I know this isn't book related but, this weekend was Blizzcon and I adore all of Blizzard games. So, we bought a virtual ticket, ordered some food, had beer and played Blizzard games while watching the live stream! We really hope to go one year, (hopefully next year for my fiances 30th!!) but, the live stream is just as good. In this post I want to talk about my top 5 favourite moments from Blizzcon 2018 and the exciting things that they are planning!
Lucio-Oh's & Overwatch partnering with Nerf
So, Blizzcon started of with an advert for Cereal but, not just any cereal. Overwatch have partnered up with Kelloggs to create Lucio-Oh's and I am so excited. I want 10 boxes and I probably wont even eat all of them because I just need them in my life! They also come with a free loot box which is pretty amazing and I cannot wait for them to come out in the UK! Also speaking of Overwatch they have also partnered up with Nerf and ohmygod when they shown all the Overwatch themed nerf guns at Blizzcon I got so excited and I am ready to get all of them!
Not many people know about my big love of Warcraft but, I am obsessed with Azshara and the Naga and when they announced that one of the patches coming up is plotted around the Naga and Azshara I lost it. I am so excited, I am excited to explore, do the raids and just discover Nazjatar. The raid is called Azshara's Eternal Palace and can I just live there? Also, the rewards look amazing! Not only can you get a crab and seahorse mount! You can also get a baby Naga and I want 10 of them.
These where really fun panels to watch and listen too! Both of these panels where hosted by Andrea Toyias who is the senior director of casting and voiceover and she was joined on the Horde Vs Alliance panel with -
Steve Danuser - Lead Narrative Designer
Josh Keaton - Anduin Wrynn
Laura Bailey - Jaina Proudmoore
Indira Varma - Katherine Proudmoore
Patty Mattson - Sylvanas Windrunner
Susan Wokoma - Princess Talanji
Abubakar Salim - Rokhan
Alex Desert - Bwonsamdi
Maryann Strossner - Scrollsage Nola
I really enjoyed this panel when they talked about how they got the roll, there favourite part of being these characters and just hearing them talk and interact and just being their wonderful characters! Also, hearing them do some of their most popular voice lines including, A turtle made it to the water!
On the Overwatch panel Andrea was joined by-
Michael Chu - Lead Writer
Matthew Mercer - Mccree
Jennifer Hale - Ashe
Keith Silverstein - Torbjorn
Matilda Smedius - Brigitte
Dee Bradley Baker & Jon Lipow - Wrecking Ball
Just adored this panel and seeing Dee and Jon doing the Hammond and Wrecking Ball together was amazing and I just love all of these characters.
Speaking of Ashe! She is the 29th character to join Overwatch and I AM SO EXCITED! First, we got a Mccree short Reunion, and then we got introduced to Ashe who we met in the Mccree video. She looks amazing, she has some amazing abilities and her ultimate is her butler Bob and I just want to play her now.
Plus, me and my fiance where freaking out as his name is Ash and my initials are Bob. I know what we are cosplaying next year. We also got a backstory video on Ashe and I just need her in my life. I am ready to buy all the Ashe merch.
This has to be one of my favourite parts of Blizzcon. Community night is a competition for Cosplayers, Singers, Artists and video makers. This year entries where all amazing. So many amazing talented people out there. This night was also hosted by Overwatch's Reinhardt, Darin De Paul who is just the cutest and can he host it every year? A big well done to Have No Fear who won the Music contest as they are just amazing and their song last year, Payload is still stuck in my head with their newest song which is about the Horde Vs Alliance and I am waiting for their album drop.
And for extra, are we all excited for Warcraft 3 Reforged?! I am super excited and cannot wait for it to be out!
Did you watch Blizzcon? What where some of your favourite moments?!
Can you believe we are almost in November?!
Where has this year gone?
It has been filled with so many amazing books and I thought I would talk about some of the best books I've read so far this year. These are books that I cannot stop talking or thinking about and if you haven't had the chance to pick them up then I recommend that you do!
Nova is 32 years old and she is about to see the world for the very first time.
Jillian Safinova, Nova to her friends, can do many things. She can speak five languages. She can always find a silver lining. And she can even tell when someone is lying just from the sound of their voice.
But there’s one thing Nova can’t do. She can’t see.
When her brother convinces her to have an operation that will restore her sight, Nova wakes up to a world she no longer understands. Until she meets Kate.
As Kate comes into focus, her past threatens to throw them into a different kind of darkness. Can they each learn to see the world in a different … and open their eyes to the lives they could have been living all along?
A captivating, beautiful read! - review -
I love him so totally, completely, sometimes it threatens to overwhelm me.
Sometimes I think-
No. I won't write about that.
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet - and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can't bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.
Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia's silence goes far deeper than he first thought.
And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?
Not out till next year and it is one of the best thrillers I've ever read - review -
Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference.
A place offering a shot at "normality" for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for her new friends, who are all dealing with their own battles.
But as Olive settles in, she starts to wonder - maybe it's this messed up world that needs fixing, and not them. And so she comes up with a plan. Because together, snowflakes can form avalanches...
One of the best books I've ever read from Holly. It talks about mental health and it is just wonderful - review -
Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the
hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the
sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most--a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian's heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.
The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby--it's his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she's more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good--But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind's greatest enemy?
Fab, fantastic, amazing, wonderful just love it - review -
Two centuries ago, in the small, isolated town, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town. Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return from the depths, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them down to their watery deaths.
Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into or the fact that his arrival will change everything...
Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.
But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.
A book that isn't talked about enough imo - review -
Twelve years ago Finn's girlfriend disappeared.
He told the police the truth about that night.Just not quite the whole truth.
Now Finn has moved on.But his past won't stay buried...
So gripping and so amazing! - review -
In the land of Sempera, the rich control everything - even time. Ever since the age of alchemy and sorcery, hours, days and years have been extracted from blood and bound to iron coins. The rich live for centuries; the poor bleed themselves dry.Jules and her father are behind on their rent and low on hours. To stop him from draining himself to clear their debts, Jules takes a job at Everless, the grand estate of the cruel Gerling family. There, Jules encounters danger and temptation in the guise of the Gerling heir, Roan, who is soon to be married. But the web of secrets at Everless stretches beyond her desire, and the truths Jules must uncover will change her life for ever ... and possibly the future of time itself.
So ready for the sequel - review -
When 16 year-old Grace gives up her baby for adoption, she decides that the time has come to find out more about her own biological mother. Although her biological mum proves elusive, her search leads her to two half-siblings she never knew existed.
Maya, 15, has been adopted by wealthy parents and seems to have the picture-perfect family – that is, if you look past her alcoholic mother and the fact that Maya stands out like a sore thumb.
Older brother Joaquin hasn’t been so lucky. At 18, he’s shuffled between foster home after foster home, always careful never to get attached to anyone or anything, because it always gets taken away.
When these three siblings come together, they find in themselves the place they can belong, while the secrets they guard threaten to explode... BUY HERE
A beautiful story about finding your family as tough times are ahead and I just love it - review -
Between the simple melody of running her violin shop and the full-blown orchestra of her romantic interludes in Paris with David, her devoted partner of eight years, Grace Atherton has always set her life to music.
Her world revolves entirely around David, for Grace’s own secrets have kept everyone else at bay. Until, suddenly and shockingly, one act tips Grace’s life upside down, and the music seems to stop.
It takes a vivacious old man and a straight-talking teenager to kickstart a new chapter for Grace. In the process, she learns that she is not as alone in the world as she had once thought, that no mistake is insurmountable, and that the quiet moments in life can be something to shout about …
Bloody brilliant - review -
To seventeen-year-old Angie, who is mixed-race, Marilyn is her hardworking, devoted white single mother. But Marilyn was once young, too. When Marilyn was seventeen, she fell in love with Angie's father, James, who was African-American. But Angie's never met him, and Marilyn has always told her he died before she was born. When Angie discovers evidence of an uncle she's never met she starts to wonder: What if her dad is still alive, too? So she sets off on a journey to find him, hitching a ride to LA from her home in New Mexico with her ex-boyfriend, Sam. Along the way, she uncovers some hard truths about herself, her mother, and what truly happened to her father.
Another book I think isn't talked about enough! - review -
Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong.But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan . .
bloody brilliant - review -
FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE.
When Fi Lawson arrives home to find strangers moving into her house, she is plunged into terror and confusion. She and her husband Bram have owned their home on Trinity Avenue for years and have no intention of selling. How can this other family possibly think the house is theirs? And why has Bram disappeared when she needs him most?
FOR RICHER, FOR POORER.
Bram has made a catastrophic mistake and now he is paying. Unable to see his wife, his children or his home, he has nothing left but to settle scores. As the nightmare takes grip, both Bram and Fi try to make sense of the events that led to a devastating crime. What has he hidden from her – and what has she hidden from him? And will either survive the chilling truth – that there are far worse things you can lose than your house?
TILL DEATH US DO PART.
So gripping! - review -
I got tagged by Lydia over at SilverWolfReads who worked with Alexandra Christo on creating this book tag! If you follow me on social media you know how much I ADORE To Kill A Kingdom and it is one of my favourite books I've read this year so, I was really excited to be tagged in this. Check out the original post by Lydia here!
You’re going on a vacation on a cruise boat for a week. Which book(s) would you pack to keep you entertained as you explore the seven seas?
I've never been on a cruise but, I feel I would take about 10 books and only read 2 because, I always do that on holiday. I feel I would take Mirage by Somaiya Daud and Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan as these are two books I have been dying to read and I think just chilling on the ship with these books would be amazing and probably some of my old favourites like Poison Study and ofc To Kill a Kingdom just because.
You’re on the boat, and you start to hear your favourite song being played out from a nearby island. Which song would this be? What book do you associate with this song?
My favourite songs always change but one song I always love is I'm Still Here from the movie Treasure Planet (which is fitting since it's a movie about a ship in space!) It is a song about trying to move on, being who you want to be and feeling like you belong. A book I would put with this song is A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard. A book about a girl who doesn't speak and a boy who can't hear. I feel this song fits in perfectly as these characters go through a lot and they just want to belong and it is just amazing.
You go to the side of the boat and notice a mermaid sat on the rocks. She seems pretty bored. And you know of loads of awesome books. Which one book do you always recommend to people without fail?
Anything by Holly Bourne. Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes is her recent book and it is amazing and has the topic of mental health and Holly does it amazingly. For an amazing fantasy read I would recommend Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! And some other recommendations include, Fangirl, When Dimple Met Rishi and S.T.A.G.S.
The mermaid seems pretty happy with your suggestion, and swims off. You hear the song from a moment a go has stopped. And there doesn’t seem to many people about. Creepy, huh? What book gave you the chills whilst you were reading it?
The Call by Peadar O'Guilin. It is super creepy, gave me chills when reading it and I just adored it so much.
The song picks up again. But this time, it doesn’t sound like the normal version you’re used to. It sounds eery, and you can feel yourself walking towards the sound. You’re in a trance. Which book hooked you in from the very first page?
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. The writing is beautiful, the story is wonderful and you are just instantly compelled. Filled with amazing characters and the first page takes you of on an amazing adventure.
You’re climbing over the rails of the ocean, moving towards the sound of the singing. You jump into the ocean and a rush of cold hits you. What book has the biggest plot twist that you weren’t expecting?
I recently read The Silent Patient, which isn't out till next year but, had a really good plot twist! I was reading it when I was on holiday and I remember gasping really loudly around the pool when it happened. It was just so unexpected!
You begin swimming on instinct, nothing has come to get you yet. You feel like you’ve been swimming for hours. What’s the biggest book you’ve ever read? (Or the one that’s taken you the longest time to read).
Big books some times scare me but, I currently have Kingdom of Ash to read which is a massive book! And, I'm probably cheating with this one as it was 3 books in 1 but the first 3 books in the Order of Darkness series. I don't mind big books as long as they are gripping and have something that keeps them going as sometimes I just can't keep reading it aha.
Something grabs your leg. You start kicking. Which book deals with heavy/underdiscussed that always makes you want to put up a fight for righteousness?
I am Thunder and Love, Hate & Other Filters. It tackles themes such as Islamophobia and religion. It is a book that is perfect for people who may not understand what other people go through daily and how everyone can do something to stop it. These books pull at the heartstrings of the readers and hopefully these books get the readers to talk more about it and use their voices to make a difference. Just like these characters do and another book is Moxie. A fab story about fighting for your rights. Fighting against the sexism in the world.
They’re pulling you under the water. Which book had you on the edge of your seat, unable to breathe as you turned to the next page?
Final Girls! One of my all time favourite thrillers that just had me so gripped I was almost in the book.
You notice a glimpse of red. You notice a fish-like tail. It’s a siren. Which book would you recommend for people who love the ocean’s mythical creatures?
Well first, To Kill A Kingdom and another book that needs to be talked about more is The Wicked Deep. It kind is centred around the ocean/lake and has a mythical story. Each year 3 witches that died hundreds of years ago take the bodies of young girls and lure men to their deaths in the sea. It is amazing.
There is an enormous screeching sound. The siren lets go. You float to the top of the ocean surface, gasping for air. You’re alive. You get onboard the boat, dry off and clutch your books to your chest.
Which bookish-friends would you call to share your experience with? Who would you believe you? Who should do this tag?
If you've been following any of my social medias you will know that I went to Orlando on the 4th September for two weeks. I use to go quite a bit when I was little but the last time was 9 years ago and this was my boyfriends first time. It was one of the best holidays we have been on and I thought I would share some of my favourite parts of this holiday.