The Mummy – Film Review

Title: The Mummy Age: 15 Released: 9th June 2017 Director: Alex Kurtzman Genre:  Action, Adventure, Fantasy Rating: ***/**** (3.5/5 stars) About: Nick Morton is a soldier of fortune who plunders ancient sites for timeless artifacts and sells them to the highest bidder. When Nick and his partner come under attack in the Middle East, the ensuing battle accidentally unearths…

Kenilworth Castle – Castle Review

Built:  1120s Location: Castle Green, Kenilworth CV8 1NG History: Kenilworth is one of England’s most magnificent castles. First built in the 1120s and a royal castle for most of its history, it was expanded by King John, John of Gaunt and Henry V. In 1563 Elizabeth I granted it to Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, who converted Kenilworth…

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – Film Review

Title: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Age: 12 Released: 26th May 2017 Director: Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg Genre:  Action, Adventure, Fantasy Rating: ***/**** (3.5/5 stars) About: Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” The rip-roaring…

Alien: Covenant – Film Review

Title: Alien: Covenant Age: 15 Released: 11th May 2017 Director: Ridley Scott Genre:  Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller Rating: ***/**** (3.5/5 stars) About: Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members (Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup) of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David (Michael Fassbender), the synthetic…

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire – Book Review

Title: Beautiful Disaster Author: Jamie McGuire Published: 26th May 2011 Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (13th July 2012) Genre: Romance, Drama, Young Adult Pages: 434 Format: E-Book Rating: *** (3/5 Stars) About: The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from…

Bamburgh Castle – Castle Review

Built:  It started with the realm’s foundation in c.420 until 547 and continued to grow ever since that day. Location: Northumberland Coast AONB, Bamburgh NE69 7DF History: Bamburgh’s written history begins in the times of the Anglo-Saxons with one chronicler citing Bamburgh as probably the most important place in all of England. But even before this there were…

The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney – Book Review

Title: The Girl Before Author: J.P. Delaney Published: 26th January 2017 Publisher: Quercus Genre: Thriller, Mystery Pages: 416 Format: E-Book Rating: **** (4/5 Stars) About: Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price? Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed…

Kong: Skull Island – Film Review

Title: Kong: Skull Island Age: 12A Released: 10th March 2017 Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama Rating: **** (4/5 stars) About: Scientists, soldiers, and adventurers unite to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. Cut off from everything they know, they venture into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As…

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead – Book Review

Title: The Glittering Court Author: Richelle Mead Published: 5th April 2016 Publisher: Razorbill Genre: Romance, Young Adult Pages: 403 Format: E-Book Rating: **** (4/5 Stars) About: For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless…

Conwy Castle – Castle Review

Built:  1283-1289 Location: Rose Hill St, Conwy LL32 8AY History: Built for Edward I, by Master James of St George, the castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain. In a word, exceptional. You can’t fault it, from the grandeur of its high towers and curtain walls to its excellent state of preservation. An estimated…

Beauty and the Beast (Live Action Disney) – Film Review

Title: Beauty and the Beast Age: PG Released: 23rd March 2017 Director: Bill Condon Genre: Fantasy, Romance Rating: ***** (5/5 stars) About: Belle (Emma Watson), a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior,…

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter -Book Review

Title: Goddess Interrupted (Goddess Test #2) Author: Aimee Carter Published: 27th March 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 305 Format: E-Book Rating: *** (3/5 Stars) About: Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she’ll have to fight for it. Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is…