Breaking the Gladiator by Nicola Rose

Boasting captivating characters, scenery, and a story line to match, Breaking the Gladiator: An Alpha Attraction novella by debut indie author Nicola Rose was released today on kindle, and, considering this steamy, hot mess is only 99p, you have to have a good excuse not to buy it!


I’m trained to kill… for the amusement of others.
Slave. Fighter. Beast.
Emotions are a weakness, so I have none; except anger and hate. All the good ones were beaten and starved out of me long ago. I barely even feel pain anymore.
But when she touches me? Feelings thrash to the surface, and in my world those are dangerous. She’s poison, feeding off my rage for her own sick pleasures. I hate her. She keeps finding cracks and opening them up, squeezing herself inside my chest.
She’s going to get me killed.

I’m Domina of the Atticus ludus, where we train gladiators to compete for victory.
Wealthy. Attractive. Powerful husband.
It appears I have it all… and I wish I could make myself feel that way. But I’m numb. Too broken to even care. The only time I feel alive is when I’m with my husband’s champion gladiator. My slave. In the arena, and the bedroom.
It’s disgusting for a woman of my rank to sleep with a man like him. He’s a dirty, worthless animal. His touch should feel repulsive. His gaze upon me should make my skin crawl.
But he’s mine. And I want more.

“Dirty, Senseless, Dangerous, Sinful and Mouth-Watering”

I had the honor of reading the arc of this book in January, in exchange for an honest review, and, it was honestly my first five star read of 2018, and left me all satisfied and full (if not wanting more of Cassian that is!)

With only 20,000 words, Nicola’s characters were so well-developed that you feel as if you’ve already known them for a life time, and with a style of writing that flows off the tongue and immerses you in this wonderful and fantastical roman world; Nicola has done a beautiful job at introducing us in to the worlds she’s made to create!

I, for one, cannot wait for her debut novel later this year if this one is anything to go by!



Nicola’s favourite things to write about include vampires, fantasy and romance that isn’t always sweet!

Living in the UK with her husband and two boys, when she’s not reading or writing, she can be found walking in the country-side, faffing around on photo-shop and playing board games!

You can also find her obsessing over vampires and bad boys!

You can buy Breaking the Gladiator here
Follow her on instagram @nicolaroseauthor
Visit her website here
Her Goodreads here

Her debut novel Taste the Dark: Elwood Legacy Book 1 is due out on the 30th April!
Pre-order that here!

Day 5: Christmas Movie Traditions (12DaysOfBlogmas)

Yesterday, I watched my first proper Christmas film of the season! And, I know it’s a bit late, and I should be very ashamed of myself, but, that’s how the cookie crumbles But, now, to make up for it, I’ve now set myself a goal to watch at least one Christmas film a day – up until Christmas day, (which will be spent watching Mrs. Brown Boys, Doctor Who, Call the Midwife, and eating food!)

It was a film I actually hadn’t seen before, called ‘Northpole’ where an Elf named Clementine needs to bring the festive cheer and magic back to the world to save the Northpole! It was cute, and your typical, save the world and spread the love, and the magic Christmas film, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

The reason there are so many is because people love it! People love the cheesy Christmas films with the love stories, and the kids causing havoc to save the town, or save Santa or an elf, the whole parent’s don’t believe thing! It’s over-done, but we still watch it, because we love it.

A bit like books; it could have been done before, but you read it anyway because you love that sort of stuff!

And, today, I got to see one of my favourites! And that’s Jack Frost!

If you don’t somehow know what it’s about, (which you should, because it’s one of those), it’s about a dad, called Jack (Michael Keaton), who doesn’t keep his promises, and after deciding to change his ways, dies in a car accident, leaving his wife Gabby (Kelly Preston) and son Charlie (Joseph Cross) on their own for Christmas, and supposedly, all the Christmas’ to come!

A year later, with the help of some snow and a ‘magic’ harmonica, Jack comes back to life! But, there’s one problem!

He’s a snowman; and has only one final chance to put things right with his son before he is gone forever!

Queue all the crying, and blubbering, and all the festive magic and feelings, and you have yourself a heartwarming film!

It’s not one of the best, the special-effects aren’t amazing (it’s from 1998, it’s not gonna be), the acting isn’t the greatest, and I know it got a bit of a bad rep from some, but, it’s a film about a talking snowman! What did people expect? If anything, it has a story to tell, and I think, with most of these Christmas films, it’s the story it tells that’s the most important! That’s what brings all the holiday cheer, and festive spirit!

So, this film, it sort of goes off the precept that the dad isn’t spending enough time with his family – which is how most of these Christmas films starts! The parents are always too busy at work to be with their kids at Christmas, but, by the end of the film, they’ve changed their ways and decided what’s more important – family!

But, this film took that away, and in the first half hour or so, the dad who didn’t spend enough time with his family was dead. And, even though you watch it again, and again, you still cry, because it’s horrible! There’s not many Christmas films in which people die, especially not so early on (except for Santa that one time), and I think that gave it something different to all those other Christmas films out there!

And, some of the jokes in it, ones my naive little mind would never have seen or acknowledged are hilarious! If you don’t know what I’m on about, you just need to watch it again from a grown-up point of view, and you’ll see it!

All-in-all, it’s another one of those Christmas films that fall in par with all the others a tad, but it’s a bit different, and Michael Keaton is a great snowman! You need to see it for what it is, and that’s about looking at the things that are the most important in your life.

Although, I feel kind of bad for dad, more because, he couldn’t follow his dream of becoming a signed musician because of his family, but, I guess, that’s a rant for another day, and I don’t think that all the time, I think it was just a lot more prominent in the sulky ass kid that was Charlie at the beginning of the film. But still, you should watch it if you haven’t, watch it again if you have, and tell me what you think!

What’s your favourite Christmas film?

Todays Promptmas is:


From my #NaNoWriMo project DOCZK :

  • Mel loves ‘Elf’
  • Albert loves ‘The Snowman’
  • Rhys loves ‘Home Alone’

From my Tales of Monsters WIP:

  • Lauryn would love ‘The Polar Express’
  • Harry would love ‘The Grinch’
  • Tobin would love ‘Bad Santa’
  • Derrick would love ‘Love Actually’

What would your characters favourite Christmas films be?

Tell me all about them!

Jade x

Quest Worthy Box For A Legendary Subscription!

I recently got the Quests and Legends BookBoxClub October 2017 box and I’m so happy that I can share it with you guys! It was full of mythical things (as it always is) and some tiny baby legendary beasts!

The first thing I picked out was the beautiful spoiler card. The designs are always gorgeous and make a beautiful print to put up on your wall! (Mine are currently hiding on my book shelf, I really need to find a way to display them in all their glory).20171018_111327-11711351266.jpgThe second thing, which you couldn’t not notice, was this bundle of pink bubble wrap surrounding one of the most gorgeous mugs I’ve ever seen! It goes perfect with the fearless females coaster! And was designed by Four Seasons Fox and inspired by the featured read!

Next to come out of this box was something every October night needs, or afternoon as it turned out for me! That was a gorgeous hot chocolate kit designed by Maple Molly’s and inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia!

I had to try it straight away, and it was heavenly guys, like wow, I wish I could just have one-a-day for the rest of my life! I’d die a happy woman! It was that good!

The next too items were crafted from wood, with one featuring a quote from one of my favourite TV shows ever, and the other just a beautiful little thing(s) inspired by the featured read!

I’ve never had a wooden bookmark before, and in my opinion, it has one of the best quotes you could have! What reader could say it was wrong? It was crafted by the team at Hughes Lazer Design. And, these lovely little earrings by Kate Rowland make me want to get my ears re-pierced! They look like slices of Pizza a bit (I like them too so I don’t care), but they’re actually mountains and they are adorable!

And before I show off what we got as the featured read this month, here are all the little extras that the BookBoxClub included in the box. Some promo for some books (which sound awesome and have beautiful covers that I can display on my wall) and the cutest little Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion sticker you have ever seen! They were designed by the obviously talented Spanish Graphic Designer Wild Sally! And they now reside on my laptop, and I’m in love with them!

This month, the featured read is:

20171018_110736-11809278749.jpgThe goodreads synopsis reads:

Red, red, the lights glow red
Beware the danger up ahead…
On the frozen island of Skane, the sky speaks. Beautiful lights appear on clear nights, and their colours have meaning: Green means all is well, and the Goddess is happy. Blue means a snow storm is on the way.
And then there’s red. Red is rare. A warning.
Seventeen years ago, the sky turned red just as Ósa was born, unleashing a plague that claimed the lives of hundreds of villagers, including her own mother. This time, when the night sky once again bleeds crimson, she must discover how to stop the onslaught before so many lives are lost again.

It sounds like a tale full of adventure, myths, legends and just the book to cozy up with a hot chocolate on a cold night! I’ll be honest and say I’m a bit behind on BookBoxClub books, but, it’s more because I have so many books I want to read and I don’t have the time to read them, but their all books I would like, and whatever happens, I’m hoping I get the majority of them read by Christmas!

To sign up for the November box Haunted Minds, or, if you just fancy the book without all the bookish goodies, press here!

The Cast’s bring back the #Nerdherd with HON: Otherworld Loved

I wasn’t sure about this book. As much as I love House of Night, despite all the stereotypical and cringe worthy ‘bullpoopie’, I was worried they wouldn’t be able to do anything more than what they’ve already done. Twelve books following the same group of people is a lot, and you could argue the fact that they dragged it out a bit.

When I first heard about it, I thought it would perhaps be a book about Nyx and the overworld, but all I had then was a title without a synopsis (which I obviously didn’t look at right, because ‘otherworld’ and ‘overworld’ are two different things).

Then, a bit more about the story came out, and I realised it followed on Zoey’s adventure, and the sort-of aftermath of the final House of Night books. I honestly thought it would be this same old-same old thing. That I would continue to read anyway because it’s just nostalgic, and teenage me was in love with it.

But, they did bring something different, they brought this whole new thing that I only understood towards the end of it.

And man, guys, I had all the feels again.

From Goodreads:

It’s Zoey’s eighteenth birthmas and the Nerd Herd has been scattered across the country busily adulting for almost a year when Stark calls them back to Tulsa to surprise Z. But all is not well in T-town. Strange, dark signs are appearing—could it be possible Neferet is stirring? Not willing to chance disaster striking again, Zoey calls on her newly reunited friends to circle with her and add a layer of protection over Neferet’s grotto jail. Easy-peasy, right?

Wrong. Nothing at the House of Night is ever as it seems.

With rabid red vampyres closing in, Zoey and the Nerd Herd must come together again and battle evil. But a year is a long time. Have these old friends grown too far apart?

When the world fractures and allies become enemies, will darkness devour friendships or will light save those she’s loved?

From Goodreads:

It’s Zoey’s eighteenth birthmas and the Nerd Herd has been scattered across the country busily adulting for almost a year when Stark calls them back to Tulsa to surprise Z. But all is not well in T-town. Strange, dark signs are appearing—could it be possible Neferet is stirring? Not willing to chance disaster striking again, Zoey calls on her newly reunited friends to circle with her and add a layer of protection over Neferet’s grotto jail. Easy-peasy, right?

Wrong. Nothing at the House of Night is ever as it seems.

With rabid red vampyres closing in, Zoey and the Nerd Herd must come together again and battle evil. But a year is a long time. Have these old friends grown too far apart?

When the world fractures and allies become enemies, will darkness devour friendships or will light save those she’s loved?

There are still things that irked me though. The language is childish, really childish sometimes, especially for what is supposed to be eighteen year old’s and it sort of doesn’t appeal to me as much as it did. I felt the same in the last book of HON, but I still read it anyway (I even put it off for the longest of times because I didn’t want the ourney to end). It’s almost feels like it borders on middle grade as well, when it’s supposed to be a YA book. What still makes me cringe is the fact that these adults don’t swear and say bullpoopie instead, except for Aphrodite…

And there was some things in it that just felt too easy, you know. I felt like a certain person shouldn’t have got off as easy as they did, but I’m trying to stay spoiler free for this part so I won’t say who. Lets just say that sometimes, you can be too merciful.

And, another thing I only noticed in this book was that sometimes, it almost felt like one of those scripted reality TV shows you see all the time, but, again, that’s more because of the language and the words they say. There were parts where the characters were like, ‘oh, this person went here because of this and I’m here’, and it just sounded too much like a bad tv show.

Despite that though, I enjoyed reading it. I finished it within two days, with work and all sorts in between, and it was so nice to be back in that world, even if some of it does seem a bit far-fetched sometimes; the joys of fantasy though, right?

All in all, despite my lists of negatives, and the more in depth reasons to follow in the spoiler part of this post – cause I need to vent somehow – it’s a good follow on, it’s P.C and Kristin to a tee, and they do it again and again, and is just the first book of this new series, which I am really excited about! And I can’t wait to read the next one! Which has been titled Lost and is already up for pre-order on Amazon!

All they need to do now is make sure it publishable in the UK so it doesn’t take so long to get to me!

Now in to the detail, all the irks and the problems that peed me the hell off.

Perhaps if you don’t want spoilers, you shouldn’t read this…

I’ll give you one more line to get out of here before I start giving spoilers and some ranty sort of stuff (more for my own benefit than others)

Now, if you’ve read it, I would love to know how you feel about the following, or of if you don’t care to read it, tell me if you think it should be more violent, or realistic… I guess.

So, other than a handful of red fledglings and a load of humans, none of which we really have any sort of connection with as a reader, no one dies, you know. And they even brought a very much dead Jack back to life, but obviously, it’s not thee Jack, but a different Jack, so perhaps it’s okay? I don’t know.

But, I felt like, the synopsis sort of said about this whole thing that was gonna happen, how a year might have been too long for the nerd herd to band together and be one, but there wasn’t much of any conflict between them that really stood out, nothing as drastic as I expected. Except for Aphrodite getting drunk, and Damien having a breakdown.

Also, the whole Aphrodite thing, the whole giving a piece of her humanity to someone without it. It’s believable, but the fact that Nyx just gives it to Jack and those other red fledglings and vampyres without Aphrodite losing any of hers, I felt was a bit of a cop-out. I feel like Aphrodite should have at least given one of them their humanity back herself. Perhaps, it’s all needed for the books to come, perhaps she’ll have a whole house of night to give her humanity too once it all ends. We’ll have to wait and see. And, I think she should die at the end of it too, not just die a human, or lose herself (I don’t know why I want more people to die, I just do. I’m in that bit of my own writing journey where I feel like I need to kill people off…)

And that whole Damien and depression thing that’s looked at. How did we not know about it before? How did it skip over all them books? Or did I miss something? Damien was always this strong gay guy, and not the depressed and sad one we saw throughout this book.

And I love Jack, but Jack should stay dead… And I really felt like he might have killed Duchess at one point too. I think that would have caused a bit of interesting conflict.

Although, I think I watch too much Game of Thrones and I think more people should die. Like, give me a significant death at least once a book.

And finally, this whole Heath thing. I almost thought that last bit was setting us up to follow Kevin on his journey in to the otherworld, and just have Zoey and the nerd herd be like the extra’s, maybe showing up every now and then when they send reds over to them. I’m not disappointed that their going to be playing a bigger role than I thought, I love them all, but I thought they could explore so much more with Kevin as the main protagonist, and his gang.

And, actually, if the world is the same on both sides, with the same vampyres and fledglings, how on earth is Kevin not a vampyre in Zoeys world? Did they explain that and I completely missed it?

If you’ve read it, I would love to hear your opinions on it, and whether or not you’re going to read the second book, either because you want to or for old-times sake!

And, if you’re a fellow writer, and you made it through all this ranting, do you think killing characters is an important part of writing a novel?

A Touch of This, a Touch of That’ – Spells and Remedies Unboxing

BookBoxClubs July 2017

This is my third bookboxclub and what a box it was! I was very excited by what the literaryomnivore was going to produce and I am so happy with what I received (its already up on the wall)!

So, lets get in to this, inspired by books like the raven boys

A beautiful material bunting with a spells and remedies theme by the Literary Omnisore, as well as 10% off my next purchase!

It is beautifully made, so soft and already hanging on my ball with my own ‘bookish’ bunting.


Next, I noticed this fragranced soap from Just Fribble, inspired by The Raven Cycle (which should be in my TBR pyle really, but then, so should a lot of things). It smells beautiful and I’m definitely going to use it when I need some zen time in the bath! It also has a pretty cool quote on the packaging too (I’m one of these people that will probably hang that on my wall too when it’s done with). It’s also exclusive to the bookboxclub, which makes it even better. You can check out what else – make here though!


Next was this little bookish reflective mirror from Moon Kestrel, and that little bit of personalisation there too!

The next was a BOOKMARK!!!! I keep seeing these beautiful bookmarks all over instagram, and now, I finally own one! This was designed by Holly Grace Illustration!


This month, there was also some Hocus Pocus tea from the Bluebird Tea Company! I’m not a lover of tea, but I’m gonna try it and report back to you with my findings!


This month, there was also some different type of book promotion! Aswell as a bookmark from the book After the Fire by Will Hill (which I got the arc of in last months box), there was also sample chapters of  S.T.A.G.S and It Only Happens in the Movies! Another two I’ll probably have to add to my TBR pyle – not yet though, because my book buying ban doesn’t finish until the end of the month!


And now, on to the book!



The disappearance by Emily Bain Murphy! A shimmering and magical adventure set in a strange town called Sterling where people are slowly and literally losing their senses. The author couldn’t decide between Mr.Darcy, and to help her in a zombie apocalypse, I think I would take  out of those three though!

And that was all for this months bookboxclub! Next month is Fearless Females, and it’s going to include the hardback version of a book that isn’t out yet! I think I may have guessed what it is, but we will have to wait and see!

Little Bit Of Magic – Wizards at War Unboxing

BookBoxClub May 2017

This post contains spoilers! If you haven’t received yours yet, make sure you wait, because it will feel much more magical if you do!
So recently, I received my very first BookBoxClubUK subscription box, and what a box to start on! I’ll be honest and say I was worried I might not like the book it came with, but I was pleasantly surprised, and from looking at previous boxes, I knew I would love all the little items it comes with because I love that sort of stuff!

So, the first thing you see when you open up the Wizards at War Box is this beautiful print introducing you to the box and the contents and where it comes from! I especially liked the loose stringy paper, and thought it was a nice and simple decorative effect!


The first thing you notice though, is the beautiful smell coming from the box! A sorting hat bath bomb from Scentd – that fizzles and pops in the bath and surprises you with the colors of your house and another little gift at the end (which I almost didn’t notice) – makes the box smell magical, and makes you smell magical too. It’s even personalised with your name which I think is a lovely touch, although, I am quite offended with the house I got…


The next thing I went to was the book at the back. It was what I was most excited, and most worried about, but I’ll be honest and say that it was so beautifully wrapped, I didn’t really want to open it!  However, curiosity got the better of me.


It is a beautiful hardback book by Sebastien De Castell, and it even has a signed print inside. I think that is such a nice touch, especially for people who admire authors, but won’t ever get the chance to meet them. The box also sports four tarat cards from the book itself and I’m honestly finding it hard to put it down!

The next thing I noticed and had been looking forward to since they did a supplier reveal was the item from The Potter Emporium. I was secretly hoping it would be a pin and I was not dissapointed. The lovely Albus Dumbledor, an exclusive pin to the BookBoxClub May Box.


After that, I got drawn to this lovely Darker Shade of Magic Print by Sip And Read. The print is textured and is just beautiful.


The next is this little notebook by Neon Magpie and it is the cutest!! Lord of the Rings is one of my favourite series (Movie series, I never managed to read the books – maybe one day I will) and this scene of Gandalfs is one of my favourites! And of course, for any notebook, you need some bookishly good pencils (which I hear could also double as wands with a bit of imagination).

A rolled poster that turned out to be the map from the Court of Rose and Thorns Series caught my eye next! I’ve heard so much about this series and seen it advertised all over Instagram, but I still haven’t picked it up yet! The next time I go to WHSmith, I’ll keep an eye out for it! Maps from TV, Book and Game Series are one of my favourite thing, and I currently have four on my wall right now, hopefully with the prospects of many more being added in the future.


The box also sported a little advertisement for ‘The Girl in Between’ by Sarah Carroll, which doubles up as a bookmark I am currently using to read SpellSlinger! There is some info about the book on the back and it looks quite interesting!


The box also includes a scroll inviting you to the Clubhouse for a Wzards at War book group with the author Sebastien De Castell, and a small interview with the man on his inspirations and motivations, and who he would choose to have with him in a zombie apocalypse. The guy seems like he’s got it all figured out!

Overall, the whole essence of the box was wonderfully magical, and if you loved the sound of it and aren’t subscribed yet, go ahead and order their June Box ‘Schoolroom Scandals’, and follow their Insta (bookboxclub) for supplier and future box theme reveals. If you love books and bookish items, you will love this box!

You can buy just a one month subscription, a three month subscription (which I choose to begin with) and a six month subscription. The longer the subscription, the cheaper the boxes get!

Sign up here!



A Dogs Purpose (Book VS Movie)

Simply narrated by an extraordinary dog called Bailey (Josh Gad -OMG it’s Olaf!) who enjoys eating bacon, and is reincarnated multiple times over five decades to learn his purpose in life; with the help of the people he loves and the people who love him back, will be one of those stories that stay with you forever!

This post has spoilers galore, so don’t read it unless you’ve watched/read it or have no intentions to. This is a comparison between the book and the movie, and my thoughts on mostly what they should have kept in.

(This post will not comment on the negative press the movie has got. I just suggest that you do a bit of your own research on the matter, and ask yourself why a video taken during filming, a year before, was not released until eleven days before the original release date if the recorder was so worried about the animals in questions welfare)


The book and the movie both start off as Bailey (or Toby) being a feral puppy who is caught by the dog catchers. The book goes on to show how Bailey is introduced to life with other dogs, and to people (who aren’t as bad as he thought), and he is able to learn an important life hack of opening a gate, which allows him in his second life (after his first life is cruelly cut short by an injury that makes him unadoptable) to escape from the puppy farm and wind up stuck in a hot lorry where Mrs Montgomery comes to his rescue.


And thus, the love affair between a boy and his dog begins. I felt all the same feels from the Ethan and Bailey I met in the book and the Ethan and Bailey I met on-screen. However, I think it is here that the movie and book go off course a bit. A scene in the book where as Ethan swims to the bottom of his grandparents pond and Bailey jumps in to ‘save’ him, is replaced by trick in the movie where as Bailey just jumps off Ethans back for a football. I think, for the transfer in to his next life, the scene should have been kept in.

I also think that the whole Todd thing should have been explored more. In the book, there are references to Todd having a disability and a lot more events that lead up to his decision to burn the house down, whilst in the movie, I believe they just paint him as this boy with no proper motive.

I think, out of all the lives Bailey lived, the Ellie life was my favourite. I think it was then I realised what a dogs purpose is, even if Bailey hadn’t yet (Although, Ellie’s purpose was to find and show), and I think they skipped out on it. Ellie had this long, amazing life where she continued to save people up until her last day, including Jacob, which isn’t really shown at all in the movie. There’s also a character we never properly meet from the books called Maya who takes on Ellie after Jacob get’s shot and can’t be a police man anymore, and I think they swapped this out for Tino and Maya, but even though Tino sort of acted like an Ellie where as he brought two people together, I think it would have been better if it had stayed with Ellie, because we find that in the long run, even though Jacob is shot, one of the people Ellie saves with Maya is the one who saves Jacob from the sadness of losing his wife.


So, in his second to last life, in the movie he’s a corgi and in the book, he’s still Ellie and he learns how to bring two people together, and that’s exactly what he has to do when he winds up back in Ethan’s grandparents town. This time, he’s called Buddy and is a black Labrador(in the book) whilst on screen, he’s some sort of mix that looks similar to a golden retriever, which I think is done more for what happens in the movie, than it does for the book.


There are a lot of things I think they should have mentioned or done in the movie as they had the book. For example, once he gets dumped, he’s a stray for a while, and he uses his feral origins to forage for food and stay away from the dog catchers. It almost feel like it comes full circle, which is referenced in the movie, but I don’t think it’s referenced enough to make it as significant as it should be.


Once he’s back with Ethan, he needs to find a way to bring him and Hannah back together, and with the help of Hannah’s daughter dog Carley, and his infatuation with her, he does it easily. The book and the movie go off-course here, again. In the book, Ethan passes away at a grand old age and only at the very end does he say Bailey, but there are signs that it’s just the last thoughts of an old man, and not because he realised that Buddy is now Bailey, whilst in the movie, he has a realisation that Buddy is actually Bailey, which I guess is a lovely way to end it really, but does turn it in to a more of a fantasy, than almost like real-life.

The whole thing though, is simple, light-hearted and hilarious, but I love how W. Bruce Cameron adds in all those things people have negative connotations about, such as death, euthanasia, puppy farms, abandonment, murder and disabilities, which I think was skipped upon in the movie in some respects.

If comparisons weren’t made, and the movie had not been adapted from a book, I believe it could be a great movie in it’s own right. However, I think both me and the movie have different views on what a dogs purpose is. Movie Bailey says it’s to be in the here and now, but I think a dogs purpose is to save people. Whether it’s just one person, or a hundred, a dog does it without even knowing.

I can also imagine my Springer Spaniel looking at me and thinking the exact same things as Bailey does, and my Shih tzu being a stuck up snob! Enjoy your dogs, maybe they come back to you every time they pass, just like Bailey does, but just know that even if they don’t, they will love you more than anyone else ever could. Same goes with some cats…

Containment (CW TV Series Review)

‘Containment spoilers(obviously) and Vampire Diaries S8 spoilers included’

I’m not great at reviewing things, but I think this series got to me enough that I felt the need to write about it, even if other reviews on it aren’t great, but each to their own I guess.

So, in a jump to try and pass the time until another Vampire Diaries episode comes out (I’m devestated that we only have two more episodes to go). I’ve been watching the CW limited series event ‘Containment’. I’ll be honest and say the reason I started watching it was because Chris Wood was in it and after being devestated that poor Kai (#KaiForever) is now trapped in yet another prison world (better than hell I guess), I needed another ‘Chrid Wood fix’ quick. What I didn’t know was that siren Seline would be making an appearance, but I guess Julia Plec may have had something to do with that.

For those who know nothing about it; it’s based on the Dutch TV show ‘Cordon’ and is about a deadly flu virus being let loose in Atlanta and a cordon being put up to seperate the infected and the healthy, seperating around 4,000 people from their families. The people on the inside includes a teacher and her kids, an atlanta police officer, a pregnant teenager, a computer genius and a doctor with the means for a cure; on the outside, a police officer and a journalist do what they can to expose the lies they’ve been told.

It’s been described as generic by a lot of people, but atleast the people in this actually die and didn’t turn in to brain eating zombies, right?

This series is 13 episodes long, each at around 50 minutes. A whole day of this would be quite the rollercoaster. In the UK, its available to buy/rent on Amazon Prime and might be available on All 4. In the US, I assume CW have it somewhere.

Firstly, I’ll be honest and say that I was put off by the thought that it had been cancelled, but unlike Reaper – which I’ll never forgive CW for cancelling. If only angel Steve hadn’t broken his hand at the last minute – the finale was satisfying enough for me to go away without the need to know what happened next. It didn’t tie up all the loose ends, and we’ll never know if they’d perfect the cure the doc was working on (although Julia Plec did say that if she’d known it would be a limited series, she would have had them find a cure and return back to the real world), but I think it ended in the best possible place. People had hope, and I think the show showed us that’s what people need to survive and go on. Hope is contagious after all.

It also demonstrated how the little things always matter, that you can make do with what you’ve got and that you need to have a bit of happiness every day.

This show initiated all the feelings, and I grew so fond of the characters over the first couple of episodes that I felt the pain they were feeling. I cried way too much, and that Teddy Bear… Well, you know what I mean if you’ve seen it.

I think a show that can get such raw emotion from a person so quickly is something everyone has to experience. When I wasn’t crying, I enjoyed it, and I think, given the chance, it’s a great series with some great actors.

I find alot of the time, people can get put off by bad reviews and never realise what their missing. Experience it yourself, and if you hate it, you hate it, but you just might feel the way I do, or like it even more.