie. Of course Constance isn’t too happy to witness the kiss, even if she chose her husband over D’Artagnan. Her reasons for doing so were more than justified and I don’t understand how D’Artagnan can’t see that.
  • I’m afraid that Captain Treville isn’t exactly in the King’s good graces after declining the position at court, but I understand him. He’s no politician … let’s just hope it doesn’t backfire on him!

I’m excited to see how the season continues. Next episode we can expect a return of Milady de Winter and just some more action in general. What did you think of the Season Premiere?

Mummy on the Orient Express

What sounds like an Agatha Christie mystery is actually this week’s episode of Doctor Who. You know the drill; this review of “Mummy on the Orient Express” includes several Spoilers as I am laying out my thoughts. Proceed with caution!

I loved this episode from start to finish! All the references, the cameos and the whole 20’s look of it – brilliant! Visually, this episode really was another gem of this Series. In my opinion, putting the clock on screen was another smart move. But let’s not just talk about cinematography, but about the storyline as well. This episodes was supposed to serve as final farewell journey for Clara and the Doctor before they part their ways. Of course, in the end she couldn’t leave him, because just like a drug addict, she needed another shot of adventure. But let’s break it down a little more:

  • I was actually surprised to see Clara in this episode. As much as I love her, I expected the Doctor to sulk a little after their huge fight last week and to go on an adventure by himself. However, in the end I didn’t mind at all that Clara was on board, because the episode was not centered around her. I enjoyed seeing them talk about their fight and their future together. Clara’s relationship with the Doctor is so special and I am never sure how to categorize it, but not everything needs a label anyway – I just love their dynamic together. Also, I am really glad that Danny doesn’t stand in the way of Clara and the Doctor hanging out together, but I would like to actually see him tag along on one (or several) trip(s).
  • All through this season, I had the impression that the Doctor wasn’t even fazed or distressed when people died around him. It seemed like that wasn’t much different this episode, but I then was relieved to see him step up and actually put an effort into saving people. He is not heartless, well he in fact has two hearts, and I am happy about that.
  • The Mummy as a monster wasn’t the most terrible idea I’ve ever seen, but they always rush the ending so much. The creatures seem invincible and intricate most of the time and then they get defeated in a matter of seconds. Literally 66 seconds this time! I don’t want to complain too much, because this episode was mostly very well executed, but this is more of general feeling throughout the entire season so far. Please don’t keep rushing the endings!
  • I thought it was funny that all the experts, doctors and so on, looked a bit like famous dead scientists. Did I spy an Einstein?
  • Again no Missy!  With all those people dying, I thought she’d make an appearance for sure. But maybe she is behind “Gus”? Who knows …
  • Loved some of the cameos and actors. That interpretation of “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Foxes was amazing – I didn’t think I’d hear a Queen song on Doctor Who when I got up this morning. Also, Frank Skinner as Perkins was delightful and amazingly helpful to the Doctor. When he first appeared, he seemed a little creepy to me – lurking in the shadows and all – but he then redeemed himself. You should never say “No” to the Doctor though, when he asks you to tag along on the TARDIS.
  • The references were great and I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for them to come up. On the one hand there was the obvious one to “The Empty Child” – meaning “Are you my Mummy?” – and on the other hand there was the reference to “The Big Bang“. When the Doctor said that Gus tried to coax him into coming before, he actually referenced to the time of Amy’s and Rory’s wedding where the Doctor got a call, where it was mentioned that an Egyptian goddess was loose on the Orient Express in space. I know that a lot of people are tired of the references to Matt Smith/Eleven, but I will never be one of them.

So, I probably forgot to mention something, but if that something comes up, we can just discuss it in the comments. “Flatline” looks like another potentially creepy episode. As always, I’m already looking forward to more next week. Read you soon!