My Fictional Bucket List!

Hello!

I had this idea to make a ‘Fictional Bucket List’ after working on my real one and thinking about how many thing I would love to do that aren’t real!

I will admit, this list could go on for a very long time, so I am just going to do my top 10! Let me know if you would also like to do some of them, or what some of your own Fictional Bucket List things would be!

1. Go on a Road Trip with the Gangsey!

I would literally cry if I could transport myself into The Raven Cycle books and join the gang on a road trip! Even if it was into a creepy cave to find a long dead king! They are my favourite fictional friendship group, and to be apart of them for just one day would be the best😭 Just imagine driving to Cabeswater and hanging out or exploring mountains or even just being at Monmouth!! The Dream!!!

2. Solve a Mystery with Miss Audrey Wadsworth!

Obviously, crime is not fun BUT if I happened to be thrown into the victorian era and happened to be friends with Audrey and we coincidentally ended up in the same place as these crimes, it would be the most fun to try and solve it with her!! She is so cool, one of my favourite fictional women and I like to think we would be friends! If I was less anxious I truly think I would’ve pursued a medical profession, in which case we would be outcomes together!

3. Go on a Pirate Adventure with Felicity Montague!

Felicity is my main girl, I love her and again with the medically inclined woman! I would totally be down to travel with her on a pirate ship, especially is Sim and Joanna are there too! That would just be the most fun and honestly we would probably be like the pirate version of a powerful girl group and I don’t know what my role would be but it would be FUN so it’s not that important!

4. Fly to Neverland!

Peter Pan is my favourite Disney character, so to go to Neverland for a long weekend would be incredible! I would probably hang out most of the time in Mermaid Lagoon, because it’s so magical and honestly not opposed to being drowned if it meant I then became a mermaid too! Love Peter but probably wouldn’t fit in very well with the Lost Boys so he would pretty much just be my ride there.

5. Find Narnia In a Wardrobe!

I don’t even think I need to say how cool this would be!! I’m alone you are on holiday or something, and there’s an old wardrobe in your bedroom. Just for a laugh you check the back and it’s TREES! And then you get to go and have tea with Mr Tumnus and Mrs Beaver cooks you a nice meal and you get to see the Lamp Post!!! I would pass out with joy, that would just be the most amazing thing!!!

6. Train With Jude Duarte!

I would request we used foam swords instead of real ones, but I would LOVE to be trained by Jude! I’m huge into leaping, so to learn some actual sword fighting from someone as skilled as Jude would be so amazing! Plus…. I might also get to see Cardan sometime….

7. Go to The Ritz with Aziraphale an Crowley!

I love those Ineffable Husbands so much, and it’s always been my dream to have tea at The Ritz, so why not two birds with one stone? Especially if I got to ask them about history!! Oh my I would have so many questions, and me and Aziraphale could totally bond over a love of books!!

8. Attend Hogwarts!

I mean, I think we all knew this would be on here somewhere!! I would love to go to school at Hogwarts, even though I have been out of high school for 4 years, I would totally do it all over again if it was Hogwarts!! The classes would be so interesting, and the robes!!! Just the coolest thing!!! Although I would hate Snape being my head of house….

9. Visit the London Institute!

If I could visit the London Institute whilst Tessa, Jem and Will were there…. that would be the best!!! I would love to explore the halls and the library and see the sanctuary!! I am hoping to go to London in real life and try and find the building/area it’s based on!! If only the Shadowhunters were actually inside😭

10. Stay at Green Gables!

Who wouldn’t want to stay on a cute farm with a wild Anne running around? I imagine it would be so much fun, and I would love to be able to act like a kid again with flowers in my hair and puffy sleeves!!! I would also love to help out in the kitchen and see the animals!! I would also love to meet Diana!!

These are my Top 10 things on my Fictional Bucket List!!! There is actually a never ending list of things but I didn’t want to go on forever!

What would be some things on your fictional bucket list? Let me know in the comments!

See you next time!

Elizabeth

Clockwork Angel Review

Hello!!

I am back with another book review! This time I want to talk to you about the first book the ‘The Infernal Devices’ series by Cassandra Clare; Clockwork Angel!

(I’m not going to write any spoilers, and as this is only the first book I most want any future spoilers!)

I have been a fan of the Shadowhunter world and Cassandra Clare’s books for about five years, but for some reason I had never though to read any books outside of The Mortal Instruments!! I know, I’m a fool!

I finally decided to buy this series, and my god I wish I had done it sooner!! I love the Mortal Instruments, but there’s just something about this that sits so WELL with me! I don’t know if it’s the Victorian era, the London setting or Jem Carstairs(I love him, with my Whole heart), but this series it fast becoming an all time favourite!!

The plot is so interesting, all the little twists and turns and then the ending!! I wanted to pick up the next book immediately to see what happened next!!

I love the London Institute, and the adaptation of Shadowhunter life on the Victorian Era! Cassandra Clare acknowledges how society acted, and then went on to explain how Shadowhunters act differently!

Tessa Gray is such an amazing character, she goes through so much and stays so strong. She struggles occasionally, but she just seems so real and human. I love Tessa, she is definitely one of my favourites!

Jem Carstairs… what can I say? He is a perfect angel sweetheart that can do no wrong in my eyes. He is a beautiful kind hearted man, and just an all round good character.

Will Herondale. This boy intrigues me. There’s definitely something about him that’s not quite right, and from some of the things that are said he isn’t the most compassionate or social, but I think I love him? He’s one of those characters that you wish you could just wrap up in a blanket and give hot chocolate too, and never let anything heart them!

Jessamine is a funny one, she has her negative traits but she is so strong willed and that parasol of hers is the coolest thing and if I wouldn’t be at risk of being arrested I would totally want one for myself!

Charlotte is the best. A woman that’s head of the Institute and sooo many people fighting against her but she is just so strong and holds her ground and she reminds me of Peggy Carter, and I love Peggy a ridiculous amount.

Henry is adorable. I feel like I haven’t seen much of him, or he hasn’t spoken much but he just seems like a massive nerd and I love that. Plus he supports his wife and and is just so lovely.

I have already started Clockwork Prince and I can’t wait to finish it to update you on how I feel about these characters!!!

See you next time!!

Elizabeth

My Auto Buy Authors!!

Hello!

I saw a bunch of people posting their auto buy authors on here yesterday for a ‘top ten Tuesday’ thing, but I didn’t see it until really late so I thought I would do it today instead!!

I’m pretty broke, so to me ‘auto-buy’ means more like auto add to wish list and buy when I have money!! But I hope you enjoy this list, and maybe you will even find a new author to read!

1. Laura Purcell

I love this author SO much. Her book ‘The Silent Companions’ is one of my absolute all time favourites. It is so so spooky, but not so much that it gave me nightmares! It was just perfect! I adore the last minute plot twist she always does, and how I never see it coming! ‘The Corset’ was pretty different to The Silent Companions, it was a lot gorier and it felt like there was more going on. I love all the characters in both books, especially Elsie in TSC! I literally cannot recommend this author enough!!

2.Holly Black

Holly Black wrote The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King among others, but I have only read the two! Her writing is just so smooth, and the story is so captivating that I finished both these book in less that two days!! I am in love with Jude and Cardan and their story, I love the world of Elfhame and I cannot wait for The Queen of Nothing to come out!!! Jude Duarte is such an amazing character, being human in a land of Fae has her at a major disadvantage, but she doesn’t let that hold her back and she is so determined and strong willed she achieves amazing and seemingly impossible things! I am so excited to read her other books!!

3. Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare writes all the Shadowhunter books, and I would just like to thank her. The Mortal Instruments series was the first series that really got me back into reading in a Big way! The characters became so important to me because I was pretty down at the time, so they became almost like both an escape and a support group!

Alec Lightwood will always be one of my favourite characters, because he game some the courage to discover who I am, and the confidence to admit it to myself. Magnus Bane is just so magical (literally and figuratively!), and the fact that he’s canonically bi?? Amazing! And I feel like no one really talks about him but Raphael is the first asexual character that I encountered and he made me feel so seen! And now reading The Infernal Devices I get to read about Shadowhunters in the victorian era!!! I can never thank Cassandra Clare enough for all that these books have done to me!

4. Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater was my first ever favourite author as a teen. I read her ‘Shiver’ series when I was about 13/14 and I loved it so much! I loved the twist on the werewolf legend mixed with romance and teen drama! It was just such an amazing series! And then The Raven Cycle!!! I read these books over one summer, during which I actually went on holiday (complete coincidence) and got to read part of one of the books sitting at the base of Cadair Idris!!

I saw castles that mentioned Glendower and we went into caves learning about old kings. It felt so magical, and doing that alongside reading the books was almost mind blowing. I really felt part of the adventures of the Gangsey! I am literally dying in anticipation of the the release of ‘Call Down the Hawk’!! It’s going to be AMAZING!!!

5. Kerri Maniscalco

Kerri Maniscalco has me completely enthralled with the ‘Stalking Jack the Ripper’ series! The first book drew me in because I am completely fascinated the Jack the Ripper, so I wanted to see what a fiction writer thought, and how they adapted it! I was so impressed, she really puts your into the time period and makes you see things as though you are there! She writes about things you don’t get in non-fiction. She wrote about how London felt, she wrote about the fear wandering through the streets after dark. She wrote about individual lives that were effected and relationships that strengthened due to the shared trauma.

The second book, Hunting Prince Dracula, was just as amazing! The setting moved countries and was set mostly in a castle that held a medical school! This book was probably creepier to me than the first one, I think because I already knew a lot about Jack the Ripper so none of the gory details shocked me! But Hunting Prince Dracula was just insane! It was gory, creepy and felt like a fairytale in a weird way!! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!!!

6. Mackenzi Lee

Mackenzi Lee is amazing. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was another book I read so quickly because I was so sucked in! I absolutely adore all the characters, the whirlwind adventure across Europe and the LGBT rep!!! Monty and Percy are my favourites, their love is super taboo for the time and they have to fight against so many things (including themselves a bit), but that just makes me love them more! And Felicity!! I love her son much, I was over the moon when I learned she was getting an entire book about her!!

This is bold of me to say, but I think I like The Lady’s Guide of Petticoats and Piracy better….? I think it’s because of the girl power, the women, the feminist tones, the actual Lesbian, asexual rep and the PIRATES!!! Also the dog, the dog helped! But seriously, I feel like Mackenzi Lee includes diverse characters in her books so seamlessly that they don’t feel forced at all! Even in a historical setting, we’re LGBT people weren’t public with their identities, it felt completely natural! I’m also in love with the ‘3D-ness’ of the character, none of them are just their LGBT or POC identity, they have thoughts and dreams and feelings and they are all proper fleshed out characters! Not a single character feels thrown in just to add diversity, and I love that SO much!

7. Miranda Hart

I don’t have much to say about Miranda, but her book ‘Is It Just Me?’ really helped me feel better about a lot of things! Miranda is so don’t and she talks about a lot of insecurities and worries in this book, but she does it in a way that reassures you! She won’t just tell you what went wrong or what she was worried about. She will the tell you about how maybe it’s not so bad after all! I also love the format of her talking to her younger self! It felt so natural and light hearted, I think that helped to create that relaxed atmosphere of the book!

8. Christopher Pike

I read a LOT of Christopher Pike books when I was 13, my favourite being ‘The Last Vampire’!! I literally modelled myself after the girl on the cover for a good six months! It was the first book I read that was YA instead of the 9-12 section at Waterstones (i think), and it was the first book that included murder, romance and female sexuality! I loved the main character, Alisa so much, I think she was my first book crush! The way she was described, slight with blonde hair but super strong was just the most amazing thing to me!! I love the historical aspects to this book too, how it talks about Alisa’s beginning and her life before she was a vampire! I also read some of his other books including Remember Me which was incredible, and a couple of other stand alone stories too!! I loved everything I read of his, and I truly believe that he was what got me into horror!!

9. Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is INCREDIBLE! I’m pretty sure everyone has heard of this wonderful man, but in case you haven’t; I LOVE HIM! My favourite of his is the book on Norse Mythology! It taught me so much, but in such an easy going and fun way!! I read it so fast, and I’m tempted to re-read it because all the stories are so interesting! I haven’t read it yet, but I also love Good Omens with all my heart! Aziraphale is a babie, I love him and I want to protect him and Crowley is just incredible😍 I have got all editions of the book, and the TV show script book on my wish list because I’m so obsessed!!

10. Katie O’Neill

Katie O’Neill is an illustrator and writer who has put out a couple of books now! my favourite is ‘A Tea Dragon Society’, the art style is so cute and the story is so wholesome and I cannot wait for the release of the new Tea Dragon book!!! I also loved her book ‘Aquicorn Cove’!! It has such a good message in it about protecting the ocean and it’s wildlife, while still being just as magical and adorable as the Tea Dragon story!! I haven’t had the pleasure of reading ‘Princess Princess Ever After’ yet, but it’s about a couple of lesbian princesses and I really hope I get to soon!! Katie O’Neill is my biggest inspiration as an artist! Her style is amazing, and she’s one of the only other people I have found that uses gouache in a similar way to me!! Her carter is where I wish mind could go, I dream of writing books and illustrating them, and creating adorable characters that people love! If you love cute art and even cuter stories, you will LOVE Katie’s books!!

I hope you found some new authors to love, or at least enjoyed reading about authors you already love!! Let me know about any authors that are auto buy for you!!

See you next time!

Elizabeth

Did you know I do art too?

Hello!

I’ve been wanting to start posting something other than book reviews on her for a while now, but I couldn’t really think of anything that was post worthy! But then I realised, I’m an artist… I could literally post my art!!

I have a funny relationship with art, as I didn’t study it at school at all, I did photography instead! Then I applied to do a Art and Design Foundation course, with the intention of mostly doing photography, but for some reason they didn’t let me?? I ended up spending most days drawing still life using charcoals and I HATED it! So I just left! Then I started drawing in my own time, just for me, and I actually began to enjoy it!

That was four years ago, and I am now heading down the path of applying to do an Illustration degree with the hopes of publishing children’s books and having a bit of a ‘brand’!! I am more excited about the future than I have ever been, and I though I would share with you some of my work!

This is one of my most recent paintings! I wanted to recreate the mortal cup tarot card from the Shadowhunter series! I used gouache and ink, and I had to study various screen caps from the show to try and get the colours and patterns as accurate as I could! I still am not sure whether I should cut it out so it is an actual card, or leave it as a painting? Whatever I decide, I am super pleased with how this one turned out!

This drawing is of my tiefling bard DnD character, Antionette Bur! I used only markers to do this one and I have to say, I wasn’t sure I had enough different pinks when I started and got super stressed that her skin and dress was gonna end up the same colour! But it didn’t and now I have a visual of my favourite girl!! I am currently working on some more drawings of DnD characters, so maybe I will make a whole post dedicated to them soon!

This is one of my all time favourite paintings that I have done! I used watercolour with this one, and I was experiment with a technique I saw in an art book by Hikala! The pairing is of Hermione in the Hogwarts Express, that one year when Harry and Ron drove the flying car! I imagine it was probably the last piece and quiet she ever got! I really enjoy working with watercolour in this way, and actually painting a background too!

This is a painting I did of my ‘Witchsona’. She is an Edwardian witch, with the familiar of a goat!! This one has a bit of an experiment to see if I could manage to make watercolours look like a slightly see through fabric! If you look closely at the sleeves, you may see that I tried my best!! I am actually super jealous of this witch, I wish I had that outfit!!

Sabrina!! I love the Netflix show ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ SO much, I watched part two the day it came out! And without giving too much away, in case you haven’t seen it yet, this is from an episode with mandrake plants! It’s such a creative episode and the outfits are some of my favourites!!I cannot wait for part three! Especially now I have seen some of the leaked set photos!!!

Ah Narnia, my first proper fandom! Narnia was my favourite book series when I was a kid, and my favourite movie series too! I practically wanted to be Lucy, I loved how brave she was, how trusting she was, and her outfits!! The outfit I painted is one of my all time favourite movie costumes! I don’t know why exactly, maybe it’s nostalgia? But it is pretty cute! Although I’m not sure I will ever love anything as much as I loved her hair! I wished I had hair like hers, especially in the one scene where she follows Edmund while she’s carrying the candle! I used to watch that scene all the time! Maybe Lucy was my first crush on a girl now that I think about it…. Anyway!! I love this franchise, and I’m pretty pleased with how this painting turned out!!

I want to try and post art like this at least once a month, to keep you updated on my progress but also to keep me motivated in producing new pieces!!

I hope you liked seeing some of my art, and I will see you again soon!!

Elizabeth