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A Collab With Hannah: Disney Q&A

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So, Hannah and I decided to collaborate for a blog post, and we both discovered we had a mutual love for Disney, so we decided the subject would be that! I asked her ten Disney themed questions that she has answered on my blog, and she asked me ten different Disney themed questions over on her blog!

1. Who is your favourite Disney character?

Gosh there is just so many characters to choose from, how can I even choose. I think if it’s Princess then would of course be Belle. But if it from other Disney films then I’d have to say Robin Hood, we all have to admit it, love the voice and just such a well done and charming character.

2. If you could change the ending of one Disney story, which would it be, and how would you end it?

Not so much as changing the ending but properly I’d like an extension to either The Rescuers or Basil The Great Mouse Detective. I just feel Disney let these films down because they could have been expanded so much and they honestly weren’t, they could have been a whole franchise but weren’t which makes me sad.

3. Do you have any unpopular opinions about anything to do with Disney?

I didn’t like Moana. I love the songs but the story itself I just think that it wasn’t that good *hides from all Moana fans*. But I suppose I also don’t like the whole animations which have been updated, I just think that the old pencil style animation made the film feel more real than computer animated. Oh and I don’t agree with people saying Mulan is a Disney Princess, she’s not she didn’t marry a prince and I like her being a kick ass warrior without Princess title.

4. Name one Disney film that you think doesn’t get the recognition that it deserves.

Dinosaur, I mean this film was epic. When it was released computer animation was only just beginning to merge and with the film itself merged with computer and real life environments the overall blend is just breathtaking. And the story is beautiful and I don’t understand why people don’t watch it more!

5. Name one Disney film that you think is overrated.

I could say Moana again but I feel that all Moana fans would cut out my heart but apart from that I would properly say Aladdin. I like the film but that mainly because of Robin Williams Genie, apart from that just really overrated for me.

6. Favourite Disney quote?

Sometimes the Right Path is not the easiest. ~ Pocahontas But there are so many more but that one was in my head at the moment or there is a Dumbo one to! ‘Don’t just fly, Soar!’

7. If you could be best friends with any of the Disney princesses, which one would it be?

Ahh too many to choose from and I’ve already mentioned Belle so I will go with Pocahontas. I love her spirit and how she stays strong with her beliefs and rarely wavers in them.

8. Favourite sidekick?

Mushu! Or Timon and Pumba! How can I choose but those with comedy always make the best sidekicks right!

9. Do you remember the first Disney movie you watched, if you do, what was it?

I don’t but I have a feeling it was properly either Dinosaur or The Lion King as those are the films which appear in my early memory and I was known for just watching films over and over after first watching them.

10. Have you ever been to Disneyland?

Sadly no ;( Through I’ve always wanted to so maybe some day!

Thank you to Paige for all these awesome questions and for collabing with me on one of my favourite subjects of all time – Disney! Make sure that you all check out my blog to see the questions I asked Paige and all her answers too! Thank you!

~ ACupofWonderland

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Blog Tour: A Review of Fire Lines by Cara Thurlbourn

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Synopsis:

When your blood line awakens, how do you choose between family and freedom?
Émi’s father used to weave beautiful tales of life beyond the wall, but she never
knew if they were true.

Now, her father is gone and Émi has been banished to the
Red Quarter, where she toils to support herself and her mother – obeying the
rules, hiding secrets and suffering the cruelties of the council’s ruthless Cadets.
But when Émi turns seventeen, sparks fly – literally.

Her blood line surges into life and she realises she has a talent for magick… a talent that could get her killed. Émi makes her escape, beyond the wall and away from everything she’s ever known. In a world of watchers, elephant riders and sorcery, she must discover the truth about who she really is. But can the new Émi live up to her destiny?

Review:

I’m participating in the blog tour for Fire Lines by Cara Thurlbourn, and the first thing I want to mention is how beautiful the cover is. Seriously, I applaud whoever designed it as it is so lovely, and definitely caught my eye!

I found the first half of the book really promising, and thought that the way that the author created the different societies was really interesting, although it wasn’t completely original, I did like her spin on it! The characters were also well-developed, and I really liked Emi. She was selfless and brave, two characteristics that I definitely like.

The second half, however, I didn’t like so much. I didn’t dislike it, but I feel I was expecting more from it. Some of the decisions that were made were not logical at all, and I thought to myself several times, “why the hell did you just do that?!”

There was something unexpected that happened (which I won’t say, because my reviews are spoiler-free!) that caught me off guard and definitely had me shocked, which then got piqued my interest once again, and left me excited to continue reading.

Overall, I give this book 3.5 stars. It was an enjoyable read that I would recommend to any YA Fantasy lover!

3-stars

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GoodReads Link

Amazon Link

Author Information

 

Cara Thurlbourn writes children’s and young adult fiction. Fire Lines is her first novel and it’s a story she’s been planning since she was fifteen years old. Cara has a degree in English from the University of Nottingham and an MA inPublishing from Oxford Brookes
University.

She lives in a tiny village in Suffolk and has worked in academic and educational publishing for nearly ten years. Cara blogs about her author journey and in November 2016 she crowdfunded her first children’s book. 10% of its profits are donated to animal rehoming charities.

Cara plans to write at least two more books in the Fire Lines series, as well as a young adult mystery series, and has lots more children’s stories waiting in the wings.
You can sign up for Cara’s newsletter, for giveaways, updates and latest releases,
here: www.firelines.co.uk and follow her on Twitter here.

-Books&Belle xx

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Down The TBR Hole #1: Conquer your TBR

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I originally saw this post from Boston Book Reader, but it was created by Lost In A Story, and I loved the idea. My GoodReads TBR is constantly growing, so it’ll be nice to see it decrease for once!

THIS IS HOW IT WORKS: (straight from original post)

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I’m going to choose 5 books a week, and decide if they stay on my TBR, or if they go. This will be posted every Tuesday until my TBR has gone down enough!

1. The Scarlet Letter

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I’ve wanted to read this one for absolutely ages.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP. 

2. The Start Of Me and You

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Not interested in reading this one anymore!

JUDGEMENT: GO.

3. I Am Malala

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Malala is someone who greatly inspires me, so I 100% want to read her book.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP.

4. Moranifesto

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I already have this book on my bookshelf, and I really enjoyed Caitlin Moran’s other book, so I probably will get around to reading it.

JUDGEMENT: KEEP.

5. Lies I Told

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This one doesn’t really interest me anymore.

JUDGEMENT: GO.

So, I got rid of 2/5 books from my TBR this week. Although that’s not a lot, it is definitely progress for me.

Make sure you check out Boston Book Reader and Lost In A Story‘s posts, too!

-Books&Belle xx

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To My Grandad

This post isn’t related to books, but instead to something much more personal to me.

On August 19th 2017, my Grandad sadly passed away after 14 months of suffering with heart disease. He was a fighter right until the end, shocking the doctors and nurses with how long he stayed with us, and considering they gave him until September 2016 and he went another 11 months, I have to agree with them.

Despite his serious illness, he still managed to keep a smile on his face and everyone around him laughing at his somewhat weird and wonderful sense of humour.

I will always keep in mind the advice he gave me shortly before he died… “whatever you want in life, you can achieve it with hard work. Go get it, Ginge.”

Today, we said goodbye to him one last time at his funeral, and I wanted to share with you all the poem that I read out.

He Is Gone by David Harkins

You can shed tears that he is gone.

Or you can smile because he lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back.

Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him.

Or you can be full of the love that you shared,

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live for yesterday,

Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember him and only that he is gone.

Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,

You can cry, close your mind, be empty, and turn your back.

Or you can do what he would have wanted, smile, open your eyes, love and move on.

-Books&Belle xx