Review: Gilmore Girls Revival

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– Review – Gilmore Girls -A Year In the Life –

If you haven’t heard about, run to your living room, get comfy and cosy and search in Netflix for Gilmore Girls Revival. We can go back to Stars Hollow nine years after the last time we were there for 6 hours, divided into 4 episodes and a full year of the life of these amazing characters. I love to see Paris (she is great), Kirk, Lane and her band…as well as the main characters

 

The Revival has been divided into the seasons of a year. We start the show in Winter and leave it in fall. These 6 hours are so intense and full of feelings. You will laugh, get angry, sad, happy, will cry, will feel back home and completely lost…This show has been, is and will be one of my favourites ever. If you haven’t watched it yet (you totally should) Gilmore Girls is the story of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore through the years.

Lorelai is a single mum who got pregnant when she was 16 and Rory is her daughter. With both of them, you will see differents points into the American society and the effort and sacrifices of a mother to ensure the best possible future to Rory. After 7 seasons we leave Rory on her way to cover the Obama campaign after graduating in Yale and Lorelai finally with Luke but most important, all the drama with the Gilmore family in the past and with an amazing future.

Now, be aware that if you carry on reading, you will find spoilers (sorry it is so hard to comment it without)and that I would love to discuss things with other Gilmore Girls fans as these 4 episodes have not been enough…

  1. WINTER: In this episode, we go back to the life of these amazing characters with a massive absence. Richard Gilmore passed away and in this episode, we see his funeral and the impact of his loss to Emily, Lorelai and Rory. To me, this episode is full of feelings. Also, we see how is the life of the characters now.
    1. YES, Lorelai and Luke are together and I would like a lot if the dream that Lorelai had (in which she was pregnant) was real but at least, they live together and seem to be happy.
    2. Rory…on the other hand, is so lost. She has no job, no house, a fake boyfriend (or I really don’t know how to describe Paul) and no plans. There is not a backup, there is not a list and clearly, she is not that successful journalist we all hope she would be. To be honest and completely fair…I think she made a big mistake when she declined a real job for the chance or an internship in a big newspaper and even when she met her idol and managed to have her number at the end of season 7 seems that she never go back to her. Even if was hard, I think she made the right thing not getting married to Logan at that point. However, she travels a lot to London and surprise! She is having a kind of open relationship with Logan. He is engaged but they still seeing each other. She even hides this from Lorelai. Seriously Rory, didn’t you learn anything after being with Dean while he was married? This has been very unexpected to me.
    3. Emily is completely lost. After 50 years Richard is not longer there and she does not know what to do that is completely understandable. Lorelai and Emily started to go together to therapy and once again some of the dirty plates came back to the top.
  2. SPRING: we continue with the three of them trying to find their place in the world now and we are back to the Stars Hollow meeting and having differents cameos. Emily, in a very particular way, lets Luke know that Richard left some money to franchise Luke’s Dinner and, obviously Luke does not want to. This opens some old scars and for a moment I panicked thinking Lorelai and Luke will break up. We are even back to Chilton and that moment in the bathroom with Paris was so funny. Again, I think Rory could be a bit more open-minded. She has no job and when she had an offer she seems to be offended. I think she would be a good teacher.
  3. SUMMER: my less favourite episode and kind of a disappointment. Basically, we have a Stars Hollow musical that could be cool if they don’t make us watch the full and, in some parts, painful songs. They could make a song and then the last one that is very touchy and perfect to the moment but 10 full minutes were not necessary, especially when you have just 6 hours and too many things to catch up with. Those 10 minutes would be better in a scene omitted in the fall episode or telling us a bit more about Paris, Lane, Jess, Dean or more scenes with Rory and Lorelai. I was a bit angry with this episode. In the other hand, Jess appears in this episode and thank god. As usual, he is brilliant and helps Rory to find her way and her goal in life and is just so perfect the way that everything fills in. Rory is the new editor of the Stars Hollow Gazzetta and Jess suggests to Rory that she should write about something she is passionate about and that a book about Lorelai and herself is perfect. This revival is about circles all the time and what could Rory tell better than her own story? What if all the episodes that we have watched are chapters of that book? Isn’t it perfect? Thank you, Jess! ๐Ÿ˜ปObviusly, this brings a big fight between mother and daughter and thankfully does not last long.
  4. FALL: why is this my favourite? is all about circles of life, closing doors to open new ones. Lorelai decide to go Wild and I must admit that I have no faith in her going to the nature and walk or follow the book experience but that phone call to Emily made me cry like a baby. In Winter, we have a very sad moment when Lorelai is not able to tell a funny or nice story about Richard after his funeral. In this episode, the circle close with a perfect story and a great moment mother-daughter. Second, Lorelai and Luke finally are getting married and I love it but…we don’t see the big wedding and this annoys me a bit. After all this time, I think we deserve that moment. The funny speech, the dances, the white dress and the happy ending but we just have a sneak peak of an amazing decoration, a wedding in the middle of the night without Emily (that I find terrible. Emily should be there) and I still thinking those 10 minutes could be the wedding and not the musical. Rory and Lorelai agree to go with the book and Gilmore Girls will be a reality. That moment when Rory run full of excitement to tell Jess she will write the book is so beautiful and that moment that they share is pretty. Also, the conversation between Luke and Jess after makes it clear to me that Jeff is not over Rory. About the circles…we close lots of them.
  • Like in the first season, Lorelai goes to Emily and ask for money. They agree that Lorelai will use Luke’s franchise money to make The Dragonfly Inn bigger and Emily ensure Lorelai and Luke will visit her as she did with Friday Dinners. That means that Michel will stay and Sookie is back to the Dragonfly Inn. I missed the moments between Lorelai and Sookie and I think they have loss a bit that magic they used to have on the screen.
  • Rory and Logan break up. We have a last Death and Life Brigade moment and was so magical๐Ÿ˜and full of  heartbreaking goodbyes. Logan could say something like “If you jump, I jump” and would be perfect; they could have another ending…but once again…Logan offers her a life she is not willing to take. In season 7, Logan proposed and Rory decided to carry on with her career and declined to the proposal. The last scene between them was Rory giving him back the ring. In Fall, Logan offers her a house. After one last night together, Rory decides to carry on writing her book in Richard’s old office and declined to be “the other one” giving him back the key.
  • Emily decides to sell the house and buy a new one. First thing under her name and quits DAR with a lot of style. Also, she has a job and seems so happy. She leaves back all the weights that have carried for 50 years.
  • Rory and Dean. That conversation was perfect. The way that she tells him what would she write about him is the Dean that we have watched all these years and was nice to see that he carried on with his life and is happy.
  • The final circle that close…was unexpected but after 24 hours I think is a perfect way to close this show. If tomorrow they say that we will have more episodes, I will be so happy and waiting to watch them but if not…I think we can kind of guess what would happen.

FINAL FOUR WORDS: before the release date was a lot of hype with the famous last words. Amy Sherman-Palladino has said that she always knew these would be the final words.

Rory: Mum

Lorelai: Yeah?

Rory: I’m pregnant

WHAT A BOOM!!! ๐Ÿ™€ I totally was not expecting this, even if during the episode you kind of seeing it coming, but ending there? OH NO! I can’t, I need more! I was so angry and I really wanted to scream to Amy Sherman-Palladino. HOW DOES SHE DARE? Where is the next episode? I was really so upset. Could not believe it.

MY THOUGHTS ABOUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN: After giving it a good thinking I started to understand that the last four words and how is a perfect way to finish the circle of life. Rory is unexpectedly pregnant as Lorelai was. I really believe the father of the baby is Logan ( no that one night guy) and I also believe the conversation between Rory and Christopher could be between Logan and Rory in the future. Logan is Rory’s Christopher. I think Logan is completely into the family businesses and he will marry Odette. He will try to take part into the baby life and will have moments with Rory as Lorelai had with Christopher but they do not belong together after all. ๐Ÿ˜ฟThey have had lots of chances and they keep saying goodbye. I also think, the baby is a girl and will be the fourth Lorelai Gilmore and I think, Rory will write her book and will success with it and may go back to Chilton as a teacher or move to Queens and start a life there as she mentions during the episodes.I also think Jess is Rory’s Luke and he will support and help her as Luke did with Lorelai. That moment when Jess looks at Rory was so Luke looking at Lorelai during the first seasons.๐Ÿ˜ป Finally, I think Lorelai and Luke will be a modern and most tolerant version of Emily and Richard. A perfect circle of life. I would love to see all this but if we don’t …that would be my ending:

Rory = Lorelai

Jess = Luke

Logan = Christopher

Lorelai & Luke = Emily and Richard but in a modern way.

And to close perfectly the circle, in the last episode, after these four words we listen for the first time in this new season the opening song and if I was not crying enough, I cried a bit more…

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Let me know your thoughts or your theories about Gilmore Girls.

Lots of love,

Angela ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

Unboxing: MerakiCandles November’ 16

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– Unboxing- Meraki Candles – November 2016 -Myths and Legends –

Hello my dear leaves ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ,

Today I’m bringing you another unboxing, this time a Meraki Candles box. The theme of this month is Myths and Legends.โœจโš”๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฎ

For the first time, Heather susprises us with a new design in the boxes. The old white one are replaced by a stronger and beige one. Once opened, yellow paper welcome you.

The candles of the month are:

  1. RONIN HOOD: musk, oak and amber.
  2. JINN: musk, amber and spice.
  3. ALTANTIS: cool water and dewberry.
  4. PERSEPHONE: pomegranate and spring.


Another surprise this month is the colaboration with other shops.

You will find a very special soap by Behind the Pages inspired in the amazing and mythical creature hiding in Loch Ness.

 

A lovely book mark by Till and Dill

 

Last but not less a very original necklace by  From the Page

 

Coming back to one of the regulars items in these boxes, you will find the beautiful artwork in the card and bookmark made by Dinomyteart.

Once again, Heather has made a perfect box. Congrats for an amazing job.
If you’re interested in a single candle, box or different sizes candles, check Meraki Candles website here.

 Another month full of great candles and bookish items.


Lots of love,

Angela๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

Unboxing: Owlcrate November 2016

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– Unboxing- Owlcrate – November 2016 -Wonderland –

This month, the box theme is so special when I received the box and opened was so happy. This is the second time that Owlcrate sends no just one but two books.

The first thing I noted when I opened the box was an amazing and sweet smell. Come to take a seat at the Mad Hatter’s tea party and enjoy this amazing tea. I realy love it. Thanks to Riddle’s Tea Shoppe and Adagio for it.

The next item that caught my eyes is a magnet made by Evie Bookish and is so beautiful.

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Authored Adornments brings to us a handmade bookmark that is perfect to this themed box.

As I mentioned before, is the second time that Owlcrated sends two books and as before the awesome Rock Paper Books gave us this amazing version of Alice’s in Wonderland and Risa Rodil matched the book with another bookmark.

The main book is Heartless by Marissa Meyer. We are so lucky as we received an exclusive cover (so gorgeous) and an adorable quote card. Really intregued to read Catherine’s story.

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Once again, thanks a lot Owlcrate team for being awesome and share with us this amazing box.


 

 

In December, this is waiting for us…

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Happy reading!


Lots of love,

รngela ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

 

Unboxing: FairyLoot November ‘ 16

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– Unboxing- FairyLoot – November 2016 -Royals & Rogues –

Hello my dear leaves ๐Ÿƒ ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ

Welcome back to this time of the month that I love so much. All the box subscription arriving and all the unboxing to be done ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

The FairyLoot November theme is ROYALS AND ROGUES !! And I must admit that each month I love more and more these boxes. This month we have a new design in the box and I think is brilliant. Also, the first time that we have one of my favourites items…by now you  will note that I love candles but I also love mugs. And I was so happy when I saw the mug that we received that has been exclusively designed by READATMIDNIGHT.

 

Also, we received a lovely earl grey tea from THE TEA LEAF COMPANY (and a discount card) and if you haven’t noted yet, FairyLoot always makes these boxes wit lots of love and adding tea leaf filters is another proof of it.

Next, you can see a mirror made by BOOKWORM BOUTIQUE with gold detailing. Who does not like gold details?

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A hand lettered Queen of Terrasen Notepad by  ALEXIS LAMPLEY. Another amazing item is a Soap Crystals from CRAFTYRAGAMUFFIN that smells amazing ๐Ÿ˜ป and I can’t wait to read the book to see how is related to the story.

We have two amazing art prints. One from LOVELYOWLSBOOKS (lettering side) and from BOOKOTTER (illustrations) and both inspired in Red Queen.

 

You will find also a beautiful bag inspired in ACOMAF

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The book of the month is NEMESIS by ANNA BANKS and sounds really really cool. Don’t forget #LoveYourNemesis.

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My FairyLoot buddy is:

Happy Reading! ๐Ÿ˜‰


 

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Lots of love,

รngela ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

 

November TBR

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– NOVEMBER 2016 TBR –

Hello, my dear leaves ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ๐ŸŽƒ.

 

Another month is here and I can’t believe that 2016 is nearly gone…where has the time gone? This month TBR I haven’t planned or chosen many books due to my last month poor results ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ™ˆ. Here you can see my choices and maybe I will add some others as the month advances… โ˜บ๏ธ

  1. Six of Crows
  2. Crooked Kingdom
  3. The Thousandth Floor
  4. Gemina
  5. Vassa in the Night
  6. Hollow city

I’m still waiting these two books to arrive but I’ve heard amazing things about both. Can’t wait to read them. Instead, I can show you the ones I want to read this month and I already have in my hands ย ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„โ˜บ๏ธ

Let me know your picks for this month in the comments bellow.

HAPPY READING !!


ย Lots of love,

Angela๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone – Illustrated

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– Fantasy – J.K Rowling & Jim Kay – Bloomsbury -Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone- Illustrated – Book I 

24548235Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation’s favourite children’s book โ€“ Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling’s timeless classic, Jim Kay’s glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike.

When a letter arrives for unhappy but ordinary Harry Potter, a decade-old secret is revealed to him that apparently he’s the last to know. His parents were wizards, killed by a Dark Lord’s curse when Harry was just a baby, and which he somehow survived. Leaving his unsympathetic aunt and uncle for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry stumbles upon a sinister mystery when he finds a three-headed dog guarding a room on the third floor. Then he hears of a missing stone with astonishing powers, which could be valuable, dangerous โ€“ or both. An incredible adventure is about to begin!


Harry Potter has been and will be one of my favourite sagas ever. I was thinking about the best way to review this book and I decide to focus on the illustration as I have rambled a lot about this books and characters before. I could happily do it again and again with anyone willing to talk about these books but I don’t think I can say something new about this amazing universe so let’s focus on the artwork. I have lost how many times I’ve read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone so going through this illustrated version has been in a way unique and different.

Once again, I have loved it and it has brought lots of feelings back. Harry Potter will be one of these books that will always stay in my collection and that I will always recommend.

With this first book, we have the introduction to this awesome universe and we have met the characters for the first time. What made this version so especial are the amazing, beautiful and very detailed illustration that made the book more alive.

Jim Kay artwork is so detailed and beautiful. It can transport you to this amazing universe and make you feel a lot of things.

Let me share with you some of my favourites ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป

Hagrid is just perfect and very close to the way I’ve always thought he would be.

As I’ve said all the book is full of details and simple things as chapters titles are beautiful. I’ve chosen this particular one as I’ve read this book during the Halloween weekend ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ. Look the second one, so perfect as a Halloween evening…


First impressions of these wonderful characters ๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป๐Ÿ˜ป.

Seriously, this is a beautiful and amazing way to read this saga and I can’t wait to have the full collection.


And of course, I couldn’t end this review without an illustration of our loved Harry Potter. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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Lots of love,

Angela๐Ÿ˜˜

Review: The Forgettingโ€‹

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– Young Adult /Fantasy – Sharon Cameron – Audiobooks Scholastic Audio -The Forgetting- 

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What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.
Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories โ€“ of parents, children, love, life, and self โ€“ are lost. Unless they have been written.
In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.
But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence โ€“ before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

I must confess that this book has been a weird experience and I’m not 100% sure if it’s a good or bad thing. This has been my first audiobook and, at first, I was not convinced by this way of making your TBR smaller. Was a bit hard to get into the story.

Also, I must admit that I mainly wanted to read this book because I judged it by its cover. So beautiful and gorgeous. Obviously, the story seemed interesting as well. But again, when I started, was something that did not catch fully my attention and that in some way let me a bit down. Maybe, it’s the format of the book (audiobook), maybe that the beginning is so confusing or maybe the style the story is told…I’m not sure. Was not till about the 20% when I started to enjoy it more and get more involve with the characters.

In this universe, we are in Canaan when every citizen has a book that keeps the memories. If you loose your book, you loose your story and therefore, you loose yourself but that is different when we talk about Nadia. Nadia has never forgotten and that turned to be a bit dangerous. Gray is the handsome, bit cheeky male character.

And the relationship between both of them goes from less to more and made the whole story better. However, the story is really slow making a bit hard to follow it. I think the book can be structured in other way and then could have a quicker rhythm.

Overall, the Forgetting is another dystopian book with a slow rhythm and a bit predictable story. Nadia is a strong and brave character but I did not connect with her as much as I want to and I found some parts a bit boring. Has not been a bad book but I was expecting something  different.


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Lots of love,

Angela๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

October WRAP-UP

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– OCTOBER 2016 WRAP-UP –

Hello, my dear leaves ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ๐ŸŽƒ.

 

I must confess that October has not been a great reading month. For one reason or another, I have read just 3 books and listened to 1 audiobook. I always choose a TBR bigger than I should and I don’t think I have completed a full one yet…but the good note is that I’ve completed my Reading challenge !!! Currently, I am on 33/30 books

The month started with a great, amazing and wonderful book. I completely love Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

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Then I started Cinder, I enjoyed so far what I read (about half book) but myself and my crazy head forget it on the train and luckily my friend rescued it. The problem we only manage to meet once a month so…I could not finish it. The good thing is that she read it.

After the sadness of that event, I started Ms Marvel Volume III and with the good vibes after reading it, I move into Furthermore.

 

Then I started for a first time ever an audiobook. The Forgetting and I must admit it was a bit odd at first but I think can help me reducing my TBR and is a good way to “read” while walking to work or cleaning the flat…


Also, I’ve started Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.


Another book that I’ve absolutely loved this month (and will always do) has been Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Illustrated. It’s so so pretty.


So as you can see…I’ve started many books but I haven’t been reading much…I’ve been just generally tired this month…work has been very stressful.

Hope your reading has been better than mine.

See you next month…


Lots of love,

Angela๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜