Audiobooks.

Hey guys.

For those that don’t know I love books (if you want to be part of my book club and read and review a book each month you can go here to find the latest one.) But I don’t just love reading them I love listening to them too.

When I was younger I remember getting some audiobook CD’s for christmas and listening to them as i went to sleep. I had All american girl by Meg Cabot, My secret unicorn by Linda Chapman and Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl. This love has followed me in to adulthood. I use Audible to listen to my audiobooks. (Im not sponsored but I really do love this service.) So I thought I would tell you my favourite audiobooks that I have listen too and which ones I would recommend. So lets get started.

Yes please – Amy Poehler.

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If you like Amy Poehler at all I would recommend this book. This is her autobiography that is very funny and very true. She doesn’t hold back and doesn’t just give us the good things but she tells us her bad stuff but she is so honesty, true and funny about everything. I do have the book and was following along with he audiobook at point but I would recommend the audiobook as there are some stuff that in the audiobook and not in the book and because she is the one narrating the book it is very funny as she delivers the jokes that might not be as funny as if your reading it and don’t have her voice to deliver it.

Is It Just Me? – Miranda Hart

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This is similar to the Amy Poehler as that it sound better because Miranda narrates it which makes the jokes land. I remember listening to this while trying to fall asleep but the jokes were so funny and the way she tells the stories and jokes were making me laugh so much that I couldn’t get to sleep. So make sure that you are in a place that you can laugh. You can relate to many of the things Miranda says in the book.

Any Harry Potter book by J K Rowling 

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Do I need to say anymore. The Harry Potter books are amazing but read by Stephen Fry there even better. That mans voice is amazing and really brings the books to life. If you are on the Audible subscription (there are ties Im on the cheapest on at £7.99) you get a credit a month. One credit equals one book so you could spend you credit on a Harry Potter book (which coast around £30) so you can save a lot of money on the books.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green.

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This a great book by none other then John Green. This is a young adult book about finding yourself like many other of John Greens books. I did love the characters in this book and the story over all and if you like John Green books and haven’t listen/ read this book you defiantly should. The narrator Jeff Woodman tells the story brilliantly.

On the other side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

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I have talked about this book in my very first book club which you can find here. I got the audiobook because I loved the book so much that I wanted to listen to it while relaxing and falling asleep. Carrie Hope Fletcher reads this book and you can just tell how much she loves this book. She narrates this book beautifully. I will defiantly be listening to this book again.

So there my top picks for audiobooks. If you have read or listened to any of these let me know what you thought about them in the comments. If you want to see more of me you can follow me on twitter @NicklessEllie and on Instagram @ellienickless (the buttons are on the side.) You can also follow the blog to get notified when I post next.

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Book club – Lost Boy – Christina Henry.

 

 

 

The Blurb

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. Once I loved a boy called Peter Pan.

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the other place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. He wants always to be that shining sun that we all revolve around. He’ll do anything to be that sun. Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever. Peter will say I’m a villain, that i wronged him, that I never was his friend.

Peter lies.

My thoughts:

When I brought this book the cashier told me he had just finished this book and it was incredible. He was not wrong.

This is an amazing story about Peter Pan long before Wendy, John and Michael. This story is from the point of view from a lost boy called Jamie. He is not only a lost boy but he was the very first lost boy and Peter’s right hand man. So this gives us a very unique view in to Peter Pan and his life.

This is a very dark retailing so if your looking for the magic, wonder and love that the Disney film brought you, its not here. There is still magic but there are dark secrets and very real fights. But this just adds to the great story.

I fell in love with the main character Jamie and the care he shows for the other lost boys but also because of his strength and leadership he shows to make sure everyone survives   this very scary and sometimes frightening island.

There is a character in the book called Charlie who is a very young child. His relationship with Jamie will fill you with hope and a little joy in this very dark setting. But you will slow start to hate Peter in the way he not only treats this cute, innocent child but all the lost boys.

I will not spoil Jaimes back story but when we do fined out its shocking.

You will never forget this story and this version of Peter Pan.

I loved this book so much so Im going to give this book 5/5.

If you haven’t read this book PLEASE DO!

Next month I will be reading and reviewing Dream a little dream by Giovanna fletcher.

 

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Possessed make up look.

Hey guys.

Today I decided to try and crate a possessed make up look. This is the look I created. So here we go.

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So first step is the eyes. I started of doing the red base so I could build the black up as I need on top. So I used my Real Techniques base shadow brush and used it in this red colour ( called Freak out) from the MUA pallet silent disco.

I put this red all over the lid up to the eyebrow and actually round it to underneath my eye. Just making my eyes as red as possible.

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Now we can and the black. Im using the black from this Revolution pallet called Flawless 2. Using the rounded end of this Studio brush I started applying the black to the lid of my eye and slowly building it up and around like I did with the red but I’m not going as far as the red as I still want the red to be seen.

Now the main eye is done Im going to do the cracking look that is underneath the eye. To do this I’m going to be using the same colour and using the Real Techniques fine liner brush. I start of my the red and just draw the cracking look that I want. This brush is good for doing this because it is thin and easy to control.

I do like the look of the red by itself but just looks like blood and I wanted to and a bit more creepiness to it so I do the same but with the black. I do start to over lap the black and red because I wanted it to look like something evil was coming out my eyes and cracking too.

I then moved on to the lips. I wanted to keep the same colours as I used on the eyes so I used MUA’s shade 13 lipstick. I didn’t put this all over my lips instead I just put it on the middle part of my lips.

Then to add the black I added MUA’s jet black eye liner to the conners of the lips and going back with the fine liner brush in the black I have been using just dusting it on the red parts to make it look like the black is merging with the red.

The final touch was adding black around my hair line, forehead, Checks and chin to give it a more death/ creepy look to it. Using My Real Techniques angled highlighter brush I used the same black as before to create this look.

And thats it my possession look. I hope you guys enjoyed this look. I also did a Beetlejuice look yesterday that you can check out. And if the halloween looks aren’t you thing I have done some Disney looks and normal looks to which you can check out.

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Shocktober part 4 – Shutter

Hey guys welcome back to Shoctober in this part I will be reviewing Shutters which I found on Netflix. If you want to see my other parts to shocktober you can find them all in the Shoctober tab at the top of the page.

7th October- Shutters 2008 – 1 hour 25 minutes.

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Directed by Masayuki Ochiai and written by Luke Dawson Shutters follows the story of a newly married couple discover disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestation may be connected, they investigate and learn some mysteries are better left unsolved.

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The sound affects and score are very well done. There is some points with really creepy whispering which was an amazing addition to the film.

And sadly that is it for my likes so lets go on to the dislikes.

Dislikes:

This film is so boring. Nothing really happens. The ghost doesn’t really ghost she just stands in the back ground or is there is photos. There is a grand total of two deaths in this film and even though there justified, the deaths themselves aren’t surprising or creative at all.

The backstory of the ghost girl once again is quite a boring one and I cant get over that. There is no real showdown and by then end of it we just don’t care about the characters at all. Not a single one. I just didn’t care what happened to them at all.

They tried to do Japanese horror with a manly american cast and it just doesn’t work at all. There are some many better Japanese horror films you should watch instead.

I just cant get over how boring this film is. There is just no saving this film.

Should you see it?/ Score 

DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE!!! Don’t waste your time watch a different movie instead anything would be better then this one.

I give this film a 0.5 out of 5

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Shocktober part 3 – Before I wake.

Hey guys welcome back to stocktober where I will be reviewing a horror movie everyday. So todays movie is Before I wake which can be found on Netflix.

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Before I wake (2016)- 1hour 37 minutes.

Directed by Mike Flanagan and written by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard is about a young couple that adopt an orphaned child whose dreams and nightmares manifest physically as he sleeps.

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I love the concept of this film the thought that a 8 years old dreams and nightmares come to life is quite scary. I think we all had terrifying dreams as a child and I cant imagine what would happen is they came true.

When the nice dreams happen they are beautiful. Shot really well and the colours are just stunning. The little boy Cody (played y Jacob Tremblay) is a very sweet little boy too. Sometimes the child actors can be annoying or bad but Jacob is a good actor and very sweet.

The themes that run thought the movie of lose and grief is nicely done and will make anyone think about those themes and what they would do if it was them.

Dislike:

This is a very slow movie and not in a good way. I takes a long time for anything kind of creepy to happen and when it dose its not scary. It takes 50 minutes for the adults of the film to actually see and meet the monster. Then with 17 minutes to go we final get the showdown and then it last for 2 minutes and the monster is gone. Thats it there is no great showdown or a struggle at all the try and defeat the monster. I was so let down my that.

The monster is not a scary one either. I didn’t feel uneasy or scared I just thought it looked rubbery and fake. That really took me out of it because I wasn’t in suspense because the monster was so fake to me. The expansion of the monster did make sense considering its coming from the mind of a 8 year old but that didn’t make up for the rest of the monster.

There was no expansion for why the boy has this gift and why his dreams come true. All that is said is that he has a brilliant mind. It so frustrating not knowing why any of this is happening.

Should you see it?/ Score

I don’t think this film is worth the watch its boring and frustrating and the showdown is over in seconds. However the concept is good and the themes are ones worth exploring but if you want a scary horror film or a fast paced movie then I would say skip it.

I score this 1 out of 5.

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Shocktober – part 2 child’s play

welcome back to shocktober part two. We are on day 5 and today I watched Child’s play. If you want to read part one where I review As above so below, The void, Triangle and The funhouse Massacre you can click here.

5th October – Child’s play (1988) 1 hour and 27 minutes.

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Directed by Tom Holland and written by Don Mancini Child’s play follows the story of a single mother giving her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a dead serial killer.

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I really loved this film. The concept is really quite scary to think that one of your dolls or toys might come alive but not in a fun Toy story way but in the way that it is going to kill you and your family. As a kid I was aware of the film and Chucky as a whole and just knowing what he was scared the crap out of be so much I didn’t have dolls like him at all.  Now I’m an adult the though of giving my niece or nephew a doll like that is also terrifying.

The build up is such a great one it is a slow burn but it is needed and just adds the the suspense of whats going to happen or who’s going to be attacked next. The first part of the movie we don’t see Chucky talk we just see Andy (played by Alex Vincent) holding him to his ear so we don’t know if he is talking or not and that is such a smart move. We don’t see Chucky move in the first half we have POV shots where we can tell that its him but until you final see him there is just uncertainty which makes you fill intense.

When we do final see Chucky’s head move and talk even though we know there is know batteries in him it dose shock you and if you have know idea whats coming it might scare you too.

Spoiler: I loved the final showdown. Chucky just won’t stay down. Evan after being burnt he comes back, then he is shot to piece and he still comes back. This makes the whole thing more terrifying trying to figure out if he will come back or when he will come back. Its just a great final act.

Dislikes:

The only thing I have a bit of a problem is which some of Andy’s acting. He is a child in this film so you can’t expect great acting and in some scenes he was believable but in most of them they just seemed forced and fake and sometimes it can take you out of it a little but not to much.

Should you see it?/ Score

If you are expecting lots of tongue and cheek humour or lots of kills like the later films offer its not in this film. This film is just building up the characters and the plot but it is still a great film. The slow burn is great and never makes you feel bored. I would defiantly say see it.

I give this a 4.5 out of 5

So thats it for today. Join me tomorrow where I will be watching and reviewing Before I wake which you can find on Netflix. If you want to follow along with Shocktober I will leave a link to a chart with all the moves I will be watching and on which days.

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Wilde like me – Louise Peatland

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The Blub

Meet Robin Wilde! You’ll make a friend for life and she’ll take you on a journey you’ll never forget …
Single mum Robin Wilde adores her six-year-old daughter and loves her job as a make up artist’s assistant. She has a wonderful best friend and an auntie who is bonkers, yes, but loves her to the moon and back.
But Robin has a secret. Behind the mask she carefully applies every day, things just feel … grey. And lonely. She struggles to fit in with the school mum crew. Online dating is totally despair-inducing, and she worries every day about raising her little girl with self-confidence, courage and joy.
What Robin longs for is someone (over the age of six) to share with – someone who’s always on her team.
After 4 years (2 months, and 15 days!) of single-mum-dom, it’s time for Robin Wilde to Change. Her. Life.
Exciting new opportunities are about to come Robin’s way … Perhaps a man, perhaps the chance of a lifetime …
What will Robin do with the possibilities she creates for herself? And what potential will she unlock if she takes the leap?

My thoughts:

When we first meet Robin she is feeling down and doesn’t think she is a good mother and hates being alone. Its a very real look at not only single mother hood but motherhood on a whole. The book touch’s on a lot of things that all of us have been though brake ups, parenthood, being alone, not fitting in and not really liking who you are.

Robin is easy to relate to and you intently feel for her and with her.

There is also a whole lot of girl power in this book. Showing that we should stick together  and that everyone goes though the same things at one time or another. It also shows that no one is as perfect as it seems no matter how much they seem and that everyone has problems.

This book also shows that if you work hard you can achieve anything and that you can do anything anyone else can.

I did think that the last few chapters were a bit rushed and a bit messed up. We go Three weeks earlier and then a few days before that then we are back in the present then go back. I think it would have been much easier to tell everything as it goes.

That being said I really did love this book thats why I’m giving it a 4 out of 5.

Next month I will be reviewing Lost boy by Christina Henry

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