Daredevil Review in Gifs

So over the last week I have been revising hard for my up and coming exams, but in my downtime I have been watching the new Daredevil series, which is available on Netflix. It’s really fun and action packed. My favourite TV shows always involve crime and my favourite films involve superheroes, so it is perfect. I don’t have time to write a proper review so I thought I’d tell you my feelings through the medium of Gifs. So here are my reactions when:

When Matt kicks ass

When Claire patches Matt up

When Foggy and Karen are cute

When cute old ladies get passionate about their houses

When Fisk appears

When Matt is shirtless

When Foggy and Matt have a moment

So, if you can’t tell, I am thoroughly enjoying this show and can’t wait to see where it ends up. I’ve become a hardcore Clairedevil shipper so watch out. Have you seen Daredevil yet?

Erin xx


Happy UKYA Day!

Today is UKYA day. A day created by Lucy Powrie (QueenofContempory) to celebrate all the brilliant Young Adult books brought out by British Authors. She has a full schedule for today on her blog so I recommend checking it out and joining in. I try to read as much UKYA as possible but I’ve been lacking recently. So I’ve put together a list of UKYA novels that I want to read in the future.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I realise that this book is ridiculously famous. I have done my usual thing of ignoring the hype around a series when it is released and then never finding time to read it once I have realised my mistake.I have no idea what this about and would prefer to keep it that way. I enjoy having a mysterious ending to a book so I’m trying to keep as far away from spoilers as I can.

Trouble by Non Pratt

I love books that deal with hard hitting subjects and this one is about teenage pregnancy. I’m known to binge watch a lot of 16 and Pregnant so it will be interesting to read about it instead. I guess it gives a nice change from sitting in front of the TV all afternoon as well. Everyone I know who has read this has enjoyed it and I can’t wait to pick it up.

The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett

This isn’t specifically YA but I know a lot of my friends are reading it now so I am including it. My only problem with starting this series is whether I will ever finish them! I have no idea what this series is about, I just know it is fantasy. I’ve been recommended these books so many times it is most likely that I will enjoy every page of them.

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

Okay, so technically I have read these before. I was about 10 and can’t remember a thing about them I’d love to read them again and rediscover the universe. It’s another case of actually finding the time. I seem to remember it took me about 3 months to read these originally.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I’ve been recommended this by various people and whilst I don’t normally like books about the war, I think I will give this a go. It looks intriguing and may fit in with my AS History course.

Of course there are too many UKYA books to name and these are just the few that I haven’t read yet. What are your favourite UKYA books?

Erin xx

Top Ten Characters You’d Like to Check in With


I know, I know. I’m shocked that I’ve written another post so soon as well. Although, I didn’t actually come up with the premise for this post. Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme is characters that you would like to check in with and see how they’re doing now that a series is over.

  1. Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter – Luna is one of my favourites and I would love to just have a glimpse at her life every now and again to make sure she is hanging in there.
  2. Esther Greenwood from The Bell Jar – I identified with Esther in so many ways so it’d just be nice to see how she is doing and find out if she ever becomes happy.
  3. Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower – This is the same as Esther. I just want to make sure he managed to get on with his life okay.
  4. Tori Spring from Soliraire by Alice Oseman – This book was my favourite from last year, so it makes sense that I feel attached to the characters. Tori was getting her life back on track when we left her, so I’d like to see if she finally managed to do that.
  5. Nick and Amy from Gone Girl – I have a love/hate relationship with these characters, so much so that I feel the need to check up on them often to make sure they haven’t had kids or done anything that will make their genes carry on into a new generation.
  6. Billy and Teddy from Young Avengers – Whilst these two babes are not technically from a book, I love them all the same. I have extreme withdrawal symptoms and they need to stop. Any writers out there that feel like carrying on the comic series, I will pay you.
  7. Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre (obviously) – I feel responsible for Jane because I passionately hate Mr Rochester. If I had my way, Jane would’ve left England and joined a gang of pirates and had marvellous adventures.
  8. Melanie from The Magic Toyshop – The ending of this book is extremely ambiguous. I want to know if she ever married Finn. I also want to know what happened to the rest of her family, she never really expands upon that.
  9. Mia Thermopolis from The Princess Diaries – I stopped reading these books a long time ago, but it would be nice to see how Mia is doing now. I realise I don’t actually know how the series ended, so looking it up on Wikipedia might be the more manageable option here.
  10. Magnus Bane – He’s in so many books I can’t be bothered to write them all out. I think someone needs to keep an eye on him though, it might stop him getting into trouble.

What characters do you want to check in with?

Erin xx

Review: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Title: Clockwork Prince

Author: Cassandra Clare

Source: Bought out of own money.

Rating: ★★★★


I love Cassandra Clare and I love the Victorian era. So naturally I adore these novels. I went through a phase a couple of years ago (like I’m sure a majority of you lot did) where I was obsessed with vampire books. Somehow, I never found these. Cassandra Clare remained a mystery to me.  I (thankfully) got out of that stage pretty quickly and moved on to better and more important novels. So imagine my surprise when I picked up a Mortal Instruments novel and fell in love. I’ve finished that series now, so thought I ought to move on to The Infernal Devices.

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray, has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street, and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life.

Clockwork Prince is the second book in The Infernal Devices series. It is set in Victorian London, in a world where magic is real. Tessa, the protagonist, is trying to find out the truth about her parentage and how she can stop her brother from being evil. She is also stuck in the middle of a love triangle, which although it’s a ridiculously typical trope of YA fiction, is quite endearing and enjoyable in this story line. Tessa is so unbelievably awesome, she refuses to take no for an answer and is set on doing everything as well as the boys. She’s worth reading the novel for. What I loved most about the novel was Tessa struggling to find the balance between achieving her dreams and training as a shadow hunter and also trying to fit in with society’s boundaries for being a woman. The conflict was brilliantly written and really made me think about the reaction that somebody from a very strict upbringing might have when suddenly thrust into a new society.

I love the fast paced plot of Clare’s work. I am never bored when reading her stories which means I will come back time and time again. Her descriptions are beautiful and almost make me want to go and live in Victorian London. The detailed descriptions of the clothing made me weak with pleasure and I re read passages just to be able to experience the authors interpretation of the era once again.

Whilst I am normally annoyed at love triangles and really hate having to put up with them just to find out the ending to a story, the love that Will, Tessa and Jem show for each other is rather realistic. I love that fact that Will honours his friendship with Will above all else, and how Tessa may love them both but once she has made her decision wants to stick with it.

Of course the best part of any Cassandra Clare novel is Magnus Bane, he’s a wonderful comedic element with a darker side. I fell in love with him when he was first introduced in City of Bones and my love for him has not died. Also, LGBT representation is important; even in Fantasy novels.

What did you think of Clockwork Prince? I am currently reading Clockwork Princess so will most likely post my overall review of the series in the next couple of weeks. I am preparing myself for some full on emotions.

Erin xx

Where have I been?

Hey guys! I’ve been gone for so long this time, blame my English Literature coursework and a school trip to Berlin. But all of that is over now so hopefully I’ll be back to a regular posting schedule. Due to trying to get as much school work as possible out of the way, I have not had much time to anything brilliant and my reading has been severely lacking. So no interesting blog post today. However, I can offer you this adorable video Mia made for my wonderful friend Naomi’s birthday. I hope you enjoy and look out for me posing for selfies and making inappropriate comments as usual.

This Week I… #2

this week i #2

Reading: Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare and The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter. I’m reading TMT for my English Lit class, but it is really good and I will most likely review it later on next week. It’s such an odd book. As for Clockwork Price, I still haven’t gotten over the last few chapters.

Listening to: Clean Bandit for some reason. I really like the string instruments used on a couple of their tracks.

Watching: Arrow, yet again. I also watched Kid Criminals on Channel 4. If you’re interested in the American detention system, as I apparently am, then this is extremely interesting.

Enjoying: Othello. Yesterday I saw a production of it at the Globe Theatre in London. It was awesome and the tickets were free which was an added bonus!

Looking forward to: Finishing my English Coursework. I have worked so hard this week and still have’t gotten it done, maybe tomorrow will be the day.

Also, If you haven’t noticed my header image is of art. Yet again. Two art galleries in two weeks makes me seem quite cultured, doesn’t it?

Erin xx

Learning Italian on Duolingo

I have always wanted to visit Italy. It seems like the most magical place and the history is so interesting. This year I embarked on a challenge to teach myself to speak basic Italian. I have often found myself sitting at home with nothing to do and thought that this might be something to keep me occupied.

I use the website Duolingo to do the majority of my learning. It’s a crowd sourced learning website with the aim to translate many texts in order to publish them on the internet. The interface is extremely easy to use and works sort of like a game. You have various sections to complete and subsections within those. Once you complete a section, as well as various other tasks, you get lingots. These are a sort of currency that you can use to buy extra sections or tests. The whole site is completely free.


You can set a daily goal, with reminders to complete it, with the incentive that once you get to a certain number of day you will earn lingots. I love this idea, it is so much like a game that I am finding it very addictive and am actually interested in coming back to it every day after school. Each of the sections are very organised, with some really interesting topics cropping up at later stages. There are also a wide variety of languages to learn, including swedish, which I think sets this apart from some other online learning resources.

I am also a very competitive person, so I enjoy the fact that you can follow your friends and watch their progress. This makes me want to beat them so badly. (Sorry Becca, but I am going to finish my course before you finish yours!)What I’m trying to say is that I am immensely glad that I found Duolingo and will hopefully carry on using it for a while. If you want to start a new language or pick up where you have left off, this website is wonderful!

Have any of you used Duolingo?

Erin xx