The Wicked Deep

The Wicked Deep
By Shea Ernshaw
320 pages | March 6th 2018 | Simon Pulse


Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.

You can really tell when I'm enthralled in a book. How? Well, the first sign is that I don't want to put it down. The second, is that I'm so lost in the story that my hearing shuts down. Huh? Sorry? Did you say something? The third and probably biggest sign, is that I'm recommending it before I've even finished it. That's exactly what happened with The Wicked Deep. 

When I first read the description for this book, I was truly excited. This was right up my alley. The publisher's description of 'Hocus Pocus meets Practical Magic' seemed pretty on point, and... those just happened to be two of my favorite movies. I was basically guaranteed to like this book.

So it was no surprise when I not only liked it, but loved it. From the first few pages, I was hooked. What was the curse? What was the legend? What happened to her father? Who is Penny, I know she's more than just a local. I had so many questions that I wanted to be answered and that's when I knew this was going ot be a 'this isn't getting put down' moment. 

It pulls you in from the very start and is a page turned until the very end. I recommend this for fans of Witch stories for sure. 

Thank to Simon and Schuster Canada for the ARC of this book. 

Shea Ernshaw is an Oregon native and YA author. She often writes late, late, late into the night, enjoys dark woods, scary stories and moonlight on lakes. She drinks loads of tea and believes sunrises are where unicorns hide.

She lives with her two cats, a dog, a husband, and a stack of books beside her bed she still needs to read.

Her debut THE WICKED DEEP will be published by Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse in 2018.

Why 'The Death Cure' was worth the wait.

Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Director Wes Ball
PG-13 | 2h 21min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 26 January 2018

Thomas leads some escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions that the Gladers have been asking since they arrived in the maze.

If you were a fan of the Maze Runner film series, there's no doubt you heard about the alarming news that the final film in the trilogy had been halted indefinitely due to a severe injury to its star Dylan O'Brien. There was a time, when he was in recovery that the film was in limbo and we didn't know if this story would ever see the light of day.

Well, it has and I have to say it was worth the wait. Sometimes, in a series, if you have to wait too long between releases it becomes easy to forget what happened, forget the characters. I found, the moment the movie began, it effortlessly reminded you of everyone's roles in the story without question. It opened strong, with an action scene that (within the first few minutes I was sure where the terrifying injury must have occured).

You are pulled back into Thomas' world, the remaining members of the glade and their struggle and journey. Everything in this film is deliberate and it shows. They reintroduced things you had forgotten about simply by triggering your memory without having to spell it out for you.

It tied together the entire series and left you satisfied. More often than not I've found a film series seems to lose momentum with their adaptations, taking unnecessary risks and the story suffers. The writers and directors managed to avoid this even with the unexpected delay in filming.

If you are a fan of this series and you haven't seen if yet...what are you waiting for?

Fangirl's Guide to Star War's Fashion

My first Fangirl fashion segment was my excitement over cute Loki fashion finally available. Well with Star Wars still in the air (because really, when is it ever not in the air) I wanted to feature some of the cutest fashion finds for those Star Wars Fangirls out there. Work appropriate and Fangirl fashion don't always go hand in hand so I'm trying to focus all my finds in that area!

Porg Retro Skirt
By Her Universe
$49.90 $39.92

The only thing cuter than a porg is literally this skirt. Classic, work appropriate and only nerd relevant those who are cool enough to notice. My favorite sort of fashion choice. 

Porg Retro Cardigan 
By Her Universe
$58.90 $47.12

I probably wouldn't pair this cardigan with the skirt, that would be a bit too much teal for me, but I would happily wear it with a solid skirt, or black pants. I think it's a cute cut, conservative, work-friendly and the subtle Porg embroidery on the collar is great. 

Star Wars Initial Cardigan
By Her Universe
$44.90 $35.92

So this one is really subtle you have to look close to see the mint green embroidered SW on the cardigan but if you're looking for a really subtle look, this is certainly cute. It's light grey also makes it versatile. It could be dressed up and down. 


Not Ready for a full-on Fangirl fashion statement? Sometimes the best approach is an accessory. I used to do lots of scarves, earrings little pops of something. Try these!

R2-D2 Royal Pearl Cuff
By Her Universe
$58.90 $47.12

This is classy and nerdy and I love it. Every girl needs pearls and a pic of a lifelong favorite droid, just makes it that much cuter. 

C-3P0 and R2-D2 Golden Cuff
By Her Universe
$34.90 $27.92

Simple, understated, totally adorable. 

Death Star Crossbody Bag
By Hot Topic
$29.90 $23.92

Too cute to pass up.

Hunter: The Fallen One (Review)

Hunter: The Fallen One (A Lian Hunter Adventure)
By C.L. Hagely
199 pages | October 31st 2016 |  Rogue Phoenix Press

A hostile takeover of earth is unfolding secretly right before our very eyes. Is this a political move, or is something much more ancient and sinister at hand? Mystery schools were formed by the elite to train soldiers to further their agenda.

Lian Hunter is a freshman at one of these schools for the exclusively wealthy – the Tri- Asterisk Academy in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. When students start suddenly disappearing, Lian starts to feel something evil and corrupt underlying the veneer of the academy. Can he uncover the truth about his school before it is too late or is he just another soldier in training?

I want to start by saying I was given an e-copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I'm extremely sorry to say that I did not love this book. I wanted to, I thought from the sound of the description that I would enjoy but reading it from start to finish, proved me wrong.

It had the perfect Young Adult formula. Regular, successful kid who unwillingly becomes involved in something extraordinary and has to find a way to overcome it. It should have worked, but it just didn't.

Starting off, visually I wasn't intrigued. A simplistic cover is fine however the fonts and the colouring of it all together simply didn't work. I looked at it and thought it appeared like a 1990s drugstore paperback thriller for a missing child.

It didn't scream a Young Adult futuristic action thriller, nothing about looking at this cover told me anything the book was about.

It's not visually appealing, if I saw this book on the shelf or scrolling through Amazon I would never have stopped to look, I wouldn't have thought to even stop and check it out.

I typically love stories that begin or revolve around a mysterious school but this wasn't well executed. I feel like it wasn't beta tested on anyone in the age group. It had the cover of an adult book, the prose of a child's book and the dialogue was off-putting. It didn't read naturally, it read forced. A lot of detail seemed to be missing and we were expected to fill in the blanks which often times, can be a useful tool but here it wasn't.

I think this book, which is the first in a series, could have potential with rebranding. Some beta reading, new graphics, a re-write with more details. I'm a huge supporter of Indie efforts but there has to be a level of 'professionalism' visually for it to succeed otherwise I find readers and the market do not take it seriously.

For now though, I simply couldn't recommend this book.

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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (Film Review)

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
By: Jake Kasdan
PG-13 | 1h 59min | 20 December 2017 | Columbia Pictures

When four high-school kids discover an old video game console with a game they've never heard of--Jumanji--they are immediately drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the avatars they chose: gamer Spencer becomes a brawny adventurer (Dwayne Johnson); football jock Fridge loses (in his words) "the top two feet of his body" and becomes an Einstein (Kevin Hart); popular girl Bethany becomes a middle-aged male professor (Jack Black); and wallflower Martha becomes a badass warrior (Karen Gillan). What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji--you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they'll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves--or they'll be stuck in the game forever...

So I always got into a Remake, or reboot with a certain level of apprehension, particularly when I'm familiar with and a fan of the original. Still, when I saw the trailers for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, I knew this was going to be a reboot that I wanted to see. It was like The Breakfast Club, meets Tron, meets Jumanji. Then when I got to the theatre, I appreciated the fact that it was treated more like a sequel. It kept the spirit, the feeling of the original story and also paid homage to it without overshadowing or making light of it. 

There was that level of enjoyment but also fear and uncertainty of how it would turn out that made the original Jumanji the classic hit it is. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson was a hit, as usual, and there was a great amusement in the way he played a neurotic, insecure teenage boy so flawlessly. That being said, Jack Black, also made the perfect teenage girl. Who knew. 

There was a level of campiness to it but that's what made the film excel with its campiness. It embodied the strangeness of the video game world with the spirit of Jumanji. From strange powers and weaknesses to odd strengths and the way they presented themselves.

It was a little less family friendly than some might have expected. There were a few swears, and a lot of sexual innuendos which while funny to myself and my teenage family members I was with, were confusing to the 5-8 year-old kids that were seated in the rows in front of us. Some just laughed cluelessly because the rest of us were laughing but others were looking puzzled at their parents for an explanation they clearly weren't prepared to give. 

So I would just think twice about bring too little kids because they probably won't enjoy it as much as they probably could. It also did have some creepy moments that even I had to look away for. Bugs crawling in and out of people's ears and mouths and stuff is a bit much for me. 

The evolution of the characters was well placed, their insecurities, their development and how they eventually come together to work to achieve their common goal was a high point of the film.  

Overall I found it a really enjoyable film that I have recommended to everyone. If you haven't seen it yet, get to it!