LFCC Winter 2014

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Yes, I have a gun

If you know me, you know that I love conventions. I started going to them about a year ago after admiring from afar and have been hooked ever since. This year I tried something new. I cosplayed.

It was something that I’ve always wanted to do and thanks to Chloe I was able to create a Merida costume! She’s the one dressed as Rapunzel, she made the dress herself. ‘We decided to go as ‘Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons’ mainly because Chloe and I really wanted to dress up as princesses. It was totally worth it.

The actual day consisted of a 7:00 start to get the dress ironed, make up on and breakfast eaten. Then it was time to catch a train. Our train was unbelievingly late so our cosplay group had to make their way in two parts (sorry Laura) to the convention centre. I would’ve thought that we would have had many weird looks during our journey. But it was surprisingly uneventful. A couple of people told us how nice our dresses were and one little girl ran up to us and stared for about 5 minutes before getting embarrassed and running away.

The event we went to was London Film and Comic Con, which is a Showmasters event. We visited it in the summer and whilst we had a great time, it was so extremely hot that we left quite early. However, this season was completely different. Winter conventions are normally smaller, but compared to the summer con, this was tiny. Not that I was complaining, I really enjoyed being able to look at the stalls and make friends without having to fight for space.

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Photo by Robert John Parker

The best thing about cosplaying as a Disney princess at conventions is the amount of children that come up and ask for photos. It really makes you feel special and that all of the hard work you put in was worth it. We met some really lovely children and their parents. Obviously the cutest children were the ones in cosplay, they literally made my day.

My favourite buy of the day was my copy of THOR #1. This is the newest in the Thor series (the one where Thor is now a woman) and I am so excited to get a copy! I also bought a Game of Thrones bracelet and some hair scrunchies (so expect a haul post soon).

My favourite thing about going to conventions is meeting a lot of people who have similar interests to me. This year we made a whole load of new friends and made some really exciting cosplay plans. Fingers crossed that I actually get to go next summer and manage to carry these out!

Here are some of my favourite images of us during the day:

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Photo by Robert John Parker

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The coolest Marvel Costumes ever. And yes, they made them their selves!

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Disney Gang , with the lovely Hayley Smith as Anna!

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Marvel cosplayers are the coolest cosplayers!

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I fangirled so hard when I met this Kaylee cosplayer! (future cosplay idea in the making!)

Review: The Before Now and After Then by Peter Monn

the before now and after then Title: The Before Now and After Then

Author: Peter Monn

Publication: July 28th 2014 by Pen Name Publishing

Rating: ★★★

Source: Netgalley in exhange for a fair review

 

 

 

The title and cover art of this book does not do it justice. It is such an adorable story, one that tells of all sorts of relationship dynamics. It’s not all fun and games either, the story is really emotional and although I didn’t cry, I think it might be a good idea to keep some tissues nearby just in case!

Danny Goldstein has always lived in the shadow of his identical, twin brother Sam. But when a hurricane of events forces him into the spotlight, he starts to realize that the only thing he’s truly afraid of is himself. With the help of his costume changing friend Cher, a famous gay uncle with a mysterious past of his own, two aging punk rocker parents and Rusty, the boy who will become his something to live for, Danny begins to realize that the music of the heart is truly the soundtrack for living.

This book reminded me a little of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The tone of the story was very similar and it deals with hard hitting ‘teen’ subjects. I liked how the main character was gay, along with various other characters, but that wasn’t the ultimate focus of the book. Monn wanted to explore the relationship between two people who had various problems and it just so happened  to be gay.

The only part of this book that I didn’t particularly like was the character development of Cher, the best friend of Danny. Once Danny starts his relationship with Rusty he becomes a seriously crappy friend and mostly ignores her for the rest of the book. I found this extremely annoying as she was such an interesting character!

If you like books such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower or Will Grayson, Will Grayson then you will really enjoy this! Has anyone else read it?

Erin xx

I finished Blood Of Olympus and now I don’t know what to do with my life

boo WARNING! WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS! READ AT YOUR OWN PERIL!

I spent about an hour this morning happily sobbing. This may sound a little strange, but once you hear the reason I’m sure you’ll understand. I finally finished Blood of Olympus. It hurts a little bit to say that Percy and his friend’s story is over. However, I am so pleased with how it ended, I do not mind.

I feel the same about this series as I do about Harry Potter. I’ve loved it since I was about 10, so to be still enjoying it nearly 7 years later, it has to be something special. I especially am pleased that the finale of the series managed to tie up some loose ends and make me extremely happy.

I loved the fact that the girls got the same (and maybe more, I’ll have to see) narration time as the guys. Especially since Piper and Reyna are my absolute faves. I loved how Reyna’s past was explored so much deeper and the fact that we got to see her sister again was great. Also, the appearance of Thalia again literally made me cry. I just love her so freaking much.

The guys were swoon-worthy, as always. However, I think Leo took the crown on the cutest and the bravest. I was so happy he got to see Calypso again and he saved them all (even if Octavian was the one to destroy Gaia). Move over Percy and Jason, I think it’s time for Leo to star in his own book.

I really enjoyed the fact that Nico narrated a lot of this book. His story is so interesting and as a LGBT character, I feel that it is important to give him a good share of the book. I also felt a new ship emerging. How does everyone feel about Nico and Will Solace. They might be just friends, but I think they would be so freaking adorable together. I think I detected some flirting towards the end of the book as well.

Finally, I feel the need to express how happy I was with the ending! NO ONE DIED! (At least not of the main characters anyway.) Percy and Annabeth are still together, Hazel and Frank are so perfect, and Piper and Jason are getting on great. Reyna is still in charge, which makes me happy because she’s so fierce and fiery. AND Coach Hedge and the baby. I was so pleased that he got to be there when his kid (cheeky goat pun there) was born.

In conclusion, I loved it. I don’t know what else I can say. Thank you Rick for the most magical of series, I can’t wait to see what’s coming next.

Erin xx

Review: Eren by Simon P. Clark

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Author: Simon P. Clark

 

Published: September 18th 2014 by Constable & Robinson

 

Rating: ★★★★★

 

 

 

I was so excited when I was asked to join the blog tour for this book. I was desperate to read it, I literally stopped halfway through another book just to do it. So thanks to Simon for allowing me to join him in promoting his book. If you want to read tomorrows stop (and it’s the last one) you can find it here. Go tell Ella I sent you and say Hi!

People are keeping secrets from Oli – about where his father is, and why he hasn’t come to join them at his uncle’s house in the country. Oli has secrets too. He knows what lives in the attic. Eren – part monster, part dream, part myth. Eren who always seems so interested, who always wants to hear more about Oli’s life. Eren, who needs to hear stories to live, and will take them from Oli, no matter the cost.

Cover:

This cover is one of the most delightful things I have ever witnessed. Not only does it feel great, it is also brilliantly designed. It has a creepy air to it that is echoed through put the story and the almost childlike handwriting makes you feel as if the protagonist has written it himself.

Plot:

This book is deliciously spine chilling. The actual story line is odd and twisted, making it a thrilling read. I love the fact that whilst it is a story about a few children who want to have an adventure one summer, it is also really thought-provoking and scary. Note to self: don’t read the ending in a dark room at night-time. I don’t really want to spoil the plot, so all I will say is that if you like books in which you are never sure in which direction the plot will turn then this one is for you.

Characters: 

The main character, Oli, was so childish but very grown up at the same time. I love this contradiction in ccharactersas it reminds me of people who I know in real life. I think it gives them a much more three-dimensional personality.

The background characters are mysterious and likable. I adore the relationship between the 3 children. Eren is so creepy that I’m find it hard to put into words.

Overall:

It’s funny how much this book has divided the commenters of Goodreads, It seems to be a marmite sort of book. I loved it and If you’re a fan of authors such as Patrick Ness and David Almond then you will love this too. Trust me.

Erin xx

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