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…

Berlin Syndrome by Melanie Joosten – Book Review

Title: Berlin Syndrome Author: Melanie Joosten Published: 27th June 2011 Publisher: Scribe Publications Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery Pages: 248 Format: E-Book Rating: **** (4/5 Stars) About: In 2006, the once-divided city of Berlin still holds its share of secrets. One afternoon, near the tourist trap of Checkpoint Charlie, Clare meets Andi and feels an instant attraction to him. When Andi invites her…

Raglan Castle – Castle Review

Built:  Begun in 1435, but not completed until a lot later Location: Raglan Castle, Castle Rd, Raglan NP15 2BT History: The first part of Raglan built by Sir William was the Great Tower, a moated tower keep contained within the castle walls, and only reachable from within the castle itself. So impressive was this Great Tower that it…

Split – Film Review

Title: Split Age: 15 Released: 20 January 2017 Director: M. Night Shyamalan Genre: Thriller, Horror Rating: ***** (5/5 stars) About: While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being. Though Kevin…

Passengers – Film Review

Title: Passengers Age: 12 Released: 21 December 2016 Director: Morten Tyldum Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance Rating: **** (4/5 stars) About: On a routine journey through space to a new home, two passengers, sleeping in suspended animation, are awakened 90 years too early when their ship malfunctions. As Jim and Aurora face living the rest of their lives on board, with…

Frostblood by Elly Blake – Book Review

Title: Frostblood Author: Elly Blake Published: 12th January 2016 Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Fantasy Pages: 384 Format: E-Book Rating: **** (4/5 Stars) About: The Frost King will burn. Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect…