REVIEW: Conjuring Affection, Elizabeth Davis

Monday, 30 October 2017

Alison Conner is your average Minneapolis-based twenty something: she likes beer, indie bands, and wine nights with her best friend Linnea. Oh, and she’s a witch. But not, you know, a useful witch—she can cool the air with her mind, but only if there’s a ghost around. It’s not exactly a power they make movies about. She’s a party-trick-only witch, and that’s fine.
Also fine? Linnea’s brother Erik. Which is a problem, because Linnea has made it clear she’s not okay with that. 
But when Erik is around, Alison can’t exactly help herself.

Movies You Should Watch this Halloween

Friday, 27 October 2017

Hi! It's your resident Wednesday Addams here, ready to give you enough movie recommendations to make Halloween (and probably the entire week after it) scary enough to put your hair on end. And no matter what you like - whether it be slasher classics, creepy animation or subversive horror - I can guarantee that this list will have something for you.

Do I even need to explain why? IT is the official horror movie of the year thanks to its loveable protagonists, its creepy as fuck killer-clown and its status as a Stephen King classic. There is nothing better that the King of Horror does than villains, and Pennywise is sure to be a feature in many a nightmare this year.

REVIEW: Autonomous, Annalee Newitz

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Autonomous features a rakish female pharmaceutical pirate named Jack who traverses the world in her own submarine. A notorious anti-patent scientist who has styled herself as a Robin Hood heroine fighting to bring cheap drugs to the poor, Jack’s latest drug is leaving a trail of lethal overdoses across what used to be North America—a drug that compels people to become addicted to their work. On Jack’s trail are an unlikely pair: an emotionally shut-down military agent and his partner, Paladin, a young military robot, who fall in love against all expectations. Autonomous alternates between the activities of Jack and her co-conspirators, and Joe and Paladin, as they all race to stop a bizarre drug epidemic that is tearing apart lives, causing trains to crash, and flooding New York City.

REVIEW: The End We Start From, Megan Hunter

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

In the midst of a mysterious environmental crisis, as London is submerged below flood waters, a woman gives birth to her first child, Z. Days later, the family are forced to leave their home in search of safety. As they move from place to place, shelter to shelter, their journey traces both fear and wonder as Z's small fists grasp at the things he sees, as he grows and stretches, thriving and content against all the odds.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon (Winter 2017) – Progress Report

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Here we go, here we go, here we go.

My Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon TBR - Winter 2017

Friday, 20 October 2017

Obviously I don't expect that I will read all of these books in the 24-hour time-limit, but I get bored! I need variety; I need books to switch between if I'm just not feeling it. An entire day is a long time to be focussed on a single setting or bunch of characters, so the more choice I have; the more likely it will be that I will read for the entirety of the timeslot. 
I've also already started a majority of these books so the readathon will hopefully be an opportunity that will motivate me to push on with some of those that I found... less than compelling - to get them finished, and checked off of my extremely (extremely!) long TBR.
So do you want to find out the books that I'll be racing through this Saturday? Then keep reading and be sure to follow my updates on Twitter throughout the readathon on the handle @_changingtime 

REVIEW: The Girl in the Fog, Donato Carrisi

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A man is arrested after a road accident in the small town of Avechot. His shirt is covered in blood. Could this have anything to do with a missing girl called Anna Lou? Detective Vogel is on the case, but his unconventional means of investigation end up unsettling the locals. Also looming over Vogel is a case from his past that nearly destroyed his career. Determined not to lose again, he will do anything to solve the mystery surrounding Anna Lou's disappearance. Then, a media storm hits the quiet town and Vogel is sure that the suspect will be flushed out. Yet the clues are confusing, perhaps false, and following them may be a far cry from discovering the truth at the heart of a dark town. 

REVIEW: The Naturalist, Andrew Mayne

Monday, 16 October 2017

Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop. As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students. As more details, and bodies, come to light, the local cops determine that the killer is either a grizzly gone rogue…or Theo himself. Racing to stay one step ahead of the police, Theo must use his scientific acumen to uncover the killer. Will he be able to become as cunning as the predator he hunts—before he becomes its prey?

This is Halloween: 2017 Costume Inspo

Saturday, 14 October 2017

If you haven't noticed by now, Halloween is my favourite holiday. But unfortunately, this year I'm in the throes of the worst of my chronic illness and I'm probably not going to have the chance of dressing up and embarrassing myself.
But has this stopped the costume planning? Hell no, it hasn't. Just because I'm not going to be able to dress up, that doesn't mean that I can't daydream (not going to lie, at this point I am probably going to buy one just to wear in the house).
So here are my top picks of costume inspiration for Halloween 2017.

Daenerys Targaryen from 'Game of Thrones'
With her move to the harsher climate of Dragonstone during season seven, her new winter-appropriate wardrobe lends itself to entirely new interpretation of Dany this Halloween. With ice-blonde hair and pale furs, you will be the most icily eye-catching (and more importantly, the warmest!) at any party this Halloween.

REVIEW: A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness

Thursday, 12 October 2017

At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting - he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth.

REVIEW: Onwards Flows the River, Caroline Windsor

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

It is 1971. Hannah Matheson, whose affluent Quaker family lives in Devon, moves to a hostel in London to study for a degree. Her extravert and exuberant personality initially brings her into conflict with the hostel’s caustic deputy warden, Jo Ackroyd, whose abusive upbringing was very different from her own. In desperation Hannah persuades her old schoolfriend, Kate Deveraux, who, following the death of her parents, is often lonely living in her London flat, to come and live with her at the hostel. Kate, a hospital receptionist, has long been valued by Hannah’s family as a calming influence upon their daughter and she is a regular visitor to their home. Kate’s unspoken affection for Hannah’s solicitor brother, Aidan, has grown over the years and she longs for him to notice her. Jo and Kate get on well from the start and Kate is determined to help Hannah overcome her antipathy to the deputy warden. At Christmas Hannah invites Kate, Jo and Jo’s younger sister, Beth, to stay with her in her family’s holiday cottage in Devon. Beth, unlike her atheist sister Jo, has a deep spiritual awareness which is something she finds she has in common with both Kate and Aidan. Kate, however, soon realises, to her dismay, that her love for Aidan is clearly not reciprocated. Hannah, meanwhile, resumes her close relationship with Daniel, a friend of Aidan’s, who is also a solicitor in the family firm – Mathesons. Her passionate nature, however, is constantly frustrated by him and she is driven to look elsewhere to satisfy her needs. 
The book follows the relationship between the three women, as their inter-twining lives and loves threaten to destroy the friendship that unites them.

This is Halloween: TV Shows To Get You Hyped

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Christmas? Eh. Easter? Over it. Bonfire night? My nose goes numb.
After my birthday, Halloween easily wins the award for my favourite day of the year and, like many over-excited and obsessed young adults every year, that one day has turned into an entire month of spooktacular festivities. So here are the television shows that will be dominating mine (and hopefully your) screens for the next few weeks.

REVIEW: Beneath A Scarlet Sky, Mark Sullivan

Friday, 6 October 2017

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious and powerful commanders.
Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna and for the life he dreams they will one day share. 

REVIEW: Her Last Tomorrow, Adam Croft

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Could you murder your wife to save your daughter? On the surface, Nick Connor's life is seemingly perfect: a quiet life with his beautiful family and everything he could ever want. But soon his murky past will collide with his idyllic life and threaten the very people he loves the most in the world. 
When his five-year-old daughter, Ellie, is kidnapped, Nick's life is thrown into a tailspin. In exchange for his daughter's safe return, Nick will have to do the unthinkable: he must murder his wife. With his family's lives hanging in the balance, what will Nick do? Can he and his family survive when the evil that taunts them stems from the sins of his past? 

TRAVEL: Caerphilly, Wales, UK

Monday, 2 October 2017

Caerphilly, Wales, UK

Verdict? Caerphilly definitely was not worth the 7.5 mile journey that it took to get there from Cardiff.