Music Monday: Circle of Life (The Lion King)

Happy Monday lovely people! I’m back with a little bit of Disney for you this week 🙂

The Circle of Life was composed by Elton John and Tim Rice for the 1994 animated film The Lion King. It also features in the long-running theatrical show and in the recent live-action remake of the film.

Have a great week everyone!

 

 

 

Music Monday: I See The Light (Tangled)

Happy Monday everyone 🙂 Back to a bit of Disney today as I’ve had a special request for this one.

‘I See the Light’ was composed for the movie Tangled, a Disney adaptation of the story of Rapunzel and their 50th animated feature film. The song was written by Alan Menken, who composed many songs for Disney, and Glenn Slater wrote the lyrics.

The song was nominated for both an Academy Award and Golden Globe for best original song but didn’t win.

It is performed in the film by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi.

Enjoy!

Music Monday: Beauty & the Beast

Hey everyone! I’m excited and terrified to be bringing you a new blog feature today. I’ve often talked over on Instagram about my dream of sharing my music, since it has been such a huge part of my life for a very long time. My creative well has been feeling a little dry recently but the thought of this blog series is reviving me a little. I really hope that you’ll all enjoy it!

I must give credit to Drew for the term ‘Music Monday’ – every week, he shares a song on his blog that means something to him. I’m just doing things a little differently and physically playing the songs for you 😉

I thought I’d start off with a little Disney (because if you don’t like Disney, you have no soul haha). The main theme song from the 1991 Disney film Beauty and the Beast was written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, and originally performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson. I, of course, do not own any rights to the song or movie.

Also, a little disclaimer: this blog series is not a way for me to be big-headed. I am not someone who can ever sing their own praises and I’m not posting this to fish for compliments. Playing the piano is something that brings me joy and it’s just another aspect of my personality that I have decided to share with you here. That being said, I realise this won’t be everyone’s kind of thing but please remember that I’m a human being and I have feelings. You are not obliged to watch this if you don’t want to and you certainly don’t need to leave any nasty comments.

So without further ado, here’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’! ❤

 

‘The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding’ spoiler-free review!

This month, my book club The Story Voyagers decided to read something a little more spooky in the run-up to Halloween. We picked recent release The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken, a middle-grade book that came out on September 5th.

 

Here’s what the book is about:-

 

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?

 

I’m really glad my book club picked this one! I don’t tend to read a lot of middle-grade as I often feel too old for it but this was a really fun read, perfect for this time of year. I loved the characters; Prosper was an endearing narrator and Alastor provided a lot of unexpected comic moments. Everyone had a backstory meaning no-one was a 2-dimensional cardboard cut-out. Prosper and Nell both had issues going on and I really like that the author gave them some more emotional problems to deal with alongside the story’s main plot. For a middle-grade read, it had quite deep levels of emotional meaning!

The inclusion of various magical creatures was super fun and I loved Bracken’s take on fairies, witches, etc. And I have to mention the setting! It was almost like a character in itself (something I always love in books). The author really managed to capture that small-town vibe and I felt totally transported; I love reading about small-town America as it is but even more so when the action takes place during October! The whole thing reminded me of the movie Hocus Pocus, especially when Alastor was trying to find his way around the 21st century and eating plastic spiders! Great fun.

The whole concept of a ‘deal with the devil’ is far from original, yet the book didn’t feel boring or as if it was hashing over something that had been done before. For a middle-grade book, it didn’t feel dumbed down and was a very enjoyable read. Aside from the brutal cliffhanger, that is!

I gave this one 4/5 stars as I’m pretty sure it won’t be for everyone, but I really liked it!

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Has anyone else read this one? Or any of Alex Bracken’s other books? Or even Faust?! 

 

August Book and Nook unboxing: ‘Disney Wonders’!

So in August, I decided to try my first Book and Nook monthly candle box – the theme was ‘Disney Wonders’ and obviously, as a huge Disney fan, I couldn’t pass that up! Keep reading for my full unboxing…

I hadn’t actually realised but every Book and Nook box comes with a themed bookmark! I’m complete trash for a nice bookmark and this one is DOUBLE-SIDED!! Excuse me, I need to calm down.

As well as the bookmark and the candles themselves, the monthly boxes also feature a mystery item! This month, it was this gorgeous charm bracelet inspired by Beauty and the Beast. It features 5 charms: a book, a castle, a snowflake, a rose, and a shiny red loveheart. It’s so pretty!

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When you’ve recovered from the sight of my blindingly white arm, read on to check out the candles!

Aladdin’s Magic Carpet

This is one of the prettiest candles I’ve ever seen – it’s a beautiful sunshine-y yellow with gold and purple glitter. It is scented with spices, magic and frankincense and has a strong, spicy fragrance that transports you straight to Agrabah!

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Beast’s Library

Isn’t it refreshing to hear it referred to as Beast’s library instead of Belle’s!? A minor quibble, I know. This candle is a lovely blue colour and smells like old books, roses and cedarwood. And of course, it’s topped with the signature Book and Nook glitter!

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Elsa’s Ice Palace

I have serious heart eyes (heart nose??) for this candle! It’s white with purple and turquoise glitter that sparkles like Elsa’s dress. The scent is snow, winter berries and ice, and it’s GORGEOUS. Delicate and lovely.

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Rapunzel’s Tower

This is my absolute favourite candle in this box! It smells of waterfalls, peach and linen, and I can’t convey accurately how beautiful it is! The peach is not overpowering and the subtle undertones of crisp linen really complement it. And look how stunning it is! Beautifully blue just like the view of the sky from Rapunzel’s tower, with gold glitter hinting at that magical golden flower. I just love it.

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Ariel’s Secret Grotto

Finally, we have Ariel’s secret grotto which smells like coral, sea breeze and treasures. This candle is a beautiful sea glass colour and really conjures visions of beachy days.

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I couldn’t be happier with this box! Everything about the candles is beautiful, even down to the labels. The only issue now will be whether I can bring myself to light them!!

Here’s my full unboxing!

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Did anyone else get this box? Which was your favourite candle? And does anyone else have an internal struggle when it comes to lighting their candles?!