Monday, 19 March 2018

Peter Rabbit Movie Review at Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird

Hello Everyone,

Today I'm here with a post about a movie I went to see this weekend, the new Peter Rabbit movie.

I was so excited to see this move when I heard it was coming out and as pure luck would have it, I had been discussing with my daughter (a huge Peter Rabbit fan) which day we might go see it upon release, when an email popped into my inbox inviting me to visit the Odeon Cinema at Fort Kinnaird in Edinburgh to see Peter Rabbit, the excitement levels ran high and I very eagerly accepted this kind offer and the anticipation grew.

Peter Rabbit was released in the UK on the 16th March 2018 and we (myself, Mr Sparkles and Mini Sparkles) went along to the Odeon on Saturday the 17th March. I sent Mr Sparkles to get in the queue to buy us some popcorn (sweet of course) and I went to sort out our tickets with the very friendly and helpful manager, then, reunited we skipped merrily (ok, we walked but we were skipping inside) to screen number 3 and settled down ready to watch the movie. I had heard mixed reviews and so I wasn't sure what to expect, but I needn't have worried at all.

It's been 115 years since Beatrix Potter introduced us to the loveable scamp in a blue jacket called Peter Rabbit and a lot has changed in those years so after looking over the cast list, which includes James Corden as Peter Rabbit, I was intrigued to see how Peter would have been adapted to fit with today's audiences, I was way more impressed than I expected.
The story follows Peter and his trio of sisters Flopsy, Mospy and Cotton-Tail (Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Daisy Ridley) as they navigate the dangerous world of Mr McGregor's garden in the wake of the loss of their mother.
What follows is a series of events that made me laugh out loud, cry and then laugh again (don't judge, I'm 8 months pregnant, controlling my emotions isn't my strong point right now). Peter Rabbit has been re-born as a more bad-assed version of his original self which is perfectly set off with the voice of James Corden. The jokes can scrape a little close to the bone for those of a more sensitive disposition and I'm talking to adults here as I don't think the children in the audience would pick up on some of the references but in the name of full honesty there was a scene where Peter is sat eating a carrot with another character at a party and the insinuation is that they are high, again I don't think many children would pick up on that reference and I personally laughed at it but if that is something that would offend you, you've been warned!
I'll also address the allergy controversy, yes there is a character in the movie that has an allergy to blackberries, this character is the 'bad guy' and the rabbits do poke fun at him because of this, I personally didn't think much about it and I don't think it was intended in a malicious way, again it comes down to your personal sensitivities and if allergy jokes would upset you or your children, perhaps give this one a miss but for everyone else, I can't recommend this movie enough, I left the cinema in a really great mood having spent a large portion of the movie laughing along at the slapstick comedy, the funny one liners and the general hilarity going on. I can't wait for the DVD to come out to watch it all again.

After getting out of the cinema, me and my mini me decided to hit Waterstones, we both love books and spend a lot of our shopping trips browsing for a new potential favourite, Mr Sparkles on the other hand scuttled off elsewhere for the duration.
We were really excited to see the Peter Rabbit displays upon entry at Waterstones - Fort Kinnaird, of course my daughter wanted everything she could see within the Peter Rabbit range.

As usual the Waterstones staff were extremely helpful and offered handy book recommendations to us from their own personal reading experience, this is one reason I love going to Waterstones over shopping online, the personal touch of the staff and their levels of enthusiasm and expertise keep me coming back time after time.
We were lucky enough to have a giftcard to spend in store to treat ourselves to a book or two and I'll talk about the books we picked up in my next book haul video on my YouTube Channel so if you're into books, book reviews, book hauls etc, then make sure you have a look at my channel to see what I've been buying and reading.

I found myself drawn to the gorgeous cooking section, if you didn't know, I'm a huge fan of cooking and expanding my culinary knowledge is a big hobby of mine and so I'm often found buying more cook books to add to my shelf thus Waterstones is a great place for me to see what's new and exciting and have a flick through before choosing a new friend, this is another experience missing from online shopping.

Finally we ended up in Nando's for some tasty food before heading back home, I don't need to explain how amazing Nando's is, I'm sure you all already know! My daughter and I had a gift card and my husband gets discount for his meals at Nando's so he sorted himself out while me and my girly scoured the menu knowing full well we would get our favourite - wings!

Overall we had a fantastic day and there was just time left for a selfie in the loos to look at my massive baby bump and we were off on our return journey!

I can't recommend the Peter Rabbit movie enough to you, the graphics alone are worth going for! I also really recommend the Fort Kinnaird retail park for out of town shopping in Edinburgh, it's one of my favourite places to spend a day shopping and eating and I find myself there way more than my bank balance would like but we always come home in a good mood having had a lovely day.

I'd like to say a big thank you for the cinema tickets and vouchers, they were very greatly appreciated and I'd also like to point out again that all the staff members I encountered on my most recent visit were so friendly and helpful that I can't wait to return... and I will be at the end of the week... sorry bank!

Have you seen the Peter Rabbit movie? If so, what were your thoughts?

Bye for now

Rosy xxx

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Appetite by Anita Cassidy

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Hello Everyone,

Long time no speak, I’m hoping to get back into posting regularly on here since I’ve been trying to get over some ill health lately which has been difficult but today I’m bringing to you a book review of a novel called Appetite by Anita Cassidy.

Appetite is gripping novel that looks into the various worlds of addiction or ‘appetites’ and the role they play within the lives of three different people.
David is one of the three and has an addiction to food, subsequently he is very overweight and suffers from bullying due to his size. Not one to show his emotions externally, David instead finds himself in a vicious cycle of self abuse by comfort eating in an attempt to block out his sadness which in turn brings about more weight gain and more bullying.
Matthew is another character with an addiction. A science teacher at the school who has just returned from a trip to Brazil that opened up a part of Matthew he can’t forget, an appetite for change and making the world a better place. Matthew meets an activist for change called Polly who further ignites his urges but fuelled by his love for Polly and his newfound passion for action, Matthew has to think about how far he is willing to go on this new venture whilst still hanging onto his core beliefs.
Naomi is a wife and mother and sometimes feels like little else. She works for an energy drinks company and is suffering from the boredom of following the same daily routine seemingly without any fun mixed in, but after some innocent internet messages turn into something more adult, Naomi’s sexual desires come forth and she embarks upon a sex fuelled affair to break the monotony.

Appetite is a very well written book that subtly encourages readers to think about their own appetites and desires in a very honest way. The author appears to have put in a fair bit of research into the ways an addition or compulsion can alter the lives of the people attached to it. Each character is cleverly woven into eachother’s lives which adds an extra dimestion for the reader.

I found this to be a fast paced read and somewhat addictive in itself as it was difficult to put down and after the final page closed I found myself unable to shake the stories and lives of the characters within (in a good way) and to me that is the mark of a good author, a story that sticks long after the closing sentence.

I’d love to know if any of you have read or are going to read Appetite?

Talk soon,

Rosy xx

Friday, 13 October 2017

The Blind by A.F. Brady

Hi Everyone!

I’ve been very absent on the old blog and YouTube lately, truth is I’ve been struck down with some mystery illness and I’ve been spending most of my time on the sofa, so hold out, hopefully things will be back up and running in the next few weeks when I shake whatever this is, in the meantime, I’m part of a book tour today for The Blind by A.F. Brady and so a book review is what you will find today.

The Blind has been called a 21st Century ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ which had me excited as I’ve not delved into many books that cover mental health issues, especially not from a psychologist’s point of view.

Our main Character is Sam, a psychologist with a reputation for being able to crack even some of the toughest cases so when she hears about the mysterious new patient Richard, she has no doubt that she will be able to get into his head space, however, Richard puzzlingly seems to be perfectly sane but it isn’t long before Sam is drawn down the rabbit hole with him and along the way, she realises she has to confront her own issues too, issues that have been allowed to slide for far too long.

The Blind wasn’t what I was expecting, for me it didn’t follow the normal ‘recipe’ if you will of what I’m used to a thriller being, however, the narrative was fast paced and the scenes at times were so evocative that I felt like I could almost be watching them in real life. I liked the dark journey as it felt perfectly appropriate for this time of year as the nights are drawing in and everything becomes a little more atmospheric so for that reason, The Blind was a winner for me, just don’t go into this with any preconceptions of the genre and you’ll enjoy it more.

I should mention that there was various triggers throughout this book for the likes of suicide, domestic abuse and alcoholism.

Let me know if you’ve read this book, and if not, are you planning on reading it anytime soon?

Thank you for sticking with me while I’m poorly.

Rosy xx

Monday, 18 September 2017

The Watcher by Ross Armstrong


Hi Everyone, 

Hope you're all well, as you're reading this (if you're reading it within the first two weeks of publishing) I'm currently on holiday in Florida and my scheduling worked... let's keep all fingers crossed that it all goes to plan!

I'm back today with a book review, I was sent the book The Watcher by Ross Armstrong in return for review as part of the blog tour by HQ Stories.

You can also check out all the tour dates in the tour banner below:

The Watcher is the story of Lily Gullick who lives in a nice new build flat with her husband Aiden. Lily is a keen bird watcher which ends up translating to being an avid people watcher too and after a short while, Lily feels like she knows most of her neighbours across the way in the old estate which is due for demolition.
Naturally curious Lily can't seem to separate her hobby of bird watching from the more intrusive pass-time of essentially spying on her unsuspecting targets through their own windows in their various homes, catching them in their natural environment if you will, however, one day Lily sees something suspicious through her binoculars and the next day she is horrified to discover her elderly neighbour Jean has been murdered.
Lily begins to lose all sense of the outside world as she goes further and further into her observations to uncover the culprit with each new lead sending her further into herself and her voyeurism but Lily isn't the only one who is watching, someone appears to be watching Lily too, and that person could be very dangerous.

I initially struggled to get invested in Lily's character, her obsessive nature was a little hard to get to grips with at times and I found it difficult to comprehend her actions as she is thrown into a seemingly scary and foreboding situation. Lily seems unable to grasp the full gravity of the danger she is putting herself into and for that reason, I was unable to identify with her as a person. The story however was an interesting one with a twist I didn't see coming (and I'm usually pretty good with twists!). The last few chapters of the book made it for me as I had been a little uncertain where the story was leading up until that point.
Once a fair amount was revealed about Lily's character I was then able to connect the dots and assign more meaning to her seemingly erratic and compulsive behaviours.

Overall, I gave 'The Watcher' 3/5 stars and I'd be interested to read it again to see if there was something I just wasn't getting first time round, I feel that now I know what the twist is, I would be able to see the book from a different viewpoint.

Have you read the watcher? I'd love to know your thoughts!

Bye for now.


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