new Friday fave

Friday Favorites is a post where I incorporate more of what I love into the blog. This includes films, anime, manga, music, you name it. Anything goes.  It will be an opportunity to share some of the things I love and discuss them briefly or at length, depending on my mood 😉

As my queue continues to expand (not quite to the extremes of my TBR but close), I have decided to share more Netflix Originals. I continue to discover series that are definitely binge-worthy, and well, most of us are often seeking that next good watch when we are not immersed in books.


Netflix Originals: Round 3

requiem-e1520840445578Netflix Original: Requiem
Cast:  Lydia WilsonJames FrechevilleSian Reese-Williams
The Skinny: This British thriller offers a nice mix of fantasy and the supernatural. When cello star Matilda Gray’s mother takes her own life, she discovers a concerning link to the disappearance of a Welsch girl years ago and travels to Wales in search of answers.
Pros: Atmospheric and brooding plotline with a slow revelation. Excellent cast.
Cons: An ultimately far-fetched ending that some will struggle with.
My rating: 4/5 – the ending was not enough to deter my love for this series.

tabulaNetflix Original: Tabula Rasa
Cast: Veerle BaetensStijn Van OpstalJeroen Perceval
The Skinny: A Dutch thriller centered around a young woman, Annemie D’Haeze. After an accident leaves her with amnesia and no short-term memory, she becomes the center of a missing person investigation.
Pros: Well developed, complex plot with unexpected twists.
Cons: A few themes that may be sensitive in nature for some.
My rating: 5/5 – I binged this one hard and was caught off guard by the end events.


Netflix Original: The Frankenstein Chronicles
Cast: Sean BeanRichie CampbellTom Ward
The Skinny: John Marlott is an inspector tasked with a gruesome job. He is investigating a set of mysterious murders that appear to be the work of a scientist attempting to reanimate the dead.
Pros: Beautiful period piece set in 19th Century London with superb acting (hello Sean Bean).
Cons: Often graphic and sometimes slow pace.
My rating: 4/5 – Loved the setting, costume, and well.. Sean Bean.

fullmetalalchemistNetflix Original: Fullmetal Alchemist
Cast: Ryôsuke YamadaTsubasa HondaDean Fujioka
The Skinny: This is the live adaptation of the beloved manga and anime series and a film, not actually a series. It follows the Elric brothers whose attempt to use alchemy to revive their mother goes horribly wrong, leaving the younger brother without a body. Now they search for the Philosopher’s Stone, which they believe is the answer to their problems.
Pros: The spirit of the brothers and key elements of the story are captured.
Cons: The graphics felt over the top, and there were a few omissions.
My Rating 3/5 – This is worth a watch if you are fan! Once I let go of my initial hangups, I really enjoyed the film.

The list is a little smaller this round, as I have not been able to watch as much television. What have you been watching? Any thoughts on the above or any recommendations?

Happy Friday!

Danielle ❤

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20 Questions Book Tag

I have not done a tag since.. well I cannot remember haha. So when I was tagged by Lilly @LairOfBooks to do this 20 questions tag, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do something a little different and fun. If you do not follow Lilly, you should be! Her blog and reviews are stunning ❤

I am not sure who the original creator of the tag is. If it is you, please drop me a line so I can credit you.

The 20 Questions


1. How many books are too many books in a book series? 

Anything over 3. Plain and simple, I like trilogies. There was a time when I enjoyed longer series, but too many times have I been burnt out on the wait. And well, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. I find that a nice, well-balanced trilogy usually succeeds in giving me exactly what I want of favorite characters and fictional settings.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers? 

No.. just no! Segues are one thing. Leave an opening, but do not torment your fans. True cliffhangers are a painful gimmick used to ensure future sales. While I do get it, I do not like it. Especially when wait times seem to be growing.

3. Hardback or paperback? 

I prefer hardback editions of books I wish to add to my collection. If I am not planning on doing so, then honestly ebooks are easier for me to read these days.

4. Favorite book?

That is like asking which child is my favorite haha. But it is definitely The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien or Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Like my children, I love them both equally for their own reasons.

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5. Least favorite book? 

I am not sure I have one. I do have a few books I failed to connect with that others loved such as Room, Dark Matter or A Shadow Bright and Burning. But I hold no grudges 😉

6. Love triangles, yes or no? 

NO! That is a big negative Jolly Rancher. I do not like them. They either frustrate me or stress me out (I am looking at you Peeta and Gale).

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish? 

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso. I really tried to power through this one as it was an ARC, but we just did not get along. I originally accepted a copy not realizing that it was more of a YA fantasy that was heavily centered on politics. Had I known, maybe I could have picked it up at a better time. But in the end, pacing and simplicity wore me down.

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8. A book you’re currently reading? 

I am reading two books at the moment: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen and a review copy of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip. I am really absorbed in Nyxia, so I will probably end up restarting The Forgotten Beasts of Eld after I complete it because my attention span seems to be limited at this time.

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Hmmm.. I believe it was Nemesis by Brendan Reichs. I think it is one of the better YA Sci-fi books I have encountered. I am excited to start the sequel soon. If you want to read my full thoughts, you can find them here.

10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication date) 

I believe it is Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet published in 1597. To this day, it remains one of the few tragic romances that I actually love.

11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)

Ah, this would be my advanced copy of The Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier, and I cannot wait to share my review!

12. Favorite author?

I am not sure I have one specific favorite, but I know Tolkien is at the top of the list for creating some of my absolutely favorite characters and worlds. I would also be inclined to include Stephen King, Anne Rice, and GRRM. They never disappoint.

13. Buying books or borrowing books? 

This is a tie. I love to own my favorites, but I also make a point of regularly borrowing from the local library to help support them. I do not, however, like to borrow from friends (nor do I like to lend). There are very few people I trust with my books. 😉 I have had the misfortune of books being returned with dog-eared pages, ripped covers or even missing!



14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Okay, so I did not hate this book, but I certainly failed to acquire that instalove some many others speak of. I admit that the ending has convinced me to tackle the sequel, but the leisurely pace and a plot that seemed to focus more on setting the stage than actual events made for an uphill read. Here is my probably less than popular buddy read experience.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears? 

Well, I think I answered this with my response to question 13 😛 Just say no to dog-ears people!

16. A book you can always reread? 

Again, have to hand this one to Tolkien and The Hobbit. I read about Bilbo annually and never lose the excitement or interest that I felt the first time. It had my heart with…

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” 
~J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

17. Can you read while hearing music? 

Yes, as long as there are no vocals. I can often be found listening to classical music or instrumental scores while reading. Songs with lyrics are too distracting.

18. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views) 

I am not sure I have a preference. I do really enjoy multiple points of view when executed well, but sometimes find it is most rewarding to experience the entire story through the eyes of a loved protagonist. I think it depends on the genre. It seems that multiples POVs work best in mysteries and thrillers.

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days? 

Always over a period of days, most often a week. It has been a long time since I found the ability to sit and complete a book in sitting. I blame time constraints and symptoms. Life offers too many distractions.

20. A book you’ve read because of the cover?

35131743Well, I have never read a book based solely on the cover, but there have been covers that drew me in to check out the synopsis and resulted in me reading them. The most recent was Child of Nod by CW Snyder. It turned out to be an incredibly rewarding read. I love discovering great books with covers that help gain an audience. If you are interested, you can read my review here.

I tag anyone who is interested because I am incredibly lazy and this post took longer than expected!


Danielle ❤

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Sunday Sum~Up

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer that I am linking my Sunday Sum-Ups with. Stop by and say hello!

A long week here! And I am mentally tapped. That is not always a bad thing, but I cannot lie, it pains me to say goodbye to the weekend. I have enjoyed catching up on Channel Zero and The Alienist. Some surprise book-mail has thrown my TBR for a loop. But I welcome the unexpected change of pace this month, and am still doing well with my reading challenge. Nothing of excitement to report, and I am “A” okay with that!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you beautiful mamas in the UK ❤ I hope you have had a lovely weekend!


It is always nice to receive an email from a favorite publisher letting you know they are sending along a title they feel you will enjoy! Not only do I love corresponding with Orbit, but admire & respect how personable they remain. So the new read is:

By Rowenna Miller



TORN is the first book in an enchanting debut fantasy series featuring a seamstress who stitches magic into clothing, and the mounting political uprising that forces her to choose between her family and her ambitions, for fans of The Queen of the Tearling.

Sophie is a dressmaker who has managed to open her own shop and lift herself and her brother, Kristos, out of poverty. Her reputation for beautiful ball gowns and discreetly-embroidered charms for luck, love, and protection secures her a commission from the royal family itself — and the commission earns her the attentions of a dashing but entirely unattainable duke.

Meanwhile, Kristos rises to prominence in the growing anti-monarchist movement. Their worlds collide when the revolution’s shadow leader takes him hostage and demands that Sophie place a curse on the queen’s Midwinter costume — or Kristos will die at their hand.

As the proletariat uprising comes to a violent climax, Sophie is torn: between her brother and the community of her birth, and her lover and the life she’s striven to build.

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What I am Watching:

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When high school classmates wake up, they find themselves in a perilous situation — restrained in a large dining room. They want answers as to why somebody is holding them hostage, so they try to think of reasons why they are locked up and, more importantly, how they can escape. Fearing their situation is retribution for a past incident with a classmate, they offer up confessions and point blame in order to figure out who the captor is.

What I am Listening To:

My latest vinyl additions. Courtesy of nonhubs, his awesome friend and myself because I am worth it 😉

Alice in Chains – Dirt
NIN – Downward Spiral
Flower Travellin Band – Anwhere

What are you reading, watching or listening to this weekend? Any recommendations?


“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.”
~ Audrey Hepburn


Danielle ❤

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