Make it Happen – Film Review

Title: Make it Happen Age: PG Released: 8th August 2008 Director: Darren Grant Genre: Drama, Coming of Age, Teen, Romance, Dance Rating: ** (2/5 stars) About: Embarking on a journey to fulfill her dreams as a dancer, a young girl discovers a new style of dance that will prove to be the source of both conflict and self-discovery. Review: Um, it’s not the…

Wings by Aprilynne Pike – Book Review

Title: Wings Author: Aprilynne Pike Published: 5th May 2009 Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 371 Format: E-Book Rating: ***** (5/5 Stars) About: An extraordinary faerie tale of magic and mystery, romance and danger, described by Stephenie Meyer as ‘a remarkable debut’. Laurel is an ordinary fifteen-year-old high school girl. But something incredible is happening to her. She…

Acton Burnell – Castle Review

Built:  Built between 1284 and 1293 Location: Acton Burnell Castle, Acton Burnell SY5 7PF History: The Burnell family of Acton Burnell held land in Shropshire from the 1180s, though it was a century later that Robert Burnell came to prominence. Entering royal service as a clerk to Henry III’s son Prince Edward, he rose to become Chancellor…

Ludlow Castle – Castle Review

Built: 1086 Location: Castle Sq, Ludlow SY8 1AY History: The castle was probably founded by Walter de Lacy after the Norman conquest and was one of the first stone castles to be built in England. During the civil war of the 12th century, the castle changed hands several times between the de Lacy’s and rival claimants and was further fortified with a Great Tower and a large outer…

What a Girl Wants – Film Review

Title: What a Girl Wants Age: PG Released: 27th March 2003 Director: Dennie Gordon Genre: Drama, Coming of Age, Teen, Romance Rating: **** (4/5 stars) About: On a whim, American teenager Daphne (Amanda Bynes) boards a plane to England to find the father she never met. Upon arriving there, though, she makes a startling discovery: The man she’s looking for is Lord…

Forgotten by Cat Patrick – Book Review

Title: Forgotten Author: Cat Patrick Published: 1st January 2011 Publisher: Electric Monkey Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Young Adult Pages: 305 Format: E-Book Rating: ***** (5/5 Stars) About: Each night at precisely 4:33 am, while sixteen-year-old London Lane is asleep, her memory of that day is erased. In the morning, all she can “remember” are events from her future. London is used to relying on reminder…

No Escape – Film Review

Title: No Escape Age: 15 Released: 4th September 2015 Director: John Erick Dowdle Genre: War, Action, Thriller. Rating: **** (4/5 stars) About: American businessman Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson), wife Annie and their two young daughters arrive in Southeast Asia to begin a new life. As his company plans to improve the region’s water quality, the family quickly learns that they’re right…

The Water Diviner – Film Review

Title: The Water Diviner Age: 15 Released: 3rd April 2015 Director: Russell Crowe Genre: Drama, War Rating: **** (4/5 stars) About: Four years after the Battle of Gallipoli, Australian farmer Joshua Connor (Russell Crowe) travels to Turkey to find his three sons, who never returned home from the war. When he arrives in Istanbul, he meets others who have also suffered losses:…

Warkworth Castle – Castle Review

Built: 1150s Location: Castle Terrace, Warkworth NE65 0UJ History: Warkworth Castle and Hermitage form one of the most unusual pairs of medieval monuments in Britain. The castle was probably laid out in its present form in about 1200 and was the favoured residence of the powerful Percy family from the 14th to the 17th centuries. As the…

What’s Your Number? – Film Review

Title: What’s Your Number Age: 15 Released: 30th September 2011 Director: Mark Mylod Genre: Comedy, Romance Rating: **** (4/5 stars) About: Ally Darling (Anna Faris) is realising she’s a little lost in life. Her latest romance has just fizzled out, and she’s just been fired from her marketing job. Then she reads an eye-opening magazine article that warns that 96 percent of…

The Tourist – Film Review

Title: The Tourist Age: 12 Released: 10th December 2010 Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Genre: Comedy, Romance Rating: **** (4/5 stars) About: During an impromptu trip to Europe to mend a broken heart, math teacher Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp) finds himself in an extraordinary situation when an alluring stranger, Elise (Angelina Jolie), places herself in his path. Their seemingly innocent flirtation turns…

Did You Hear About the Morgans? – Film Review

Title: Did You Hear About the Morgans? Age: PG Released: 18th December 2009 Director: Marc Lawrence Genre: Comedy, Romance Rating: *** (3/5 stars) About: New Yorkers Paul (Hugh Grant) and Meryl (Sarah Jessica Parker) Morgan seem to have it all — except that their marriage is crumbling around them. But their romantic woes are small compared to the trouble they find themselves…