Tuesday, 5 December 2017

December Blitz 5: Movie Review - Love You Like Christmas

Hey guys! It's time for another December Blitz and another movie review! This one's quick because I'm kind of on the last minute and need to sleep but I promised one every day, so... Enjoy!

Today I'm reviewing a lovely romance called Love You Like Christmas.

"A high-powered executive reconsiders her priorities when car trouble leads her to Christmas Valley, a town in love with Christmas."

This film was a little bit predictable in the beginning especially I'll admit, with your main character a typical workaholic who gets stuck in a small town that loves Christmas at the most inopportune time. She obviously suffers from a work/romance imbalance which is the centre of the drama that unfolds as she falls for the guy in the small town with a cute daughter, who all love Christmas.

At the same time it was more than that. It was warm and fuzzy and romantic, yes. It was very christmassy and wholesome, yes. But it also had an important message about how much work can dictate our lives and that it shouldn't get in the way of the important things, in the way of what we really want. So really, at the crux of it all, it was a lovely story about life.

I'd definitely recommend it for a lovely winter watch, especially if - like me - you're feeling a little overwhelmed by everything at the moment and need a bit of a spirit booster.

As always thanks for reading and feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Bookish Settings I'd Love To Visit.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish, here, inviting bloggers and readers to list their top ten for a certain category.

This week we've been asked to list our Top Ten Bookish Settings, so here's mine!

1) Lormere - The Sin Eater's Daughter trilogy.

2) Narnia - The Chronicles of Narnia.

3) Hogwarts - Harry Potter.

4) Revolutionary France - Les Miserables.

5) Paris Opera House - Phantom of the Opera.

6) Red London - A Darker Shade of Magic.

7) Tempesia - Frostblood.

8) Caraval - Caraval.

9) Arden - Flamecaster.

10) The Magisterium - Magisterium Chronicles.

Which bookish places would you love to visit?

As always feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

Monday, 4 December 2017

Cover Spotlight Monday: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Hey guys! Today for Cover Spotlight Monday I'm featuring the amazing UK cover for Renegades by Marissa Meyer! WOOOOOO! I managed to get an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley and I cannot wait to get around to reading it! I'm so psyched!

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

If you know me you know I love superheroes so this book is totally my thing but look at that cover! Isn't it gorgeous? I really love how simplistic the design is, matching the simplicity of her previous release, Heartless, which I also loved, so they'll go lovely together.

The main thing I love is the design really. The centre design really captures every iconic image regarding superheroes in one lovely but simple mash up. The two characters mirroring each other shows their opposition, while the lightning bolt design imbues the cover and therefore the story with energy and electricity.

I also love the blue theme that (if you've seen the US promo pin badges) stands for the Renegades, while the tag line brings a sense of intrigue. It's definitely one of those books I'd buy on the cover alone! What do you think?

As always thanks for reading, and feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

December Blitz 4: Movie Review - On The 12th Day Of Christmas

Hey guys! Time for another December Blitz post and today it's another movie review from the Christmas 24 channel! Yay!

Today I'm bringing you a review of On the 12th Day of Christmas; a really heartwarming tale reminiscent of Dash and Lily's Book of Dares/The 12 Days of Dash and Lily.

"Maggie is thrilled when Mitch, her long time crush, moves back to town. When she learns Mitch's love for Christmas has drastically changed, she tries to bring his holiday spirit back by showing him the magic of Christmas."

This was a wonderfully Christmassy film to watch this past week, with a good dose of romance right on top. It was actually - in a way - more a romcom set at Christmas than a Christmas romance in the sense that the plot itself could have taken place at any time in the year, but it was made all the more special by being at Christmas. Basically Maggie finds out Mitch - her long time crush - has fallen out of love with Christmas, which he once adored (as shown via flashback), so she sets out to give him 12 Secret Santa gifts to remind him of the joys of the season. Obviously things are never that simple though and hijinks ensue.

The giving of the gifts reminded me a little of the Dash and Lily books by Levithan and Cohn, and I think that was one of the things I loved about the film. It was cute and romantic, if not a little cheesy, in all the right places and really gave me those ooey gooey Christmassy feels. If anything it made me want to surprise someone with my own 12 Days of Christmas gifts!

Unlike a lot of Christmas films however this one actually had an emotional storyline running through the centre, a character driven centre rather than plot driven, so to speak, and I think it lent a lot to both characters and story. I for one was definitely wiping away a few tears in the closing moments.

Overall this film is a wonderful one to watch this Christmas, but do have a box of tissues handy!

As always thanks for reading and do feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Spotlight Sunday: Diversity Recs - Why The 'Love, Simon' Movie Is So Important!

Hello my lovely readers! Today for Spotlight Sunday: Diversity Recs I decided to talk about one of the most awesome things that happened this week, and that is the release of the 'Love, Simon' trailer! If you're not familiar, 'Love, Simon' is the name of the upcoming mainstream movie based on Becky Albertalli's fabulous book 'Simon Vs The Homosapiens Agenda'. It looks so freaking amazing and I can't wait to see it! Specifically though I wanted to talk about why this movie is such a big deal and what it means to the LGBT community.

Firstly, this is a mainstream movie. It's not a little independent studio taking on this book. It's big. It's real. It's a big, real film about a gay teen, and that is huge. Rarely before has the LGBT community had such amazing representation in mainstream cinema, and we could not be more excited about it! I've watched the trailer myself a good few times and I keep getting even more excited each time I do; it just looks so amazing. True to the book, yes, but also on its own just a wonderful romance with a gay teen at its heart. Perfect.

Secondly, of course, the film isn't just about someone who is gay. It's about a gay teen. That's huge in itself. I'm sure I won't be the only person in their mid 20's still figuring out who they are in this crazy world, but I'm sure I would have figured a lot of it out sooner if I'd had such wonderful accurate rep in mainstream media and books as a teen. So for this movie to come out when there will be a whole generation of teens struggling with those same issues is just wonderful.

Lastly, the messages in the book, and therefore no doubt in the film, are so poignant, so applicable to today's world.

"Straight people should have to come out too."

"There shouldn't even be a default."

Those powerful messages are going to be in a mainstream movie and wow... That's just... Wow.

I honestly cannot wait for this movie to finally be released. It will be a long time coming indeed, in more ways than one.

Thanks for reading! As always feel free to leave a comment below or @ me on Twitter!

Holly @The_Arts_Shelf