Films for Halloween – Top 10 Choices

Ok, so this post is a little different. Obviously, from the title this is going to be Halloween based – so be prepared for a slightly spooky post. I’ll try my best to give a varied amount of films, for those people who want their night to be filled with terror or only a slight chill….

Dunstanburgh Castle – Castle Review

Built: Built between 1313 and finished in 1322 Location: Dunstanburgh Rd, Alnwick NE66 3TT History: Built on the most magnificent scale, Dunstanburgh Castle stands on a remote headland in Northumberland. The castle was built at a time when relations between King Edward II and his most powerful baron, Earl Thomas of Lancaster, had become openly hostile. Lancaster began…

The Girl on the Train – Film Review

Title: The Girl on the Train Age: 15 Released: 7th October 2016 Director: Tate Taylor Genre: Mystery, Drama, Thriller Rating: **** (4/5 stars) About: Commuter Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) catches daily glimpses of a seemingly perfect couple, Scott, and Megan, from the window of her train. One day, Watson witnesses something shocking unfold in the backyard of the strangers’ home. Rachel tells…

Central Intelligence – Film Review

Title: Central Intelligence Age: 12A Released: 16th June 2016 Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber Genre: Crime , Action Rating: **** (4/5 stars) About: Bullied as a teen for being overweight, Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson) shows up to his high school reunion looking fit and muscular. While there, he finds Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart), a fast-talking accountant who misses his glory days as a…

The Finest Hours – Film Review

Title: The Finest Hours Age: 12A Released: 19th February 2016 Director: Craig Gillespie Genre: Romance, Drama, Disaster Film Rating: **** (4/5 stars) About: On Feb. 18, 1952, a massive storm splits the SS Pendleton in two, trapping more than 30 sailors inside the tanker’s sinking stern. Engineer Ray Sybert bravely takes charge to organize a strategy for his fellow survivors. As word…

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Book Review

Title: Me Before You Author: Jojo Moyes Published: 5th January 2012 Publisher: Michael Joseph Genre: Romance, Drama, Pages: 512 Format: E-Book Rating: ***** (5/5 Stars) About: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not…

Alnwick Castle – Castle Review

Built: 1096 Location: Alnwick NE66 1NQ History: Alnwick Castle is a castle and stately home in Alnwick in the English county of Northumberland. It is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland, built following the Norman conquest, and renovated and remodelled a number of times. It is a Grade I listed building and as of 2012 received over 800,000 visitors per year There has been a castle recorded on this…

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves – Film Review

Title: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Age: 12A Released: 14th June 1991 Director: Kevin Reynolds Genre: Romance, Drama, Historical Rating: **** (4/5 stars) About: Nobleman crusader Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) breaks out of a Jerusalem prison with the help of Moorish fellow prisoner Azeem (Morgan Freeman) and travels back home to England. But upon arrival he discovers his dead father…

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Book Review

Title: The Perks of Being a Wallflower Author: Stephen Chbosky Published: 2nd February 2009 Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama, Pages: 240 Format: E-Book Rating: ***** (5/5 Stars) About: Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he…

Sixth Formers: Year 12 by Marie-Louise Jensen – Book Review

Title: Sixth Formers: Year 12 Author: Marie-Louise Jensen Published: 9th August 2016 Publisher: Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama Pages: 316 Format: E-Book Rating: **** (4/5 Stars) About: Rufus, Steph, Alex, and Roisin begin sixth form with entirely different hopes and expectations. When they end up in the same friendship group, a year of highs and lows, fun and turmoil follows. An irreverent and sometimes…

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Book Review

Title: The Girl on the Train Author: Paula Hawkins Published: 15th January 2015 Publisher: Transworld Digital Genre: Mystery, Thriller Pages: 320 Format: E-Book Rating: ***** (5/5 Stars) About: Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who…